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    The Avengers 

In General

  • Badass Crew: Oh, definitely. Alone, each member is a force to be reckoned with, and together, they've defeated entire armies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of them, to some level.
  • Determinator: Not a single one of them gives up. Ever.
  • The Dreaded: By the time of Return of The Avengers, the three who first stumbled upon Middle-Earth are this for Orcs and other forces of evil. And the remaining ones quickly follow.
  • True Companions: The Avengers may bicker and not agree with each other's methods, but in a crisis, they have each other's backs.

Steve Rogers/Captain America

  • Blue Is Heroic: Referenced as Captain America comes to be known as 'the Blue Runner'.
  • Determinator: No matter what, Captain America won't back down from evil.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a trained super soldier and an excellent tactician, as well as a veteran military commander.
  • The Leader: Cap has a natural talent for leading others through difficult times.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Cap's vibranium shield stands strong even against the magic of the Witch King and Sauron himself.
  • The Paragon: Steve's natural goodness and resolve inspire not only Boromir, but others under his command. It's why Gandalf made him and Aragorn joint leaders before he confronted the Balrog; they share this quality.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During the battle of Helm's Deep, Cap briefly flies into this upon watching most of the boys he named Howling Commandos get killed.
  • Ship Tease: Various residents of Rohan initially believe that Steven and Eowyn are pursuing a relationship, but in reality Steve is only giving Eowyn some lessons in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Super Soldier: As per canon.

Anthony Edward Stark/Iron Man

  • All Your Powers Combined: As well as creating mithril-enhanced armour, during Dagor Arnediad Stark attacks one of Morgoth's warships while receiving enhanced protection from Wanda, whose focus is being further aided by Galadriel and Mantis.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily the biggest among the Avengers.
  • Energy Absorption: Tony upgrades his latest suit in Return of the Avengers so that it can absorb energy, including the thermal energy of open flames; this allows him to put out fires in an Easterling village while fighting fire-breathing fell-beasts. This function holds even against dragon fire.
  • Flying Brick: The Iron Man suits grant the wearer enormous strength and sustained flight abilities, allowing Tony to help move around heavy equipment (including a mumakill) for the final battle in Return of the Avengers.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tony has constructed numerous marvels of technology, not just the Iron Man armors. He is also proficient in multiple other fields of science.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Tony may act like a selfish jerk, but he's incredibly compassionate and puts his life on the line for innocent people without hesitation.
  • Insufferable Genius: When he works with Asgard to duplicate the vortex that sent Cap, Bruce, and Thor to Middle-Earth, he claims that he has to give his colleagues twenty-nine- no, thirty-one percent of the credit.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Another upgrade to the suit, which Iron Man uses to impale Malekith with multiple iron weapons, killing him.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: In-series, he's the most popular Avenger among the Haradrim, despite Steve's fears that his Pop-Cultured Badass behaviour would annoy them.
  • The Nicknamer: Tony passes these out like Halloween candy to everyone he meets.
  • Powered Armor: The Iron Man suits. A credit to how impressive they are that Sauron himself built an armor specifically modeled after it (just with sorcery instead of technology).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thought Iron Man couldn't get any stronger? In Return of the Avengers and Dagor Arnediad, Tony forges a new armor enhanced with mithril.

Thor Odinson, God of Thunder

  • Blood Knight: He's gotten a better grip on it, but Thor still appreciates a good fight. And a good competition.
  • Body-Count Competition: Thor is actually the one who initiates this in Moria, partially to take Gimli's mind off the fate of his kinsmen. From there, he, Gimli and Legolas regularly engage in the game.
  • Convenient Coma: In Methteilien, Thor is left in the Odinsleep for a year after Morgoth's attack.
  • Drop the Hammer: As always, Mjolnir is his signature weapon.
  • Genius Bruiser: Thor's combat prowess and Blood Knight tendencies can make one forget that he has a good grasp of warfare tactics in his own right.
  • God of Thunder: Of course.
  • Gravity Master: While lightning attacks are his speciality, Thor can use Mjolnir to absorb gravity fields and channel them into attacks.
  • Like a Son to Me: Gandalf finds himself comparing his bond with Thor to the regard a father would have for a son, to the point that he actually calls Thor 'son' during the final battle outside the Black Gate, with Thor making it clear that he reciprocates this regard.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Thor briefly loses himself to his anger after Orcs manage to kill his beloved steed Graegwind before he remembers he's on a battlefield and needed by others.
  • Shock and Awe: Befitting the God of Thunder.
  • Worf Had the Flu: When he first lands on Middle-Earth, Thor's powers are reduced to his own Asgardian physical strength and projecting his hammer a fair distance before recalling it. His full power returns slowly but surely over the course of the first story.

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

  • Do with Him as You Will: In Return of the Avengers, Natasha first frees a group of captured women from brigands, then tells the leader Kearney he's free to go; if the women let him. She also leaves behind a crate of falchions.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Highly-trained assassin and agent of SHIELD, and more willing to do Dirty Business than Steve or Thor.
  • Stealth Expert: Steve cites his experience of Natasha as an example of what the hobbits could achieve by relying on stealth over strength in a fight.
  • Tranquil Fury: Natasha's temper is ice cold, making her all the more terrifying.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When Natasha is assigned to interrogate Lotho Sackville-Baggins, he expresses amusement that they sent a 'quim' to interrogate him, and starts screaming for mercy shortly afterwards.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Many believe that she is the "weakest Avenger", but Black Widow is just as deadly as any of her colleagues.

