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The Norse Pantheon is the dominant race that rules over the Nine Realms of northern Europe. Unlike the Greek gods, they are divided into two tribes (most likely representing the duality of nature) - the pacifistic Vanir and the warmongering Aesir. While most Norse deities are from either (or both) of these tribes, some are hybrids and/or descendants from other sapient races as well (giants, humans, etc). The Norse pantheon debuts in God of War (PS4).

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    In General 
  • Adaptational Villainy: While we don't see much of the Vanir save for Freya, the Aesir are hit heavy with this. Even though the morality and mindset of the ancient Norse people were different than ours, their gods were mostly on the side of humanity. Here however they are warmongering tyrants with genocidal tendencies who are either ignorant of mortals or outright treat them as livestock. This is actually Justified in-universe, as this take on the mythology follows a Written by the Winners theme, wherein the gods make themselves out to be significantly more heroic than they actually are. But even then, how far this goes is pretty ambiguous, as so far most of what we know about them is told from the perspective of their enemies or people who don't like them. So only time will tell if the Norse gods are really as bad as the Greek ones.
  • Assimilation Plot: Odin believes that he should be the only one to contain the knowledge and goes as far as to kill anyone who might pose a threat to his rule. He caused Niflheim to fall into ruin because he believed Ivaldi's technology would be a threat to Asgard and the Asgardians caused the Alfheim war because they were too lazy to organise the light elves and dark elves.
  • Attack on One Is an Attack on All: They aren't happy when someone attacks one of their own.
  • Badass Beard: Given that they live in the Grim Up North, it's to be expected that all of the male gods will sport impressive chin growth.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Baldur implies that the whole family is this way. Modi was abused being the unfavorite child of Thor and was brutalised by his own father, Thor, for letting Magni die. Odin also used Baldur as a pawn to get revenge on Freya for "betraying" him all those years ago, and Odin only sees his family as assets to rule over the nine realms.
    Baldur: [chuckling] And here I thought my family was fucked up.
  • Blood Knight: They love a good fight and encouraged mortals to die with honour and glory in order to be placed in Valhalla to fight for Odin.
  • Defiant to the End: They believe dying in battle is honourable and glorious. They consider dying outside of battle, i.e old age, disease, etc, to be dishonourable and outright disgraceful. When Thor assumes Modi abandoned Magni or discovered that he fled from the battle, he nearly beats Modi to death for this.
  • Divine Conflict: The Aesir and Vanir were locked in a Forever War with one another, and were so evenly matched that both sides suffered more losses than either claim victory or surrender. It took a peace treaty and a marriage between their leaders Odin and Freya to finally end the war.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Norse gods are at best- disinterested and at worst- outright xenophobic to other races. So much that the Aesir are considered heroes despite launching a genocide against the Jötnar. With that said, it remains to be seen how they will react to Kratos being a god from a foreign land.
    • An example of this comes from their treatment of Dark Elves and Dwarves. While the Aesir were naming the realms, they decided that Dark Elves and Dwarves were of the same species. Despite having no similarities between each other. Mimir explains that Dark Elves are actually from Alfheim and the Dwarves call their realm "Nidavellir".
      Atreus: So... clear this up for me... Svartalfheim means "Land of the dark elves," right?
      Mimir: Right...
      Atreus: But you said the Dark Elves have been here in Alfheim a really long time. And anyway... aren't Dwarves supposed to be from Svartalfheim? They don't look like Dark Elves.
      Mimir: Don't you think so? Then you are vastly more perceptive than the Aesir. They're the ones who apparently can't tell the difference. And they're the ones who came up with that name. Dwarves actually call their home realm "Nidavellir."
      Atreus: So the Dark Elves aren't from Svartalfheim at all?
      Mimir: Not even a bit. They're just elves of another color. Nobody knows who came first, but they all come from Alfheim.
    • What Odin did to Niflheim is another example of Aesir prejudice, Ivaldi decided to settle a workshop in the land of mist and found a way to harness all the frosty power of Niflheim but Odin feared the idea of a dwarf threatening his rule so he intervened with Ivaldi's creations, to which the Dwarf furiously retaliated. As the situation escalated, Ivaldi began to meddle with forces he shouldn't have and ended up cursing the entire fog realm, altering its mist to poison anyone who breathed it, a curse to which Ivaldi was the first victim of.
  • The Ghost: So far most of them have only been referenced or mentioned, be it ingame or in supplementary material (or at best, are seen in drawings and murals). The number of Norse gods that physically appear and interact with Kratos and Atreus can be counted on just one hand (Mimir, Freya, Magni, Modi, and Baldur), or two hands if one also counts Atreus being Loki and Thor's brief appearance in the secret ending. While obviously more of them will appear and play a bigger role in the sequels, this does also have a justified reason in the story. After the events of God of War III, Kratos goes north and settles down to start a new life, no longer wishing to deal with any gods whatsoever and avoiding them at any cost. Unfortunately for him and his son, fate has other plans with Faye's magical protective barrier revealing their previously concealed location, causing the death of Baldur thus triggering Ragnarok and Atreus revealed to be Loki, who will turn into the biggest enemy of the Aesir and Vanir. And if the ending is any indication, it's only a matter of time before the other Norse gods find Kratos and Atreus...
  • Hero Antagonist: Presumably like the Greek gods before them, despite their jerkassery the Norse gods will have good enough reasons to oppose Kratos and Atreus.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Suggested, the Aesir seem to have very specific gender roles; men fight and die with honor while the women watch the homestead and use magic. While they do fall for women with a warrior spirit, they have no qualms with destroying them emotionally or leaving them to die without the means to protect themselves.
  • Horny Vikings: Surprisingly averted. All the Norse gods showed so far either wear realistic helmets or nothing on their heads.
  • Jerkass Gods: From what we've seen and heard so far the Norse pantheon isn't any better than the Greek and are just as bad. Though it's worth mentioning that there are some legitimate reasons for this that stay true to the original Norse myth. According to the Aesir (and by proxy all Norse people's belief), it's more honorable to die fighting than from old age, disease or a mishap. Furthermore, the gods despite their immense power are paranoid due to most of them being prophesied to die at Ragnarok. Odin, however, is actively trying to make sure this doesn't happen.
  • Love Across Battlelines: Even amidst all of the hatred and racism, the Aesir do manage to once in a while find some romance with the Vanir or even the Jötnar. Some of their relationships have even produced children.
  • Might Makes Right: They believe power is the only way to rule to the realms and they believe it's better to die in war than survive it.
  • Minor Major Character: The Norse gods were the center of the vikings and pagan Germanic people's cosmology. But due to being cast as the antagonists, here they instead serve as obstacles in Kratos and Atreus's story.
  • Murder by Inaction: They caused a long-lasting war between Dark Elves and Light Elves because they were convinced that Dwarves and Dark Elves are of the same species, despite both species having no physical similarities and Dark Elves already living on Alfheim. This caused the elves to assume the other is an invading species intent on conquering the other, with the war eventually outliving the reason itself and nobody knowing the real reason anymore. Centuries of war and bloodshed were caused by Aesir apathy.
  • Never My Fault: The Aesir-Vanir war was started because of the Aesir refusing the take the blame for a spell going wrong, instead, they blamed Freyr because he was the one who taught them the damn spell in the first place.
  • Noble Demon: Subverted; they see themselves as performing a necessary evil to prevent the end of the world and prevent the nine realms from going to war. Mimir explains they have actually rejected any and all offers of peace and carelessly caused discord within the realms because of how desperate they are for control.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Characters like Thor and Magni are a cross between Aesir and Jotunn. Odin also tried to court the giantess Skadi so he can have strong sons.
  • Our Gods Are Different: In the previous games, the Greek Pantheon can change size, communicate through statues, and their deaths ended either in a nuclear bomb-level explosion or they turn into flies that cause a world-wide calamity. The Norse Gods appear to be human-sized and for them dying appears to be normal as seen with Mimir, Magni, Modi, and Baldur. However, it still causes Fimbulwinter which triggers Ragnarök years earlier than it has been prophesized.
  • The Peter Principle: They are brilliant warriors and they live and breathe for combat, however, they are poor diplomats because they believe in Darwinian superiority. To them, a show of strength is enough to make everyone cower into subservience and that a threat can only be destroyed, not reasoned with.
  • Physical God: Rather than omniscient, omnipotent, immortal and invincible beings, the gods in this series are more like superpowered individuals that are just really difficult to kill.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: All of them.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Most of them diverge greatly from their mythological counterparts; Odin, Thor, Baldur and Freya are the standouts, being gigantic, self-centered assholes while their enemies are portrayed as victims instead of villains. This is internally justified within the setting, as the Aesir (Odin especially) have a nasty tendency to frame themselves as the heroic party when recording historical events.
  • Sir Swears Alot: Compared to the Greeks who were on the melodramatic side but relatively held back on the profanity, the Norse are less shouty but have a surprisingly colorful vocabulary. Then again, flyting is an Old Norse art-form.
  • Straw Hypocrite: They created Valhalla and deem anyone who dies outside of battle a disgrace to Norse culture. Yet, Magni is, so far, the only one of the Aesir who can access Valhalla due to dying in battle against Kratos. While Odin is trying to save himself from dying in Ragnarok instead of facing a warrior's death.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The Jotnar shrines depict the battles between the Aesir and Jotnar as the couragous and noble Aesir defeating the vile and evil Jotnar. In reality, the Jotunns were either murdered, killed while they were surrendering, or were tricked. The shrines were also depicting moments from the original version of Ragnarok, not the new version on the tapestry in Jotunnheim.
  • Written by the Winners: They used cheap tricks and ploys to kill the Jötnar while depicting themselves as heroic in tapestries.

    Odin 
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King of Asgard and greatest of the Aesir. He remains unseen throughout the game, but it is him who sent The Stranger to hunt for Kratos and Atreus.


