Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.
—Odin's Enchantment on Mjölnir
Thor is a Live-Action Adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero The Mighty Thor, released on May 6th 2011 in the U.S. and on April 22nd in Australia, and one week later elsewhere. It is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was followed by the 2012 Cross Over film The Avengers, and the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World.When Thor's headstrong and arrogant actions bring war to once peaceful Asgard, his father, Odin, casts him from Asgard as punishment. Banished to live among mere mortals, he must learn what it means to be a true hero if he is to stop the threat from his realm invading Earth. Meanwhile, his brother Loki discovers his true origins and sets him on a campaign to steal his brother's place in his parents' eyes.
Tropes present in the movie:
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Ability Over Appearance: In the comics, Heimdall is pretty covered up, but still visibly Caucasian. For the film, however, Kenneth Branagh chose to cast Idris Elba. Fan controversy over his choice led to this quote:
"If you have a chance to have a great actor in the part, everything else is irrelevant. "
616: Thor and Loki are brothers with a complicated relationship. Odin also has to undergo the Odinsleep to restore his strength. Thor's costume is also clearly based on the modern 616 design, the sleeves especially.
Ultimate: Thor's ramblings about being the god of thunder are thought to be delusional but turn out to be Real After All. Although some people think Thor's crazy in 616 as well. All the Ultimate version did was keep the readers wondering as well as the characters. Also Hawkeye's status as an Agent of SHIELD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, Loki is infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D's infrastructure like his Ultimate counterpart. Thor himself is also a separate character from his 616 secret identity, Donald Blake.
Likewise, his suit's design bears a resemblance to the Ultimate Universe design (the circles, black chain-mail and silver arm and legpieces) and the 616 Universe (he wears his winged silver helmet as a ceremonial piece.)
Adorkable: Jane's usually a level-headed scientist, but anytime Thor turns on the charm, she turns into a giggling schoolgirl. Darcy much more so, and Thor himself applies when he gets adjusted to Earth culture.
Aliens in Cardiff: All kinds of extradimensional stuff breaks loose near a small New Mexico town.
Aliens Speaking English: All of the Asgardians speak pretty good English, and one (Hogun) even has a Japanese accent. Somewhat justified in that it's hinted they visit Earth occasionally, although why it seems to be their default language is anyone's guess. Those lucky people who got their hands on the script will likely remember a wonderful exchange between Darcy and Fandral that sort of lampshades this. She asks how the Asgardians can speak "our language." Fandral replies something to the effect of "Your language...? My dear, you're speaking our language."
Anti-Villain: Loki. He flip-flops between a type IV Anti-Hero and a type II Anti-Villain throughout most of the film. His intentions are good, he had a valid point about Thor not being ready to be king, he tried to speak up for him before finding out his true heritage, and it's implied that finding out he was a Frost Giant is what drove him over the edge and really turned him against Thor. Thor's attitude towards him through most of the movie also makes his behavior all the more justified. He DOES initially attempt to murder Odin, but it's then revealed that it was a ruse anyways. His use of the BiFrost on Jotunheim is still a clear-cut attempt at genocide, however.
Apocalypse How: Loki attempts somewhere between a Class 2 - 5, but mostly amounts to either a Class 0 or Class 1. Hard to tell since we never see the full extent of the damage done.
Loki threatening Jane is what finally pushes Thor over the edge and makes him fight.
Thor is grudgingly willing to leave Jotunheim without a fight, until one of the Frost Giants calls him "Princess". Then it's on.
This is Thor we're talking about; basically the Wolverine of the Norse Pantheon. He was pretty much the embodiment of the rowdiest, strongest, most fearsome Norse warriors - berserkers. Seems to have carried through in the adaptations.
Odin shows up just in time to save Thor and his friends from the Frost Giants near the beginning. Granted, it is only one hero, but he is on a horse at the time. A horse with eight legs no less. Then he does it a second time to save Thor and Loki from falling into a wormhole.
Loki invokes this trope to gain favor with his parents, intentionally setting up the Frost Giant assassination plot just so he could foil it. Fortunately, Thor shows up to immediately spoil the moment for Loki.
Thor eats an entire plate of food and asks for more. Darcy remarks that he had already eaten an entire box of Pop-tarts before that.
Volstagg, even by Asgardian standards, as Lampshaded by Fandral in one scene.
Fandral: Our dearest friend banished, Loki on the throne, Asgard on the brink of war, and yet you've managed to consume four wild boars, six pheasants, a side of beef, and two casks of ale. Shame on you! Don't you care?! [Fandral knocks Volstagg's plate off] Volstagg: Do not mistake my Appetite For Apathy!
Big Screwed-Up Family: Odin, Thor, and Loki are just as dysfunctional as many mortal families. Despite their actions and their words, they still love each other. Poor Frigga just tries to keep the peace.
Birds of a Feather: When fighting breaks out at the crater sight, Jane calls Selvig to confess she did exactly what he told her not to do, paralleling Thor's confrontation with Odin in the first act.
Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Thor puts a stop to Loki's plans and makes amends with his father. However, he has lost his brother to The Dark Side and with the destruction of the Bifröst Bridge, he remains separated from Jane and the others indefinitely until she finds a way to open a bridge into Asgard. Oh, and Loki is alive and well on Earth, and about to grab ahold of the Cosmic Cube.
Black Sheep: Arguably Loki. He's not as physically powerful as his father or brother, so he relies on his wits and illusions in battle. He's also an adopted Frost Giant as well, although this doesn't affect his family's love for him at all.
Blatant Lies: Erik's explanation as to how Thor beat up a half-dozen or so SHIELD men. "Steroids!" Agent Coulson lets it slide but only so he can see where they'll go if released. Followed immediately by the following dialog.
