Characters: The Mighty Thor
This page refers to characters from The Mighty Thor comic book series and its family. If you're looking for characters from the 2011 Thor film, go here.By family we mean currently:many characters have been created over time. The page below are either characters who appear on a regular basis or time and again.WARNING: There are unmarked spoilers on this page for all but the most recent comics.
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Aesir/Asgardians In General
A race of gods that inhabit the dimension of Asgard, the highest of the nine worlds. Their culture is very similar to Medieval Europe where they were once worshiped. All Asgardians possesses some degree of superhuman strength and other physical abilities. A select few have these powers above the average of their race often along with other superhuman abilities. They are commonly referred to as Asgardins. Aesir tends to be the more proper mythological name.
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: A loose rule Odin and Thor uphold to explain why Asgard does not solve all of humanity's problems and instead only protects it from outside threats. Humanity must make its own choices for better or worse otherwise humans are no more than puppets. The one time Thor violated this rule during the storyline called "The Reigning" things went...bad.
- Badass Army: Fighting against monsters for thousands of years requires this.
- Complete Immortality / Immortality Inducer: The gods are immune to conventional forms of death like poisons and disease. They can usually survive injuries fatal to mortals and heal. The amount of injury depends on the power level of the gods. They age, but at a rate so slow they are considered immortal by other races of gods and extremely long-lived beings. However, they must consume the apples of immortaility at regular (but unknown) intervals to maintain their youth and powers.
- Magitek: In older stories, Asgardians were shown using a combination of magic and super-science. Over time, that was eliminated, but generally even if their weapons look primitive, thanks to being powered by magic, they are far more powerful than mortal versions. Example, an arrow from a bow can destroy a fighter jet.
- Master Swordsman: Most of the major Asgardians are considered this: Thor, Sif, Balder, etc. Fandral of the Warriors Three is usually considered the best.
- Multiple-Choice Past: In this case with some in universe explanations. Thanks to the Ragnarök cycle and/or being trope based lifeforms (which might be true for most if not all gods, if we trust Loki) they can and will have multiple versions of their pasts which can all be true in the same time and don't make them disappear in a Puff of Logic.
- Nice Hat: As warrior-gods, the Asgardians often have interesting helmets. Thor has his little wings; Sif's is almost bird-shaped. Balder's helmet has ridiculously gigantic horns. This may also tie in to their subjects being Horny Vikings.
- Physical God
- Proud Warrior Race: Asgardian culture is heavily devoted to war. Without an external enemy, they have in the past turned on themselves.
Thor is the son of Odin and strongest of the gods of Asgard. He has grown fond of humanity during his years on Earth, and considers it his duty to protect Midgard. Following the death of Odin, Thor inherited the Odinforce and took over as Lord of Asgard.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original myths, Thor is a Fiery Redhead, something the lesser-known DC Comics version of the character reflects. This is justified by the cyclic nature of Ragnarok in the Marvel Universe: each time Thor is reborn, minor details are changed.
- Adorkable: Particularly in the 'God of Thunder' run, with his interactions with Jane and Roz Solomon.
- An Axe to Grind: After losing Mjolnir, Thor now uses an axe.
- Artificial Limbs: Left arm is now a dwarven-forged metal replacement, after losing it during the "God Butcher" arc (and to add insult to injury, the guy who lopped it off carried it as a pendant for a while!).
- Badass Beard: Thor has sometimes sported a beard. In the Walt Simonson run, he grew a beard because he was a badass. After fighting with Hela, the goddess of death, her touch disfigured him, so he grew the beard to cover it.
- Badass Boast: He is the master of these. The arrogant smack-talk is part of his charm.
- Barbarian Long Hair: Thor's hair is iconic.
- The Berserker: If really pressed in combat, Thor can enter a state called the "Warrior's Madness", which is claimed to increase his strength tenfold (keep in mind that Thor has the greatest physical might of all Asgardians already) and makes him more resistant to harm. The problem is that he can no longer distinguish friend from foe in this state.
- Big Brother Instinct: In 616 continuity, Thor was very protective of Loki when they were children/teenagers. Sadly, this only aggravated Loki's raging inferiority complex, putting him on the path to villainy. After Loki dies and returns as a child after Siege, Thor takes it Up to Eleven, seeing this as a second chance for them.
- And because without the threat of Thor's wrath, many, many citizens of Asgard would have killed Kid!Loki by now.
- The Big Guy: Always plays this role among The Avengers. He is also physically the strongest warrior in Asgard.
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: In comparison to Loki.
- Breakout Character: During his earlier years as part of the Journey into Mystery comics, stories involving him got so popular that the series was revamped to be about him.
- Catch Phrase: Thor has some of the best. If you don't believe us, try shouting "I SAY THEE NAY!" next time someone cuts you off in traffic and see how awesome it feels.
- Clark Kenting: Averted when he transforms into Donald Blake, but played very straight when he adopts his Sigurd Jarlson persona, which is heavily lampshaded. He even runs into the Trope Namer immediately after donning his glasses.
- Dating Catwoman: Has an on-again/off-again/on-again relationship with Amora, The Enchantress, despite her (very) frequent lapses into villainy.
- In the (later erased) future timeline of "Thor: The Reigning", Thor actually married The Enchantress. Surprisingly, it worked; the two of them were intensely devoted to each other, and Amora was fiercely protective of her husband.
- He also had a romance with Lorelei, Amora's sister, partially out of physical attraction but mostly due to an extremely powerful Asgardian Love Potion.
- Drop the Hammer: Mjolnir is a very important part of Thor's character. It lets him focus his innate weather powers, and also grants him the ability of supersonic flight. It was once said that Thor himself comprises fully half the wartime might of Asgard... but that half of Thor's might resides in Mjolnir.
- Dumb Muscle: Thor's impulsive nature and preference for acting without thinking things through can often leave this impression when it gets him or his allies in trouble. Subverted in that when he bothers to think he can come up with reasonably intelligent battle plans.
- God in Human Form
- Good Is Dumb: He ranks pretty low in terms of intelligence according to his official Marvel stat sheet. Subverted in The Avengers when he learns English in two weeks.
- His intelligence is usually portrayed as about or slightly above average for a normal person. He can be a good tactician and show surprising levels of intelligence. He really only looks slow because he's most often used as Dumb Muscle, and is frequently found in close proximity to super-geniuses Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Odin, and Loki.
- It also doesn't help that he's an Asgardian god who has little to no knowledge of Earth subjects, which can sometimes make him seem a bit slow.
- The actual comics themselves on the other hand have averted this multiple times by showing that Thor has all of Donald Blake's medical knowledge (after Blake was written out) and having him perform surgery on more than one occasion, making him something of a Genius Bruiser.
- Thor is often described as having an IQ of 375 and he has shown it often. It appears his intelligence is just a victim of power seep in order to make the likes of Iron Man and Doctor Strange look better.
- His intelligence is usually portrayed as about or slightly above average for a normal person. He can be a good tactician and show surprising levels of intelligence. He really only looks slow because he's most often used as Dumb Muscle, and is frequently found in close proximity to super-geniuses Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Odin, and Loki.
- Good Is Not Soft: Thor generally tries to be more merciful to his enemies than one might expect of a viking warrior, but he will occasionally show that he is willing to do terrible things if necessary.
- On one occasion, Loki kidnapped and threatened a mortal child and went above and beyond in his attempts to kill Thor. Thor beat the crap out of him and gave him a speech about thinking goodness is weakness only for Loki to murder a nearby human out of spite and then surrender. Thor finally had enough, and knowing Loki would only return to menace Earth again killed him only for Thor himself to face punishment for killing his brother. Funniy enough, Loki was trying to goad Thor into killing him as part of a long-term plan.
- Another time, Loki released a magical plague that made Asgard vulnerable to a frost giant attack along with another attempt on Thor's life. Thor figured out Loki was behind everything, but not enough to prove it. He broke Loki's arm as a reminder that Thor's patience has its limits.
- Hijacked by Jesus: Occasionally. Less extreme examples merely feature Christian themes and subtext alongside the classic Norse inspirations. Egregious cases feature Thor quoting the gorram New Testament.
- Large Ham: Is. he. ever. While many of Marvel's characters have gotten more serious and grounded throughout the years, Thor still speaks like straight out of a 1960's comic, full of bombast and theatrics.
- Though this has slackened off somewhat in the 'God of Thunder' run. He can still pull out the thunder and the bombast (and does, frequently), but largely, this is a more thoughtful, more introspective Thor.
- Leeroy Jenkins: A problem with being more powerful than most other beings is Thor often charges into battle, hammer swinging, without considering his opponents strengths or coming up with a plan. Usually, this isn't a problem thanks to his raw power, but it has come back to bite him a few times over the years.
- Lightning Bruiser: Among the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe, and very fast as well.
- Messianic Archetype: Not quite to the point of actually being the Messiah, but Depending on the Writer can come across as Jesus WITH A HAMMER! sometimes. It should also be noted that this can occasionally be awesome.
- Nice Guy: He's always been this, fundamentally, even if he sometimes comes across a bit aloof and temperamental, but in recent years, he's become Superman's Alternate Company Equivalent in more than just the power stakes, showing the sort of gentle wisdom and kindness that you'd expect from Superman. It looks right on him.
- One-Man Army: When Thor takes the restraints off, he can single-handedly destroy entire armies of modern-tech humans, superhumans or mythological creatures like trolls and giants.
- Person of Mass Destruction: When he cuts loose, he can easily annihilate entire planets.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Say "Thor" to most people, and they'll picture this version instead of the original.
- Power Of The Storm: There are several superpowered individuals on Earth who can influence the weather, but Thor's power surpasses them all — because, hey: he is the God of Thunder.
- Protectorate: Midgard and humanity as a whole. It doesn't matter if it's a Bad Future and the entire planet is dead, he'll still defend the damn thing.
- More particularly, Broxton, Oklahoma has become this in recent years. When the entire town was levelled due to Thor picking a fight with Dario Agger, he responded by giving them his house. Which is the size of a skyscraper.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Often plays this role among The Avengers.
- Super Strength: Thor's strength is immense, and the Earth-based superbeings who can match or surpass him can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Generally played straight while in the Earthly realms, although Thor can and will kill enemies who piss him off enough. Blockbuster, a member of Mister Sinister's Marauders and an enemy of the X-Men, learned this the hard way. In contrast, when in Asgard and the other 'mythical' realms, he is much more willing to use lethal force, since demons, monstrous creatures, and ancient, eldritch horrors are not suitable candidates for a benevolent prison system.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: His interaction with various other characters (Teen!Lokinote and Fem!Thor especially) have been explosively brutal, beat-down-with-intent-to-kill jerkishness post-Original Sin and Axis. Not that it's without justification, but still...
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Occasionally displays elements of this in regards to his father, Odin, especially when Odin is invoking his Omniscient Morality License.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: If Thor is confronted with a problem, his response is generally to throw his hammer at it. If things get really tough, he'll whip out his weather powers. To be fair, Thor is an expert in the art of magic hammer throwing.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Thor has occasionally been distressed that he will have to watch all his friends and comrades on Earth die eventually.
- Willfully Weak: Thor often intentionally holds himself back when he's fighting on Earth. Part of this is due to his not wanting to kill his enemies or make his friends feel weak (see "World of Cardboard" Speech on the Comicbook page), but part of it is also likely due to the fact that he's often fighting in urban areas with lots of innocent bystanders. If he unleashed his full power, he could cause a lot of unnecessary collateral damage.
- An example of Thor pointing out how powerful he is, in a way most people fail to consider — when the US government (in the person of Tony Stark) attempted to intimidate him, Thor informed them that, if pressed, he could and would create a Category 5+ hurricane over Washington D.C.... and then hold it there for weeks or months, till the entire city was simply washed away. And there would be nothing anyone could do to stop it. Stark backed down. Hastily.
- Wrecked Weapon: Mjolnir is made of Uru, an immensely-durable metal (Like Adamantium basically) with magical properties, it's a masterwork item, crafted by the finest weaponsmiths in the Nine Worlds, its enchantments carry the full power of the Odinforce... and even with all this, the hammer is not indestructible, having been damaged or destroyed multiple times. Entirely justified, since Thor tends to battle beings that are powerful beyond the wildest imaginings of most Earthbound heroes.
Angela is the daughter of Odin. At first believed to be an Angel from the forgotten tenth realm, Angela turned out to be an Asgardian who Odin believed to have died at the war between Asgardians and Angels. She was raised on the tenth realm by the Angels who taught her everything about material gain and exchange. She was pulled out of this realm after the defeat of Ultron and later joined the Guardians of the Galaxy until she finally reunited with her fellow Angels and later with her true family.To see tropes about her, go here.
Odin is the king of the gods and Lord of Asgard. He is also, apparently, the creator of mankind. Thanks to Hijacked by Jesus, often has just as much in common with the Christian God as he does with the Norse deity he's based on.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: When Thor alone is not enough, Odin will step in to defend Asgard, even at the cost of his own life. Unless Thor is using his power (the Odin Force) or the runes magic, Odin is the most powerful being in all of Asgard too. This is different from the myths, where Odin did lead Asgard but Thor was the biggest, strongest resident.
- Badass Beard
- Big Good: Thor may lead the charge, but victory is only possible thanks to Odin's leadership and preparations.
- Badass Grandpa
- Cannot Spit It Out: A lot of trouble would've been saved for everyone if Odin had just said he loved Loki once in a while. He does actually manage it after Original Sin... and then promptly refuses to talk about it.
- The Chains of Commanding: Much of the conflict between Odin and Thor comes from the latter's love of Earth and Odin wanting Thor to put Asgard first. Odin has often had to take actions for the good of Asgard that disagree with Thor's sense of nobility. Asgard itself has at times been in trouble and needed Thor who was busy being a hero on Earth.
- The Chessmaster: At times even shown with a chess board representing whatever scheme he currently is working on. Certain stories after the universe- threatening evil is stopped reveal everything that happened had been arranged by Odin beforehand, with things usually working out for the best.
- Depending on the Writer: sometimes he's an entirely pompous jackass. Sometimes, he's a wise and benevolent King with just a little pomposity. Currently wavering between the two, with him being much kinder - in a strange and distant sort of way - in Agent of Asgard than in Thor.
- Elderly Immortal
- Eyepatch of Power: Depending on the Artist, he either sports one blind, scarred eye or one of these. The film version, as portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, has a particularly impressive one.
- In earlier issues of the comics, Odin was sometimes depicted as actually having both eyes, but choosing to wear ceremonial eyepatches on special occasions.
- Good Is Not Nice: Odin is firmly on the side of good and usually tries to minimize the damage and protect the mortal realm from from the evils of the nine world, but he is usually not nice. He is typically a pompous, hardass who will do whatever it takes to ensure the security of Asgard.
- The Good King: With the exception of the Matt Fraction portrayal, Odin has been shown to care for all of his people, fair in his dealings with mortals, and several times sacrificed himself to save Asgard from its enemies.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Odin can often come across as this with his willingness to manipulate others or pompous attitude. As an absolute monarch, he is used to getting his way through unquestioning obedience and being always correct, so he doesn't lightly tolerate challenges to his authority. This is also a major case of Depending on the Writer on how big of a jerk he is. Some writers show him as a patient king with only a few pompous qualities, while others portray him as being a virtually unreasonable hardass.
- King Incognito: Odin will at times disguise himself to accomplish things he has to do himself without the interference of his kingship.
- Nice Hat: Odin has a different hat in almost all of his appearances.
- Omniscient Morality License: Odin's justification for some of the crap he pulls.
- Story-Breaker Power: Odin's magical abilities are powerful and flexible enough to effortlessly overcome nearly any possible threat or foe... which does not lend itself well to creating drama. And so he is often written out of the comics for several issues at a time, thanks to being elsewhere, in a restorative coma, or temporarily dead. Several storylines focus on Odin being unavailable and Asgard only holding out long enough for him to return and destroy the aggressor.
- Super Empowering: His enchantments power Mjolnir, which serves to focus many of Thor's power. In Beta-Ray Bill's case, he bestows the storm powers in their entirety, as well as the accompanying weapon.
- Top God: Mostly fits the "King of the Gods" type, but thanks to being so much more powerful than the other Asgardians combined with at times being practically worshipped by them has elements of the "God of Gods" type.