  • Abusive Parent: While Thor appears to be his favorite child due to Odin sending him out on his mission to kill all the giants. He emotionally abused Baldur so he would drive a wedge between him and Freya, just because he knew how much Freya loved Baldur. He went as far as to lie to him about knowing how to remove his curse of immortality, promising to remove it for him if Baldur killed the final Jotunn for him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Probably the single biggest recipient of this treatment in the series, which is saying something given what was foisted on the Olympians during God of War III. See Sadly Mythtaken for further explanation.
  • All for Nothing: Two variants revolve around his attempts to analyse and defy fate.
    Mimir: It's always about control. The wolves determine when Ragnarok begins, and now he controls the wolves. A battle fought on his timetable is a battle he better stands to win.
    • His attempts to stop Ragnarok gave a reason to the other realms to rally against him. If he had listened to Mimir and Tyr then he could have had prevented Ragnarok or had more allies on his side by the time of the event.
    • His attempts to change his fate actually altered the events leading to Ragnarok; as shown with Baldur, Magni and Modi. Magni and Modi were originally fated to survive Ragnarok but Odin's actions lead to their deaths becoming preset to Ragnarok. Baldur's early death also set off the preceding events of Ragnarok a hundred years earlier than expected, which leaves Odin unprepared for the final battle.
  • Amazon Chaser: Odin wanted to marry Skaði, the best archer and huntress among the giants. It may have more links to have wanting strong children than any real attraction, however.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Everything he does is for knowledge and control. He eventually turned his eye to Ragnarok and now devotes himself to it.
  • Animal Motifs: Ravens and crows, naturally for Odin. They are scattered all across the realm. He is also heavily associated with wolves, but that isn't brought up in this entry.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: He has his ravens spy on everyone across the lands. One side mission has Kratos dispatching his winged spies.
  • Bullying the Disabled: According to Mimir, he encountered Hrungnir the Brawler and was amused by his naivety and gullibility. He then invited him to Asgard and gave him enough mead so Hrungnir would become drunk enough to be goaded into embarrassing himself with empty threats and boasts in front of the court of Asgard. Thor arrived and took one look at the drunken mess and killed Hrungnir by smashing his head to pieces. Odin and the court couldn't stop laughing as Hrungnir was beaten to death.
  • Control Freak: According to Mimir, he collects prophecies and knows the fate of every living being in the Nine Worlds, and if he feels that any of them become a threat to him, he deals with them before it even happens.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Self-inflicted. The reason why he's known as "The Lord of the Hanged" because he hanged himself by the neck on a Yggdrasil branch, stabs himself on the side with his own spear, and bled out into the Well of Destiny to roam in the realm of the dead to plunder the World Tree's secrets. However, the World Tree caught wind of this and returned him into the land of the living.
  • Defiant to the End: Even though it's cowardly and evil, Odin's fight to change his fate still fits in with Norse culture. It might be an unwinnable scenario, but Odin isn't going to stand idly by and accept his fate without a fight.
  • Domestic Abuser: He was not a good husband to Freya. At all. Not only is he said to have humiliated her in several ways, but he also took away her warrior spirit, making her unable to fight in any circumstances not even in self-defense, and exiled her, leaving her vulnerable to Baldur's mad rampage.
  • Drunk with Power: Wielding the magic of the Vanir led him to experiment further and further with it, and new levels of depravity according to Mimir.
  • Evil Overlord: The general opinion of Odin paints him as a cruel, power-hungry, paranoid tyrant who seems more motivated with gaining power and preserving his domain at all costs, committed genocide against his enemies and his actions brought ruin to the Nine Worlds. In some ways, he might be worse than Zeus.
  • Expy: Of the series' version of Zeus. While Odin and Zeus shared similarities in their roles as leader of their respective pantheons, in terms of personality they were incredibly different; common depictions of Odin presented him as fairly benevolent, and while he did have a darker side he was willing to use his vast wisdom and intellect to help mortals. This take on Odin depicts him as a ruthless paranoiac desperate to preserve his rule and willing to slaughter anyone who would stand in his way, just like Zeus in the Greek entries.
  • False Friend: He encountered Hrungnir the Brawler and invited him to the Aesir court as a gesture of friendship. Odin gave Hrungnir his fill of mead and entertained the court by convincing Hrungnir to boast of his skills as a warrior. Hrungnir drunkenly embarrassed himself for the amusement of the court, hubristically proclaiming that he'd slay the Aesir and take the women to back to Jötunheimr.
  • Fatal Flaw: The recurring theme in stories about Odin is how most of the problems are caused by Odin's lust for knowledge and power, as shown with murdering and supplanting Ymir as well as his own attempts to control Ragnarök itself.
  • Faux Affably Evil: According to Mimir he can be charming when he wants to be, and he managed to convince Freya he had changed for the better and truly wanted peace... for a while.
  • Feathered Fiend: Subverted with his ravens. They look much larger than normal birds and serve to spy on the Nine Worlds inhabitants, but they are otherwise passive creatures that never attack the protagonists.
  • Foil:
    • To Surtr, both Surtr and Odin are aware of their roles in Ragnarok but have opposing approaches to it. Odin is trying to defy destiny so he can save himself whereas Surtr accepts his role and understands its importance.
    • To Zeus, as both are kings who became the Top God of their respective pantheons after overthrowing their father. Unlike Zeus, who did so to rescue his siblings from Cronos and as an Necessary Evil for his own survival, before going on to imprison his father after doing so, Odin teamed up with his siblings to kill Ymir out of a mad grab for power even though the latter did nothing to warrant such a murder, making him more cut and dry as The Usurper.
  • The Ghost: As the Top God of the Aesir, he is often referred to but never appears in the game. His agents and spies can be encountered throughout the game though.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For God of War (PS4), as he opposes Kratos' presence and sends his minions to dispatch him, but he is never actually confronted or seen in the game, instead it's Baldur who antagonizes the leads directly.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Why does he antagonize Kratos? No one knows, not even Mimir, the smartest man alive. However, it is known that Odin seeks above all to prevent Ragnarök and considering Kratos' son is destined to trigger it, he might have foreseen it.
  • It's All About Me: He cares about one thing and one thing only: making sure his control over the Nine Realms is never broken. As such, he has gone to extreme lengths to prevent Ragnarok or at least change it to make sure it's in his favor. To paraphrase Mimir, it doesn't matter how he found out, what matters is that he is right.
  • The Magnificent: He's been called "The Allfather", "The Lord of the Hanged", and "The Raven King"
  • Manipulative Bastard: Several stories told by Mimir have him tricking others for his own benefit. This is somewhat in line with his original portrayal in Norse legends, where he could even give Loki a run for his money.
  • Mushroom Samba: To be granted the position of Odin's advisor, Mimir told Odin of a Well of Knowledge, something he knew the All-Father coveted above all else. What he didn't know was that Mimir just found an ordinary well and laced its water with enough hallucinogenic mushrooms to make even gods see visions. Whatever he saw after drinking from it made him so crazy that he nearly tore his own eyes out. Mimir managed to break him out of his drug induced state and convinced him that it was a sacrifice he paid for the "knowledge". Odin made him his advisor soon after. He thought Odin never caught on until the day he took his left eye.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He orchestrated Skadi's patricide because she rejected his advances, causing Skadi to commit suicide out of shame and grief.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to prevent Ragnarok or, at least, save himself from it. He means to achieve this by killing every giant in every realm, despite being given multiple opportunities for peace.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: His obsession with knowledge made him do unimaginable acts to gain it. He got the name "Lord of the Hanged" because he hung himself from a Yggdrasil branch, impaled himself with a spear and made sure he bled into the well of destiny. He did this because he wanted to learn as much as he could from the undead realms and learn secrets from Yggdrasil itself.
    Mimir: Did I mention he was barking mad?
  • The Paranoiac: He's constantly on the lookout for threats and is obsessed with controlling everything and everyone. Granted, he is aware of and trying to avert the prophecy of Ragnarok.
  • Properly Paranoid: His collection of information regarding prophesies related to Ragnarok has made Odin quite aware of the many things that may come to pass and has taken steps to ensure to avert the prophesy or turn it in his favor. When Atreus asked Mimir how Odin knew where they were going so he sent Baldur after them, Mimir replied that it didn't really matter how Odin knew their objective, but what is important is that Odin was right about it.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Odin designs himself as a deity of true omniscience, and seeks any potential threat to his rule. According to Mimir, Odin doesn't care how accurate he is in his claims, he only cares if he's right about it.
  • Sadist: He apparently likes to torture Mimir in his spare time.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: He's portrayed as torturing Mimir when in the mythology they were close friends (and, in some versions, Mimir was even Odin's uncle) and Odin even reanimated his severed head so that he could always call upon his wisdom. He's portrayed as being genocidal towards giants in the game, when in the myths he had multiple children with giantesses, including Thor (and in fact, Odin is a descendant of the Jotnar through Ymir himself; and some members of the Aesir are full-blooded Jotnar like Skathi). He's also portrayed as having abused his wife, which has no basis even in the myths purposefully re-written by Christians to demonize the Norse Gods and lionize Christ. The game also plays up his persona as a scary Control Freak and tyrant, but the mythological Odin was also a sincere and passionate seeker of knowledge who even sacrificed himself to give Runes and magic to humankind.
  • Screw Destiny: If there's one thing that Odin has in common with Kratos as Mimir notes, it's that they both believe fate can be rewritten and Odin does everything he can to prevent his own supposed fate at Ragnarok. According to Mimir, even if Ragnarok can't be averted, he still hopes to learn enough to influence the outcome in his favor.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His actions to prevent Ragnarok or at least control it, gave a reason to the Giants to fight him and the Aesir. It begs the question; if Odin didn't know about the prophecy, would Ragnarok still happen?
  • Sore Loser: Putting it mildly, he doesn't like losing or being denied. He orchestrated Skaði's patricide because she rejected his advances, he had Hrimthur executed because he bested him in a wager, then took his horse, Svaðilfari, as compensation. The most extreme examples were the Aesir-Vanir war and his current plan to defy fate because he's destined to die during Ragnarok.
  • Taught by Experience: He saw Mimir's "Mystic Well of Knowledge" trick as a lesson in wisdom, especially after it lead him into trying to gouge out his own eyes. He never forgave Mimir for this and when he bound him to a tree, the first thing he did was rip out one of Mimir's eyes.
  • Too Clever by Half: He lusts for knowledge and control, but thinks too highly of himself and is described by Mimir as being too smart for his own good.
  • Top God: He is Zeus' equivalent to the Norse Pantheon.
  • Torture Technician: Apparently. Mimir claims that Odin has tortured him every day for 109 years and that so far Odin's never lacked imagination in his torture. Mimir finds having his head chopped off in order to be revived the preferable option.
  • Villain Ball: He had Brok and Sindri build a statue of Thor to put Mimir's eye in a chest in the Thor statue, rather than keeping the eye on his person.
  • War God: The principal god of war in the Norse pantheon, who embodies the furious bloodlust of battle and death, which makes him quite similar to Ares in that respect. On another note, Odin's status as the god of war also embodies the Old Norse warrior ideal of Drengskapr in that he's bloodthirsty, warlike and a bit of a braggart — though he's fully capable of backing up his boasts, being a mighty warrior.

    Njörd 
The Norse god of seas and winds, the leader of the Vanir gods, as well as the father of Freya and Freyr.
  • Blow You Away: God of the winds.
  • The Ghost: Njord gets mentioned by Mimir while in the boat on the way to Thamur's corpse. To be precise, Thamur's corpse is located on a frozen village abandoned from the people that once worshipped Njord.
  • The Good King: Compared to Odin, he's a benevolent ruler and god.
  • Making a Splash: He's also the god of the seas.

    Thor 
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Son of Odin, the god of thunder and strength.


