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Thor Odinson
"I choose to run towards my problems, and not away from them. Because that's what heroes do."

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"It's time for me to be who I am, rather than who I am supposed to be."

Known Alias: "Donald Blake"

Species: Asgardian

Citizenship: Asgardian

Affiliation(s): Asgard, Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Revengers, Guardians of the Galaxy

Portrayed By: Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Goyo (young), Jaimie Alexander (illusion in Thor: The Dark World)

Voiced By: Andrés Gutiérrez Coto (Latin-American Spanish dub), Ivan Labanda (European Spanish dub), Kenta Miyake (Japanese dub), Adrien Antoine (European French dub), Martin Desgagné (Canadian French dub), Mauro Horta (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Doctor Strangenote  | Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | What If...? | Thor: Love and Thunder

"Father, I cannot be king of Asgard. I will protect Asgard and all the realms with my last and every breath, but I cannot do so from that chair. Loki, for all his grave imbalance, understood rule as I know I never will. The brutality, the sacrifice... It changes you. I'd rather be a good man than a great king."

The Norse God of Thunder, son of Odin, brother of Loki and Hela, and the heir to the Asgardian throne. He carries Mjölnir, the mythical hammer that only those deemed worthy may wield (or even lift), which grants him the powers of flight, storm-based Weather Manipulation and armor that gives him Super Toughness and Super Strength much higher than the Asgardian norm.

To teach his son humility after Thor nearly reignites a war with another world, Odin exiled Thor to Earth, where the Asgardian met and began an on-again-off-again relationship with a scientist named Jane Foster. While Thor's visit to Earth helped teach him to reign in his more questionable impulses, he continues to be a bit of a Blood Knight and Glory Seeker, seeing his work protecting the Nine Realms and fighting with the Avengers as grand adventures.


Unfortunately, this boisterous attitude is harshly tested as the threats against him and his allies grow, culminating in a Trauma Conga Line that ends in the destruction of Asgard and the near-extinction of his people. Driven by vengeance, he seeks a way to destroy Thanos and his armies to avenge his race.