- Vetinari Job Security: Maybe because Status Quo Is God, but just about any time disaster strikes, Odin is needed to lead Asgard. Part of it is due to his vast powers. The other part is due to the fact that his replacement often acts very, very stupid.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Odin's actions in several stories such as Fear Itself have led Thor to call Odin out on his actions.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: had this kind of relationship with his father, which explains rather a lot about him.
The Queen of Asgard, wife of Odin, mother of Balder and Tyr and foster mother to Thor and Loki. Frigg'a history can be confusing. Originally, Frigga was a young/middle-aged woman with black hair married to the much older looking Odin. Walter Simonson drew Frigga as much older looking which was a design used later. Matt Fraction brought Frigga back calling her Freyja. She and her fellow goddesses, Thor's biological mother Gaea, and the goddess of youth Idunn were summoned by Odin to assume control of Asgard as the triumvirate All-Mother when Odin abdicated after Fear Itself.
- Action Mom: She is mother of several of Odin's children, by blood and adoption. and is also Asgardian warrior.
- Arranged Marriage: Originally, Odin and Frigga were a loving couple with no hint of this. Freyja has been retconned into being forced into one by Odin to end a war between the Aesir and Vanir gods.
- Art Evolution: Frigga started as a young/middle-age woman with black hair, became an older-grey haired woman to more closely match Odin's age, and is now a young/middle-age woman with blonde hair.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Fights King Loki, punches him off the Midgard Serpent, then kills the serpent in a Taking You with Me. Since she's an Asgardian this is enough to get her into Valhalla immediately, and since this happened during Ragnarok, she just gets right back up again to fight some more.
- The High Queen: As Odin's queen, she has often been a source of advice and comfort for others.
- Lady of War: More than capable of holding her own in battle against a sorcerer as powerful as Karnilla thanks to her warrior training and own powerful magic in this case defeating Karnilla.
- Mama Bear: Fair warning, do not hurt her children (well, except maybe Loki). Kill one apparently and your whole species can end up condemned to be the lowest of the lowly in Hel. This is the nasty surprise awaiting the Angels of Heven after death for what they did to Aldrif.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to the authoritarian, pompous hardass that is Odin (though, really, this varies), Freyja is much more calm, open-minded and willing to negotiate to try and work out a compromise and share power with others.
- Except towards Loki. She's perfectly willing to coerce them into doing what she desires if the need occurs, or outright ignore them. They give her an epic calling out after everyone else has shunned them.
Lady Sif is the sister of Heimdall, a noble warrior of Asgard, and Thor's on and off lover.
- Action Girl: As is the norm for females of Asgard. She takes it Up to Eleven.
- Adaptational Badass: See Xenafication.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Justified. This version of Sif was born with the golden hair that is a defining characteristic of the deity she's based on, but Loki cut it off and replaced it with magic black hair. This is actually based on an old Norse myth, but in the myth Sif's magic hair was still golden, until Loki neglected to pay the dwarfs for their work and the hair turned to black.
- Aggressive Submissive: Despite her Boisterous Bruiser and Tsundere-ish relationship with Thor, when the two are finally portrayed in a sexual relationship, she submissively asks Thor if her performance pleases him.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: She's attracted to powerful and noble warriors. This is especially exemplified with Beta Ray Bill, whom she has attraction to despite not being remotely attractive by human standards.
- Boisterous Bruiser: As expected of an Asgardian warrior, she likes to fight and prove her worth in battle.
- Grand Theft Me: Loki once made off with her body, and left her inside a dying old woman. She did eventually get it back.
- Lady of War: In some portrayals, she is a distinctive lady-like fighter, rather than a flat out bruiser.
- Last Girl Wins: She was introduced after Jane and some of Thor's other love interests. She's Thor's wife in Norse canon, so sometimes it seems almost guaranteed that she will accomplish that in the Marvel canon, too.
- Love Triangle: She is in competition with Jane for Thor, and she's the center of one herself between Thor and Beta Ray Bill.
- Satellite Love Interest: Compared to other well-developed side characters like the Warriors Three, surprisingly little has been done with Sif over the years. She has little story purpose aside from hanging around Thor, moping about missing Thor, waiting for Thor, jealous over Thor's interest in another mortal, or going after a Thor lookalike like Beta Ray Bill or Thunderstrike.
- Super Strength: Typically, Asgardian females are physically inferior to males. Sif, however, is just as powerful as the average Asgardian man and can lift 30 tons.
- Xenafication: We really do not know much about how the old Norse portrayed Sif, but if she was intended to be a top combatant amongst them, one would think there would be some allusion to it somewhere.
- Her golden hair was stated to be symbolic of fields of wheat, so probably a goddess of agriculture.
Amora the Enchantress
''She who has had many names throughout time, throughout every era of Ragnarok... Freyja...Iduna...Mardoll...Gefn... Enchantress. Only she, in all her Goddessness, in all of her feminine perfectness... could convince the tree to give of its most miraculous fruit."An Asgardian sorceress who has attempted to seduce Thor on numerous occasions. Initially, her aims seem to have been to claim him as her own Asgard's handsome warrior-prince, and thereby eventually become queen of Asgard. Much to her surprise, Thor proved resistant to her charms, and over the following centuries and millennia her plans largely became driven by a desire to ensnare the heart of the man who eluded her for so long. Her plots generally revolve around seducing him or trying to punish him for rejecting her advances. She typically uses her (admittedly stunning) looks and magics to enthrall others to fight for her. Despite her villainous ways, she has genuine feelings for Thor and has put her life on the line for him in the past. She has also willingly joined in the defense of Asgard when dire threats have arisen.
— Ages of Thunder
- Anti-Villain or Anti-Hero: Plays both at various times, though she seems to be tending strongly towards the more heroic as time goes by... admittedly with lots of relapses.
- Beast and Beauty: Amora's lovers need not always be handsome, like Thor or Heimdal; as an immortal goddess she is able to see beyond mere physical attractiveness (though she most certainly does place a great deal of importance on it, in most cases).
Amora: That.... That was suitably epic.
- Skurge, who served her for centuries, was a seven foot tall slab of muscle, and a deadly warrior, but no one would ever call him handsome.
- The most extreme example of this is the creature/creation known as Keep. A huge, and only vaguely humanlike thing of green wood and tendrils, with a truly monstrous face, Keep is nevertheless taken to Amora's bed.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Usually played straight, and justified in that she is an Asgardian, and therefore extremely resilient.
- Subverted on occasion, such as in the original Secret Wars, where The Lizard savagely slashes her face with her claws, and she responds by ripping out his soul. (Luckily for him it turned out only the animalistic half was torn out and consumed by her magic, leaving him temporarily free of that affliction).
- In 'Avengers Prime', Hela deliberately scars Amora's exquisite face, as punishment for interfering in her battle with Thor. At the end of the miniseries, Thor uses a mystical reset button and all is returned to normal.
- Blondes Are Evil: Varies sometimes, but her first appearance, when she tries to kill Jane Foster, counts.
- Break the Haughty: Most recent appearances have her powers removed by Thor and exiled to a remote mountainous part of Sweden where she lives a fairly hard-scrabble life of hunting and chopping up wood for fuel. That's set to change as of recent X-Men comics.
- Combat Stilettos: Splits her time roughly evenly between comfy-looking flats (or the equivalent of socks, with her footie-equipped leggings) and ultra-stylish high heels. Both are justified in that Amora rarely, if ever, willingly engages in physical combat (or, apparently, any physical activity more strenuous than strolling seductively along, or hopping into bed).
- Cool Crown: Most Asgardians share a love of barbaric jewelry and/or fantastic and ornate weapons and gear, and Amora is no different. While she never wears anything that could be seen as functional armor, and does not use weapons other than as magical tools, she does have one signature accessory: her metallic green headpiece. Its exact design varies (she apparently owns a vast collection of them) sometimes taking the form of a simple circlet, sometimes edging close to ornate helmet territory, but most often appearing as some variation of a Tiara. None of these items are ever said to have cultural or magical significance; she apparently just likes the look of them.
- Dating Catwoman: Thor refused her advances for centuries, either because he favored Sif instead, or because he viewed Amora's lack of ethics as a dealbreaker. Eventually, however, due to his own circumstances and the incredible persistance of a goddess that had finally shown some signs of emotional maturity, his resistance collapses and the two enjoy a long-running (though on-again/off-again/on-again) relationship.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy: She is not immune to her own charms, and has been shown by various artists to pose and preen while giving a monologue (or while waiting for Loki or someone else to finish theirs). Usually takes the form of running her hands through her hair, caressing own face or body, or simply gazing lovingly into a mirror.
- The Dulcinea Effect: She seems to be able to incite this at will in most mortals, without ever needing to cast an actual spell. Mortals of sufficient power or who are strong of will (such as Doctor Doom, Captain America, or Stephen Strange) are largely unaffected. On Earth, this effect gets her preferential treatment at stores, resorts, and hotels, while leaving a trail of hopelessly smitten mortals behind her... which bothers the goddess not at all.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted in that even though she often acts in an impulsive or childish way while in the moment, she will usually, when given time to reflect and consider, come up with a scheme or plot of some subtlety. Also, when she's not obsessing over some slight or insult, she is capable of surprising warmth, wisdom, and insight. Despite the color (and quantity) of that hair, there's a lot going on inside that pretty little head.
- The Fashionista: These days she doesn't have a costume, really, more a theme that most of her ever-changing wardrobe usually follows. She's often seen in the midst of a shopping spree (where she seldom has to pay for anything), and anyplace she calls home for more than a few days will be littered with expensive dresses, shoes, furs, and jewelry.
- Femme Fatale: Amora in a less villainous role.
- Femme Fatalons: Staying in line with her "Evil-but-feminine" theme, Amora is usually depicted with long, perfect nails (and they're always painted green).
- Girlish Pigtails: During the World Engine storyline, Amora's blonde mane is styled this way; a pair of artfully-mussed pigtails that fall past her knees. Perhaps appropriately, this is while she is having a conversation with Thor during which she is markedly warm, playful, and utterly non-threatening.
- The Hedonist: Though she is often engaged in plots and schemes, Amora is usually found either relaxing in her palace within Asgard, surrounded by rich feasts, fine wines, and throngs of adoring godlings, or else travelling incognito on Earth... enjoying rich feasts, fine wines, and throngs of adoring human men. When setting up a headquarters on earth, she will never settle for anything less than penthouses and luxury suites.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Though her default setting is basically Semi-Villainous (more a case of unrestrained selfishness, really), circumstances often lead to her taking a more heroic stance, at least for a time. In nearly every case, this is because of Thor's influence — he is the only person whose opinion of her matters in any way, and when properly coaxed, she will sometimes follow his lead. Unfortunately, when his attention or affections turn elsewhere, she will quickly revert to her old ways.
- During the Secret Wars, Thor convinces Amora to join him on the side of the heroes. Unfortunately, every other hero is (apparently) killed, leaving the Asgardians to face the small army of supervillains alone. Amora, unwilling to face nearly certain death in battle, hangs her head and slowly walks away, leaving Thor to his fate, performing two genuine heelturns in the space of just a few minutes.
- During the events of World Engine, Amora happily and wholeheartedly joins forces with Thor after he finally, after centuries of the two dancing around each other, gives in and returns her affections. This partnership continues for some time.
- One instance that didn't require Thor's persuasion was during the Surter War, when all of creation was in danger of being destroyed by the coming of Ragnarok. Villain or no, Amora is no fool. She and many others who held harbored ill-will towards Asgard or Odin for various reasons yet came to their defense during the final battle, since the alternative was death for everyone. Odin, while acknowledging their self-interest, did not hesitate in accepting their aid.
- In the timeline of The Reigning, Amora undergoes a Heel-Face Turn that actually sticks when Thor marries her. During the decades that pass in that timeline, she bears him a son, is unfailingly loving and supportive of her husband and his efforts, and defends him fiercely against any and all threats.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Towards Skurge, who she doesn't even notice committed a Heroic Sacrifice until four issues later.
- Immortal Immaturity: A trait shared by many Asgardians, but particularly apparent in Amora. For someone several thousand years old, she spends an awful lot of time and energy obsessing over petty slights and jealousy.
- It's All About Me: Self-Absorbed to a massive degree, she really can't help but view the world(s) through the filter of her own importance. Likewise, anyone else's actions are viewed only in the context of how they affect her.
- Thor's love for Sif or Jane Foster isn't about those two people at all — it's an awful insult to Amora herself: how else to explain his affection for a tomboy goddess or a mere mortal when he could have Her???
- Less directly villainous, but still applicable instances include her attack on the World Tree itself, in an attempt to rewrite reality so as to return her lover Skurge to life after his heroic sacrifice. Not because he needed saving — he earned an honored place in the afterlife for his noble deeds — but because she could not bear to be without him after she realized, all too late, that he had truly loved her, and she had thrown that away without ever realizing its worth.
- She later managed to regain Skurge's services, after a fashion, by betraying Donald Blake and using his body to create a powerful creature of living wood called 'Keep', and infusing it with Skurge's memories. She seemed unconcerned that doing this would leave Blake without a body, or dishonor the memory of her most loyal servant — again, it's all about her.
- Lady of Black Magic: Graceful and seductive, she's probably the most powerful sorceress in all of Asgard, using mystical powers to fire energy blasts or conjure illusions.
- Lady and Knight: Her usual pattern is to seduce, beguile, and enthrall a powerful warrior to do her bidding and stand in battle as her protector. Most famously this position was occupied by Skurge.
- Skurge's situation was unusual in that he was not bound by magic, or even motivated by lust or a desire to possess the magnificent goddess of beauty — he truly was utterly in love with Amora. Unfortunately, she treated him as a dimwitted minion at best, and a pathetic plaything at worst, till the day he died. Only after his heroic sacrifice in Hel did she realize the worth of what she had laughingly spurned... and grieve.
- When she encountered Doctor Strange, Amora apparently had not been able to procure a suitable champion, so she made one by wrapping an entralled mortal in multiple enchantments designed to boost his abilities to godly levels. This left her magicks weakened, and contributed to her defeat.
- Love Goddess: Though her focus is more on her beauty and skills at seduction, more than a few Asgardians regard her (perhaps mistakenly) as a goddess of love as well.
''Thus, shalt thou worship me forevermore! In the spring, the wind rustling through thy leaves will sing my glory. In winter, thou shalt stand in mute admiration of my incomparable beauty."— Amora
- One handsome young godling famously stormed Amora's palace simply so that he might kneel before her and worship at her feet. After fighting his way through her monstrous guardians, he found the goddess in her throne room, reclining seductively, every bit as perfect and lovely as the stories had said. When he told her of his desire to stay and adore her forever (in a perfect example of courtly love, which he foolishly believed would please her), she smiled and granted his wish... transforming him into a tree that everafter stood mutely, granted the immense privilege of being near her.
- Magic Kiss: Her favorite means of delivering a spell (provided the target is an acceptably attractive male, of course).
- Manipulative Bitch: Usually avoids risking herself in open battle, but loves manipulating others to do the dirty work in her stead. The 'bitch' part comes into play when she stands at the edge of the battle, taunting her enemy and/or openly mocking whoever she's duped into serving her, all while reveling in her power and cleverness at having brought things to that point. Absolutely adores being able to enthrall men even when they're fully aware of what she's doing. Heartlessly manipulated Skurge into doing her bidding for centuries, through his true and passionate love for her, even though she considered him little more than an especially useful plaything.
- The Minion Master: Although she is a staunch advocate of using minions to do her dirty work for her whenever possible, Amora usually chooses quality over quantity; utilizing a single, powerful champion. In the 'Avengers Prime' miniseries, however, she is instead shown to be controlling a fair-sized horde of bestial, possibly demonic creatures. When her most powerful magical attacks fail to incapacitate Thor, the creatures attack in a Zerg Rush. Turns out their 'quantity' is insufficient when matched against Thor's 'quality'.
- Narcissist: May well have given lessons in self-love to that Greek Guy; refers to herself as the most beautiful, most desirable woman in all the Nine Worlds, and 100% believes it.
- There's a saying — "You're not paranoid if people really are out to get you." In this case it might read: "You're not narcissistic if you really are the most beautiful woman who ever lived".
- Amora once spent considerable time and effort attempting to force the actual concept of Love (which is indeed a sentient being within the Marvel universe) into humanoid form, believing that only Love itself was worthy of being her lover. This is indicative of someone with a fairly high opinion of herself.