  • Abusive Dad: When Modi returns to him in failure, Thor apparently blames him for leaving Magni to die and beats him bloody to the point that he cannot stand properly.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Several Norse legends are retold by Mimir in a context that emphasizes how much of an oaf Thor can sometimes be — Thrym stealing Mjolnir away from Thor while he slept is treated as being just as much the Thunder God's own fault for his carelessness; similarly, Thor bashing in Hrungir's head left him vulnerable from the shock of stone debris lodging itself in his skull, and his Aesir family only roared with laughter while he was pinned down by the jötunn's falling corpse and gravely injured, not seeking help for some time.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Instead of being the protector of mankind and the force for good that he is in the legends, Thor is presented here as an Abusive Dad, a violent brute, and a boogeyman who killed the poor jötunn Thamur when the latter ran into him by accident with no concern for the collateral damage inflicted on humans. Since most of what we know of him is told from the point of view of Asgard's enemy, the perspective flip is understandable.
  • Adult Fear: His strongest son, Magni, was killed in battle despite the prophecy naming him as a survivor of Ragnarok. His second son, Modi, is then blamed for it and presumably murdered as well later on.
  • The Alcoholic: Like the other Asgardians, Thor is fond of drinking. At one point; he lived with a grieving family until the matriarch asked him to leave, where Thor then left after killing her in a drunken rage
  • Animal Motif: Goats; Mjölnir is designed with goat imagery and the hilt is designed with a goat head.
  • Avenging the Villain: He's out for blood after the deaths of Baldur and Magni.
  • Ax-Crazy: From what stories that have been spoken of him, he's a violent maniac who is always two seconds away from killing someone.
  • Beard of Evil: A very brief glimpse of his face shows that he has a beard, as expected from the Norse God of Thunder.
  • Big Eater: Implied. While taking advantage of his followers' hospitality, it got to a point he had to be begged to leave by the matriarch, who Thor then killed in a drunken rage.
  • Blood Knight: Mimir describes him as the "biggest butchering bastard in the Nine Realms".
  • Boomerang Bigot: Despite his hatred of the Jötnar, Thor himself is half-Jötunn on his mother's side.
  • The Butcher: He's regarded as the "biggest butchering bastard in all the nine realms" by Mimir. In the epilogue where he shows up in front of Kratos' door, the soundtrack actually refers to him as banamaður Þórr (Murderer Thor).
  • The Cameo: At the very end of the story, Atreus has a dream of him showing up at Kratos' door.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Despite his bloodthirsty and simplistic nature, Thor is capable of acknowledging and fearing Starkaðr's strength and skill. So he went along with his family's plan to slander the Jötnar's reputation as a horrific monster to unite the armies of Asgard, Vanaheim, and Midgard to subdue the latter. Once the verdict for Starkaðr's execution been called out, Thor took the opportunity to inflict a brutal death on him.
  • Did Not Think This Through: He killed Hrungnir the Brawler by smashing his head to pieces but didn't think to step out of the way when he collapsed on top of him.
  • The Dragon: Appears to be this to Odin, as his chief enforcer.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified of Thor, and considering his insane entrance in the secret ending, they have every right to be.
  • Drop the Hammer: Mjolnir, his hammer.
  • Dumb Muscle: Not directly confirmed, but other characters who've met him (Brok and Mimir in particular) seem contemptuous of Thor's intelligence and openly refer to him as "the big idiot".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Loved his son Magni, which is why he beat the crap out of his other son Modi when he died and he assumed Modi either killed him or abandoned him to die. He also at the very least trusts his brother Baldur.
  • Evil Counterpart: Similar to his brother Baldur, Thor appears to be a dark reflection of Kratos from what we know of him. Both he and Kratos are fathers to divine children and are both The Dreaded of their respective pantheons. But Kratos is truly making strides in becoming a more decent person than the Psychopathic Manchild he was in the Greek series...while Thor is by all accounts a maniacal Blood Knight willing to brutalize anybody who slights him, even if they're his own children. Additionally, he represents a version of Kratos who remained loyal to his pantheon (and by extension, his father), as at least some of the acts of violence and cruelty he commits are in service of Odin rather than for the sake of revenge. He's even driven to attack Kratos and Atreus in vengeance for Magni, much like how Kratos had waged war upon the Greek pantheon for the many sufferings they'd inflicted upon his own family.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: While the other Aesir laughed off Hrungnir's drunken threats and boasts, Thor was not amused in the slightest and killed Hrungnir on the spot.
  • The Evil Prince: He's the son of Odin and a horrific giant slayer.
  • Family Man: For all his flaws, Thor does indeed care for family but only in his own way. He did love Baldur and his son, Magni, as he came to avenge them both in the credits.
  • Fat Bastard: Not really "fat" per se, but both Mimir and Brok take note of Thor's weight, with the former referring Thor as a "fat dobber" who's also a brutal slayer of the Jötnar.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has red hair as he did in the original Norse Mythology, and considering he's well known to be an incredibly violent blowhard, he's got the personality to match.
  • Foil: To Kratos, judging from Mimir's stories as well as various accounts from multiple other characters throughout the game. Both Kratos and Thor are The Dreaded in their respective pantheons, both are children of the Top God of their respective pantheons, both have a deep-seated hatred of a singularly divine race (Kratos hates gods, Thor hates Jötnar), and both have fathered divine children. But while Kratos rebelled against his pantheon and utterly destroyed it in a fit of Unstoppable Rage, Thor continues serving the Aesir. While Kratos now wants nothing more than to steer clear of any divine affairs, only willing to engage in violence against other gods in self-defense, Thor will indiscriminately kill any Jötnar in his path simply for being Jötnar. And finally, while Kratos is trying to improve his personality for the sake of his son, Thor displays abusive tendencies even to his favored children (judging by how Magni fears the idea of upsetting his father).
  • The Ghost: During the main story at least. even when he's finally shown, he's in a hood, barely visible, for a few seconds with what facial traits being visible in the image above, is only for a split second to capture.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he pays Kratos a visit, a brief glimpse of his face shows that his eyes have an eerie blue glow.
  • God of Thunder: And just like the last God of Thunder Kratos met(Zeus), he's not a friendly individual.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He possesses blue eyes along with an eerie glow to them.
  • I Have No Son!: After failing to avenge Magni, Thor disowns Móði and beats him in a fit of grief and rage.
  • In the Hood: His sole appearance in the game shows him wearing a hood obscuring his head completely. You'd only know he is Thor because he reveals his magic hammer Mjolnir at the closing moment of the story.
  • I Meant to Do That: When he killed Thamur, the corpse landed on a village that was famous for worshipping Njörðr, a Vanir sea god. Rather than be horrified by the collateral damage, he laughed it off and proclaimed that he planned that to happen.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: He's Odin's personal attack dog. Kratos killing Baldur and Magni will get Thor's inevitable attention.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Kratos can encounter a restless spirit who swears vengeance on Thor. In life, his family devoted their lives to worshipping the God of Thunder, and when the man's father passed, they built a statue of Thor to watch over his grave. To their surprise, Thor himself came to offer his condolences. At first, they were thrilled, but Thor soon took advantage of their hospitality, and when begged to leave, Thor killed the man's mother in a drunken rage.
    • There's a lore marker in the mountain that implies that Thor killed his own mother. Which in itself has a number of strange implications as his mother was the personification of the earth itself.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Thor inflicts this on Modi offscreen. The next time Kratos sees his, Modi can barely stand.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Mimir claims that Thor is part-Aesir, part-Jötunn.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Odin tasked him with slaying every Jotunn he finds in order to prevent Ragnarok but Mimir states that Thor doesn't care about Ragnarok as he is only interested in violence and killing. Odin's plan merely gave him an excuse for the number of atrocities he commits.
  • Oh, Crap!: Invokes this on Kratos, who is visibly and audibly perturbed by the magnitude of his appearance in The Stinger.
  • One-Man Army: He's the reason why the Jotnar are so few in number.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Both Magni and Modi are killed by Kratos and Atreus, which gets the protagonists on Thor's kill-on-sight list. However, Thor caused Modi's presumed death when he blamed him for Magni's death and left him to die in Midgard after beating him until he couldn't stand. In the ending, Thor comes to Kratos' home for revenge for killing Magni.
  • Overlord Jr.: Thor is the son of Odin and is his personal enforcer.
  • Papa Wolf: After learning of Magni's death; he beats the daylights out of Modi under the assumption that Modi was responsible for his death, and he wordlessly arrives at Kratos and Atreus' home to avenge his son and half-brother.
  • Parental Favoritism: Favors Magni over Modi and was prepared to pass on his hammer to him. He even beats Modi to an inch of his life for presumably abandoning Magni to his death.
  • Passing the Torch: He wanted to appoint Magni as his successor and was prepared to bequeath Mjölnir to him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Odin tasked him with slaying every Giant in Midgard, and would have succeeded had not the last survivors escaped to their own realm and sealed themselves in.
  • Psycho Electro: He's the god of thunder and the dreaded giant slayer of Jötunheim.
  • Relative Button: According to Atreus' dream. Thor will come at a certain time to get revenge on Kratos for he did to his son and brother.
  • Revenge Myopia: He ignores the fact that Magni's death was done in self-defense and that Baldur was given a chance to leave. He also brutalises Modi, his own son, after blaming him for Magni's death.
  • Saved for the Sequel: Come on, we all want to see Kratos take him on. That all the gods who actually appear are relatively minor and him showing up at Kratos' house in the secret ending indicates they're wanting to make us savor the fight in a future game.
  • Scars Are Forever: It's said that Thor still has some shards of stone embedded in his skull after he killed Hrungnir the Brawler.
  • Semi-Divine: Thor is only half-Aesir.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Baldur, Thor is essentially part of the man Kratos used to be. While Baldur represents the side of Kratos that sought retribution against his parents at all costs, Thor represents the side of Kratos that was a bloodthirsty butcher feared by all who know of him. The main difference is that Thor is even nastier (since Kratos at least cared for his family and ultimately saw the error of his ways whereas Thor is a psychopath who is willing to brutalize any who displeases him) and remained loyal to the gods.
  • Shock and Awe: He is the God of Thunder after all. His appearance during the secret ending shows him invoking lightning.
  • Stout Strength: He possesses a heavyset built akin to a powerlifter, and is capable of killing mountain-sized Giants.
  • This Means War!: He wants revenge for what Kratos has done to his son and brother.
  • Tranquil Fury: In his appearance in the Secret Ending, Thor is in this mode, calmly waiting outside Kratos' home, and after Kratos asks him who he is, wordlessly unveiling his hammer. All while a catastrophic thunderstorm roars ahead indicating just how angry Thor is under the surface.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Emphasis on unstoppable, he's responsible for the deaths of countless giants. The secret ending pretty much spells this out as Thor is more than little upset about the killing of Magni and Baldur.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about Thor without mentioning the ending or key events of the game.
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted, Kratos killed his son Magni and brother Baldur.
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    Ullr 
The son of Sif and stepson of Thor, he's the god of justice, hunting, and dueling.
  • The Archer: He's skilled with long-ranged weaponry, unlike most other gods who rely on either magic or melee weapons.
  • Disappeared Dad: He is specifically described as Thor's stepson; the identity of his father is unknown.
  • Hero of Another Story: Faye often told Atreus stories of Ullr's adventures with Týr, hinting that he was also one of the few genuinely good gods of the Norse pantheon.

    Mimir 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gow_mimir.png
"Some people value their privacy. Best not to judge, brother."
Voiced in English by: Alastair Duncan
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Milton Levi
Voiced in Russian by: Boris Shuvalov

"Me? I'm the greatest ambassador to the gods, the Giants, and all the creatures of the Nine Realms. I know every corner of these lands, every language spoken, every war waged, every deal struck. They call me...Mimir! —smartest man alive. And I know the answer to your every question."

A god of knowledge and wisdom whom Kratos and Atreus meet at the highest peak of Midgard. Out of favor with Odin and entangled to a tree, Mimir has his head cut off by Kratos, only to be revived, and aids Kratos and Atreus on their journey, giving commentary and explaining lore here and there.


