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- Badass/World of Badass: They're Norse gods. What do you expect?
- Badass Army: They've fought wars that lasted for millennia against races that threatened the entire universe and won every single one of them.
- Blood Knight: Asgardians all seem to really enjoy fighting.
- Break the Badass: Malekith's sneak attack on Asgard and killing Frigga shock the whole realm to its core.
- Cool Airship: The Asgardians don't seem to use spaceships (since the Bifröst allows them to get anywhere in the universe faster and more easily), but they do use aircraft that look like flying Viking longships. With homing missiles and gatling energy guns.
- A God Am I: Apparently something of a hobby. Go to Earth, cause a spectacle; fun for the whole family!
- A God I Am Not: In The Dark World, Odin insists they aren't gods when Loki tries to claim otherwise. See Odin's section for more details.
- Large Ham: The only one who doesn't get in on this is Hogun the Grim, though since it is shown in the second movie that he's actually Vanir, this trope does apply to all Asgardians.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Space Vikings. They drink, they fight, they feast...and not much else. Big on honor and glory.
- The films are agurably a deconstruction of this trope as war kills people and cause death and suffering as well as bringing honor and glory.
- Really 700 Years Old: The battle against the Frost Giants took place in AD 984, and Odin led the charge. Fandral implies that Thor used to throw around lightning and thunder, and got worshiped as a god. Loki states in The Dark World that the average Asgardian lifespan is 5000-5100 years. The Frost giants probably have lifespans just as long - or even longer - considering that King Laufey looks exactly the same as he does 1,029 years after the battle with the Frost Giants, and Loki appears to age at the same rate as Asgardians.
- Screw Your Ultimatum!: In The Avengers, this appears twice. Both times, an Asgardian is asked to lay down his arms, and both times, the Asgardian flips out and attacks.
- Spock Speak: They speak in a very...elaborate manner.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens:
- Superior Species: According to the tie-in comics mainly, they seem to be the (mostly) officially-recognized defenders of peace in the universe. Since the Bifröst enables them to be anywhere at a moment's notice, fear of them is what keeps punks like the Jötunns, Trolls, Badoon, and Marauders in line. Which is why when the Bifröst goes down, all the evil races come out of the bushes and start wreaking havoc.
- Super Strength: Part of their demigod physiology, being able to push humans off their feet.
- Super Toughness: Part and parcel of demi-godhood.
- We Are as Mayflies: A common Asgardian attitude, which both the films and Agents of SHIELD touch on. It's difficult to see humans as worth concerning yourself over when the average human life span is a small fraction of your own.
- World of Ham: A shiny world inhabited by many boisterous people.
The Norse God of Thunder, son of Odin, brother of Loki, and the heir to the Asgardian throne. He carries Mjölnir, the mythical hammer that only those deemed worthy can wield (or even lift), which grants him the power of flight: he's also got weather control and a degree of Super Strength
much higher than the Asgardian norm. To teach Thor humility, Odin exiled him to Earth, where he met and fell in love with Jane Foster. Had an initially rocky encounter with Agent Coulson, but vowed his allegiance as an ally to S.H.I.E.L.D. He kept that vow by joining the Avengers and helping to defend Earth from Loki and the Chitauri.
- Adorkable: He's painfully sweet, polite, and gallant to women, especially Jane.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: To stop the Destroyer from causing destruction on Earth and hurting his friends, Thor not only apologizes for any wrongs he's committed but offers his life to Loki. This act of selflessness proves Thor's worthiness of Mjölnir.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In the first movie, pre-Character Development, he was boastful, proud and threw his weight around
- The Atoner: While not a straight villain-to-hero example, his film was his evolution from a spoiled and vain boy to a wise man through atonement and humility.
- Audible Bluntness: Mjölnir makes a characteristic scraping sound when held or thrown.
- Badass: Out of his group of warriors, he's the best. Even more so when you consider that he wasn't at his best in The Avengers (see Worf Had the Flu), yet still managed to go toe-to-toe with the Hulk.
- Badass Baritone: Chris makes Thor sound like the hero of an ancient epic; appropriate no?
- Badass Beard: His is much trimmer than his father's, though it still adds to his manliness.
- Badass Cape: He wears one as part of his 'super god warrior' armor. He loses it when de-powered.
- Barbarian Longhair: Tied up in a Samurai Ponytail.
- Bash Brothers:
- Captain America, a man of nobility, kindness, and courage, is a human whom Thor has come to regard as an equal; most tellingly when he offers his hand to help him up during the Battle of Manhattan.
- In The Dark World, he is literally this with his brother Loki during the penultimate act.
- Batman Gambit: He's ordinarily a very straightforward guy. But in The Dark World, he puts his head together with Heimdall, Fandral, Volstagg and Sif and develops a plan to abduct Jane and Loki right out from under Odin's nose. It's so multi-layered, and works so well, that even Loki is laughing with delight.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy, but it's not wise to test his patience or get in his way.
- Big Brother Instinct: Thor does not enjoy fighting against his little brother. Chris Hemsworth summed up Thor's conflicted and innate need to protect Loki with:
"He's constantly having to battle for the greater good and what he should do, versus it's his little brother there."
- Inverted in The Dark World, where he tells Loki he no longer considers him his brother and will kill him if/when he betrays Thor. Even here, he's devastated when Loki seems to die later, showing he still loves him.
- Big Eater: Pretty common among Asgardians, but Thor himself ate an entire plate of food and then asked for more. Darcy remarked that he had already eaten an entire box of Pop Tarts before that.
- The Big Guy: In The Avengers, as a Physical God Boisterous Bruiser looking down on the other as being "tiny."
- Blood Knight:
- At the start, he "courted war." Later on, he grows into a more noble man who sees combat as a way of protection, not a way of life.
- He dives into this again during the battle with Hulk. At first he tries to reason with him, but Hulk knocks him across the Helicarrier into some steel boxes. This all causes his nose to bleed and a Slasher Smile emerges from his face, showing he's gonna enjoy his fight with the Hulk.
- Book Dumb: While by no means unintelligent, it's implied that his understanding of Asgardian technology is very basic (equivalent of C, π, E=mc2, etc.), and he is genuinely impressed that human geniuses such as Jane and Selvig understand underlying principles behind it better than he does. He brings this up in The Dark World; he states not that Earth will in some future era be Asgard's equal, or even that they're just a few generations behind, but that Jane will personally crack all the really interesting secrets of the universe within the next decade at most, making humans Asgard's equals.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He starts off a battle-seeking brat, but wises up and settles on this.
- Break the Haughty: Thor's banishment serves this purpose in the first movie. He is unable to lift Mjölnir and learning, through Loki's deceit, Odin is dead and his mother has condemned him to exile. It becomes a reconstruction after spending time on Earth and learning from his mistakes.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: For all his boisterousness, he shows plenty of emotional vulnerability. After Loki claims Odin is dead, he first simply asks "Can I come home?" When told he can't ever return to his family, he thanks Loki for coming to say goodbye. When he confronts Loki in The Avengers, the only times when his grin cracks are when he's begging his brother to come to his senses.
- Brought Down to Badass: Stripped of his godlike power, he's still a very, very skilled and experienced combatant who's made of muscle. Coulson tried to recruit him before he learned of the god-like power he possessed based solely on his skill.
- Butt Monkey: In The Avengers. He gets beat up by Iron Man, Cap (sort of), and the Hulk.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Loki's Cain.
- Color-Coded Characters: Wears red, silver, and blue, and has gold hair to contrast Loki's green, gold, and black with black hair.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets a moment when Sif says that she had the battle of Vanaheim under control in "Dark World":
Thor: (looking around) Is that why everything's on fire?
- Disproportionate Retribution: He delivers one in The Avengers to Captain America, trying to squash him flat just because Cap told him to put the hammer down.
- Dork Knight: Especially towards women. If you can imagine a golden Labrador in the shape of a thunder god, you've more or less got him down.
- Drop the Hammer: Provides the page quote. He doesn't like people telling him to let go of his favorite weapon.
- Elemental Powers: Wind and Lightning.
- Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction upon learning that his brother had turned to evil and sent the Destroyer after him.
- Exact Words: In The Avengers, Captain America tells him to "put that hammer down" so...well, see Disproportionate Retribution.
- Fish out of Water: A Warrior Prince doesn't know what to do in a peaceful small town. He adapts surprisingly quick.
- Fun Personified: Despite starting off as extremely spoiled and bratty, he's an incredibly friendly guy.
- Flying Brick: Though his "flight" isn't conventional, he still fits this when he's at full power. In a more literal interpretation, Mjölnir is essentially a brick with a handle that can fly.
- Friendly Rivalry: With the Hulk as of The Avengers.
- Genius Bruiser: He's pretty clever once he develops some restraint and consideration, such as putting Mjölnir on Loki so that he can't get off the ground, and then smashing the Rainbow Bridge to topple the Bifröst at the other end.
- Genre Blind: Initially his trusting and hot-headed nature makes him prone to obvious mistakes, such as constantly mistaking Loki's illusions for the real guy.
- Genre Savvy:
- When the Destroyer first appears on Earth, Thor quickly declines the offer to fight it alongside his friends, knowing that in his depowered state he'd just be The Load, and restricts himself to helping people escape.
- He gets better at expecting outcomes.
- Gentle Giant: Thor is a mountain of jolly muscle who loves and protects the friends he towers over.
- A God Am I: Technically, he is a god. At the start of his own movie, he fits the trope, as he believes he can subdue Jötunheim by barging in and taking a few thousand of them down, but by the end, he's humbled and a man of sincere duty and honor.
- Good Is Not Soft: He's an immensely likable and fun guy who will smash your face in with a hammer if you threaten Earth or Asgard.
- Hair Contrast Duo: The blond to Loki's brunet.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His former Fatal Flaw, which would have doomed Asgard if he was crowned without having it cured.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: With Odin. It's epic.
- Heartbroken Badass: If having to fight his little brother and then believing him dead in Thor wasn't enough, he loses his mother and apparently Loki again in The Dark World.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: He only dons his trademark winged helmet in his first scene as an adult, and even then it's mostly for ceremonial purposes. Being so durable, unlike the other helmeted Avengers, he doesn't need it.
- Hot-Blooded: Thor is quite exuberant, wearing all of his emotions on his sleeve; this makes his Heroic BSOD all the more noticeable, as after everything falls apart for him, he closes up entirely.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Jane, who is much shorter and smaller than him.
- Humanity Is Infectious:
- In Thor, he adapts to Earth and dealing with humans rather quickly.
- In The Avengers, he categorically states that he considers Earth under his protection after Loki mocks him for begging Odin to let him return to his adopted home. Later, he privately admits to believing that while his people are clearly more advanced than humanity, that doesn't make them better.
- Hunk: He's ruggedly handsome and his wardrobe on Midgard fits the description above exactly. He has an Shirtless Scene, later followed by mud-wrestling in a tight, rain-soaked T-shirt. This makes him a perfect foil to Loki's Pretty Boy looks.
