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 | Untitled Avengers Sequel
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 a 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 the respect and fear from other races.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Kings and Queens of Asgard draw their power from Asgard itself, invariably making them the most powerful of their race.
- 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 their last.
- 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...
- 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.
- Depending on the Writer: The portrayal of the Asgardians as Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and 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. 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?
- Endangered Species: After the events of Thor: Ragnarok, the Asgardians were reduced to a motley group of barely over a couple of hundred refugees. Their numbers were dropped even further during Avengers: Infinity War, where half of them were slaughtered by Thanos and his Black Order, meaning that the Asgardians are on the brink of extinction.
- 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 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.
- Human Aliens: They don't come from Earth and look like humans.
- 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 live for 5000 years.
- 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: The battle against the Frost Giants took place in AD 965, and Odin led the charge. Fandral implies that Thor used to throw around lightning and thunder, and got worshiped 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 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.
- 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.
- 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. Which is why when the Bifröst goes down, all the evil races come out of the bushes and start wreaking havoc.
- 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.
- War Refugees: The destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok leaves the surviving Asgardians as this.
- 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 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 reveal 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 has been living in a New York retirement home that Loki had banished him to.
- 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.
- Badass Beard: He has a bushy, impressive one.
- Badass Grandpa: 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.
- 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, and it was only much later that he renounced it in favor 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Heavy Sleeper: Nothing can wake him from the Odinsleep once it begins, although he still sees and hears everything going on around him.
- 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 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Parental Neglect: Although he does love Loki, he found it difficult to forge a close bond with his adoptive son because Loki isn't manly like he is, and being of Jötunn descent may also have contributed to Odin remaining somewhat distant. 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!
- 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 in 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.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the Asgardian charge against the Jötunns to defend Midgard during the Dark Ages.
- Staff of Authority: Only the King of Asgard wields Gungnir.
- 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, 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 in general 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.
- 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
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.
- 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. 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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 adoptive 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 femininity, as she's the lone woman in the royal family and he's an androgynous man. 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 Face–Heel 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.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, and she's kind and respectful towards Jane, unlike Odin, who had rudely equated the human woman's presence in Asgard to that of a goat at a banquet table.
- 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.
- 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 adoptive 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.
- Meaningful Funeral: In The Dark Word, 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, say that Loki is not Frigga's son.
- 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: 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 willfully 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: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.
- Proper Lady: The most graceful and poised member of the royal family.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shared Family Quirks: She has passed down a tic to her adoptive 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 adoptive 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.
- 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.
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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) to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- 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.
- Composite Character: Has some elements of Balder from the comics.
- 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.
- 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. This is apparently what he looks like without his helmet.
- 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 Strange’s comments later in the film are anything to go by, this has partly and possibly given the Avengers the one (and only) means out of 14 million to defeat Thanos.
- 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).
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He meets his end in Infinity War, courtesy of Thanos and his sword.
- 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.
- 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, he’s strict, no-nonsense, and professionalistic. Off it, he’s 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.
- 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, he’s 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 that Heimdall extends them to 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. 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, Hogunand and Volstagg, they are never mentioned again and Thor doesn’t even wonder about their fates despite being his closet friends. Granted, he had more important things going on, but 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 adressed 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 the sequel to Ragnarok, Infinity War, where she dies offscreen due to Thanos' Infinity-Gauntlet-powered fingersnap.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 SHIELD 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.
- Black Viking: His facial features look like he's from the other side of the world from Norway. Justified in that, unlike Sif, Fandral and Volstagg, he's not Aesir/Asgardian, but Vanir/from Vanaheim.
- 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: Makes a brief appearance early in The Dark World, having remained in his home realm to help rebuild it after the Marauders' attack; has another appearance, no more than a reaction shot, during the portal-hopping battle of 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 harkens 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.
- When He Smiles: See the entry under the main group. He smiled just as wide as Sif and the Other Warriors-Two.
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 must've read his mind, or else he had received his fair share of death threats over the Battle of New York, because he cuts him off at that point.Loki: You'll kill me? Evidently, there'll be a line.
- 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.
- 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 trinkets and weapons from across the Nine Realms, including a pair of M16 rifles from a place called "Tex-ass".
- 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 Heel–Face 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.
- Heel–Face 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 two M-16s he named "Des" and "Troy."
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hela kills him with a thrown blade through the heart.
- 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 Heel–Face 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 fairly hilariously useless as lackeys and especially executioners come. He fails in executing a single person in the whole movie, 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 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 SHIELD 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."
- 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 would have met the future king of Asgard.
- Play-Along Prisoner: 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.