  • Accent Adaptation: Mimir speaks with a prominent Scottish accent and uses Scottish slang and dialect a few times. Since Scotland has a history with the Vikings, it's not hard to justify it as part of historical accuracy. The post-credits reveals that Mimir isn't actually from the Norse region or a Jotunn like in the myths, he's said to be a fairy from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Adaptational Nationality: This version of Mimir is from Scotland and is suggested to have originated from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Is a Jotunn in the myths.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Mythologically, Mimir's Odin's uncle and a steadfast ally to the Aesir. Here, he was the one who sought the Aesir out to make a name for himself, but came to despise Odin and a good number of other Norse gods.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He refers to people he likes as "brother." Likewise, Atreus is "little brother."
  • Agent Peacock: He has a high opinion of himself but he's an essential ally and has earned the title of "Smartest man alive".
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: He likes to have a drink and states that he embarrassed himself in front of the Valkyries when he accidentally fell off a mountain while drunk. Causing Eir to heal him after presumably rescuing him.
  • Amazon Chaser: Mimir had a past relationship with Sigrun, the Queen of the Valkyries.
  • And I Must Scream: Is partially fused with a tree and is tortured daily by Odin. By the time Kratos and Atreus meet him, he's desperate enough that he'd rather take a vague chance that his decapitated head could be revived (and fully considers death to be a welcome release) from being bound to his prison.
    Mimir: This... this isn't living.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Mimir often points out the senselessness of his situation to Atreus. While investigating Mótsognir's kingdom, this interaction takes place.
    Atreus: How are Brok and Sindri supposed to build with... whatever they are?
    Mimir: Don't count the Dwarves out, lad. They're right pricks, but they're resourceful. They once made an unbreakable chain out of little more than a cat's footstep and bird spit!
    Atreus: That doesn't even make sense!
    Mimir: Well, that's the legend. If you wanted sense, you shouldn't be talking to a severed head!
  • Back from the Dead: Mimir dies temporarily since Kratos decapitates him. But his head is revived thanks to the old magic of the Vanir. However, if you return to Freya's house after killing her son Baldur in the end, Mimir will explain that while the magic of the Vanir reanimated his head, he's still quite dead. He will never be what he once was. He uses this to assure Atreus that Freya won't try to bring back Baldur — she would not want to see Baldur diminished like Mimir.
  • The Bard: His character type is akin to a skald. Skalds were poetic members of a group associated with Viking tradition and were highly revered for their stories since individual Vikings desired their glory to be remembered through tale and song.
  • Bound and Gagged: When Kratos meets him, he's been entangled in a tree for 109 years.
  • Broken Record: It's the fact he always responds to questions about Baldur's weakness with " Baldur is blessed with invulnerability to all threats, physical or magical." that clues Kratos in to the fact that something's wrong, rather than Mimir simply not knowing.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Odin decided to bind Mimir to a tree instead of killing him because Mimir was just that much of an asset to maintaining his power.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Two incidents;
    • Mimir got his golden eyes after a painful process with the Giants replacing his eyes or enchanting them. Prior to the process, Mimir drank a lot of alcohol to sedate himself but instead got so drunk that he nearly convinced them to put the spell on his nipples instead.
    • Mimir was also at a gathering with the Valkyries and drank too much alcohol. He embarrassed himself when he fell off the mountain and had to be rescued by one of the Valkyries.
  • Cool Uncle: Even though they aren't technically related, due to his tendency to call Kratos "brother", Mimir is usually nicer to Atreus than Kratos tends to be.
  • The Conscience: He tries to be a moral guide for both Kratos and Atreus, telling Kratos to trust his son more, and and rein in Atreus's ego when he learns he is a god.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever Kratos or others say something at Mimir's expense, he usually responds with casual sarcasm.
  • Defiant Captive: While Mimir was bound in branches, he eventually lost all care and concern for his safety.
    Mimir: Your father won't let me go, Baldur, and he won't let you kill me. You have nothing to offer me. So take your questions, take your threats, take these two worthless wankers, and piss off.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: How Mimir ended up in Odin's service. As a presentable "gift" to Odin to show how useful he would be as a counselor, Mimir presented Odin with something he knew he coveted: a mystic well of knowledge. By well of knowledge, Mimir meant a well laced with enough magic mushrooms to even make a god see freaky visions. Odin nearly tore out both of his eyes and was convinced that it was part of a sacrifice and that Mimir was worth keeping. However, Odin later caught on the trick and inflicted punishment on him, hence Mimir's missing eye.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Sort of, in the myths he's killed by the Vanir and resurrected by Odin so he can provide wisdom for him. In the game, Mimir was able to end the war through an arranged marriage between Odin and Freya. After Mimir started taking his duties much more seriously, Odin bound him to a tree and tortured him for "109 winters" under the assumption that Mimir was conspiring against him. When Kratos and Atreus came along, he offered his services in return for his own death and resurrection.
  • The Fair Folk: He is a Robin Goodfellow, the same kind of mischievous forest fairy as Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream. For all we know, maybe he is Puck.
  • Eye Scream: Odin had torn off Mimir's left eye to prevent him from using the Bifrost. Retrieving the eye is part of a quest. Found inside Jörmungandr.
  • Facial Markings: Mimir has tattoos of runes on his scalp.
  • Freudian Trio: Forms one with Kratos and Atreus, becoming The Ego to Kratos' Superego and Atreus' Id.
  • Genre Refugee: Unlike the rest of the cast, who are derived from various world mythologies and pantheons, Mimir describes himself as a "Goodfellow," explaining himself as the former servant of a certain king. This implies that unlike the rest of the cast, Mimir's character and origins are derived from A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Shakespeare play.
  • Good Counterpart: To Athena. Even though both of them serve as a guide for Kratos and are gods of wisdom, Mimir remains a good friend to Kratos and Atreus while Athena only cared about herself, using Kratos as a pawn for power and control.
  • The Heart: He's more emotional and social towards Atreus than Kratos. Through the story, Kratos doesn't do much to quell Atreus' ego when he discovers his godhood, Mimir is the one who educates Atreus on his powers brought by his godhood and uses Tyr as an example of a good god to Atreus.
  • Hey, You!: Mimir gets this treatment from Kratos, who exclusively calls him "Head".
  • Hidden Depths: He's a very comical character once he becomes a permanent member of the party after being decapitated and revived. But he has displayed a serious attitude. After Kratos sees an illusion of Zeus, he explicitly tells him to not go further into Helheim in a very serious tone.
  • Horned Humanoid: Mimir sports small bull horns on his forehead.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: While telling stories in the boat, Mimir admits to causing mischief for humans as well as being an enabler for Odin, but he grew to admire humans and started to protect humanity from Odin by being his adviser.
  • I Hate Past Me: He admits his guilt for indirectly ruining Freya's life by arranging the marriage between her and Odin in an attempt to broker peace between the Aesir and the Vanir. However, Odin manipulated the marriage and ruined any or all chances of long-term peace between the realms. He also blames himself for the death of the giant Starkadr, which was caused when Mimir made a passing comment on how, if the Jotun were ever to have a standing army, Starkadr would be their general.
  • Interspecies Romance: He was in a relationship with Sigrun, Queen of the Valkyrie. He's a Celtic fairy and she's likely a Vanir goddess like her original Queen and leader Freya.
  • It's All My Fault: He fully blames himself for Odin's marriage to Freya and the war against the Giants.
  • The Jester: He was Odin's advisor and has a good sense of humour. Mimir, unfortunately, caused the death of Starkaðr the Mighty when he jokingly stated: "If the Giants ever had anything so organised as an army, Starkaðr would have been their general". Odin took him at his words and soon plotted to kill Starkaðr to prevent this from happening. He even states he was an unofficial jester to a previous faerie king.
  • Losing Your Head: To be free from his prison, Mimir asks Kratos to chop his head off. Of course, he'll die, but he also asks Kratos to make sure his head is revived afterwards. He spends the remainder of the game strapped to Kratos' belt.
  • Magical Eye: Mimir was gifted special sight by the Giants, who put Bifrost crystals in his eyes. They glow with a yellow light and can activate special portals.
  • Mr. Exposition: Mimir has a lot of things to say about the lore of the land and gods. Frustratingly, he's forgotten pieces of information that would actually be useful to Kratos. Such as how to defeat Baldur.
  • Mushroom Samba: He did this to Odin in order to become his advisor by spiking a well with enough mystic mushrooms to make even a god see visions and claimed it was a well of infinite knowledge. After drinking the water, Odin saw something that made him want to tear out his own eyes. Mimir stopped him and claimed that the eye he tore out was a "sacrifice" required for the "knowledge". Mimir was sure he never caught on, but the day he tore out his left eye, Mimir realized Odin knew he had been tricked.
  • Nature Spirit: He's not actually a native Norse god! He was some kind of mischievous Celtic forest sprite in his youth and served a succession of different masters further and further north until he finally ended up under Odin. This may or may not reflect the origin of the god in a historical context, depending on which Germanic mythology reconstructionist you're talking to. He refers to his kind as "Goodfellows" aka "Robin Goodfellow", the same kind of fairy Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream is. This implies that the previous king he served was Oberon, King of the Faerie.
  • Nice Guy: For a guy that endured decades of torture, Mimir is surprisingly good-natured and friendly.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Mimir was Odin's adviser and made countless attempts to steer him away from genocide and make peace with the Vanir and the giants. Odin instead believes that Mimir was a traitor and decided to torture him for all of eternity.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened between him and Brok. All we know is that it ended badly, and they both blame the other.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: When Kratos asks him why the sons of Odin are hunting him, he admits that being imprisoned in a tree for 109 years had left some gaps in his knowledge, though he insists that he'll figure it out given some time. Since the one hunting him is Baldur, he likely literally can't piece it together because of Freya's curse.
  • Parental Substitute: Kratos isn't a bad father, he's just having difficulty building an emotional connection with Atreus. Mimir fills the gap by telling Atreus stories about the gods, giants, and Ragnarok.
  • Photographic Memory: He still retains his memories after 109 years of torture.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Although not without his serious moments, Mimir (along with the dwarven brothers) usually provides the more lighthearted commentary throughout Kratos and son's adventures.
  • Race Lift: He was a Jotunn in the mythology and certainly native to the Norse Nine Realms. Here, he's from Scotland, apparently, but explains himself as a Goodfellow pulled directly out of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Revenant Zombie: Being reanimated as a head makes him technically undead, but he retains his considerable mental faculties. Interestingly, the spell that brings him back to life also seems to undo any decomposition that Mimir’s head suffered during the interval between his death and resurrection.
  • Sad Clown: Mimir isn't exactly a happy man. Before meeting Kratos he was systematically tortured by Odin for roughly 109 years and he's had to live with the guilt of ruining Freya's life and causing the deaths of the giants. He wanted to die because of his situation and as soon as he's resurrected, he's providing comic relief to Atreus and Kratos.
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: Mimir in the mythology was a Jotunn (usually Odin's uncle) who presided over a well of wisdom from which he allowed Odin to drink from in return for his eye, and who was later murdered by the Vanir and reanimated by the Allfather to continue to provide him with advice. Here, he's some kind of Gaelic spirit (implied to be a Robin Goodfellow) who was The Prankster and pranked Odin by filling his "supposed" well of knowledge with hallucinogens, and Odin tortured him for over a hundred years after he found out.
  • Saying Too Much: He blames himself for Starkadr's death, telling himself that he should have kept his thoughts to himself.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Mimir looks positively elderly, and has quite a few psychic issues, due in no small part because of Odin's daily tortures, his age, and the Geas that have been put on him. Moreover, it's implied that he Came Back Wrong after spending some time as a dead, decapitated head.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows about Kratos' past and keeps it a secret from Atreus (at Kratos' insistence, natch). He was also forced into being one by Freya because he figured out Baldur's weakness to mistletoe.
  • The Smart Guy: He is the God of knowledge. He knows a lot and answers some of Kratos' questions, but he admits there are gaps in his knowledge.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sigrun, a Valkyrie who went insane trying to contain her sisters' madness while Odin has bound him to a tree near the portal to Jötunheimr. They meet one last time after the player Mercy Kills her before passing on to Valhalla.
  • Stealth Insult: When Atreus starts adopting a more Tautological Templar attitude after he learns he is a god, Mimir tells him he's "sounding more like your da by the moment".
  • The Storyteller: When Mimir isn't talking about Norse lore or answering questions. He tells stories to Kratos and Atreus.
  • Take Me Instead: When Baldur attacks for the second time, Mimir tries to save Kratos and Atreus by offering himself in their stead. Naturally, Baldur isn't interested.
  • Tempting Fate: Before the fight against Magni and Modi he says "we'll get a piece of the chisel before they even notice". Cue Magni literally dropping in, riding a troll and breaking its neck before casting it aside like it were a pebble.
  • Too Clever by Half: He admits to it during one of many conversations on the boat. Mimir has been Odin's advisor for many years and even got the job by secretly drugging Odin with a "Mystic Well of Knowledge". Mimir only started learning the actual weight of his words when he caused the death of Starkaðr the mighty. When Mimir was bound to a tree, Odin tore out his eye to reveal that he was never fooled by the Mystic Well scam.
  • Token Good Teammate: Out of all the Aesir Gods seen so far, Mimir is the only one to actually be on Kratos and Atreus's side, and fully admits that Odin has gone too far.
  • Tongue-Tied: He has trouble mentioning anything about Baldur due to a curse Freya put on him. Whenever Baldur's invulnerability is mentioned, Mimir can only respond with "Baldur is blessed with invulnerability to all threats, physical or magical", and whenever he tries to mention anything about Baldur and Freya's relationship, he goes silent and completely forgets about it. It only seems to wear off after Baldur's invulnerability is broken.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Mimir may discuss his past with Kratos and Atreus at some point during their travels, at which point he will reveal that he once served a king and that he used to be known as a Goodfellow. It's heavily implied that Mimir used to be Robin Goodfellow, AKA Puck, and from this, it's probable that he accrued a great many other names throughout his travels across realms.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: He's Odin's maternal uncle in the myths.
  • Violent Glaswegian: He speaks with a Scottish accent, uses Scottish dialect and gets a little too excited during the fight against Magni and Modi.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Mimir was Odin's advisor and was (seemingly) regarded as a family friend before his imprisonment. This is also implied with Magni and Modi when Mimir tells the story of how the brothers freed Thor from hrungnir's corpse. Mimir's tone of voice changes from his usual resentful tone to one of fondness, implying that he was fond of Magni and Modi at one point until they grew into the hateful pair that threatened to gouge out his other eye.
  • Yes-Man: He was Odin's enabler until he learned the weight of his words.