Doctor Bruce Banner/Hulk

  • Friend to All Children: Or in this case, friend to all Hobbits.
  • Genius Bruiser: Bruce is a brilliant scientist and doctor, Hulk can throw Mumakil around like toys.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Dagor Arnediad, during a mental talk with the Hulk, Banner is shaken to realise that his dynamic with the Hulk basically reflects his history with his father, with Brian Banner never seeing Bruce as anything but a threat.
  • The Medic: Bruce has plenty of knowledge and experience in treating most wounds, to the extent that he briefly serves as Rohan's chief healer after the Battle of Helm's Deep.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Methteilien, excess gamma radiation the Hulk has absorbed during his time on Sakaar has given him the ability to absorb energy and release it as a blast.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Like Thor, the Hulk's strength and even Bruce's ability to transform into him are limited upon their arrival. But near the end of Avengers of The Ring, he's back to full strength.

Clint Barton/Hawkeye

Sif, Goddess of War

Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch

  • All Your Powers Combined: In Dagor Arnediad, Galadriel and Mantis help Wanda maintain the mental clarity to protect Stark as he attacks one of Morgoth's ships.
  • Ascended Extra: Wanda becomes the main protagonist of Scarlet Witch and The Thirteen Dwarves, as she not only joins the Company of Thorin Oakenshield but it is suggested that Radagast, Gandalf and Elrond each come to consider her another member of the Wizard's Council, with Radagast being the first to refer to her as 'Wanda the Scarlet'.
  • Badass Boast: Wanda delivers the following to Lake-Town as a whole and Alfrid in particular when he questions Thorin's identity;
    I AM WANDA THE SCARLET! Sister of Pietro! Friend of the Wise! And if I say Thorin Oakenshield is King under the Mountain, then King under the Mountain he is!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Get on her bad side, and getting telekinetically thrown into a wall may be the least painful thing to happen to you.
  • Mind over Matter: Wanda's psychic powers are an incredible force. Just ask Smaug.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: She becomes Prime Minister of Sokovia after killing the corrupt Mustarman Brothers. In her case, President Personable and President Badass.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: In Methteilien, Wanda is forced to act as a power booster for Morgoth's own control of the Mind Stone, unwillingly helping him shield the planet he is using as a base of operations.
  • Rags to Royalty: Not in the sense of actually being royal, but Wanda goes from being an orphan on the streets of Sokovia to becoming Prime Minister of the aforementioned country.

Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver

  • Posthumous Character: Pietro is dead before Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, but Wanda discusses his loss with the Dwarves, who all toast his memory and acknowledge him as a hero.

Vision

  • Like a Son to Me: Tony is just as furious and devastated over Vision's death as he is over Peter's.
  • Second Love: He's this to Wanda instead of her first love: that role goes to Bard.
  • Secret Weapon: In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, the Vision is kept in reserve during the Battle of Six Armies until they are sure that all of Ultron's forces have been deployed, so that those opposing Ultron and Azog don't show their hands too early.

Sam Wilson/Falcon

James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine

Peter Parker/Spider-Man

  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Peter feels that Tony doesn't give him enough credit for the help he's given him in Avengers: Dagor Arnediad. Bilbo encourages him to let this dissuade him, and later thanks to a little prompting from Wanda, Iron Man praises him and names him an Avenger.
  • Kid Hero: He's a teenager fighting alongside grown people.
  • One Steve Limit: Defied; at one point Star-Lord calls Spider-Man and introduces himself with the line "Hey Peter, it's the other one".

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

  • Secret Weapon: After the Snap, the other Avengers decide to keep Carol's return secret so that she can serve as this before their nexr confronation with Thanos.

Scott Lang/Ant-Man

  • OOC Is Serious Business: It is considered a sign of how anxious Scott is that he doesn't make a joking comment when Gandalf opens a portal in favour of just going through the portal to confirm that his daughter is all right.
  • Trapped in Another World: As in canon, he was left trapped in the Quantum Realm just as Thanos triggered the Snap.

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    S.H.I.E.L.D. 

In General

Nick Fury

  • Foil: To Gandalf; Agent Hill observes in Return of The Avengers that both are calculating leaders with strategic acumen, but where Fury fits the archetype of the spymaster, Gandalf represents that of the kindly grandfather.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a golf enthusiast in his private life.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his methods making him hard to be trusted, Fury truly believes in heroes. He is quietly flattered and relieved when Gandalf assures him that bringing together the Avengers was a good thing.
  • Stunned Silence: Fury is completely speechless when he receives Gandalf's gift; a pair of solid silver golf tees. He's pleasantly surprised the wizard knows of his secret favorite pastime.

Agent Maria Hill

  • Amazonian Beauty: If Old Bilbo's words in Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves are anything to go by.

