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YMMV: The Mighty Thor
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Odin is usually a master schemer who is ahead of everyone else yet balanced by nobility, compassion and truly cares for his subjects and humanity. Writer Matt Fraction wrote him as a General Ripper and Jerk With The Heart Of A Jerk who viewed humanity as dung worms, and was willing to enthusiastically exterminate billions of innocent bystanders with no displayed regret. However, it is debatable whether or not it was a Sadistic Choice. During John Byrne's "The Trial Of Galactus", he also stated that all the innocent victims of Galactus' genocides too weak to stop him deserve to die.
  • Anvilicious: When the new female Thor picked up Thor's hammer, the inscription placed on it transformed from "If he be worthy" to "If she be worthy", just to hammer home that it's not just men who can wield it. (even though women have wielded it before and it never changed then...)
  • Broken Base:
    • Thor's fans disagree over his treatment by Marvel, specifically Marvel's tendency to subject him to The Worf Effect every time there's some big criss-cross crisis event and they need to tear down a really powerful hero to build up the threat. Avengers Vs. X-Men is one of the biggest offenders, and Thor's not the only victim of poor treatment in the story.
    • The reveal that Thor is going to be replaced with a new female wielding Mjolnir has already caused a large base breaker for all manner of different reasons. Some like it, some hate it, some merely find it pointless, etc etc etc.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Malekith the Accursed is the cruel ruler of the dark elves of Svartleheim, whom even his people hate and fear. Serving as the harbinger of Surtur, Malekith hunts for the Casket of Ancient Winters, murdering any who get in his way. Malekith in his spare time also hunts down goodhearted, virtuous people and devours their souls, as the souls of the virtuous are a delicacy for him. When he grows to hate Thor, Malekith is only too happy to sacrifice or torture his own people to get at the Thunder God. He unleashed the Casket of Ancient Winters to plunge Earth into a frozen wasteland to hurt Thor and unleash Surtur. Malekith plans to let Surtur burn every realm, with no care if his fellow Dark Elves are caught in the blaze, as long as he profits from it. Before his eventual return to the throne after he was revived, many Dark Elves viewed him as a despised figure. Later on, after being freed from imprisonment, Malekith set about to seize control of the Dark Elves, butchering any Dark Elf who wouldn't join him and calling for his followers to "burn the old, flay the young and bring me the eyes of those who will not see." Malekith killed Queen Alflysse, counting on the fear of his people to lead them to offer him the throne to stop his homicidal rampages. Not content with tormenting his own race, Malekith tried to drive Thor mad by infecting him with a mind-altering parasite to get him to destroy his own allies.
    • Thor: Vikings: This Garth Ennis miniseries, from the MAX imprint, features the sadistic, psychotic Harald Jaekelsson, who embodies the worst stereotypes of Vikings. In 1003 AD, Harald leads his men to rape and slaughter all inhabitants of a village before setting sail for the new world. Cursed by a wise man to sail for a thousand years, Harald and his men arrive at New York as nigh-invincible zombies. Setting about to slaughter, pillage and rape all they find, Harald and his comrades turn New York into a near death camp (which we see in all its gore) with Harald selecting the seat of his new throne built of human bones at the Empire State Building. When he faces Thor, Harald tries to humiliate the God and taunts him to go die a coward's death before casting him into the Hudson River. Despite only having a brief appearance, Haralad marks himself as one of the most truly vile beings the God of Thunder has ever faced.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Kid Loki and Leah have gained an incredible popularity.
    • Volstagg was an Ensemble Darkhorse long before them, especially when we got to see how awesome of a father he was.
    • Thunderball, as the lone smart guy, tends to get plenty of solo appearances and more prominent usage than the rest of the Crew.
    • There's also Beta Ray Bill, due to being one of the few heroes other than Thor who's worthy of wielding Mjolnir.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Loki got reincarnated as a boy, and Asgard wants him dead? Not only that, but he's also solving the mysteries that surround him with his female sidekick? And adding to that, he solves a mystery which involved extracting evil nightmares from suffering dreamers? Sounds sort of familiar...