    Hermod 
Odin and Freya's son, which makes Baldur and Thor his brothers. He acts as a messenger of the gods.
  • Expy: Both in the series and in the real mythology, to Hermes (notice the simular names). He's the messenger of the gods and is capable of fast travel across the whole world. Infact, many people consider that the pagan Germans and Norse got the inspiration for him by the Greeks.
  • Super Speed: His way of travelling and delivering messages from and to the gods.

    Týr 
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The Norse god of war and law, but he is long dead by the time of the game. However, he's frequently mentioned in lore and his treasures and vault become important during the game.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Tyr was beloved by Aesir, Vanir, Giants, Dwarves, and civilizations beyond the reach of Norse Mythology, including Greece, Scotland, Egypt, Japan, and Mesoamerica. His vault contains gifts from all around the world. The only known character to hate him in the game is Odin.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the original myth, Tyr sacrificed his hand to bind Fenrir. Here, Tyr is depicted with both of his hands and with no mention of Fenrir from Mimir. This is because Atreus is supposed to the prophesied Loki from the jötunn tapestry, and Fenrir could not have been born yet. However, since we've only seen portraits of Tyr, it's not entirely certain if he was just depicted with his hand intact.
  • Adaptational Expansion: The whole idea of Tyr being a god of war is essentially based off a creative interpretation of a single line in Lokasena down the centuries, where Loki accuses Tyr of being incapable of righting two things at once, which could very easily have just referred to the fact that he couldn't hold two things due to his being one-handed. He might have actually been a sky-god in real life, based on his name being a cognate to the Greek Zeus, or to the Altaic Tengri.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Most of Odin's more benevolent wanderings are attributed to Tyr in this story. His attempts to bring about cooperation and understanding between the realms is somewhat ironic since the mythological Loki accused Tyr of being incapable of creating peace and reconciliation between men in Lokasena. Becomes hilarious when Atreus/Loki starts to admire Tyr over the course of the game.
  • Agent Peacock: According to "The Art of God of War", Tyr was actually an ostentatious egomaniac with a passion for foreign architecture and cultures. The other Aesir were not fond of him for this, as his gifts made him look extravagant and opulent.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolves, since Tyr is involved with two specific ones. In the myths, Tyr sacrifices a hand in order to bind Fenrir and in Ragnarok, he dies in a Mutual Kill with Garmr, a wolf/dog from Hel. In the game, he carries the motif posthumously. In Tyr's temple, you have to solve a puzzle based on Sköll and Hati. Tyr's armour set is decorated with a pair of wolves, referencing Sköll and Hati.
  • Badass Bookworm: Was knowledgeable of the other Pantheons due to various travels, and his Vault is basically a traphouse to prevent Odin or anyone else from finding out about the pathway to Joutenheim.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Tyr was friends with the Frost Giants, the enemies of Asgard. In fact, the giants came to trust him with a secret passage leading to their realm.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Tyr was beloved by the public, he was actually a major player in the downfall of the Troll civilization. As he put various tribes against each other and caused them to become bitter against the Gods.
  • Collector of the Strange: His vault is full of ancient items from all around the world. Among the least notable is a jar of Lemnian wine and a Pharaoh's hat, but he's been given many treasures by the Dwarves and a secret travel rune to Jötunheim by the Frost Giants.
  • Death by Adaptation: Killed long before Ragnarök. Though, there’s evidence to suggest he may not be dead after all.
  • Foil:
    • Tyr was significantly more humane than Ares ever was, as the former only got into war when it was necessary.
    • The biggest contrast is with Kratos himself, as Tyr was a beloved, benevolent god of war, who travelled to different worlds to meet new people and established peace with other pantheons and races. Kratos, on the other hand, is a loner whose first reaction to any conflict was to murder every living thing in sight, single-handedly killed all the gods of his pantheon, and escaped to a different world to get away from an apocalypse he started.
  • Good Counterpart: Both he and Ares were gods of war who were born among their pantheon. They also both rebelled against them. However, unlike Ares, who rebelled against his fellow gods for himself, Tyr did it for noble intentions such as protecting the giants and helping the mortals.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Most of the second half of the plot revolves around him, his temple, backstory and finding a way to get to Jötunheim despite being long dead. In fact, flipping his temple is the correct way to gain a crucial McGuffin in order to get there as well.
  • Hero of Another Story: Tyr had all sorts of adventures over many different realms that could have made for a game of their own.
  • Hope Bringer: Tyr was inspirational to many species due to his diplomacy skills and through him, there was hope for peace within the realms, but Odin believed that Tyr was conspiring against him and killed him. He also brought hope to Kratos by inspiring Atreus to find his equilibrium about unity and how murder and violence isn't always the first answer.
  • Martial Pacifist: Despite his title, Tyr apparently sought friendship with every culture he met and was well-traveled. In his mind, it was the only real way to stop all wars.
  • The Paragon: Tyr was an acclaimed peacemaker and sought friendship and knowledge with every culture he encountered. His temple is filled to the brim with gifts from such cultures as the Celts and Greeks. The only reason Odin killed him was that Odin accused him of conspiracy and executed him for it.
  • Posthumous Character: Tyr is dead, slain by Odin because the latter feared he was conspiring against his rule.
  • Properly Paranoid: Tyr's vault is protected by all manner of traps, riddles and monster guardians. Mimir takes this paranoia as justified since Odin was after his vault.
  • The Reliable One: He was a trusted friend of the jötunns and was the only person they could trust with their secrets.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He was one of two people who could have truly prevented Ragnarök through unity, but a paranoid Odin killed him for suspicion of conspiring against him.
  • War God: Of the Norse pantheon. Though as previously noted on this page, his status as such is solely down to the creative interpretation of a throwaway line in Lokasena by Saxo Grammaticus. On the other hand, there is a reference to him as a bringer of victory in Sigrdrífumál. Still, he's nowhere near as important as a war god in Norse Mythology as Odin is. It should also be noted that even if Tyr was a war-god, the game's depiction of him as actively trying to avoid wars and settle matters peaceably would have made him come off as cowardice to pagan Germanics (particularly the Norse) to whom physical combat was among the most celebrated pursuits, and any attempts to avoid battle was seen as being unmanly. It makes this a case of Sadly Mythcharacterized as well.

    Freyr 
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The Vanir god of virility, prosperity, sunshine and fair weather, he is Freya's brother.


  • Composite Character: His backstory of his torture at the hands of the Aesir—and subsequently sparking the Aesir-Vanir War—is directly pulled from the mythological Gullveig (sans her multiple rebirths.)
  • The Ghost: If you return to Alfheim after you complete the mission to restore its light, you can find a scroll which mentions him. Strangely Freya doesn't say anything about him, though in all fairness she was trying to hide her true identity from Kratos and Atreus.
  • Our Founder: Built the cities in Alfheim for the elves. In exchange, they devoted a temple and swore loyalty to him.
  • The Scapegoat: Was blamed by the Aesir for their own misuse of his magic.
  • Uncertain Doom: He was subsequently captured, tortured and almost killed during the war, but was able to escape the Aesir and return to his home of Vanaheim. Some believe he has returned to Vanaheim while others believe he is being held in Asgard. Unfortunately, the paths to both realms are shut.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Freyr traveled between realms so he can learn and teach things from and to other people and species. Unfortunately the Asgardians attacked him, thus causing the Aesir-Vanir war.
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    Baldur 
The Aesir god of light and purity, he is the son of Freya and Odin, as well as the half-brother to Thor. The true identity of The Stranger. For more information, visit this page.

    Heimdall 
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The god of foresight, he's the gatekeeper and guardian of Asgard.


  • The Ghost: He doesn't appear in the game, but the "Horn of Heimdall" talisman is named in his honor. Given that plenty of collectibles are named after Norse figures which aren't seen and encountered and have no plot/lore importance such as Aegir (the jötunn of the ocean), Kvasir (god of wisdom who was created using the collective spit of the Aesir and Vanir), Tanngiost (one of Thor's two pet goats, alongside Tanngrisnir) and Sinmara (Surtr's wife), it could simply have been done without any meaning. However after Kratos and Atreus defeat Hræzlyr, he does get mentioned by Sindri which confirms his existence.
    Atreus: What are these?
    Sindri: Braided mistletoe arrows. Straighter than Heimdall and perfectly weighted.
  • Has Two Mommies: Nine in his case. In some versions he just appeared fully formed from the sea, but in others he was born to each of the sea god's daughters, of whom there were nine (one for each wave in a cycle). He may or may not also have a father in Odin.
  • Super Senses: He can hear and see anything everywhere in the world.
  • Triple Shifter: Almost never leaves his post.

    Magni and Móði 
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Magni
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Modi
Voiced in English by: Troy Baker (Magni), Nolan North (Modi)
Voiced in Brazilian Portuguese by: Fábio Azevedo (Magni), Francisco Junior (Modi)

Two minor Aesir who tag along with The Stranger in order to find Kratos. They are also the sons of Thor.


