Next to the Shout Outs to Shakespeare
, (if not surpassing it) are the Shout Outs
to the Norse Mythology
as a whole. Maybe because everything sounds badass
or just awesome
by naming someone/something after a Norse deity such as Thor, Odin or Loki. Whatever the case, we've Seen It a Million Times
Keep in mind that if several people or things in the same work are all named in reference to Norse Mythology, it's Theme Naming
, not a whole lot of shout-outs.
See also Religious and Mythological Theme Naming
There's a huge list
in That Other Wiki
Anime and Manga
- Slayers has "Ragna Blade" spell. Appropriately enough, it invokes the power of the creator deity living in primal Chaos and as such can harm or kill anything in the world, including Gods and Dark Lords providing "lesser" spells of White Magic and Black Magic. The incantation itself fits well too.
- .hack in Liminality mentions the The Ring of the Nibelung from Wagner's opera as the source of the power of the World.
- In John Myers Myers' Silverlock, the tramp freighter Shandon is traveling on at the very beginning is mentioned in passing to have been named the "Naglfar". When it sinks, his adventure begins, and it's the first of dozens, if not hundreds of references to literature and mythology scattered through the book.
- The redheaded giant Alanna befriends in In the Hand of the Goddess is named Big Thor.
- Janine in Dinoverse names a Quetzalcoatlus that she thinks of as a "tricky sucker" Loki.
- Discworld has a trickster god called Hoki, who was banished from Dunmanifestin for "pulling the old exploding misteltoe trick". The gods wage war against the Ice Giants, and the final battle between them is the Teatime of the Gods.
- Two of the heroes in Gauntlet are Thor the Warrior and Thyra the Valkyrie.
- Ragna the Bloodedge. There's a very good reason why his name derives from Ragnarok, the death and rebirth of the world.
- Noel Vermillion from the same game has a Minigun named Fenrir and a rocket launcher named Thor.
- In Touhou, the two vampire sisters each have a spellcard named after the weapon of a Norse god. Remilia has Odin's Gungnir while Flandre wields Lævateinn. It's unclear whether or not they're actually wielding them as weapons though, or just fanciful names given to magical energy attacks.
- Two of the attacks in Phantom Dust are called Thor's Hammer and Gungnir. Bonus points for Gungnir being one of the most accurate attacks in the game, as never missing was an attribute of its namesake.
- Max Payne and Alan Wake both have elements, the first having a psychotic Big Bad who is obsessed with mythology, and the second features a heavy metal band composed by two wacky old men, which also revolves around Norse mythology. Sam Lake sure loves vikings.
- Super Robot Wars Gaiden brings us Tytti Noorbuck, who's Finnish, and ride the mecha called Goddess/Gaddeath, shaped like a Valkyrie, has a trident called 'Gungnir', has two wolf familiars named Freki and Geri (Odin's two hounds), and her attack names include things like 'Jotunheim', 'Bifrost Fall', 'Jormungandr Ouroboros' and 'Fenrir Crush'.