    Other Heroes 

Doctor Stephen Strange

  • Deadpan Snarker: Equal in intelligence and sarcasm to Tony Stark.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Strange is a powerful sorcerer and an expert combatant, to the point where he can duel evenly with a corrupted Blue Wizard.
  • Like Brother and Sister: What his relationship with Wanda becomes over the course of The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer. It helps that both have lost actual siblings of their own.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Before Gandalf learns to do it himself, Stephen serves as main mode of transportation for the Strangers in The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer.
  • Time Master: Doctor Strange has grown skilled enough in wielding the Eye of Agamotto that he can peer through 14,000,111 different out-comings of the battle against Thanos and Morgoth in a matter of seconds and return Bilbo to his younger self.
  • True Companions: Though he jokingly refers to them as "the Strangers" first, Stephen quickly develops a mutual respect and friendship with Wanda and Gandalf.
  • You Look Familiar: Or rather, You Sound Familiar. Gandalf and Wanda are both reminded of Smaug when they hear him speak.

T'Challa/Black Panther

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Why he's the king of Wakanda.
  • Birds of a Feather: In Dagor Arnediad, Aragorn and T'Challa are both benevolent Reasonable Authority Figures that lead their subjects into battle, forming a mutual respect as their forces come together to oppose Thanos and Morgoth on Earth. T'Challa even goes so far as to call Aragorn "brother", an honor no monarch has ever received from a Wakandan king before.
  • Energy Absorption: His suit can absorb kinetic energy from physical attacks. When they fight briefly together against Outriders, it's also shown to have no trouble with the energy from Gandalf's staff.
  • Frontline General: Leads the combined armies of Wakanda and the Reunited Kingdom from the front in Dagor Arnediad.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer, T'Challa hasn't just been working on helping Bucky, but he's granted Wanda and the other Avengers sanctuary in Wakanda. The only objections he has when Gandalf explains the Scarlet Witch is needed is that he won't be able to offer any sort of protection in Sokovia. Then in Dagor Arnediad, he quickly agrees to an alliance with the Free People against the combined threat of Thanos and Morgoth.

Shuri

  • Always Someone Better: Once Scott gives her access to his remaining Pym Particles, Shuri is not only able to make more, but devises a way to create a device that can shrink and grow other objects depending on the user's choice, when even Hank Pym had to create separate systems for each function.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Shuri is a genius when it comes to harnessing vibranium for technology, medicine, and many other fields. She also somewhat jokingly claims the only reason Wakanda doesn't have anything like Minas Tirith's White Tree is because no one asked her to make one.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike in canon, Shuri survives Thanos's Snap.
  • World's Smartest Man: Well, technically woman, as acknowledged by Gandalf (albeit, as a means of flattery).

M'Baku, The Great Gorilla

  • Birds of a Feather: He and the Jabari Tribe get along very quickly with Andras' people, due to being considered primitive, but fierce people.
  • Killer Gorilla: Subverted. Despite his title, he's actually quite friendly- like real gorillas are known to be.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Methteilien, M'Baku furiously calls out Wakanda's elders for their hesitance to grant the Free People asylum.
    M'Baku: I watched them fight and die for Wakanda! How many of us would've died for Middle-Earth?!

Korg and Miek

Valkyrie/Brunnhilde

Hope Van Dyne/Wasp

    Villains 

Loki

Johann Schmidt/Red Skull

Arnim Zola:

  • Spared by the Adaptation: In Methteilien, it is revealed that he has been hiding in the dark web for years until he is discovered and recruited by Morgoth.

Ultron

  • Bad Boss: Ultron sacrifices several warg troops just to see how Wanda’s powers have advanced since he last saw her.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Ultron has lost his drone army and is restricted to a single body that is weaker than his primary form, but develops new skills after Sauron instructs him in magic.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Invoked as Ultron still wants Wanda to join him as he sees her as the closest thing he has to a family on some warped level, although Gandalf argues that Wanda has already rejected his plans once.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He blames the Maximoffs' Heel–Face Turn on Captain America corrupting them; they actually left him because he's an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Gradually, he becomes the final villain to defeat at Ravenhill, he's that much more formidable and competent than Azog.
  • Hero Killer: He already killed Pietro before in MCU canon. In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, he adds Thrain, Fili, Kili and Thorin to that list.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Wanda drives Ultron to one when she compares him to Iron Man and then shows him a vision of his greatest fear; the other Avengers standing over Ultron's grave with no idea who he was and dismissing the very concept of him as a foolish mistake. He furiously resorts to helplessly screaming "STOP IT!!" like the Psychopathic Manchild he really is right before Wanda blows him up.

Dormammu

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Space

    Guardians of the Galaxy 

In General

Peter Quill/Star-Lord

  • One Steve Limit: Defied; at one point he calls Spider-Man and introduces himself with the line "Hey Peter, it's the other one".
  • Tragic Mistake: Morgoth taunts Quill of Gamora's death while they're attacking him with everything they have, rattling the rogue. His hesitation allows the Dark Lord a crucial moment to escape with the Mind Stone and Wanda.

Gamora

  • Due to the Dead: In Methteilien, after her body is retrieved by Rogers, Gandalf and Galadriel, she is laid to rest in a ceremony attended by Rocket, Groot, Bilbo, Rhodes, Banner, Pippin and Galadriel, buried with other heroes who fell in the first battle against Thanos and with Rocket giving an awkward eulogy.
  • Killed Offscreen: Thanos sacrificing her for the Soul Stone is never shown in Dagor Arnediad.

Drax the Destroyer

  • Bash Brothers: Dwalin and Drax form a close bond during the battle in Sokovia in Dagor Arnediad, to the point that Drax is given command of dwarven forces in defiance of traditional dwarf military operations.

