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"I choose to run towards my problems, and not away from them. Because that's what *BANG*... Because that's what heroes do."
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Birth Name: Thor Odinson

Known Alias: "Donald Blake"

Species: Asgardian

Portrayed By: Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Goyo (young)

Voiced By: Andrés Gutiérrez Coto (Latin-American Spanish dub), Ivan Labanda (European Spanish dub), Kenta Miyake (Japanese dub), Adrien Antoine (European French dub), Martin Desgagné (Canadian French dub)

Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Doctor Strangenote  | Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Infinity War

"I would rather be a good man than a great king."

The Norse God of Thunder, son of Odin, brother of Loki, and the heir to the Asgardian throne. He carries Mjölnir, the mythical hammer that only those deemed worthy may wield (or even lift), which grants him the powers of flight, storm-based Weather Manipulation and armor that grants Super Toughness and Super Strength much higher than the Asgardian norm.

To teach his son humility after Thor nearly reignites a war with another world, Odin exiled Thor to Earth, where the Asgardian met and began an on-again-off-again relationship with a scientist named Jane Foster. While Thor's visit to Earth helped teach him to reign in his more questionable impulses, he continues to be a bit of a Blood Knight and Glory Seeker, seeing his work protecting the Nine Realms and fighting with the Avengers against the likes of a Jumping Off the Slippery Slope Loki or the Killer Robot Ultron as grand adventures.
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  • Action Hero: Probably the biggest example in the MCU. He's an enormously powerful warrior trained from birth who has been fighting all kinds of foes for his thousand plus year lifespan and continues to do so when we see him. Some of the enemies he's annihilated include Frost Giants, their nearly Kaiju-sized pets, the Destroyer, Loki, Chitauri, Leviathans, Marauders, their Kronan Leader, Dark Elves, Malekith, HYDRA, Ultron Bots, Ultron, Asgardian zombies, space pirates, Surtur and his fire demons, the Hulk... the list goes on. Notably he's also the only Avenger who's an action hero full time- whenever we don't see him, he's smacking around whatever latest evil threatens his microstate, and whenever we jump in on him he's always in the middle of a fight.
  • Adorkable: He's painfully sweet, polite, and gallant to women, especially Jane.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
    • To stop the Destroyer from causing destruction on Earth and hurting his friends, Thor not only apologizes for any wrongs he's committed but offers his life to Loki. This act of selflessness proves Thor's worthiness of Mjölnir.
    • Rather less seriously, in Ragnarok, he shifts from threats to begging when his hair is about to be cut off.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In the first movie, pre-Character Development, he was boastful, proud and threw his weight around.
  • The Atoner: While not a straight villain-to-hero example, the first film gave him an arc evolving from a spoiled and vain boy to a wise man through atonement and humility.
  • Badass Baritone: Hemsworth makes Thor sound like the hero of an ancient epic. Appropriate no?
  • Badass Beard: His beard is much trimmer than his father's, though it still adds to his manliness.
  • Badass Cape: He wears one as part of his "super god warrior" armor. It gets ripped in half in Ragnarok, leaving it hanging on one shoulder.
  • Bash Brothers: In The Dark World, he is literally this with his brother Loki during the penultimate act. By Ragnarok, he takes to literally using Loki as a weapon.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell him to drop or let go of his hammer, ever.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy, but it's not wise to test his patience or get in his way.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Thor does not enjoy fighting against his little brother. Chris Hemsworth summed up Thor's conflicted and innate need to protect Loki with:
    "He's constantly having to battle for the greater good and what he should do, versus that's his little brother there."
    • By Ragnarok, however, he has absolutely no illusions about what his brother is likely to do.
  • Big Eater: Pretty common among Asgardians, but Thor himself ate an entire plate of food and then asked for more. Darcy remarked that he had already eaten an entire box of Pop Tarts before that.
  • The Big Guy: In The Avengers, as a Physical God Boisterous Bruiser looking down on the other as being "tiny".
  • Big "NO!": He sure has this trope for being Shakespeare-like
    • In Thor, he has one when Loki lets go of Odin's staff/spear, Gungnir, and falls into the abyss below the broken Bifrost. Odin has a Little "No" to underscore this moment.