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  • 11th-Hour Ranger: In the last few minutes of Endgame, he officially joins the Guardians and remains off-world for a whole year.
  • Abdicate the Throne: At the end of Endgame, Thor steps down as the king of Asgard and passes leadership to Valkyrie while he travels with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • The Ace: Among the original line-up. He is nearly as strong as the Hulk (as well as being fast and skilled enough to make it count), is smart enough to follow a plan, is a team player, he can fly, take a hit, summon storms and shoot lightning, has a near-indestructible weapon that (at first) only he can use and has access to technology way more advanced than Earth. His ace-status is later ceremoniously broken after he beheads Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, rendering him a fat, perpetually-inebriated shell of his former self five years later. He gets better, though.
  • Ace Pilot: Although not as good as Loki, he works out how to fly totally alien spacecraft in both Dark World and Ragnarok.
  • Acrofatic: After the time skip in Avengers: Endgame, he's put on a ton of weight due to his trauma-induced drinking habit, snacking, and minimal exercise. It doesn't stop him from kicking all kinds of ass in the final battle, moving with surprising grace and speed, although he stood no chance against 2014 Thanos.
  • Action Hero: One of the biggest examples in the MCU. He's an enormously powerful warrior trained from birth who has been fighting all kinds of foes for his thousand plus year lifespan. Some of the enemies he's annihilated include Frost Giants, their nearly Kaiju-sized pets, the Destroyer, Loki, Chitauri, Leviathans, Marauders, their Kronan Leader, Dark Elves, HYDRA, Ultron Bots, Ultron, Asgardian zombies, space pirates, Surtur and his fire demons... the list goes on. He is an action hero full time — whenever we don't see him, he's smacking around whatever latest evil threatens his microstate, and whenever we jump in on him he's always in the middle of a fight.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Although the comics Thor isn't immune to humorous moments himself, the movies take his comedic side Up to Eleven, especially post-Ragnarok.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Zig-zagged. He has less power and durability than his comics counterpart in absolute terms: in the comics, he was able to create hurricanes with his breath, he could use energy bursts from Mjonir to destroy even the strongest metals, and he was able to open portals just by spinning Mjonir. Additionally, the comics version could fly on his own without Mjonir. However, MCU Thor has more power relative to other characters, and is one of the strongest of them despite Tony's jokes at his expense. Thor's speed and skill give him the edge on the Hulk even though the latter has more raw strength and durability, while his lightning abilities mean fights get rather one sided. And Thor is the only character in the entire series to overpower Thanos equipped with the completed Infinity Gauntlet, when he more often than not winds up on the receiving end at Thanos's hands in the comics. Justified in that he was using a weapon designed by the same person who made the Gauntlet, and Thanos was caught off-guard.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: From Thor: Ragnarok onwards, he's given more slapstick and he's more prone to be a Butt-Monkey. The humor in his comics is more situational and he's a more serious character in them overall.
  • Adipose Rex: After the time skip in Avengers: Endgame, Thor has become fat after falling into depression, becoming an alcoholic and eating Comfort Food to distract himself from his grief.
  • Adoption Diss: Played for Laughs twice. A straight version in The Avengers: Thor learns from his new allies that Loki killed 80 people in two days, and quickly says that Loki is adopted to distance himself from his brother's crimes. Inverted in Ragnarok: this time around Loki who has gained the favor of the Grandmaster says he is adopted to distance himself from Thor, now the Grandmaster's slave.
  • Adorkable: He's painfully sweet, polite, and gallant to women, especially Jane. Even more-so as Fat Thor.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
    • To stop the Destroyer from causing destruction on Earth and hurting his friends, Thor not only apologizes for any wrongs he's committed but offers his life to Loki. This act of selflessness proves Thor's worthiness of Mjölnir.
    • Rather less seriously, in Ragnarok, he shifts from threats to begging when his hair is about to be cut off.
  • The Alcoholic: He becomes a full-blown one after the opening of Endgame in an attempt to cope with his trauma and depression over losing both his parents, then most of his race, and finally his failure to stop Thanos in time, drinking prolific amounts of beer and liquor even for an Asgardian.
  • Alien Among Us: He is a Sufficiently Advanced Alien and in Thor he is stranded on Earth as a punishment.
  • Aliens Speaking English: As an Asgardian, he has no problems understanding humans and communicating with them.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Before Ragnarok, he exhibits a formal and slightly antiquated manner of speaking. Played for Laughs in The Avengers, when Tony Stark refers to one of Thor's speeches as "Shakespeare in the Park" and proceeds to imitate him:
    Tony: Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?
  • Arc Words: Throughout Ragnarok Thor keeps repeating the phrase "Because that's what heroes do."
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In the first movie, pre-Character Development, he was boastful, proud and threw his weight around.