Rocket Racoon

  • Deadpan Snarker: Rocket has a hard time showing respect to anyone,
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: but given time, he gets a bit more cordial with Thor, Gandalf, Nebula and Gimli.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Rocket might come across as self-serving, he often shows his commitment to higher callings, and basically breaks down after he has to give Gamora's eulogy at her funeral as the only person present who truly knew her.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Rocket demonstrates this in Dagor Arnediad, expressing an interest in Bucky’s arm and Aragorn’s sword, and hints that he would be willing to rob Erebor to get the necessary resources to buy Anduril.

Groot

Mantis

  • All Your Powers Combined: In Dagor Arnediad, Mantis works with Galadriel to help Wanda maintain the necessary mental focus to protect Stark during an attack on Morgoth's ship.

    The Black Order 

Thanos

  • Beyond Redemption: When Steve discovers he killed Gamora, he ultimately decides Thanos is this, and refuses to ever ally with someone who'd kill his own child.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Thanos unleashes a one-man assault on Erebor that kills several prominent dwarves, including Gloin.
  • Deal with the Devil: In Methteilien, Thanos indirectly offers one when he suggests that Earth should either join him against Morgoth or leave him alone, but the Avengers and Middle-Earth's leaders all agree that Thanos is too great a threat for them to allow him to continue his plans.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • In Methteilien, while Thanos was able to use the Silmaril as a limited substitute for the Mind Stone, he recognises that he would be unable to bear the strain of using it to try and enact the full scale of the cleansing he intended with the planned Gauntlet even if he performed smaller snaps in different parts of the universe.
    • On another practical note, the lack of the Mind Stone prevents Thanos reading his enemies' minds, with the result that he can't predict what foes such as Captain America plan to do, while Morgoth is able to use the Mind Stone to cloud Thanos's attempts to use the Time Stone to see the future.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Methteilien, Thanos has invoked this philosophy to justify his actions, up to killing Gamora, which leaves Rogers resolved to reject any kind of 'alliance' with Thanos even against the threat posed by Morgoth.
  • Metaphorically True: In Methteilien, Thanos presents himself to Elanor Gamgee as wanting to stop Morgoth from claiming the Infinity Gauntlet as Morgoth would use it to destroy everything, simply not telling Elanor of his own plans to use the completed Gauntlet to eliminate half of everything.
  • Not So Different: In Dagor Arnedied, Thanos compares Frodo's struggle with the Ring to his when confronting him on Mount Bashenga, although Frodo obviously denies the comparison.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In Methteilien, Thanos has a group of Chitauri attack the Avengers compound with the goal of killing most of the Avengers while Thor and Danvers are elsewhere, but the Avengers manage to destroy the Chitauri control ship with only a few of their general allies being killed rather than any of the Avengers.

Cull Obsidian

Ebony Maw

  • Killed Offscreen: We only see the aftermath of Spider-Man and Iron Man blasting him into space.

Proxima Midnight

  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Midnight is stabbed by Nebula after Black Widow provides a distraction long enough for Nebula to get the upper hand in their bout.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Midnight uses a staff that can fire energy blasts, a sword, and an arm blade over the course of Dagor Arnediad.

Corvus Glaive

  • Blade on a Stick: Befitting his name, a staff that can pierce Vision's vibranium body is his primary weapon.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Glaive is distracted by an illusion of Loki long enough for the real Loki to stab him in the back. Then both Arwen and Ayo run him through, killing Glaive.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Glaive doesn't waste any time for insults or speeches in his battles, making him very deadly. It takes Elrond and Thranduil, two veteran Elf warriors with millennia of experience, to defeat him in Novi Grad. His final battle has him holding his own against Shuri, Arwen, Eowyn, and Ayo before Loki tricks him with an illusion; from there, Arwen and Ayo finish him off.

Nebula

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Gandalf not only rescues her, but consistently treats her with respect and kindness. Nebula in turn grows fond of him and reciprocates.
  • Body-Count Competition: Nebula is offered to join the competition by Gimli and takes to it with more fervor than any others (mostly due to her upbringing.
  • Death by Adaptation: Unlike in canon, Nebula is another victim of Thanos's Snap.
  • Token Good Teammate: Like Gamora, Nebula actively opposes Thanos.