    • In The Avengers, Thor shouts this when Loki mortally wounds Agent Coulson aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
    • In Thor: The Dark World he does this when Frigga is killed, when Kurse stabs Loki, and when Loki apparently dies in his arms.
    • In Ragnarok, when his hair is about to be cut.
  • Big "YES!": In Ragnarok, when he finds out that Sakaar's feared champion is the Hulk. Everyone else is utterly baffled.
  • Blood Knight:
    • At the start, he "courted war." Later on, he grows into a more noble man who sees combat as a way of protection, not a way of life.
    • He dives into this again during his first battle with the Hulk. At first he tries to reason with him, but Hulk knocks him across the Helicarrier into some steel boxes. This all causes his nose to bleed and a Slasher Smile emerges from his face, showing he's gonna enjoy his fight with the Hulk.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He starts off a battle-seeking brat, but wises up and settles on this.
  • Book Dumb:
    • While by no means unintelligent, it's implied that his understanding of Asgardian technology is very basic (equivalent of C, π, E=mc2, etc.), and he is genuinely impressed that human geniuses such as Jane and Selvig understand underlying principles behind it better than he does. He brings this up in The Dark World; he states not that Earth will in some future era be Asgard's equal, or even that they're just a few generations behind, but that Jane will personally crack all the really interesting secrets of the universe within the next decade at most, making humans Asgard's equals.
    • In Ragnarok, he's comfortably discussing wormhole physics with Valkyrie and Banner.
  • Boys Like Creepy Critters: He apparently really liked snakes as a kid. He tells a story of one time Loki played a prank on him by turning into a beautiful snake. Thor picked it up to admire it, and Loki turned back to normal and stabbed him.
    Thor: We were eight at that time.
  • Break the Haughty: Thor's banishment serves this purpose in the first movie. He is unable to lift Mjölnir and learning, through Loki's deceit, Odin is dead and his mother has condemned him to exile. It becomes a reconstruction after spending time on Earth and learning from his mistakes.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • Stripped of his godlike power, he's still a very, very formidable and experienced combatant who's made of muscle. Coulson tried to recruit him before he learned of the god-like power he possessed based solely on his ability.
    • Likewise, Hela destroys his hammer in Ragnarok, preventing him from flying or summoning lightning. He's still able to more than hold his own as a gladiator in the Grandmaster's arena, but only thanks to his training, as all the other alien gladiators come from similarly super-human Superior Species like him. As it turns out, Mjölnir only ever channeled his power and helped him control it.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: For all his boisterousness, he shows plenty of emotional vulnerability. After Loki claims Odin is dead, he first simply asks "Can I come home?" When told he can't ever return to his family, he thanks Loki for coming to say goodbye. When he confronts Loki in The Avengers, the only times when his grin cracks are when he's begging his brother to come to his senses.
  • But Now I Must Go: He chooses to leave Earth at the end of Age of Ultron so he can find out more about the Infinity Stones and the master of the Chitauri, saying Tony was right about being proactive.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Loki's Cain because he's the good son of the pair (i.e. no overthrowing and brother killing). Then Ragnarok gives us Big Bad Hela, who is revealed to be their even more murderous and vindictive older sister.
  • Character Development:
    • His films are about him learning humility and how to one day become king of Asgard and the Nine Realms.
    • Thor: Ragnarok specifically gives him an arc where he becomes a Guile Hero due to having Mjölnir, the only means he had to channel his thunder god powers, destroyed. In previous films, Thor noticeably solves his problems through brute force and hitting things with his hammer, while in Ragnarok he becomes clever enough to outsmart Loki himself.
  • Chew Toy: Most prominently in Thor. After being de-powered he's on the receiving end of a lot of humorous abuse despite his still immense physical prowess, whether it's getting hit by a car (twice), getting tased by Darcy or having to be tackled and sedated in an emergency room. Also played straight in Thor Ragnarok after Mjolnir is destroyed, where he's comically ragdolled by Hulk in the arena.