Portrayed By: Elena Satine
Voiced By: Gloria Núñez (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I.", Episode 15: "Yes Men")
Rooster: You'd be the first.
Lorelei: Yes. I will.
An Asgardian who arrives on Earth shortly after the team's discoveries at the Guest House facility.
- Adaptational Badass: In the original comics she has no fighting skills whatsoever. This version, is able to give Lady Sif a good fight, which would put her in the same league as Loki.
- Arch-Enemy: "Yes Men" establishes her as one to Sif, both because they're foils and also because of what happened to another man in Sif's life.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Although Agent Ward is a Badass, Lorelei is almost as strong as Loki and Thor.
- Breaking Them By Talking: Her method of choice when dealing with women standing in her way. Both May and Sif end up on the receiving end.
- Catch-Phrase: "Do you prefer her to me?"
- Compelling Voice: She has the ability to make men do whatever she tells them to. If they can resist the voice, making physical contact will overpower them. It explicitly doesn't work on women, and doesn't seem to be reliant on sexual preferences one way or another.
- Crossover: It is indicated that Lorelei escaped from confinement during the prison break that Kurse initiated in Thor: The Dark World. Astute readers who watched the movie will note that Loki has somehow supplanted Odin and has taken his place while maintaining his likeness. So when Sif says that Odin wants her back alive, it's actually Loki speaking. In other words, Loki has some unknown plans for Lorelei.
- Cruel Mercy: Sif spares her because Odin orders her to, though Sif does acknowledge killing her would be the easy way out. Leaving her alive is more painful for Lorelei because she'll be unable to talk, imprisoned in a tiny cell, presumably for life.
- Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: She brainwashed and raped Ward. While she is a villain anyway, no mention of it is made later, and Ward is treated as partially at fault for not being strong enough to resist her. Also qualifies as Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male and a form of Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal.
- Evil Redhead: She's a villainous Asgardian with scarlet hair.
- Evil Plan: Find strong men, build an army, take over some place, and rule as queen.
- Femme Fatale: As Sif notes, wars have been started by her feminine uber-wiles.
- Fish out of Water:
- When she arrives on Earth, she begins her first conversation by talking about Earth as "Midgard" to a total stranger, calls Death Valley (where she landed) the "Valley of Death" when told its name, and simply takes a water bottle someone is holding when she needs a drink, not seeming to realize it would be more reasonable to ask.
- She expected gold to be used as currency on Earth, like it is on Asgard:Lorelei: I ask you for gold and you bring me paper!
- Foil: To Sif; while Sif is a Tomboy who loyally fights for Asgard despite having rejected its gender norms, Lorelei is a Girly Girl who performs femininity to The Vamp extremes and wants to rule. It could be argued that the two both had discontented reactions to the limitations imposed on women and then went opposite routes — Sif beat them by joining them, Lorelei beat them by making them beat each other. "That's the difference between you and me — I don't take orders."
- Functional Magic: Her mind control is explicitly called "sorcery" by Sif.
- Hello, Nurse!: It's even part of her modus operandi to seduce men.
- Jerkass: Said to prefer taking men who are already spoken for. On two occasions, she then rubs this fact in the other woman's face.
- Kneel Before Zod: "I don't kneel to men. Men kneel to me."
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: By Asgardian standards, she's a Squishy Wizard. By human standards, she is super strong.
- Sex for Services: Her favorite "reward" for particularly "strong" men.
- Squishy Wizard: By Asgardian standards, she is a delicate magic user.
- Super Strength: By Earth standards, she could beat their strongest warrior in arm wrestling.
- The Vamp: Lorelei has the ability to seduce men into doing her bidding, be it with her Compelling Voice or through physical contact.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unclear what has happened to her following Asgard's destruction in Ragnarok.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: She "upgrades" twice in her debut episode. From an average Joe to the leader of a group of bikers, to Agent Ward.
Portrayed By: Tessa Thompson
Voiced By: Alondra Hidalgo (Latin-American Spanish dub), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese dub), Véronique Marchand (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
A former Asgardian warrior who now makes a living on Sakaar.
- Action Girl: Being a Valkyrie, that's a given. She seems to be the Grandmaster's most favored Scrapper and is shown to best both Hulk and 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: She's introduced as an employee of the Grandmaster and is the one who brings Thor to him in the first place.
- The Alcoholic: She's a hard drinker, enough that until her Heel–Face 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.
- Ambiguously Bi: There is a spark between her and Thor and it is implied that the other Valkyrie who died shielding her from Hela's assault was her lover.