Warbringer

Elanor Gamgee/Ela Reaper

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Middle-Earth

    Council of the Wise 

Gandalf The Gray/Gandalf The White/Mithrandir/Olorin

  • Arch-Enemy: Thanos seems to harbor particular resentment for the White Wizard's repeated interference.
    Thanos: You're full of tricks, wizard. But you've interfered with my plans for the last time.
  • Barrier Warrior: Gandalf can summon magical shields to protect himself and others.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Gandalf appears gentle and grandfatherly (which he is), but do not underestimate his wrath.
  • Big Good: Can be seen as this, considering he is the most invested of the Valar's subjects in protecting Middle-Earth from evil.
  • Blinded by the Light: One of his most common spells is amplifying light with his staff to blind his enemies. This even works on Thanos, briefly.
  • Came Back Strong: After finishing off the Balrog as Gandalf the Grey and dying from the effort, he is sent back as Gandalf the White.
  • The Chessmaster: Gandalf is a cunning strategist and can be manipulative when the situation calls for it. He just tries not to suppress the free wills of others, rather encourage them to do what he expects.
  • Cool Sword: Glamdring.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gandalf can cross words of wit with Tony Stark himself.
  • Foil: To Nick Fury, as Agent Hill thinks in Return of The Avengers; both are calculating leaders with strategic acumen, but where Fury fits the archetype of the spymaster, Gandalf represents that of the kindly grandfather.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Magic, melee weapons, Gandalf can use both.
  • Magic Staff: He carries one as both the Gray and the White Wizard.
  • Magnetic Hero: Gandalf doesn't just possess powerful magic, but also a knack for making himself likeable to others through his natural humility and charisma. Aside from the first three Avengers (Thor in particular views him as a second father figure), Wanda quickly develops a liking for the old guardian as well, and Maria Hill and even Fury quickly warm up to him. Fury goes so far as to consider asking him to become an Avenger. Even Nebula, who's severely traumatised courtesy of Thanos and paranoid at the best of times, soon shows a rather protective affection for the White Wizard.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the final battle in The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer, Gandalf has Stephen transport the two of them, Wanda and the Blue Wizards to the Mirror Dimension. Even though his former friends are stronger there, it also permits the White Wizard to unleash his true form. From there, he defeats them easily.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Gandalf normally shows token deference to authority even if he doesn't agree with said authority. So in Dagor Arnediad, it says something about both the severity of the situation and his personal dislike of the man when he angrily cuts off Secretary Ross.
  • Papa Wolf: He's fiercely protective of Frodo and Wanda. The only reason this isn't seen with Thor is most likely because the God of Thunder can take care of himself.
  • Parental Substitute: Both Thor and Wanda develop strong affection for the wizard which he happily returns.
  • Playing with Fire: Gandalf is skilled with many different forms of magic, but he also has a natural affinity for fire, which may be why he's so good at making fireworks. In Avengers: Dagor Arnediad, he manages to melt most of the ice covering Nidavellir's rings, allowing Thor to free them with a good yank. This effort does knock the old wizard out for a bit, though.
  • Respected by the Respected: Thanks to the Avengers that already know him, many others already respect and admire him before even meeting him. Tony admits this somewhat sarcastically:
    Tony: And from what Bruce told me about it, I'm a huge fan of the way you kicked that fiery demon's ass and then came back from the dead.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Stephen and Wong let him borrow The Ten Thousand Gates, allowing him to summon portals with Narya as a sling ring. Gandalf gets so good that he can cross galaxies' distance with ease.
  • You Remind Me of X: Gandalf reminds Thor very much of Odin. Jane later agrees, but considers him nicer than the All-father.

Elrond

  • Cool Sword: Hadafang, which he later gifts to his daughter.
  • Magic Knight: Elrond is not only a Master Swordsman, but skilled with elf magic as well. He uses both to great effect in his battle with Corvus Glaive.
  • Noble Bigot: Elrond is a genuinely good person and ruler, but he is also typically pessimistic about Man's strength, due to Isildur's refusal to destroy the One Ring when he had the chance. He's also passed on this derogatory view to his surrogate son, Aragorn. This is best shown when Elrond casually dismisses Gandalf's mentioning of Trolls slaughtering a farmer and his family, to which a hurt Wanda gives a cold retort. Then his better qualities shine through when he immediately feels guilty about his action, especially in a war orphan's presence.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Subverted. In Dagor Arnediad, he's the one who dies in Thanos' Snap, not his daughter Arwen, like he had always feared.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Elrond doesn't just aid Thorin despite his reservations about the quest, but he promises to search for a way to send Wanda home and gifts her with a magical ring that is a sign to other elves she is an ally.

Galadriel

  • All Your Powers Combined: In Dagor Arnediad, Galadriel uses Mantis to give Wanda her mental clarity so that Wanda can properly protect Stark during an attack on Morgoth.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Galadriel is a gentle and caring soul, but she is perhaps the most powerful telepath in the entire series, not to mention her skill with magic and a staff.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Lady of Light has her moments, which Rocket can confirm.
  • Magic Mirror: As well as giving Steve a chance to look in her mirror during his visit to Lothlorien, Galadriel is able to create a new version during her time on Earth, which allows her to learn about Scott Lang in the Quantum Realm.
  • The Mentor: She takes this role with Wanda and, to a lesser extent, Vision.
  • One Woman Army: At her peak, Galadriel manages to destroy an entire enemy stronghold with only some assistance from Thor.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Sort of. She outlives her son-in-law, Elrond.

Saruman the White

  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Saruman believed that he could bribe Bruce Banner to share the secret of how to create more Hulks, incapable of comprehending the idea that not all men would be willing to turn on each other for their own profit.
  • Evil Counterpart: Saruman represents what Gandalf could have become if he had succumbed to his ego and ambitions.
  • Magic Staff: A black staff similar in appearance to Isengard's tower is his main weapon, before Gandalf destroys it, thereby casting him out of the Istari.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Saruman has a gift for words, allowing him to steer much of the negotiations during his final confrontation with the Fellowship. Even Steve briefly considers an alliance with him before coming to his senses.
  • Never My Fault: Saruman is incapable of acknowledging that his own attitude put Wanda off the idea of accompanying him to Orthanc to talk more about the Infinity Stones, instead just criticising Gandalf for bringing a mortal to such a gathering.
  • Not Quite Dead: In Return of The Avengers, Saruman is revealed to have transferred his soul to his Palantir just before he died. It was then found by Malekith, and from there, an alliance was struck.
  • Squishy Wizard: In Return Of The Avengers, he qualifies as this, being a bodiless spirit confined to a Soul Jar. All you need to kill him is a solid blow from the Hulk.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Even before he defected to join Sauron, Saruman had a more ruthless approach. Then subverted when we learn that he's not the only Wizard to go evil.

