Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Doctor Strange | Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
The Asgardians are the inhabitants of Asgard. They are a race of Human Aliens possessing a highly advanced form of technology resembling magic and sorcery, which their entire civilization is built up by. They are a brave and powerful warrior race whose passion for adventure is their way of life, and their reputation as one of the mightiest races in the universe has earned them respect and fear from other races.
- Aliens Speaking English: Asgardians have no problems understanding other races and species, including humans, and communicating with them.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Kings and Queens of Asgard draw their power from Asgard itself, invariably making them the most powerful of their race.
- Baby Planet: Asgard is tiny; the whole 'planet' is about the size of an islet, and most of that is untamed wilderness. The city itself doesn't have a large population — its army consists of only a few hundred men when Hela confronts it; later those who have survived Hela's rule fit on one mid-sized Sakaaran ship. However, it is hard to find Asgard.
- Badass Army: They've fought wars that lasted for millennia against races that threatened the entire universe and won every single one of them... Except against Hela. And Thanos, in Infinity War. As of Endgame however, they regained some of their previous credentials by joining the final battle against the Mad Titan and ultimately prevailing.
- Badass Bystander: Even Asgardian civilians can and will throw down with horrible monsters if the need is great enough.
- Blood Knight: Asgardians all seem to really enjoy fighting.
- Break the Badass: Malekith's sneak attack on Asgard and Kurse's assassination of Frigga shook the whole realm to its core. And that was all merely a prelude as to what was to come when Hela managed to break free of her long imprisonment...
- Call-Back: Tønsberg, the village where Odin and Thor agree to settle the surviving Asgardians turns out to be the same place where the Frost Giants and the Asgardians fought on Midgard and the same place that the Red Skull invaded to find the Tesseract in World War II.
- Call to Agriculture: A variant is seen in Avengers: Endgame. After Ragnarok, the Infinity War, and the Decimation/Snap, the Asgardians have been reduced to less than a quarter of their previous population. Now, they eke out a living as simple fishermen in the town of "New Asgard" in the far north of Norway, having put aside their Sufficiently Advanced Technology and come to terms with the fact that their Glory Days are behind them. That being said, they do come back to help royally kick the collective ass of the Mad Titan's forces in the film's climax.
- City of Gold: Asgard is depicted as this in the MCU, its capital being pretty much entirely gold encased. Thor: Ragnarok addresses this, bringing up Asgard's buried history of brutal conquest, with Hela pointing out, "Where do you think all of this gold came from?"
- Cool Airship: The Asgardians don't seem to use spaceships (since the Bifröst allows them to get anywhere in the universe faster and more easily), but they do use aircraft that look like flying Viking longships. With homing missiles and gatling energy guns.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: They are highly advanced and wear garments reminiscent of ancient Rome or Greece.
- Cultural Posturing: As Thor notes in The Avengers, "We pretend on Asgard that we're more advanced."
- Depending on the Writer: The portrayal of the Asgardians as Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and/or actual gods varies from film to film.
- In Thor and Thor: The Dark World, the Asgardians make it clear that they see themselves and the Aesir as mortals. Fandral jokingly refers to prior visits to Earth, where they were mistaken for Gods, which they encouraged to cause a spectacle and for fun and games. In The Avengers, Loki keeps insisting that he's a God, and is treated as a loon by his brother Thor for doing so. In The Dark World, Odin insists they aren't gods when Loki tries to claim otherwise. As Odin points out, the Asgardians are born, live, and die like every other being and species in the cosmos. Loki counters by noting how long that is compared to other beings, in whose eyes they are Physical God.
- This changes in Thor: Ragnarok where the film returns to the comic and mythic roots with the royal family referring to themselves as gods and playing up the godly imagery. Thor openly calls Loki "the God of Mischief," he identifies himself as "the God of Thunder," Hela's title is "the Goddess of Death" and so on. Furthermore, a lot of their supposedly supernatural abilities seen in the previous films that were just Hand Waved as being Clarke's Third Law in action are now more explicitly viewed as the result of magic (i.e., Thor's Shock and Awe powers aren't a result of him possessing Sufficiently Advanced Technology, they're the result of him being the literal "God of Thunder"). However, what Odin had previously said remains true, which is also true in the myths, i.e. the Norse Gods are not immortal, not ageless, and they live and die like all beings.
- The Empire: When they refer to "The Nine Realms," they are not referring to a multi-verse, but the Asgardian Empire forged by Odin, Hela and their army. This means that the fighting Thor and others do in The Dark World is not just keeping bad guys from causing trouble, but keeping subject territories in line.Hela: [to Thor, in Odin's throne room] Where do you think all this gold came from?
- Empire with a Dark Secret: Asgardians believe that they are benevolent protectors of the Nine Realms. Hela reveals that it's all a facade and Odin rose to power by the brutal conquest of anyone in his path. It wasn't until his kingdom was assured and unquestioned that he decided that enough was enough, and locked Hela away, hoping to build the legacy of peace that existed in present day Asgard. Of course, this legacy rather skated over inconvenient questions such as, "Where did all that gold come from?"
- Endangered Species: After the events of Thor: Ragnarok, the Asgardians were reduced to a motley group of barely a few hundred to a thousand refugees, at most, barring any that might (like Professor Randolph) live in other realms — and considering that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. established that Loki-as-Odin was rounding all of those up, it's likely that most Asgardians were on Asgard. Their numbers were dropped even further during Avengers: Infinity War, where half of them were slaughtered by Thanos and his Black Order, and then half of those left perished with the Snap meaning that the Asgardians are on the brink of extinction. However, Endgame does soften it slightly by having the Asgardians who died in the Snap be resurrected by the actions of the Avengers.note
- Fantastic Racism: Asgardians have warred with their neighbors, and while centuries of peace have dimmed the memory of past conflicts, in the stories they tell their children they paint their former enemies as Always Chaotic Evil monsters:Thor (as a child in Thor about the Frost Giants): When I'm king, I'll hunt the monsters down and slay them all!Odin (in Thor: The Dark World about the Dark Elves): The noble armies of Asgard, led by my father, King Bor, waged a mighty war against these creatures.
- Girly Bruiser: An Asgardian being feminine is not a reason to assume she can't wield a sword as long as her arm, as evidenced by Frigga, who nearly kills Malekith in single combat (and only fails because Kurse joins in), and the women Skurge was flirting with, who are among the first civilians to draw their weapons during the battle against Hela's zombie army.
- Healing Factor: Compared to humans, Asgardians have accelerated healing, as seen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Professor Randolph is stabbed in the chest, but survives thanks to Coulson stifling the bleeding. Only minutes afterwards, he is walking around again nonchalantly.
- Hidden Elf Village: For a long time, Asgard ruled over the Nine Realms; during the time when Hela and Odin ruled together even in an imperialistic way. However, after Loki seizes the throne (pretending to be Odin), Asgard becomes more and more non-interventionistic, at the expense of the other realms who are used to Asgard coming to their help and thus don't have strong defenses themselves.Loki as Odin: Well, it is best to respect our neighbors' freedom...
Thor: Of course, the freedom to be massacred!
- Home of the Gods: Asgard is the home of several people who were worshipped by the Vikings and ancient Norse peoples as Gods.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The events of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War are not kind to them. In fact, Avengers: Endgame shows they've become significantly more humble to the point where they're been reduced to being a small town of reclusive nomads in Norway, having even set their Magitek aside and are now just trying to live normal lives on Midgard/Earth. They're still strong enough to put up a hell of a fight, as they participated in the Battle of Earth.
- Human Aliens: They don't come from Earth and still look like humans.
- I Am Not Weasel: For whatever reason, Asgardians have a habit of mistaking raccoons for rabbits, to the confusion of Rocket, who doesn't even like being called a racoon that much; Though he takes it better than "racoon" as the first time he was called a rabbit (by Thor), it was coupled with sincere compliments to his intelligence and leadership skills.
- Land of One City: Asgard is a tiny planet with one city surrounded by wilderness.
- Large Ham: The only one who doesn't get in on this is Hogun the Grim, although it's shown in the second movie that he's actually a Vanir, so this trope does apply to all Asgardians.
- Long-Lived: According to the exchange between Odin and Loki in Thor: The Dark World, they can easily live for 5000 years.
- Mythology Gag: In Avengers: Endgame, the surviving Asgardians now live in the small village of "New Asgard," which might be a sneaky reference to the Thor: The Reigning comics series where Asgard was moved to being above New York City by Thor and the city below was conquered & renamed "New Asgard".
- Physical God: Thor: Ragnarok returns to the comic roots by treating the royal family as gods. Its members are far more powerful than other Asgardians and have a connection to the realm other Asgardians lack.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Space Vikings. They drink, they fight, they feast... and not much else. Big on honor and glory. When one of their number dies (mostly likely in battle), then they perform rituals like the Vikings do, and they deal with grief violently (even if they were adopted into the culture instead of being born to it).
- Public Domain Character: Many of the Asgardian characters (including Thor, Loki, Odin, Frigga, Heimdall, Sif, and Hela) are this, being based on actual deities from Norse Mythology.
- The Queen's Latin: Most of the major Asgardian characters are voiced with RP accents, to lend them an authoritative, more antiquated tone. Thor himself veers into comedic Shakespearean Large Ham territory on occasion.
- Really 700 Years Old: The battle against the Frost Giants took place in AD 965, and Odin led the charge — and the Retcon of Thor being 1500 years old, by his own account, with the fact that he and Loki grew up together, suggests that it was closer to AD 565. Fandral implies that Thor used to throw around lightning and thunder, and got worshipped as a god. Loki states in The Dark World that the average Asgardian lifespan is 5000 to 5100 years. The Frost giants presumably have lifespans just as long — or even longer — considering that King Laufey looks exactly the same as he does 1,046 years (or more) after the battle with the Frost Giants, and Loki appears to age at the same rate as Asgardians.
- Screw Your Ultimatum!: In The Avengers, this appears twice. Both times, an Asgardian is asked to lay down his arms, and both times, the Asgardian flips out and attacks. Justified, though, as Asgardians are Proud Warrior Race Guy, so the concept of surrendering is probably an insult to them.
- Shining City: Asgard itself is a beautiful cosmic shining city filled with elaborate and beautifully gilded buildings. Right at the center stands an enormous golden palace which is home to Odin and the royal family, and from the palace to a golden station where Heimdall guards and controls the Bifrost runs a brightly colored 'Rainbow Bridge'. It is visually stunning, and certainly fit to be the home of a race of advanced alien physical gods.
- Smug Super: The Asgardians are very self-assured in their power, with even the princes seeing humans and others as lesser races. This has blinded them to the advances made by the rest of the galaxy; Earth seemingly hasn't been revisited by them since the 10th century. Loki thinks Earth is an Easily Conquered World despite being well-educated by Asgardian standards. And Thor is shocked that the residents of Sakaar have man-portable weapons that can harm him, resulting in him easily getting captured. Asgard itself is also seriously damaged by an attack from a small remnant of the Dark Elves, which they had previously defeated at their peak, further showing how complacent the Asgardians have gotten.
- It is worth noting, however, that Loki was leading an army that had conquered numerous worlds far more advanced than Earth, and by the time he wound up on Sakaar, Thor had done any number of impressive things, including going toe to toe with Malekith, who was wielding the full power of an Infinity Stone, and matching him blow for blow, even saying, "You know, with all that power, I thought you'd hit harder." All in all, it's not entirely surprising that he'd be caught off-guard by the concept of any man-portable weapons that can actually hurt him.
- Spock Speak: They speak in a very elaborate manner. It's a Pragmatic Adaptation from the comics, where they spoke in Antiquated Linguistics, although people mocking Asgardians tend to go for the 'thou' and 'thee'-style speech.Tony Stark: Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens:
- They freely mix magic and science. According to Thor's explanation to Jane, they consider them to be the same thing.Jane: Like an Einstein-Rosen bridge?
Thor: More like a rainbow bridge.
Jane: God, I hope you're not crazy.
- In The Dark World, Eir, tending to Jane, utilizes a "Soul Forge" to help heal her. She recognizes the device by referring to it in Technobabble terms as a quantum field generator.
- They freely mix magic and science. According to Thor's explanation to Jane, they consider them to be the same thing.
- Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology: Most Asgardian technology looks like Viking-era equipment despite being Sufficiently Advanced. This is even alluded to in Avengers: Endgame, as while the surviving Asgardians now seem to live an ordinary life of fishermen in Norway, Valkyrie and Thor both heavily imply that they've just put their Magitek to the side now for the sake of not upsetting their mortal brethren.
- Superior Species: According to the tie-in comics mainly, they seem to be the (mostly) officially-recognized defenders of peace in the universe. Since the Bifröst enables them to be anywhere at a moment's notice, fear of them is what keeps punks like the Jötunns, Trolls, Badoon, and Marauders in line. As consequence, when the Bifröst goes down, all the evil races come out of the bushes and start wreaking havoc. And even putting that all aside, ignoring unique cases like the Inhumans and Celestials (both of which are too individually varied for them to be worthy of real comparison), they're easily the physically strongest out of all extant sapient races in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having Super Strength, Super Toughness, an advanced Healing Factor, and being especially Long-Lived as just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
- Super Strength: Part of their demigod physiology, being able to push humans off their feet.
- Super Toughness: Part and parcel of demi-godhood is surviving serious harm. Though, as one memorable sequence in Ragnarok shows, the rank and file are not Immune to Bullets. Or at least rifles. Well, the undead ones aren't, anyway. The royal family is a different story.