- I Gave My Word: If Thor gives his word about something, he will honor it.
- Immortal Immaturity: Thor is, in all likelihood, 1000 years old, and yet it is only in the three days he spent as a mortal that he starts to emotionally mature.
- Irony: As the second step in his Humiliation Conga (after being hit by a car not long after landing in Midgard), the God of Thunder is taken down by...a taser.
- Jacob and Esau: Thor is the Esau to Loki's Jacob. Despite Odin's protests, he favors Thor over Loki.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his first film, he's an unstable, entitled hothead who rarely thinks before acting. He is also extremely noble, very respectful towards women, loves his brother and friends, and always keeps his word.
- Large Ham: His bombast is helped by talking in flowery English. ("This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance!")
- Lightning Bruiser: In more than one way. He's fast and agile enough to dance around the Hulk, and can fly at mach speeds while equally matching Hulk's strength, one-shot-ing Frost Giants and (though it isn't obvious at first) easily overpowering Tony's armor, even after it's been supercharged and he's holding back.
- Man Child: Even after his Character Development, Thor is still endearingly naive when it comes to how the rest of the multiverse outside Asgard works, and readily admits to his father that he still has a lot of growing up to do at the end of Thor.
- Mayfly-December Romance: With Jane; it's brought up several times that human lifetimes are extremely fleeting compared to Asgardian ones.
- Mr. Fanservice:
- Nice Guy: After Character Development sets in, he pretty much loses the "jerk" part and gains wisdom and patience in addition to his other good qualities.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Odin warned him that bringing Jane to Malekith would basically be handing his enemy a nuclear bomb should he fail to destroy it once it's pulled from her, but he does it anyway and Odin is proven right.
- No Indoor Voice: He's no BRIAN BLESSED, but he's inappropriately boisterous at times.
Thor: This drink, I like it! (smash) Another!
- One-Man Army: He slaughtered dozens of Frost Giants single-handedly and accused them of not trying hard enough. He also is the only Avenger not to be pinned down or in serious trouble during the Battle of New York, even after being sucker-punched by the Hulk.
- Out of Focus: Since the Big Bad of The Avengers gives him a personal stake in the conflict (as he is both family and attempting to abuse Asgardian technology), they had to write him into the movie with a lighter touch than the other characters so it wouldn't boil down to Thor and Those Other Guys.
Loki Odinson / Laufeyson
The Norse God of Mischief and Lies, and Thor's younger brother. After a bid to discredit his brother and destroy their enemies in Jötunheim backfires, he plunges into an abyss where he gets transported to another realm. He is given an army and the promise of absolute rule over the people of Earth if he can subdue them and turn over the Tesseract, an Asgardian relic residing on Earth, to his employer.
- Ace Pilot: He claims he is this and proves to be pretty good on a Chitauri skiff he commandeers during the Battle of New York. Thor disagrees.
Look, why don't you let me take over? I'm clearly the best pilot. Thor:
Is that right? Out of the two of us, which one can actually fly
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Loki in the movies is far more attractive than his comic book counterpart who was, at least during the early days, often depicted as being hideous. By the eighties, he was usually depicted as good-looking to one extent or another.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Loki is a straight villain, while in Thor, he is an Anti-Villain and in The Dark World a Nominal Hero. However, this trope is completely averted in The Avengers in which he just as evil and cruel as his comic version.
- Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: In the two Thor films he's the former, holding himself to regal standards of conduct even as he commits evil deeds. By The Avengers he's become more insane and cruel and has slipped to the latter trope, but it wears off in time for The Dark World.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's a Frost Giant, meaning his true skin tone is blue, but this only appears when he's exposed to their power.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: In The Dark World, he knows how to get under Thor's skin, irritating the heck out of his brother with his shapeshifting pranks and his snarky comments about Thor's piloting skills during their escape from Asgard.
- Anti-Villain: His actions early on in Thor are that of a trickster causing some potentially dangerous mischief and accidentally causing more trouble than he intended, then later he purposefully begins hatching amoral and destructive plans. In The Avengers, he drops the "Anti" part and is a straight villain. In The Dark World he shows signs of being conflicted, but he's still generally a villain out for his own gain.
- Arch-Enemy: To Thor. It's the "We're brothers!" angle that makes the conflict so personal and epic.
- Badass: Though he's outmatched in physical combat by most foes, including his brother, he's still a master of magic, a competent hand-to-hand fighter, and is able to kick his fair share of ass in his own right.
- Badass Bookworm:
- Since he studies magic, he's the Asgardian equivalent of a nerd.
- Reading also appears to be his pastime of choice while imprisoned in The Dark World—not that he has lots of options in a (fairly cushy) dungeon, but he appreciates the books given to him by Frigga, and one can't really imagine most of the other Asgardians calmly reading while there's a battle erupting around them.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Dresses impeccably when hiding amongst humans.
- Badass Longcoat: In The Avengers, although he sometimes goes back to his royal outfit.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Oh so averted in The Dark World, although it doesn't appear that way at first. Loki in his prison cell is groomed, relatively well-dressed and has nice furnishings. When Thor comes to bargain with him after Frigga's death, he breaks the illusion to reveal a dirty, pale, unkempt man in rags surrounded by smashed furniture and smudged walls.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: In Thor—in sharp contrast to the other citizens of Asgard who are loud and boisterous, Loki is initially soft-spoken and quiet.
- Big Bad: In Thor, he's an Anti-Villain example, but is a straight-up villain for The Avengers where he steals the Tesseract to take over Earth, but even then, he's simply delivering the Tesseract to Thanos in exchange for Earth.
- Big Bad Friend: As his brother Thor finds out, his little brother is the cause of his trouble.
- Big Brother Instinct: Little brother in this case, when he saves Thor from Kurse in The Dark World.
- Blade on a Stick: While Odin is in the Odinsleep, he uses Gungnir as both a scepter and a weapon.
- Blatant Lies: When Frigga asks, "Am I not your mother?", Loki hesitates for a full five seconds before he unconvincingly replies "You're not." The sad expression on his face and his reaching out for her hand afterwards prove that he doesn't mean it.
- Bling of War: His green-and-gold armor is magnificent to behold. It's more stylish than Thor's or Odin's, which is not surprising considering that Loki is a master of deception, so appearances are important to him.
- Blue Blood: No matter how you look at his family ties, he's a prince of something.
- Boomerang Bigot: Growing up in Asgard, he was raised to fear and hate Frost Giants, so when he accidentally discovers that he is one, he is consumed by so much self-loathing that he attempts to wipe out every Jötunn in existence.
- Boom Stick: His scepter in The Avengers fires blasts of blue energy, said to be using a similar type of blast as HYDRA's weapons in Captain America. Word of God says that the gem in it was an Infinity Stone (The Mind Stone specifically), which means that potentially the weapon on its own is as powerful as the Tesseract.
- Break the Haughty: This, combined with Bullying a Dragon, gets him slammed into the ground by the Hulk.
- Break Them by Talking: Averted in Thor when he wasn't trying to break anyone, but he really gets into it during The Avengers. Nick Fury, a crowd of Germans, Black Widow and the Hulk all get one.
- Breakout Villain: He's the only villain to get a continuing role beyond his original film, and is so popular that the film crew of Thor: The Dark World shot extra scenes of his character. Given that he was the Big Bad of The Avengers, arguably one of the most anticipated films of all time, he is unquestionably the franchise's most famous villain by this point.
- Broken Bird: Learning about his true heritage messed him up, and then falling into the abyss made it worse.
- Butt Monkey: Despite being the Big Bad of The Avengers, Loki seems to have a few spells of being one of these during the movie, especially towards the end of the film. Every Avenger gets his goat once. Even Phil Coulson gets in a good shot.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Thor's Abel complete with envy and (attempted) murder.
- The Chessmaster: He orchestrates all the events of Thor from behind the scenes.
- Child Of Two Worlds: Namely Asgard and Jotunheim.
- Color-Coded Characters: His royal outfit is green, gold and black, and his hair is also black. Thor, on the other hand, has blond hair and wears blue, red and silver.
- Complexity Addiction: In Thor, he can't help lying to and betraying people even if it wouldn't help him, or if it wouldn't be pragmatic to betray them yet. Likely related to his Inferiority Superiority Complex—he has to prove how much smarter he is than everyone by deliberately manipulating them as much as he can and gloating about how he did it.
- Consummate Liar: Comes with the territory of being the God of Lies and Mischief. Lampshaded when Thor notes he's always been a talented liar. This is right before Loki said he was glad to see Thor.
- Cool Helmet: It's gold and has long horns.
- Country Matters: "This is my bargain, you mewling quim!"
- Dark Messiah: Wants to save humanity from war in The Avengers...by conquering humanity.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry wit. For example, after Thor falls for one of his illusions for the millionth time:
Loki: Are you ever not going to fall for that?
- Deal with the Devil: His arrangment with Thanos to have the Chiturai army in exchange for the Tesseract. It's ambigous how willingly he agreed to deal or who sought out who.
- Death Glare: In the first movie, Loki gives a menacing one to Sif in the throne room while he leans slightly forward in her direction. His eyes and body language seem to say, "I dare you to talk back to your king."
- Death Seeker: After The Avengers, he doesn't seem particulary concerned if he lives or dies anymore. Sif, Volstagg, and Thor make it perfectly clear they have no problem killing him if he betrays them again. He just laughs it off.
- Deuteragonist: After Thor himself, the villainous Loki is the most important character in the Thor films.
- Didn't Think This Through: He never considers the difficulties involved in conquering, pacifying and occupying Earth. He thinks if he just brings in an army, the humans will fall in line and submit to him, ignorant of Earth's military forces, the members of the Avengers and who-knows-what-else including the other Asgardians, that will want to have words with him once the Chitauri leave. Even if his invasion succeeded, it never would have lasted. Lampshaded by Tony.
Tony Stark: You're missing the point! There's no throne. There is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes and maybe it's too much for us, but it's all on you. Because if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it.
- Disney Villain Death: Falling from the Rainbow Bridge was how he ended Thor. Subverted, as he survives to be the Big Bad of The Avengers.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His plot to take control of Earth in The Avengers is largely driven by jealousy and resentment towards his adoptive brother Thor, as well as rage at being deceived about his true ancestry. He wants to subjugate the entire population of Earth—a planet which Thor treasures and protects—thereby wiping out many of the people that Thor cares about. In addition, Loki feels that he was cheated out of his rightful place as the ruler of Asgard.
Thor: So you take the world I love as recompense for your imagined slights?
- Dissonant Laughter: He's seen giggling, if not outright laughing, in clear contrast to his tumultuous emotional state, but in different ways:
- In the climax of Thor, it's used as a unnerving instance of Laughing Mad—it represents him being so lost that his emotions are all over the place, and in conjunction with his increasing mood swings, shows that he's losing his mind.
- In contrast, The Avengers uses it as one of the only real signs of his softer traits. Loki attempts to cover up situations and feelings that he would rather not acknowledge (like Thor's repeated attempts to reach out to him) with quips and nervous, often dissonant Mirthless Laughter. He also uses it as a show of bravado in the face of being surprised or intimidated.