  • Chick Magnet: Is consistently portrayed as the hottest man in the Nine Realms, with at least one non-Love Interest woman reacting favorably to his hotness in every film he's featured in (except Avengers), and also getting several favorable references in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Likewise, the girls in Spider-Man Homecoming when playing FMK among each other generally vote Thor as the Avenger they would not want to marry or kill. This may have something to do with his godly portfolio including fertility. A sort of Mythology Gag, if you will.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Wears red, silver, and blue, and has gold hair to contrast Loki's green, gold, and black with black hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • He gets a moment when Sif says that she had the battle of Vanaheim under control in Dark World:
    Thor: [looking around] Is that why everything's on fire?
    • He ramps up the snark considerably in Ragnarok.
    Thor: [on "Odin's" Loki statue] A lot better looking than he was when he was alive, though. A little less weaselly, less greasy, maybe...
  • Decomposite Character: In the comics, Donald Blake was the identity that was given to an amnesiac Thor when he first arrived on Earth. Here, it's a completely different character that we never get to see, though Thor borrows his name.
  • Determinator: Thor never gives up and believes that there's a solution for almost everything. Even when it seems that he's given up on reforming his brother, he's just emotionally manipulating him.
    Loki: Satisfaction is not in my nature.
    Thor: Giving up is not in mine.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He delivers one in The Avengers to Captain America, trying to squash him flat just because Cap told him to put the hammer down. He put it down on alright; slamming down on Cap's Shield.
  • Dork Knight: Especially towards women. If you can imagine a golden Labrador in the shape of a thunder god, you've more or less got him down.
  • Drop the Hammer: Provides the page quote. He doesn't like people telling him to let go of his favourite weapon.
  • Elemental Powers: Wind and Lightning.
  • Elemental Punch: After unlocking his inherent ability to manipulate storms without Mjölnir in Ragnarok, he's capable of delivering powerful electrified melee attacks.
  • Epic Fail: At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor leaves the Avengers to try and find out more about the Infinity Stones. Come the beginning of Ragnarok, a few years later, Thor has learned... precisely jack squat. Which wouldn't be so bad, if not for the fact the Infinity War: Prelude shows Wong, a guy who doesn't even have the ability to leave his planet, knows nearly everything about the Stones.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction upon learning that his brother had turned to evil and sent the Destroyer after him is shock and sorrow.
  • Exact Words: In The Avengers, Captain America tells him to "put that hammer down" so... he puts it down on Cap's shield.
  • Eye Scream: During their final fight, Hela slices out one of Thor's eyes.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Gets one at the end of Ragnarok after losing his eye in his fight with Hela.
  • The Exile: Thor was banished from Asgard by his father for his disobedient actions that sparked a war between Asgardians and the Frost Giants. His banishment will serve as a truce between both worlds.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His outfit in Ragnarok has several asymmetrical elements, including a cape that is attached to only one shoulder.
  • Fish out of Water:
    Thor: I need a horse!
    Pet Store Clerk: We don't have horses. Just dogs, cats, birds...
    Thor: Then give me one of those large enough to ride.note 
    • In The Avengers, he offhandedly refers to scaly, antlered creatures called "bilgesnipes" while talking with Coulson. He's mildly surprised to learn that Earth doesn't have those.
  • Flying Brick: Though his "flight" isn't conventional, he still fits this when he's at full power.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Becomes the one-eyed king of Asgard at the end of Ragnarok, just like his father before him.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Initially, Thor was the foolish to Loki's responsible. Loki — though younger — was the bookish, reasonable, responsible brother who was implied to regularly attempt to talk sense to a Thor who was childish, reckless, and volatile. However, it gets swapped throughout the first Thor film. Loki's insecurities lead him to attempt a plot that backfires horribly on him and begins his path on self-destruction and villainy while Thor's time on Midgard as a mortal mellows him out and he matures into a Wise Prince. By Ragnarok, Thor even has become a Guile Hero.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Seems to have one with Hulk, unlike their usual Headbutting Heroes behavior in the comics. Hulk punches Thor off of a Leviathan they just defeated for no specified reason but because their previous fight was a draw.
    [upon meeting the Hulk in an alien arena] "We know each other! He's a friend from work!"