- Uniqueness Decay: The Asgardians long held the status of being the MCU's premier Superior Species, and the superpowered race of the setting. However, Phase 4 and Phase 5 sees the introduction of the Eternals, Vampires, and Mutants in the coming future, all of whom are entire superpowered races. This makes the Asgardians just another race instead of the biggest one, severely demoting their status. This had arguably already been the case since the first film they appeared in: the last time the Asgardians were on Earth, humans fought each other with swords and spears, so the Asgardians' advanced technology and superhuman physicality made them effectively gods to the lower race. By the 21st century when the films are set, Asgardian technology hasn't really advanced that much in contrast to the humans, and it's blatantly shown that human weaponry is superior to most of their'snote and that modern rifles can kill their rank-and-file and penetrate their mook armor (cf. the end of Ragnarok). This implicitly extends to other advanced planets too. Thor and his buddies do well when fighting other superhumans with melee weapons and the occasional sci-fi blaster in his first two films (to the point of him being a One-Man Army against The Usual Adversaries of Asgard), but he gets taken down in seconds by a gang of pirates on Sakaar, much to his own shock. It's this kind of outdated arrogance that causes, for example, Loki to assume that Earth will fall in hours to his Chitauri, or for Thor to label the Chitauri a potent force "not of this world or any other world known" (while Rocket in a Deleted Scene is unsurprised that the Earthlings wrecked the Chitauri, yet baffled that the Earthlings didn't know about them or their big weakness). Really, all the Asgardians have over the major powers at this point are a few superweapons like the Bifrost.
- War Refugees: The destruction of Asgard in Ragnarok leaves the surviving Asgardians as this. Endgame has them eventually setting up "New Asgard" in the form of a small town in Norway.
- We Are as Mayflies: A common Asgardian attitude, which both the films and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. touch on. It's difficult to see humans as worth concerning yourself over when the average human life span is a small fraction of your own.
- World in the Sky: Asgard is little more than a medium-sized city, surrounded by a compact landscape of oceans and craggy mountains, all of it floating freely in space. Said oceans cascade over the edges into the void, and the whole arrangement appears to have a diameter in the tens of kilometers, give or take, with many of the world's edges being easily visible from the shore. Question like "Where does the seawater come from?" or "Where do they grow all that food?" are never addressed, but can probably be handwaved with the Asgardians' advanced Magitek.
- World of Badass: A world filled with mighty warriors with both hand to hand and laser combat experience, great champions, and even civilians aren't afraid to get down and fight when the situation calls for it.
- World of Ham: A shiny world inhabited by many boisterous people.
Rulers and Guardians of Asgard
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Allfather Odin Borson
Portrayed By: Anthony Hopkins
Voiced By: Gabriel Pingarrón (Latin-American Spanish dub), Camilo García (European Spanish dub), Jin Urayama (Japanese dub) Guy Nadon (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok
Lord of the Aesir and King of Asgard. After Thor starts a war with the Jötunns, he exiles him in hopes of teaching him humility. Upon a particularly strenuous conversation with Loki, his old body goes into the "Odinsleep". Loki promptly takes advantage of this and starts scheming.
- Actually Pretty Funny: In Ragnarok, he's actually more impressed that Loki managed to trap him on Earth than anything else. His chuckle as Thor tells Loki to remove his magic just says it all.
- Adoption Diss: Played for Drama in The Dark World. During his trial Loki attempts to appeal to his birthright as a son of the king and Odin retorts that his birthright (as an abandoned child whom Odin adopted) was to die.
- Amazon Chaser: Implied. His wife is Frigga, a Lady of War, and he ships his son with Sif, another Lady of War.
- Ambiguous Situation: The end of The Dark World left it vague as to whether Loki killed him or not. The first stinger of Doctor Strange (2016) reveals that he actually is alive, and Ragnarok shows that he was living in a New York retirement home that Loki had banished him to. At some point, though, he left and ended up in Norway (possibly as a result of the retirement home being demolished).
- And I Must Scream: When he goes into the Odinsleep, Odin is perfectly capable of hearing and seeing what is going on around him, but powerless to do anything about it until the sleep is over.
- And Starring: "And Anthony Hopkins as Odin."
- Angst Coma: Goes into the Odinsleep after banishing Thor and having an argument with Loki.
- The Atoner: It's implied that Odin's current status as protector of peace across the Nine Realms is to make up for his past as a pillaging warmonger who obtained his power through violence and bloodshed. Certainly, it's worth noting that his key message to Thor is that "a wise king never seeks out war" (though must always be ready for it).
- Badass Beard: He has a bushy, impressive one.
- Bad Liar: It's lampshaded by Frigga when she observes in The Dark World, "You've never been a very good liar." It explains why it's easy for her to manipulate him—Odin has no idea that his wife has totally disregarded his royal authority and has been visiting Loki's cell for the past year.
- Big Good: He is the king of Asgard and the highest authority against Laufey, the king of Jötunheim. The fragile peace between them is the catalyst of the movie's plot. However, he is not without his flaws.
- Big Sleep: The Odinsleep. Ultimately subverted. It's a power recharge, not death.
- Blade on a Stick: Gungnir, the "Spear of Heaven."
- Blood Knight: For all his talk of keeping the peace in the Nine Realms, he goes into full Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode, willing to shed every drop of Asgardian blood to destroy Malekith after he attacks Asgard and murders Queen Frigga. And he justifies the righteousness of it by saying that he will win. Ragnarok reveals that Odin was a genuine one in the past (meaning that Dark World was a relapse), and it was only much later that he renounced it in favour of becoming a peacekeeper.
- Broken Pedestal:
- To his youngest son Loki, who greatly loved him, looked up to him, and wanted nothing more than his approval in Thor. The breaking part started once Loki found out Odin had lied to him his whole life about his origins and planned to use him as a political tool. Odin's rejection in the Bifröst put the final nail in the coffin. In The Dark World, his harsh justice is treated by Loki as another rejection.
- His behaviour in The Dark World also disabuses Thor of a lot of his illusions, and leads to him outright rejecting kingship for the foreseeable future.
- It's taken up even further in Thor: Ragnarok after his death where Thor is deeply disturbed to learn of Odin's history of violent conquest with Hela, especially considering Odin went to great lengths to teach him of the consequences of war in the first film (though it is also made pretty clear that Odin taught him those consequences precisely because he learnt that lesson long ago, and had seen what a Blood Knight child of his could become).
- Chekhov M.I.A.: The first stinger for Doctor Strange (2016) states that Thor and Loki are in New York looking for him because of his disappearance in Thor: The Dark World. They finally reunite in Thor: Ragnarok, where Odin warns his sons of the threat Hela poses to the universe.
- Chewing the Scenery: Whenever Odin gets angry and raises his voice. Magnificent in a way that only Anthony Hopkins can deliver.
- Cool Helmet: Odin's helmet is a mixture between his sons' helmets: It has two wings and two horns.
- Cool Horse: Implied by its number of legs and its owner's identity to be Sleipnir.
- Cool Old Guy: Sure, he sits on his throne most of the time and never really goes into action, but if he decided to use his power, he would make Thanos look like a street thug in comparison.
- Crusading Widower: In The Dark World after Frigga's death.
- Dead Person Conversation: In Ragnarok, he appears to Thor in a vision during the Final Battle to share his wisdom.
- Death by Adaptation: In Norse Mythology, Odin is killed by Fenris during the Final Battle on Asgard. Here, he dies before the battle.
- Despair Event Horizon: Succumbs to it when Frigga is killed in The Dark World. He throws aside all the virtues he preached about to Thor in favor of bloody revenge. He even drives Heimdall to go against him!
- Determinator: Has been putting off the Odinsleep for quite a while. In the opening for Thor, he takes an ice mace from Laufey in the face and continues fighting anyway. He doesn't even stop to seek treatment for his eye until after the Frost Giants are driven back to Jötunheim.
- Takes this to a dark place when he's strategizing how to get vengeance for his wife. When Thor says that his plan to fight Malekith's forces in Asgard until he stands victorious on a pile of Asgardian and Dark Elf corpses only makes him as bad as Malekith, Odin responds that his will to win is what separates them (as Malekith doing something similar was purely out of cowardice and trying to run away from battle). While he is probably right, his determination would ruin the kingdom.
- Disabled Deity: Just like in Norse Mythology, he is missing an eye.
- Disappears into Light: Upon death his body turns into motes of light that disappear shortly after. In the rendition of this scene in Ragnarok's credits, against the blazing sun it looks like he turns into ashes.
- Elderly Immortal: Odin looks like an elderly human, but he's actually a thousands-year-old Human Alien.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Odin, as per Hela, was a Galactic Conqueror and tyrant who butchered whole civilizations, and plundered their wealth to build the splendour of Asgard. He had a Heel Realization, banished Hela, and raised Thor and Loki in the hope that they would become better than both Hela, and him.
- The Extremist Was Right: Odin imposed peace on the Nine Realms through bloody conquest, destroys the entire civilization of his enemies, and regularly intervenes militarily to maintain that peace (though avoids it, where possible). Yet, without Asgard's constant policing the realms have been shown to be quickly descend into chaos with wars spreading and the strong praying on the weak. The extreme methods he employs are often necessary because Asgard's enemies are that dangerous.
- Eyepatch of Power: He changes them depending on the occasion, but always present. It is unknown if he wears it for the same reason as mythology Odin.
- Eye Scream: Loses his right eye to Laufey in Thor's opening.
- Face Death with Dignity: He is quite content to spend his last months of life wandering the Norwegian countryside on Earth, and seems barely bothered by it by the time his sons find him.
- Fatal Flaw: As pointed out in Thor: Ragnarok, he kept hiding his less admirable past actions until they blew up on everyone. Specifically, Loki's true parentage until he learns it in the worst way and Hela's existence leaving everyone unprepared for her return.
- Former Bigot: In the past, he had been a vicious imperialist and an avid believer in Asgardian supremacy. After his Heel Realization, he leaves this behind, but has his relapses, such as likening the human Jane to a goat or raising his adoptive Frost Giant son to believe that Frost Giants are inherently evil.
- Galactic Conqueror: Thor: Ragnarok revealed that he used to be this before changing his ways. Hela even noted how she used to be his favored tool of conquest, and lamented that such glorious days were long gone.
- Genre Blind:
- Believed that Loki would be able to forge a lasting peace with the Frost Giants, despite the fact Laufey left him to die as baby.
- Didn't see that Loki would be incredibly upset or jealous about not being Crown Prince. Even worse — he didn't make it clear Thor was the Crown Prince when they were young, dangling the throne in front of both of them, telling them "only one of you can inherit the throne, but you were both born to be kings." Alan Taylor, the director of The Dark World, has commented on how Odin really shouldn't have done that.
- God-Emperor: Odin is the Top God of Asgard and rules over the Nine Realms that he conquered in the past.
- A God I Am Not: When Loki asserts that the Asgardians are like Gods compared to Humans, Odin succinctly declares that they should not act Holier Than Thou in spite of their advantages as a species. However, this does not stop him from acting superior to Jane when she comes to the realm, probably because he feels that she's not good enough/too mortal for his son, more than anything else.
- Gold and White Are Divine: He wears various combinations of silver and gold and has white hair. Notably, his sons each appropriate one of the two colors for their own outfits.
- The Good King: Taking care of his people is his number one priority and his anger at Thor is based on his fear that his son cares more for war than for them. In The Dark World his despair drives him into the very Blood Knight behavior he scorned.
- Good Parents: Goes from straightforward in Thor, to played with in The Dark World, to played with all over the place in Ragnarok.
- Thor: Odin loves both his sons, even if Loki is an adopted Frost Giant, a racial enemy, and gives Thor a much needed object-lesson to teach him the value of kindness and compassion. His main failure is being too proud of his sons to teach them the lessons they needed to learn until it was too late, resulting in Thor becoming a boisterous warmonger and Loki becoming a repressed ball of jealousy. Only one of them gets better (since any opportunity to correct Loki's immaturity was missed when he fell into the Odinsleep, leaving his adopted son to run amok with power).
- In The Dark World, he reminds Loki that his birthright was "to die, as a child, on a frozen rock" and if he hadn't saved Loki that day then Loki wouldn't be alive to hate him in the present. How much of the punishment is from the "All Father" and how much is from "Loki's father" is ambiguous in the film note . In any case, he's given up hope that Loki will amount to anything more than a murderer — which considering that that was how Hela turned out, with the two bearing more than a slight resemblance, is probably a pretty heavy blow.
- While Ragnarok shows that Odin really does love both of his sons and is incredibly proud of them, it also reveals that he used his first child, Hela, as a weapon to conquer the Nine Realms. According to him, her ambition grew too great and he was forced to banish her somewhere she would never escape while he lived. According to her, he had a sudden and unexpected change of heart and simply cast her aside since she wanted to continue the conquest. Since both are liable to be Unreliable Narrators, the truth is left unclear.
- Grandpa God: Odin's role as the Top God of Asgard is expressed through his white beard signifying the wisdom he has gained from eons of experience and learning. He also goes by the title "All-Father," which dates him a bit.
- Handicapped Badass: His missing eye doesn't get in the way of his ass-kicking.
- Happily Married: To Queen Frigga.
- Heavy Sleeper: Nothing can wake him from the Odinsleep once it begins, although he still sees and hears everything going on around him.
- Holy Halo: In Ragnarok, the Asgardian frescoes he has commissioned as part of official propaganda depict him with it. However, his past sins hardly make him worthy of one, even as he tried to change.
- Hypocrite: He admonishes Loki's way of thinking that Asgardians are not looking down on humanity as inferior from a place of godhood, yet scoffs at a mortal within Asgard as though she were a being that had no place among higher life forms such as themselves.