Radagast the Brown

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Radagast prefers the company of animals to men and is a quirky fellow at the best of times, but he is still a wizard.
  • Magic Staff: Like his fellow wizards, this is Radagast's main tool.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: The Dora Milaje accompanying him are left speechless when Radagast engages in casual conversation with giraffes and rhinos. Okoye is later impressed when he tells her how well-spoken Lubanzi is for his age.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Subverted; The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer reveals that Radagast was absent during the War of the Ring because he became caught up in a clash between Dormammu and the Ancient One that saw him fall between dimensions until he was eventually found by Doctor Strange and Wong.

    The Company of Thorin Oakenshield 

In General

  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Even Thorin acknowledges that they aren't the greatest warriors, but he admires their willingness to stand with him regardless.

Thorin Oakenshield

  • Cool Sword: Orcrist, the Goblin Cleaver.
  • Defrosting Ice King: It takes a while, but he warms up to both Bilbo and Wanda.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Thorin kills Azog, but has his chest crushed by Ultron when he interferes in the machine's final battle with Wanda.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Before he succumbs to his injuries, Thorin repairs his friendships with Bilbo and Wanda completely, urging the former to return to his peaceful home with a smile.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: For all his aloofness, Thorin genuinely wishes to take back Erebor not just for himself, but for his people. He also cares for every member of his Company, Dwarf or not.

Balin

Dwalin

  • Bash Brothers: In Dagor Arnediad, Dwalin and Drax form a close bond during the battle in Sokovia, to the point that Drax is given command of dwarven forces in defiance of traditional dwarf military operations.

Fili

Kili

Dori

Nori

Ori

  • Last of His Kind: In Dagor Arnediad, Ori is the last member of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield available to fight, to the extent that he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy to confront Thanos.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike in canon, Ori doesn't accompany Balin's expedition to Moria (implied to be due to subconscious memories of Wanda inspiring a different path). He does die in ''Dagor Arnediad, though.

Oin

Gloin

Bifur

Bofur

Bombur

  • Acrofatic: Bombur's the widest of the Company, but he can move when he has to.

Bilbo Baggins

  • Fountain of Youth: During the campaign against Thanos, Strange uses the Time Stone to make Bilbo younger.
  • Guile Hero: Bilbo admits he's not much of a fighter (at least compared to the Avengers or the Dwarves), so he relies on trickery to keep the Company in one piece.
  • Honorary True Companion: Groot, translated (and agreed) by Rocket, welcomes him into the Guardians of the Galaxy during his adventures in space.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: In Methteilien, Bilbo is devastated when Frodo is one of the victims of Thanos's Snap.

    The Fellowship of The Ring 

In General

  • Badass Crew: Though some of them claim they're not on the same level as the Avengers, they still are not to be underestimated.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: As in canon, circumstances force them to split up.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Quickly become this with the first three Avengers that appear on Middle-Earth.
  • True Companions: By the end of Avengers of the Ring, their bonds with each other are stronger than mithril.

Frodo Baggins

  • Not So Different: In Dagor Arnedied, Thanos compares Frodo's struggle with the Ring to his when confronting him on Mount Bashenga, although Frodo obviously denies the comparison.
  • Out of Focus: Both in Avengers of The Ring and Return of The Avengers, Frodo is largely absent from the plot; the former is because he travels with only Sam for company to Mount Doom (Word of God stated that the author didn't want the Avengers' presence to diminish the role the two hobbits had in Sauron's downfall), and the latter is due to the injury the Witch-King inflicted upon him never having fully healed, with the result that Frodo needs to stay in the Undying Lands.

Aragorn, Son of Arathorn/Elessar

  • Birds of a Feather: In Dagor Arnediad, Aragorn and T'Challa are both benevolent Reasonable Authority Figures that lead their subjects into battle, forming a mutual respect as their forces come together to oppose Thanos and Morgoth on Earth. T'Challa even goes so far as to call Aragorn "brother", an honor no monarch has ever received from a Wakandan king before.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When the forces of Earth and Middle-Earth come together against Thanos, Aragorn declares "Wakanda Forever!" with the permission of T'Challa.
  • Cool Sword: Anduril, the sword of Isildur.
  • Foil: Thor notes that they are both heirs to a throne, but where Thor's earlier issue was that he had too little humility, Aragorn has too much.
  • The Good King: His coronation is at the end of the first story.
  • Happily Married: To Arwen at the same time as his coronation.
  • Humble Hero: Aragorn has a habit of downplaying his abilities that doesn't go away even after his coronation. Part of this is due to the actions of his ancestor, Isildur. His friends encourage him to see his own worth.
  • Kirk Summation: In Dagor Arnediad, Aragorn informs the Black Order that they will lose because they all serve Thanos out of fear, and Aragorn has faith that any tyrants who rule in such a manner will fall before a united front of those who oppose tyranny because they believe in their own cause.
  • The Medic: Aragorn is quite skilled in tending to wounded. He personally saves many of his future subjects' lives.