Coulson: Dr. Selvig? Keep him away from the bars. Selvig: I will! (beat) Thor: Where are we going? Selvig:To get a drink.
Blood Knight: Thor, at first. Sif and The Warriors Three also enjoy a good fight. Fandral, in particular, seems to have the time of his life fighting Frost Giants.
Bloodless Carnage: When shown the view through the Frost-monster's now-aerated head, the hole has little to no discernible dripping blood. Likewise, Thor is surprisingly clean for having flown through there hammer-first. Inexplicably, when Thor actually flies through, you see a giant gush of gore out the exit wound.
Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: Thor and Loki—the first hint you really get toward Loki's nature is that he's using spells and trickery during the first big battle, while Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three are all in the melee. Although he does toss magic bolts that break the Frost Giants ice weapons.
Brought Down to Badass: Thor is cast out of Asgard and stripped of Mjölnir and his powers, leaving him mortal... but a mortal built like a linebacker with the combat experience to match the most hardened soldier.
Agent Coulson: It's not easy to do what you did. You made my men—some of the most highly trained professionals in the world—look like a bunch of minimum-wage mall cops. That's hurtful. In my experience, it takes someone who's received similar training to do what you did to them.
Buffy Speak: Darcy has a tendency to do this. Lampshaded when Selvig wonders what her scientific qualifications actually are, leading Jane to admit it's in political science, but she hired her because she was the only applicant they had.
Darcy constantly referring to Mjölnir as "Mew-Mew".
Butt Monkey: Thor, for the first five minutes after he comes to Earth. He gets hit by a car, tazed, dosed, then hit by a car again.
Darcy's picture of Thor is later used on a falsified ID card. Also, remember Loki taunting Heimdall over making use of secret passages that he wasn't aware of? Take a guess how Loki manages to make it to earth even though Thor destroyed the bridge.
The Bifröst Bridge remaining open and causing destruction upon the world it links to is mentioned by Heimdall in the beginning of the film.
Jane's area of research is the creation of an Einstein-Rosen Bridge. The film ends with Asgard's Bifröst destroyed and Jane attempting to create a bridge from Earth in order to reach Asgard, doubling as a Sequel Hook.
Loki's ability to create illusionary duplicates of himself. Also, his inability to lift Mjölnir.
Chew Out Fake Out: Sif and the Warriors Three are clearly expecting to be reamed out by Heimdall for planning to retrieve Thor and overthrow Loki. Instead, Heimdall totally approves of their idea and helps them do it.
First, he goes behind his father's back to aid the Frost Giants in order to "ruin his brother's big day"- indirectly resulting in Thor's banishment, which Loki probably didn't actually want based on his fuller arc in the deleted scenes, but he nevertheless completely uses to his advantage.
He probably also didn't intend to send Odin into a coma, but he took full advantage of the situation to take the throne and keep Thor banished, lying to his brother about Odin being dead and a treaty with the frost giants stipulating that Thor stay gone.
Then, he approached the king of the frost giants with a deal: kill Odin in his sleep, and Loki would return their lost MacGuffin.
And finally, when said King of the Frost Giants approached Odin's bedside, Loki blew him away in order to try to appear as a hero before his father. Unfortunately for him, Thor showed up and spilled the beans moments later, but that didn't stop Loki from going on to try to annihilate the entire Frost Giant realm.
Cold Archer: Hawkeye has his arrow trained on Thor the entire time he's fighting the large SHIELD agent. He's constantly checking in with Coulson on whether or not he should release his draw, as apparently he could have had a shot at any time. Of course, ultimately he doesn't, but he definitely has the detachment and focus of your average sniper until the very end.
Combat Pragmatist: Loki is a big fan of distracting his foes with illusions of himself and then shooting at them from a safe distance. And his magic-knife-things are the only ranged weapons used by the group. Everyone else had to get up close and personal with the giants to hit them, which was a bad thing after Volstagg found out that Jotun could freeze by touch.
Another plus is that this means that when the Frost Giant who speared Fandral is moving in to finish the job, Loki is able to take him out before he reaches him.
Comically Missing the Point: SHIELD took everything including, oh horror of horrors, Darcy's iPod after she just downloaded 30 new songs.
Consummate Liar: Loki, natch. He's so good at it you really do have to wonder about some of his more sympathetic aspects; maybe that's just how he wants you to feel about him.
Continuity Editing: Blink and you'll miss it, but the movie shows Thor's a Big Eater in the diner by cutting to him taking in a huge mouthful of food every time they cut away from Darcy or Jane. Three huge mouthfuls in as many seconds (eggs and pancakes) followed by a mug of coffee.
Cry for the Devil: Loki. On the one hand, he's a conniving, power-hungry liar, willing to betray his brother and doom him to permanent banishment while he usurped the throne. On the other hand, he's a deeply damaged young man who's convinced he's The Unfavorite, especially after finding out he was not only adopted, but from an enemy race, and is desperate for his father's approval and affection.
Made even sadder because he already had his father's approval and affection but convinced himself otherwise. And also because he's obviously going down a darker path, being the Big Bad of the Avengers movie.
Deadpan Snarker: Hawkeye, Darcy, and Loki after almost getting Thor to leave Jotunheim.
Coulson also has his moments.
Hawkeye: You want me to slow him down, sir? Or are you sending in more guys for him to beat up? Coulson: I'll let you know. (After Thor gets his powers back)Coulson: Donald? I don't think you've been completely honest with me.
Despair Event Horizon: Odin's "No, Loki" seems to have had this effect on his son. So much so that Loki allowed himself to be sucked into the void of space... making it a LITERAL despair event horizon.
Thor: YOU DARE TO THREATEN THE MIGHTY THOR WITH SO PUNY A WEAP— *thud*
Disc One Final Boss: Laufey has elements of this since he's played up as the Big Bad, disappears for much of the movie, and comes back for a few scenes before dying.