- Opera Gloves: Some version of these feature in nearly all of her costumes; sometimes with fingers, sometimes without.
- Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Not many would dare subject a powerful Sorceress/Goddess to this trope, but Heimdall does so and lives to tell the tale.
- Also a case of Heimdall seizing an opportunity to woo the grieving (and newly-available) Amora after Skurge's death. He succeeds.
- At the end of the 'Mares' storyline, Thor tosses the unconscious Enchantress over one shoulder, and her new champion 'Keep' over the other, carries them through the streets of Asgard, and unceremoniously hurls them into the dimensional vortex associated with the World Tree, to wash up on some random point in the Nine Worlds.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Even though a Sorceress with a minor specialization in Illusion spells should be capable of impenetrable disguises, Amora tends to run into problems. The fault isn't her magic; it's her mindset. She absolutely cannot bring herself to appear as anything less than gorgeous, and her mannerisms are always informed by the awareness that she's The Enchantress. This is often enough for a properly wary individual to start putting two and two together.
- Proud Beauty: They really don't come any prouder; Amora's immense love of her beauty, and the power it gives her, is one of her defining character traits.
- Punch Clock Villain: Although she most assuredly does initiate many villainous schemes, and willingly participate in many others, there have been occasions where Amora was coerced into working for someone else when she would have preferred to be about her own affairs.
- Loki has done this more than once; using threats and intimidation to bully her into serving as his proxy (for times when Odin has specifically forbidden him to harm someone) or as his lieutenant when executing a plan that is moving on multiple fronts. Amora is quite formidable in her own right, but only a fool refuses Loki's 'requests' for help lightly.
- During the first Secret Wars, this was Amora's general mindset. Destroying a few mortal heroes was indeed amusing, but her main desire was simply to return to her home in Asgard. When it became clear that she couldn't escape Battleworld until the scenario had played out, she still declined to participate in further skirmishes, choosing instead to go on a sort of date with Thor, hoping to at least make progress on the romance front while waiting for the mortals to finish their foolish games.
- Rapunzel Hair: Varies by artist and appearance, but unless she is disguised as a mortal, her glorious golden mane is shown to reach somewhere between waist and knee length, and occasionally even longer.
- Really Gets Around: Comes with the territory when you're the goddess of beauty and seduction. Somewhat averted in that with her magic enhancing the effects of her beauty, she can usually get men to do what she wants with little more than a look, a touch, or a kiss. Played straight in that she likes collecting various attractive men as lovers and trophies, and has had flings with lots and lots of powerful or significant people. Thor, Heimdall, Donald Blake, and Wonder Man, to name just a few.
- Reclining Reigner: As mentioned above, she has a habit of this.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: After a chance meeting with a revived and Race Lift Lady Deathstrike and Typhoid Mary, the three of them are forming a Sisterhood to gather the remaining traces of Arkea and counter the X-Men. Depending on how long she stays in the group, she may be moving to be a joint-custody villain with the X-Men rather than being solely a Thor/Avengers antagonist.
- Royal Brat: Probably her defining character trait. Being beautiful, seductive, self-absorbed, and arrogant don't make her a bad person — being unable to take 'No' for an answer — in ANY situation — most certainly does. Her history is littered with incidents where she desired something or someone, didn't get it, and went straight to mind control, or worse, as a means to obtain it/them. Has lapsed into rants and tantrums when denied what she feels should rightfully be hers (which is anything she happens to desire), especially when the person who foils her plans is a mere mortal.
- Sex Goddess: Even without resorting to magic, Amora is a lover with few, if any equals. Thus far, absolutely no one is on record as having come away... unsatisfied.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: This is how the world works, from Amora's point of view. And to be fair, barring a bare handful of stubborn gods or superheroes, the world really does bow to her every whim in nearly every circumstance — it's good to be a Goddess of Beauty and Seduction!
- She's Got Legs: As would be expected with a character so heavily invested in seduction and sex appeal, many, many panels of comic book art are dedicated to showcasing her legs. In the 60's and 70's she was nearly always depicted as wearing stockings emblazoned with intertwining glyphs, but starting in the 80's it was not uncommon to see her flaunting her assets in a Dangerously Short Skirt or Mini Dress Of Power.
- Small Girl, Big Sword: Amora isn't a small woman (except when compared to her people, an entire race of Boisterous Brusers), but when she tries to wield an Asgardian melee weapon, the result is much the same.
- In the 'Mares' storyline, Amora uses a broadsword to behead a helpless and immobile Donald Blake. Even though any Warrior of her people would use it effortlessly, she's forced to use both hands, struggles visibly to merely lift it, and requires multiple swings, complete with grunts of effort, to achieve her goal. When she's finished, she's panting for breath, and splattered with blood from the very messy beheading.
- Justified in that even though she has a fair amount of superhuman strength, everything in the realm of Asgard is made of superdense/superheavy materials (even the inhabitants!), thus allowing most of them to avoid the problems inherent in living in a World of Cardboard.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: In her first appearance in the Dazzler comic, Amora makes a grand entrance in a toned-down version of her classic costume, high-heel boots, and smoking a cigarette in a medium-length holder. The glamor aspect is played up as she poses and preens and exhales a deliberate stream of smoke, all while a nightclub owner practically drools over her while exclaiming that she is the most gorgeous woman he's ever seen.
- Smug Snake: Amora is always arrogant, but whenever she embarks on one of her evil schemes, this trope comes to the fore. She constantly underestimates her opponents, especially when they are mortal. She is powerful, undoubtedly so, but when matched against the likes of Thor, or Hela, or Loki, or Odin, her defeat is all but assured. Yes, she is clever, but falls short of being The Chessmaster she thinks herself to be. The one arena in which she really is as unmatched as she believes is her status as the World's Most Beautiful Woman — and beyond-supermodel good looks do not a Magnificent Bastard make.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Mostly averted; Amora not only knows she's beautiful, she loves being beautiful, she revels in being beautiful. That said, it must suck at least a little to be so gorgeous that a frost giant (in disguise) offers to work for months, repairing the broken walls of Asgard, then names The Enchantress as his price... and Odin agrees to the deal.
- In Reign of Blood, Odin's obsession with the beautiful goddess led to a literal curse that resulted in the dead rising to plague the living. Not a few of the dead, not some of the dead — all of them.
- A positive effect of this is that when she's defeated in battle, she typically receives better treatment from her captors (or at least avoids execution) because they would much rather possess such a matchless treasure than destroy it. Her mere presence as a captive in an enemy camp has led to dissent and brawls as everyone slowly becomes obsessed with being the one who will claim her. She is of course very much aware of this effect, and makes use of it to aid in her escape.
- Squishy Wizard: In her home dimension of Asgard, she fits this trope perfectly — she's an ultra-feminine sorceress who actively avoids any sort of physical battle. Even so, she must inevitably face enemy fighters, and so she makes a point of always having a powerful warrior of her own, who she's enchanted or seduced, to serve as her champion.
- Over the course of their very long lives, her polar opposite, the warrior woman Sif, has inflicted various levels of smackdown on Amora many, many times, and always made it seem effortless.
- Amora has, rarely, been forced into physical battle with mortals such as Dazzler, where the trope is reversed — matched against Asgardians she is all but helpless, but compared to most mortals she's Made of Iron. She seemed positively gleeful at the role reversal during her battle with Dazzler, taunting the woman while easily shrugging off the woman's strongest punches, and barely flinching when the woman slammed a rock into her face (going on to crush said rock in her perfectly-manicured hands to fully illustrate her superiority).
- Double Reversed when she faced She-Hulk during the Secret Wars. Trusting in her usual Made of Iron status among mortals, she took a little too long in preparing a spell while also boasting about how a goddess had little to fear from any mortal. She-Hulk replied by delivering a double-handed smash to her face with such force that Amora was instantly knocked unconscious, and might well have lingered in a coma indefinitely if not for Reed Richards treating her with an alien healing device. Upon awakening, she was deeply shamed at having been so easily dispatched by a mortal.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands well over six feet tall in her stocking feet; add her usual high heels to that and she towers over most mortal men. Worth noting that this is almost never commented on in-universe, simply because the only thing anyone ever notices about her is the mind-numbing intensity of her hotness.
- Her stature is never an issue in her home dimension of Asgard, simply because they're all oversized like that. Thor is usually drawn as a comfortable half-a-head taller, and Skurge was taller still.
- Status Quo Is God: Being one of the more significant members of Thor's Rogues Gallery, Amora is hit hard by this trope. Even though she has repeatedly shown signs of growing beyond her childish and spiteful ways and into a woman with the maturity one would expect from an immortal goddess, any such progress is inevitably lost by the end of the storyline.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: In the 'Thor: The Reigning' storyline we skip ahead several decades to find that Thor has become a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and has conquered the Earth in order to bring about an age of peace. During that time, he and Amora have married, and she has borne him a son; Magni. Despite this, the Enchantress remains as young and flawlessly beautiful as ever — something she delights in pointing out to a much-aged and badly careworn Jane Foster.
- Super Empowering: She is responsible for the empowerment of Wonder Man, via some advanced, abandoned technology. She can also use her own magicks to temporarily enhance normal humans to godly strength levels, though this drains her powers and leaves her weakened, which has led directly to her defeat in at least one instance.
- Themed Harem: When on Midgard, she will often assemble a group of men whose sole purpose is to shower her with gifts, act as her servants and agents, and, um, satisfy various 'other' needs. The requirements for these positions seem to come down to: Tall, Handsome, and Rich.
- The Vamp: Amora at her most villainous.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Thought by many (including herself) to be the most beautiful woman in all the nine realms, and it would be difficult to argue otherwise. In the Marvel Universe she effectively fulfills the role of Freya as goddess of Beauty and Love/Seduction, to the point of being inserted into many of the legends which highlight those aspects of Freya.
- There have been multiple instances of powerful beings going to extraordinary lengths to capture, purchase or kidnap her, as her unmatched beauty makes her a considerable prize, even to males of other species, such as frost giants (fortunately, shape and size-changing magicks appear common in Asgard, which solves the problems created by such differences).
- During one such incident, Loki is commanded by Odin himself to go and rescue the Enchantress from her captor. When he finds her, in chains, sleeping and draped across the floor quite gracefully, Loki muses that she is indeed the most beautiful woman who has ever lived, and briefly considers stealing her for himself instead. This from Loki, who is not a god who is easily swayed by a pretty face.
- Amora herself is willing to trade on her beauty, if her usual tricks of magic and seduction do not suffice. In a very clear-cut nod to her role as a stand-in for Freya in the Marvel mythos, she once traded a single night of lovemaking with three Dwarven master-smiths in exchange for the magnificent necklace Brisengamen. The fact that the Dwarves viewed this as a fair trade offers some evidence that the goddess truly is as beautiful as she believes.
- In previous cycles, Odin himself has obsessed over The Enchantress, to the point of going half-mad with frustration and jealousy as he watched her flirt and tumble with many other gods, but never with him.
- There have been multiple instances of powerful beings going to extraordinary lengths to capture, purchase or kidnap her, as her unmatched beauty makes her a considerable prize, even to males of other species, such as frost giants (fortunately, shape and size-changing magicks appear common in Asgard, which solves the problems created by such differences).
- Vain Sorceress: Her vanity masses somewhere above the Gigaton range, as virtually everything in her immortal life hinges on her beauty in some fashion. Much of her magic is either dedicated to enhancing her appearance, or uses her beauty as a focus, or material component, such as her many versions of charm and mind-control spells. When recovering from injuries suffered in battle, her first and most driving need is to be sure her flawless face and perfect body have come through without permanent damage. In the event of injury or scarring, she has proven that she can repair the damage magically, though it seems to be power and time intensive.
- Vanity Is Feminine: Probably the defining example in the Marvel Comic universe, with her legendary, hyperfeminine beauty and all-consuming vanity being the most obvious traits of the character. Amora not only defines all other women according to how attractive they are, she defines herself this way as well. In cases where a rival female is very beautiful but fails to act in an appropriately feminine fashion (such as Sif, or She-Hulk), she will dismiss them as being either 'Mannish' or monstrous, and therefore no 'true' woman at all. Her genuine confusion over why Thor could possibly be attracted to the Tomboyish Sif is the basis for much of her hatred of the warrior goddess.
- Villains Out Shopping: True to her girly-girl nature, there are few things Amora loves more than shopping. Thanks to her status as World's Most Beautiful Woman, she will typically have every employee in the store eagerly scrambling to assist her, and she's rarely, if ever, asked to pay for anything.
- Wizard Duel: Despite her desire to avoid risking herself in battle, occasionally it is unavoidable and so Amora has participated in several wizard duels. Despite her reputation as a Sorceress of considerable power, she has won few, if any of these contests. The most commonly accepted explanation here is that her magical talents, while considerable, are not well-suited to open and direct combat.
- In her duel with Karnilla, Amora seems to be holding her to a stalemate, till Karnilla diverts one tiny thread of concentration away from the raging storm of magical energies they're flinging at each other. Levitating one small stone from the ground nearby, she blindsides Amora in the back of the head with it, disrupting her concentration and instantly achieving victory.
- So in this case it wasn't that Karnilla was necessarily better... she just knew how to fight dirty.
- Amora's Duel with Clea was a more clear-cut defeat, with Dr. Strange's lover simply overpowering her Asgardian foe. Of course, the Enchantress was somewhat drained at the time, since she was sustaining potent spells that turned a mere mortal into the physical equal of her usual The Dragon, Skurge.
- In her duel with Karnilla, Amora seems to be holding her to a stalemate, till Karnilla diverts one tiny thread of concentration away from the raging storm of magical energies they're flinging at each other. Levitating one small stone from the ground nearby, she blindsides Amora in the back of the head with it, disrupting her concentration and instantly achieving victory.
- Yandere: Has the usual mountain-sized ego associated with gods, but even moreso in regards to her beauty, and her self-image as a irresistible seductress. Will often fall into a screaming tantrum if she is rejected by someone she wants, or a murderous, jealous rage if some other woman takes someone she considers her rightful property. This is often the motivation for her attacks on female superheroes, or the girlfriends of male ones.
- Zettai Ryouki: Although her classic costume features skintight leggings which show no skin at all, many of her variant outfits invoke this trope. Miniskirts or the equivalent of a one-piece bathing suit, paired with thigh high boots, most often result in a 'Type A' manifestation.
Younger sister of Amora the Enchantress. Thief, conwoman, magicuser. One of the few Asgardians who choose Midgard as their primary residence.
- Amazon Brigade: Her Caper Crews tend to be highly capable and all female.
- Birds of a Feather: Loki claimed they get along so well because they've so much in common, being looked down younger siblings and dirty low-down tricksters and all.
- Charm Person: Her signature spell. Yes. She occasionally does the Magic Kiss thing her sister is famous for.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: What does she do for a living? Robbing banks and casinos mostly. Or when in a hurry coning people out of their money.
- Fiery Redhead
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Saying that she and Amora don't get along is somewhat of an understatement. Even when Amora is nice, she can't help but take condescending digs at her little sister.
- Hot Witch: Skilled in magic and beautiful.
- Old Flame: Former paramour of Thor (via sorcery) and Loki (sans sorcery).
- Punch Clock Villain: Her villainy is for paying bills and finance her lifestyle. She will work for you if you can pay her.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: She is the other person, apart from Sigurd, who failed to show up to the last Ragnarök, and the subsequent resurrections. Thanks to this Heimdall can't find her either.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the more tomboyish of the sisters, but that's only by comparison. Let's face it it's hard to be more girly than Enchantress.
- The Unfavorite: We don't see much about their childhood, but what we do implies that she was this to her sisters Royal Brat.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She magically seduced (rape is such an ugly word) Thor once, but nowadays has a different hero in mind: Sigurd.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: She would like you to know that she is more beautiful than her sister can ever hope to be.
Heimdall is the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge. His extraordinary senses allow him to see into all Nine Worlds, and even the future. He has stars for eyes, and is a certifiable Badass. Oh, and he had his own game for the Amiga back in the mid-nineties.
- Badass Beard
- Cool Helmet
- Dating Catwoman: He pursued a relationship with Amora, and despite her initial resistance, eventually won her affections (for a time). One reason for his success was his ability to resist and survive her various tantrums and fits of temper — where many lesser godlings have suffered a variety of horrible fates at her hands, Heimdall's power let him shrug off her lesser spells and deal with her as an equal, and as a mature and patient counterbalance to her self-absorbed childishness.