Legolas Greenleaf

  • Body-Count Competition: Legolas, Gimli and Thor engage in this every time they go to battle (though Thor receives certain restrictions once his powers return). The former two also tend to invite others whose battle prowess impress them and they consider friends: Legolas invites Sif, Gimli Rocket, Groot and Nebula.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: He alternates freely between firing arrows and using his twin knives in battle.
  • Commonality Connection: Clint and Legolas get along very quickly as master archers.

Gimli, Son of Gloin

  • An Axe to Grind: Gimli favors all kinds of axes for battle. He later picks up a new one made of Uru when Thanos teleports him to Nidavellir and dubs it Gloin-akhzar, in memory of his father.
  • Body-Count Competition: Legolas, Gimli and Thor engage in this every time they go to battle (though Thor receives certain restrictions once his powers return). The former two also tend to invite others whose battle prowess impress them and they consider friends: Legolas invites Sif, Gimli Rocket, Groot and Nebula.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: As eager to fight as Thor and with even less self-restraint.
  • Odd Friendship: In Return of the Avengers, Gimli is quickly impressed with Tony's skills as an engineer, growing used to his sarcasm. He starts making bets with JARVIS over mithril's durability, too.

Boromir, Son of Denethor

  • Battle Couple: Becomes this with Sif over the course of Return of the Avengers.
  • Happily Married: With Sif, before the start of Dagor Arnediad.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Steve's charisma and friendliness reinvigorates Boromir's hope and drive to stand against Sauron, making him a much more optimistic man.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Boromir survives his canon fate to join the defence of Helm's Deep and the battle at Minas Tirith, although he is eventually killed by Thanos.

Samwise Gamgee

  • And This Is for...: In Return of the Avengers, Sam stabs Malekith, saying it's for killing Freya.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sam's a little sweetheart, but anger him and he will fight back. As evidenced by his attacking Malekith of all people.
  • Call to Agriculture: While in Wakanda after the first battle against Thanos, Sam is trusted with the duty of tending Wakanda's royal gardens, including the new White Tree that was planted in the grove that once held the heart-shaped herbs.

Meriadoc Brandybuck

Peregrin Took

  • The Gadfly: Pippin deeply enjoys annoying Gandalf and a little harmless fun.
  • Stealth Expert: Steve teaches him how to use hobbits' natural talent for going unnoticed to fight.

    Men of the West 

Bard the Bowman

  • Ship Tease: Bard and Wanda develop feelings for each other, but Wanda recognises that she has to return to Earth even before the Vision explains the truth about the Avengers' history with Middle-Earth.

Alfrid

  • Karmic Death: Alfrid gets an even more ignoble end than in canon when he is blasted by Ultron at point-blank range after trying to bribe the killer robot to let him live, Ultron wondering why exactly Alfrid was wearing a dress.

King Théoden of Rohan

Eomer of Rohan

Eowyn of Rohan

  • Action Girl: She gets even better at combat thanks to a couple of pointers from Steve.
  • Ship Tease: Various residents of Rohan initially believe that Steven and Eowyn are pursuing a relationship, but in reality Steve is only giving Eowyn some lessons in hand-to-hand combat.

Denethor of Gondor

  • Adaptational Heroism: With Boromir having survived, Denethor doesn't snap as completely as he did in canon.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: A platonic version, to Faramir, after defending him from the Witch-King at the cost of his own life.

Faramir of Gondor

  • Ace Custom: After the one-year Time Skip in Methteilien, Faramir has repainted the Mark 49 suit black with a white tree on its chest.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Methteilien, while using the repainted Mark 49, Faramir has adopted the callsign 'Voronwë' after the first ruling Steward of Gondor, whose name also means 'Steadfast'.
  • The Smart Guy: It says something about his intelligence that Tony repeatedly praises him for it. Rhodey later tells Faramir that Tony considers him smart enough to operate an Iron Man Suit.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After Thanos's Snap, Faramir is shown receiving instruction in the Hulkbuster armor from Rhodey so that he can be an extra asset in future conflicts.

Grima Wormtongue

  • Redemption Equals Death: In Return of the Avengers, Grima is tortured to death by the villain's forces to make him reveal some of the secrets he has learned from his time in Saruman's tower, but after confirming that he told them nothing, Eomer informs Grima that he may consider himself a man of Rohan once again before he dies.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Rather than being killed by Legolas, Grima's life is spared after he stabs Saruman, although he is ordered to remain in the tower in exile.

    The Valar, Their Servants/Other Maia & Higher Beings 

In General

Manwe Sulimo

Ulmo

Aule

Orome Aldaron

Namo (Mandos)

Irmo

Tulkas Astaldo

Varda Elentari

Yavanna Kementari

Nienna

  • All-Loving Heroine: As a being who loves life, Nienna is among those most horrified by Thanos's plan.
  • Badass Pacifist: Nienna is the one who confronts Thanos on Titan; not to fight, because both know the Mad Titan holds more power, but to talk him down from his plan.

Este

Vaire

Vana

Nessa

Earendil

Eonwe

Blue Wizards (Morinehtar and Romestamo)

  • Villain Respect: It's brief and a little mocking, but Romestamo says Gandalf makes a much better White Wizard than Saruman.

Eru Illuvatar/The One Above All

The Living Tribunal

    Dark Lords & their forces 

Malekith

  • Not Quite Dead: He got teleported to Arda, instead of getting crushed by his own ship as per MCU canon.
  • Our Elves Are Different: He's morally fouler than the Elves of Middle-Earth.
  • You Killed My Mother: More like, "Your Enforcer Killed My Mother." Thor's not happy with Malekith for this. Neither is Sam.