- Dissonant Serenity: Practices this from time to time. In The Dark World, he watches calmly as Kurse frees the other prisoners while waiting for him to make his way to his own cell. When Kurse leaves him locked up, Loki is later seen quietly reading while sitting against the wall, even as there's a massive brawl a foot away on the other side of the force field.
- Driven to Suicide: He lets go of the Bifröst by the end of Thor, but as explained just above, he survives.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Before his fall from grace he would often be (gently) mocked by Thor and his friends, or have his advice ignored with a curt "know your place". It doesn't help his already fragile self-esteem. And when he does actually become king, Heimdall, Lady Sif and the Warriors Three disobey his commands (granted they had good reason to).
- The Dutiful Son: In the first film as opposed to the reckless Thor.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In The Avengers because in these stories he's a pale, villainous evil dude spending a lot of time in darkness.
- Energy Ball: His ranged attacks are either discs or this.
- Enemy Mine: Thor comes to him for help to stop Malekith in The Dark World, much to Loki's amusement.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas:
- His Evil Plan in Thor was all about proving himself to his father Odin. However, he couldn't care less about his biological father Laufey, as he killed the man and then tried to blow up his planet.
- Even after his descent into madness, he continues to love his mother Frigga. Aside from rage, this is the only genuine emotion he has left by the time of Thor: The Dark World. Her death at the hands of the Dark Elves helps to motivate him. In his first scene, Loki puts on a contemptuous facade, but his mask slips when Odin informs him that he will never see Frigga again; he then stumbles as he's being led away by the guards.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In a strange sense in that it overlaps with Kick the Dog—when Thor tells Loki killing the humans will bring him nothing and offers his life if he spares them, Loki kills him, but the Destroyer turns and start to leave, so Loki was keeping true to his side of Thor's deal.
- Evil Brit: In The Avengers. In the Thor films, he's just one of many RP-speaking Asgardians.
- Evil Former Friend: Becomes this for his brother Thor and his former comrades Sif and The Warriors Three by the time of The Avengers.
- Evil Sorcerer: His abilities are referred to as "magic." Even among powerful Asgardians (such as the all-seeing Heimdall), the extent of Loki's abilities is not fully understood.
- Evil Plan:
- In Thor, his plan was to keep his then-Jerkass brother off the throne and earn Odin's respect.
- In The Avengers, it was to conquer Earth to prove himself a king even greater than his father.
- In The Dark World, it remains to be seen if usurping the throne of Asgard was an Evil Plan or an Indy Ploy.
- The Evils of Free Will: "Freedom is life's great lie." In The Avengers, he declares his intent to make Earth's population 'free from freedom.' This is a very different characterization than in either Thor or The Dark World, where he vastly prefers to manipulate rather than dominate: it could be a result of his Fantastic Racism toward humanity, but it's more likely a result of his merely being a catspaw of a Bigger Bad who does have this philosophy.
- The Face: Before his Face-Heel Turn, he was the diplomatic one in Thor's group of warriors.
- Fake Defector: In The Dark World, he magicks up an illusion that he cut off Thor's hand and roughly hands Jane over to Malekith, but this was all a ploy to lower Malekith's guard and get the Aether in the air so Thor could destroy it.
- Fallen Hero: It goes without saying that Loki more than likely fought alongside Thor, Sif and The Warriors Three in countless battles and adventures, performing innumerable deeds of great valor and sharing the glory, wine and laughter of victory with his now-former friends. Even after the events of Thor they still mourn his "death". It isn't until the events of The Avengers that caues his entire fall from grace
- For the Evulz: Nick Fury notes that he "kills 'cause it's fun."
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Learned the hard way in Hall H of Comic Con. Much to their excitement.
- Genocide from the Inside: After Loki finds out that he is actually an abandoned Frost Giant prince adopted by Odin, he murders his biological father and tries to exterminate his own race to prove himself a worthy prince of Asgard. Odin is absolutely horrified.
- Glamour Failure: Whenever he comes into contact with the Frost Giant's power, his true heritage shows.
- A God Am I: Styles himself as the God-King of Earth in The Avengers. While he has some basis to claim this, he is the only Asgardian that puts on airs.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Learning of his true parentage causes any jealousy and insignificance he feels towards Thor to explode into full-blown madness driven by his desire for acknowledgment from Odin.
- Graceful Loser: When he's finally defeated by the Avengers, he accepts his defeat and asks for the drink Tony had offered him earlier.
- Green-Eyed Monster: While it's not his motivation, Loki is consumed by his envy of Thor and has a heck of a time hiding it in the first act of Thor.
- Hair Contrast Duo: The brunet to Thor's blond.
- Happily Adopted: The fact that he's not their "real" child has no effect on Odin, Frigga, or Thor's love for him, nor on his for them.* The only thing that changes when he learns the truth is his perception of their love for him, with tragic results.
- Hannibal Lecture: During The Avengers, he tears into Black Widow while imprisoned on the Helicarrier. It must run in the family.
- The Heavy: In The Avengers, he's an errand boy retrieving the Tesseract for Thanos and ordered around by The Other.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is nearly sucked into a mini black hole after he pushes Jane away from the grenade's path in The Dark World; Thor saves him in the nick of time. Loki then appears to have died defending his brother from Kurse's brutal beating, but it turns out that the stab wound he received wasn't fatal.
- I Am a Monster: He believes so after discovering his origins.
Loki: What, because I... I... I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?
- I Am Who?: He's actually a Frost Giant and Laufey's son, rescued from Jötunheim when Odin last defeated the Frost Giants. He doesn't take The Reveal well.
- Ice King: Almost literally. When he's not being snarky or having a breakdown, he behaves in a rather aloof, proud and cold manner.
- An Ice Person: Starts using the Ice Casket of the Frost Giants in Thor after he discovers that he is a Frost Giant.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: He believed that Thor was the favorite child.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Grew up knowing that Thor was destined to be the King of Asgard, and he would just Thor's little brother with nothing particularly glorious in his future. Forging a peace between Asgard and the Frost Giants was not his idea of being "special".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In The Dark World, he pulls this on Kurse only for Kurse to pull it on him. He survives it.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He chooses to deal with his crippling self-worth issues by trying to blow up/subjugate worlds. If you want to see him lose his cool, try challenging his power and/or authority and watch him shout you down with declarations of how great and powerful he is. This is particularly evident in several scenes in The Avengers; the less control he has, the louder and angrier he becomes.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Tony offers Loki a drink, which he rejects. After his defeat, he decides to take him up on his offer.
- Insane Troll Logic: Loki's motivation in The Avengers follows as this—He wants to conquer Earth, because if humans are too busy worshiping him, they won't be fighting any wars. He never really figured that they just might be warring against him. Thor calls him out on this during the final battle in New York, but he doesn't care.
- Irony: The actions motivated by his desire to prove himself to his adopted father wind up getting him disowned outright and thrown in the dungeons. Oops.
- It's All About Me: He's willing to destroy an entire planet just to work out his family issues.
- I've Come Too Far: The reason he rejects Thor's offer of redemption in The Avengers.
- Jacob and Esau: Loki is the Jacob to Thor's Esau. Frigga showed him special attention to make sure he knew he was loved as a child.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Sure, he ruins Thor's big day for "a bit of fun," but he also did it to reveal how unfit to rule his brother was in Thor. He does eventually become the villain, but at the time, he spared Asgard a massive headache.
- In The Dark World, he points out that Thor will outlive Jane by a very long time.
- Also in The Dark World, when confronted about his crimes, he points out that both Bor and Odin technically killed many more people than he to preserve peace in the Nine Realms. Considering Bor all but exterminated the Dark Elves, he has a point.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He went from a Tragic Villain in Thor to a straight-up Big Bad in The Avengers. Also a case of Took a Level in Jerkass. According to Word of God, falling through the rift he saw things that sent him round the twist.
- Kick the Dog: Though it was in his interests to convince Thor his exile was going to be permanent to maintain a new truce with the Jötunns, telling him Odin died due to the stress of exiling him was just cruel.
- Kneel Before Zod: Commands this to a crowd of civilians, and later Captain America, when he appears in The Avengers. The civilians obey—with the exception of two men, both of whom lived through WWII. One is an elderly German man, the other is Captain America.
- Knife Nut: Uses small throwing daggers (their effectiveness can be enhanced with magic) to attack from afar in Thor and The Avengers, and fights with a single longer one in The Dark World.
- Large Ham:
- Lean and Mean: He's very wiry compared to the other Asgardians, and then even more so in The Avengers.
- Looks Like Cesare: When he first appears in The Avengers, his eyes are sunken to an extreme degree, and his hair is even more mussed and stringy than usual.
- Love Makes You Crazy/Evil: Non-romantic love for his father Odin, but love made him both crazy and evil nonetheless.
- Made of Iron: His durability is implied to be far greater than that of a normal Frost Giant's, as he is able to take hits from Hulk and Thor without sustaining major damage.
- Magic Staff: His Chitauri scepter in The Avengers. Its normal size is "wand", but when he dons his royal outfit its becomes longer with a larger blade and is used as a staff.
- Manipulative Bastard: As noted elsewhere on this page, he manipulates everyone he comes into contact with to prove how smart and in control he is of any situation.
- Manly Tears:
- In the first movie, Loki's face is visibly wet with tears after he discovers from Odin that he's actually a Frost Giant. He also sheds a tear when he asks Thor, "Is it madness?", which is a sign of his emotional breakdown.
- In The Avengers, Loki displays a rare moment of vulnerability right after he stabs Thor. A tear falls from his eye as he says, "Sentiment."
- The Man Makes the Weapon:
- Inverted; while he has strength and magic he relies on power gained from elsewhere rather than his own strength. In Thor, he uses Odin's staff and the Destroyer, and in The Avengers he relies on the Chitauri staff, mind-controlled heroes, and an alien army. This forms a contrast with the heroes whose power comes from their inner strength and qualities (Cap, Banner) or something they made themselves (Stark). This reliance on external power despite claiming superiority could be a sign of his insecurity.
- He abandons this trait by The Dark World, where he's never armed with more than a dagger, his powers of illusion, and his innate guile. What this indicates is open to interpretation.
- Master Actor: Even when he is pretending to betray Thor and denounces his own mother to the person responsible for her death, he sounds completely sincere. The only one he doesn't seem to be able to lie convincingly to in Thor: The Dark World is Frigga, and in the previous Thor movie, he uses his acting ability effectively many times against his brother.
- Master of Illusion: Though this was the gimmick of a different figure (Freya) in Norse mythology, movie Loki is fond of using illusionary copies of himself to distract his enemies, and to taunt them. By The Dark World he's expanded his control over it into functional shapeshifting, able to cloak himself or others to look like other people.
- Mirthless Laughter: Loki is always laughing and chuckling, even when angry or sad; and it makes him all the more creepy.