- Identity Amnesia: The spell Loki casts on him offscreen in The Dark World is implied to make Odin forget who he is. As shown in Ragnarok, Loki then sent him off to a retirement home on Earth, where Odin eventually broke free of the spell.
- I Have No Son!: After Loki murdered hundreds of innocent New Yorkers in The Avengers, Odin no longer considers him his son. In the Dark World Prelude comics, he underlines this by calling him Laufeyson to his face. In Ragnarok, since getting free of the enchantment put on him by Loki, he has mellowed out and refers to both Thor and Loki as his sons. Still played straight with his first child, Hela, though. She's actually his firstborn daughter whom Odin banished and erased her existence because she's too dangerous to be set free.
- It's All About Me: A major aspect of his character arc is his difficulty in avoiding this behavior, being aware of it, and wishing better for his sons.
- It's Personal: One can read his warmongering frenzy late into The Dark World as driven less by bloodthirsty pride and more his grief at Frigga being killed in battle against the Dark Elves.
- Jerkass God: The Allfather is revealed in Ragnarok to have been a ruthless conqueror who once bathed the Nine Realms in blood together with Hela, and then decided to change his ways.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Loki defends his invasion of New York City by stating that a throne is his birthright. Odin fires back with the harsh but hard to argue with point that given the circumstances of Loki's birth he really has no grounds to claim this, and it certainly didn't excuse the death and destruction he caused.
- Although he stepped off the Despair Event Horizon by that point and was ready to expend unit after unit to fight Malekith in Asgard, Odin did have a point about Thor's plot to bring Jane to Malekith in Svartalfheim if Thor can't destroy the Aether once it's extracted from Jane as that's precisely what happens.
- Large Ham: Obviously, since we're talking about Anthony Hopkins... as Odin.
- Like Father, Like Son: Both sons take after him in some aspects:
- In The Dark World, he shows himself very much like Thor in the first film, with his bloodthirsty ways in the fight with the Dark Elves. Granted, he has better reason. He also shares Thor's courage, nobility and ability to lead.
- While he respects humans as a race and government, he also shares Loki's attitudes about being superior to individual humans. Justified, because he would first have encountered humanity in the early Bronze Age, through to the Viking Era. He also shares Loki's intelligence and diplomatic skills, as well as magic (he had embedded a spell within Mjölnir in Thor, and also shows signs of it in The Dark World when he examines Jane for the Aether).
- Love-Obstructing Parents: In The Dark World, he tries to discourage Thor's feelings for Jane out of both practicality (Thor will outlive her by centuries) and a certain elitism.
- MayDecember Romance: Implied. Infinity War refers to Hela as Thor's half-sister meaning Odin was married to someone before Frigga. Also, take into account that their actors were born seventeen years apart with Anthony Hopkins having been born in 1937 and Rene Russo in 1954.
- Necessary Evil: His view on war. He views it as ugly, but something kings have to be ready for. He views his father's extermination of the Dark Elves as necessary to safeguard the universe due to the threat they posed. His conquests and intervention of the other realms can also count to force a peace on them because without Asgard to maintain security they fall into war and chaos.
- Never My Fault: He doesn't take any responsibility for how his sons turned out. It doesn't dawn at him at all that Thor's war-mongering behavior is because of him, or that Loki's issues were due to neglecting him as a child, which resulted in his madness.
- This is subverted with Hela, whose insanity he does take responsibility for.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- He never told Loki of his true heritage because he felt it would cause him to feel like an outsider. Even when Loki didn't know the truth, he still felt overshadowed by Thor and Odin. Finding out just made things worse, much worse.
- He went into the Odinsleep after banishing Thor, which put Loki on the throne.
- He never told his sons about their bloodthirsty sister and goddess of death (who he knows will be free to invade Asgard once he passes away) right up until he was close to death.
- He put a fake Infinity Gauntlet in the vault in order to appease Asgard's fears about it. This means when Thanos shows up with the real thing, Asgard is completely off-guard.
- No Body Left Behind: When he passes away, he dissolves into wisps of light.
- Not So Different: From Malekith in The Dark World. Both are willing to sacrifice as many of their subjects "as needed" to win.Thor: Then how are you different from Malekith?
Odin: [bitter laughter] The difference, my son, is that I will win.
- Offing the Offspring: The only reason he doesn't kill Loki is because Frigga spoke in his defense. If it weren't for her, he'd have Loki executed without a second thought.
- Papa Wolf: Goes into Jötunheim, by himself, to rescue his sons.
- Parental Favoritism: He paid more attention to Thor, who is his true-born son and whom he shares a lot in common with, as they both embody the ideals of Asgardian masculinity. Tom Hiddleston confirms this when he affirms that "[Odin] connected much more with Thor. They were sort of cut from the same cloth." Odin's preference for Thor initially made him blind to the latter's faults in Thor.
- Parental Hypocrisy: In Thor: The Dark World, he accuses Loki of bringing war, ruin and death wherever the latter goes. As revealed in Thor: Ragnarok, this is exactly what Odin himself was doing in the past when he conquered the Nine Realms with Hela at his side — though his attitude to Loki could be because it was a very unwanted reminder of what he once was like, and has spent the last couple of thousand years trying to undo.
- Parental Neglect: Although he does love Loki, he found it difficult to forge a close bond with his adopted son and remained distant because Loki isn't a Proud Warrior Race Guy like him and is of Jötunn descent. It's lampshaded by Loki in Thor.Loki: You know, it all makes sense now, why you favoured Thor all these years, because no matter how much you claim to love me, you could never have a Frost Giant sitting on the throne of Asgard!
- Parents as People: Odin's parental skills leave a great deal to be desired and caused many of the problems and insecurities associated with Thor and Loki, which in turn snowballed into major conflicts such as Loki's invasion of Earth and Hela's... everything (indeed, they could be said to be at the root of the conflicts of Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: Ragnarok). That being said Odin loves both of his sons deeply and, in his last moments, made sure to tell them this in spite of everything Loki had done.
- The Patriarch: Odin may be a kind father who wants the best for his children, but he is also far more powerful than any of them and shows no hesitation to discipline them with banishment or imprisonment whenever they get arrogant enough to ignore his counsel.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- In the first movie, he wants to avoid war, and does a good job of handling things when he's not in the Odinsleep. Just mind the Hair-Trigger Temper.
- This goes away about halfway through The Dark World. He becomes bloodthirsty and irrational due to grief from Frigga's death, leading to Thor and his friends committing treason just to do the right thing.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Gives one to Thor around the beginning of the film, but it was meant to inspire some humility in him, and not just for the sake of being mean-spirited."You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy!""Through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of war! You are unworthy of these realms! You're unworthy of your title! You are unworthy!... of the loved ones you have betrayed. I now take from you your power! In the name of my father and his father before, I, Odin Allfather, cast you out!"
- Also gives a brief one to Loki before sending him to the dungeon in The Dark World."Do you not truly feel the gravity of your crimes? Wherever you go, there is war, ruin, and death.""Your birthright, was to die, as a child, cast out onto a frozen rock. If I had not taken you then, you would not be here now to hate me."
- Gives one to Thor around the beginning of the film, but it was meant to inspire some humility in him, and not just for the sake of being mean-spirited.
- Retired Badass: He led the charge back in the 10th century AD, but now he prefers the diplomatic approach.
- Retired Monster: As per Hela, Odin was once a Galactic Conqueror who drenched entire civilizations in blood, with Hela as his executioner. After conquering and subjugating the nine realms, Odin stopped from expanding his empire, and decided to become a peaceful monarch, and so banished Hela from Asgard, and making her an Un-person and more or less rewriting history so that his children would have a kinder legacy to build on.Hela: [to Thor, in Odin's throne room] Where do you think all this gold came from?
- Revenge Before Reason: Frigga's death at the hands of the Dark Elves in The Dark World turns him to a blinded rage and he becomes much like Thor was prior to his Character Development, willing to throw as many Asgardian lives as is needed to crush Malekith. Thor comments that his methods wouldn't leave much separation from him and that which he hates.
- Royal Blood: He is the king of Asgard, and most conflicts in Thor trilogy revolve around who of his three children will succeed him.
- Royalty Super Power: While all Asgardians are strong and tough, he possess supernatural powers that make him a literal god among his people. He passes his powers down to his biological children, Thor and Hela.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the Asgardian charge against the Jötunns to defend Midgard during the Dark Ages.
- Shipper on Deck: In The Dark World, he lets slip he's a Thor×Sif shipper by admonishing Thor that "the one who's right for you is right in front of you", right as they're watching Sif during training/sparring.
- Staff of Authority: Only the King of Asgard wields Gungnir.
- So Proud of You: In his last moments on the cliffs near Tønsberg, he confides this in Thor and Loki. He even relents in his condemnation of Loki, commending the trickster on his feat of illusory magic that had entranced Odin for months.
- Superhero Trophy Shelf: Odin has one underneath Asgard in his vault. Throughout the movies, it houses among others the Tesseract, a replica of the Infinity Gauntlet and Surtur's skull.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- In The Dark World, he stops treating Loki like his son, and is openly disapproving of Thor's infatuation with Jane, comparing bringing Jane to Asgard to bringing a goat to a banquet (and says this to her face, as if her response doesn't matter). Most likely, it was probably caused by the fact that his second son, who he does still love, went insane, slaughtering droves of innocents (which probably reminded him very unpleasantly of Hela), and the fact that his first son is in love with a mortal who will break his heart by dying a millennium or three before Thor starts even going grey.
- He takes another level in the second half of the film due to grief and anger over Frigga's death and shouts We Have Reserves.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- In Ragnarok, when Thor and Loki find him, he doesn't hesitate to refer to them as his sons and has generally softened, likely because he knows he doesn't have long to live.
- Also from Ragnarok. As it turns out, Odin was once much closer to the Odin of Norse Mythology. The reason the Nine Realms exist is because he led a series of massive wars that devastated the cosmos; the Realms are the areas he had conquered by the time he was finished. Then he had a Heel Realization about being a Galactic Conqueror, stopped at Nine Realms rather than continue to conquer the cosmos with Hela, and retreated to Asgard rather than continue direct rule over all nine of his realms.
- Top God: He's the "King of the Gods" type, the Allfather who presides over all other Asgardian Physical Gods, including his two sons, the God of Thunder and the God of Mischief, and his daughter, the Goddess of Death.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He has a strong habit of leaving things or sending things to Earth that cause destruction. For example, his sending Thor and his hammer to Earth helped the Earth realize they were outmatched as they were, which caused S.H.I.E.L.D. to revive HYDRA tech, based on an Asgardian power source, the Tesseract. This snowballs into attracting the intentions of Thanos and the Chitauri, which brings to Earth the Mind Gem. That gives power to Ultron and the Vision.
- We Have Reserves: In The Dark World, he is ready to get as many Asgardians killed fighting the dark elves as needed. When Thor asks how Odin is different from Malekith (who sacrificed most of his own race in the past) Odin replies that unlike Malekith he intends to win.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of The Dark World, Loki has usurped the throne from Odin, whose fate is not revealed. Thor: Ragnarok then reveals that Loki wiped his memory and sent him to Earth, where he chose to remain once he recovered them.
- Written by the Winners: Hela angrily and resentfully reveals in Thor: Ragnarok that Odin engaged with this in regards to how Asgard records its history. While Odin now emphasizes his role as peacekeeper and hegemonic police of the Nine Realms (as well as the actions of his sons and family), his throne and the glory of Asgard was revealed to be once founded in conquest and imperialism, with Hela by his side. This is evident in the Sistine Chapel-like ceiling art of Odin's throne-room. Those scenes of the Royal Family and peace among the Realms are actually the second layer. The first depicts Odin and Hela leading a series of bloody wars across the universe, and was (literally) covered up after Odin banished Hela.
Portrayed By: Rene Russo
Voiced By: Rebeca Patiño (Latin-American Spanish dub), Mercedes Montalá (European Spanish dub), Kumiko Takizawa (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Endgame
The wife of Odin, mother of Thor and Loki, and Queen of Asgard. As Odin falls into the Odinsleep, Frigga takes care of him, unaware of what Loki is doing on the throne. She was raised among witches, and therefore is as formidable a sorceress gifted with sight that peers beyond the physical realm past spirit and time, and taught Loki his infamous mastery of illusions.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Judging by the attendance and the reaction of the mourners at Frigga's funeral, all of Asgard love their Queen.
- Action Girl: Thor definitely didn't get it all from his father.
- Thor: When Laufey and his goons try to assassinate Odin during his Odinsleep period, the first Frost Giant to enter the chamber gets cut in half by a single sword slice from her.
- The Dark World: She easily bests Malekith in combat, taking him on alone armed with nothing but a shortsword and superior skill. It's a shame he brought Kurse along.
- Action Mom: She's a Magic Knight who taught one son magic (and his combat style is very similar to hers) and can guard the other son's girlfriend splendidly on her own.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Frigga in the comics has strands of gray hair styled into braids as opposed to her having gold hair in the live action Thor movies.
- Ambiguous Situation: Thor: Ragnarok and its promotional materials never address at any point who Hela's mother is and indeed, whether she could be Frigga or whether Hela came from a time before Frigga was married to Odin. The hidden murals in Asgard's throne room only show Odin and Hela; there is no sign of Frigga or any other female figure who could be interpreted as being Hela's mother. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor eventually refers to Hela as his half-sister, confirming that Frigga is not her mother.
- And Starring: Gets billed as "With Rene Russo."
- Back for the Finale: Makes an extended cameo in Avengers: Endgame, which, while not the last Marvel movie, concludes the Infinity Saga. Thor and Rocket cross paths with her while time-traveling to 2013, and she and Thor have a touching mother-son moment together.