Smaug

  • Achilles' Heel: As in canon, Smaug has a slight weakness in the form of slight damage to his scales.
  • Break Them by Talking: Smaug not only shakes Bilbo's faith in Thorin by insinuating the Dwarf prince sent him in as a distraction, but he also briefly rattles Wanda with knowledge about her.
  • Breath Weapon: Smaug is a fire drake, after all. Even Wanda has a hard time deflecting his flames.
  • The Dreaded: As the last of the great Fire-Drakes, this naturally applies to Smaug.
  • Genius Bruiser: Smaug boasts immense physical strength befitting his size, but he's also very cunning.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Oh, yes.

Sauron

  • The Dreaded: The evil of Sauron is so significant that Steve, Bruce and Thor feel fear at just hearing his name even before they know his full history.
  • Doomed by Canon: He dies with the destruction of the One Ring, as per canon.
  • Evil Counterpart: In the final battle of Avengers of the Ring, Sauron confronts Captain America, Thor and the Hulk 'wearing' armour that he has deliberately designed to resemble a demonic version of Iron Man.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, the Vision is able to use the Mind Stone to erase Sauron's memories of Ultron and the Avengers, although the Vision has to appeal to the Valar to ensure that none of Sauron's servants can remind him of them later.

Morgoth

  • Dragon with an Agenda: From the second Thanos drafts him into his services, Morgoth is already scheming to take the Mind Stone for himself.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Several characters observe that a conflict between Thanos and Morgoth is basically this, as Morgoth wants to destroy everything where Thanos just aims to destroy half of all life.
  • God of Evil: Or Vala, to be more precise.
  • Hypothetical Casting: The writer confirms that he would ideally be portrayed by Michael Fassbender.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Thanos assigns Cull Obsidian to both serve and keep an eye on him, but Morgoth uses this to his advantage by subtly influencing the brute into following him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was confined to the Void by the Valar before Thanos released him.
  • The Starscream: Eventually, he deprives Thanos of the Mind Stone, ensuring that Thanos can't complete the Infinity Gauntlet yet.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In Methteilien, Morgoth attempts to lure Thor and Danvers into a trap to destroy them, but only forces Thor into the Odinsleep without killing either Avenger.

Orcs and Uruk-Hai

In General

Nazgul

In General

The Witch King

Khamul

Balrogs

  • The Dreaded: Balrogs are so powerful that only Gandalf (and later a fully-powered Thor) can oppose it in battle.

Durin's Bane (Balrog of Morgoth)

Lungorthin

Easterlings

Black Numenoreans

Mouth of Sauron

Mornaakh

Haradrim

Dunlendings

Naurhir

Others

     Non-Heroes (Civillians, Government Figures, Armed Forces etc) 

Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross

  • Death by Adaptation: In Dagor Arnediad, Ross is killed by Morgoth's forces during their attack on Earth.
  • It's All About Me: Ross is more concerned with making the Avengers obey the Accords than preparing Earth's best defences for the battle against Thanos and Morgoth.

Kasun

Goranic

  • Ascended Extra: Goranic was the police chief who was encouraged to move by Pietro during Ultron's attack.
  • Named by the Adaptation: As mentioned above, Goranic was the police chief who appeared during Ultron's attack.

President Matthew Ellis

Virginia "Pepper" Potts

Jane Foster

  • Secret Keeper: Jane is one of the few people outside of the Avengers on Earth to be aware that Middle-Earth has essentially become the Tenth Realm of the Yggridasil.

Heimdall

  • Exact Words: When asked by "Odin" where Sif is, Heimdall honestly answers that he can't see her in any of the Nine Realms, as she's actually in the secret Tenth Realm of Middle-Earth.

Odin

  • The Good King: Odin may not be perfect, but he definitely kept peace in the Nine Realms for centuries.
  • Parents as People: In his conversation with Gandalf, Odin first thanks him for taking care for Thor in his absence. The two then talk about his other two children, Loki and Hela; both of which The Allfather regrets not having done a better job in raising them.

Taneleer Tivan/The Collector

Costel and Zrinka

Christine Everhart

Joanna/The Ancient One

  • The Archmage: Considering how she regularly fought Dormammu's influence both on Earth and Middle-Earth. she definitely qualifies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Ancient One lived through the Black Death and entered one of the Sanctums seeking shelter, at which point the master of the Sanctum saw her potential for magic; Strange speculates that her experience with the Black Death is the reason she went to such lengths to stay alive herself.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer reveals that the Ancient One also travelled to Middle-Earth more than once to battle Dormammu's presence.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Word of God states that she was named after Stan Lee's wife.

Watcher Informant

Ayesha

Eitri

  • An Arm and a Leg: As in canon, Eitri has both his hands removed by Thanos.
  • Sole Survivor: Eitri appears to be the last surviving member of his race of dwarves after Thanos killed the rest of them.

Ramonda

Galen-Kor

Goose

Wong

Cassie Lang

  • Ascended Fanboy: In the year following her father's 'death' in the Snap, Cassie has become a fan of Captain Marvel, although Gandalf assures Scott that he is still Cassie's hero and she just needed a 'substitute' after his apparent loss.

Jim Paxton

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