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. Other writers have 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, stated that all the innocent victims of Galactus' genocides too weak to stop him deserve to die, and is genuinely a horrible father and leader. How much he cares for Loki, being either neglectful and emotionally abusive, or a good father who's frustrated with Loki's refusal to see good in him, also comes up quite a bit.
  • Arc Fatigue: Two causes in Jason Aaron's run:
    • More than two years after his introduction, Dario Agger is still yet to have a hammer wipe that smug grin off his face.
    • We still don't know what made Thor unworthy.
  • Ass Pull: How and why Female Thor replaces Male Thor. Nick Fury whispers something to Thor, rendering him unworthy to pick up Mjolnir, then Mjolnir became sentient to the point where not even Odin, the one who put the "worthy enchantment" on the hammer, can lift it, and suddenly a woman shows up on the moon and is able to lift the hammer effortlessly, and wield it like a god(dess) with no difficulty.
  • 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 like the idea but hate the execution, some merely find it pointless, among other issues.
    • The rest of Jason Aaron's run after the God-Butcher arc. It's either awesome or complete crap, especially after female Thor is introduced.
    • The fact that Jason Aaron likes to write Thor as Mystery Fiction (God of Thunder 1st arc: serial killer investigation, 3rd arc: hunt after an escaped criminal, Thor v4 1st arc: the mystery of the Goddess of Thunder, Thors: serial killer investigation) sometimes works for people other times not so much.
    • The identity of the female Thor (Jane Foster) has fans divided because many thought, and liked the idea of her identity being Roz Solomon. While some are interested in what could be done with a Thor who has cancer, others think it just gives the character a poor shelf life.
  • 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.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Warriors Three.
  • Creepy Awesome: Malekith The Accursed, Depending on the Writer. He's an undead dark elf depicted as half blue-skinned elf down one side of his body and half black-with-rot corpse or living shadow down the other, wielding powerful sorcery and an almost Loki-like skilled planner and manipulator.
  • Dork Age: Pretty much every time Thor loses his powers or switches bodies, it causes this:
    • The period where Thunderstrike was impersonating Thor. The character himself was well-liked once he stopped using Thor's name, but it really didn't feel like a Thor book, with barely any of the established characters being used.
    • The first half of Dan Jurgens' run, where Thor was bonded to a paramedic that Loki had killed.
    • Warren Ellis' run, in which Thor lost all of his powers and started living with Enchantress as a couple. This example was considered so horrible that every other writer at Marvel flat out ignored it even as it was ongoing.
    • The new female Thor is starting to be seen as this by some, with comparisons to the disliked for similar reasons Red Hulk though this isn't universal.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Leah has gained an incredible popularity.
    • The Warriors Three in general but especially Volstagg, for being a boisterous Lovable Coward while also being an awesome father to his kids.
    • Thunderball, as the lone smart guy, tends to get plenty of solo appearances and more prominent usage than the rest of the Wrecking Crew.
    • There's also Beta Ray Bill, due to being one of the few heroes other than Thor who's worthy of wielding Mjolnir.
    • Absorbing Man, largely for being one of the few Earth-based enemies for Thor who's managed to keep being a legitimate threat to him.
    • Thunderstrike became this after he stopped impersonating Thor and grew into his own character.
    • Kid Loki became one very quickly, and eventually, Teen Loki.
  • Evil Is Cool: Loki, whenever he's playing the role of bad guy.
  • Fandom Nod: More of a "Controversy Nod", but, in issue 5 of the female Thor series, Absorbing Man goes on a multi-panel rant about female Thor's status as an Affirmative Action Legacy character, with a particular focus on how she could have given herself a "derivative" or "homaging" name instead of directly taking the name of the original.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: though it has become less funnier since Jane Foster's cancer became worse when she used it.
  • 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...
    • Since the Fem!Thor is Jane Foster, the "What If?" story on her finding Thor's Hammer became unintentional prediction in hindsight.
  • 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.
    • He does however quickly get an ally and recovers Mjolnir, and that ally just so happens to be The Silver Surfer.
    • Gorr the God Butcher. He may be a murderer who wants to slaughter the Asgardians, but dear God is his backstory screwed up.
    • The Executioner. The only reason he's even a villain to begin with is because of the Enchantress stringing him on and manipulating him.
  • 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). Not that not trusting him changes anything really, if Loki want to manipulate you he will manipulate you.
    • Notably, Balder keeps falling for this again and again throughout JMS's run.
  • Internet Backdraft: As expected, Female Thor has started a number of heated arguments both in favor and against.
  • Love It or Hate It: Female Thor. Either it's the best thing to happen to the comic in years or it's the worst. There's very little middle ground.
  • 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?"
    • The reveal that Female Thor has cancer led to a massive amount of call backs to an infamous Spider-Man meme.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In one 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: First off, many consider Jack, rather than Stan, to be Thor's "true" creator, as Jack was much more invested in and ambitious with the character. Taking the entire history of the character into account, though, the stories and art of Walt Simonson will probably never be surpassed, and are universally beloved by both fans and creators.
  • 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.
    • The concept of a mild-mannered person with some form of PHD turning into Thor was previously featured in a 1959 Batman story.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Thunderstrike, after he stopped impersonating Thor and was able to grow into his own character.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Thor/Jane Vs. Thor/Sif. Some feel that Jane humanizes Thor in ways that Sif can't, while others feel that Jane is too boring for Thor (even when she's masquerading as the new female Thor) and feel that Thor has better chemistry with the fiery Sif.
  • Theme Pairing: Thor / Storm has a substantial following due to the fact that both of them are associated with weather and thunder. Image like this just encourages comments like "Bring on the biracial thunder babies".
  • Tough Act to Follow: While Matt Fraction's run is considered by most to be a Dork Age, he did have to follow-up the beloved and critically acclaimed J. Michael Straczynski run...
  • The Woobie: Kurse. The poor guy just gets shit on time and time again. Betrayed by his master Malekith, turned into a monster, briefly rendered amnesiac and mentally disturbed, and finally killed during Ragnarok.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Future Thor and his badass grand-daughters have hardly been seen since the introduction of the new Thor.

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