  • Abusive Dad: Both were raised by their father, Thor, who is shown to be a cruel and sadistic figure within the Norse pantheon.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: They only found Kratos and Atreus when Magni wrestled an ogre off a cliff edge and landed right in front of them.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Any stories about Modi in the original texts have been lost to history, with the only indication of Modi's existence being the Ragnarok event. In the original texts, Modi survives Ragnarok with the help of Magni. Whereas in-game, Modi is jealous towards Magni for being Thor's favourite child.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the game, Magni and Modi share the legend of saving Thor from Hrungnir's body. Both brothers share the power of electrokinesis, a power that wasn't alluded to in the legends, and they were also part of the Aesir-Vanir war and were able to kill the Vanir goddess, Nerthus.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Due to their lineage with Thor, both have the power of electrokinesis. Modi is also said by Mimir to have lifted Hrugnir's body with Magni, suggesting that he is incredibly strong but not as strong as Magni. In the myths, only Magni is said to be incredibly strong and neither brother was said to have the power of lightning.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the myths, Magni proved himself to be even stronger than his father Thor. Here, Magni is depicted as a lesser Aesir and explicitly far less mighty than his father (he still puts up a good fight with Kratos though). According to Sindri, they're only demigods.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Móði has very little to no characterization in the actual Norse mythology. According to the Prose Edda, Móði was a Warrior Poet who survived Ragnarok with Magni's aid. In the game, he's depicted as a Dirty Coward desperate to prove himself to Thor, by fighting those weaker than himself.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Magni is Thor's favourite child and is proven to be superior to Modi in every way. The brothers do care for each other but their competition for Thor's hammer overshadows this.
  • Always Second Best: Móði was always overshadowed by Magni, causing a bitter, envious rivalry that continued to their adulthood. When Magni is slain by Kratos, Móði hides his grief by vengefully trying to kill Kratos and abduct Atreus. Once Móði returns, Thor beats Móði to near-death and casts him out of Asgard for his cowardice.
  • Animal Motifs: Móði's armour is made from bear fur and it reflects the ideology of Norse berserkers. Who frequently wore bear hide to battle so it would grant them courage and strength on the battlefield.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Both aspire to best the other in their competition for Thor's hammer. Modi, in particular, desires to step out of Magni's shadow for once take the glory for himself.
  • Ascended Extra: Móði's characterisation from the original sources is scarce. At best, he's described as a Warrior Poet who survives Ragnarok with his brother Magni and inherits Thor's hammer. In the game, Modi is described by Mimir as having similar abilities to Magni. As it was Modi and Magni who freed Thor from Hrungnir's body, but Magni got all the praise and attention. Causing Modi to bitterly fall under Magni's shadow. Resulting in Modi developing a severe case of envy towards Magni and desperation for Thor's affection.
  • Asshole Victim: When Magni is killed, people only care about how Thor will react to this. When Modi is killed by Atreus, nobody bats an eye and Kratos is infuriated by Atreus' insubordination. Modi's death only made Atreus marked by the Asgardians as well.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Both aspire to be Thor's successor by proving themselves as a better warrior than the other. However, evidence indicates that Magni was going to be the victor due to Thor's favouritism and once he dies, Modi realises he will only be the successor by default and tries to prove himself by avenging his fallen brother. When he fails to do so, Thor blames him for leaving Magni to die and instead beats him to near death then leaves him to die in Midgard.
  • Bash Brothers: They are paternal half brothers and are known to be dangerous and formidable together.
  • Beard of Evil: It goes without saying, they are Norse after all. Also, they hunt down Kratos and Atreus. Magni has a braided Old Dutch beard, while Modi has a braided French Fork beard.
  • BFS: Magni wields a huge sword, which is hardened by "cyclonic thunder".
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: A villainous example; As Thor's strongest son, Magni was sent with Modi to capture Kratos and Atreus because the pair are formidable together and because of Baldur's mental state. After the fight, Magni abruptly dies when Kratos manages to overpower and kill him with the axe. With Magni's sudden death, nobody believes Modi's claim that he was killed in battle against a jotunn. Which leads to Thor beating him to near-death and leaving him to die in Midgard after Modi fails to avenge his better-received brother.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Their snowblind combo is announced in old Norse as "ÓÐR BRÓÐIR BLINDR!".
    • ÓÐR means mental faculties or voice in old Norse. BRÓÐIR means brother, and BLINDR means blind. This either translates to "brother's blinding voice" or "brother's voice of blinding".
    • ÓÐR often translates to "frenzy" or "fury" when used as an adjective. With this in mind, the chant can mean "brother's blind frenzy" or "brother's blind fury". The snowblind acts as a divide and conquer strategy. Where you'd sperate your enemies to prevent cooperation and pick them off individually. Or create enough dissent between your enemies to create self-destructive paranoia. In this case, the brothers wanted to separate Kratos and Atreus so they can kill them off individually while they were disorientated by the storm.
  • The Blacksmith: Implied, a tweet by Santa Monica studio suggested Modi was responsible for creating Magni's sword, as they jokingly stated that artist needed approval from Modi before recreating the sword. Implying that Modi is the copyright owner of Magni's sword, meaning that Modi created the sword before it came into Magni's possession. Sindri's comment about Modi's weapons implies that Modi made his own weapons as well and based his mace on Mjölnir, an act that Sindri dissaproves of.
    Sindri: "His mace and shield's just a cheap knock-off of my elegant work on their Dad's hammer"
  • Blinded by the Light: Their combination move, the Snowblind. Magni strikes his sword against Modi's shield, creating a huge wave of light blinding enemies. They can then attack Kratos from all angles.
  • Blood Knight: When Magni orders Kratos to surrender, Kratos naturally refuses and Magni smiles as he pulls out his sword saying "Good". It's almost like he was hoping he'd resist so they could have a fight.
  • Braids of Barbarism: They sport them like most Norsemen.
  • The Brute: Being lesser deities, they both serve the role of muscle to the All-Father, though Magni stands out due to being very tall compared to Kratos or his own brother and using a large sword.
  • The Bully: Móði just can't stop taunting Atreus and acts really eager about the idea of beating up a child long before they meet, which even Magni finds off-putting. Along the fact he -unlike Magni- carries a shield and runs for fear of his life whenever the tables are turned on him it compounds the idea he is the weaker and more cowardly of the brothers.
  • Cassandra Truth: Played tragically with Móði, when Magni is killed, Thor blames Móði since no mortal should have the ability to kill a god and Thor promptly beats Móði to a pulp for allegedly leaving Magni to die.
  • C-List Fodder: In the main myths, they only have 1 or 2 stories to their names. Magni lifting Hrungnir's body to free Thor, and Modi surviving Ragnarok with Magni. In the game, both are there to escalate the drama and establish how big a threat Kratos is to the Aesir.
  • Co-Dragons: Odin enlisted their services to Baldur after he lost the fight with Kratos. Baldur isn't too fond of working with them and is quickly annoyed by their attempts to scare Mimir into talking, their bickering may have been another factor to why he wasn't with them at Thamur's corpse. They initially didn't believe Baldur when he told them about the fight and said he "hasn't seen straight in years".
  • Combat Compliment: While fighting Kratos and Atreus, Magni will periodically compliment them by calling them "an actual challenge" and chastises Modi for not taking Baldur at his word about Kratos' skills.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Magni slays an Ogre without breaking a sweat.
  • Death by Adaptation: Unlike myth, they don’t necessarily both survive through Ragnarök. In their case, not even up until it’s beginning.
  • Defiant to the End: When Modi is found bloodied and beaten by Thor. He knew that he was unable to retreat and gave one final insult to Atreus before being promptly stabbed in the neck and kicked off the edge.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Móði doesn't take Magni's death well. Neither does Thor; assuming Móði just up and left his brother to die in the fight, Thor pretty much manhandles him to the point where when Kratos and Atreus encounter him for the last time, he can barely stand. At this point, one can easily infer that all the trauma he's faced has caught up to him and that his act of taunting Atreus with another cheap shot at Faye is pretty much him either wanting to die or just not caring if he does.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Móði screaming "How did you...!?" once Kratos axes Magni in the head isn't just horror at the fact that some random guy he's never met before just killed his brother.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In a fit of vengeful grief Móði decided to attack Kratos and Atreus. He has Kratos stunned with electricity. Rather than smash Kratos' head in with his mace, he opts to rant and taunt Atreus despite knowing that Kratos is a god slayer and doesn't bow down to anyone. Which leads to Atreus using his spartan rage and causing Kratos to overpower Móði by using his protective rage. Both of them also didn't think to just attack Kratos at the same time during the Snowblind, at different angles.
  • Dirty Coward: Móði flees for his life as soon as Kratos kills Magni, and tries to ambush the duo later on rather than fight them directly. It bites him in the ass since because of his cowardice, Thor assumes that Móði left his own brother to die and beats him up as the result.
  • Disinherited Child: For failing to avenge his brother and to kill both Atreus and Kratos, Modi is beaten to near-death by Thor and dumped in Midgard until he proves his worth to Asgard.
  • Disney Villain Death: Móði is kicked into a ravine after Atreus stabs him in the neck.
  • Divide and Conquer: The Snowblind operates like this. It blinds targets with a flash of light, which then blankets the arena with smoke and lightning. The Snowblind was supposed to separate Kratos and Atreus so the brothers can either kill them individually or have one of them kill the other. Kratos instead has Atreus stand behind him and use a counter-strategy of waiting for them to come to him.
  • The Drag-Along: Both Magni and Móði are only with Baldur at Thor's urging. Móði can't really believe that a man like Kratos can survive such a fight.
  • The Dreaded: Magni's strength is somewhat spoken about with fear and awe. Magni's presence was built up by Mimir and Sindri by saying he's dangerous, formidable with Móði and incredibly strong. There's another reason to why they are afraid of Magni, he's Thor's favourite son. When Magni dies, Brok bluntly tells Kratos and Atreus that he doesn't care about Magni's demise but he is concerned about how Thor will react to it once he finds out.
  • Drop the Hammer: Móði uses a long mace in addition to a shield in battle. Sindri says they're nothing but a cheap knockoff of Mjolnir.
  • Dual Boss: They fight together as one against Kratos and Atreus.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Modi was always in Magni's shadow, ever since they freed Thor from Hrugnir's corpse as children. Modi resents his father and brother for this but chooses to swallow his anger and remain loyal to them in the hopes of becoming Thor's successor.
  • Dumb Muscle: Both are regarded as Thor's idiot sons and are referred to as "fools" by Kratos due to their competition for Thor's approval. Magni seems to be the most rational of the two, as he recognises Kratos as a threat and tries to warn Modi about underestimating him.
  • The Dutiful Son: Magni puts his faith in Thor's judgement and doesn't want to fail him. Móði, on the other hand, is unenthusiastic and doubtful. It doesn't help that Thor always plays favourites with Magni.
  • Dying for Symbolism: Móði's death is a catalyst for Atreus' behaviour, as it escalates Kratos' fear of Atreus becoming worse than him.
  • Enemy Chatter: During the battle, Magni and Modi will speak to each other about Kratos and Atreus. Magni somewhat respects the protagonists while Modi spends his time insulting them. Before initiating the snowblind, the brothers will share some dialogue with each other if they are far enough away.
    Modi: Brother—the Snowblind!
    Magni: Right! Get ready!

    Modi: Ready brother?
    Magni: Always, brother!