Disney Villain Death: Loki is presumed dead after falling off of the ruined Bifröst and into the void of space, but The Stinger shows him alive and well on Earth.
Distracted by the Sexy: Darcy constantly gets distracted by Thor. To a lesser extent, Jane displays this as well.
Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: To defeat the Destroyer, Thor creates a tornado to throw it off-balance. Only what is directly touching the funnel cloud gets caught within its grasp—most of the surrounding area is just fine during and after. Justified in that the tornado is under Thor's complete control via Mjölnir. Normal rules may not apply.
Double Entendre: In a deleted scene, Fandral, the Robin Hood-esque Warrior Three is surrounded by attractive young women in Asgard. He draws his sword and asks "Who wants to polish my sword?"
Tom Hiddleston, who had originally auditioned for Thor and had therefore gained 20 lbs. of muscle for the part, went on a diet before and during filming, to give Loki a "lean and hungry look". He also had his hair straightened, and dyed black - along with eyebrows and eyelashes. Not to mention Chris Hemsworth's transformation◊ into a towering stack of muscle, thanks to the training of an ex-Navy SEAL. Reportedly he gained so much between costume fitting and the beginning of shooting that he could no longer fit into the costume and actually had to take about a week off from training to slim down a bit.
The Dutiful Son: Played with. Both sons have their own idea of how to impress Odin, but both involve defying him in some way. Towards the end of the movie, however, Thor more or less begins playing this straight.
Ermine Cape Effect: Everyone in Asgard walks around wearing Full Viking Mess Dress all the time.
Establishing Character Moment: A deleted scene before Thor's coronation introduces Sif and the Warriors Three. Volstagg, The Big Guy viking, is seen pining after food and complaining of being hungry. Hogun, the Japanese-esque, is grimly hiding a blade in his gauntlet and not talking. Fandral, the "Robin Hood", is admiring himself in a mirror and flirting with attractive women. Sif, the Action Girl, is seen removing several weapons and placing them on a table.
Everyone Went To School Together: When talking about Thor, Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three's backstory in the DVD commentary Kenneth Branagh mentions that "they'd been to the ‘Asgardian Academy’" and had been on several adventures together in the past.
Evil Laugh: For the God of Mischief, Loki almost never actually laughs. The fact that he lets off several impressive maniacal cackles during the climax is a sign that he's fallen quite deepinto insanity.
Evil Orphan: Loki, has this trope forced on him, since he doesn't know he's an orphan!
Heimdall seems to love this trope - he actually waits for Loki to announce that he's banished from Asgard to turn on him. His mastery of this to say or hear things that aren't explicit is lampshaded by Fandral the first time he does it; "He's a complicated fellow, isn't he?"
More of being a Rules Lawyer; as his loyalty is sworn to the King of Asgard, he couldn't make any direct move against Loki (who at the time had authority) until he was no longer bound by his oath.
Nearly everything that Odin does. He makes it very clear that Thor's brazen and reckless actions threatened all the realms and that just because the Asgardians won the War does not mean that the Frost-Giants were actually defeated. His dialogue with Laufey implies there is a very tentative peace barely held between the two and they are effectively in a Cold War.
Eye Scream: There are few shots of Odin with a gaping, bloodied hole where his right eye should be. The moment he loses an eye is also shown on screen although it is not graphic (he appears to lose it in a battle, which does not correspond to mythological origins where he willingly gives it up to gain knowledge and wisdom).
Facepalm: Loki does this at points in the movie due to Thor's shenanigans. It's a ruse though, as things go according to his plan.
Famed in Story: Discussed. Sif is willing to go down fighting to the Destroyer, content that tales of her bravery would be told in Asgard for generations to come. The mortal Thor talks her out of it, saying that she should instead fight to live, so that she herself can tell said stories.
Fantastic Racism: Played with. While there is no little amount of bad blood between Asgardians and Frost Giants, Odin adopts Loki, a Frost Giant by birth, raises him as one of his own, and has no prejudice against him. Oddly enough, Loki thinks that destroying the entire Jotun race would please his adoptive father.
Thor's attitude towards the Frost Giants at first and Loki's comment below hint that racism and unacceptance are still present in Asgard.
Odin: I wanted only to protect you from the truth.
Loki: What, because I... I... I'm the monster parents tell their children about at night?
Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Inverted/lampshaded in the opening narration, which states that the Vikings are a counterpart culture of Asgardians.
Fastball Special: The Warriors Three do this, with Volstagg as the ball. It doesn't work.
Darcy: You know, for a crazy homeless guy, he's pretty cut.
Final Solution: Loki attempts to use the Bifrost to destroy the frost giants, which for most of the movie had been portrayed as savage and violent. Thor stops him by destroying the Bifrost.
Fish out of Water: Thor. The writers said they wanted to avoid the usual trope of a character coming to Earth and instantly becoming an idiot. To that end, they have Thor be easily capable of understanding Midgard once he just cares to try.
Makes sense, he's been there before. Though he was primarily interacting with a culture that was basically his own. This could also be why he gets along well enough with the Scandinavian Erik Selvig.
Forbidden Chekhov's Gun: Played with. The Bifröst gate has the potential to destroy entire dimensional planes if not used properly. Loki's Evil Plan involves using it to eradicate the Frost Giants world and Thor stops it only by destroying the gate entirely, cutting them off from dimensional travel.
Foregone Conclusion: If you know anything about Norse mythology, then you know well in advance that Loki is a Frost Giant, not Odin's son, and that none of the Asgard characters can die, at least not until they make a movie taking place during Ragnarok.
Foreshadowing: "Allfather, you look... weary." Also, Loki's hand.