- Momma's Boy: Frigga seems to be the only member of the family that Loki can tolerate after all that's happened. Which makes seeing his reaction to her death even more crushing. He is also shown to be his mother's son to a certain extent, as Frigga is the one who taught him magic, and his combat style in The Dark World is very similar to hers.
- Moral Event Horizon: An In-Universe example in The Avengers with his tactics in trying to take over the Earth. How cruel were those tactics? Odin has him doing porridge for life (and would've had him executed if Frigga hadn't intervened); Thor, Sif, and Volstagg threaten to kill him if he betrays them; and Jane slaps him in the face.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: In The Avengers, he is prone to Putting on the Reich, and performs a speech about how humans "were born to be ruled." One old German calls him out on this while refusing to Kneel Before Zod:
- Never My Fault: Loki doesn't take responsibility for his actions, and he doesn't believe he did anything wrong when he attempted to conquer Earth.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He gets Thor exiled from Asgard by setting things up to show that his brother isn't worthy of taking their father's throne. In doing so, he humbles Thor enough for him to become worthy. Sending the Destroyer after him gave him a chance to prove it.
- Nominal Hero: In The Dark World, his reasons for helping Thor defeat Malekith are fairly selfish, but he nevertheless puts his life on the line to achieve their mutual goal.
- Non-Action Big Bad: A more subtle example than most. While he is technically well above any mortal in physical prowess, he isn't quite up to par with Thor in combat, preferring to compensate with his intelligence and cunning. As such, he tends to use trickery to avoid direct conflict. This changes in The Avengers, where he is willing to dirty his hands against S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that are no threat to him and proves Captain America's superior during their short battle.
- Not Quite Dead:
- The epilogue of Thor reveals that he's alive and well within human society, and he returns in The Avengers more badass than ever.
- In The Dark World, despite having a Died in Your Arms Tonight moment with Thor, it's revealed at the end that he survived and is posing as Odin.
- Nurture Over Nature: In spite of everything, it's still his Asgardian family that he primarily identifies with.
- Oblivious Adoption: He never quite fit into Asgardian society, but he doesn't suspect that he's adopted until his skin turns blue when he's exposed to the Frost Giant's magic.
- Oedipus Complex: In The Dark World, he genuinely loves his mother and overthrows his father—whom he now loathes—usurping the Asgardian throne in the process.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Wherever he goes as soon as he says him name, people remarks that he's Thor's brother and he absolutely hates it.
- Parental Abandonment: Laufey (possibly) abandoned him when he was a baby, and there is no mention of his birth mother. Later on, his adoptive mother dies.
- Parting Words Regret: His last words to Frigga were to deny that he was her son. Alleviated mildly in that they clearly both know he didn't mean it, but it's still obviously tearing him apart.
- Pet the Dog: See Took a Level in Kindness.
- Physical God: Comes from a race of Sufficiently Advanced Alien Physical Gods.
- Pietà Plagiarism: He is the recipient of this when Thor cradles him in his arms after he is stabbed by Kurse.
- Pretty Boy: While his appearance in the comics is very much Depending on the Artist and has ranged from withered and ugly all the way to smolderingly handsome, this is the most daintily good-looking Loki incarnation ever. This is (completely coincidentally) in line with descriptions of Loki in Norse Mythology and makes him a perfect foil to Thor's Hunk looks. He becomes a Long Haired Prettyboy in The Avengers and The Dark World.
- Really 700 Years Old: He was an infant in the Middle Ages. The movie takes places in the 21st century.
- Redemption Equals Death: He appears to suffer this fate at the hands of Kurse, though it doesn't prevent him from killing Kurse in return before seemingly succumbing to his injuries. Of course, he's faking it.
- Redemption Rejection: When Thor is still willing to offer Loki a chance as the Chitauri attack New York, he seems to genuinely consider it...then shanks Thor with a throwing knife.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Thor's red as he is more a shadowy presence meant to manipulate and confuse, but he still has Asgardian hamminess.
- Reliable Traitor: While Thor seeks his help in The Dark World, everyone including Thor himself is quite aware Loki is going to betray him eventually. They even use this to their advantage when tricking Malekith into exposing the Aether. Loki doesn't betray Thor, but he does trick Thor into thinking he died while he goes into hiding via shapeshifting.
- The Resenter: A seething ball of jealousy from his first scenes onward.
- Although this is not explicitly stated in the first movie, it's quite obvious that part of the reason why Loki wanted to kill Laufey is to get back at his biological father for leaving him to die as an infant.
- After Frigga is murdered in The Dark World, this becomes Loki's motivation to team up with Thor to stop Malekith.
Thor: I wish I could trust you.
Loki: Trust my rage.
- It is also clear that he would like to get back at Odin, though the ambiguity of the last scene makes it unclear as to whether he actually has.
- Royal Brat: Like Thor, Loki has overtones of this. He has no problem getting guards and Jötunns killed for the sake of a prank on his brother.
- Sanity Slippage: Falling through a rift in space at the end of Thor did nothing good for his mental health. Not that it helps his case when he's faced with the consequences of his actions in The Avengers. Early in The Dark World he suffers another slippage after Frigga's death.
- Self-Made Orphan: He kills his biological father Laufey while declaring himself the son of Odin. It looked like he was about to kill his adoptive father in an attempt to appeal to his biological father, but then he kills his biological father in a (completely misguided) attempt to appeal to his adoptive father. Wow.
- Self-Serving Memory: In The Avengers, he claims that Thor threw him into the void, apparently forgetting that he chose to fall in after Odin refused to condone Loki attempting genocide in his name.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he appears before the imprisoned Thor in Midgard and when he attends Loge in The Avengers.
- Spare to the Throne: Oddly enough, he never realizes this until he gets made regent after Odin goes into the Odinsleep. As you can see with his page quote, he didn't want to suplant Thor he just wanted to be his equal. At least at first.
- Squishy Wizard: Downplayed Trope. Loki is a skilled sorcerer and is physically weaker than his brother Thor, but he survived some very rough handling by the Hulk.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Thor because there can only be one king.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The fact that they're total opposites in personality makes it worse. He thinks that Odin only likes the athletic Thor.
- Smug Snake: In both Thor and Avengers, Loki's clearly not quite as clever or powerful as he likes to act.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: A nasty man with a quiet voice, until he's got a reason to get mad, in which he'll get mad.
- Sophisticated as Hell: "This is my bargain, you mewling quim!"
- Staff of Authority:
- In the first film, he wields Gungnir, the symbol of kingship in Asgard, when he becomes regent.
- In The Dark World, Gungnir is once again in his possession in the final scene.
- Stages of Monster Grief: He goes through something a bit like this after The Reveal.
- Stepford Snarker: Though not so much at first, by Thor: The Dark World he is this. A few unguarded moments show that he actually still does care (at least about Frigga, though possibly about Thor and his former friends too) but he spends most of his time among other people, especially the Asgardians, snarking at them to cover up both this and his pain that they now (at least seem to) hate him.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Like all Asgardians though he is also known as a "master of magic" which makes things a little complicated.
Black Widow: These people come from legend. They're basically gods.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Ever since discovering his origins, Loki has been subtly throwing one. All bets are off in The Avengers when he clearly becomes fed up.
- Super Strength: Most evident in The Avengers, where he kills a normal man in body armor with a single kick and throws Captain America around like a ragdoll.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: All three check off; he loves snarking at people.
- Technically a Smile: Loki never loses that confident grin of his, which widens into a leering, arrogant, wolf-like sneer when he's enraged; and it's easily the scariest expression he's got.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: This was his eventual reaction to learning his true heritage. In The Dark World he's clearly conflicted, but his actions show that he still feels that he's gone too far to turn back. Ever.
- There Are No Therapists: Everyone seems to agree that Loki's got a few screws loose. No one seems to think he might benefit from medication or psychoanalysis.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: When he arrives in The Avengers, he's a sweating, pale, sunken-eyed mess. This is our first clue that something has gone wrong in his time away. The second is the way he casually murders several soldiers before deigning to speak.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's the only one that can be called a villain
- Tomato in the Mirror: Loki becomes a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds when he learns of his frost giant heritage.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Took a Level in Dumbass:
- As Cracked pointed out, he went from being a Chessmaster and Manipulative Bastard in Thor to being perpetually fooled and outsmarted by virtually every member of the main cast in The Avengers. They summed it up with "Loki, the Silver-Tongued God of Deception, Can't Outsmart Anyone". However he still played Divide and Conquer against the Avengers before they rallied together for the grand finale and it could also be said that his 'master' or the scepter he was given was disrupting his sanity.
- As demonstrated by the ending in Dark World where he's sitting on Odin's throne, carrying his staff, and pretending to be him with Thor none the wiser it is easy to state that any level he took in Avengers is gone.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Thor, he was a sympathetic Tragic Villain. Come The Avengers, he's unmistakably evil and a straight-forward villain, not to mention more arrogant. Back to being a more sympathetic Tragic Villain in Thor 2, especially after Frigga dies and he completely breaks.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed in Thor: The Dark World. Goes from Faux Affably Evil back to his old Affably Evil self, risking his life to save Jane.
- Tragic Villain: In Thor, where his villainy was well-intentioned and his goal was familial love. After a stab at Card-Carrying Villain status in The Avengers, he returns to an emotionally conflicted role.
- Troll: He is the God of Mischief and Trickery, after all. In both Thor films, he uses his powers for pranks, such as shapeshifting himself and Thor just to irritate him, and after his fall to villainy, his demeanor is generally one of mocking snark and arrogance.
Laufey: So you're the one who showed us the way into Asgard.
Loki: That was just a bit of fun, really. To ruin my brother's big day.
- Ungrateful Bastard: How Odin views him since he was abandoned as a baby to die until Odin found him and raised him as his son. Loki repays that kindness by becoming a mass murder.
"Your birthright, was to die, as a child, cast out onto a frozen rock. If I had not taken you then, you would not be here now to hate me."
- The Unfavourite: He sees himself as such. He definitely doesn't fit the ideal of Asgard the way Thor does, but Odin repeatedly assures him "you are my son" and had great plans for him just as he did for Thor. He hoped that Loki would pioneer a lasting peace and friendship between Asgard and Jötunheim instead of the fragile truce present at the time.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The scene with young Loki shows him and Thor being absolutely adorable as they listen to Odin telling them a story about the war with the Jötunns.
- Vain Sorceress: A Rare Male Example, he's seen changing his clothes with magic and quite cares about appearances. He also keeps his Asgardian form on at most times, although that is for other reasons.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- Starting around the time he discovers he's a Frost Giant, and getting progressively worse throughout the rest of Thor. This does not make him less effective, however - his growing insanity coupled with his deadly cunning only makes him more dangerous.
- He also has one at the end of The Avengers, after the Avengers start winning and he gets cornered by the Hulk, he makes the very poor decision to try and intimidate the giant green rage monster. It doesn't end well.
- He's not back to normal in The Dark World, but he seems to have improved somewhat. He's actually in a vulnerable state which opens the possibility of a Heel-Face Turn, but the only Ase making an effort in that direction is his foster-mother Frigga.