    Modi: Let's finish this, Magni!
    Magni Time to die, freak.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite their rivalry: Magni and Modi did indeed care for each other, and Modi is devastated by Magni's death. Thor favored Magni and was grief-stricken by his sudden death, blaming Modi for being somehow responsible for his brother's death.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Magni doesn’t approve of and actively voices his disgust of Modi’s sadistic interest in Atreus.
    Magni: (after Modi asks him if he can keep Atreus for himself) What is the matter with you?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although Móði is jealous of Magni being the favorite, he is horrified when Kratos kills him. He's also heartbroken by the accusation that it's his fault that Magni died in the first place.
  • Evil Counterpart: Modi is one to Atreus; both have issues with a parent, use the power of lightning and wear animal pelts as armour (Atreus wears a wolf pelt, whereas, Modi wears bear fur). When Atreus learns of his godhood, he shares Modi's arrogance and personal belief that he's too powerful to face the consequences of his actions. Curiously, after Atreus kills Modi, Modi's theme plays while Atreus is justifying himself to Kratos. Showing how Atreus is starting to become Modi by belittling everyone around him and attacking anyone out of hubris.
  • Evil Redhead: Modi has auburn hair and beard (possibly taking after his father), and is the meanest of the two brothers.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Magni, in particular, makes a hell of an entrance by literally dropping in front of the leads and snapping an ogre's neck with his hands before casually throwing its corpse away.
  • Eye Scream: Modi threatens to gouge out Mimir's remaining eye for insulting them.
  • Facial Horror: Magni is killed when Kratos embeds the Leviathan Axe into the middle of his face.
  • Facial Markings: Magni has Norse tattoos across his face.
  • Famous Last Words: "That's what I said to your mother... Right before I gave it to her."
  • Fastball Special: A variant. Magni can occasionally throw Modi in the air, who in turn beats the ground with his shield, creating a shockwave of lightning.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Magni saw great pride in his own strength and always targeted the strongest opponent so he can prove his strength. In battle, he targets Kratos since he was strong enough to defeat Baldur by himself. In the final attack, Magni is killed when he tries to charge at Kratos while Modi lured away Atreus by insulting Faye.
    • Modi always targetted the weakest opponents so he can garantee his own survival while also defeating more opponents than his brother. In the battle, he targets Atreus since the latter was deemed the weakest of the pair. Ironically, it's Atreus who seemingly kills him when Modi is found brutally beaten by Thor when former reported Magni's death to his father.
  • Fearless Fool: Both are regarded as this by Mimir and Kratos. From what we can see, they aren't wrong. Their desperation for Thor's approval lead them to dangerous and life-threatening situations, such as their fight with Kratos and Atreus.
  • Flat Character: Magni has the least characterisation of the main cast. Magni's role in the story is to die in battle against Kratos and establish the rest of the drama in the Norse chapter of the series.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Their behavior is a result of Thor's psychopathy and blind loyalty to Odin's plan for Ragnarok.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Magni is the responsible to Móði's foolish. Magni dutifully follows Thor's instructions whereas Móði has doubts about Baldur's story and taunts Atreus throughout the fight.
  • Freudian Excuse: Magni always was Thor's favorite, making Modi rather envious and desperate to prove himself. When Magni is killed, Modi realises he will only inherit Thor's hammer by default and will be a joke.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Invoked by Kratos; after asking Mimir about Magni and Modi, Atreus became sympathetic to the pair because they were products of Thor's abusive parenting. However, Kratos intervenes by saying Magni and Modi are adults now and have no such excuses for their actions.
    Atreus: Those were the guys who were with Baldur. His nephews?
    Mimir: Aye. Magni and Modi— the sons of Thor.
    Atreus: Mother always said the Aesir were the worst of the gods, and Thor was the worst of the Aesir. Guess he's a terrible father, too.
    Kratos: They are no longer children. They have no excuse.
  • Generation Xerox: Both are just as psychopathic as their father and just as vengeful.
  • The Giant: Magni towers over Móði, Kratos and Atreus. This is because of Magni being a child of Thor and a Jötunn, resulting in him inheriting an atypical muscle mass.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: According to Mimir, Modi is resentfully competitive with Magni ever since they were infants. It all started when both brothers were able to free Thor from Hrungnir's corpse but Magni was given the credit, causing Móði to jealously develop a competitive streak for Thor's affections. He also realises that Magni's death will only result in him getting Mjolnir by default instead of him earning it for doing something grand.
  • Half-Sibling Angst: Modi and Magni are half brothers and Magni is Thor's favourite son due to his strength. Modi and Magni have had a long-lasting feud with each other over Thor's hammer and because Modi always felt overshadowed by Magni.
  • Hate Sink: While Modi isn't anywhere close to being as bad as Ares from the Greek Trilogy, he's still this due to his cowardice and being the reason why Atreus becomes ill while Kratos has to unbury his past by retrieving his Blades of Chaos, especially since Odin and Thor are both The Ghost while The Stranger is revealed to be Baldur, despite being The Heavy, and proves to be too pathetic to completely hate in the end.
  • Honor Thy Abuser: Both Modi and Magni would go to Hel and back for Thor's approval if it meant they could prove themselves as a worthy successor. Even though, Thor is renowned for his anger and temperamental attitude. Modi is completely heartbroken by the fact that Thor blamed him for Magni's death and shamed him for being a coward after beating him to a pulp.
  • Hypocrite: They bully Atreus for being a half-breed when they themselves are demigods and lesser Aesir at best. This points to the original agenda against Kratos, they thought he was the last Jotunn and that Atreus was the child of a Jotunn and a mortal mother, making him a half-breed.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: Both Magni and Modi are dismissively called "The Sons of Thor".
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Modi spent his entire life in the shadow of his father and brother, his rivalry with Magni stems from the fact that Magni unwittingly stole the glory of freeing Thor from Hrugnir's body. With Ragnorok being prophecised, Modi wants to inherit Mjolnir so he can finally step out of Magni's shadow and prove his worth to Thor.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: How Modi is killed, when he appears to Atreus and Kratos he's too weak to defend himself. Atreus defied Kratos' orders by stabbing Modi in the neck and then kicking him off of the edge.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Defied, Modi believed he would become the inheritor of Mjölnir by default since Magni was killed in their battle. Instead, Thor beats him to a pulp and blames him for Magni's death. It goes without saying that Modi was never a contender because Magni was always Thor's favorite and intended successor.
  • It's All About Me: When Magni died, Móði was forced to flee, horrified and infuriated by his brother's death. However, when Móði caught Kratos off-guard. He proceeded to rant about how he'll never be able to earn Thor's hammer because everyone will assume he got it by default, ending his rant by proclaiming how he'll prove himself to Asgard by killing Kratos and taking Atreus so he can be "his new brother". When Móði failed to avenge Magni, Thor beat Móði to a pulp and disowned him since no mortal should be able to kill a god. If Modi does succeed in killing Kratos, he invokes Thor and yells "Sing with my name!", further showing that gaining his father's approval is more important to him than avenging his half-brother.
  • Ironic Name: Móði's name means "the brave". Here, he's a Dirty Coward who flees from Kratos as soon as his brother is slain.
  • Irony: Magni, Thor's favourite son and successor, uses a greatsword instead of a mace/hammer. As such, his father's weapon would be redundant to him because of their incompatible skill sets.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Modi is an abrasive fighter who revels in insulting Atreus' mother. He also stays behind to threaten Mimir after he refuses to cooperate. After Magni dies, Modi becomes much more fearful and is revealed to be a wimp who can't backup his threats when his target is stronger than him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both brothers do actually care about each other and Magni even implores Modi to take the fight with Kratos seriously since he survived the fight and walked away without any serious injuries. After Magni dies, Modi makes an effort to avenge his brother (though he claims to be doing it to prove himself as a worthy heir). In the fight against the protagonists, Magni makes it clear that he respects Kratos and Atreus for their skills and it's indicated he is only hunting them at Thor's urging. Both brothers are still the antagonists of the game, part of the villainous Aesir, and you have to fight them in self-defense.
  • Jerkass: Both, Magni much less so, however.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While with Sindri, you can hear them arguing about their quest with Magni rebuking his brother and saying they should be cautious of Kratos and trust in their father's judgement.
    Magni: Will you focus on your damn job and quit that shit.
    Móði: You quit that shit.
    Magni: I mean it! He went to war with Uncle and walked away.
    Móði: Maybe. Uncle hasn't seen straight in years.
    Magni: Well, as long as father believes him, so do we. So you will stop talking, focus, and help me find them.
    Móði: Can't disappoint father!.
    Magni: Oh, I'll smack you boy. No, we cannot disappoint father. Now keep looking!
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed, Their roles in the story were minimal at best but they did their part in escalating the drama. Magni's death was to get Thor's attention. Móði's role, in particular, was a catalyst for Atreus' ego. Since Móði was the one who forced Atreus to use his spartan rage for the first time. His murder by Atreus sets off his callousness for "little people's little problems" and his hubris towards the Norse pantheon.
  • Last Villain Stand: Móði tries one but is too injured from Thor's beating to stand. Kratos tries to deny Móði a warriors death but Atreus ignores him by stabbing Móði in the neck and kicking him into the chasm. Móði's last words were one final insult towards Faye.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Magni is definitely the more honorable of the two.
  • Lightning Bruiser: No pun intended, Móði is faster than Magni and shares the same amount of health. He uses projectile balls of lightning and is more threatening due to using his powers for ground-based electric attacks.
  • Like Father, Like Son: They are as dumb, psychopathic and ruthless as their father.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Móði also fight with a shield in hand.
  • Magic Knight: Both use weapons and don't use their lightning powers to their full potential. Magni utilises his strength to wield his greatsword and only uses his lightning abilities to damage those within his radius. Modi uses his powers to lob balls of lightning and periodically throw lightning bolts. However, he still prefers to use a mace and shield method.
  • Mighty Glacier: Magni is known for his strength and he's the slowest out of the pair but he makes up for it with electrical attacks, he will also charge at Kratos at random points.
  • Not Afraid to Die: When Magni is killed, Modi is as shocked as he is deeply confused, which forces him to flee from the battle. After failing to kill Kratos, Modi is beaten to near-death by Thor and was dumped in Midgard until he avenges his better-received brother. When he meets Kratos and Atreus for the final time, he fearlessly insults Faye because he knew he couldn't run away this time and because he knew Atreus was steadfast in desiring to kill him.
  • Not Worth Killing: When Kratos and Atreus find Móði again beaten up and disgraced for his cowardice, Kratos says he isn't even worth killing. However, Atreus disobeys him and stabs him in the neck due to all the insults he threw at Faye.
  • Oh, Crap!: The death of Magni is a horrific moment for Móði and Thor. Mimir is in dread of Thor's vengeful response but on the other hand, Brok and Sindri are more surprised by this and are more concerned for the protagonists about Thor's reaction.
  • Overlord Jr.: Both Magni and Móði are the sons of Thor. Magni, in particular, is Thor's favourite and is in line to be his successor. For this reason, nobody dares to fight either of them, lest they incur the wrath of Thor. After the brothers' deaths, everyone is concerned over what will happen to Kratos and Atreus once Thor comes into the picture.
  • Pelts of the Barbarian: Modi's armour is decorated with bear fur and is the most sadistic of the pair.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Modi takes a sadistic interest in Atreus because he deems him the weakest of the two and is too enthusiastic about the idea of fighting him.
    Magni: (after Modi asks him if he can "get" Atreus) What is the matter with you?
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Magni's role doesn't really serve much for the plot of the story and the consequences of his death are reserved for the sequel. Modi, on the other hand, serves as Atreus' archenemy and his murder by Atreus is done to show how much he's changed after discovering his godhood. At best, their roles eventually show how much Kratos and Odin have destabilized the original Ragnarok prophecy.
  • Powerful, but Incompetent: Both brothers, especially Magni, are on par with their father in terms of power but they spend more time bickering and trying to gain Thor's approval. Their strategy relies more on strength than actual skill.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Both are very arrogant due to their divine heritage and belief that they will survive Ragnarök.
  • Princeling Rivalry: Both are competing against each other to be Thor's successor and they aim to do this by proving how they are a better warrior than the other. When Magni dies, Modi realises he will only inherit Thor's hammer by default and tries to prove his worth by killing Kratos.
  • Psycho Electro: Both have abilities over lightning and are on the hunt for Kratos and Atreus. Móði, in particular, is a dishonourable sadist who targets those he deems the weakest.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: They're hunting down Kratos as requested by Odin and Thor.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Móði is never straightforward about it, but he is much more traumatized by Magni's death then he'll ever admit, going so far as to threaten to abduct Atreus to be his replacement sibling in his second encounter with the duo.
  • The Resenter: Modi has held a grudge against Magni and Thor ever since Magni and Modi lifted Hrungnir's body, as Thor accredited the deed to Magni alone.
  • Reverse Grip: Magni wields and swing his sword in this fashion, but switches to a regular grip when grasping the sword with both hands.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: According to Sindri, Modi went on a rampage across Midgard after fleeing from the battle against Kratos, swearing to avenge Magni by brutally killing Kratos. He would have succeeded if he didn't piss off Kratos by gloating about Atreus using his Spartan Rage for the first time.
  • Screen Shake: Whenever Magni breaks into a full sprint, the camera shakes as a result of his massive size and strength.
  • Shock and Awe: Being the sons of Thor, they naturally wield the power of lightning.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Implied, Sindri comments that Modi's mace is a "cheap knock-off" of Thor's hammer.
  • Siblings in Crime: Both Magni and Modi are inseparable and formidable together against their opponents. This is always overshadowed by their competition for Thor's hammer. It gets worse when Magni dies as Modi realises he will only get Mjolnir by default and will be considered a joke in Asgard.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Despite being Bash Brothers capable of fighting in unison, they compete against each other to see who gets their father's approval.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Their designs and personalities are in contrast to each other. Their individual strategies reflect this: Magni fights opponents stronger than himself so he can prove his strength, whereas, Modi fights opponents who are weaker than himself so his survival is guaranteed.
  • The Slacker: Modi is implied to be lazy, as he is dismissive of Baldur's fight with Kratos and responds with sarcasm when Magni tells him to help him find Kratos and Atreus. In Modi's eyes, this a pointless chore because Magni will just get the credit from Thor. His personality does a complete 180 once Magni is killed during the battle. Since Baldur wasn't bluffing and he's in danger of being killed by Kratos and Atreus.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Both are largely overshadowed by their father, Thor, and their title reflects this. Their title of "The Sons of Thor" is dismissive, shallow and unimpressive, since they're more famous for being Thor's sons than for their other deeds, i.e freeing Thor from Hrungnir's corpse and surviving the Aesir-Vanir war. Modi, in particular, has less esteem than Magni since he's always overshadowed by his stronger half-brother, he was even rejected as an infant as Thor accredited the deed of freeing him solely to Magni.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Magni himself doesn't have that big of a role in the story but the aftermath of his death sets up everything else. It shows how the prophecy has changed, how Valhalla has been locked to all living beings, and how big a threat Kratos is to the Aesir.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Despite their feud, Modi loved his half-brother and is grief-stricken and enraged by Magni's death. He tries to hide his grief by stating his death denied him the prestige of earning Thor's hammer but it's clear that he was traumatized by Magni's sudden and unprecedented death.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Modi has the strongest resemblance to Thor due to hair colour and beard.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Modi has always been in Magni's shadow ever since they freed their father from Hrugnir's body. Thor accredited the deed to Magni and it's implied that it's not the only time Thor has done this. Their competition for Thor's hammer is fuelled by Modi's desire to finally get out of Magni's shadow for once.
  • SuckSessor: Modi has always been treated as Thor's weakest son and his rivalry with Magni is fuelled by Modi's desire to overshadow him for once. When Magni is killed, Modi tries to avenge him in order to prove his strength to Thor since Modi believes he will get the hammer out of pity than for actual hard work.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Their desperation for Thor's approval drives them perform all kinds of feats to prove themselves as Thor's successor.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Magni has the strength of a jotunn and has Thor's electrokinesis, because of these traits he's branded as Thor's favourite son.
  • Super Strength: Mimir tells a story of when the brothers would flip Hrungnir's corpse, which was crushing Thor and was too heavy for all of Odin's warriors. They were little boys at the time.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Magni utilises his strength in the battle and rarely uses his lightning abilities. Whereas, Móði is physically weaker and focuses on his electrokinetic abilities.
  • Tattooed Crook: Both are covered in Norse tattoos and markings.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Their strategies are more theatrical than practical. The Snowblind is the best example of this, as they use psyche outs to get Kratos and Atreus to drop their guard. When it would have been more practical to attack them at the same time and at different angles.
  • Trash Talk: Throughout the fight, Modi taunts Atreus and insults Faye in an attempt to make Atreus angry enough to break formation and lose focus. He does succeed for a moment when Magni charges them during the snowblind but Kratos is able to overpower and kill Magni.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the span of a day, Móði witnesses the death of his brother, gets beaten to near-death by his own father for a crime he didn't commit, gets banished for it and he's left at the mercy of his brother's killers.
  • Uncertain Doom: Modi's last scene was him being stabbed in the neck by Atreus and kick off a ledge, yet he still appears on the Ragnarok murals. Magni and Baldur's corpses also appear on the murals and Modi's body is never revealed on screen. There's also a blood trail on the wall where Modi fell to his death, but it doesn't match the way Modi died.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Móði is hesitant to believe that his uncle lost a fight to a mortal and makes it clear that he'd rather be back in Asgard. In preparation for the fight, he targets Atreus believing he's the weakest. However, when Móði returns to Midgard after a beating from Thor. Atreus is the one who defies Kratos' orders and seemingly kills him out of hubris and vengeance.
  • The Unfavorite: Magni has always been Thor's favourite while Móði is always ignored. When Magni is killed, Thor beats Móði with every inch of his life for presumably murdering his superior brother.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Downplayed. Magni is the son of Thor by Jarnsaxa, while it's never clear if Modi shares the same mother or not in the myths. Here, Mimir says they are of different mothers.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: It's obvious with the fight against the two of them that they mostly rely on their god-based powers and strength than any actual combat technique. Magni swings his large sword haphazardly a lot and loses his balance from it while Móði only gives half-hearted swings of his mace and blasts of power from a distance. Needless to say, Kratos, while not as his peak god-tier strength yet, still has decades of Spartan warrior discipline and training behind him, giving him more than enough edge to kill Magni.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The death of Magni has had a devastating effect on Móði. In a fit of grief, he makes a surprise attack on Kratos and Atreus. Rather than kill Kratos on the spot, he kept blabbering about how he wouldn't be able to rightfully earn Thor's hammer and how he plans to kidnap Atreus to replace Magni. When Kratos sends him away, Móði is on the verge of tears. When Móði is met for the final time he dies defiantly by insulting Faye, at this point Móði doesn't care anymore. Thor has deemed him a coward and he's been tortured for it.
  • Villainous Underdog: Móði is overshadowed by Magni and is an outcast in Aesir society. When Magni is killed, Thor beats Móði to near-death and abandons him.
  • Weapon of Choice: Magni fights with a greatsword to emphasise his strength and jotunn heritage, while Modi fights with a mace in order to replicate Mjölnir and his father's strategy. Modi also carries a shield to show how he's more cautious than his brother.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Magni is in the game for a boss fight, once he dies, it sets up Modi and Thor's revenge.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Both Magni and Móði are in a bitter competition with each other to earn Mjölnir. When Magni is killed, Móði is enraged by the fact that he now cannot earn Mjölnir and Thor's respect, since he believes that he'll receive it by default or by basic inheritance. However, Thor actually beats Móði to a pulp and disowns him, for failing to avenge Magni and believing that he left him to die in the initial battle.
  • World's Strongest Man: Magni is regarded as the strongest of Thor's children. The legend states that when they were infants, Magni and Modi were able to free Thor from Hrugnir's body by lifting it. In the cutscene before the battle, Magni effortlessly casts away the corpse of an Ogre that he killed with his bare hands.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Móði is a little too enthusiastic about hurting/killing a child, which disgusts Magni.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Implied, Modi was brutalised by Thor because the latter blamed him for Magni's death.
  • Your Mom: Móði specifically loves provoking Atreus by insulting his mother. Atreus being a kid, he gets understandably pissed off but Kratos ignores it and tells him to focus.