Also, according to Odin, both Thor and Loki "were meant to be king"; Loki is the son of the Jotun King
Blink-and-you'll-miss-it: The Infinity Gauntlet is stored in the Weapons Vault... and The Avengers showed us Thanos.
If you're unfamiliar with Loki's inferiority complex from the comics, just watch the first half hour of the film set in Asgard and Jotunheim and watch his face every time someone talks over him or shuts him down (which happens a lot).
Freeze Frame Bonus: Loki's little trick during his fight with Thor. You see him roll off the edge of the bridge, but you also see him rolling further down the bridge.
Functional Magic: The enchantment "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor" on Mjölnir is used as a Secret Test of Character. It can also be used to imprison anyone who isn't worthy, simply by putting the hammer down on them, which is how Thor beats Loki.
Coulson is also savvy enough to know something is different about Thor and lets Thor try his luck at lifting Mjolnir and when Thor is revealed to be a powerful alien, "Son of Coul" doesn't seem all that surprised and immediately placates Thor.
Giant Mook: Thor faces a SHIELD agent that fits the bill, and there's the Frost Giants who have an army of them, obviously.
Go Mad from the Revelation: Loki, when he discovers that he's a Frost Giant. He was unstable to begin with, demonstrated when he allowed a few Frost Giants into Asgard for "a bit of fun" (actually a plan to discredit Thor), but this tips him over the edge.
Also, Word Of God says that, when he fell into the wormhole unprotected, he 'saw things' that contribute to his mental instability in The Avengers movie
Good Is Not Dumb: Coulson agrees to let Thor go, then immediately gives the order to follow them once they are out of earshot.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Odin gets an Eyepatch of Power from the last war with the Frost Giants, while their leader, Laufey, now sports a nasty series of claw marks raked across his face like a cougar swiped at him.
In the myths, however, he ripped out that eye and offered in payment to drink from Mimir's Well.
Gray Eyes: Loki's eyes might be light enough in some scenes to qualify for a Type 2.
Green Eyes: Loki, in the posters. In the actual film his eyes are blue. He later admits he was envious of Thor.
Hammer of Plot Advancement: Once Thor has proven himself worthy of wielding Mjölnir, his powers and strength return. According to Odin's words, whoever held the hammer would have Thor's power; while is was supposed to mean that when Thor himself was worthy he could lift the hammer when he comes to him when he's proven himself worthy. Though he's been shown calling it to his hand before.
Hammerspace: Where Loki keeps the Casket of Ancient Winters after he takes it from the vault.
Happily Adopted: Despite Loki's many transgressions and schemes, he genuinely loves his adoptive father, mother, and brother as well as his adoptive homeland of Asgard. He's even willing to destroy Jotunheim and his biological father to gain their acceptance. This just makes his descent into darkness all the more tragic.
Harmless Freezing: Heimdall takes the full brunt of the Casket of Ancient Winters, and is still capable of busting himself out. Justified as he's a senior god and downplayed though because he's shown to be hurt after he breaks out. He's barely being able to get to the bridge to open it and afterwards collapses basically and needs to be treated
He Cleans Up Nicely: Thor, after reclaiming Mjölnir, goes from jeans, t-shirt and flannel to his standard armor-and-cape.
Jane: This is how you normally look? Thor: More or less. Jane: It's a good look.
Heel Realization: Thor getting banished wasn't enough; learning that he couldn't wield Mjöllnir is what did it.
Held Gaze: When Jane and Thor meet after she crashes into him with her van.
Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Thor only wears his signature winged helmet once near the beginning of the movie. (In case you forget about it, it's in the toyline.) Loki, on the other hand, wears an incredibly ornate one in the final showdown.
Thor's helmet features in a deleted scene, just prior to the coronation, where he is handed it by a servant, and both he and Loki have a cheerful sibling chuckle about all the pomp.
Despite being part of Thor's normal 616 costume (which the movie one is heavily based on), it was left out other than the above scene's quick call-out because it just looks silly on-screen. Fortunately, he has always been helmetless in the Ultimate series, and all the Marvel movies have been a mix of both universes.
Played with. Asgardians share some, but not all Viking cliches, and it is stated outright that Viking culture evolved under Asgardian influence, not the other way round.
Also, in the brief moments where we see Vikings, there are no horned helmets to be found.
The horns on most Asgardian helmets happen to be on the front (like an antelope's) rather than to the sides like cow-horns, subverting the typical placement for horned helmets. This is a nice bit of set-up for Loki's donning of his own classic horned headpiece.
Hot Blooded: Thor is very much this, particularly at the beginning of the film.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Natalie Portman is a tiny girl (5'3/160cm) compared to most guys, but next to Chris Hemsworth (6'3/191cm), she looks pocket-sized! And it's not just the height; having bulked up so much, he probably has more than 100 pounds on her as well.
Human Aliens: The Asgardians look like very tall and muscular humans. The Frost Giants are less human looking, with the blue skin, red eyes, sharp teeth, etc, but still more humanoid than not. Wild Mass Guessing would say that the nature of the World Tree has something to do with all the races (that we've seen) being so similar.
Humans Are Bastards: Averted. While Thor is arrogant at the start, he develops a certain rapport with both Jane Foster and Erik Selvig. Also surprisingly averted by Loki; he doesn't seem to care either way about humanity (for now, at least, other than not worrying about collateral damage from The Destroyer), and instead seems to want to annihilate the Frost Giants for different reasons.
I Made Copies: Jane did. Unfortunately, this doesn't help her when S.H.I.E.L.D. takes her research.
Jane: They took our back-ups. They took the back-ups of our back-ups. They were extremely thorough.
Immortal Immaturity: Thor and Loki are hundreds of years old and both show traces of this. Possibly justified, as we don't know how long Asgardians take to mature physically or psychologically and they seem to be the equivalent of young adults.