- Gate Guardian
- Not So Omniscient After All: For all of his super-senses, he has been taken by surprise both on and off duty a disturbing number of times.
- Playing with Fire / Flaming Sword: In older stories, his Uru-made sword is able to project blue "cosmic flames", which are quite hot.
- The Stoic
- Super Senses: Can see and hear anything across the nine worlds, including a person's soul.
Balder the Brave is the Norse god of light whose death is supposed to signal the beginning of Ragnarok. Because of this, Odin has made him nearly invulnerable. Balder considers it his duty to guard Asgard and do everything possible to prevent Ragnarok. He is also a son of Odin and half-brother to Thor.
- Actual Pacifist: Briefly tried to become this after he came Back from the Dead.
- Back from the Dead
- Badass: Very much so, as the Hood and his crew found out during the Siege of Asgard. The Hood tried to shoot him and Balder responded by using his sword to guide the bullet in a U-Turn.
- Dating Catwoman: His relationship with Karnilla the Norn Queen has some of this going for it.
- Formerly Fat: Severely traumatized by the time he spent in Hela's realm, he turned to food as a means of dealing with his issues, and put on a great deal of weight in the process. When the realm was endangered, he undertook a relentless training regimen, and soon returned to fighting form.
- Friend to All Living Things: Particularly birds, whose language he can understand. When he says "a little bird told me", he's not kidding.
- Light Is Good: Aside from being the god of light, because of his great nobility, he is sometimes shown with the power to produce light.
- Nice Guy: Is often widely praised as being the kindest, most loving and most benevolent of all Asgardians, sometimes to the point that he could be considered a Gentle Giant (he's almost as big as Thor and can be quite the Bad Ass when has to be).
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of King Loki, who wanted to kickstart Ragnarok the "proper" way.
- The Unfavourite: Following the revelation of his being a son of Odin, he comes off as this, in the shadow of both Thor and Aldrif/Angela. Hell, even Loki gets more of the old man's attention.
- Warrior Poet: Volstagg says of him that he is "a gentle soul. A poet in a warrior's body."
- Weaksauce Weakness: Mistletoe. It was the only thing unimportant enough to be overlooked when Odin made everything in the world swear not to harm Balder.
- World's Best Warrior: Has this reputation.
Kelda is a beautiful Asgardian introduced early in volume 3 of the comic. Her romance with the mortal Bill provides a heartwarming subplot that ends up being quite important.
- Broken Bird: After Doctor Doom is done with her.
- An Ice Person
- Poisonous Person: Yes, she can create poisonous ice.
- Magical Girlfriend: A tearjerking Deconstruction of this trope. Any chance of Kelda and Bill being the comicbook equivalent of Belldandy and Keiichi were quickly dashed and stomped on.
- Mayfly-December Romance: She's immortal, Bill isn't.
- Phosphor-Essence: In dim light, or when she engages in battle, Kelda glows from within with a soft, ethereal radiance.
- Power Of The Storm: While not in Thor's league, Kelda (called 'Stormrider'), has the ability to summon and control wind and rain, can draw the frigid upper atmosphere down to flash-freeze her opponents, and is able to call forth lightning from stormclouds to smite her enemies. All of this requires she be under an open sky; luring her underground or into a sufficiently massive building will largely negate these abilities.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has hair that is somewhere around knee to ankle length which largely seems to ignore gravity, as befits a goddess.
- Really Gets Around: When Bill comes to Asgard to court her, the other gods have no trouble guessing which goddess has attracted the poor, smitten mortal.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Seems set to go on one following Bill's death at the hands of Loki's men.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Bill.
- Together in Death: Is happily reunited with Bill in Valhalla.
Tyr is the Asgardian god of war and son of Odin. He is famous for sacrificing his hand to originally bind the Fenris wolf. He developed a fierce jealousy of Thor due to being overshadowed by him, leading him to battle both Thor and Odin. Despite this, he is still loyal to Asgard and has fought beside Thor to defend it from threats.
- Four-Star Badass: Stated by Thor to be the best general Asgard has and often depicted in a military leadership role.
- Handicapped Badass
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being the god of war in a society of warriors and a great general, everyone else in his family overshadows him in one or more ways.
- Sibling Rivalry: His conflicts with Thor take on a new light with the revelation of his parentage.
- War God: Duh.
The greatest female warrior in Asgard and leader of the Valkyries, choosers of the slain. A long-term member of The Defenders. Her real name is Brunnhilde.
Sigurd The Ever-Glorious aka Zig
- "I'm a hero, remember? "Cool" is in the job description."
The legend of legends. The first hero. The blade of Bor. (For reals!) Original wielder of the mighty sword Gram. Dragon slayer. And so forth. Long time acquaintance of Loki. Legendary Asgardian warrior, which explains so much about the place after you read his tropes. First introduced in the "Exiled" arc of Journey into Mystery later becomes a recurring character in stories dealing with Loki.
- Awful Truth: The main power of his sword Gram forces a person to confront truths they keep hidden from themselves and does damage based on the "lies" the sword has to cleave through to get to it. For a person honest with themselves, the sword does no damage, but a minor wound can be fatal if one is full of self-delusions as the sword's maker found out.
- Black Vikings: He is a black Norse hero/Aesir.
- The Casanova: Womaniser he is. He's Not Staying for Breakfast, thank you very much.
- Cool Shades: Having lived among mortals, Sigurd understands that shades can confer the mighty power of "cool" on a bearer, as he demonstrates to all of Valhalla during the Final Incursion.
- Cool Sword: Original owner of the legendary blade Gram.
- Dirty Coward: When concerning the Disir, Bor's valkyries. He abandoned them to Bor's anger after he seduced them into breaking their oaths, made no attempt over the many centuries to fix his mistake, and when forced by Loki to confront his crimes and victims did everything he could to try and weasel out of it.
- The Dragonslayer: If you ever needed proof that despite his flaws the guy is a true badass, he has at least one dragon on his kill list. The dragonblood itself makes Sigurd pretty much unkillable except by magic and imbued his sword with its truth-magic.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The legends about him tend to not to mention his false heart or all the harm his womanizing has done over the ages.
- I Am Not Right-Handed: He invokes this trope while fighting with Loki.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Aesir normally do age albeit slowly... he gets to stay the same age he slew the dragon forever. Meaning he looks in his early thirties at max but served Odin's father.
- Immortality Seeker: He is already immortal but would really like to loose all possible ways of dying, or at least find a way to not go to Valhalla at any cost, as he is reasonably convinced that the Valkyries (or the ex-Disir ones at least) would cut off "little Sigurd".
- Jerk Ass: His constant womanizing has left a trail of lies, broken hearts and broken promises and he tends to view women as nothing more than sex dolls. His worse moment is seducing the Disir only to abandon them to the wrath of Bor and leave them to suffer for eons without making any attempt to atone.
- Ladykiller in Love: According to Amora he actually fell for Lorelei.
- Living Legend: See his description? He is a legend to gods.
- The Magnificent: He is Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, even if the narration once pointed out that the Sometimes-Glorious would be a more appropriate title.
- Nominal Hero: Well yes, he did the heroing for the Standard Hero Reward. Is there any other reason?
- The Older Immortal: He doesn't look it, but it counts as this among the Asgardians since he was young during the reign of King Bor and nowadays Odin is considered one of the oldest Asgardians. Given how in some versions of his death, Bor died of old age that is saying something. He himself has noted has has been at the hero thing far longer than Thor and is a far older god than Loki.
- The Real Heroes: Nowadays he is a fire-fighter. Not that his priorities changed or anything.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: He is one of the two people who failed to show up to the last Ragnarök, and the subsequent resurrections. Thanks to this Heimdall can't find him.
- Stern Chase: Thanks to Bor he had to do this or face being killed or wed by the Disir. Bor himself would have preferred the non-lethal option.
The father of Odin, Vili, & Ve, and original King of Asgard. He was presumed deceased after Loki travelled back in time to seal Bor into the snow around him, and such as he remained until recent times where Loki freed him and placed him under a spell that confused his senses. When he met his grandson Thor, he was tricked into thinking Thor to be a demon (and sensing the Odinforce within him, thought he had killed Odin) and lapsed into a titanic battle where the great warrior would finally meet his end.
- And I Must Scream: He was trapped in snow for millennia.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- An Axe to Grind
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa
- Elemental Powers: Wind and Lightning.
- Eye Beams
- Fiery Redhead
- Jerk Ass
- He-Man Woman Hater: Bor regarded the Disir and by his speech, all women, as property who existed solely to serve as slaves for men and bear children. His harsh punishment of the Disir is a reflection of that.
- Horny Vikings
- Interspecies Romance: His wife Bestla was a Frost Giantess.
- The Juggernaut: Thor, even with the Odinforce, was in the battle of his life, and he literally smashed Mjolnir into pieces.
- Tragic Monster: The spell Loki put him under made him think everything around him was a Hellish landscape and the people demons.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Odin was this to him, which probably explains a lot about Odin himself.
An Asgardian wizard/seer who serves as an adviser to Odin. Despite appearing off and on for decades, his role has been minimum as the only constant government official of Asgard. He often appears giving needed advice to other characters or performing acts of needed magic.
- Elderly Immortal: One of the few Asgardians besides Odin to come across as looking old.
- The Good Chancellor
- Grand Vizier: Subverted. Despite his title, he is completely loyal to Odin, contrary to some of Odin's other advisers.
- No Name Given: He is only known by his title.
- Squishy Wizard: He has never been shown on the front lines or fighting with weapons.
The Warriors Three are original characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby not found in Norse mythology. They're powerful Asgardian warriors and Thor's best friends.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Volstagg normally wears red, Fandral sports green, and Hogun's in blue.
- Comic Trio: Stories starring of featuring the Warriors Three often have them serving as comedy relief. Jokes tend to come from either Volstagg's weight or boasting nature or Fandral's womanizing with Hogun playing the straight man to their antics.
- Power Trio
- True Companions: To Thor.
Volstagg the Valiant is an enormously fat, bearded Viking. He's technically based on Falstaff, but his enormous appetite, red beard, and Hot-Blooded nature actually make him seem quite a bit like... Thor, from the original Norse myths.
- Action Dad: Volstagg is known for having many children from his marriage. This even includes adopting mortal Midgardian children!
- The Atoner: It's speculated by A.I.M. that the reason he's so fat is that he's punishing himself for (however briefly) considering abandoning Hogun to be eaten by Fenris when they first met. Volstagg himself dismisses this and had stated on several times he eats because he enjoys it and thinks enjoying life is the point of living.
- Big Eater: VOLSTAGG. There's an exemplary scene in the Warriors Three miniseries where he misunderstands the purpose of an "all you can eat" buffet and takes it as a challenge — and proceeds to eat EVERYTHING IN THE RESTAURANT.
- Boisterous Bruiser: One of the best. And biggest.
- Cowardly Lion: the general consensus of his characterisation post Simonson.
- Depending on the Writer: Volstagg started out as a loveable, boastful coward until Walter Simonson came along and made him into a family man and great warrior. Subsequent writers sway back and forth between characterizations. The general consensus is that he'll avoid a fight, but picking one with him is a very, very bad idea.
- Expy: of Shakespeare's Falstaff.
- I Was Quite The Looker: Used to be known as Volstagg the Valiant and was as svelte and handsome as Fandral.
- Large Ham: Even by Asgardian standards. It's one of the things that makes him a surprisingly competent politician.
- Miles Gloriosus: In the older stories Volstagg would always claim what a great warrior he was while fleeing the battle or somehow being a clumsy oaf. Often he was just as effective at defeating the enemy with his own clumsiness. In later stories, he was turned into a very brave and skilled warrior, but he still has shades of this.
- Papa Wolf: Volstagg is a cheerful, amiable, obese fellow who loves a good meal and a joke...but do NOT threaten one of his children, whether biological or one of the human orphans he adopted from Earth.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Volstagg is often the source of light-hearted humor more so than the other two.
- Simple Staff: Older stories often have him use a staff in battle and be quite effective with it.
- Stout Strength
- Took a Level in Badass
Fandral the Dashing is Asgard's resident Lovable Rogue. He's handsome, witty, romantic, and the greatest swordsman in Asgard.
- Expy: Of Errol Flynn, by Word of God.
- Handsome Lech
- Lightning Bruiser: mentioned to be the swiftest and most agile of all the Asgardians (with the possible exception of Hermod), and like all Asgardians, possesses considerable Super Strength.
- Master Swordsman: Considered to be the best swordsman in Asgard
- Royal Rapier: A mini had him armed with a magical rapier. Otherwise, tends to use a double-edge sword in a fencing style.
Hogun the Grim is, well, grim. He's much more taciturn than his expressive companions, and is the only one of the Three who is not an Aesir. He is also a complete and utter Badass, even by Asgardian standards.
- Bishōnen: When he was younger, he was WAAAY different, being a pretty boy who worked as a stone carver
- Carry a Big Stick: His preferred weapon is a giant mace.
- Deadpan Snarker: He doesn't talk much, but he gets his digs in when he does. Especially against Volstagg.
- Expy: According to Word of God, several of his personality traits come from Charles Bronson characters.
- Inscrutable Oriental
- The Quiet One
- Pretty Boy
- Straight Man: Often is the only voice of reason to be found amongst The Warriors Three.
- The Stoic: He's called The Grim for a reason.
Dr. Donald Blake is Thor's alter ego. Originally a separate character, it has since been Retconned that Blake has always been Thor, made into a mortal by Odin in punishment for his arrogance. Or something. Blake has since gained a life and sentience of his own, separate from Thor, so the whole thing seems to have come full circle.
Jane Foster is an oncology doctor (formerly a nurse) who was Thor's original love interest. She has evolved into a strong character in her own right. She often has an on-again off-again relationship with Blake, which is understandably strained by his frequent bouts of death, intangibility, and other Asgardian stressors.
- Action Girl: As the new Thor.
- Amicable Exes: Her and Thor. In the God of Thunder run she's actively encouraging him to find a new girlfriend, then later discussing Thor's new sort of girlfriend with Thor's mother, while he holds her in very high regard, noting that any new girlfriend he found would have to be very special because his last Earth girlfriend was so extraordinary, and encourages her to speak for Earth in the Congress of Worlds.
- Bald Woman: She's lost her hair due to her cancer.
- Cast From Life Span: Using the hammer spreads her cancer.
- Distaff Counterpart: In one alternate universe, she's the one who finds Mjolnir instead of Dr. Blake and uses the hammer to become a female version of Thor, having many of the same advantages Blake had in the 616 universe.
- As the current Thor in the 616 universe, she is this once again.
- Divine Date
- Dressed to Heal: Usually played straight. She's immediately identifiable as a nurse by the swiftest glance at any of the early Tales to Astonish covers.
- Flat Earth Atheist: Played With. She's perfectly aware of all the crazy magic stuff, but she's also very aware that it comes with a price, hence why she forbids Thor from looking for a magical method of curing her cancer.
- Hospital Hottie: Yes.
- Satellite Love Interest: Generally averted. She may have started off as this, but her relationship with Don/Thor is as complex as one would expect, given the years spent fighting aliens and giant serpents.
- The Topic of Cancer: As of Jason Aaron's God Of Thunder run, she's dealing with this.
Bill (AKA William the Warrior) is an Oklahoma diner owner and fry cook introduced in volume three. He falls in love with the Asgardian beauty Kelda.
- Audience Surrogate
- Back for the Finale: Returns briefly in Loki: Agent of Asgard, as one of the many inhabitants of Valhalla present at Ragnarok, though he doesn't really do anything.
- Badass Normal: He held his own against several Asgardian warriors and he had never even picked up a sword before.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: As mentioned above, he discovered a plot by Loki and Dr. Doom to vivisect Asgardians. When confronted by Loki's goons, he put up a valiant, but useless fight against the stronger, better-trained Asgardian warriors. His last words to Balder reveal Loki's betrayal. To sum it up: a fry cook from Oklahoma saved countless Asgardian lives and died in the arms of the god of light. And tops it up by killing one of his attackers who tried to attack Balder from behind, saving his life.