- Beneath the Mask: Frigga gives the impression of being an Incorruptible Pure Pureness Queen, but she's actually as devious as her son Loki, who follows in her footsteps. He's the sole person who gets to see her true self—even Odin is ignorant of the fact that his wife has betrayed him by spending time with Loki during the latter's incarceration, which is a flagrant violation of the king's orders.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Odin is the most powerful being in the Nine Realms, but he's helpless during the Odinsleep, so it's Frigga's duty to guard him as he recuperates. She kills one of Laufey's goons who attempts to assassinate her husband.
- Brutal Honesty: The wisest person in Asgard doesn't make any bones (though she usually does follow it with something supportive and inspiring). Especially when Thor in Endgame approaches her and confesses to being an idiot:Frigga: Idiot? No. Failure? Absolutely.
Thor: That's a little bit harsh.
- Consummate Liar: It's suggested in The Dark World that Frigga is this, and that Loki had learned to be crafty from her. She ignores Odin's royal decree that she can never see her adopted son again, and she visits the latter's dungeon with an illusion of herself for the past year without her husband knowing. Also "it takes one to know one", and Frigga can read her duplicitous son like a book. She later tells Odin, "You've never been a very good liar," which implies that she's an excellent one. Frigga then proves it when she deceives Malekith with a false image of Jane.
- Death by Adaptation: She didn't die (at least permanently) in the comics, but she's killed in The Dark World.
- Defiant to the End: She's held in a headlock by Kurse while Malekith walks over to Jane. Just as he reaches out to take the Aether from her, Jane disappears, revealing that she's an illusion.Malekith: WITCH! Where is the Aether?!
Frigga: I'll never tell you.
Malekith: I believe you. [Kurse stabs Frigga through the back]
- Disappears into Light: During her funeral her body turns into motes of light that disappear shortly after.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Goes out fighting against Malekith in order to protect Jane and the Aether.
- Famous Last Words: "I'll never tell you."
- Generation Xerox: In Avengers: Infinity War, Loki shares Frigga's fate — both die protecting another person (Jane, Thor), both briefly use illusions (to conceal Jane, to hide a dagger), both attempt to take on a much stronger foe (Kurse, Thanos) with a short sword/dagger, both have their quick attack repulsed, and both are Defiant to the End: "I'll never tell you" / "You will never be a god."
- Gold and White Are Divine: Her garments are exclusively gold and white in Thor, but she varies her palette in The Dark World.
- Good Counterpart: To Loki.
- In Thor, they're linked through their sorcery and trickery which contrasts to Thor and Odin upfront combat attitude. Frigga is happy being the Queen consort of Asgard with a supporting role in her husband's reign, whereas Loki is miserable having to play second fiddle to Thor, the Crown Prince. Loki's envy and resentment towards his brother eventually lead him to commit fratricide (although the enchantment Odin had placed on Mjölnir revives Thor), while Frigga is devoted to Odin and protects him from Laufey's mook.
- In The Dark World, Frigga represents what he was (more or less) before his FaceHeel Turn, and what he can be once again if he's willing to atone for his past misdeeds. While she can be tricky and even treacherous (her visits to Loki's dungeon is technically a crime against the Crown), she generally uses her talents for the greater good, and in her final valiant act, she defends Jane from Malekith.
- Good Parents:
- Even though Loki isn't a child of her blood, she loves and dotes on him as if he were. She pleaded with Odin to commute Loki's death sentence to life imprisonment.
- She supports Thor's relationship with Jane, being happy that he is happy.
- Even though the time-travelling version of Thor in Endgame isn't technically her son, she still imparts some much-needed advice on him that lifts his spirits.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, and she's kind and respectful towards Jane, unlike Odin, who rudely equates the human woman's presence in Asgard to that of a goat at a banquet table.
- Happily Married: To King Odin.
- Headbutt of Love: In Endgame, she shares one with a time-traveling Thor as she brings him back from over the Despair Event Horizon and her little boy cries in his mother's arms.
- The Heart: Of the Asgardian Royal Family. When she dies, the family collapses into shambles. Odin becomes more bloodthirsty and stricter, which leads to Thor plotting behind his back to escape Asgard and exact revenge on Malekith. But the most affected is clearly Loki, who has an off-screen Tantrum Throwing because of his inadvertent role in her death.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died keeping Jane Foster and the Aether out of Malekith's clutches.
- Hidden Depths: In The Dark World, she gets a fight scene against Malekith and wins. Further, it's revealed that she's the one who taught Loki magic, and she uses the same sorts of illusions he does.
- The High Queen: She is beautiful, gracious and regal.
- Holy Halo: She is depicted with one in the Asgardian frescoes in Ragnarok. Well-earned, given that she was a loving wife and mother, and died protecting Jane, a mortal she has just met.
- Lady of War: When fighting Malekith she was wearing a queenly dress and handled him with great skill.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Frigga has influenced her adopted son Loki to a tremendous degree. She taught him magic, and he also "inherited" Shared Family Quirks (fidgeting with hands when nervous), her talent for deception, her elegant comportment and her fighting style (i.e. relying on speed and agility). Both are very perceptive about other people (lampshaded by Frigga in regards to Loki), not to mention that Loki is In Touch with His Feminine Side and beautiful in a feminine manner. Loki initially tried to rein in Thor's violent, impulsive side, and Frigga does the same with Odin. They even die similarly by attempting to protect another person and ambush a much stronger foe with a short sword/dagger and being Defiant to the End.
- Magic Knight: In battle, she employs illusion spells and is very adept with a sword—Loki definitely takes after her in this regard (albeit with a preference for daggers).
- Mama Bear: Even though her sons need no protection, Frigga still defends them.
- Master Actor: Odin never suspects that she has transgressed his command to not visit Loki in prison. Frigga isn't as honest, moral or obedient as he believes she is.
- Master of Illusion: She was Loki's instructor in illusion magic. She uses an illusion to visit him during his incarceration, and she conjures a copy of Jane to mislead Malekith.
- MayDecember Romance: Implied. Infinity War refers to Hela as Thor's half-sister meaning Odin was married to someone before Frigga. Also, take into account that their actors were born seventeen years apart with Anthony Hopkins having been born in 1937 and Rene Russo in 1954.
- Meaningful Funeral: In The Dark World, Asgardians come to pay last tribute to their queen and other fallen in a beautiful ceremony. During the long scene no one says a word. Loki, a convict for life, is not allowed to attend.
- Morality Chain: She's this to her husband Odin, to the point where her death causes him to become hellishly bloodthirsty.
- Morality Pet: To Loki. Played with because it's been shown that he loves Frigga the most, but his affection for her didn't stop him from committing his actions.
- Motherhood Is Superior: While Loki's adoption creates all kinds of drama, it all revolves around Odin. No one says that Loki is not Frigga's son.
- Mysterious Past: It's unknown how she came to meet and marry Odin. In Avengers: Endgame, she mentions that she was raised by witches.
- Never Mess with Granny: She's beginning to go grey, but she's still capable of taking down Frost Giants and even The King of All Dark Elves in single-combat if the need arises.
- Only One Name: Only her first name is mentioned.
- Parental Favoritism:
Hiddleston: Rene Russo and I, always, from the very first film, part of the backstory we created was that Frigga was really the most attentive to Loki when he was a child. And Odin didn't really know how to connect. He connected much more with Thor. They were sort of cut from the same cloth. And Frigga and Loki had this kind of beautiful, sensitive, more artistic relationship. And it was actually her who taught him all his magic.
- She favours Loki because he shares a lot more in common with her than Thor (i.e. Loki is In Touch with His Feminine Side), and as his instructor in magic she has spent more time with him. In The Dark World, Frigga wilfully breaks the law against Odin's wishes so that she can visit a jailed Loki, but she doesn't do the same for an exiled Thor in Thor. Furthermore, the latter immediately believes Loki when he lies to him that Frigga forbade his return after Odin "died" of stress during Thor's exile. It's lampshaded by Thor when he asks his brother, "You think you alone were loved of Mother?" As explained by his actor:
- However, unlike Odin, there's no evidence that she ever treats Thor harshly. He always speaks highly of her, mourns her death and she even gives him advice and counselling when a time-travelling version of him meets her in Endgame, which helps get him out of his funk.
- Proper Lady: The most graceful and poised member of the royal family.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The self-described wisest person in Asgard, and she can certainly back that up. She is a royal who does something and a devoted parent to her wildly different sons. Seeking counsel from her in Endgame is what finally sets Thor on the right path.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the comics and original myths, she's Thor's stepmother, but in the movies, she's Thor's biological mother.
- Reverse Grip: Her preferred method when wielding a blade, as demonstrated in her fight against Malekith. As Loki is proficient with short melee arms as well while employing a similar grip, he likely picked this up from her as well as his illusion tricks.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She personally guards the king during the Odinsleep in Thor. She also fights Malekith to protect Jane Foster and the Aether in The Dark World.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Kurse shows how dangerous he is when he manages to disarm, restrain and kill her.
- Satellite Character: She's defined by her reactions to the actions of her family members.
- Seen It All: Raised by witches and reigning as the Queen of a Magitek space empire, very little gets past Frigga. Lampshaded in Endgame, where she doesn't bat an eye at seeing her son from a decade into the future accompanied by a talking "rabbit".
- Shared Family Quirks: She has passed down a tic to her adopted son: like her, he fidgets with his hands when he's nervous. Loki also picked up Frigga's mischievous smirk.
- Shipper on Deck: She's delighted seeing Thor with Jane.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Being queenly, graceful, and proper doesn't stop her from being a formidable sorceress and swordswoman.
- Single-Stroke Battle: She slays one of Laufey's mooks with only one swing of her sword.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She's murdered in the first act of The Dark World to give motivation to Odin, Thor and Loki.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Thor, she slashes a single Frost Giant before getting casually slapped to the floor by Laufey. In The Dark World, she's an accomplished swordswoman who easily bests Malekith.
- The Trickster: Downplayed compared to her adopted son Loki. She is implied to be his tutor in cunning, but unlike him, Frigga maintains an air of being virtuous. In The Dark World, she technically commits treason by secretly visiting Loki, an enemy of the Crown, in his cell for a year, which her king has explicitly forbidden. Odin—whom she notes is not a very good liar—is plainly unaware of this. Malekith attempts to insult her by calling her a witch after he falls for her trick with Jane, and Frigga merely smirks with satisfaction—like Loki, she thoroughly enjoys outwitting her foes.
- True Sight: Implied, when she easily recognizes her own son from the future. Plus, it would make sense for a Master of Illusion to know how to pierce through such trickery.Frigga: I was raised by witches, boy. I see with more than just eyes, as you well know.
- Trying Not to Cry: When Loki denies that she's his mother in The Dark World, Frigga knows that he doesn't mean it, but his words still sting, and her eyes become wet and redden slightly. She then tries to brush off his hurtful comment with a fake smile and a dismissive, "Hmpf."
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She not only takes care of Odin in the Odinsleep, but guards him as well. She takes pride in this, as witnessed by her interaction with Odin while they prepare for Malekith's invasion:Odin: Despite all I have survived, my queen still worries for me.
Frigga: It is only because I worry for you that you have survived.
- Viking Funeral: She receives one in The Dark World.
- Women Are Wiser: She's more collected and calmer than her husband; she's not subject to rash decisions based on anger. In a deleted scene from Thor, Frigga reveals to Loki, "I asked [Odin] to be honest with you [about your Jötunn heritage] from the beginning. There should be no secrets in the family." If Odin had listened to her, a ton of problems would've been prevented.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She never stopped believing in Loki's redemption. Thor considers this the greatest lesson Frigga ever taught him which came at a time when he was stewing in his Failure Hero status.Frigga: Everyone fails at who they are supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero is how well they succeed at being who they are.
Portrayed By: Idris Elba
Voiced By: Mario Arvizu (Latin-American Spanish dub), Juan Carlos Gustems (European Spanish dub), Jirō Saitō (Japanese dub), Widemir Normil (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Infinity War
The gatekeeper of Asgard and guardian of the Bifröst, the most loyal warrior of Asgard. His eyes see and his ears hear all that takes place in the Nine Realms. With his Super Senses, Heimdall ensures that no enemies are able to get past his watch and that Asgard is safe.
- All There in the Manual: In Norse myth, Heimdall is actually a Van (being from Vanaheim) by birth: he's not obligated to look Nordic any more than Hogun is — even if his Marvel Comics version does. However, in the Prose Edda, he's described as "the whitest of the gods."
- Ascended Extra: Despite the popularity and acclaim of actor Idris Elba, Heimdall doesn't have much a role in the films he appears in until Thor: Ragnarok, and is the only Asgardian (other than Thor and Loki) to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Was most likely given the role of resistance leader because he was the most powerful Asgardian left.
- Badass Baritone: When you hear his deep and powerful voice, it becomes clear why Idris Elba was chosen for this role.
- Badass Beard: Sports a pretty good beard, although it's hidden mostly by his helmet.
- BFS: He uses a big sword to activate the Bifröst. He also uses it in combat, especially after taking it away from the Bifröst to prevent Hela from moving to other worlds.
- Black Dude Dies First:
- Subverted. While he's the first person Loki attacks in his Evil Plan, he breaks out of it and brings Thor back and the final scene of the first movie is him standing at his post like always.
- Subverted again in Ragnarok when he lives while the Warriors Three die. In fact, he's the only recurring Asgardian to survive the trilogy other than Thor himself, Loki, and possibly Sif, who doesn't appear in Ragnarok.
- Played straight in Infinity War as he's the first onscreen character to bite it.
- Chekhov's Gun: His theft of the sword of Bifröst is what initially prevents Hela's evil from spreading past Asgard.