Fandral is skewered by a Frost Giant's ice spike during the raid on Jotunheim. Don't worry, he lives.
The Destroyer is also impaled by a double-bladed sword and gets better as well.
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The Destroyer manages to just miss Thor and his pals every time it shoots on Earth, despite quickly taking out three Jutons in seconds upon its introduction (in fairness, it was shooting at much closer range and in a hallway. Also, being ice giants, the Jotuns were likely weak against fire, hence why they went down in one shot while Volstagg survived an explosion caused by the blast).
Inadequate Inheritor: Thor doesn't start out this way, but his brash attack on Jotunheim makes him this in Odin's eyes and earns him banishment until he can once again prove worthy.
In Medias Res: The movie opens with Jane driving into a strange tornado-ish storm and hitting a random individual (Thor). The movie then spends another half-hour or so telling how Thor ended up in that situation.
Insignia Rip Off Ritual: According to director Kenneth Branagh's DVD commentary, he based the scene of Odin ripping the circles off of Thor's armor before banishing him on a scene from "The Life of Emile Zola" where French officer Dreyfus is found guilty of treason and ceremonially deprived of his rank and the insignias ripped off his sleeves.
Rule of Funny applies — the look on Thor's face as he goes under is priceless.
Interspecies Adoption: Loki eventually finds out that he's an ice giant who was adopted by Odin during a raid on his homeworld. Odin couldn't bear to just let the child die after he'd just killed everyone else in the area.
Invincible Hero: Hardly anyone in this movie presents a real threat to Thor. The only exception is Odin, who can take away Thor's powers at will. Of course, given that Odin takes away Thor's power about 20 minutes into the movie and he only gets them back 20 minutes from the end, he isn't invincible most of the time we see him. See Humiliation Conga above.
Jerkass Has a Point: Loki is a jerk, but putting Thor on the throne of Asgard, at least at the beginning of the film, probably wouldn't have ended well for anyone.
He also accuses Odin of adopting him for purely political reasons. Although Odin clearly loves him, his expression suggests that this accusation hit home rather hard.
Thor may have been a cocky jerk in the beginning, but he was completely right about the Jotuns when they broke into the weapons vault. It was serious security breach, and was an ordered mission and not an act of a few.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's in Thor's nature to be naturally boisterous and conceited, but he means well. And by the end of the film, he's learned that being either wasn't doing him or his friends any favors, so he knocks it off.
Kick the Dog: Loki's petty threat to 'pay Jane a visit' when he learns that Thor cares deeply about her. In the scope of things, this is highly unnecessary and inconsequential to his schemes, and serves no purpose but to enrage both Thor and the audience. In this case the trope was exploited: Loki was trying to enrage Thor because he didn't like Thor pretending to be left-handed.
Kill It With Ice: The Frost Giants' method of death, when they don't form ice blades in their hands.
Kill Sat/Wave Motion Gun: What the overloaded Bifröst essentially acts as, except it can hit anywhere in the universe...
It's the costumes. The way Chris Hemsworth tells it, the first time he and Anthony Hopkins were suited up in a scene together, they took one look at each other, registered the gleam in each other's eye, and started chewing the scenery.
Last Chance To Quit: Laufey warns Thor at the beginning to return to Asgard. Almost works but one of the onlooking Jotuns cracks wise and off they go...
Layman's Terms: Invoked when Jane tells Selvig that she thinks the phenomenon they witnessed was an Einstein-Rosen Bridge. Darcy doesn't get it, so Selvig begins a long, scientific explanation before Jane quickly cuts him off and says "a wormhole."
Love Makes You Evil / crazy: Throughout the film, you get the sense that Loki really did love his adoptive father. The belief that he would never be accepted, especially after discovering his true parentage, was what tipped him over the edge. Even in the end, in his Motive Rant, Loki declares that everything he did was for his father.
Well, not everything, but the same basic idea applies in regards to his other reason: he outright states he doesn't care about the throne, he just wanted Thor to see him as an equal.
Love Triangle: Averted in the film. In the comics, there's been one between Thor, Jane, and Sif in the past. Here, Sif seems to be just a friend. Though Word Of God has said it was hinted at in scenes that were later cut and Sif's actress Jaimie Alexander has stated in interviews she played Sif as having feelings for Thor. It's most obvious during their last interaction at the banquet near the end of the movie.
MacGuffin: The Frost Giants' Casket, and the Bifröst Bridge itself.
Meaningful Background Event: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at the end, during the final fight between the two brothers, the two are thrown from the sphere at the base of the Bifröst and one tumbles over the edge of the bridge. Look carefully and you'll see that, just beyond him, he's actually tumbling further and what's dangling over the edge is an illusion.
Meaningful Name: Crossed with Bilingual Bonus. Puente Antigua means 'Old Bridge' in Spanish, a reference to the Bifröst. It's also the place where Jane begins researching a way to build a new bridge to Asgard after the Bifröst is destroyed.
The Men in Black: SHIELD provides a benign version of this trope. They're just so obsessed with keeping dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands that they don't have time to be nice about it. Agent Coulson is polite, however, and literally hands Jane a blank check to cover the expense of replacing her equipment.
Misapplied Phlebotinum: Averted: Everyone knows Bifröst, a wormhole generator that can reach anywhere in the universe, can be used as a superweapon. But they also know that Odin refuses to use it as such. Loki, on the other hand...
Mundane Utility: Mjölnir, the source of Thor's power and one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, is used at one point as a restraining device on Loki. And no, it's not that it's too heavy; Loki is also unworthy of wielding it, so of course he can't lift it. See Functional Magic.