- Killed Off for Real
- Mayfly-December Romance
- Reality Ensues: What happens when a fry cook who's never held a sword before goes up against a group of well-trained Asgardian warriors? He holds them off for a minute, then gets stabbed in the gut and bleeds out in the snow.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kelda. In the end, their worlds really are too different for their love to last, and Bill is killed.
- Tragic Hero: His love leads him to a world not meant for him, and it proves fatal.
- Together in Death: He and Kelda are happily reunited in Valhalla.
- Viking Funeral: Balder gave him a Viking funeral. He earned it.
A mortal who through one of Loki's schemes became blessed with Thor's powers after the latter was banished to parts unknown. Thor was eventually found and Loki's plot foiled. As a reward for his work and to leave Earth a protector when Thor was in Asgard, Eric was given the less powerful Thunderstrike mace. After a number of adventures, he died stopping the Egyptian death-god Seth and sacrificing his own life to keep the Bloodaxe from possessing him and using him to kill.
- Anti-Hero Substitute
- Arch-Enemy: Bloodaxe, a vigilante empowered by a cursed Asgardian weapon. His/Her identity is a major plot point in the series.
- Badass Beard
- Carry a Big Stick: His mace
- Darker and Edgier: Thunderstrike (Actually, he was nice enough, but he looked like a Nineties Anti-Hero).
- The Everyman: One nickname of his is "The Everyman Avenger"
- Evil Weapon: Forced to use the Bloodaxe, a cursed Asgardian weapon, to battle foes too powerful for the Thunderstrike mace.
- Killed Off for Real
- Legacy Character: Started as one for Thor. Later, his son became one when he inherited the Thunderstrike mace.
- Pure Energy: His mace can fire powerful concussive blasts of mystical energy.
- Unskilled, but Strong
Verity is a mortal with a special gift - she can see through any intentional lie, whether it is words, hallucinations, fake feelings, holograms, special effects, fiction, magic illusions, etc. Thanks to this power, her life has been difficult, since everybody lies and lies make her uncomfortable. She found Loki (the 3rd one) while trying (and failing) to speed date; since then they have become friends, as Loki is the only person who so far has been able to cheat her powers (to some extent) with their mastery at lying and manipulating.
- Blessed with Suck: She actually believes her powers suck because the things that will always be true are also the ones that are always boring and difficult. She can feel that people truly enjoy life with fiction and little lies, yet she just gets suffering from those same things.
- Brutal Honesty: Since lying makes her uncomfortable and angry, she can't help but always do this.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: She is capable of lying but doing so would result in her feeling very angry and uncomfortable so she chooses not to do it ever.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She tries her best to keep Loki from doing stupid things. Doesn't work a lot but sometimes she does end up saving them.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: She keeps claiming this in regards to Loki because everyone just assumes they are "doing kissing" like Valeria Richards said.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: This is one of the few ways to lie to her. If she isn't told anything, she can't detect any lies.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Her powers caused her to become very antisocial (because she can't stand lies and...well, everybody lies). She knows this and she hates it.
- Living Lie Detector: This trope is somewhat deconstructed with her. She can't stand literally any kind of lie. That includes no fiction of any kind, no white lies to make her feel better, no lies to make herself feel better and not even magical lies. She is cursed to forever live in a world full of lies and liars and she hates it.
- She eventually manages to learn how to suppress her reaction when it comes to books, her experiences with Loki having taught her that just because it's a story doesn't mean it's not true.
- Malicious Misnaming: Verity dubs Amora the Enchantress Heteronormativa behind her back as an insult.
- Meaningful Name: Her name literally means truth.
- Muggle Best Friend: She is not a complete Muggle but she is not related to Asgard at all, and she IS mortal, and of course, she's Loki's best friend. She's also at least an acquaintance of Sigurd, Lorelei and Thor (Odinson).
- Our Ghosts Are Different: When the Incursion was approaching Loki (the God(dess) of Stories) decided to Soul Jar her story into their bracelet for safekeeping effectively killing Verity's body and turning her into a ghost. This is their idea of nice by the way.
- Spit Take: Verity does this as a Funny Background Event when Amora mentions that Lorelei hasn't bathed since "her last rut".
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Being able to see the truth all the time hasn't really made her life easy, to say the least. She did manage to get a career out of it, though, weeding out incorrect information on online forms.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She does this to Loki a lot of times but also to other characters like Valeria or Thor (Odinson).
Giants In General
The primary enemy of the Norse gods who live in the world of Jotunheim, the land of giants. Ranks includes Frost Giants (including similar ones like Ice Giants or Rime Giants), Storm Giants, Mountain Giants, and even just regular ol' Giants.
- Art Evolution: What giants have looked like over the years various from artist to artist and giant to giant. Sometimes they are shown as primitive, large humans to things far more monstrous.
- Stupid Evil: With rare exception, giants are not that bright. Their magic tends to be weak and their society only as advanced as a hunter-gatherer at best. Their fighting strategies tend to be simplistic as well. Often, they are mean for the sake of being mean, which usually pisses off the gods. It gets to the point where the giants would live a lot longer by just staying home.
Loki is the biological son of Frost Giant chieftain Laufey. After Odin killed Laufey in battle, he adopted Loki and raised him as his own son. It was revealed that Loki engineered his own adoption through means of a Stable Time Loop as part of his plan to destroy the Aesir.
- Abusive Parents: Laufey was not a good father. In one particularly poignant scene, a time-travelling adult Loki took revenge on a wounded Laufey with a sword, screaming "YOU WILL NEVER STRIKE ME AGAIN!"
- Affably Evil: Sometimes.
- Always Someone Better: Thor was this to Loki during their childhood in Asgard. This, coupled with Abusive Parents above, is basically Loki's Freudian Excuse.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Archenemy: To Thor.
- Astral Projection
- Badass Bookworm: While he's mainly known for his skills at magic and guile, he's quite the skilled fighter as well.
- Big Bad: Of many Thor stories, being Thor's Arch-Enemy, as well as the first Avengers story, and one of the main threats in the Marvel Universe.
- Black Magic
- Body Snatcher: Has made a bad habit of this ever since he came back to life after Ragnarok. First he came back in the body intended for Sif and claimed it was the body intended for him, and later claimed he had inhabited her body by mistake when he returned to his true form. He later forced Kid Loki to allow him to take over his body, eradicating his younger self's mind in the process.
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: In comparison to Thor.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Thor's Abel.
- Chronic Villainy: No matter how many second chances Thor and Asgard are prepared to give him, Loki simply can't seem to help but play the villain's part.
- Consummate Liar
- Cool Helmet
- Dark and Troubled Past: Loki's early childhood which is littered with implications of neglect and possible physical abuse. Also the fact he's a runt giant, which means he's like 1/5 the size of his kindred. This is often an explanation for his self-loathing and mean behavior.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Distaff Counterpart: Loki bears the dubious honor of being one of the few characters to become his own Distaff Counterpart.
- Easily Forgiven: Thor and Odin always forgive Loki in the end and give him another chance. Loki is so convinced that they secretly hate him that he never takes it.
- Though averted with Loki's return as a kid; Odin has apparently run out of patience, with Thor being the only reason Kid Loki has not been banished or killed. The only person who has forgiven Loki is Thor. Everyone else wants to kill him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's all about himself and wants to take the 9 Realms because he wants to one-up Thor; he has also fought to defend to it to prevent its destruction.
- Evil Chancellor: To Balder, during his tenure as Asgard's king in the JMS run.
- Evil Mentor: In magic, to his son Vali and later to Wiccan.
- Evil Is Petty: His main motivation is simply showing up Thor, by any means necessary.
- The Evil Prince
- Evil Sorcerer
- For the Evulz
- God of Evil: ...and mischief and lies.
- Hand Blast: One of his main forms of attack.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Loki actually hates himself and has a raging inferiority complex. However, he loves to hide it behind false arrogance and superiority.
- We see more of the unmasked inferiority complex with Loki as a child, since he's a kid who knows everyone but his big brother hates him... and worse, that the person he used to be means he deserves it.
- It's All About Me
- Lean and Mean
- Magic Knight: Most stories focus on his illusions and magic, while occasionally a story comes along that reminds readers that Loki grew up in a warrior culture and was taught the art of the sword. He isn't as good of a fighter or as physically powerful as many others, but he can more than hold his own or make up for it with his magic. Being immortal has given him plenty of times to develop his skills in both areas.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has manipulated pretty much everyone in Asgard at some time or another including himself. Fitting, given that he is the personification of deception.
- He actually insists that he's not really the "God of Lies", just mischief. Of course, he's such a good liar anyway, who could ever tell?
- He's so good that even when people know not to trust him (which has been Status Quo for fifteen real time years), he still ends up manipulating them anyways.
- The Man Behind the Man: A number of Thor's other enemies were created by Loki.
- Master of Illusion
- Memory Gambit / Cloning Gambit: The reason for Kid Loki's existence proved to be this.
- Mind Control
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Frost Giants are mostly depicted as very big, very stupid, and typically Dumb Muscle. Loki is a brilliant schemer, a powerful sorcerer, and is usually shown as slightly shorter than Thor (the horns on his helmet notwithstanding) and pretty darn skinny. While he is still very strong and durable, that is primarily in comparison to Earth superheroes/villains, not Asgardians and other Frost Giants.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against the Hulk, but some other heroes showed up as well. Loki's plot was soon uncovered, and — much to his later irritation — he ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together.
- The Nth Doctor: Loki erased himself from Hela's books in Dark Reign so no Loki goes to the afterlife since. Which means when a new arrives after an unfortunate death, which is predictable as Death Is Cheap in comics, he/she/them will be a different person (so the Loki of the past is not the same as Kid or the 3rd despite all being Loki). He wasn't aiming for this effect, but when did Loki's plans ever not involved unexpected consequences?
- Progressively Prettier
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In his first Silver Age comic appearance, he had been magically imprisoned inside a tree by Odin as punishment for his antics.
- Sibling Rivalry: His rivalry with Thor is one of his main motivations for villainy.
- Third-Person Person: Has a habit of doing this in various comics.
- Ikol did it as well, but it makes sense since he is no longer Loki, Kid!Loki is. Of course, Ikol also refers to "Loki" in the sense of what Loki means to the world at large and as a being, not directly referencing Kid-Loki.
- The Unfavorite: He definitely thinks of himself as Odin's least favourite son.
- Villain Teleportation
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Weaksauce Weakness: When he first appeared, he had one — he couldn't use his powers when wet. Against Thor, who could easily make it rain. No wonder this is ignored now.
After his death in Siege, Loki was resurrected as a preteen without his adult memories, powers, or emotional baggage. He was the lead character during the run of Kieron Gillen on Journey into Mystery.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent / Amnesiac Dissonance: Loki has no memories of his adult self's evil acts, or his motivations for committing them.
- Big Brother Worship: As far as Loki is concerned, his big brother Thor is the center of the universe. Kid-Loki practically worships Thor and nothing he does can ever be bad. Even if daddy doesn't like it.
- Kid Loki is justified with this line of thought, as Thor is by that point the only person who likes him at all and is nice to him.
- Break the Cutie: Things start out bad for him and proceed to get progressively worse.
- Cessation of Existence: At the end of Kieron Gillen's run on Journey into Mystery, Ikol/adult Loki overrides his mind, annihilating his identity.
- A Day in the Limelight: After Thor #622, Kid!Loki took over the book, which was renamed Journey in Mystery.
- Dying as Yourself: He claims that despite accepting to kill his ego for the sake of Mephisto not getting the crown of thorns, as part of Old!Loki's plan, he still wins because he did change.
- Fake Defector: Loki uses his bad reputation to pretend to betray Asgardia as part of his schemes to help Asgardia on more than more occasion.
- Guile Hero: As he has very little of his adult self's magical or fighting skills, he relies almost entirely on his wits.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Most of his plans unravel at the end of "Everything Burns", specially the crown of fear, which pretty much forces him to go along with Old!Loki's plan to kill himself.
- I Hate Past Me: Kid Loki had no love for his evil past self.
- Manipulative Bastard: A good version of this (he needs to be, since he doesn't have his magic; manipulation is all he's got).
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He becomes fascinated with Midgardian pop culture after discovering the internet.
- Talking to Themself: Ikol turns out to exist in solely in Loki's mind.
- The Trickster: Well, he's still Loki. Literally as it turns out; "Kid Loki" is a scam pulled off by Loki to avoid the ignominy of predictability.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even when his intentions are good, Loki's schemes still lead to disaster.
The 3rd Loki (Teen Loki etc.)
- "I am the echo of a screamnote . I am the magpie who whispersnote . I'm the crime that will not be forgiven."
He... she... damn it, let's go with they... are the Loki who was born from the death of the Kid at the end of Journey into Mystery, who cursed theirself with their first breath, and the world (including the readers) with the second. Oddly they're pretty much neither of their predecessors taking elements from both but still being theirself. "Star" of Young Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard.
- Acting Your Intellectual Age: As Kid Loki they were prone to some very troubling unchildlike behaviours, like flirting with everybody and drinking, on the other hand their intellectual age was obviously lower than their actual age would suggest. "You're as old as you feel" and they didn't feel like an adult yet either. When they eventually got their teenage body, they started acting more adult or young adult at least.
- Ambiguous Gender: This Loki can be a woman whenever they feel like, and would do so for no other reason. Odin outright calls them his "child who is both his son and daughter" on at least two occasions.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: They still can't remember why they hated Thor in the first place, despite having most of their memory back.
- Animal Motif: Look at their quote and guess. Could it be magpie?
- Batman Gambit: Their entire ploy to reform the Young Avengers had them manipulate Miss America by telling her they plan on killing Wiccan so that she goes to warn him and brings the team back together.
- Becoming the Mask: Thanks to the nature of gods, this begins to happen to them after they take the place of their younger self."I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me."
- Beware the Honest Ones: They're not that honest but when they do do honest things, they're quite unpredictable and untrustworthy.
- Big Bad: Everything bad during their run with the Young Avengers was their fault, with the exception of the fake Patriot. Given all the Character Development, they were a Villain Protagonist too. In their defence at least the League of Evil Exes wasn't intentional.
- Bi the Way: Why yes, they're bisexual and flirt with everybody.
- Body Snatcher: They took over the body of kid Loki.
- Clones Are People Too: They are a personality copy of the past Loki in the body of the kid, literally created in the process of a Cloning Gambit. They fought very hard to become their own person which reaches its peak when Old Loki tries to push them into accepting the role of the past Loki. They would rather burn virtually everything in themself that belonged to their previous incarnations, taking a new title, writing a new story, and breaking the timeline.
- Consummate Liar: They're Loki after all, no matter how they look. This ends up being subverted after AXIS, since they can't lie anymore
- Determinator: They don't know the meaning of giving up. This is also one of their vices, if they got something in their head they won't give up no matter the cost and will need other people to point out if it's counter-productive or self-destructive. Considering their pride, greed and selfishness they generally lack the friends they sourly need when that happens. Until King Loki begins to meddle and accidentally fix this that is.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?:
- Loki made a deal with a parasite called "Mother" and orchestrated Billy bringing it into the world, then betrayed it and prevented it from consuming Billy. And they did it in such way to not break the magical deal that prevents it from revealing their involvement and escape the consequences. And they did it again later, when they played a game of questions with the parasite. It thought she learned a lot and they learned nothing, but they pointed out how they could afford to answer all its questions with no harm done, while they learned "Mother" knew nothing about what interested them.
- They trick Mephisto into believing they were gonna get Sigurd's soul in exchange of the Sword of Truth after they both signed Mephisto's contract. Actually, they used many invisible devices to ensure they would be invisible and exchange Mephisto's contract for one of their own that ensured their sword was theirs again, Mephisto vanished and Sigurd delivered to the All-Mothers. All to trick them into believing Loki captured Sigurd when in reality Sigurd was Loki's inside man in the Asgardian jail.
- Escape Artist: They claim to be the biggest expert in escaping Cool And Unusual Punishments, especially those by Odin, and with their track record we're inclined to believe them. It's anybody's guess why people still try to imprison them, they'll make their inevitable escape sooner or later.
- Evil All Along: They were this at the beginning of Young Avengers. If we go by his future self, they've gonna be this eventually despite all their good intentions. They do manage to avert that particular evil future self that was plaguing them at least.
