This page refers to characters from The Mighty Thor comic book series. If you're looking for characters from the 2011 Thor film, go here.The Mighty Thor features characters from Norse mythology in a superhero setting, as well as many original creations that have been added over the years. Thanks to the long history and having virtually his own universe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Berserker: If really pressed in combat, Thor can enter a state called the "Warrior's Madness", which is claimed to increases 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 below), 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 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.
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 strongest of Asgard too. This is different from the myths, where Odin did lead Asgard but Thor was the biggest, strongest resident.
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.
In earlier issues of the comics, Odin was sometimes depicted as actually having both eyes, but choosing to wear ceremonial eyepatches on special occasions.
The Good King: With the exception of the Matt Fraction portrayal, Odin has 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.
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.
''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."
— Ages of Thunder
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.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: 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.
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).
Skurge, called 'Executioner', 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.
Amora:That.... That was suitably epic.
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 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 'The Reigning' timeline, 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.
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 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.
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.
''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."
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 arethe 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.
When a tall, gorgeous, intensely sensual woman showed up and begged for help, Dr. Strange was able to identify her immediately, though he pretended otherwise so as to learn more about her plans.
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.
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.
Likewise, even though it is sometimes teased that she and Thor will finally become an Official Couple, the writers always find a way to put Amora back in the role of the jealous stalker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The father of Odin, Vili, & Ve, and original King of Asgard. He was presumed deceased after Loki traveled 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simple Staff: Older stories often have him use a staff in battle and be quite effective with it.
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 Bad Ass, even by Asgardian standards.
Bishonen: When he was younger, he was WAAAY different, being a pretty boy who worked as a stone carver
Straight Man: Often is the only voice of reason to be found amongst The Warriors Three.
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.
Dressed To Heal: Often averted, especially when he's working with Doctors Without Borders.
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.
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.
Satellite Love Interest: Generally averted. She may have started off as this, but her relationship with Don is as complex as one would expect, given the years spent fighting aliens and giant serpents.
Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill is an alienSuper 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.
Animal Motifs: His head was modeled (by Walt Simonson) on a horse's skull because the horse suggested nobility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 monsterous.
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!"
Badass Bookworm: While he's mainly known for his skills at magic and guile, he's quite the skilled fighter as well.
Becoming the Mask: Thanks to the nature of gods, this begins to happen to him after he takes the place of his younger self.
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.
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 currently the only person who likes him at all and is nice to him.
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.
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.
A Day in the Limelight: As of #622, Kid!Loki has taken over the main Thor books as the protagonist (Thor is the protagonist in another one) and they have been renamed Journey in Mystery. It is arguably (YMMV) an amazing arc thus far.
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.
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.
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.
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 someotherheroes showed up as well. Loki's plot was soon uncovered, and — much to his later irritation — he ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together.
Now Ikol is doing it, 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.
Hela is the daughter of Loki and sorcerer-giantess Angerboda. 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 that's one "l", not two, tends to be neutral with rewards or punishments based on the individual.
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.
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.
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.
According to the second and current origin story, though, Hela is supposed to be the grown-up Leah, the "perfect girl" Kid Loki envisioned to aid in his plans. Thus she's literally born to be Loki's ideal girl.
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.
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.
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... Note that in the myths, Loki's full name is Loki Laufeyjarson, meaning "Son of Laufey". Last names of this type are usually patronyms rather than matronyms, so the confusion here is at least somewhat understandable, if embarrassing.
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."
Half Asgardian-Half Giant, Skurge was a long-time associate of Amora the Enchanter, even being a founding member of the Masters of Evil. However, when Amora one day abaonded him, feeling despondent, he offered to join Thor and some friends through Helheim on a rescue mission, and sacrifices himself to ensure their escape. Honoring his noble deed, eventually his soul finds refuge in Valhalla.
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.
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.
Carl "Crusher" Creel was an ordinary criminal until he drank a liquid provided by Loki that gave him the power to absorb the properties of anything he touches, including Mjolnir. The definition of dumb muscle, Creel's intelligence lags far behind his incredible power, leading to his defeat more than once over the years.
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.
A suit of armor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is now Tanarus, the new God of Thunder to replace Thor. So far, only Kid Loki knows that something isn't right about him.
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.
The Dragon: Like Hyde, it varies, but he's rarely his own boss.
Other Allies or Major Characters
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.
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.