- Colorblind Casting: Thor director Kenneth Branagh invoked this with regard to the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall, saying "If you have a chance to have a great actor in the part, everything else is irrelevant."
- Cool Helmet: It's gold and horned!
- Cool Old Guy: He's of the same generation as Odin, and is scary cool.
- Cool Sword: His sword can control the Bifröst bridge.
- Deadpan Snarker:Thor: Sometimes merriment is a greater burden than battle.
Heimdall: Then you are doing one of them incorrectly.
- Defiant to the End: After suffering a beatdown in Infinity War, he uses his remaining strength to summon the Bifröst one last time to send the Hulk back to Earth to warn everyone about Thanos. This results in the Mad Titan immediately killing him, although Heimdall gives off a defiant smile as he passes away from his wounds.
- Dies Wide Open: In Infinity War, his eyes remain open after Thanos stabs him through the heart as punishment for sending Hulk to Earth with the Bifrost.
- The Dreaded: He stands alone between Asgard and the other eight realms. There's a reason the Warriors Three are terrified he might find out they're plotting to subvert Loki's rule.
- Dreadlock Warrior: In Ragnarok, he has a style change after being banished from Asgard by Loki to ensure he doesn't find out about Odin's disappearance.
- The Fettered: He has an eternal duty which he takes with utter seriousness. He never leaves his post, except when Bifröst is sealed, and his loyalty to Asgard is absolute. Choose to fight him, though, and you face a Beef Gate.
- Fling a Light into the Future: In Infinity War, he uses the Bifröst one last time to send the Hulk back to Earth to warn them about Thanos. If Doctor Stranges comments later in the film are anything to go by, this has given the Avengers the one (and only) means out of 14 million to defeat Thanos — something confirmed by the events of Endgame, when the Hulk is crucial to undoing the Snap.
- Gate Guardian: As guardian of the Bifröst he defends Asgard from all who would seek to attack it.
- Go Out with a Smile: After Heimdall sends the Hulk to Earth to warn the planet of Thanos' attack, Thanos kills him. Heimdall, knowing he's given the universe a chance, dies with a faint smile on his face.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: As he is The Driver and functionally an Almighty Janitor. However, his job's importance is played up thoroughly, and he's implied to be near or superior to Odin in power. A little bit of his powers of sight are shown in Ragnarok when he gives Thor the ability to see what happens on Asgard during his imprisonment on Sakaar.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Heimdall is already down for the count when Infinity War opens, so, given that he's no longer a threat, it's very likely Thanos would have let him live. Instead, Heimdall uses the last of his strength to send the Hulk back to Earth, and Thanos kills him for it.
- Hero of Another Story: The only reason that there are any Asgardian civilians left to save in Ragnarok is that he has been functioning as a one man resistance and rescue team, with no help, no back up, and only his skill and sight to aid him.
- Human Popsicle: Loki freezes Heimdall with the Casket upon his "act of treason" (trying to attack Loki for attempting to destroy Jötunheim with the Bifröst). He's able to break through.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He meets his end in Infinity War, courtesy of Thanos wielding Corvus Glaive's glaive.
- Informed Ability: While his powers are undeniably useful and his prowess as a warrior doesn't disappoint, he never displays anything remotely close to Odin's level of power in spite of the rumors. Best shown in Ragnarok, where he is one of the last Asgardians still standing and proves extremely capable, but openly admits that Thor is their last hope, not him.
- In the Hood: In Ragnarok, after he has been stripped of his position and golden armor he goes into hiding wearing a hooded cloak as he leads Asgard's citizens to safety.
- La Résistance: Leads the Asgardian resistance when Hela takes over Asgard.
- Light Is Good: Has golden eyes and armor, and visually some solar motifs. He's also unquestionably heroic. However in Infinity War he refers to his ability to summon the Bifrost (what amounts to a giant beam of light) as "Dark Magic".
- Lightning Bruiser: And Genius Bruiser. He was hand-picked by Odin to guard Bifröst because he has no weak spots.
- Loophole Abuse: He uses this to magnificent efficiency:
- In the first film, twice he uses this to fudge his oath of loyalty to Loki as king. The first time he leaves his sword in the Bifröst ignition for the Warriors Three to activate. The second time he waits for Loki to fire him before attacking him, so it will technically not be betrayal.
- In The Dark World, Thor approached him to help him and Loki escape to Svartalfheim and take the battle to Malekith. He mentions what they plan to do is treason, and yet goes along with it, taking the initiative to distract Odin:Odin: You have called me for an urgent matter, Heimdall, what is it?
Heimdall: Treason, my lord.
- Nice Guy: On his job as the guardian of the Bifrost, hes strict, no-nonsense, and professional. Off it, hes kind, wise, and fatherly.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After Hela slaughters the Einerjar and the Warriors Three, he protects, rescues, and leads the Asgardian civilians, singlehandedly.
- One-Man Army: See the above trope. He doesn't lead La Résistance, he is the Resistance.
- The Omniscient: Downplayed Trope. He can see and hear anything he wishes in the Nine Realms with perfect clarity, but he has to be looking for it, which is why the Asgardians fail to notice Thanos' designs on the Infinity Gauntlet. There are also a number of things he can't see even when he is looking, which always catches his attention. Dark Elf cloaking tech, for example, fools his sight perfectly but he can still hear their engines. However, his ability is useful for communicating with anyone, anywhere — even someone on the other side of a Wormhole. It is also invaluable to keep one step ahead of the literal Goddess of Death and her roving army of minions.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Kenneth Branagh has explained that he chose Idris Elba for the part, not because he needed a Token Minority, but because he thought Idris was a very good actor.Bob Chipman: To everyone who pitched a fit about Idris Elba playing Heimdall; every scene he's in may as well be subtitled THAT'S WHY.
- Race Lift: He's white in the comics and black in the film. Might also be an In-Universe example, if the myths are based on them and Heimdall's position meaning he cannot leave his post then it is not unlikely that the Norse never saw him but had heard of him enough to know his name and position.
- Rebel Leader: Works this role as the leader and main asskicker of the Asgardian resistance.
- Sacrificial Lion: After surviving near-death in almost all his film appearances, hes the first onscreen character to perish in Infinity War, proving to the audience that anyone can die.
- Scary Black Man: The Warriors Three are terrified of him because of his power, SuperSenses and deep voice.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He is killed in the opening to Infinity War, but his final action of sending the Hulk to Earth is the only reason why any of the Earth-based heroes learn about Thanos and the threat he poses to the universe.
- The Stoic: One imagines standing as the eternal guardian of the gateway to all the Nine Realms either requires or breeds a certain emotional detachment. He's friendlier in The Dark World, at least to Thor.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: For his Super Senses. Asgardians, when Heimdall temporarily shares his abilities with them, temporarily gain these eyes, as shown by Thor on Sakaar, as a means for the latter to check on Asgard.
- Super Senses: Heimdall possesses extraordinarily acute sight and hearing that allow him to observe everything that happens in the Nine Realms, should he choose to look or listen. As shown in Thor, his senses can be clouded by Loki's Perception Filter. In The Dark World, dark elf cloaking tech fools his sight but he can still hear their ships' engines. In Ragnarok, he states that he saw Loki coming with The Cavalry. While never addressed in the movies, in the comics Heimdall selectively blocks unneeded information to avoid Sensory Overload.
- Undying Loyalty: It's stated in the first movie that the only reason Odin is not afraid of Heimdall is because of his absolute loyalty. The second movie plays with this: Heimdall is loyal to Asgard, not to the Allfather.
- Unflappable Guardian: For all of Asgard. Though he's more prone to employing silence than the typical Obfuscating Stupidity and friendliness.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: He's Sif's brother in the comics, but there is no sign of that in the movies.
- The Worf Effect:
- A variation in The Dark World: You know the Dark Elves will be a threat when even Heimdall can't sense their presence. This may be related to the possibility that the Dark Elves predate him.
- He is the very first character to appear on screen in Infinity War... Lying on the ground and slowly dying from the wounds after his fight with Thanos and the Black Order. The Mad Titan himself got out of said fight completely unscathed.
Portrayed By: Tony Curran
Voiced By: Salvador Reyes (Latin-American Spanish dub)
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
Father of Odin and grandfather of Thor, he led the war against the Dark Elves 5000 years before the events of the film.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Leads the Asgardian charge. It runs in the family, apparently.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is deeper than Thor's.
- Badass Beard: A vast red one in space Viking fashion.
- The Cameo: Not him personally, but Asgardians with his long-antiquated helmet design appear on Hela's murals.
- Cool Helmet: Wears his helmet from the comics, with downwards-curving horns.
- The Extremist Was Right: His utter destruction of the Dark Elves (aided by their own ruler Malekith) is portrayed as a good thing due to the threat they posed to the entire universe and the peace that came with their end.
- Identical Stranger: Tony Curran would later play Finn in Daredevil (2015).
- Long Dead Badass: By a few thousand years; he's Odin's father who defeated the Dark Elves previously.
- Our Founder: Depicted in huge statues in Asgard. Thor accidentally decapitates one of them with a Dark Elf ship while escaping from Asgard.
- Posthumous Character: King of Asgard before Odin, long dead before the events of either film.
Lady Sif and the Warriors Three
Lady Sif and the Warriors Three
Thor's closest and most loyal friends. Upon his exile, they plan to defy Loki and return their friend to his home.
- Adorkable: Every inch as sweet and goofy as Thor is when they're on Earth; The big-happy-grins (Hogun's included) that they wore after finding Thor on Earth are simply adorable.Volstagg: FOUND YOU!!!!.
- Badass Crew: Asgard's greatest warriors, other than the Odin family and Heimdall.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Fandral is blond, Hogun is brunet, and Volstagg is a redhead.
- Dork Knight: Every lovable one of them is a warrior.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: After Hela kills Fandral, Hogun and and Volstagg, they are never mentioned again and Thor doesnt even wonder about their fates despite being his closest friends. Granted, he had more important things going on, and it's possible that all that he had lost was weighing down on him, but it's still very jarring after seeing how close he was to them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Warriors Three to Thor are his best guy friends; Sif might count as a platonic one.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. Both Sif and Fandral have swords, but Hogun uses a mace and Volstagg an axe. Regardless, they're second only to Thor in heroism.
- Knight, Knave and Squire: Fandral is the Knight; the soldier with the more classy outlook towards battle who's the Asgardian equivalent of Officer and a Gentleman, Hogun is the Knave; on the basis of being the most stoic of them, a quiet warrior who's a quick thinker, and Volstagg is the squire; in that, while not being the newbie or New Meat at all (in fact, he looks to be the older among them), he's the Fun Personified among them.
- The Magnificent: The Warriors Three have these kinds of sobriquets, but they aren't referred to in the first film itself.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Inverted, the group is always referred to as "Lady Sif and the Warriors Three". Played straight in deleted scene for Thor, where an Asgardian report to Loki and addressed them as "Warriors Three and Lady Sif".
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: All four of them are like Thor in this regard.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The Warriors Three are all dispatched by Hela in Ragnarok, in their respective first scenes. Whilst Hogun at least puts up a bit of a fight, Fandral and Volstagg are instantly killed off by Hela upon her arrival on Asgard. Poor Fandral didn't even get a speaking line. This is averted by Sif because doesn't even show up in this film, having been already banished by Loki offscreen. It is in Infinity War where she dies offscreen due to Thanos' Infinity-Gauntlet-powered fingersnap, although she is resurrected by Endgame.
- True Companions: To say that they're Thor's dearest and most loyal friends is an understatement.
- We Used to Be Friends: Even though they grew up together and loved each other like a family, all four of them now hold Loki in nothing but cold contempt and hatred after his actions in The Battle of Manhattan.
Portrayed By: Jaimie Alexander
Voiced By: Karla Falcón (Latin-American Spanish dub); Elena Silva (Thor films), Celia de Diego (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 1 appearance), Inma Gallego (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2 appearance) (European Spanish dub), Junko Kitanishi (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. note
One of Thor's oldest friends and the only female warrior of Asgard.
- Action Girl: She's one of Asgard's best warriors. Her badassery has even reached memetic levels in-universe, as seen in "Yes Men".Coulson: [She] climbed a giant metal killing machine. Speared it with her double-bladed sword. It was pretty badass.
- Adaptational Wimp/Chickification: In-Universe, Sif's role in the play staged by Loki in Thor: Ragnarok is reduced to her screaming for help as Loki dies.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has greater similarity to 'the grim' than her other boisterious companions.
- Amnesiac Hero: She's hit with a Kree memory eraser in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Who You Really Are", leaving her with only children's education from Asgard. Luckily, it can also put her memories back.
- Beauty Mark: She has one on her cheek, near her nose.
- Bus Crash: According to the Russo Brothers, she was one of the many offscreen casualties of Avengers: Infinity War. With the reversal of the Snap in Endgame she is alive again (although she doesn't appear, nor is she mentioned).
- The Conscience: Craig Kyle stated that he considered Sif as "Thor's conscience, in a way". She tries to give him advice at times, but he rarely listens.
- Crazy-Prepared: As shown in a deleted scene of Thor, she brought her entire arsenal of weapons to the coronation.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually to her friends in a good-natured, playful way (further shown in the deleted scenes), but she can also be coldly mocking at times.Sif: [seeing Thor showing off in front of the whole court] Oh, please.
- Dual Wielding: Sif has two swords that can join together at the hilts.
- Glory Seeker: As the quote above indicates, she was ready to go down fighting the Destroyer.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed. While she may be jealous of Jane's relationship with Thor she accepts it and bears Jane no ill will for it. Even her actress said she's above all that, the most antagonistic Sif gets toward Jane is a glare because Jane's presence is threatening Asgard, not because she's dating Thor.