  • Fun Personified: Despite starting off as extremely spoiled and bratty, he's an incredibly friendly guy.
  • Gargle Blaster: Keeps a tiny flask of a thousand-year aged Asgardian liquor on him that only he and Cap can actually drink. As he says, it's "not meant for mortal men." Stan Lee tries to prove him wrong and fails spectacularly.
  • Genius Bruiser: His incredible power belies a keen strategic mind and considerable martial skill. By Ragnarok he's a full-on Guile Hero.
  • Gentle Giant: Thor is a mountain of jolly muscle who loves and protects the friends he towers over.
  • Glory Seeker: Played straight to disastrous effect in Thor, causing him to be exiled without his power as punishment. Completely averted by the end of Thor and the sequels, when his priorities have shifted to protecting others.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Upon activating his Thunder Super Mode, his eyes crackle with the same color of his lightning.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's an immensely likable and fun guy who will smash your face in with a hammer if you threaten Earth or Asgard.
  • Guile Hero: Due to losing his hammer, Thor was forced to resort to his wits in order to return to Asgard and defeat Hela. As such, his victories in Ragnarok are thanks to him outsmarting and manipulating both allies and enemies alike, even outsmarting his brother, who is the God of Mischief.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold to Loki's Brainy Brunette / Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: His former Fatal Flaw, which would have doomed Asgard if he was crowned without having it cured.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: That "As King of Asgard" shouting match with Odin in Thor is epic.
  • Handicapped Badass: By the end of Ragnarok, he misses an eye just like his father. It doesn't prevent him from kicking much ass with his powers on Hela's army.
  • Heartbroken Badass: If having to fight his little brother and then believing him dead in Thor wasn't enough, he loses his mother and apparently Loki again in The Dark World. And then, he loses his father, Mjölnir, the Warriors Three, and Asgard in Ragnarok.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: He only dons his trademark winged helmet in his first scene as an adult, and even then it's mostly for ceremonial purposes. Being so durable, unlike the other helmeted Avengers, he doesn't need it. In Ragnarok he finally dons a version of his trademark helmet for the gladiator fight against the Hulk.
  • Hot-Blooded: Thor is quite exuberant, wearing all of his emotions on his sleeve; this makes his Heroic B.S.O.D. all the more noticeable, as after everything falls apart for him, he closes up entirely.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Jane, who is much shorter and smaller than him. Thus highlighting the protective aspect of their relationship, or the Shorter Means Smarter aspect if you prefer.
  • Humanity Is Infectious:
    • In Thor, he adapts to Earth and dealing with humans rather quickly.
    • In The Avengers, he categorically states that he considers Earth under his protection after Loki mocks him for begging Odin to let him return to his adopted home. Later, he privately admits to believing that while his people are clearly more advanced than humanity, that doesn't make them better.
    • By Ragnarok, he's picked up enough humanity that he refers to the Hulk as "a friend from work".
  • Hunk: He's ruggedly handsome and his wardrobe on Midgard fits the description exactly. He has a Shirtless Scene, later followed by mud-wrestling in a tight, rain-soaked T-shirt. This makes him a perfect foil to Loki's Pretty Boy looks.
  • I Choose to Stay: Played with; Thor still considers Asgard to be his official home but he's clearly adopted Earth as a surrogate home even after his exile ended and cares for humanity as he does the Asgardians. This is forcibly invoked in Thor: Ragnarok where Asgard is destroyed, and Thor decides to lead his people to Earth.
  • I Gave My Word: If Thor gives his word about something, he will honour it.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Thor is, in all likelihood, 1000 years old, and yet it is only in the three days he spent as a mortal that he starts to emotionally mature.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Thor has no problem using Mjölnir to bludgeon his foes as one would expect, but he also uses it in a number of creative ways. Primarily, as a result of Odin's enchantment, only a handful of characters can lift it; Thor uses this to his advantage by simply placing the hammer on top of an enemy if he needs them to stay put (no amount of physical strength, not even that of The Hulk, can override the enchantment, making it impossible to stand if one is weighed down by the hammer).