Dr. Donald Blake was Thor's secret identity in his early Marvel comics, and is used here as a fake ID to get him out of SHIELD custody. Not to mention that was the name on the "Hello my name is..." tag on the first shirt Jane gave him. She says he was her ex-boyfriend.
A tourism poster talks about "Journey Into Mystery," the book where Thor first appeared for Marvel.
Thor's line about having words with his brother is a reference to a very excellent moment in comic book history when he and the other Avengers pull off a Big Damn Heroes against Ultron. Said line has become something of a Catch Phrase for Thor, although it's only used once in the movie.
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent calls Sif, Hogun and Fandral "Xena, Jackie Chan and Robin Hood". While already a multiple Shout Out, in the comics Fandral once claimed to have spent time on Earth during the Middle Ages, married to a woman named Marian - so he may actually be Robin Hood.
The scene where Loki speaks to the imprisoned Thor is extremely similar to a scene in The Ultimates 2.
Necessarily Evil: The ultimate goal of Loki's plans is destroying Asgard's enemies and making his father proud. For him, lying, scheming and slaughter on a massive scale are just means of accomplishing this goal.
Never Found the Body: Loki. Did anyone who saw this movie actually think he died before the credits?
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Loki hadn't tried to ruin Thor's big day, then tried to get him banished, Thor would've ended up being kind of a dick, instead of maturing like he did. In fact, his visit to Thor's cell is specifically what changes him into a better man. Also, Loki's plan to make himself the hero inadvertently informed Odin that Loki was the traitor, which makes the whole ending even more tragic when you realise that, raging jealousy for his brother aside, it might be what Loki intended all along.
Loki did explicitly state that he didn't think Thor was ready for the throne, and that is why he interrupted the ceremony. It seems that Loki sort of changed his plans about halfway through the movie, but his previous actions had already screwed him over.
Also, had Loki not panicked and sent the Destroyer to kill Thor, it's unlikely Thor would have found the means to prove his worthiness. Yeah, Loki would have still been ousted as a traitor, but Thor wouldn't have stopped his plan to eliminate Jotunheim.
Noodle Incident: Thor and Loki's adventure in Nornheim, mentioned in a deleted scene.
In The Avengers, Loki lampshades that it must have taken a lot of Dark Energy for Odin to send Thor to Earth, making it essentially a one way trip. Indeed, only by using the Cosmic Cube is Thor able to return home at the end.
Not So Different: Loki and Thor. Both threaten to spark another War with the Jotun, claim they are doing so for the good of Asgard, when really it was more more about satisfying their own ego.
Not Using The G Word: None of the Asgardians ever actually claim to be a god, which doesn't stop Selvig from being pretty sure that Thor is a total jacked-up freaky-deeky crazy-pants with delusions of godhood for most of the movie.
Although Fandral does protest the trip to Jotunheim on the grounds that Jotunheim is not Midgard, where "a little thunder and lightning and the mortals worship you as a god!"
In the opening narration, Odin also hints that the humans incorrectly identified Asgardians as gods during the war with the frost giants. Combined with the fact the Aesir (in Marvel canon and actual Norse mythology) can (and sometimes do) die, Marvel seems to treat Asgardians more like an advanced alien culture than actual gods.
Selvig is Swedish, and grew up with stories about the Norse Gods. Even if Thor never uses the G-word, there are enough clues for Selvig to piece together who the weirdo thinks he is. Selvig's refusal to believe Thor is the god Thor is perfectly reasonable, I mean, seriously, who thinks Thor will show up on your doorstep one day?
Oblivious Adoption: Loki discovers he is a Frost Giant adopted by Odin after the war. It all goes downhill from there.
Once More With Clarity: Interestingly, The Stinger from Iron Man 2 isn't just a tease but is actually integrated into the narrative in this film. While in IM it looks like maybe a bunch of scientists trying to study Mjölnir it turns out it was actually an overnight tourist trap and Running Gag.
The Patient Has Left the Building: Thor is exiled to Earth, where he is hit by a van and hospitalized. When he wakes up, he doesn't know where he is, so he flees the hospital, beating up everyone who tries to restrain him.
Phlebotinum Overload: What is destined to happen if Bifröst stays open for too long. Which Loki ended up planning to use to deal with Jotunheim once and for all.
Poor Communication Kills: Odin is absolutely horrible at communicating anything to Loki. For example, the reason Loki tried destroy Jotunheim is because Odin's words implied that the only reason he didn't go to war with Jotunheim was because it would be bad for Asgard. Thus, destroying it in one fell swoop and thus sparing Asgard "the horrors of war" while wiping out their eternal enemies was perfectly reasonable.
To be fair, Loki is prone - as tricksters often are - to twisting people's words and taking them in the worst possible way. He's also not thinking very rationally after he discovers he's a frost giant, with every Issue he ever had coming to the fore. The combination of the two results in actions Odin never even hinted at.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Loki, as he tells Odin in their last interaction that he did it for Asgard and the family. The combined effect is tear-jerking.
Also in his vault scene, again with Odin and again really sad to watch.
The Queen's Latin: All of the actors playing Asgardians speak with some form of an Received Pronunciation accent, regardless of their nationality. Hogun, however, speaks with a Japanese accent, but this can be explained as being due to Hogun not being a native Asgardian in the comics. Heimdall is another exception, as Idris Elba's lower class British accent seems to be largely unmodified in the film. For example, whenever Elba uses a "th," it sounds more like an "f."
Race Lift: Heimdall is now played by a black actor, Idris Elba. The film's version of Heimdall was carried over into the Thor: The Mighty Avenger comic which was made to be closer to the film than the regular comics.
Hogun, whose look in the comics was partially inspired by actor Charles Bronson, is played by Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano. This isn't necessarily a major change, as the character has always been depicted as a non-Aesir from a vaguely Asiatic realm (though one that looks more Mongolian than Japanese.)