- Guest-Star Party Member: In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Yes Men", where she joins forces with the team in hunting down Lorelei. They team up again looking for a Kree in S02E12 "Who You Really Are"
- Hopeless Suitor: To Thor, as he's in love with Jane.
- Hopeless with Tech: Inverted. Coulson tries to explain to Sif how to use The Bus' touch screen, but she proves perfectly familiar with the interface from her time in non-magical alien societies. She even calls the system "antiquated."
- Hot-Blooded: She can be quite impulsive when she gets frustrated.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D shows she's not completely gotten over her feelings for Thor, but the second film has her protecting Jane and even breaking her out at Thor's request, and she displays no resentment towards them.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her battle armour in The Dark World includes a segmented skirt.
- Lady of War: Instead of the boisterous Leeroy Jenkins approach, she has a more composed and refined fighting style.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: She uses her shield to protect herself or others, and also hits opponents with it.
- One of the Boys: She's an Action Girl who hangs out with an all-guy group of warriors.
- Put on a Bus: She doesn't appear in Ragnarok due to Jaime Alexander's scheduling conflicts with Blindspot. Word of God is that Loki banished her from Asgard so she couldn't uncover his secret. Ironically, not being in Asgard saves her from being killed like The Warriors Three.
- Secret Keeper: Her guest spot on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes her the only character tied strongly to a particular film series rather than the MCU as a whole to know that Coulson is still alive. He asks her to let him tell Thor himself.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most of her outfits have either no sleeves or simply metal shoulder caps, though she does wear braces to protect her wrists. The exception is when she travels to Jottunheim with Thor in his first movie: then she wears full-length sleeves to protect herself from the cold.
- Sole Survivor: Thanks to being offworld during the events of Thor: Ragnarok and being revived from the Decimation, Sif is the only living member of Thor's personal circle of friends and one of two living named Asgardian females, the other being Valkyrie, as of Endgame.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears one when going into battle. She seems to have dropped the habit during Thor: The Dark World.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend:
- Implied as of Thor with Sif to Thor. (She's Thor's main love interest in the comics and his wife in the myth.) According to interviews, this was more explicit in scenes that were later cut. This was made more explicit in The Dark World, in that she tries to reach out and comfort Thor's increasing broodiness, and yet gets the courteous-yet-curt reply of:
- Her guest spot in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reveals she lost her first love to Lorelei's seduction magic, and is still hurting over Thor not choosing her.Lorelei: Never to get what you desire. Not Haldor; not... Thor.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: She's Heimdall's sister in the comics, but there is no sign of that in the movies.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She sees the Inhumans as nothing but dangerous weapons that have to be put down, though she's convinced to spare Skye for the moment after she shows undeniable signs of wanting to learn to control her powers.
- Xenafication: In the myths, Sif is a sweet, lovely lady displaying Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, and associated with the earth and marriage, while Marvel's Sif is a Aloof Dark Haired Action Girl. Though, in the comics the black hair is explained by Loki cutting her gold hair as a prank, and in apology giving her black hair made by dwarfs. (In the myth he cuts it too, but gives her a gold headdress). It's also implied in the movie Sif wasn't always an Action Girl, see below.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In spite of being resurrected after the Time Heist, she's nowhere to be seen in the Battle of Earth.
- You Go, Girl!: It's implied that Sif had to pull one of these in order to be taken seriously as a warrior, hence why she's still called "Lady Sif".Thor: And who proved wrong all who scoffed at the idea that a young maiden could be one of the fiercest warriors this realm has ever known?
Sif: I did.
Thor: ... true ... but I supported you!
Fandral the Dashing
Portrayed By: Joshua Dallas (Thor), Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok)
Voiced By: Gerardo García (Thor), Arturo Cataño (Thor: The Dark World) (Latin-American Spanish dub); Hernán Fernández (European Spanish dub); Fuminori Komatsu (Thor), Daichi Endō (Thor: The Dark World) (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok
A charming warrior who often hits it off with the ladies of Asgard.
- Badass Beard: Errol Flynn would be proud.
- Blood Knight: They all love battle, but Fandral seems to especially enjoy it.
- Chick Magnet: Can be seen chatting it up with a couple of women during the post-Vanaheim celebration in The Dark World.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Downplayed. Zachary Levi isn't so, but is still obviously tanned compared to Josh Dallas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in The Dark World, where nearly every single line that comes out of his mouth is a witty one-liner.
- Expy: Of/to Errol Flynn's version of Robin Hood, to the point where one S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who sees him with Sif, Volstagg and Hogun in New Mexico calls him "Robin Hood" on the radio.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's skewered by a Frost Giant's ice spike during the raid on Jötunheim. He lives, but has to be carried off the battlefield. Hela kills him in Ragnarok this way with throwing swords she summoned.
- Royal Rapier: He uses one and is implied to be Asgardian nobility.
- Swashbuckler: Fandral is practically an Errol Flynn Expy.
Hogun the Grim
Portrayed By: Tadanobu Asano
Voiced By: José Luis Reza Arenas (Thor), Dafnis Fernández (Thor: The Dark World) (Latin-American Spanish dub); Andy Fukutome (European Spanish dub); Tadanobu Asano (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok
A stoic and quiet warrior, he is a quick thinker and highly observant.
- Ascended Extra: His role in Ragnarok gives him the most lines of the Warriors Three, and he also lasts the longest against Hela before dying. Possibly to compensate for him being Demoted to Extra in the previous film.
- Badass Beard: He has grown one by The Dark World; all that war against Marauders must left him no time to shave.
- Carry a Big Stick: He uses a spiked mace.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: He ultimately still loses to Hela in a one on one fight, but he lasts the longest out of the Warrior's Three, and is the only one to get a hit in.
- Defiant to the End: Refuses to yield to Hela no matter what. Takes a while, but she kills him.
- Demoted to Extra: He makes a brief appearance early in The Dark World, having remained in his home realm to help rebuild it after the Marauders' attack, and has only one other appearance in the film, which is no more than a reaction shot, during the portal-hopping battle in the finale.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When Hela comes back to Asgard and demands submission to her, he refuses to kneel. He and most of the Einherjar army ends up killed anyway.
- Epic Flail: In Ragnarok he's wielding a flail instead of his mace.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him in Ragnarok, impaling him on a large spike she summoned.
- The Quiet One: He rarely speaks, so when he does, the others listen.
- Race Lift: Hogun in the comics is vaguely Mongolian-looking and based on Charles Bronson. Here, he's Japanese-looking. He seems to have grown an impressive beard during Thor: The Dark World, which hearkens back to Asano's portrayal of Genghis Khan in the film Mongol.
- Not So Stoic: Even he gives a big grin when they find Thor on "Midgard".
- The Spock: Far more logical and stoic than his companions.
- The Stoic: He always acts completely serious and composed.
Volstagg the Voluminous
Portrayed By: Ray Stevenson
Voiced By: Octavio Rojas (Latin-American Spanish dub), Eduard Farelo (European Spanish dub), Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World | Thor: Ragnarok
A large Asgardian warrior, his healthy appetite does not decrease his love for battle or his loyalty to his friends.
- Action Dad: He is an Asgardian warrior and father of three children.
- An Axe to Grind: He uses a gigantic battle axe.
- Adaptational Badass: Volstagg has a habit of being portrayed as a Miles Gloriosus in the comics. Here, he's an able bruiser, and holds fast even when the Destroyer has him dead to rights.
- Badass Beard: A vast and bushy red beard like the mythological Thor would have.
- Beware the Nice Ones: (Coldly to Loki) "If you even think about betraying him (Thor)..." Loki, having received his fair share of death threats if he betrays Thor, cuts him off at that point.
- Big Eater: Do not mistake Volstagg's appetite for apathy!
- Big Fun: The big guy out of the quintet formed by Thor, Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, he's also always the life of a party.
- Boisterous Bruiser: If you're sitting in the mead hall, sit next to him because he's a lot of fun. If you're standing on a battlefield, stand next to him because he's fierce!
- Expy: Of/to William Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff.
- Fiery Redhead: If someone can rival Thor for hotbloodedness, it's this guy.
- Fun Personified: Always the life of a party, smashing mugs with a jolly laugh while asking for refills just like Thor.
- Friend to All Children: In deleted scene for Thor, in Earth, he helped a little girl taking her toy ball from under a car... by lifting said car with one hand. Granted, he also has adorable children of his own in Asgard.
- Gentle Giant: The largest of amongst the young heroes of Asgard, and quite easily the sweetest and goofiest.
- Happily Married: Volstagg is married and has three adorable children. One of them sits in his lap during the feast after the Battle of Vanaheim.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him with summoned throwing swords of hers in Ragnarok.
- Oh, Crap!: Counts as a Tempting Fate.Volstagg: Hush! Heimdall might be watching...
Guard: [enters the room] Heimdall demands your presence!
Volstagg: ... We're doomed.
- Punny Name: "Volstagg" is a play on the William Shakespeare character Sir John Falstaff.
- Stout Strength: Volstagg comes off as both short and huge.
Skurge the Executioner
Portrayed By: Karl Urban
Voiced By: Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin-American Spanish dub), Frédéric Paquet (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
A one time defender of Asgard who becomes the Death Goddess Hela's henchman.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is far less bloodthirsty and evil than in the comics, happy to act tough to get some respect, but not really all that wild about actually hurting anybody, which is a rather large difference between him and his bullying, sadistic, and power-hungry comic self.
- Adaptational Wimp: He is much less intimidating than his comic-book counterpart, his laziness, cowardice, and general incompetence making him a far inferior substitute to Heimdall in guarding the Bifröst. In terms of combat ability, he is also not quite as powerful as the comic version, but remains a highly capable warrior to even Asgardian standards.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Skurge had little ambition and mainly sought to serve Amora the Enchantress with almost blind loyalty, being The Stoic. In the movie, Skurge is an ambitious warrior eager to move up in the ranks, yet he is also more emotive and visibly struggles to carry out Hela's cruel requests.
- Almighty Janitor: Inverted case, as Skurge appears to have been demoted down from Bifrost guard to actual janitor when Hela enters Asgard, and then gets promoted to "head flunkie".
- An Axe to Grind: Hela conjures a menacing axe for Skurge to use after making him her executioner, a nod to his original Bloodaxe from the comics. He never uses it, not having the spine to, and ditches it when he deserts in the final battle.
- Badass Beard: He sports some impressive facial hair and is clearly a badass.
- Bald of Evil: He is the bald henchman to the evil and destructive Big Bad Hela.
- Butt-Monkey: Pretty much nothing goes right for him in Ragnarok — he first appears chatting up a couple of women and not noticing that Thor's calling on the Bifrost... until one of the women brings it to his attention... and he opens the Bifrost... and brings through not only Thor but the head of a dragon from Muspelheim which ends up "drenching my work-place in brains" and sending the women running off screaming... and then Thor ignores his request to stay so that Skurge can announce him, flying off to confront Loki-as-Odin, and by the time he does catch up, it's all gone pear-shaped. He is thereafter reduced to janitor of the Bifrost, and conscripted by Hela because it's Join or Die. Finally, though, he gets a Heroic Sacrifice, going out in style by Dual Wielding his M16's against Hela's undead army.
- The Casanova: Implied. He proudly displays his collection of items to impress the two women at the Observatory.
- Celebrity Paradox: In The Avengers, Iron Man mockingly calls Hawkeye Legolas, suggesting that the The Lord of the Rings movies exist in the MCU. Skurge's actor Urban played Éomer in those movies.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He starts working for Hela once she takes over. Towards the end, he betrays her by taking out all her undead troops, but it costs him his life.
- Collector of the Strange: Since getting the job, he's been using the Bifröst to steal and amass an extensive collection of "stuff" — specifically, trinkets and weapons from across the Nine Realms, including a pair of M16 Assault Rifles from a place in Midgard called "Tex-arse".
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: Once he sees Hela's undead army starting to swarm the ship full of Asgardian refugees, he decides to make amends, takes his two M-16s, and fights the undead off with them, at the cost of his life.
- Dark Is Evil: He becomes Hela's executioner and dressed in dark armor. Subverted, as he can't bring himself to harm innocents and turns against Hela to save the Asgardians.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Skurge is dressed in a dark armor, but has some standards and some noble qualities and even when he serves Hela, he is conflicted to do something evil for her, even moreso with his HeelFace Turn.
- Deal with the Devil: Karl Urban describes his alliance with Hela as this.
- Dirty Coward: Hela notices his "survival instinct" as he's the first Asgardian to join her, purely out of fear of her powers. He redeems himself at the end with his Heroic Sacrifice.
- The Dragon: Hela designates him as her "executioner", which means he executes her vision and also the people she wants dead.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even after becoming Hela's right hand man, he still has scruples about carrying out her more brutal commands.
- Gate Guardian: Skurge takes over Heimdall's job of guarding the Bifröst after Heimdall is banished from Asgard.
- Guns Akimbo: As well as his Bloodaxe, Skurge also wields two M16 rifles, a classic image lifted directly from Walt Simonson's epic run on The Mighty Thor.
- HeelFace Turn: He eventually decides to stand up to Hela and take out her undead troops to help the Asgardian survivors escape. He pays for it with his own life.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He decides to fight Hela's undead soldiers off, without caring about his own life anymore, to free the escaping ship carrying Asgardian refugees and give them a chance to survive.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Has shades of this; he seems desperate to be remembered. This is contrasted with his own sense of survival and self-serving nature. However, when Hela's Berserkers threaten to storm and kill the last of Asgard's citizens, he finds it in himself to rise up and be remembered.
- I Call It "Vera": Has named his two M16 rifles "Des" and "Troy."