- 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 Gay: Definitely badass, and as for her sexuality, see the below trope.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cool Horse: She's seen riding a winged stallion into battle against Hela in a flashback.
- 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.
- 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.
- Heel–Face 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It takes some time for her to join Thor's cause and fulfill 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 spend most of her scenes drunk. 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, gives her real name as Brunnhilde.
- 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.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Tessa Thompson is a meager 5' 4" (1.63 m), and in-universe pretty much all of the male heroes aside from Loki 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 a Black Viking. However, one of her former Valkyrie comrades does indeed fit the comic's description.
- 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.
- Uncertain Doom: Although she was aboard the Asgard refugee ship when Thanos attacked, we never see her body. Word of God from the film's Director Joe Russo later confirmed Valkyrie survived, leading half the ship off in escape pods while Thor and company tried to stop Thanos.
- 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 the film.
- You Are Number 6: She is referred to as "Scrapper 142" in Sakaar.
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: N/A
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.
- 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.
Species: Asgardian Wolf
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
Fenris was a giant wolf who served Hela during the times of the expansion of Asgard around the Nine Realms. Millennia after her death, she is resurrected by Hela with the Eternal Flame and put at her service during her oppressive rule on Asgard.
- Adaptation Species Change: Originally a Jotun, as the son of Loki and a Jotun sorceress. Here her species is merely listed as "Asgardian Wolf".
- Adaptational Wimp: In the myths, Fenris was large enough for his mouth to reach the sky. Here, she’s only about 12 feet tall.
- Back from the Dead: Upon coming back to Asgard after being sealed by Odin for millennia, Hela destroys the floor of Asgard's Weapons Vault to reveal a crypt in which Fenris and her long-forgotten army are resting. She then resurrects them all as undead using the Eternal Flame.
- Canis Major: A huge monster wolf, times and times larger than a regular one. Justified as she is actually part of an in-universe species called "Asgardian Wolf", which naturally grows to be that big.
- Composite Character: As Hela's Right-Hand Attack Dog, she takes the role of Garm from the myths.
- Disney Villain Death: She falls off of Asgard's waterfalls into outer space at the end of her fight with the Hulk.
- Gender Flip: According to Word of God, Fenris Wolf is a female in this movie.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: She has green-glowing eyes after Hela revives her with the Eternal Flame.
- Green Eyes: Her eyes glow green due to Hela's magic.
- Hellhound: A giant canid that serves the ruler of Hel.
- Horse of a Different Color: Hela uses Fenris as her mount when riding into battle rather than the normal horses that the rank-and-file soldiers ride.
- Non-Human Undead: Given the Sickly Green Glow of her eyes as similar to the Berserkers', it's highly likely that Hela's magic combined with the Eternal Flame made her into an undead hellhound.
- Not So Stoic: Inverted. She's usually vicious and violent, but she pauses in confusion when Banner smacks down on the Rainbow Bridge in front of her. Also, during one scene in which Hela is enthroned in the palace, Fenris is seen merely lounging around docilely in the background.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: Hela unleashes her upon Asgardian refugees on the Bifröst during the Final Battle. Luckily for them, the Hulk steps in to fight the giant wolf.
- Sadly Mythtaken: This version of Fenris is about thrice the size of a direwolf, which is still nowhere near as large as her mythological counterpart (who could apparently swallow the moon). She also doesn't get to kill Odin, nor is she Loki's child and Hela's brother.
- Savage Wolves: A giant and vicious wolf in service of the Goddess of Death. She bites Hulk hard enough to make him bleed, which is more than almost any other character in the movies can claim to have done.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: In the comics, as in the original myths, Fenris is Hela's brother and Loki's son. Here, she's just a monster that serves Hela.
Species: Undead Asgardians
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
The reanimated corpses of dead Einherjar that fought under Hela.
- Animate Dead: All of them were laid to rest beneath Odin's palace and this is were Hela finds them.
- Armies Are Evil: They fought under Hela in the time in which Asgard was a conquering, imperialistic power.
- Dem Bones: They have rotten to the point that all that remains of their faces is their skulls.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: They have green-glowing eyes after Hela revives them with the Eternal Flame.
- Keystone Army: They are all destroyed after Hela's apparent death, as she's the one who had reanimated them.
- Non-Human Undead: They look like human corpses but this is because Asgardians are Human Aliens.
- Sickly Green Glow: Their eyes and innards glow a bright green color like Hela's magic following their reanimation.
- Undead Mooks: They become this for Hela's forces after she reanimates them, having originally been the Red Shirt Army that accompanied her and Odin on their conquests of the other Realms during their previous lives.