- Villainous Legacy: His actions in Thor and The Avengers helped motivate S.H.I.E.L.D. to go to more extreme measures to protect humanity in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. HYDRA recovering his scepter after The Avengers is also sure to come up again, especially if it really does contain an Infinity Stone.
- Villain Protagonist: In both of the Thor films, he shares the protagonist role with Thor, but the first more than the second. In the first he had his own scenes and own plotlines. In the second he spends too much time in his cell to fully qualify.
- Waif-Fu: A borderline male example—he's played by 6' 2", ordinarily-slender Tom Hiddleston, but made up and costumed to look outright skinny—and still capable of at least briefly beating his beefy brother in combat (including, notably, using his father's scepter/spear as a pole to propel his body around in order to increase his momentum for a kick in the face).
- We Used to Be Friends: Despite what he may thought he was loved by his friends and family. Then he decided to conquer Earth....
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even though he is furious that Odin lied to him about his parentage, his ultimate goal is still his love and approval rather than his throne. In The Avengers he's still driven by a need for validation and approval, but doesn't want it from Odin specifically, just in general.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Part of the basis for his motivations in Thor. According to Word of God, he's this in The Avengers as well, as Loki thinks conquering the Earth is a grand idea to bring about peace, since everyone will be too busy bowing to him to fight amongst themselves anymore.
- When He Smiles: Surprisingly, albeit in a deleted scene in Thor. Even if you doubt his motives for going with Thor, it's one of very few scenes where he looks genuinely happy about something (if only for a few seconds). And damn does he look adorable.
: Thank you, brother. Loki
: (beat) [smiles]
Now give us a kiss.
- Wicked Cultured: Enjoys wearing dapper clothing when blending in among humans, as well as attending classical music performances.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's a genocidal ego-maniacal tyrant, but he's driven by loneliness and a desperate need to validate his own self-worth, and it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: He's not in full control of everything that happens in Thor, but he finds a way to makes things work to his advantage one way or the other. Shown to an even greater effect in The Dark World, where he out-gambits Malekith and Odin.
- Yandere: When Odin becomes ill just thinking about warring with the Frost Giants, Loki concludes that the quickest way to please his father is to blow up the Frost Giants' world.
- You're Not My Father:
- 0% Approval Rating: By the time of Thor: The Dark World, Frigga seems to be the only one in Asgard who still loves Loki. However, Thor's later behavior, especially after Loki's 'death', show that deep down he still loves his brother.
- Zig Zagged Trope: Loki's entire character is a dance between Dark Is Not Evil, Big Bad, The Evil Prince, and "Well Done, Son!" Guy. Ultimately, Thor sets him up as a bad guy who's playing both sides against the middle... to win his father's approval. He falls completely into villain territory in The Avengers, but in The Dark World he's a Knight Templar and has returned to The Chessmaster.
Allfather Odin Borson
Allfather Odin Borson
Lord of the Aesir and King of Asgard. After Thor starts a war with the Jötunns, he exiles him in hopes of teaching him humility. Upon a particularly strenuous conversation with Loki, his old body goes into the "Odinsleep." Loki promptly takes advantage of this and starts scheming.
- A God I Am Not: When Loki asserts that the Asgardians are like Gods compared to Humans, Odin succinctly declares that they should not act Holier Than Thou in spite of their advantages as a species. However, this does not stop him from acting superior to Jane when she comes to the realm, probably because he feels that she's not good enough/too mortal for his son, more than anything else.
- Amazon Chaser: Implied. His wife is Frigga, a Lady of War, and he ships his son with Sif, another Lady of War.
- And Starring: And Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
- Angst Coma: Goes into the Odinsleep after banishing Thor and having an argument with Loki.
- Badass: Fought the frost giants in the prologue and rescues Thor himself.
- Badass Beard: He has a bushy, impressive one.
- Badass Grandpa: In the prologue, back in the medieval period or earlier he leads the battle against the Frost Giants and even then he wasn't in his prime.
- Big Good: He is the king of Asgard and the highest authority against Laufey, the king of Jötunheim. The fragile peace between them is the catalyst of the movie's plot. However, he is not without his flaws.
- Big Sleep: The Odinsleep. Ultimately subverted. It's a power recharge, not death.
- Blade on a Stick: Gungnir, the "Spear of Heaven."
- Blood Knight: For all his talk of keeping the peace in the Nine Realms, he goes into full Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode, willing to shed every drop of Asgardian blood to destroy Malekith after he attacks Asgard and murders Queen Frigga. And he justifies the righteousness of it by saying that he will win.
- Broken Pedestal: To his youngest son Loki, who greatly loved him, looked up to him and wanted nothing more than his approval in Thor. The breaking part started once Loki found out Odin had lied to him his whole life about his origins and planned to use him as a tool. Odin's final rejection in the Bifröst put the final nail in the coffin. In The Dark World, his harsh justice is treated by Loki as another rejection.
- Chewing the Scenery: Whenever Odin gets angry and raises his voice. Magnificent in a way that only Anthony Hopkins can deliver.
- Cool Horse: Implied by its number of legs and its owner's identity to be Slepnir.
- Crusading Widower: In Dark World after Frigga's death.
- Determinator: Has been putting off the Odinsleep for quite a while. In the opening for Thor, he takes an ice mace from Laufey in the face and continues fighting anyway. He doesn't even stop to seek treatment for his eye until after the Frost Giants are driven back to Jötunheim.
- Despair Event Horizon: Succumbs to it when Frigga is killed in The Dark World. He throws aside all the virtues he preached about to Thor in favor of bloody revenge. He even drives Heimdall to go against him!
- Eyepatch of Power: He changes them depending on the occasion, but always present.
- Eye Scream: Loses his right eye to Laufey in Thor's opening.
- Genre Blind:
- Believed that Loki would be able to forge a lasting peace with the Frost Giants, despite the fact Laufey left him to die as baby.
- Didn't see that Loki would be incredibly upset or jealous about not being Crown Prince. Even worse - he didn't make it clear Thor was the Crown Prince when they were young, dangling the throne in front of both of them, telling them "only one of you can inherit the throne, but you were both born to be kings." The director of The Dark World has commented on how Odin really shouldn't have done that.
- The Good King: Taking care of his people is his number one priority and his anger at Thor is based on his fear that his son cares more for war then for them. In The Dark World his despair drives him into the very Blood Knight behavior he scorned.
- Gold and White Are Divine: As his image shows he wears various combinations of silver and gold and has white hair. Noteably, his sons each appropriate one of the two colors for their own outfits.
- Good Parents: Straightforward in Thor, but played with in The Dark World.
- Loves both his sons, even if Loki is an adopted Frost Giant, a racial enemy, and gives Thor a much needed object-lesson to teach him the value of kindness and compassion. His main failure is being too proud of his sons to teach them the lessons they needed to learn until it was too late, resulting in Thor becoming a boisterous warmonger and Loki becoming a repressed ball of jealousy. Only one of them gets better (since any opportunity to correct Loki's immaturity was missed when he fell into Odinsleep, leading his adopted son to run amok with power).
- In The Dark World he reminds Loki that his birthright was "to die, as a child, on a frozen rock" and if he hadn't saved Loki that day then Loki wouldn't be alive to hate him in the present. How much of the punishment is from the "All Father" and how much is from "Loki's father" is ambigious in the film note . In any case he's given up hope that Loki would amount to anything more than a murderer.
- Handicapped Badass: His missing eye doesn't get in the way of his ass-kicking.
- Heavy Sleeper: Nothing can wake him from the Odinsleep once it begins, although he still sees and hears everything going on around him.
- I Have No Son: After Loki murdered millions of innocent New Yorkers in The Avengers, Odin no longer considers him his son. In the Dark World Prelude comics, he underlines this by calling him Laufeyson to his face.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Although he stepped off the Despair Event Horizon by that point and was ready to expend unit after unit to fight Malekith in Asgard, Odin did have a point about Thor's plot to bring Jane to Malekith in Svartalfheim if Thor can't destroy the Aether once it's extracted from Jane as that's precisely what happens.
- Large Ham: Obviously, since we're talking about Anthony Hopkins... as Odin.
- Never My Fault: He doesn't take any responsibility for how his sons turned out. It doesn't dawn at him at all that Thor's war-mongering behavior is because of him, or that Loki's issues were due to nelegcting him as a child, which resulted in his madness.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- He never told Loki of his true heritage because he felt it would cause him to feel like an outsider. Even when Loki didn't know the truth, he still felt overshadowed by Thor and Odin. Finding out just made things worse, much worse.
- He went into Odin Sleep after banishing Thor, which put Loki on the throne.
- Not So Different: From either of his sons. In Thor: The Dark World, he shows himself very much like Thor in the first film, with his bloodthirsty ways in the fight with the Dark Elves. Of course, he has better reason. While he respects humans as a race and government he also shares Loki's attitudes about being superior to individual humans, though that comes with the caveat of the fact that he would first have encountered humanity in the early bronze age, through to the Viking Era, so it isn't exactly surprising. On the better traits, he shares Thor's courage, nobility and ability to lead, with Loki's intelligence and diplomatic skills, as well as, to some extent, magic (he shows signs of it in The Dark World when he examines Jane for the Aether.
- Offing the Offspring: The only reason he doesn't kill Loki is because Frigga spoke in his defense. If it weren't for her, he'd have Loki executed without a second thought.
- Papa Wolf: Goes into Jötunheim, by himself, to rescue his sons.
- Parental Neglect: Played with. He loves (or use to love) both his sons, but since Thor was the eldest and the heir to the throne, he gave him more attention than Loki to whom he was always somewhat distant. This had very tragic results.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- In the first movie, he wants to avoid war, and does a good job of handling things when he's not in the Odinsleep. Just mind the Hair-Trigger Temper.
- This goes away in The Dark World. He becomes bloodthirsty and irrational after Frigga dies, leading to Thor and his friends committing treason just to do the right thing.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Gives one to Thor around the beginning of the film, but it was meant to inspire some humility in him, and not just for the sake of being mean-spirited.
"You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy!"
"Through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of war! You are unworthy of these realms! You're unworthy of your title! You are unworthy!...of the loved ones you have betrayed. I now take from you your power! In the name of my father and his father before, I, Odin Allfather, cast you out!"
- Also gives a brief one to Loki before sending him to the dungeon in The Dark World.
"Do you not truly feel the gravity of your crimes? Wherever you go, there is war, ruin, and death."
"Your birthright, was to die, as a child, cast out onto a frozen rock. If I had not taken you then, you would not be here now to hate me."
- Retired Badass: He led the charge back in the 10th century AD, but now he prefers the diplomatic approach.
- Revenge Before Reason: Frigga's death at the hands of the Dark Elves in The Dark World turns him to a blinded rage and he becomes much like Thor was prior to his Character Development, willing to throw as many Asgardian lives as is needed to crush Malekith. Thor comments that his methods wouldn't leave much separation from him and that which he hates.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the Asgardian charge against the Jötunns to defend Midgard during the Dark Ages.