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him with a thrown blade through the heart.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Skurge eventually regrets siding with Hela, he leaps out of the escape ship full of the Asgardian citizens to save them from Hela even if it ends up costing him his life in the process.
- Legacy Character: Hela claims to have been the Executioner for Odin, so this Skurge isn't "Skurge the Executioner" until she passes that title to him.
- Les Collaborateurs: Once a defender of Asgard, Skurge decides to ally himself with Hela when she invades Asgard to save his own life.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He is lazy, sleazy, and cowardly, but he clearly doesn't enjoy hurting people and serves Hela mostly out of a desire to survive and because she shows him a degree of respect. In the end, he doesn't kill anyone, except for Hela's undead hordes when he turns on them, and he actually saves people from her even.
- Redemption Equals Death: His HeelFace Turn redeems what he did when joining Hela, but he ends up killed in the process. He knew it was a one-way ticket to Valhalla since he was seen previously siding with Hela and was now betraying her.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's presumably been around Asgard for a while, but doesn't actually appear until the third Thor movie. This is lampshaded after Thor doesn't recognize him after arriving on Asgard, despite Skurge's claims that they fought together on Vanaheim.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Skurge is hilariously useless as lackeys, and especially executioners, go. He fails in executing a single person in the whole movie (though, to be fair, this is due to conscience more than anything else), and can't even seem to do simple things like ensure that the Bifrost Sword doesn't get stolen from under their nose. All he does is follow Hela around like a lost puppy in absolute and entirely justified terror of her. Loki found this out before Hela did.Hela: Skurge, where's the sword??
Professor Elliot Randolph
Portrayed By: Peter MacNicol
Voiced By: Juan Antonio Castro (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (first appears in Episode 8: "The Well")
A Norse Mythology professor that Coulson talks to about finding the pieces of the Berserker's staff. Turns out he's a part of it as well: The original Berserker himself.
- Actual Pacifist: At one point during his interrogation, he mentions that he is a pacifist now.
- Ascended Extra: Originally a One-Shot Character from the first season, he returns in Season 3 with a much more important role: helping S.H.I.E.L.D. rescue Simmons.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Asgardian attitudes towards humans living brief lives in comparison to them return here from Thor: The Dark World. Randolph isn't very concerned about issues on Earth, as humans live and die in a time much less relevant to him, to the point where he doesn't really think a band of anarchists using his staff to wreak havoc is a real problem, since in his mind they'll all die soon anyway. Likewise, he attempts to reassure Ward by telling him the darker effects of the staff will wear off in "only" a few decades, not thinking about how long that period of time is to a human. Coulson is noticeably unimpressed by this rationalization.
- Dirty Old Man: Not too old by appearance, but he counts by sheer age. In his first scene, he is arranging a date with one of his students, and he spends a decent amount of screen time hitting on Simmons. Also, the reason the Berserker story got out in the first place was because a French girl he was sleeping with liked stories, and he wanted to impress her. Turned out her brother was a priest, who wrote it all down.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Though he's retired now, he went from being a mason to a screaming berserker warrior.
- I Choose to Stay: Opted to stay on Earth when the rest of his comrades returned to Asgard, as he decided he rather liked being here.
- Jumped at the Call: Signed himself up to become an Asgardian warrior so he could do something other than busting rocks all day.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: The Team estimates that he's been alive for a thousand years and his only complaint is a student putting too much Lit Crit and not enough History in their paper. He's had numerous paramours over the ages.
- Never Gets Drunk: "Usually Asgardians can hold their drinks, but one night, I tried to hold all the drinks."
- No Name Given: His real name is unknown. "Elliot Randolph" is just an alias he uses in his human disguise.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's just your average Asgardian, a common mason turned soldier. On Earth, that makes him supernaturally strong, tough, and long-lived.
- Pals with Jesus: Averted (or "Pals With Thor" is, anyway). When asked if he knew Thor, he scoffed at the idea that a simple mason/soldier would have met the future king of Asgard.
- Play-Along Prisoner: He could walk out pretty much any time he likes, but as he points out, Norwegian prisons have nice beds, steady meals, plenty of books and a lack of ATCU agents looking for aliens.
- Really 700 Years Old: He looks like a middle aged man but he's been on Middgard for centuries. This is why Coulson recruits him to help with the Monolith; he's been around for longer than it has.
- Remember the New Guy?: Subtle example. When S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered Mjolnir in the desert of New Mexico, Agent Phil Coulson called upon Randolph for a consultation. This was never mentioned before but it's justified, because guess whose viewpoint is the focus of the plot in Thor?
- Retired Badass: His days of berserking are long behind him — now he's a professor of Norse mythology, though he plans to retire elsewhere after the events of his episode.
- Seen It All: Part of what gave him away. He was far too calm for someone who was attacked by super-powered men and locked in an interrogation room. Coulson also points out that he didn't ask any questions when Coulson mentioned he had met aliens. "Most people are very curious about that."
- Super Strength: Enough to curve a knife with just one hand and effortlessly rip prison bars out of their sockets.
- Walking the Earth: He implies that he did this for quite a while before settling down, and that now that Asgardians have made contact with humans again he might do so once more. In fact, this is why he signed up for the Asgardian army and came to Earth in the first place.Randolph: Honestly, I think I just wanted to travel.
- We Are as Mayflies: One of the perks he enjoys from living on a mortal world is the fact that his problems mostly die of old age if he waits a century or so.
- The World Is Just Awesome: He stayed on Earth because he loved it too much to leave.
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Portrayed By: Tessa Thompson
Voiced By: Alondra Hidalgo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese dub), Véronique Marchand (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Endgame | Thor: Love and Thunder
A former Asgardian warrior who now makes a living on Sakaar.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Dragon Fang, the Cool Sword she wielded during her time among the Vaklyries, and takes up again after allying with Thor. It can cut through Hela's Berserkers like a hot knife through butter, and in Endgame experiences only slightly more resistance while slicing through the armor of a Chitauri Leviathan.
- Action Girl: Being a Valkyrie, that's a given. She seems to be the Grandmaster's most favored Scrapper and is shown to match Hulk and own Loki in hand-to-hand combat.
- Adaptational Modesty: Her outfit was deliberately redesigned to include leggings because the creative team didn't like the idea of the movie's major female hero fighting in what is essentially a metal bathing suit.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Thor: Ragnarok, she's introduced as an employee of the Grandmaster and is the one who brings Thor to him in the first place.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: At the end of Endgame, Thor (white male) appoints Valkyrie (black Ambiguously Bi female) ruler of New Asgard before he abdicates to travel with the Guardians.
- The Alcoholic: She's a hard drinker, enough that until her HeelFace Turn is more often drunk than sober, and enough to be able to drink at least a gallon of what appeared to be whiskey at a rate which Thor is amazed. Partly to forget what happened to the other Valkyries.
- Amazon Brigade: Was once a member of a group of female warriors known as the Valkyries. Thor is a big fan.
- Armor Is Useless: According to Tessa Thompson, Valkyrie doesn't wear much armor because she doesn't need it. Since she's martially trained Asgardian, she has a very high degree of innate Super Toughness compared to the usual rabble on Sakaar.
- Badass Bisexual: Definitely badass, and as for her sexuality, see the below trope.
- Berserk Button: She's standoffish initially with Loki, but bringing up the way Hela slaughtered the other Valkyries — and rubbing it in her face in particular — immediately sets her off.
- Bi the Way: Shares her comic incarnation's sexuality according to Tessa Thompson.
- Bury Your Gays: Not her, actually, but Tessa Thompson has confirmed that she was in love with one of the other Valkyries killed by Hela.
- Bystander Syndrome: She only survived Hela's massacre of her fellow women warriors because a loved one sacrificed herself to save her. This tragedy left Valkyrie embracing this attitude and retiring to Sakaar to drink herself to death. She tells Thor to forget about the Asgardians, but he refuses to do so.
- Composite Character: With the Grandmaster taking the role of the Red King, Valkyrie takes the role of Caiera, his female enforcer who ends up forming a bond with one of his gladiators. Unlike Caiera, however, the bond is entirely platonic.
- Cool Horse: She's seen riding a winged stallion into battle against Hela in a flashback. She rides again at the final battle in Endgame, where the horse shows to be a very quick and agile mount.
- Cool Sword: She has in her possession a Dragon Fang, an Absurdly Sharp Blade issued to the Valkyries. Thor has a moment when he gets to hold it.
- Cynicism Catalyst: All her fellow Valkyries being killed for, in her words, some family feud, broke her belief in Asgard's throne.
- Dangerous Deserter: She abandoned her post as Valkyrie after being traumatized for being the Sole Survivor, but she is as every bit as dangerous.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was once a proud Asgardian warrior, but now is in hiding on Sakaar and wants nothing to do with her heritage. This is because she's the only surviving Valkyrie, from when Odin sent them to stop Hela.
- Deadpan Snarker: She dismisses Thor throughout the movie with either sarcasm or the taser device she implanted on his neck. When she overcomes her survivors' guilt and decides to take up the fight against Hela she tones it down.
- Decomposite Character: Although she fulfills the main role of "the Valkyrie" in the MCU, one of the other Valkyries that appeared in her flashback more closely resembles the Brunnhilde from the comics, sporting long blonde hair and blue eyes, getting killed by Hela. It's heavily implied that said Valkyrie was this one's lover.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Her heavy drinking is actually a mean to forget the slaughter of the Valkyries at Hela's hand, especially the one that gave her life to defend her.Valkyrie: I've spent years, in a haze, trying to forget my past. Sakaar seemed like the best place to drink, and to forget, and to die. One day.
- Establishing Character Moment: Dropping in to rescue a trapped Thor from marauding Sakaaran scavengers while completely piss-faced and still chugging a bottle, inelegantly tumbling off her ship, and drunkenly trying to claim ownership of Thor while the scavengers just laugh at her — until she casually and ruthlessly guns down the lot of them with her ship, tasing Thor with an obedience disk and taking him in when he tries to thank her.
- Foreshadowing: Her first appearance has her chuck an enemy over a great distance casually like Thor just did, and refer to him as 'Your Majesty', hinting at her connection to Asgard.
- Former Regime Personnel: Was part of Asgard's elite fighting force during Odin and Hela's galaxy-wide war of conquest; afterwards she becomes a slaver and mercenary for the Grandmaster.
- Going Native: For an Action Girl with a Magitek upbringing, she adapts exceptionally well to the advanced technology of Sakaar, and by Endgame, she has settled into life on Earth as the in-practice leader of New Asgard.
- Good Costume Switch: After deciding to help Thor she switches from her black leather costume to a white one with a blue cape.
- Heartbroken Badass: Drinks, scavenges, and fights to forget the memory of of all the other Valkyries, one of whom was her lover.
- HeelFace Turn: As mentioned above, she works for the Grandmaster before deciding to help Thor and Bruce Banner.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: As Scrapper-142 she wears a black leather costume.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Although her sexuality was confirmed by her actress, there's no evidence of this in the film herself other than the scene where another Valkyrie was shown Taking the Bullet for her. There was a scene that showed a woman leaving her bedroom, but it was cut, most likely for this reason. Currently planned to be averted in Love & Thunder.
- Informed Ability: Her skills as a leader. They're hinted at in his first scene in Endgame and Thor mentions them as the reason for giving the crown to her, but her minor role in the film overall doesn't allow them to be made known to the audience, although it's implied that she may have been the real leader of New Asgard while Thor spent the last five years in drunken, isolated depression with Korg and Miek.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It takes some time for her to join Thor's cause and fulfil her oath as a Valkyrie. She spends most of the movie coldly rebuffing his every attempt to appeal to her better nature.
- The Lad-ette: She's very fond of drinking and fighting, and can be very aggressive and forceful, especially when pushed. A Deleted Scene also showed a woman leaving her bedroom, implying she sleeps around. Taika Waititi describes her as being more of a guy than the guy characters.
- Last of Her Kind: All the other Valkyries were killed by Hela.
- Lightning Bruiser: Like all Asgardians, she's superhumanly strong and tough, and while she can't fly like Thor, manages to pull off some impressive acrobatics nonetheless. She's still no match for Hela, though.
- Never Gets Drunk: She is the only aversion of this trope among Asgardians because she spends most of her scenes drunk. She later shares this dubious honor with Thor himself in Endgame. This means she must drink a mind-melting amount of alcohol all the time. note .
- The Not-Love Interest: Word of God says romance is the last thing on Thor's mind when they meet. Indeed, they don't hook up in the film, though there are bits of Ship Tease.
- No Name Given: She's never given any formal name. Valkyrie is the group she was a part of, while everyone else in the film refers to her using her designation of Scrapper 142. Hulk just calls her "Angry Girl". Some of the ancillary material, such as the Valkyrie Funko Pop! figure, lists her real name as Brunnhilde, although this has yet to be confirmed onscreen.
- Offered the Crown: In Endgame, after acknowledging that Valkyrie has done a much better job leading their people than he did, Thor names her the King of New Asgard, to shape as she likes, before embarking on a journey with the Guardians to try and find a new place for himself in the cosmos.
- Older Than She Looks: Even taking in the usual Really 700 Years Old aspect of Asgardians, Valkyrie is very old, old enough to be one of the few Asgardians to know who Hela is and to have met her, though this may be because of Sakaar's strange and unstable relationship with time.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Tessa Thompson is a meagre 5' 4" (1.63 m), and in-universe pretty much all of the male heroes tower over her. Being both an Asgardian and a Valkyrie, though, affords her with Super Strength comparable with Thor's and the most extensive combat training out of any of the good guys.
- The Queen's Latin: Speaks with a posh English accent, like all Asgardians.