Hilariously, Tadanobu Asano had played Genghis Khan in the film Mongol a few years earlier.
It's also worth pointing out that early Norse mythology often referred to the Aesir, or Asgardians, as "men of Asia" (in reference to Asia Minor, in the Middle East).
Nope. That thing was only mentioned in the foreword to Snorri Sturlusson's compilation of the Norse myths. There have never been any mentions of the Aesir or Vanir being from Asiatic realms.
Also hilariously, Heimdallr was described in myth as "the whitest of the gods".
Rated M for Manly: Asgard and Jotunheim scenes are simply made of good ol' Norse masculinity.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Odin, who prefers diplomacy over war. Laufey is a rare villainous example, who also wishes to avoid violence and does not attack Thor and his friends until after they kill one of his warriors.
On the other hand, his failure to lift Mjölnir is what starts his actual redemption.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Thor and Loki, respectively. Somewhat reversed come the climax — Loki is deep in the throes of a Villainous Breakdown and is yelling for Thor to fight him, while Thor is refusing and trying to talk him down.
Averted in the case of the Asgardian army which is capable of fighting Frost Giants perfectly well.
Though Hawkeye works for SHIELD in this continuity, and it's implied he could have easily put an arrow through Thor's head had Coulson ordered him to do so.
Regent for Life: What Loki intends to become. Or rather, what it looks like he intends to become for 3/4 of the movie, before it's revealed that he's more like an evil Cincinnatus- he intended to step down after Odin reawakened all along, using his handling of the Jotun crisis he arranged in the first place to create the impression of himself as a heroic, dutiful, and above all better-than-Thor son.
In the extended scene from the DVD/Blu-Ray release, it's strongly hinted that Loki's "slip of the tongue" was a test to see if Thor would take the bait (which he did). It proved that Thor wasn't ready for the throne after all since "a wise king never seeks out war," though the junior novelization (which tells this scene from Loki's point of view) makes it clear that he didn't actually want them to go to Jotunheim- Loki's terrified of the place and its inhabitants.
Coulson also uses a bit of this after releasing Thor into Selvig's care. He tells Selvig to keep Thor "away from the bars"; Selvig promptly invites Thor for a drink after leaving his company. This is later revealed to have made it easier for his men to track their movements.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Odin actually participates in the battles against the Frost Giants. After Loki gets the throne, he does scheme, but he executes his plans himself.
Running Gag: Thor (while mortal) getting hit by a car, and by extension, Jane's driving skills. (Technically, Darcy was driving the first time, but Jane had grabbed the wheel and was steering into the cloud.)
Save the Villain: A key sign of Thor's growth as a hero. After all, an ordinary person would want to save their friends, but to fight with everything you have to save your deadly enemies (in this case, the Frost Giants) from an unjust death for no other reason than it being the right thing to do takes a special kind of nobility.
Scary Black Man: Heimdall. He's big, stotically intimidating and carries a big sword.
The battle between the Aesir and the Jotun in the beginning of the film is stated to take place in Tønsberg, Norway. The author that first mentioned Tønsberg? Snorri Sturluson, the author of the Prose Edda.
The representation of Tønsberg, however, is highly incorrect, and makes it look more like a western Norwegian fjord-end village. The real Tønsberg is located in a fairly flat region. Many Norwegians found this rather amusing.
When SHIELD seizes Jane's work, they give her a check, so they're actually seizing her work and materials under the Fifth Amendment, the right of Eminent Domain (i.e. the government can take private property for their use, but they have to pay for it). Seizure under Eminent Domain can be challenged in court, although the results depend on whether a) the government can claim it's necessity for "public use" and b) whether a "fair price" for the materials was offerednote In other words, Jane would lose such a challenge, as SHIELD is essentially saying "Tell us how much money you want for it", and they could also claim national security issues.
The SHIELD agents around the Mjölnir crater have assault weapons but don't engage Thor with lethal force because he has not escalated to the point that lethal force would be permitted based on the usual US military rules on force escalation.
After the Destroyer has been defeated, Coulson comes in. Thor addresses him as "Son of Coul", which follows old naming conventions and is essentially the meaning of his name: basically, someone who is the son of a man by the name of Coul.
Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being major supporting characters, Fandrall, Volstagg, Selvig, and Darcy are barely glimpsed in the trailer. (Hogun has more screen time than the other Warriors Three, which is kind of weird...)
Swiss Army Weapon: Mjölnir. It can smash like a typical hammer, it can summon lightning bolts, it can be used as a Precision-Guided Boomerang, it can make you flynote Thor never actually flies, but rather throws the hammer and holds on, it can deflect energy blasts from other Asgardian weaponry, and it can simply be used as an immovable weight.
Sword and Sorcerer: Thor prefers smashing things, Loki likes to use magic and illusions as his weapons.
Invoked early on in the movie between Odin and Laufey.
Also, this is what Thor's Catch Phrase tends to mean. In the film, said Catch Phrase doubles as a Let's Get Dangerous moment in the POV of Jane and the other humans who had doubted Thor's mental reasoning up until that point.
Loki thinks he's just ensured he and his friends can leave Jotunheim without getting killed, when one of the Jotun decides to push Thor too far.
Jotun: Run home, little princess. Loki: ...Damn.
Agent Coulson, when the Destroyer opens up.
Coulson: Here it comes.
This Is Unforgivable: Not in so many words, but Thor's banishment was essentially this. It's implied Odin has forgiven Thor for cocky transgressions and rule breaking in the past, but inciting a new war with the Frost Giants was the absolute last straw. Except of course, Odin isn't completely ready to give up on his son without secretly adding a Redemption Quest loophole, and enchants Mjölnir with: whosovever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor!
Threshold Guardians: Played with in the form of Heimdall, who is an actual character with his own motivations instead of just a plot device.