- Staff of Authority: Only the King of Asgard wields Gungnir.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- In The Dark World he stops treating Loki like his son, and is openly disapproving of Thor's infatuation with Jane, comparing bringing Jane to Asgard to bringing a goat to a banquet (and says this to her face, as if her response doesn't matter). Most likely, it was probably caused by the fact that his second son, who he does still love, went insane, slaughtering thousands (at a conservative estimate) of innocents, and the fact that his first son is in love with a mortal who will break his heart by dying a millennium or three before Thor starts even going grey.
- He takes another level in the second half of the film due to grief and anger over Frigga's death and shouts We Have Reserves.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of the second film, Loki has usurped the throne from Odin, whose fate is not revealed.
"It’s only because I worry over you that you have survived."
Portrayed By: Rene Russo
The wife of Odin, mother of Thor and Loki, and Queen of Asgard. As Odin falls into the Odinsleep, Frigga takes care of him, unaware of what Loki is doing on the throne.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Judging by the attendance and the reaction of the mourners at Frigga's funeral, all of Asgard love their Queen.
- Action Mom: Turns out to be a Magic Knight.
- And Starring: With Rene Russo.
- Badass: Thor definitely didn't get it all from his father. She easily bests Malekith in combat, taking him on alone armed with nothing but a shortsword and superior skill. It's a shame he brought Kurse along.
- Death by Adaptation: She didn't die (at least permanently) in the comics, but she's killed in The Dark World.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Goes out fighting against Malekith in order to protect Jane and the Aether.
- Good Parents:
- Even though Loki isn't a child of her blood, she loves and dotes on him as if he were.
- She pleaded with Odin to turn Loki's death sentence into life imprisonment.
- She supports Thor's relationship with Jane, being happy that he is happy.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died keeping Jane Foster and the Aether out of Malekith's clutches.
- Hidden Depths: In The Dark World she gets a fight scene against Malekith and wins. Further, it's revealed that she's the one who taught Loki magic, and she uses the same sorts of illusions he does.
- The High Queen: She is beautiful, gracious and regal.
- Lady of War: See Badass. She did that while wearing a queenly dress.
- Master of Illusion: Turns out that she's Loki's instructor.
- Morality Chain: She's this to her husband Odin, to the point where her death is the point where he becomes hellishly bloodthirsty.
- Morality Pet: To Loki. Played with because it's been shown that Loki loves Frigga the most, but his affection for her didn't stop him from committing his actions.
- Motherhood Is Superior: While Loki's adoption creates all kinds of drama, it all revolves around Odin. No one, not even the fans say that Loki is not Frigga's son. Even though we know better!
- Never Mess with Granny: She's capable of taking down Frost Giants and even The King of All Dark Elves in single-combat if the need arises.
- Only One Name: Only her first name is mentioned.
- Proper Lady: The most graceful and poised member of the royal family.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She personally guards the king during the Odinsleep in Thor. She also fights Malekith to protect Jane Foster and the Aether in The Dark World.
- Satellite Character: She's defined by her reactions to the actions of her family members.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Being queenly, graceful, and proper doesn't stop her from being a sorceress and swordswoman.
- Single-Stroke Battle: She slays one of Laufey's mooks with only one swing of her sword.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She not only takes care of Odin in the Odinsleep, but guards him as well. She takes pride in this, as witnessed by her interaction with Odin while they prepare for Malekith's invasion:
- Woman in White: Averted Trope. Her main outfit in the first movie is a white dress, as seen in her page image, but this does not affect the plot.
- Women Are Wiser: She's more collected and calmer than her husband; not subject to rash decisions based on anger.
"Be warned, I shall uphold my sacred oath to protect this realm as its gatekeeper."
The gatekeeper of Asgard and guardian of the Bifröst. His eyes see all that takes place in the Nine Realms, and his omniscience is thought to be even greater than Odin's. The most loyal and possibly the mightiest warrior of Asgard.
Portrayed By: N/A
An extremely powerful set of armor created by Odin to defend Asgard. As one does not wear it, but project their consciousness into it, it can be misused.
- Animated Armor: Controlled with a user's mind.
- Breath Weapon: The heat ray of the Destroyer is fired from the opening in the helmet. It looks like a Wave Motion Gun.
- The Brute: Temporarily a non-sentient one to Loki in Thor once he takes the throne.
- Fighting a Shadow: Killing the Destroyer doesn't harm its user, seeing as it is controlled by an extension of the user's mind. In a sense, the fight with it could be considered the first battle between the Asgardians and Loki.
- Having a Blast: They come from the eyes.
- Implacable Man: Until Thor gets his power back and is able to fight it, it hunts him down without regard for anything else.
- Magitek: One of the only real examples shown from Asgard so far, with the rest of the "magic" being Magic from Technology.
- Menacing Stroll: Walking along and batting aside warriors in its path.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Destroyer
- Power Glows: The opening in the face glows when it is about to fire.
- The Voiceless: Justified, in that it's not alive, and is more of a weapon than a character.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the film it isn't shown what happened to it after it was destroyed. The tie-in comic Fury's Big Week shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. took custody of it, and are now trying to reverse-engineer it. As shown in The Avengers, they are successful.
Father of Odin and grandfather of Thor, he led the war against the Dark Elves 5000 years before the events of the film.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Leads the Asgardian charge. It runs in the family, apparently.
- Badass: Like his sons and grandsons, he's a fearsome foe.
- Badass Beard: A vast red one.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is deeper than Thor's.
- Cool Helmet: Wears his helmet from the comics, with downwards-curving horns.
- Long Dead Badass: By a few thousand years; he's Odin's father.
- Our Founder: Depicted in huge statues in Asgard. Thor accidentally decapitates one of them with a Dark Elf ship while escaping from Asgard.
- Posthumous Character: King of Asgard before Odin, long dead before the events of either film.
Lady Sif & The Warriors Three
Thor's closest and most loyal friends. Upon his exile, they plan
to defy Loki and return their friend to his home.
Four of Them In General
- Adorkable: Every inch as sweet and goofy as Thor is when they're on Earth; The big-happy-grins (Hogun's included) that they wore after finding Thor on Earth are simply adorable.
- Badass Crew: Asgard's greatest warriors, other than the Odin family and Heimdall.
- Dork Knight: Every lovable one of them is a warrior.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Warriors Three to Thor are his best guy friends; Sif might c
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. Both Sif and Fandral have swords, but Hogun uses a mace and Volstagg an axe. Regardless, they're second only to Thor in heroism.
- The Magnificent: The Warriors Three have these kinds of sobriquets, but they aren't referred to in the first film itself.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Inverted, the group is always referred to as "Lady Sif and the Warriors Three". Played straight in deleted scene for Thor, where an Asgardian report to Loki and adressed them as "Warriors Three and Lady Sif".
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: All four of them are like Thor in this regard.
- True Companions: To say that they're Thor's dearest and most loyal friends is an understatement.
- We Used to Be Friends: Even though they grew up together and loved each other like a family, all four of them now hold Loki in nothing but cold contempt and hatred after his actions in The Battle of Manhattan.
"I will die a warrior's death. Stories will be told of this day!"
One of Thor's oldest friends and the only female warrior of Asgard.
- Action Girl: She's one of Asgard's best warriors. Her badassery has even reached memetic levels in-universe, as seen in "Yes Men".
Coulson: [She] climbed a giant metal killing machine. Speared it with her double-bladed sword. It was pretty badass.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has greater similarity to 'the grim' than her other boisterious companions.
- Amnesiac Hero: She's hit with a Kree memory eraser in the Agents of SHIELD episode "Who You Really Are," leaving her with only children's education from Asgard. Luckily, it can also put her memories back.
- Beauty Mark: She has one on her cheek, near her nose.
- The Conscience: Craig Kyle stated that he considered Sif as "Thor's conscience, in a way". She tries to give him advice at times, but he rarely listens.
- Crazy-Prepared: As shown in a deleted scene of Thor, she brought her entire arsenal of weapons to the coronation.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually to her friends in a good-natured, playful way (further shown in the deleted scenes), but she can also be coldly mocking at times.
Sif: [seeing Thor showing off in front of the whole court] Oh, please.
- Dual Wielding: Sif has two swords that can join together at the hilts.
- Glory Seeker: As the quote above indicates, she was ready to go down fighting the Destroyer.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed. While she may be jealous of Jane's relationship with Thor she accepts it and bears Jane no ill will for it. Even her actress said she's above all that, the most antagonistic Sif gets toward Jane is a glare because Jane's presence is threatening Asgard, not because she's dating Thor.
- Guest Star Party Member: In the Agents of SHIELD episode "Yes Men", where she joins forces with the team in hunting down Lorelei. They team up again looking for a Kree in S02E12 "Who You Really Are"
- Hopeless Suitor: To Thor, as he's in love with Jane.
- Hopeless With Tech: Inverted. Coulson tries to explain to Sif how to use The Bus' touch screen, but she proves perfectly familiar with the interface from her time in non-magical alien societies. She even calls the system "antiquated."
- Hot-Blooded: She can be quite impulsive when she gets frustrated.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her battle armour in The Dark World includes a segmented skirt.
- Lady of War: Instead of the boisterous Leeroy Jenkins approach, she has a more composed and refined fighting style.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: She uses her shield to protect herself or others, and also hits opponents with it.
- One of the Boys: She's an Action Girl who hangs out with an all-guy group of warriors.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, she's Heimdall's sister in the comics, but there is no sign of that in the movies.
- Secret Keeper: Her guest spot on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes her the only character tied strongly to a particular film series rather than the MCU as a whole to know that Coulson is still alive. He asks her to let him tell Thor himself.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears one when going into battle. She seems to have dropped the habit during Thor: The Dark World.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend:
- Implied as of Thor with Sif to Thor. (She's Thor's main love interest in the comics and his wife in the myth.) According to interviews, this was more explicit in scenes that were later cut. This was made more explicit in The Dark World, in that she tries to reach out and comfort Thor's increasing broodiness, and yet gets the courteous-yet-curt reply of:
- Her guest spot in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reveals she lost her first love to Lorelei's seduction magic, and is still hurting over Thor not choosing her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She sees the Inhumans as nothing but dangerous weapons that have to be put down, though she's convinced to spare Skye for the moment after she shows undeniable signs of wanting to learn to control her powers.
- Xenafication: In the myths, Sif is a sweet, lovely lady displaying Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, and associated with the earth and marriage, while Marvel's Sif is a Aloof Dark Haired Action Girl. Though, in the comics the black hair is explained by Loki cutting her gold hair as a prank, and in apology giving her black hair made by dwarfs. (In the myth he cuts it too, but gives her a gold headdress). It's also implied in the movie Sif wasn't always an Action Girl, see below.
- You Go Girl: It's implied that Sif had to pull one of these in order to be taken seriously as a warrior, hence why she's still called "Lady Sif".