  • Jerkass Woobie: No matter how you feel about Kid Loki, his methods, or if Ikol has a bigger plan in store for him, watching him in the new Mighty Thor issues eight and nine, first struggling to remember his brother and then after achieving that having to deal with the fact that no one else does just makes you want to hug him. He also only really acted like a jerk to Donald Blake after the doctor asked how Loki could forget Tanarus, driving the knife deeper.
  • Idiot Plot: Any plot that involves Thor or anyone else trusting Loki becomes one of these after, oh, his tenth betrayal (so, since the mid-1960s).
  • Internet Backdraft: The result of the new, female Thor taking the mantle, which resulted in a massive Broken Base. There's some justifiable arguments for and against the decision (For: They've tried promoting other female gods before and it didn't work so tying it closer to Thor should help, its not like they've never replaced Thor as it is and Thor at least is still present, and the character herself hasn't been seen so its too early to really judge them; Against: There's other characters who they could have given a push rather than replace Thor, its very obviously not going to last long, and if Marvel is attempting to be feminists they should really focus on promoting a feminine male character rather than making a masculine woman as femininity itself is still treated as weak), and then some not so good attempts at arguments for and against (For: Those accusing everyone who has a problem with it of being a misogynist; Against: Those who actually are being misogynistic, and transphobic, about the idea). Either way, its best not to comment on it without risking starting a fight as there's some people on either side of the fence likely to attack you.
  • Iron Woobie: Thor himself and Beta Ray Bill.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Loki. He's frequently viewed as nearly harmless because most of his plots are just staged entertainment to occupy his near immortal life, but this undercuts just how dangerous he is when he gets serious. Loki is the god of mischief and obfuscation, and other big powers like Doctor Doom and Mephisto tread on eggshells when he comes knocking.
  • Memetic Badass: Heimdall both in and out of universe, especially his MCU incarnation.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "My god has a hammer. Your argument is invalid."
    • And the distinctly more confrontational: "Your god was nailed to a cross. My god has a hammer. Any questions?"
  • Moral Event Horizon: In his most recent issue, the first thing Malekith the Accursed does after escaping Niffleheim is to massacre an entire dark elf village in Svartalfheim, his home world. He stays past the line when he decides to kill many other dark elves that have scattered throughout the nine realms with his own loyal army, believing that they are no longer the people he used to rule.
  • My Real Daddy: For a large portion of the fanbase, the stories and art of Walt Simonson will never be surpassed.
  • Narm Charm:
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The idea that Thor is blond and clean-shaven is not Marvel's. There's a painting done by a Swedish artist in 1872 that features a similar Thor.
    • The concept of a woman being worthy to wield Mjolnir is not new, as Storm and Rogue and even Wonder Woman (in a crossover) have all used it.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Female Thor is becoming this before her book even starts. There's issue about her using the name (though that's nothing new, given Thunderstrike used the name before he got his own spinoff), the poorly set-up way to have Thor lose his hammer, and the questionable design of her costume.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some of the reactions to the new female Thor.
  • They Just Didn't Care: How and why Female Thor replaces Male Thor. Apparently Nick Fury whispering something mean into Thor's ear is enough to render Thor unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. And Odin, the person who placed the spell, is apparently incapable of removing it to help Thor out meaning there's no other choice but to find a new wielder. It's barely a step above a Hand Wave.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The new female Thor has invoked this in other characters. Ok so, they want to promote a strong female character to attract female readers. Why replace an existing character? Why not promote Carol Danvers, newly minted Captain Mar-Vell? If they wanted to go the goddess route, why replace a god with a Distaff Counterpart instead of drawing on existing mythology for new character ideas? Every world religion is represented in Marvel, so it's not like they're short on badass goddesses. Pele's already got Marvel cred for her role in the Chaos War.
  • Uncanny Valley: Loki's female form (as drawn by Olivier Coipel) is unsettling and creepy despite him inhabiting a beautiful body. The reason? No eyebrows.

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