- Faking the Dead: They seemingly annihilate themself in an attempt to defy the villain's plans in issue #13 of their solo series... it's also a ploy to redefine what being the God of Lies means (Stories not Evil), break the timestream, make their future time displaced, and screw destiny. And it works. They come back to Verity at the last pages (8 months in-universe time) with a Plot-Relevant Age-Up. The villain is still fooled though.
- Future Me Scares Me: They aren't like the past Loki, but there is a pretty strong possibility that they're going to turn out like that but worse. Said possibility just loves to torture them with this.
- Genre Savvy: Before leaving the Young Avengers, they discuss what they're going to do next with Prodigy. When killing themself comes up, they mentions it likely wouldn't stick, and that they've just come back and do something "worse".
- Get It Over With: After admitting how they replaced kid-Loki and manipulated the Young Avengers, they asks Miss America to kill them before they can talk their way out of it again. She replies that she's not going to make it that easy for them.
- They're All Grown Up: They took over the body of Kid Loki but later while with the Young Avengers, they become the very attractive Teen Loki thanks to Wiccan.Kate: Now he looks like trouble.
- Guile Hero: While hero might be stretching the term, Loki will use their wit and resources in most situations.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: They plotted to steal Billy's power and drive the boy into suicide but changed their mind and helped the team out of a tight spot at the last minute. They still planned to betray them later but they ended up liking them and decided to leave before they could turn on them again.
- Helpful Hallucination: During their time with the Young Avengers Kid Loki often appeared in front of them to try to persuade them to do the right thing. They almost never listened to it and ended up paying by having many other physical hallucinations of their teammates manifest and join the parasite Mother.
- Heroic Vow: This Loki vowed that they will not end up becoming the Loki that has tormented the Marvel Universe for such a long time. They made this at least twice, one before taking over Kid Loki's body and then again when they were talking to Prodigy at the Young Avengers new year's party. So far they hasn't broken their vow.
- Hometown Nickname: In Ms. Marvel, Bruno (one of Khamala's friends) called them "Hipster Viking" not because he knew they were from Asgard, but because he thought they were from Williamsburg (apparently people from funds dress weird there).
- Honesty Is the Best Policy: Their behavior around Verity is always this because she can see through any of their lies, so they always have to either plan ahead or use a different kind of trick with her.
- I Meant to Do That: To truly ridiculous degrees at times. For example when they were still Ikol they claimed to Kid that Loki's whole death, resurrection and so forth was totally part of the plan and nothing backfired at all, which is blatantly untrue if you read these tropes. The "ghost" of past Loki downright denied later that he intended to die.
- Impossible Thief: Once managed to steal an item from the telepathic Red Skull's person with him not noticing until Loki was long gone.
- The Jinx: This might go on their main page or the first Loki's tropes but if you can be certain about one thing around Loki at all that'll be things won't go as you expect them, how bad that's to the people around them is as erratic as they are. (Yes. They can cause mischief by standing still.)
- Loophole Abuse: They cannot avert being the God of Lies, but that way lies evil, so they decide to go around that by becoming the God of Stories instead, because that sounds a lot nicer while meaning basically the same, and it works.
- Mad God: Loki was never particularly sane to begin with, dying and sundering, killing, remaking, etc. themself didn't help their mental state at all, which combined with being a Reality Warper makes them very dangerous even if they don't mean harm. Basically when they can't tell fantasy from reality, neither will anybody else.
- Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being the Norse god of mischief.
- The Mentor: Was one to Billy in magic.
- Meta Guy: Loki was always kind of Medium Aware, but this version of them is an outright in-universe Fourth Wall Observer (gods being trope based entities, which they're keenly aware of), who occasionally also wreaks havoc on the real fourth wall, but when not can still lecture on about the Theory of Narrative Causality.
- Mood Whiplash: They're a master of slipping disturbing remarks between jokes.
- Mr. Vice Guy: They're pretty much every sin personified (except envy, they lost most of that) but special mentions go to greed and sloth, they want to better themself for personal gain (wanting everything includes friends) and more comfort.
- My Greatest Failure: The murder of Kid Loki.
- Mythology Gag: Loki's involvement helped to bring a group of misfit heroes together to save the world. Kinda like the original Avengers except this time they joined them (itself a callback to Pym realizing this and offering Loki a seat on his team—ironically causing his team to disband in the process).
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood:
- Invokes this Trope by comparing themself to Tyrion Lannister to convince the Young Avengers to trust them.
- A more dark example is when they desperately try to convince Thor and the Asgardians of this after the Asgardians learn about what they did with Kid Loki.
- Our Gods Are Greater: As a pagan deity ("Evil Mischief God") they feel themself entitled to critique Wiccan's religiously insensitive alias.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up:
- They get one from Wiccan in their time with the Young Avengers. (From child to late teen early twenty~ish)
- And then another one in their solo series when they rebrand themself. (To adult.)
- Pop-Cultured Badass: They'll quote Princess Bride at you, or reference Game of Thrones, or casually admit writing Slash Fic. They're as much of a technophile as the kid was, the only things they've issues with are guns.
- Rebellious Spirit: Kid Loki already had shades of this, but they bring it to brand new levels. In a twist what people expect from them is good old predictable villainy. Nope!Loki: I am my own, and I will not sit long in any box built for me.
- Screw Destiny: We don't know to what extent but they actually manage to derail the story.
- Skewed Priorities: We're not even talking about their vices. Loki's priorities can seem very strange because they tend to ignore (apparent) danger entirely. A cosmic horror tries to kill us? Since when is that an excuse to not take a joke? (And by the way your alias sucks!) The world is ending? Big deal. Tell me about yourself!
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In their "Young Avengers Wanted" ad, they describe themself as "One mischievous and lovable godling who is not at all evil and definitely not manipulating everyone."
- Take a Third Option: Is given the option to accept being Old!Loki or cease to exist like Kid!Loki. Decides to reinvent himself instead.
- Talking to Themself: They've Kid!Loki's "spirit" in their head who personifies their guilt and acts as a conscience.
- The Tease: Loki flirts with everybody. It's a bit harder to notice when they look like a kid because most people have Anti-Shipping Goggles for that sort of thing. But yes, they do it with almost everybody, guys, gals, it's the same for them.
- Technopath: Generally speaking Loki is a highly versatile magic user, which they acknowledge to mean Reality Warper, but this application of their powers is unique to the third. They admitted finding technomancy easy and low risk, because technology is very gullible.
- That Man Is Dead: They're pretty adamant on claiming that past Loki died in the Siege, and they aren't him. Which can also read as a toned down version of Never My Fault in this case. Meaning they say that they're not the murderer, but the weapon, and insist that they didn't really have any choice in how Loki's last gambit would play out. Issue 13 of Agent of Asgard proves this is, for all intents and purposes, true.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Milkshake, a legacy from Journey into Mystery. And bacon, it really is magic.
- Villainous Breakdown: They're still so wrought over their guilt that at one point it manifested itself as Leah and plotted to destroy reality.
- Villainous Rescue: They stopped Billy from going through with his suicide and bought the team enough time to escape the parasite.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of a limited kind. Loki can turn into anything, so long as it's them. Meaning they can't turn into a fly, because they're not that sort of god, but they can turn into a humanoid fox, or in one instance a unicorn.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Oddly enough, they're less of this than the previous two incarnations of Loki, since Odin seems to have a fairly ambivalent attitude towards them, at a contrast to previous hostility.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: For their own surprise. They're at least strictly against child murder, as the Angels of Heven learned the hard way.
- You think I am the Loki that was?! Dolt! Simpleton! I am what will be!
- Authority in Name Only: Calls themselves a king of Midgard, after having killed everyone and everything on the entire planet, meaning there's no-one for them to be king of.
- Ax-Crazy: Completely out of their gourd, prone to mad laughter and histrionics.
- Beneath the Mask: God(dess) of Stories Loki literally/metaphorically (for gods or at least Loki that's kind of the same) Dramatic Unmask them to show that under the ancient evil there is also a very sad Teen!Loki, as the only acceptance they thought they could get was as this.
- Berserk Button: Odin finally managing to get over the Cannot Spit It Out sent them into a rage fit as apparently in King Loki's timeline he never did. For comparison the freaking Incursion only got a "Well, that's new." out of them. We did say that the old man could've saved people a lot of trouble with occasionally admitting that he loves his children, didn't we?
- Beware the Silly Ones: Acts like (and is) a raving nutjob, but is no less dangerous for it. Just ask Doctor Doom, or Balder...
- Card-Carrying Villain: This one's just an outright psychopath. And they're quite happy about it.
- The Chessmaster: Effortlessly manages to rewrite history, in a scheme which involves the odd spot of murder, and lying to a younger Odin.
- Didn't See That Coming: Neither Loki redefining their own purpose, or the imminent end of all existence were something this Loki prepared for.
- Evil Is Petty
- Fallen Hero: Was actually heroic in their past. But in the end, they couldn't take everyone calling and treating them as the God of Lies, and snapped. If you ask them, it was the Asgardians playing All the Other Reindeer and them being Reformed, but Rejected; but it's perfectly natural to feel that their Redemption Failure is at least partially caused by them being His Own Worst Enemy (they never ever stopped to ponder what God of Lies means for one).
- For the Evulz: When asked by King Thor as to how they could kill off everyone on Earth, their response was that because they could was all the reason Thor needed.
- For Want of a Nail: Their presence and meddling unwittingly derailed the timeline quite a bit. Them possessing Thor made the All-Mother ask Loki to become Asgard's agent, and their continued presence worked wonders on Loki's "human" connections (with Lorelei, Verity, Sigurd, and Odin). And when they wanted to see Thor and Angela fight he averted a bloody war (and caused the whole Angela series). etc. In Loki: Agent of Asgard #6 their future still qualified as a Close Enough Timeline, but that was before the current Loki decided to break it entirely. Also there is an official alternate universe number (Earth-14412) for it now.
- Future Me Scares Me: The teen Loki is horrified at the thought of becoming this person, and quite rightly. King Loki's well aware of this, and enjoys it, since they're convinced that they're inevitable.
- Gender Bender: Averted. Unlike their younger self, they stick solely to a male form, and even identify as male on several occasions. It's not from lack of ability, since they've been shown turning into a magpie on at least one occasion.
- Hero Killer: Murders Balder and cuts off his head. For fun. And because for a proper Ragnarök Balder needs to die.
- It's All About Me: Even young Loki's apparent death only concerned them as far how it might affect them and their future. How dared the runt just die on them?! Now they have to destroy Asgardia all alone!
- It Amused Me: Decided to go mess with Bucky Barnes just 'cause. It wasn't part of their grand plan, they just had time to kill.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
- Large Ham: When they get going. Lampshaded, after a particularly long bout of rambling.King Loki And I am dreadfully prone to histrionics. Do excuse me.
- Laughably Evil: Believe more in quantity than quality when it comes to jokes, but they're this trope, by basically subjecting people to the cruellest type of trolling.
- Manipulative Bastard: At one point manages to manipulate an entire family into killing one another, and nearly gets a young Odin killed for it, just so that Odin will owe a debt to them.
- Medium Awareness: Once walked right off-panel. And later jumped out of a panel and sat around between panels for a while. Generally this is how their "time" travel magic looks like, some even suggested that they might Intrepid Fictioneering the comic itself.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In their timeline they're the King of Midgard meaning they killed off every living being on Earth and ruled on the rubble. They claim it was a Mercy Kill (ala Humans Are the Real Monsters), but as they plan to do this to Asgard too they aren't that convincing. And all this just to spite Thor.
- Orcus on His Throne: Ludicrously powerful, skilled and dangerous, but they're quite content to kick back in a cell in Asgardia and watch events unfold... until the urge to meddle hits them.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Do you remember the shiny thingy on Loki's sceptre in The Avengers? In the comics that's not an infinity stone, but King Loki's soul/story, because Story!Loki felt that forgetting the cautionary tale about them would be a bad thing.
- Troll: Very much so. It just makes them that much more unpleasant.
- Walking Spoiler: It is difficult to talk about Agent of Asgard without mentioning this one in the slightest, given their impact on the plot.
Spoiler Character 2
- "Me? I'm the God of Stories. I'm Loki."
- Ambiguous Gender: Doesn't really care for which form they assume, and so changes gender whenever they feel like it, even mid sentence. As they see it, as they're the God of Stories, they have to be more than one thing in order to personify all stories.
- British Accents: When introduced, the way they talk is phrased and spelt to read like they have a Cockney accent (or similar), something Verity lampshades when talking to him.Verity: What do I "reckon"?
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Has No Social Skills and has very odd priorities. World ending? Not a big deal, lets talk about your life story! Oh, and I hope you don't mind that I turned your true being into a bracelet to save you. At that point they legitimately crossed over to Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. We could say they are still Mad God, just got from depressed and kind of schizophrenic phase to a manic one.
- Cryptic Conversation: This Loki is not prone to outright lying but good luck getting a direct answer from them. They talk almost exclusively in "might"s, "maybe"s, metaphors, terms open to interpretation, with possibly important bits left out. If you get a direct answer that's probably either important or you somehow made them angry.
- Does Not Like Shoes: At least in their introduction, they're barefooted. They've also lost their gloves and wear much shorter sleeves and pants-legs, though its possibly the result of their recent creation or their sudden growth/height gain (according to Verity they're half a foot taller than Teen!Loki was).
- Fanservice: Walks around shirtless when first introduced, though puts on a shirt when they turn female. Really, what did you expect given their last form?
- Medium Awareness: They survive the incursion by effectively telling themself out of the story.
- Paradox Person: Outside of the next two contradicting tropes, they were also born out of a Temporal Paradox. They would not exist without the meddling of King Loki but also their existence means that Teen Loki never becomes King Loki in this universe.
- Really 700 Years Old AND Really Was Born Yesterday: Technically both and lampshaded. As Loki, they're a being who has existed for centuries, but in different forms. The latest form was only recently created so they're essentially new. A they put it:Loki: Oh, I don't know! I'm either half an Eon old or half an Hour old! Or Both! Or Neither!
- Stopped Caring: They claim that they won't ever become like King Loki because for Then Let Me Be Evil to happen they should care what anybody in Asgard thinks and they stopped doing that.
- Wild Card: "I don't do sides."
Hela is the daughter of Loki and sorcerer-giantess Angerboda, or according to other stories Loki's accidental brain-child. She is the goddess and ruler of the spirits of the dead, but not of the souls of Valhalla, which Odin alone has dominion over. She receives those who for whatever reason were not admitted into Valhalla. Her realm, Helnote , tends to be neutral with rewards or punishments based on the individual.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Much of her life essence is found in her cowl, and being separated from it weakens her greatly.
- Cool Ship: Nailgar, made from the fingernails of the dead.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Subverted. As a Goddess of Death, per the way the Marvel cosmology works, she is one of the most important and powerful deities in her pantheon, which means she can kick her dad's ass. Loki is afraid of her, she doesn't tolerate his antics, nor does she even like him. She's also the size of an ice giant, unlike Loki.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hela has several times been impressed by acts of courage or love. For example, when Thor first lifted Mjolnir to save Sif, who through other circumstances had died, Thor was willing to trade his life for hers. Hela was so impressed by Thor's nobility that she restored Sif to life.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Often justified. She has schemed to take control of Valhalla more than once, and on at least one occasion was shown killing mortals indiscriminately. In Norse myth, she is on the side of evil (or destruction, at least) during Ragnarok, though this hasn't carried over to the comics as of yet, so the trope has precedent. Nonetheless, she serves a crucial and indespensable function managing the souls of the Asgardian dead.
- Femme Fatale: Once posed as one as part of a scheme. Well, she was trying to pose as an ordinary human, but given that's not something she's got much experience with, this was the result.
- I Call It "Vera": Her "Nightsword".
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Her motivation for some of her schemes against Thor. She is stuck in the underworld and wants some companionship.
- Justified. According to Kieron Gillen's run on Journey into Mystery, Hela was literally created, not born, from Loki. Kid Loki envisioned her as his perfect friend, and they grew mutually fond of each other. Then, after "Classic" Loki put himself back in charge, Kid Loki had Leah shipped into the distant past to grow into the powerful Hela and become able to stop his shenanigans. As such, she got deprived of her intended soulmate.
- Large And In Charge: Her mother is (probably) a giantess, and her father is one too, though a notedly runty specimen that's the size of a human. Being a giant is in her genes.