    In Ragnarok, he uses it as a god test in order to expose "Odin" as Loki in disguise— knowing that the real Odin is on a short list of those capable of wielding Mjölnir (a list that doesn't include Loki), Thor throws the hammer into the distance and calls it back, placing "Odin" between Mjölnir and himself. If this were truly Odin, he could simply stop the hammer by catching it, but if it's Loki, it'll promptly and painfully cave his face in. Loki gives in and reveals himself before dodging the blow.
  • In a Single Bound: Thor is just as capable as the Hulk in doing this. He just lets Mjolnir do most of the work. When he doesn't have it in Ragnarok, he demonstrates this ability by jumping from the castle on Asgard to the near end of the Bifrost Bridge.
  • Insistent Terminology: In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor insists he is the God of Thunder and not the Lord of Thunder.
  • Irony:
    • As the second step in his Humiliation Conga (after being hit by a car not long after landing in Midgard), the God of Thunder is taken down by...a taser.
    • And again in in Thor: Ragnarok where he's repeatedly tasered by an "obedience disk" while on Sakaar.
  • Jacob and Esau: Thor is the Esau to Loki's Jacob. Despite Odin's protests, he favours Thor over Loki.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his first film, he's an unstable, entitled hothead who rarely thinks before acting. He is also extremely noble, very respectful towards women, loves his brother and friends, and always keeps his word.
  • Large Ham: His bombast is helped by talking in flowery English. ("This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance!")
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast and agile enough to dance around the Hulk, and can fly at mach speeds while equally matching Hulk's strength pound for pound, one-shot-ing Frost Giants and (though it isn't obvious at first) easily overpowering Tony's armor, even after it's been supercharged and he's holding back.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In The Avengers, he accidentally overpowers Tony's armor with a blast of it, and then in Age of Ultron he utilizes this to bring The Vision to life. He can also apparently summon his armor through it, as seen in the climax of Thor, before the Battle of New York in The Avengers, and near the start of Ragnarok.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The non-canon Mockumentary made to promote Thor: Ragnarok "reveals" why he wasn't present in Civil War: Cap and Iron Man couldn't reach him because he doesn't own a phone. Ragnarok references this during the New York scene when Thor asks Strange why he didn't call him to tell him about Odin's whereabouts. Strange points out that Thor doesn't have a phone — or a computer.
  • Love Martyr: He deeply cares for his brother even though Loki has been trying to kill him since they were children, albeit because of the bullying he would obliviously and boorishly sling his sibling's way. It takes Loki trying to commit genocide on his own race, murdering Coulson during his attempt to conquer the Earth, and faking his death to usurp Odin for Thor to finally give up on him in Thor: Ragnarok. And then it ends anyway with Loki joining his side, seemingly for good.

  • Magic Feather: In Ragnarok, it turns out that while a formidable weapon, Mjölnir was more or less just a crutch to help him tap into his power. Learning to access his powers without it is a major plot element.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He continues fighting through several more battles after having an eye sliced out by Hela, despite it causing enough damage to leave half his face covered in his own blood.
  • Manchild: Even after his Character Development, Thor is still endearingly naive when it comes to how the rest of the multiverse outside Asgard works, and readily admits to his father that he still has a lot of growing up to do at the end of Thor.
  • Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: Thor as a Hot-Blooded Boisterous Bruiser is the Manly Man to his brother's Loki Sensitive Guy. An example of this dynamic is how they cope with their mother's death, Loki having a breakdown in his prison cell and Thor trying to avenge her.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Jane; it's brought up several times that human lifetimes are extremely fleeting compared to Asgardian ones. And then she dumped him.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Those Shirtless Scenes probably were not strictly necessary, but letting his abs go un-ogled would have been a crime somewhere.
    • While all of the male Avengers are at least good-looking, Thor is thus far the only one whose hunkiness has hit in-universe memetic levels. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., both Skye and Agent Melinda May describe him as "dreamy." Even Maria Hill has noticed:
      Ward: I don't think Thor is... technically a god.
      Hill: Then you haven't been near his arms.