Fandral the Dashing
Fandral the Dashing
Portrayed By: Joshua Dallas (Thor, pictured), Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World)
A charming warrior who often hits it off with the ladies of Asgard.
- Badass Beard: Errol Flynn would be proud.
- Blood Knight: They all love battle, but Fandral seems to especially enjoy it.
- Chick Magnet: Can be seen chatting it up with a couple of woman during the post-Vanaheim celebration in The Dark World.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Downplayed. Zachary Levi isn't so, but is still obviously tanned compared to Josh Dallas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in The Dark World, where nearly every single line that comes out of his mouth is a witty one-liner.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's skewered by a Frost Giant's ice spike during the raid on Jötunheim. He lives, but has to be carried off the battlefield.
- Royal Rapier: He uses one and is implied to be Asgardian nobility.
- Swashbuckler: Fandral is practically an Errol Flynn Expy.
Hogun the Grim
Hogun the Grim
Portrayed By: Tadanobu Asano
A stoic and quiet warrior, he is a quick thinker and highly observant.
- Badass Beard: Has grown one by The Dark World.
- Black Viking: His facial features look like he's from the other side of the world from Norway. Justified in that, unlike Sif, Fandral and Volstagg, he's not Aesir/Asgardian, but Vanir/from Vanaheim.
- Carry a Big Stick: He uses a spiked mace.
- Demoted to Extra: Makes a brief appearance early in The Dark World, having remained in his home realm to help rebuild it after the Marauders' attack; has another appearance, no more than a reaction shot, during the portal-hopping battle of the finale.
- The Quiet One: He rarely speaks, so when he does, the others listen.
- Race Lift: Hogun in the comics is vaguely Mongolian-looking and based on Charles Bronson. Here, he's Japanese-looking. He seems to have grown an impressive beard during Thor: The Dark World, which harkens back to Asano's portrayal of Genghis Khan in the film Mongol.
- Not So Stoic: Even he gives a big grin when they find Thor on "Midgard".
- The Spock: Far more logical and stoic than his companions.
- The Stoic: He always acts completely serious and composed.
- When He Smiles: See the entry under the main group. He smiled just as wide as Sif and the Other Warriors-Two.
Volstagg the Voluminous
Volstagg the Voluminous
A large Asgardian warrior, his healthy appetite does not decrease his love for battle or his loyalty to his friends.
Dr. Jane Foster
Dr. Jane Foster
An astrophysicist who finds out that a wormhole she's been observing is really the Bifröst Bridge. Helps out Thor, and eventually falls in love with him.
- Adorkable: She's usually a level-headed scientist, but anytime Thor turns on the charm, she turns into a giggling schoolgirl. She's also exhilarated in The Dark World whenever she encounters Asgardian technology.
- Action Survivor: How she deals with gods and robots and MiB.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Not that Jane is in any way unintelligent in the comics, but in the MCU, not only is she an astrophysicist, which is already an extremely hard field on its own, she also has three degrees.
- Badass Bookworm: She relies on her intellect and her inventions when taking part in the action.
- Badass Normal: In a world of gods, aliens, and superheroes, Jane is just a normal person with no enchantments or physical enhancements. Yet she uses her intelligence to solve problems and remains an active part of the conflicts.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's usually easy-going, but she will throw a punch at people who get her mad.
- Brainy Brunette: She is an astrophysicist with three degrees.
- Clarke's Third Law: She quotes it to strengthen her argument about her research, which is admittedly going into less grounded territory.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not very often, but by The Dark World, she reacts like this at times.
Darcy: It's okay, we're Americans!
Jane: Is that supposed to make them like us?
- Determinator: It's clear from her very first scene that she's ready to do anything for her research, namely driving directly into a tornado.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She slapped Thor twice, and Loki later. Granted, Thor probably felt nothing, but she still physically assaulted a pair of gods.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Regarding Jane's motivation in Thor, Natalie Portman explained that her theories about connecting dimensions have her being looked down by the scientific community. If the post-credits scene is anything to go by, she finally got it.
Natalie Portman: Everyone thinks she’s on the fringe of science and that she’s this kook, so this is her opportunity to prove herself.
- Full-Name Basis: Even to the non-Asgardians. Selvig and Darcy are the only ones who use First Name Basis with her.
- Gadgeteer Genius: In Thor, she mentions that she built most of her equipment herself.
- Girliness Upgrade: Downplayed and lampshaded early on in The Dark World, complete with her first outfit of the picture incorporating Proper Tights with a Skirt. Later scenes show her wearing something like "Asgardian noblewoman casual wear".
- Girls Need Role Models: Part of the reason why Natalie Portman signed up to play Jane was that she was very enthusiastic about playing a female scientist protagonist.She accepted even before the character was fully defined and helped create her.
Natalie Portman:I was like, ‘What a great opportunity, in a very big movie that is going to be seen by a lot of people, to have a woman as a scientist.’ She’s a very serious scientist. Because in the comic shes a nurse and now they made her an astrophysicist. Really, I know it sounds silly, but it is those little things that makes girls think it’s possible. It doesn’t give them a [role] model of ‘Oh, I just have to dress cute in movies.’”
- Hot Scientist: A lovely astrophysicist.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Thor, who is both taller and broader than her.
- Living MacGuffin: She becomes one for a while in The Dark World after inadvertently becoming the host of the Aether.
- Muggles Do It Better: In The Dark World, the Dark Elves are able to bypass the defenses of the Asguardians, yet they're no match for the gravitic stabilizers that she jury-rigged into field disrupters.
- Neutral Female: In The Dark World, this is averted. The sensors she and Selvig build, combined with the Convergence, come in handy to fight the Elves and save people's lives.
- Nice Girl: One of the clearest examples of the MCU. She's kind, easy-going and quite willing to take part in solving conflicts.
- Odd Friendship: With Darcy, the perky political scientist.
- Only Sane Man: She easily buys into Thor's story, but does so in a scientific way. Her photographs show that Thor was in the Einstein-Rosen bridge, and she points out that it has to lead to somewhere.
- Put on a Bus: SHIELD put her on one to safety before the events of The Avengers; see Real Life Writes the Plot. Then The Bus Came Back and she appears in The Dark World where she's quite miffed that Thor didn't come to see her during his last visit to Earth, and she had to learn about it from the news.
- Real Life Writes the Plot:
- Natalie Portman was pregnant when The Avengers was filming, so Jane only appears as a still photo (and Natalie wanted to come back, too).
- Defied for The Dark World, as the crew delayed filming until she was out of bed rest.
- Relationship Upgrade: To Official Couple with Thor as of the end of The Dark World.
- Science Hero: In The Dark World, Jane's research and scientific knowledge help to propel the plot forward and ultimately resolve the conflict.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Thor's noble behavior and hand kissing won her over.
Dr. Erik Selvig
Dr. Erik Selvig
"It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't have all the answers. You start asking the right questions."
An astrophysicist and college professor working with Jane Foster on studying wormhole anomalies. He suspects Thor of being crazy because he recognize all of his stories from childhood, but in the end helped him out - specifically creating a fake identity for him as "Donald Blake." Was brainwashed by Loki
in the Avengers, and is shown to be still affected by the experience in The Dark World
"I am not dying for six college credits!"
scientist and intern with astrophysicists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig.
- Adorkable: In a similar, but more open, manner to Jane. A good example is when she's mispronouncing Mjölnir's name, calling it "Myeh-Myuh"
- Big Damn Kiss: Has one of these with Ian after he saves her from dark elves by smashing them with a Convergence-affected car. Ends up dropping him when Jane sees them.
- Brainy Brunette: Like Jane she's a scientist, albeit a political one.
- Brutal Honesty: She tends to say whatever she thinks without worrying about it.
Darcy: [trying to comfort Jane about Thor having left] He's gonna come back. Except, you know, last time he was gone for like two years.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't appear in the comics, only in the films.
- Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't wait for Thor to finish his boast; she tases him immediately.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occassion, usually as a reaction to Jane's For Science! attitude.
Darcy: I am not getting stabbed in the name of science.
- Extraverted Nerd: A political science major and very outspoken and social.
- First Name Basis: She's only referred by her first name.
- Fun Personified: Most of her scenes have her nonchanantly doing or saying something funny.
- Genius Ditz: Doesn't get most of what Jane and Eric talk about, but she's the one to point out that primitive humans could have mistaken people like Thor for gods. She's also the one who spots the Thor-shaped silhouette in Jane's pictures of the Bifröst opening.
- Malaproper: She's completely unable to pronounce "Mjölnir."
Portrayed By: Jonathan Howard
Darcy's intern in Thor: The Dark World
. Mostly gets dragged around with no idea of what's going on and made to carry things.
- Big Damn Heroes: Helps the other scientists set up the sensors to counter the Convergence, and saves Darcy from a troop of dark elves by smashing them with a floating car.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Darcy, during the climax.
- Blatant Lies: When trying to convince the receptionist at the mental hospital that he's Eric's son.
- Butt Monkey: Gets bossed around by Darcy a lot.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's generally just referred to as Intern. "It's Ian..."
- Expy: An Adorkable English guy who gets bossed around the whole time, gets one chance to demonstrate his heroism, and wins the girl in the end? Did Rory miss a turn and wind up with the wrong Doctor?
"You've come a long way to die, Asgardian."
The King of Jötunheim and a Frost Giant. Over 1,200 years ago, Laufey invaded Earth (Midgard) in an attempt to conquer it, but Odin and the Gods came to Earth's aid and pushed them back to Jötunheim and defeated them, and took the Casket of Ancient Winters, a powerful artifact, from them. Since then, Laufey desires peace first, but if possible, to get the Casket back.
- Abusive Parents: Left his weak and tiny (for a Frost Giant) infant son out in the cold to die. Said son, Loki, was then found by Odin and raised as his own. Said son later kills him in order to gain the approval of his foster father.
- Affably Evil: Almost always calm, even-toned and polite when talking to the Asgardians.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Like all Frost Giants, has blue skin.
- Artifact of Doom: The Casket of Ancient Winters, a device that can freeze entire landscapes and his old weapon.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the king of the badass ice people.
- Character Death: Couresty of scepter blasts by Loki.
- Covered with Scars: Because of the war.
- Disc One Final Boss: While Loki is revealed to be the one who allowed Frost Giants into Asgard, and makes a deal to allow them inside in force, King Laufey is assumed (at least in-universe) to be the primary antagonist of Thor.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: For such a mighty warrior, all it takes is two shots from Loki to disintegrate him. Though those two shots came from Odin All-Father's staff, one of the most powerful weapons in Asgard's general vicinity.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Frost Giants, whether openly violent toward Asgard or not, are always seen as evil when confronted, whether overtly or not.
- Evil Plan: In the Dark Ages, he wanted to plunge Midgard into a new Ice Age. Odin put a quick stop to that, but the results of that plan set the stage for the events of Thor.
- Gender Flip: In Norse Mythology, Laufey is Loki's mother, and a Frost Giant called Farbuti is his father, but in the comics and the film, Laufey is the father and a unidentified female (possibly Aesir) for the mother.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has many claw-shaped ones across his face.