  • Authority in Name Only: By the time he gets around to "ruling" New Asgard in Endgame, he's so depressed that he instead shacks up with Korg and Miek and spends all day watching TV, playing video games, drinking alcohol, eating unhealthy food, and taking no personal care for his personal hygiene or physical well-being instead of actually acting in the interest of his subjects. Valkyrie effectively handles all of his work for him during this time. He comes to recognise this, which is why he names Valkyrie king when he decides that he can do more good as a soldier for his people.
  • Badass Adorable: Not in his first-seven films; from Thor to Avengers: Infinity War he is the epitome of confident assertive "classical" masculinity - though Ragnarok in particular makes his softer side more apparent. By the time of Avengers: Endgame, however, Thor is an emotionally vulnerable Mama's Boy who is prone to adorable bouts of tears, which accompanied by his cuddly fat appearance makes him resemble a big-sad teddy-bear. After a much-needed reassurance, guidance and a warm hug from his mother, however, he rises to the occasion once more, still fat and cuddly but no less brave and noble a warrior than he was as a Hunk. After the Thanos crisis was averted, Thor's newfound vulnerability has made him a much sweeter and happier person, free to be himself and not what others expect him to be.
  • Badass Baritone: Hemsworth makes Thor sound like the hero of an ancient epic. Appropriate, no? In Infinity War, Peter Quill starts trying to mimic Thor's deep voice to avoid feeling overshadowed. He fails miserably.
  • Badass Beard: His beard is much trimmer than his father's, though it still adds to his manliness.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a red one as part of his "super god warrior" armor. It gets ripped in half in Ragnarok, leaving it hanging on one shoulder.
  • Badass in Distress: In Infinity War, when he is beaten by Thanos and left floating in space, injured and unconscious. Just ask Star-Lord:
    Tony Stark: You know Thor?
    Peter Quill: Yeah, tall guy, not that good-looking, needed saving.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His usual look is a rugged beard and a mane of mussed golden hair. It's trimmed back in Ragnarok, though. He grows it back during during the five-year time skip in Endgame though this may be less about his usual look than being so defeated he stops caring about his own hygiene.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Quite literally — Thor visibly pants with nerves and exertion while exposed to hard vacuum in Infinity War.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Though normally bearded, Thor's trauma-induced depression during the five year Time Skip in Endgame leads him to stop maintaining his beard during that time, allowing it to grow thick and unkempt.
  • Because Destiny Says So: By Infinity War, he comes to believe that he is only alive because fate wants him alive (or clings to the idea because it's all he has left). This is consistent with Norse Mythology where fate was the primary force, and even the gods (other than the Norns) were not free of its clutches.
    Thor: Thanos is just the latest in a long line of bastards, and he'll be the latest to feel my vengeance — fate wills it so.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell him to drop or let go of his hammer, ever.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy, but it's not wise to test his patience or get in his way.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Apparently, at some point offscreen, Loki transformed his older brother into a frog, a reference to the comics. We have no other information about this incident, but Loki found it hilarious (and apparently he wasn't the only one, going by the crowd's reaction).
  • Beyond Redemption: Initially, Thor was confident that his brother Loki could be turned to the side of good with enough effort, However, after the events of The Avengers, Thor believes that Loki has become a lost cause. Lucky for Loki that he pulls a Heel–Face Turn anyway in Thor: Ragnarok.
    Thor: You should know that when we fought each other in the past, I did so with a glimmer of hope that my brother was still in there somewhere. That hope no longer exists to protect you.
  • Big Brother Bully: He wasn't exactly the easiest older brother to be around before his Character Development in the first Thor, where he shuts Loki who's trying to give a sensible advice up with "know your place, brother", or mocks his magic and calls him a cow in a deleted scene. Justified, because Loki always was an Annoying Younger Sibling. Thor still has shades of it in Ragnarok — when they do "Get help," Loki complains that it is humiliating, and Thor replies "Not for me, it's not" — though by that point, he has plenty of reason to want to embarrass Loki a little.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Thor does not enjoy fighting against his little brother. Chris Hemsworth summed up Thor's conflicted and innate need to protect Loki with:
      "He's constantly having to battle for the greater good and what he should do, versus that's his little brother there."
    • By Ragnarok, however, he has no illusions about what his brother is likely to do, and plans accordingly.
    • In Infinity War, Thor is desperate to protect Loki from Thanos, but due to being beaten and restrained, Thor can only watch as his little brother is strangled to death.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Infinity War, when fellow troops are about to be overwhelmed he arrives in Wakanda to save the day. Bruce Banner even yells out, "You guys are so screwed now!" at the invading army the second he sees Thor...and he's not wrong.
  • Big Eater: Pretty common among Asgardians, but in Thor he himself eats an entire plate of food and then asks for more. Darcy remarks that he had already eaten an entire box of Pop Tarts before that. This becomes more apparent after the time skip in Endgame, where combining this with a complete lack of exercise and epic scale alcoholism to drown his sorrows means that Reality Ensues.