There's probably a fair bit of self-loathing involved as well, once he finds out he's a frost giant.
Trailers Always Lie: A positive example; the trailers for the film were regarded by many as somewhat underwhelming, but the scale and acting and dialogue have turned out to be closer to the comics than many feared. Also, some of the trailers imply that the line "You can't kill an entire race" refers to humanity. This isn't the case, as the Frost Giants and Jotunheim end up as Loki's target. In particular, except for a few brief shots very little of the first act appears in the trailer; it is a good half an hour before Thor even reaches Earth.
Travel Cool: The Asgardians get around the Realms via the Bifröst Bridge, which shoots them through rainbow wormholes.
Twisting the Words: Loki, of course. Unlike most other examples of the trope, he not only does that to sabotage others, but also has it ingrained so deeply in his character that he always believes the worst in people.
Invoked by Loki. When he says that Thor cannot go to Jotunheim without defying Odin, Thor interprets that as a recommendation rather than a warning. Which is exactly what Loki wanted.
When Odin explained that he saved Loki as a child because he hoped that one day Loki can serve as an example that Frost Giants and Asgardians can peacefully co-exist. Loki instead believes that Odin saved him only because he wanted an extra war trophy. Odin even reacts by asking, "Why do you twist my words?"
The Unfavorite: Loki views himself as this, believing that Odin and Frigga favor the older and more physically powerful Thor over him. Finding out that he's an adopted Frost Giant just makes things worse.
Unreliable Narrator: In a flashback at the beginning of the film we see Odin telling young Thor and Loki about the war with Jotunheim. He leaves out the part in which he finds the Jotun king's abandoned baby and adopts him.
Use Your Head: Severe headbutts happen a few times in the first act. For example, a frost giant grabs and burns Volstagg's arm, and Volstagg uses his head.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Judging from the flashback in the beginning of the movie, Loki. Judging from just that scene and how most of the other characters treat him, he and Thor used to have a very good relationship, and he used to be just a sweet kid who had a penchant for mischief before jealousy set in.
Villainous Breakdown: Many of Loki's actions in the second half of the movie, and thus the plot for that portion, can be attributed to a very steep downward spiral that starts from the moment he discovers that he is actually a Frost Giant. It's quite clear that at least some of the more extreme actions he takes later are not what he had originally planned to take, and even as he keeps his trademark composure he appears increasingly harried over the course of the movie. By the climax he's lost all veneer of composure altogether.
Visible Boom Mic: You can see it hovering over the pet shop owner for a few seconds.
War Is Hell: After having lived through the war between Asgard and the Frost Giants, which is repeatedly described as destructive and terrible, Odin is very dedicated to ensuring that sort of thing never happens again. Laufey, to an extent, feels or at least knows the same thing, but in contrast to Odin while he doesn't exactly want a war, he's very vindictive and thus not shy about starting another one should the situation arise.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The ultimate fate of the The Destroyer and the Casket of Ancient Winters remains unexplored. Presumably SHIELD took custody of the former while the latter is last seen in the Biforst before it was destroyed.
In The Avengers it is revealed SHIELD recovered the remains of the Destroyer and reverse engineered it.
What happened to the SHIELD guys spying on Thor from the rooftop? Volstagg knocks them out in one of the deleted scenes, but they don't try to evacuate the town or fight the Destroyer in the actual film.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: To the film's credit, the answer seems to be pretty damn high. As part of Thor's Character Development, he stops seeing the Jotuns as merely walking experience points and pleads with Loki to stop his genocidal plan. Loki, however, calls the Jotun a "race of monsters", despite that he himself is one.
When All You Have Is a Hammer: Averted, but definitely worth mentioning partly because Thor's Weapon of Choiceis a hammer and partly because it's part of Thor's Character Development. Mjölnir is a fine example of a Swiss Army Weapon, able to shoot lightning, return to its wielder's hand when thrown, and grant flight, just for starters. The trick is thinking of nonviolent uses for it, which doesn't occur to Thor at the start of the movie.
Played straight at the climax.
Subverted by Odin during the failed ceremony; specifically, he praises the hammer as "a weapon to destroy... and as a tool to build; a fit companion for a king."
Why Didn't They Just Smash Him?: Two Frost Giants stand next to a frozen Heimdall and neglect smashing him to smithereens when they have the chance. Possibily justified considering how quickly Heimdall breaks out; smashing him could possibly have freed him sooner and they were only there to prevent anyone from helping him.
The power arcs of the activated Bifröst (inside what director Branagh called Heimdall's "observatory") are also representative of the Yggdrasil.
World of Badass: Both Asgard and Jotunheim (the Frost Giants' realm) are filled with badass warriors with mystic weapons and powers. Also Earth (this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after all), though the full scope of badasses down here is merely glimpsed this time...
World of Ham: Asgard is one. Which results in major Ham-to-Ham Combat. Which is exacly the reason why Ken Branagh was the perfect director for this movie.
World of Snark: Earth's other hat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Seriously, try to find a part in the film where the SHIELD Agents don't take a moment to snark in the face of otherworldly beings?
Xanatos Speed Chess: What Loki seems to have been doing for most of the movie. At first he simply seems to have been planning on discrediting Thor and starting a war with the Jotuns. But then Thor was banished, he found out he was a Jotun himself, went a bit berserk, and Odin entered his sleep. Everything else seems to have been very well orchestrated improvisation.
Thor: Loki, this is madness! Loki: Is it madness?! Is it?! IS IT?!
It wasn't even just ham. He's practically hissing the lines, making his break from reality/sanity so much more believable. If you look closely, there are tears pooling in Loki's eyes as he says this and his breathing is ragged. It might come off as hammy to some, but he's trying not to completely break down before he fights his brother.