  • Nice Guy: After Character Development sets in, he loses the "jerk" part and gains wisdom and patience in addition to his other good qualities.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Odin warned him that bringing Jane to Malekith would basically be handing his enemy a nuclear bomb should he fail to destroy the Aether once it's pulled from her, but he goes through with the plan anyway and Odin is proven right.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Thor is very irritated when Doctor Strange rips out several of his hairs to create a portal and downright horrified when it gets cut off on Sakaar.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's no BRIAN BLESSED, but he's inappropriately boisterous at times.
    Thor: This drink, I like it! [smash] Another!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Thor is oftentimes smarter than he lets on. For example in Thor Ragnarok where Thor allows Loki to assume he's ignorant of Loki's attempt to sell him out to the Grandmaster.
  • Offscreen Breakup: He and Jane broke up between Dark World and Ragnarok due to his duties as Prince of Asgard and an Avenger coming between them.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's stunned when Hela catches his hammer. With one hand, no less!
  • Out of Focus: Since the Big Bad of The Avengers gives him a personal stake in the conflict (as he is both family and attempting to abuse Asgardian technology), he had to be written into the movie with a lighter touch than the other characters so it wouldn't boil down to Thor and Those Other Guys. He also tends to be left entirely out of events that don't have "Avengers" in the title, most notably in Captain America: Civil War, which only really wasn't a full "Avengers" movie because he and Hulk didn't show.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Thor is almost always cheerful, even in the middle of a fight to the death with an army of Frost Giants; at first, this, alongside his vainglorious optimism, is seen by many as a symptom of his childishness. By the end of the movie, he learns to be truly serious about things and becomes more solemn as a result. While he does make jokes from then onward and tends to be sunny and positive (in The Avengers and especially in Thor: Ragnarok), it's not quite with the same flippancy it once was, as he's become a wiser man and knows how to behave in a truly serious situation.
  • The Peter Principle: This was already a theme in Thor but Thor: The Dark World has him once again reflecting that deep down he's not going to be as good a King as he is a warrior and protector of people. Indeed, he comes to disagree with Odin's actions and behaviour and it's clear that his interests are bigger than Asgard.
  • Physical God: Thor is a literal god, which is part of why it's very hard to hurt him seriously when he's at full strength. Ragnarok makes this godhood much more clear with Asgard's Sistine Chapel-like artwork of him and his newfound lightning powers that let him humble the Hulk.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Subjected to one with Jane when he was fatally struck down by the Destroyer in his mortal form. Considering he just offered his life to Loki to spare the inhabitants of New Mexico, his status as "Blonde Viking/Aryan Jesus" is solidified. Mind you, he looks the part, too.
  • The Plan: He's ordinarily a very straightforward guy but in The Dark World, he puts his head together with Heimdall, Fandral, Volstagg, and Sif and develops a plan to abduct Jane and Loki right out from under Odin's nose. It's so multi-layered, and works so well, that even Loki is laughing with delight.
  • Protectorate: In The Avengers, he considers Earth under his protection.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: As befitting the Crown Prince of Asgard, though later on, he accepts that to honor one's people does not always mean resorting to the blade.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The oldest of the Avengers, though Steve Rogers is the (chronologically) oldest human.
  • Red Is Heroic: Wears a long, flowing red cape to emphasize his heroic personality.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Loki's Blue in that he is boisterous, passionate, and very strong. He mellows for The Avengers and by the time of The Dark World, Loki gleefully points out that sneaking out of Asgard for a sneaky plan instead of "punching his way out" is "so unlike you, brother."
  • Relationship Upgrade: To Official Couple with Jane as of the end of The Dark World. She's dumped him by the start of Ragnarok, however.
  • Royal Brat: In the first movie, Thor starts out spoiled and selfish, willing to throw two realms into a long and bloody war to prove himself. He expresses his rage by bellowing and shoving a large dinner table (along with its contents) to the floor.