- Multiple-Choice Past: During Kieron Gillen's run on Journey into Mystery, it appears as if neither Loki nor Hela knows for sure whether Loki truly is her father, even though in earlier issues of The Mighty Thor he was explicitly stated to be so. Later on during the same run we are given a new origin story for Hela, which is rather different from the one described above, though in a sense Loki still is her father.
- Reclining Reigner: Hela is depicted in this manner within an issue of X-Factor. Sure, her body is half rotting corpse, but she knows how to pull off the eye candy.◊
Hela's handmaiden, who has a psychic connection with her mistress. Hela charges her with keeping an eye on Loki to ensure he repays his debts to Hel during Journey into Mystery. It turns out that she is actually the manifestation of Hela's severed hand, making her a literal handmaiden. She is later reabsorbed into Hela, but her personalities and experiences serve as the basis from which Hela herself is created.Most recently, she was sent into the past by Kid Loki in an attempt to protect her from his former self. It's implied that she eventually grew up to be Hela.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her explanation for liking Daimon Hellstrom.
- Cessation of Existence: Implied. When she is reabsorbed by Hela and turns back into her hand, there is nothing to imply that Leah as an individual continues existing as a soul or in any other sense. At least until The Reveal during Everything Burns.
- Cute Witch
- The Dreaded: A highly specific version, but Loki is terrified at seeing her again in Young Avengers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Lancer: To Kid Loki in Journey into Mystery.
- Little Miss Badass: She's proficient in magic and super strong.
- Little Miss Snarker
- The Needless: She doesn't sleep.
- Psychic Link: She receives psychic messages allowing her to provide updates on the situation in Hel, and Hela can speak through her in a pretty horrifying manner.
- Significant Anagram: Rearrange the letters of her name and you get "Hela".
- Trademark Favorite Food: Considers milkshakes "satisfactory".
- Tsundere: Of the type A variety towards Kid Loki.
- Vitriolic Best Buds / With Friends Like These...: With Kid Loki, who once figured out when someone was impersonating her due to the fake Leah being too nice.
- You Cannot Fight Fate: Appears briefly in one issue of Young Avengers (maybe) trapped in a volcanic wasteland with nothing to do, and refuses the offer of leaving, since she has "an eternity to be getting on with".
Laufey is the former chieftain of the Frost Giants and the father of Loki. He was killed in battle by Odin when Loki was an infant.
- Art Evolution: Along with most of the Frost Giants. Was originally depicted by Jack Kirby as large, but essentially human, with vaguely Asian features and traditional-looking armor. He is now depicted as gray-skinned and orcish, with primitive clothing and a necklace of fangs and teeth. Possibly Justified by Ragnarok.
- Gender Flip: In the original myths, Laufey is the name of Loki's mother, not his father. In fact, Laufey is still a somewhat common exclusively feminine name in a few parts of Scandinavia, which can make any reference to this character rather difficult to take seriously. In fairness...
Skurge the Executioner
- "They sing no songs in Hel, nor do they celebrate heroes......For silent is that dismal realm and cheerless......But the story of the Gjallerbru and the god who defended it is whispered across the nine worlds......And when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head......The answer is always the same...He stood alone at Gjallerbru......And that answer is enough."
- An Axe to Grind
- Bald of Evil
- Battle Butler / The Dragon: To Amora.
- The Brute
- Dying Moment of Awesome
- Elemental Powers: His Axe gave him some control over Fire and Ice.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Ignored Enamored Underling: To Amora.
- Killed Off for Real: In fact, later stories established that if he's brought back, the entire universe will collapse.
- Mixed Ancestry: Half-Frost Giant, Half-Skornheimian (A place in Asgard)
- Never Hurt an Innocent: He'll never attack anyone who isn't his target. This trait was Thor's clue that another Executioner he faced wasn't Skurge.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Super Strength
A fire giant and Lord of Muspelheim, the land of fire and master of a race of fire demons. Seeks to start Ragnarok and cleanse the universe of all life save for his kind.
- Arch-Enemy: To Odin and Beta Ray Bill.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: At his largest, Surtur can exceed more then 1,000 feet tall.
- BFS: Twilight is just as big as he is.
- Big Red Devil
- The Chessmaster: Contrary to most giants, demons, and trolls, Surtur has shown himself to be quite cunning. He has carried out several well-planned attacks on Asgard and tends to have backup plans for his backup plans. Odin has been impressed with his ability to plan ahead in case of failure.
- Depending on the Writer: Some versions describe Surtur and the Sons of Muspel as Demons rather then Fire Giants. However, because they were Giants in the original myths, and because Surtur is very, very big, there is always some confusion.
- The Dreaded: He is the most feared enemy of Asgard. Even Odin is somewhat afraid of him.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Loki and other villains will sometimes oppose him to save their own skins.
- Humanoid Abomination: Oldest living thing in the Nine Worlds who seeks to destroy all life alien to his own.
- Meaningful Name: Not Surtur ("The Black One" in Norse) himself, but his sword, Twilight: as in Twilight of the Gods.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill everything that's not his kin, and is responsible for the death of the Burning Galaxy and the Korbanite race.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Destroyed a GALAXY as part of the process to reforge Twilight.
- Physical God
- Playing with Fire: Fitting for a fire giant. He can produce and control virtually unlimited amounts of fire in amounts greater than stars when at his peak.
- Satan: Contrary to mythology, where he is a neutral force who merely fulfills a cosmic role, in the comics he actively tries to bring about Ragnarok instead of waiting. The whole devil look and feud with Odin are exclusive to the comics.
- Story-Breaker Power: Mentioned in The Dreaded that everyone in Asgard, even Odin, is afraid of him. Well, a big part of why is because he's damn powerful, having taken on Odin and actually BEATEN him on occasion.
- Time Abyss: Predates the giants and gods. No one save perhaps himself knows where he comes from.
- Your Size May Vary: Mentioned above, his size varies, sometimes he's only about 20 feet and others he's over 1000.
The first frost giant and source of all other frost giants if not all giants. According to myth in real world and the comics myth, Odin and his brothers slew him and made the Earth from his body. He periodically returns from the dead and is one of the few beings that can challenge Odin with a strong chance of winning.
- An Ice Person: Can create snowstorms and blizzards with enough force to plunge the entire Earth into a new ice age aside from freezing the air around him.
- Immortality: A combination of Types I and III. Ymir doesn't age and it is very difficult to harm him. Should his body be shattered, he can usually reform within moments. It usually takes banishing him for very, very powerful magics to kill him.
Empowered by the evil trickster god Loki, convicted felon Carl "Crusher" Creel was given the ability to absorb the physical properties of anything he made physical contact with. Using his new powers to return to his life of crime, Creel would go on to become battle The Mighty Thor (which was what Loki had in mind when he gave Creel his powers) but also numerous other heroes. Although he continues to be a charter member of Thor's Rogues Gallery, he's also tangled with everyone from Daredevil to Spider-Man to the Incredible Hulk.
- Alliterative Name
- All Your Powers Combined: Creel has demonstrated the ability to combine previously absorbed abilities.
- A Wizard Did It: The Absorbing Man's ball and chain has been destroyed on several occasions, and yet somehow it's always good as new the next time the Absorbing Man appears.
- Bald of Evil
- Battle Couple: With Titania.
- Depower: Norman Osborn once used an enchanted sword to remove Creel's powers.
- Dumb Muscle
- Epic Flail: Creel's ball and chain has the same absorbing properties he does. It can even absorb the properties of Thor's mystic uru hammer, which is never a pleasant experience for Thor.
- Future Badass: While plenty powerful as he is, in one Alternate Universe story Creel realizes he has the ability to also absorb knowledge. After absorbing the intellect and processing power of Ultron he is able to recall everything he ever absorbed and became able to display their properties at will and effectively became the most dangerous superhuman on the planet.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- Creel's greatest strength is also his greatest vulnerability. Not only does he absorb the strengths of whatever he touches, he also absorbs its weaknesses. Clever heroes can use this trait to beat him:
- In one of his first appearances, Thor tricked him into absorbing the properties of helium, which caused him to literally float away into the upper atmosphere.
- When he absorbed the strength and power of the Gray Hulk, he also absorbed the weakness to sunlight that the Hulk was suffering from. The Hulk was mostly protected from the sun by the three-piece suit he was wearing... but the Absorbing Man wasn't so lucky.
- Later in that same fight, the Hulk used Deadly Dodging to get the Absorbing Man to short himself out after he became electrified and accidentally struck the river they were fighting near.
- When the Absorbing Man turned himself into diamond, Daredevil used his radar sense to find and chip away at the flaws that developed in Creel's body. This continued until the Absorbing Man literally fell to pieces.
- Another fight with Thor led the Absorbing Man to try and absorb the dimensional portal Thor was opening to escape. This resulted in him getting sucked into a barren, lifeless dimension... at least before he absorbed another portal and made his way back to Earth.
- In one story where Creel fought Deadpool, he attempted to absorb the properties of a nearby piece of steel only for Deadpool to toss a roll of toilet paper into his hands as he looked the other way. The results were what you might expect.
- My Suit Is Also Super: The outfit Creel wore when he got his powers changes properties with his body.
- Power Copying: The Absorbing Man can mimic the physical properties of anything he or his ball and chain touches. If he touches concrete, he gains the strength and durability of concrete. He touches electricity, he becomes electrical. He touches titanium, he becomes as strong and durable as titanium. He can also duplicate the strength and durability of anyone he touches, such as the Incredible Hulk or The Incredible Hercules.
- Size Shifter: Creel can absorb extra mass if the object he's touching is larger than himself.
- Super Strength: His strength level depends on what object he has absorbed the properties of.
- Tricking the Shapeshifter: Related to Hoist by His Own Petard, many heroes have overcome the Absorbing Man by getting him to absorb something that gives him a fatal weakness they can exploit.
A suit of armour forged on Odin's command of an unknown metal and granted tremendous power. It was designed to defend Asgard against major threats, but generally is left in storage until Loki or someone else tries to use it to kill Thor.
- 24-Hour Armor: Due to only the spirit inhabiting it it can be worn for any length of time.
- Animated Armor: Due to no body being in it. It requires a spirit to animate it.
- "Hell Yes" Moment: Kid Loki showing up with it and announcing that he's going to use it to take out Dark Asgard (save the real one by proxy).
- Made of Indestructium: The best a group of Celestials could do was melt it to a puddle. It repaired itself good as new when imbued when brought close to someone's spirit. Blows from the Hulk and Thor have failed to dent it.
- Powered Armor
- Super Strength
- Swiss Army Weapon: Writers have come up with a wide range of weapons it has ranging from slicing beams, atomizing matter, to hurting astral beings.
- Worf Barrage: Its disintegrator beam is supposed to destroy anything, yet even when powered by all of Asgard save Thor, it failed to do anything to a Celestial. Tends to be much more effective against Thor.
Fafnir was once the king of Nastrond, an extra-dimensional realm located in Asgard. When Odin destroyed Nastrond for its wickedness, Fafnir was left to die amongst the ruins of his kingdom. He saved himself by drinking from an enchanted pool, which also turned him into a dragon.
Gorr the God Butcher
A vengeful mortal who suffered an epic Trauma Conga Line along with his people because his gods did nothing. He took up the ancient weapon of an Elder God and attempted to kill every god that ever was and ever would be.
- A God I Am Not: A rare villainous and negative example. Unlike most, he doesn't dislike being called a god because he is humble, but because he despises the very concept of god. As such, calling him one is the best way to suffer a horrible death.
- Berserk Button: Don't suggest that he's a god. Ever.
- Casting a Shadow: The power granted to him by All-black the Necrosword. It's an Imagination Based Power that appears to be bolstered by spilling god blood.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: A speciality. He once even tortured a God of Torture.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: The narrative of his arc uses parodic references to Christianity to refer to him. He's first witnessed by a religious congregation on a boat as he's walking on water and there's a "and on the final day he rested" reference at the culmination of his plan.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Very much so.
- Dark Messiah: Seeks to free mortals by killing gods.
- God of Evil: What some suggest he has become.
- He Who Fights Monsters: As is repeatedly pointed out, he has become a god, the most terrible and evil god ever.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His black berserker constructs are largely mindless but act independently on his subconscious desires. One such incident leads Thor to him. Furthermore the construct of his wife's Blasphemous Praise induced murder and his son construct's subsequent vengeance directly leads to his downfall and Present day Thor killing him with his own weapon.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Kills his own wife when she pushes his berserk button by calling him "her god".
- Kill the God: His whole goal.
- Not So Different: Gleefully notes that present day Thor is 'the god who doubts', who thinks that Gorr might just be right. Regards him as his 'favourite Thor'.
- Ironically, everyone else but himself realizes he is this when compared to the most malicious gods he claims to despise. The Necrosword gave him the power and immortality of a god. His deeds and reputation are on par with any god. Like a god, he views himself as the sole one to judge on morality and who lives and dies and seeks to alter creation to fit his vision and his vision alone regardless of anyone else. Worse of all, his cruelty and willingness to destroy those he deems worthy of death, any god or mortal who does not share his viewpoint, are on par with the most evil of gods. By the end his own "son" can see what he has become even when he cannot.
- Omnicidal Maniac: As far as gods are concerned.
- Rage Against the Heavens: To a ridiculous degree. Seeks to destroy all god regardless if they are good or evil or how to may affect mortals...some of which need their gods for their planets to live or to protect them from non-godly threats.
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Thor as this, after a fashion, particularly present day Thor.
Jormungand is the son of Loki and sorcerer-giantess Angerboda. He is so large that he quite literally can wrap around the entire Earth. He usually exists in a parallel dimension to Earth or at the bottom of the sea. He is a sworn enemy of Thor, and at Ragnarok the two are destined to kill each other. Due to this, any time the snake appears, Thor knows there is a stronger than usual chance he could die in this battle.
- Abusive Parents: Loki one time manipulated events so Thor would kill him early, believing Jormungand was growing too powerful.
- Animalistic Abomination: A harbinger of Ragnarok in the form of a snake that can wrap about the entire planet.
- Archenemy: A strong contender for the title.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Far, far bigger than 50 feet actually.
- Badass: Even Thor can't kill him. That is one badass snake.
- Evil Uncle: Inverted. He's Thor's evil nephew.
- Hero Killer: Much like in the original myths. Not only is he destined to kill Thor, but he has done so on at least one occasion, and come close on many others. At one point, Thor and Beta Ray Bill together were unable to defeat Jormungand.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Has no problem with the idea of eating Thor.
- Joker Immunity: Jormungand will always be resurrected for Ragnarok.
- The Juggernaut: No one who isn't Thor stands a chance against Jormungand. And even then the fights leave Thor bruised, bloodied, and all too often, nearly dead.
- Mutual Kill: The two of them in #380.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Nothing save Thor can injure Jormungand.
- Shape Shifter: Has disguised himself as other beings, notably Chinese dragon themed villain, Fin Fang Foom.
- Super Strength: Even given his size, that is one strong snake.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Thor and Jormungand tried to kill each other several times before Ragnarok in part to defy fate. Thor ended up killing the serpent several times, but it always returned for Ragnarok.
Karnilla/The Norn Queen
The ruler of Nornheim, a province within the dimension of Asgard but not under Odin's control. She rules over various nonhuman looking creatures. She has several times tried to conquer Asgard, but her main storylines usually involve trying to win the love of Balder and placing him on the throne of Asgard whether he wants it or not.
- All Love Is Unrequited: To Balder
- Dark Magical Girl: One of if not the most powerful sorceress in Asgard and second only to Odin.
- Tsundere: She goes from throwing Balder into her dungeon and cursing him for rejecting her to...
- Yandere: Once threatened Nanna, Balder's wife, to try and get Balder to marry her.
AKA: Algrim the Strong
A Dark Elf formerly known as Algrim the Strong, he was charged by his king Malekith the Accursed to fight Thor, but was betrayed by Malekith and left to die in a lava pit. However, he survived (albeit with amnesia) the encounter and eventually found his way to The Beyonder, who transformed him into Kurse. After rampaging through Earth to find Thor, he does indeed fight him, but as the battle rages on, Thor convinces him that Malekith is his enemy, who he then kills. Afterwards, Kurse is allowed into Asgard, and guards their children until Ragnarök, where he then dies.
- Achilles' Heel: Iron, which all Dark Elves suffer from. It negates their natural magical properties.