- An Ice Person: Though he's more skilled at controlling it than other Frost Giants.
- Killed Off for Real: He is outright disintegrated by Loki, so that Loki would become Odin's favorite son, and be able to be the true heir to the throne.
- Knife Nut: One of his simplest ice constructs is a weaponed icicle, which he tries to assassinate Odin with.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Frost Giants are bigger than Asgardians.
- Parental Abandonment: To infant Loki and later tells Loki that Odin should have left him to die instead of saving and raising him as his own son.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Laufey is evil, but he's not stupid. He knows that Odin's a dangerous enemy, and wants to make sure that the Asgardians fire the first shot so he can have the moral high ground when he starts the war. Loki cleverly plays this trait against him by setting him up. He allows Laufey and a few Jötunns into Asgard to assassinate Odin (causing Laufey to believe he has an ally within Asgard) while he sleeps, but only so Loki can then turn the tables on Laufey, kill him, and give himself the moral high ground in order to start a war with Jötunheim.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was prepared to let Thor and his buddies go after they invaded his nation and violated the truce, because he knows that Thor is an immature boy that doesn't understand war.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All Frost Giants have them, but his seem to glow.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the invasion of Midgard during the Dark Ages, wielding the Casket of Ancient Winters.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, he was killed by Odin centuries ago, when Loki was still a baby. In the film, he is left alive, but only temporary. In the end, loki kills him.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Loki in the fake assination plot. It lead to his death.
- Villain Has a Point: He's right and quick to point out that pre-Character Development Thor is just a boy who tried to prove himself a man.
- War Is Hell: Tried to stop Thor from bringing on the fight because, unlike Thor, he knows the damage of war.
- Weapon of Choice: He prefers a weaponized icicle.
"Your Universe was never meant to be, Asgardian! Your family, your world will be extinguished!"
Leader of the Dark Elves
, Malekith attacks Asgard following the end of The Avengers
, setting in motion the events of Thor: The Dark World
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics he's not a great fighter, and is much more prone to use his shapeshifting skills and various schemes than to face his opponents head-on. In the movie, his characterization is changed, probably so that he would make a more impressive Big Bad (in the comics he's merely The Dragon). Another possible reason for the change is that the comic book version of Malekith, whose favourite tactic is to deceive his enemies by pretending to be someone else, would've been too close to the movie Loki.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Downplayed. He's certainly a great fighter and more badass than in the comics, but Kurse is stronger than him and at one point Frigga gives him a serious fight. Played straight after he gets the Aether.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gets both of his arms cut off by Thor in their final battle, though the Aether has started to reform his arms.
- Badass: He's The Leader of the Dark Elves and quite skilled, even before he gets powered up by the Aether.
- Bad Boss: See We Have Reserves.
- Big Bad: Serves as the main antagonist of the second film, The Dark World.
- Braids of Action: Keeps his long hair in one.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Very light and piercing, overlapping with Icy Blue Eyes.
- Dark Is Evil: He and his race were born in primordial darkness, and they despise the universe of light it became.
- Death by Looking Up: Just had enough time to see his mothership crash upon him after being teleported back to his homeworld.
- Dirty Coward: Threw his entire invasion fleet under the bus by depowering his ships to crush Asgard's forces when he lost the Aether during their first skirmish and to flee the battle, killing anyone who was on board at the time. He even has the gall to claim Asgard forced his hand and they will be the ones to pay for his own cowardice.
- Establishing Character Moment: The moment he realizes he's going to lose against King Bor, he turns off his own battleships' power, dropping them on the Asgardians and killing absolutely everyone on board (implied to be nearly the entire Dark Elf population) solely to clear his own escape.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Or rather, had. As revealed by Eccleston, Malekith once had a wife and children, though exactly what caused their deaths isn't elaborated upon.
- Evil Albino: He's pale enough to be mistaken for a vampire.
- Evil Sorcerer: Of the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens variety. He nearly destroyed the universe at first, and then tries doing it again, using the power of the Aether.
- Evil Overlord: Of the Dark Elves.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whether he's speaking English or his native tongue, his voice is quite deep.
- Fantastic Racism: To other Asgardians and mortals. He considers them "light based vermin".
- The Fair Folk: An apocalyptic variation on the Unseelie, dark Fairies of the Nightmare Courts.
- Flat Character: His goals and motivations are relatively unexplored in comparison to other Marvel Cinematic Universe villains.
- Hidden Depths: Christopher Eccleston hinted several times in interviews that this is mainly because the movie was cut short by several scenes. The Svartalfar were subject to significant development, and there were reasons why they were all behind their king's plan to destroy the universe. As for Malekith himself, he had a wife and child once, and they were killed.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's out to destroy the universe and return everything to darkness, but his motives for doing so are relatively unexplored. Apparently, they had intended to flesh out Malekith's character through additional scenes (according to Eccleston), but it was excised from the film proper (might show up as deleted footage or some other supplementary material in the home release).
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It should be obvious what kind he has but just in case half his face burned by Thor's lightning because he invaded Asgard and killed its queen.
- Irony: At the end of the first war with Asgard, he dropped his fleet onto the battling armies, slaughtering both sides to cover his escape. Eric Selvig warps his collapsing mothership right on top of him, killing him after he was soundly beaten by Thor.
- Jerkass: Malekith, on the whole, appears to be a rather unpleasant individual, and rude to boot.
- Karmic Death: He sacrificed most of his people by making their ships drop on them and his enemies. He's ultimately defeated by his own ship dropping on top of him.
- Make My Monster Grow: During the climax of the Convergence, when Malekith starts releasing the energies of the Aether, he grows to about three times Thor's height. Though when Thor delivers the final blow on him with Mjölnir, he immediately reverts back to his normal height.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Accursed". If you haven't got the message yet, then you're screwed.
- Omnicidal Maniac: It seems that life and light disgust or "poison" Dark Elves in general, and he seems to treat both as threats that need to be put down.
- One-Winged Angel: After being powered up by the Aether, he transforms into a monstrous humanoid thing.
- Our Elves Are Better: From a race of Sufficiently Advanced Alien demi-gods with Pointy Ears called the "Dark Elves".
- Pet the Dog: Seemed genuinely remorseful when he had to infect Algrim with the darkness to turn him into Kurse.
- Pointy Ears: He's a pointy eared Dark Elf.
- Really 700 Years Old: A god like the asgardians.
- Probably older than the Asgardians, since Loki says that Asgardians live for about five thousand years or so, but to remember "a time before the light" Malekith would need to be at least a few million years old. (See Time Abyss below.)
- Red Baron: Malekith the Accursed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After he absorbs the Aether.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: King of his people and the Big Bad of The Dark World. It's implied in interviews that in regards to his plan for destroying the Universe, his Elves are with him all the way.
- Time Abyss: He's older than Odin, and possibly older than the universe itself.
- Two-Faced: Due to half of his face being burned off thanks to lightning from Mjölnir.
- We Have Reserves: To escape in the first act, set millennia in the past, he sacrifices reserves of his men, and then escapes with his lieutenant and a skeleton crew of elves.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's a Dark Elf with white hair.
- You Killed My Father: Directly involved in Frigga's death, causing Thor and Loki to have an uneasy alliance. Ironically, cut content, according to Word of God, means that he once lost his own family.
Algrim / Kurse
Algrim / Kurse
Malekith's lieutenant who is one of the few Dark Elves to survive the war against Odin's father Bor, and continues to serve Malekith. Malekith allows him to use an ancient Dangerous Forbidden Technique
, transforming him into the nigh-unbeatable Kurse.
- Adaptation Distillation: In the Thor comics, Algrim/Kurse was a minor villain, whose only appearance had been in the same issue where he died, until an omnipotent Cosmic Entity revived him and made him massively powerful as part of a crossover that had nothing to do with the main plot of The Mighty Thor. For understandable reasons, the movie gives him a rather different backstory.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Algrim/Kurse does work for Malekith for a time, but Malekith betrays him and Algrim—a noble soul—swears loyalty to Thor and Asgard, in fact being the one to kill Malekith himself. In The Dark World, Malekith does sacrifice his own people but doesn't betray Algrim personally. Algrim has Undying Loyalty towards his master and becomes Kurse as a result.
- Badass: He was already a capable warrior, but when he becomes Kurse, he easily kills scores of Asgardians, including Frigga, and Thor is no match for him in pure physical combat. Even Mjölnir causes little harm.
- Black Best Friend: An evil version to Malekith; a black Dark Elf that appears to be his friend in aiddition to lieutenant.
- Body Horror: What happens to him (and all other Dark Elves) when transforming into Kurse; as described by the art book, his armor is basically grafted onto his body, with no sign of it being reversible.
- The Brute: Becomes this to the Dark Elves after becoming Kurse because he becomes much stronger at the expense of high functions.
- Cool Helmet: Gets one for his transformation, which also obscures his identity during the Trojan Prisoner gambit.
- The Dragon: Lieuntant to Malekith.
- Eye Scream: His eyes are visibly ripped from their sockets by the black hole grenade that Loki set off.
- Hero Killer: As Kurse, he's both incredibly strong and not without a fiendish intelligence. He first kills his share of Einherjars, then is the one to stab Frigga to death, and during his battle with Thor and Loki, he appears to kill the latter.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Loki manages to defeat him by activating the black hole grenade on his belt that the Dark Elves earlier used to great effect against the Asgardians.
- The Juggernaut: As Kurse, he shrugs off everything that's thrown at him. It takes a black hole grenade to finally get rid of him.
- Mighty Glacier: Slower than the Hulk, or Thor, but much stronger and tougher.
- Neck Lift: A signature move once he becomes Kursed.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Kurse is only defeated by being sucked into a miniature black hole. Nothing else so much as puts a dent in him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: All the other Kursed have their doll masks become their faces in the prologue. Since Algrim was disguised as a Marauder, his Kurse form has a more expressive and demonic visage.
- Painful Transformation: Algrim's transformation into Kurse has him burning from the inside out and thrashing wildly in his prison cell.
- Scary Black Man: More so as Kurse because he's basically a demon, but also less so because his armor has been grafted on and thus conceals his skin.
- Super Strength: As Kurse, he's more than a match for Thor, being able to beat up the thunder god in single combat.
- Time Abyss: He's older than Odin, and possibly older than the universe itself.
- Touch of Death: As Kurse, he can fry people by grabbing them with a choke-hold.
- Trojan Prisoner: He's sent into Asgard disguised as a marauder prisoner just after being given the Kurse stone, knowing that when the transformation kicks in, he can break out with ease.
- Undying Loyalty: Seems to be a racial trait. They might be evil, but Algrim and the Dark Elves in general are also unyieldingly loyal to Malekith, even after he sacrifices a whole fleet to escape. Taking up the "Kurse" is very much this: a Dark Elf will willingly submit to the painful and eventually deadly transformation into a giant monster, and fight for their people until it kills them.