  • Shock and Awe: The Norse Thunder God, in all his electrified glory. Becomes more adept at it after Ragnarok, as he realizes that Mjölnir was a focus for his powers, but not the source of it.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his little brother Loki, although he doesn't seem to take it anywhere near as seriously as Loki does. Happens again in Ragnarok when Hela returns to claim the throne since she's actually Odin's oldest child, not Thor.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the complete opposite of Loki in almost every way. The "almost" is that they were both raised with the same Asgardian values and even here they go to opposites in the way they apply those values. Taken Up to 11 in Ragnarok with his older sister Hela, who's even more murderous and vindictive than Loki.
  • Signature Move: Spinning Mjölnir to take off, crush weak enemies, invoke a cyclone or deflect powerful beams.
  • Skyward Scream: Thor does this after failing to lift a grounded Mjölnir in the first movie.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps:
    • His "casual" Asgardian armor (for lack of a better description) in The Avengers. When it's time to get serious, he re-creates the sleeves, making this is an inverted trope.
    • Played straight in Age of Ultron, where he doesn't wear sleeves during the opening battle and the final battle.
    • As well in Ragnarok, where Thor never wears sleeves.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Thor occasionally creates a shield by spinning Mjolnir in front of him.
  • Strong and Skilled: He has both Super Strength and centuries of training and experience. As Ragnarok shows, he can fight the Hulk on nearly equal terms even without his hammer. And that's before he busts out the lightning.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Used for comedic purposes during the time he's de-powered. When it's funny, he can be taken out easily (by Darcy's taser, Jane ramming him with a van, getting an injection), but he's also shown curb-stomping scores of highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel who are in peak physical condition. Of course, even without super-strength, he's been in hand-to-hand combats for a thousand years. It's also justified by his Heart Of Gold; he won't get dangerous unless he believes that they won't be killed by it or they deserve to die.
  • Super Hero Gods: Even though he is technically a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, Tony Stark still calls him "a demigod" when listing the superheroes who want to stomp on Loki.
  • Super Mode: After losing his hammer, his power over lightning manifests as this. Instead of just pointing Mjölnir and blasting people, he goes in and out of a "lightning mode" that gives him glowing eyes and elemental attacks.
  • Super Strength: Has shown more of this than any other Asgardian. Strong enough to smash through metal walls, match blows with the Hulk, block an overhand strike from him, and crumple Iron Man's gold-titanium armor with his fingers. With Mjölnir, he's smacked a car down the street, sent Hulk flying, flipped a light tank, and leveled a good chunk of forest with the shockwave of the blow. In Ragnarok, he wields one of Hulk's huge weapons, hits the Hulk with it hard enough to send him flying a dozen meters and through several thick walls, and earlier almost casually flings an attacking alien what looks to be a good few hundred feet with one arm.
  • Super Toughness: He can take hits from the Hulk like a champ, and shots from HYDRA Chitauri-based energy weapons don't even make him flinch. His most impressive showing of durability comes in The Dark World when Kurse first backhands him hard enough to send him flying a hundred meters into the side of a mountain (which he hits hard enough to leave a man-sized crater) and then tosses a 100-ton boulder at him at roughly 30 m/s, shattering it on Thor's body. Thor is seriously banged up after this, has two large gashes in his head, and can no longer fight effectively for the rest of the encounter, but he still survives it without lasting injury.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: With his hammer. If it doesn't, he still can summon it back to his hand (and probably hit you on the rebound). Unless, of course, Hela catches and shatters it.
  • Token Non-Human: He is the only alien member of the Avengers Initiative.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Ragnarok, he learns that Mjölnir was only ever a conduit for his powers, to focus and control them. When he masters his lightning abilities he not only proves he doesn't need Mjölnir anymore, but seems to be even stronger than he was when he had it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The whole point of his first movie, which is an inversion of Captain America's. Whereas Steve Rogers was granted power because of his kindness and decency, Thor had great power from birth, and had to learn kindness and decency to be worthy of his power.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Ragnarok is basically one long line for Thor. He finds out Loki is alive and replaced Odin as ruler for four years, when he reunites with his father, Odin dies minutes later and he learns about Hela. When he and Loki confront Hela, she casually destroys Mjölnir and a brief scuffle sends him to the edge of the universe. On Sakaar, he gets turned into a gladiator, has his hair cut, gets thrown around like a rag-doll by the Hulk even though, he manages to beat the Hulk around too, and all his attempts to escape end with him getting tasered. When Thor finally returns to Asgard, he learns about Asgard's bloody beginnings in the paintings above, and ends up on the receiving end of a curb-stomp battle against Hela, where he loses his eye in the process. Finally, he is forced to bring about Ragnarok to stop Hela from winning, which ends with his home blowing up and completely erasing any chance of rebuilding it. The Stinger has Thanos finding his new ship...