- Gentle Giant: Once his Roaring Rampage of Revenge is done, Kurse becomes quite docile.
- Heel-Face Turn
- The Juggernaut: At his strongest, not even Thor & Beta Ray Bill working together or Hela's Touch of Death could stop him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Living Weapon: His armor.
- Made of Iron: Of course, his armor does help quite a bit there. Once being empowered by The Beyonder twice, moves to Made Of Diamond.
- Our Elves Are Different: Of The Fair Folk type.
- Super Senses: His Living Armor helps him see all around him.
- Super Strength: The Offical Marvel Databook of the time he debuted lists his strength level as "incalculable". Even when he was still Algrim, he could go toe-to-toe with Thor.
- Up to Eleven: Thanks to The Beyonder, Algrim was originally slightly weaker then Thor, then as Kurse was twice as strong as Thor, then doubled even more!
An entity that is an embodiment of the hatred of a race that once invaded Asgard but were destroyed by Odin. Odin restored the race after the first attack, but Mangog has returned several times since feeding on other emotions or just out of nowhere.
- Eleventy Zillion: Often boasts about being the embodiment of the hatred of "a billion, billion beings."
- Emotion Eater: Mangog depends on the emotions of others to exist. Without those it fades from existence. However, it can't just feed off anyone and needs a specific source.
- First Law of Resurrection: He might be dead for good after Thor used the runes magic on him, but seeing how he came back even after Odin eliminated the source of his existence, who knows.
- Implacable Man
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One of the few if only beings that gives one to Thor on a regular basis.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to draw the Odin Sword and destroy the universe.
- The Power of Hate
- Super Strength: One of the few beings far stronger than Thor and relies on it almost exclusively.
- Unstoppable Rage: A physical embodiment of hate and rage that is constantly angry and virtually unstoppable.
Malekith the Accursed
A king and sorcerer among the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Malekith was long ago banished beyond the nine worlds by Odin for his crimes. He was rescued by Surtur to aid the fire demon in one of his attempts at kicking off Ragnarok. Since then, he has returned several times to try and conquer the nine worlds.
- Achilles' Heel: Like all of the Fair Folk, iron.
- Axe Crazy: And getting worse with each appearance. In his most recent modern appearances he's completely lost it.
- The Caligula: To the Dark-Elves when he ruled them.
- Casting a Shadow: Can manipulate darkness.
- The Dragon: To Surtur when he first appeared.
- The Dreaded: the Dark Elves, his own people, are petrified of him. His return leads to an incredible amount of deserved terror.
- Evil Laugh: Constantly.
- Evil Sorcerer: Faerie magic is his primary and most versatile weapon.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Loki.
- The Fair Folk: Takes elements not only from the Nordic Dark Elves, but also from the folklore of the British Isles in that he summons The Wild Hunt and has his lair in the Cotswolds in England.
- Greed: Malekith's primary motivation for almost everything.
- It's All About Me
- Knife Nut
- Light 'em Up: Oddly enough for a Dark Elf, this is one of his common spells.
- The Magnificent: Seldom spoken of without adding "the Accursed".
- Manipulative Bastard: Very good at getting in someone's head.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In an attempt to kill Thor he was willing to sacrifice fellow Dark Elf Algrim the Strong, nearly killing the later. Algrim, who was nearly as strong as Thor, later became Kurse with his strength increased. Kurse tracked down Malekith for revenge.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Starts with "Mal-", indicating evil. And then there's the whole "accursed" part of it.
- One-Winged Angel: Shifts into an armored, demonic form when he can't escape in order to fight Thor. Doesn't stop the Thunder God from delivering a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle without Malekith landing a single blow.
- Our Elves Are Different: Leader of the Dark Elves.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His iconic outfit is mostly red and black.
- Sadist: Probably the most obvious one in Thor's rogues gallery.
- Sanity Slippage: His time in Hel has done nothing for his sanity. Except possibly destroy it.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in the void by Odin, until Surtur freed him. Later trapped in Hel while still alive.
- Shapeshifting Seducer: Transforms into a beautiful woman at one point to seduce a human enemy... and drain the life from him.
- Slasher Smile: Is a big fan of them. It seems to be his default expression in The Accursed.
- The Sociopath
- Sorcerous Overlord: Of his race.
- Two-Faced: One half of his face is blue like the other Dark Elves and the other half is black.
- Villain Respect: seems to have gained a degree of honest respect for Thor during his latest appearance due to the latter's apparent ruthlessness, skilled use of illusion magic and taking of several levels in Magnificent Bastard.
- Villain Teleportation: He can use shadows for this purpose.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of the Humanshifting kind. During his original arc he takes several humanoid shapes both for disguise and combat.
- White Hair, Black Heart: The only white-haired dark elf that we've met, and undoubtedly the most evil.
- The Wild Hunt: Possessed a horn that could summon it.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": When he returns from Niffleheim, he decides his people have grown soft and he most 'purge' them. He is enacting genocide on his own race, hunting refugees all throughout the Nine Realms.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Loves devouring the souls of virtuous mortals.
An embodiment of ultimate evil, powerful hell-lord and Marvel's most common stand in for Satan. He has antagonized just about every hero, but tends to single out those who are especially noble like the Silver Surfer and Thor. As can be expected, many of the traditional tropes associated with Satan are part of him. He is almost as powerful as Odin himself (and thus far stronger than Thor), but how big or small the margin is varies from issue to issue. As a Hell Lord, he is a rival of Hela.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not as outright as some examples, but his plans often include screwing over his partner in some way. Just ask Loki.
- The Corrupter
- Deal with the Devil: One of his favorite, but not only, ploys.
- Dimension Lord: Rules his own hell dimension and often his physical form is considered an extension of it.
- Distaff Counterpart: His daughter Mephista.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Goes with the whole Satan image.
- For the Evulz: What else do you expect from an embodiment of ultimate evil?
- Good Hurts Evil: He is the trope image.
- Legions of Hell: A vast army of demons under his command.
- Made of Evil
- Manipulative Bastard: Despite his vast power and armies, he prefers guile.
- The Plan: Many of them. Some of them evil and story driving.
- Satanic Archetype: A stand-in created when the Comics Code made depicting the real thing difficult and in comics plays off the fear of the image. His name comes from Mephistopheles, a demon in Germain literature who was a reluctant servant of the devil.
The Asgardian God of Fear and supposed former All-Father and twin brother of Odin, The Serpent was defeated by Odin ages ago and was sealed on Earth deep within the seas until modern times where Syn transformed into a being called Skadi, his general, after picking up a Uru Hammer freed him. Then, he called down more of the Hammers and began to cause chaos on earth to gain enough strength to go to Asgard and take back his throne.He actually is indeed what he says he is. His real name is Cul Borson and he is also the real Serpent Thor is destined to kill and die in the process, not Jormungand. Sure enough, the prophecy rings true and Cul and Thor were briefly dead by each other's hand.
- Artifact of Doom / Evil Weapon: His Hammers.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Big Bad: Of Fear Itself.
- Bullet Catch: Destroys Captain America's shield this way.
- The Dreaded: As soon as Odin heard he was freed, he wanted to bomb the Earth completely just to make sure he killed him.
- Emotion Eater: He can gain stronger by feeding off the fear of others.
- Evil Chancellor: After his return Odin makes him his minister of justice and claims he is a changed god.
- Evil Counterpart: Creates a "Dark Asgard" from Antarctica, even having his own, twisted parody of Heimdall to guard it.
- Evil Cripple: His limbs were improperly aligned after as a young child, a pack of Giants threw him down off a cliff, and he tried to set them himself. Healed some in the past, but fully once he feeds upon enough fear.
- Evil Is Hammy: He could probably give Doctor Doom a run for his money.
- Evil Old Folks / Elderly Immortal: Until he absorbs enough fear to assume a younger form.
- Evil Twin: To Odin.
- Evil Uncle: To Thor, and probably others like Balder and Loki, technically.
- For the Evulz: Implied to be the reason he fed off fear in the past and why Odin overthrew him.
- Killed Off for Real
- The Lost Lenore: Kid Loki wrote one Leah, and she just disappeared, in his biography to humanize him and buy Thor a chance to defeat him.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: He got revenge against the Giants that crippled him by crawling to their camp and ripping out their throats with his teeth as they slept.
- Only the Author Can Save Them Now: Invoked by Kid Loki. Thor going against the Serpent was going to be a Senseless Sacrifice so Loki promoted himself to author (which he could do because in Marvel gods are creatures of story) wrote The Lost Lenore example and made the Mutual Kill retroactively possible.
- Scaled Up: As the final battle of Thor arrives, he assumes a One-Winged Angel form rather similar to Jormungand, interestingly enough.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Simple Staff / Drop the Hammer: His staff even changes into a Warhammer as he changes.
- Super Empowering: After he feeds off enough of Midgard's fear, he assumes a younger form, his limbs heal, and his knobbled staff changes into a massive warhammer.
Marvel's take on the Egyptian god of the same name. Seth is a powerful Egyptian God of the Dead who often tries to destroy the universe so he can rule over everything in the realm of the dead. He frequently comes into conflict with Thor and Odin due to Asgard inevitably opposing him, for destroying the World Tree would be a major step in his goals.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: Powerful enough to prove a difficult challenge to Odin and rules his own death realm.
- Egyptian Mythology
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Loki and other villains will sometimes oppose him to save their own skin.
- Manipulative Bastard
- My Nayme Is: Seth usurped the worshippers of the Elder God SET by claiming the worshippers got the name wrong: SETH. The snake motif comes from this usurpation.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: SETH: SERPENT GOD OF DEATH!!!
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Scaled Up: Turns into a giant snake one time to battle a giant Odin.
The Wrecking Crew
Mistakenly given Asgardian powers by the Norn Queen, they are four hardened convicts with enchanted weapons and Super Strength. Their names are Bulldozer (Henry Camp), Piledriver (Brian Calusky), Thunderball (Eliot Franklin), and Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite, leader).
- Black and Nerdy: Thunderball. While the other three were just common thugs, Thunderball was originally a brilliant physicist who invented a working gamma bomb, something that Bruce freakin' Banner failed to do.
- Dumb Muscle: Most of the crew
- Five-Bad Band
- Genius Bruiser: Thunderball
- Power Armor: Thunderball, which takes the place of his powers when not around Wrecker.
- The Starscream: Thunderball
- Weapon of Choice
- Villainous Friendship: Wrecker considers the Crew the only family he has, even tolerating Thunderball's Starscream tendencies.
- Worf Effect: The Wrecker himself at full power or the Crew combined were once a threat to Thor. Nowadays, they are mostly throwaway villains who have gotten beaten up by just about everyone, including the Runaways.
A rock troll that is far stronger than the rest of his race. He is one of the few beings of the nine realms whose strength comes close to matching Thor.
- The Brute: Many, many of his appearances are due to being one of the few beings that can give Thor a decent fight.
- The Dragon: The rare times when he is not The Brute.
- Dumb Muscle: Usually does not affect his speech much, but trolls are not known for their intelligence.
- The Mole: Thanks to Karnilla's magic, he was temporarily Tanarus, the new God of Thunder to replace Thor. So far, only Kid Loki knows that something isn't right about him until Thor came back and killed him to protect the other Asgardians.
- The Star Scream: He has betrayed the troll king several times only for it to come back to bite him.
- Super Strength: Far greater than virtually all other trolls, giants or even gods who all possess some level of super strength themselves.
An early Thor foe, Calvin Zabo was a shifty scientist and doctor who had a tendency to rob places he worked at. When Don Blake refused him a job knowing what would happen, Zabo took revenge by inventing a serum to make his favorite story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a reality. As Mr. Hyde, Zabo was almost strong enough to match Thor, but not quite. Soon after his first defeat, Loki sprang Hyde and the Cobra from prison and increased their powers. Hyde was now on better footing, but still suffered defeat at Thor's hands. He would then go on to fight several other heroes such as Daredevil, Spider-Man, and Captain America
An early Thor foe, Klaus Voorhees was a research assistant in India who was working with a scientist to find a cure for snake bites. Tired of being a second-stringer, Voorhees murdered his boss by having a cobra bite him, and to avoid blame had it bit him too. He then took an antidote, but was informed by his dying boss that the cobra was radioactive. So, much like our friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man, Claus gained the powers of a cobra, and embarked on a life of crime. Often partnered with Mr. Hyde, and went on to join the Serpent Society. Became less of a Thor foe as time went on.
Other Allies or Major Characters
Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill is an alien Super Soldier from beyond our galaxy, tasked with defending his entire sleeping civilization from a race of demons. Initially presented as a rival to Thor who desired the power of Mjolnir to defend his people, he has since been given his own mighty hammer, Storm Breaker.
- Aliens Speaking English: Handwaved via a translation program.
- Animal Motifs: His head was modeled (by Walt Simonson) on a horse's skull because the horse suggested nobility.
- Bash Brothers: With Thor.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted in his first appearance. When Bill attacks Thor, who is investigating his ship, he seems an ugly evil monster. However, Thor is separated from Mjolnir long enough to transformed back into Don Blake and the walking stick respectively, which leads to Bill accidentally picking it up and striking it in anger. When he is transformed immediately into a variant of Thor's form, a clear indication of his heroic worthiness to wield the hammer, everyone, both Thor and the readers, was taken aback.
- Body Horror: The process which turned him into a Super Soldier was not pretty. He was meant to be one of several, but the others... didn't survive.
- Distaff Counterpart: An alien counterpart of both Thor (by sharing similar powers through his own hammer) and Captain America (Super Soldier motivated by his desire to defend his people).
- The Grotesque: Bill was this amongst his own people, but the Asgardians look at martial prowess first and looks second. Sif is (or was) even attracted despite his appearance, but he rebuffed her hints as gently as possible.Bill: My life belongs to my people. Until they are safe, I cannot share it... with anyone.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The main reason why he gets along with Asgardians so well.
- Sapient Ship: When he was given the task of protecting his people during their long interstellar voyage, Bill was given something to assist him: the warship he calls 'Skuttlebutt'. Looking much like a spacegoing Battleship, the vessel is fully self-aware, immensely powerful, and utterly loyal to Bill.
- The Rival: In every possible way. Thor and Bill are buddies, but when Bill was first introduced he had his own claim to Mjolnir, an Interspecies Romance tease with Sif, and even Odin talking about how he was his son's match.
Thor (The Female Thor)
After the events of Marvel's Crisis Crossover series Original Sin deemed Thor (Odinson) unworthy of weilding Mjolnir, a mysterious woman appeared and lifted the hammer, claiming his name for herself. Who was she, and what made her so worthy? Readers and critics alike —as well as Odinson himself— were stumped, wondering who could possibly be worthy enough to replace the God of Thunder. After eight issues, her identity was revealed to be a cancer-striken Jane Foster, longtime associate (and on-off girlfriend) of Odinson's.
- For more, see Thor (2014)
The legendary son of Zeus and greatest hero in Greek mythology. Hercules first appeared in Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 as a good-natured, but narcissistic braggart and brawler. He would later become a regular guest-star in Thor and a member of the Avengers slowly maturing a little over many stories. He became a friend of Thor's and the two share a friendly rivalry over who is stronger. The two often team-up to overcome threats neither one can on their own. Like Thor, he serves as the champion of Olympus with similar father/son problems. He has starred in several mini-series over the years and his own short-lived ongoing. For more information on him see Incredible Hercules. The tropes here are for one geared toward his appearances in the Thor series.
- Always Someone Better: Not always an issue, but Thor is generally better respected than Hercules.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Is this trope personified in the Marvel Universe, and tends to bring it out in Thor when they're together.
- Foil: Generally, more down to earth and lighthearted than Thor.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Thor. When the chips are down, Hercules considers Thor his brother and would do anything for him. He once interrupted the Avengers having a memorial service for fallen members and angrily berated them for not including Thor among the fallen.
- The Hedonist: If Hercules appears in a Thor book chances are he's surrounded by women, getting drunk or picking a fight. Sometimes all three.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hercules came across as this in early stories. Less so in modern ones.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Surprisingly Hercules is the Red Oni to Thor's Blue Oni.
- Super Strength: Equal to Thor
- Wrestler in All of Us: Recognized as being better at Thor in unarmed combat. He did invent his own fighting style and fights unarmed practically all the time compared to Thor's hammer and other powers.