    Vili and Vé 
The younger brothers of Odin, who helped him in forging the world out of Ymir's remains.

    Bragi 
The god of music and poetry, a son of Odin and the giantess Gunnlod, and the husband of Idunn.
  • The Bard: He's essentially the god of all bards.
  • Magic Music: His songs and melodies are said to have special properties. Being the god of poetry and music, this is to be expected.

    Idunn 
Bragi's wife, the goddess of youth and spring, and the keeper of the golden apples that the gods use to maintain their immortality. The Aesir's only clear agriculture deity (through Thor and Sif are suggested to have been associated with it as well).
  • Fountain of Youth: The Norse gods are somewhat unique in that they are not innately immortal but need to eat Idunn's apples to stay young. As for Kratos, his lifebar gets extended whenever he finds three (out of a total of nine in the whole game).
  • Tempting Apple: Subverted. Her apples aren't an object of temptation per se, however they are sacred objects that due to being able to prolong one's life, are being hidden away and locked in secret treasure chests away from anyone tempted to steal and (ab)use their power.

    Freya 
The Vanir goddess of beauty, love and motherhood, she is one of Odin's former wives and Baldur's mother. The true identity of The Witch of the Woods. For more information, visit this page.

    Sif 
The golden-haired wife of Thor.

    Nerthus 
A Vanir goddess slain by Magni and Móði during the Aesir-Vanir War.
  • Bit Character: What you see here is all that is known about her.
  • Death by Adaptation: Unlike the myths, here she's long dead before Ragnarok.
  • Disposable Woman: Her demise (along with others') is used to start the war between the Aesir and Vanir.
  • Posthumous Character: By the time of the game's events, the only things left of Nerthus are her name and the story of her death.

    Skaði 
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The Norse goddess of hunting, skiing, winter and mountains.


  • Action Girl: Given the fact she is the Norse goddess of hunting and archery, she qualifies for this trope.
  • The Ghost: Though she doesn't appear physically, one of the Jotnar shrines is dedicated to her.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: One possible meaning of her name is "damage."
  • Odd Job God: Hunting, winter and mountains is understandable, but skiing? Though it's stated that she made skis from wood and dead animals in order to have a better means of transportation in the snow.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: In original Norse myths, her father was killed by Loki. Here she did it herself, after being manipulated by Odin.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Untentionally though.

    Víðarr 
Another son of Odin. During the events of Ragnarök, while Thor fights Jörmungandr and Freyr fights Surtr, it will fall to Víðarr to fight Fenrir. He is prophecised to not only avenge his father, but also survive both the battle and Ragnarök. This has earned him a reputation as a god of vengeance. He is also known as the "Avenger of the Gods".
  • Odd Job Gods: God of space (in the sense of distance), silence, vengeance and footwear.
  • Revenge: Is the Norse god of it. And he will take revenge on Fenrir by killing him after the giant wolf kills Víðarr's father Odin during Ragnarök.
  • The Speechless: Víðarr's title of "the silent god" is because of this.

    Loki 
The Norse god of lies and trickery. According to the Giants he is fated to trigger Ragnarok.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The original Loki was full Frost Giant, taking after both of his parents. Here he's only half and half, with his father being a former mortal turned Greek god instead. And since giant and god mixes in the universe make gods, he might be just “god”.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He has virtually none of the negative traits associated with mythological and even other modern depictions of Loki aside from some occasional hubris. Whereas Loki had Baldur killed with a mistletoe spear as a cruel joke, here Baldur unwittingly impales himself on the mistletoe arrowhead keeping his quiver string together when he punches Atreus as he tries to defend his father.
  • Animal Motifs: Mostly wolves, seeing as he will be the father of Fenrir/Fenris. Also to a lesser degree snakes, due to his connection to Jörmungandr.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: According to the Jotun's prophecy, he is destined to bring forth Ragnarok.
  • Divine Parentage: His father was the Greek God of War and his mother is the giantess Laufey.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has his mother's hair, but his father's temper. That says it all.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Has the potential to become powerful and cause The End of the World as We Know It due to being half-god, half-giant. And by god, we mean Greek, not Norse.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Loki was not the grandson of Zeus in the original stories, seeing how they came from two separate mythologies.
  • The Reveal: Very few expected this plot twist. When he and Kratos finally make it to Jotunheim, Atreus discovers that the name Faye originally intended for him was Loki.
  • Smug Super: After learning his true nature he gets a bit of a big head for a while, though grows out of it later.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: All this time you were playing the game and Loki was Atreus all along!
  • Trickster God: Is supposed to be this, but it comes off more as an Informed Attribute... so far.
  • Turn Out Like His Father:
    • Kratos's main goal is to be certain this does not happen so that his son doesn't kill him like he did with Zeus.
    • On a much darker note, it's revealed that he is destined to cause an apocalyptic event that will wipe out an entire mythological pantheon, just like his old man.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He is revealed to have two names, his Norse name given by his mother and his Greek name given by his father- Atreus.
  • Walking Spoiler: One of the most important figures in Norse mythology and his true identity is this.

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