  • Traumatic Haircut: His long, golden locks are forcibly cut while he's held captive by the Grandmaster during Ragnarok. He is extremely unhappy about it. It is implied via the teaser poster that he sports this same shorter haircut in Infinity War as well.
  • Tritagonist: He's the only member of the original Avengers besides Cap and Tony who got his own film trilogy, and several elements from his films (like Loki, who worked for Thanos, and the first appearance of an Infinity Gauntlet) are important to the greater MCU. Until Guardians of the Galaxy, he was the main link connecting the Earth heroes to the Cosmic part of the MCU.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension:
    • With Sif. Intentionally done by the writers, since the people who worked on the film wanted to be able to have the option of writing Thor/Sif into the sequels, should they later want to.
      Jaimie Alexander: But there is a reason that we sort of subtly hinted to it in the first film. Just so that there is a door. If we want to go through that door, we can. They like to cover all their bases at Marvel.
    • During an interview, Chris Hemsworth referenced this when speaking about their relationship in the second film, as well as what it was throughout the first movie.
      Chris Hemsworth: In the comic books, there's obviously an attraction with Thor and Sif, or what have you. And there was little peppering of that, I think, in the first one. Little hints at it. There (in The Dark World) may be...might be more indication...
  • Warrior Prince: Any prince of the Asgardians is this because they are a warrior culture.
  • We Used to Be Friends: By the time of The Avengers, any friendship he had with his brother Loki is gone. In their first encounter back together, he tries to make Loki remember, but he's too far gone.
    • In Ragnarok, it see-saws between him hoping that there's still some good in Loki, but not really expecting it... it's ultimately proven that Loki does still have good in him.
  • Weather Manipulation: He can create powerful tornadoes filled with thunder and control when it rains in certain places and what to rain on.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Sets up war between Asgard and Jötunheim by trying to live up to his father's legacy. He's almost crying when Odin strips him of his armor, weapon, and title.
    Odin: You are unworthy... of the loved ones you have betrayed.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Worth mentioning because Thor's Weapon of Choice is a hammer and partly because it's part of Thor's Character Development. Mjölnir is a fine example of a Swiss Army Weapon, able to shoot lightning, return to its wielder's hand when thrown, and grant flight, just for starters. The trick is thinking of non-violent uses for it, which doesn't occur to Thor at the start of the movie. note 
  • When He Smiles: Although already a boisterous and jovial fella, Thor's face positively glows with an endearing warmth and kindness when he is genuinely happy and at ease.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: He ultimately causes the destruction of his homeworld by ordering Loki to revive the fire demon Surtur, which causes Ragnarok, although he does so to stop Hela, and not before ensuring that his people are evacuated.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • The Prelude to Thor: The Dark World implies that there is a cost to Odin and Thor's health when the All-Father summons dark energy to transport Thor to Earth. Odin is quickly hospitalized and Thor himself crashes to Earth in spectacular fashion, with Sif wondering if he even survived the trip, excusing his losses in The Avengers.
    • A more subtle one in The Dark World, but during his fight with Kurse he never got hold of Mjölnir as it was either dropped of him or blocked midflight by Kurse.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • After getting swatted through a couple of bulkheads by the Hulk in The Avengers while trying to restrain him, an enthusiastic grin creeps across his face and that says it all.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, he's not looking for a fight and rather exasperatedly tries to stop the match, but cajoling and trying to calm down his "friend from work" just makes the not-so-jolly green giant charge at him and throw him around; by the time Thor gets a nosebleed, his smile creeps up again and his attitude is that of someone relishing a good fight. Ironically, Thor is very reluctant to call Hulk his equal, or even the strongest on the team, and lies about his "easy" win to save face with Bruce Banner.