- Race Lift: Valkyrie is usually a white blonde in the comics, but here's she's dark skinned. However, one of her former Valkyrie comrades does indeed fit the comic's description.
- She Is the King: At the end of Endgame, as Thor abdicates the throne of New Asgard to go travel with the Guardians of the Galaxy, she tells him that he can't just leave, he's the king. His response to her is to tell her they've got a king: Her.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Being the Sole Survivor of the slaughtered Valkyries would infer this on its own but she shows many signs of this between the heavy drinking, the constant need to be fighting or scavenging to keep her mind preoccupied and the sleeping around (in a deleted scene).
- Ship Tease: A few moments with Thor, such as when he awkwardly compliments her hair. She also gets a bit with Hulk, although that may be In Love with Your Carnage.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her sleeveless Sakaar outfit showcases her impressive arms. Like Thor, it's a Justified Trope due to her Super Toughness.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Valkyries—the rest were killed fighting Hela.
- The Smart Guy: Despite her ample physical talents, this is her main role among the good guys in Ragnarok. She's the only one who knows how to fly a ship or get around Sakaar's tech, and is also the only one with any personal experience with and knowledge of how to fight Hela.
- Stepford Snarker: Her acid wit and devil-may-care attitude are largely a front to cover up the fact that she's clearly still grieving over the loss of her fellow Valkyries at Hela's hands. By the end of the film, she's gotten her vengeance and seems to have become more genuinely cheerful.
- Super Strength: An inherent trait of Asgardians and she is a exceptional Asgardian. She rips up fighter ships with her bare hands and in her first scene rather casually sends an enemy flying hundreds of feet much as Thor did shortly before (the first hint that she is an Asgardian).
- Survivor's Guilt: Being the only survivor of a battle with Hela has left her bitter and disillusioned about Asgard. Doesn't help that she only survived because one of her fellow Valkyries, possibly lover, took a bullet for her.
- Tribal Face Paint: She has white markings on her face. Bruce wonders aloud what they represent (one theory being people she's killed). Given that Topaz also wears them, they seem to indicate working for the Grand Master. Rather appropriately, they appear to be chains.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's a black Ambiguously Bi woman.
- Valkyries: She was once a member of a group of female warriors known as the Valkyries. As the last surviving member of the outfit, it's an Appropriated Appellation.
- Woman in White: Her outfit from her time as a member of the Valkyries is a suit of white armor with gold accents. She dons it again at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, after Thor finds it in Asgard's armory, and again in the climax of Endgame.
- You Are Number 6: She is referred to as "Scrapper 142" in Sakaar.
- Your Worst Memory: Her defeat at the hands of Hela and the mass-slaughter of her fellow Valkyries - which Loki forces her to relive.
Portrayed by: Kenneth Branagh (voice only)
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War
An unknown Asgardian who sends a distress signal when the refugee ship is attacked by Thanos.
Portrayed By: Taika Waititi
Voiced By: Eduardo Partida (Latin-American Spanish dub), Hideyuki Kanaya (Japanese dub), François-Simon Poirier (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Endgame | What If...?
A Kronan gladiator who is imprisoned alongside Thor. After aiding Thor and his forces, Korg would become an honorary Asgardian.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed, but in the comics, he was one of Thor's first opponents. However, he was also a close ally of Hulk in the comics, but in the movie the two barely interact.
- Adaptational Personality Change: In the comics, he is much more serious and down-to-earth than the goofball he is in the movie.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's yellow in the comics but blue-gray in the film, likely to make him resemble the Kronan marauder that previously appeared in Thor: The Dark World, and possibly to make him look less like the Thing.
- Adorkable: Despite his fearsome appearance, hes quite endearingly awkward and goofy with...well, everyone really.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: In Avengers Endgame he's shown playing Fortnite.
- Aliens of London: He has a thick New Zealand accent, despite being a rock alien.
- Badass Adorable: A sweet and cuddly teddy-bear and goofball who may not like violence, but if given the need to he is still a giant rock-monster who can fight Cull Obsidian (the strongest of Thanos' children) to a draw.
- Captain Oblivious: He never seems to realize what's going on.
- Catchphrase: He greets everyone with a nonchalant "Hey man."
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Possesses a permanently spacey, laid-back and nonchalant demeanour - even in the midst of battle. He also has a really hard time telling if someone is dead or not, thinking Doug is still alive when he's a half smashed apart corpse, but telling Thor he accidentally killed Miek when the alien is just passed out in his arms.
- Creator Cameo: He's voiced by Taika Waititi, Thor Ragnarok's director.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
- Korg is something of a Cloud Cuckoolander and ended up stuck in The Grandmaster's games due to failing to spark a revolution (only his mum and her boyfriend showed up)... but he's lasted long enough in the games to give Thor an idea of what to expect and when given a second opportunity to incite a revolt, actually succeeds.
- In Endgame, he participates in the final battle against Thanos and even tangles with Cull Obsidian, landing quite an impressive hit with the help of Drax before Giant-Man crushes Cull Obsidian underfoot for them.
- Freud Was Right: When Thor says he flew when his hammer "pulled me off the ground", Korg replies with a shocked "Oh my God. The hammer pulled you off?" and then shortly after tells Thor "Sounds like you had a pretty special and intimate relationship with this hammer and that losing it was almost comparable to losing a loved one."
- Gladiator Games: He was a gladiator in the Contest of Champions, forced to fight to the death.
- Gentle Giant: He's very kind and friendly despite his monstrous appearance.
- Lethal Joke Character: Korg's such a goofy and friendly guy that it can be hard to remember at times that he's still a ferocious and deadly gladiator.
- Manchild: On Earth, he acted like a college frat boy who plays video games while eating junk food and drinking beer and is easily offended when a boy calls him a dickhead on Fortnite.
- Manifesto-Making Malcontent: Played for laughs. He was jailed for trying to incite a revolution, and says said revolution failed because he didn't make enough pamphlets, so the only people who showed up were his mum and her boyfriend (who he hates).
- Nice Guy: What makes him stand out among his fellow Kronans who, as seen in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, are quite violent. It's to the point where when a Fortnite player trash-talks him in Endgame, he's unable to return fire and simply tells Thor to respond in his stead when he recognizes the guy.
- No Biochemical Barriers: In spite of not possessing a mammalian metabolism like Thor does, Korg along with Miek (sentient rock/stone and insect respectively) are able to get intoxicated by and therefore enjoy alcohol, allowing them to keep Thor company in his five-year drinking and video game binge of grief.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Endgame, he grows noticeably stern when Professor Hulk mentions Thanos in front of Thor, advising him not to say the Mad Titan's name.
- Parent with New Paramour: He offhandedly mentions that he hates his mom's new boyfriend.
- Rock Monster: He's made of rocks, but you shouldn't let that intimidate you; unless you're made of scissors.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Not intentionally, as he's just too nice and laid-back to be that sort of person. But as shown in Endgame, this same laid-back and nonplussed demeanor actively enables Thor's spiraling into inaction, depression, alcoholism, and...well, dietary slips. Korg simply wants to hang out with his two best friends and play some video games, when Thor needed someone who will say hard truths and snap him back to reality and lead his people.
- Those Two Guys: He and Miek are rarely seen apart from each other.
- Vocal Dissonance: He has a very soft, gentle voice despite his massive size. Waititi says he based his performance on huge, soft-voiced Maori bouncers he knew back in New Zealand.
Portrayed By: TBA
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Endgame
Another alien gladiator imprisoned alongside Thor and Korg. After aiding Thor and his forces, Miek would become an honorary Asgardian.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Miek grew into a vengeful Blood Knight who allowed Hulk's ship to explode and devastate Sakaar. None of that happens here, thanks in large part because he's The Voiceless and mostly just follows Korg around.
- An Arm and a Leg: Is briefly seen getting both his legs hacked off by Hela's undead warriors.
- Artificial Limbs: Has robotic arms and legs thanks to his exoskeleton.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The arms on his exoskeleton have this.
- Disney Death: Korg assumes he died when he accidentally stepped on him in battle. Thankfully, he just passed out, and wakes up soon after Korg explains his "death" to Thor.
- Gladiator Games: He was a gladiator in the Contest of Champions, forced to fight to the death.
- Formerly Fit: Granted, Miek is actually a squishy tardigrade-like creature shoved into an exoskeleton to get him fighting ready, but in Avengers: Endgame he's shown to have become a complete couch potato surrounded by snack foods and his already puffy frame bloated to capacity as he plays Fortnite with Korg and Thor. The entire time he was on-screen, a pizza slice was hanging out his mandibles.
- Knife Nut: He's frequently seen performing katas with his bladed limbs.
- No Biochemical Barriers: In spite of not possessing a mammalian metabolism like Thor does, Miek along with Korg (insect and sentient rock/stone respectively) are able to get intoxicated by and therefore enjoy alcohol, allowing them to keep Thor company in his five-year drinking and video game binge of grief. (Notably, alcohol is lethal to insects, making Miek's enjoyment of said beverage all the more shocking and hilarious.)
- Satellite Character: Aside from being Korg's best friend as well as being a formidable fighter, there isn't much to talk about Miek.
- Those Two Guys: He and Korg are rarely seen apart from each other.
- The Voiceless: Doesn't talk, even though he does in the comics, and instead makes squealing noises.
- You Don't Look Like You: His design is drastically different from the one in the comics, going from a skinny insect-like humanoid (that later metamorphoses into a hulking insect-like humanoid) to a tardigrade-like alien piloting a Mini-Mecha.
Portrayed By: Ryan Tarran / Michael D'Amico
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Infinity War
Another alien gladiator imprisoned at the Contest of Champions that joins the Sakaaran Rebellion and later the Asgardian refugees.
- Law of Alien Names: Inverted. He has a name that would be common in an English-speaking Earth country despite being an alien.
- Gladiator Games: He was a gladiator in the Contest of Champions, forced to fight to the death.
- Human Aliens: He has the appearance of a Caucasian human, though his face is concealed by the armor he wears.
- Killed Offscreen: He's killed during the offscreen attack on the Statesman that happens prior to the opening scene of Avengers: Infinity War. His corpse is visible during Ebony Maw's speech.
Portrayed By: Shane Rangi (middle head, motion capture) / Taika Waititi (left head) / Chris Hemsworth (right head)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
Another alien gladiator imprisoned at the Contest of Champions that joins the Sakaaran Rebellion and later the Asgardian refugees.
- Multiple Head Case: Hajo has three distinct, if cojoined, heads.
- Gladiator Games: He was a gladiator in the Contest of Champions, forced to fight to the death.
- Human Aliens: Partially invoked. If it weren't for the three heads, he'd pass for human.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By one of Hela's undead Berserkers.
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
Another alien gladiator imprisoned at the Contest of Champions that joins the Sakaaran Rebellion and later the Asgardian refugees.
- Black Bead Eyes: His eyes are solid black, like black voids.
- Gladiator Games: He was a gladiator in the Contest of Champions, forced to fight to the death.
- Law of Alien Names: Inverted. He has a name that would be somewhat common in an English-speaking Earth country despite being an alien.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Its unknown if he's among the survivors of Thanos' attack on the Statesman or if she was killed by the Black Order prior to the opening scene of Avengers: Infinity War.
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
- Gladiator Games: She was a gladiator in the Contest of Champions, forced to fight to the death.
- Lizard Folk: She has a somewhat reptilian appearance beneath her armor.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Its unknown if she's among the survivors of Thanos' attack on the Statesman or if she was killed by the Black Order prior to the opening scene of Avengers: Infinity War.
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An extremely powerful set of armor created by Odin to defend Asgard. As one does not wear it, but project their consciousness into it, it can be misused.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: When it is impaled from the back by Sif, it completely rotates every part of its body to face her, knocks her away and then removes the spear by standing up while the blade slides out by itself.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, the Destroyer cannot be harmed by Thor's best blows with Mjolnir, is strong and fast enough to smack Thor around, and its heat ray can slice right through Mjolnir or an Asgardian. In the film, once Thor gets his powers and hammer back, he effortlessly blocks its heat ray and then smashes it apart.
- Animated Armor: Controlled with a user's mind.
- Breath Weapon: The heat ray of the Destroyer is fired from the opening in the helmet. It looks like a Wave Motion Gun.
- The Brute: Temporarily a non-sentient one to Loki in Thor once he takes the throne.
- Fighting a Shadow: Killing the Destroyer doesn't harm its user, seeing as it is controlled by an extension of the user's mind. In a sense, the fight with it could be considered the first battle between the Asgardians and Loki.
- Having a Blast: They come from the eyes.
- Implacable Man: Until Thor gets his powers back and is able to fight it, it hunts him down without regard for anything else.
- Magitek: One of the only real examples shown from Asgard so far, with the rest of the "magic" being Magic from Technology.
- Menacing Stroll: Walking along and batting aside warriors in its path.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Destroyer. You weren't expecting it to help you repair your roof, were you?
- Power Glows: The opening in the face glows when it is about to fire.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the film it isn't shown what happened to it after it was destroyed. The tie-in comic Fury's Big Week shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. took custody of it, and are now trying to reverse-engineer it. As shown in The Avengers, they are successful.
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Thor / Thor: The Dark World Prelude / Thor: Ragnarok (fresco)
Odin's steed, an eight-legged horse.
- Cool Horse: Sleipnir is Odin's personal steed since the time of the Asgardian wars of conquest and expansion.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Sleipnir is only seen in Thor and the comic book prelude toThor: The Dark World. Its fate remains unknown. In any event, if he wasn't taken along by the Asgardian refugees, he was killed duirng the destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok.
Species: Valkyrie steed
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Avengers: Endgame
Brunnhilde's winged steed.