  • Big Entrance: The way he arrives in a beam of light from the Bifrost wielding his cool hammer (or hammer/axe) in both The Dark World and Infinity War.
  • The Big Guy: In The Avengers, as a Physical God Boisterous Bruiser looking down on the others as being "tiny".
  • Big "NO!": He sure has this trope for being Shakespeare-like. Often a Death Wail:
    • In Thor, he has one when Loki lets go of Odin's staff/spear, Gungnir, and falls into the abyss below the broken Bifröst. Odin has a Little "No" to underscore this moment.
    • In The Avengers, Thor shouts this when Loki mortally wounds Agent Coulson aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
    • In Thor: The Dark World he does this when Frigga is killed, when Kurse stabs Loki, and when Loki apparently dies in his arms.
    • In Ragnarok, when his hair is about to be cut.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War when Heimdall is killed and when Thanos kills Loki, but it's muffled because he is gagged by Ebony Maw before the latter. He does it again when Thanos pulls off the Badass Fingersnap, culling half of the universe's population.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: His back and forth arguing with Hulk in Ragnarok is peppered with this. Thor tells Hulk that the Avengers collectively refer to Hulk as the Stupid Avenger.
  • Big "YES!": In Ragnarok, when he finds out that Sakaar's feared champion is the Hulk. Everyone else is utterly baffled.
  • Blood Knight:
    • At the start, he "courted war." Later on, he grows into a more noble man who sees combat as a way of protection, not a way of life.
    • However, he still enjoys a good fight, as shown during his first battle with the Hulk. At first he tries to reason with him, but Hulk knocks him across the Helicarrier into some steel boxes. This all causes his nose to bleed and a Slasher Smile emerges from his face, showing he's gonna enjoy this fight.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He starts off a battle-seeking brat, but wises up and settles on this. Even after maturing a great deal, however, he still stands out among the other Avengers as a violent, brash, ultra masculine warrior who always enjoys a good fight:
    Thor: [after the team defeats several dozen of Ultron's drones] Is that the best you can do?!
    Ultron: [chuckles, then summons hundreds of drones]
    Captain America: ... you had to ask.
  • Book Dumb:
    • While by no means unintelligent, his understanding of Asgardian technology is very basic (equivalent of C, π, E=mc2, etc.), and he is genuinely impressed that human geniuses such as Jane and Selvig understand underlying principles behind it better than he does. He brings this up in The Dark World; he states not that Earth will in some future era be Asgard's equal, or even that they're just a few generations behind, but that Jane will personally crack all the really interesting secrets of the universe within the next decade at most, making humans Asgard's equals.
    • Played with in Ragnarok, where he doesn't know that emails require having a computer yet is comfortable discussing wormhole physics with Valkyrie and Banner.
    • In addition, Thor has an extremely limited knowledge of Earthly animals:
      • Thor: While on Earth, Thor bursts into a pet shop demanding a horse, but encounters tiny creatures.
        Pet shop employee: We don't have horses... just dogs, cats, birds...
        Thor: [completely serious] Then give me one of those large enough to ride.
      • Avengers: Infinity War: When he teams up with Rocket Raccoon and Groot, he constantly calls Rocket (who's considered, as his name implies, a raccoon) "Rabbit".
  • Born Winner: He is one of the few characters in the MCU whose powers are innate, being able to comfortably match Malekith (who's wielding the Reality Stone) with only a few scrapes, while taunting him that he thought that with all that power, Malekith would hit harder. As revealed in Ragnarok, he is even stronger than his father Odin, and in Infinity War, when he's at his peak, he's one of the most powerful characters in the series. He still has to learn to control them and to assume the responsibility associated with them.
  • Boys Like Creepy Critters: He really liked snakes as a kid. He tells a story of one time Loki played a prank on him by turning into a beautiful snake. Thor picked it up to admire it, and Loki turned back to normal and stabbed him.
    Thor: We were eight at the time.
  • Braids of Barbarism: During the final battle of Endgame, summoning both Mjölnir and Stormbreaker to him not only grants him his armor, but magically braids his unkempt hair and beard into this style.
  • Break the Badass: The events of Ragnarok and Infinity War occur over the space of a few days for Thor. In that time, his father dies, he loses his hammer, his best friends are murdered, his planet blown up to stop his insane sister going on a universal rampage, his brother and last remaining friend are murdered in front of him, and he fails to stop Thanos wiping out half of all life in the universe. The result is that he spends five years after killing Thanos having gone to pieces.
  • Break the Haughty: Thor's banishment serves this purpose in the first movie. He is unable to lift Mjölnir and learning, through Loki's deceit, Odin is dead and his mother has condemned him to exile. It becomes a reconstruction after spending time on Earth and learning from his mistakes causes Thor to gain some much-needed Character Development.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • Stripped of his godlike power, he's still a very, very formidable and experienced combatant who's made of muscle. Coulson complains that while fighting to get to his hammer he made the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents fighting him, all highly-trained professionals, look like a bunch of 'minimum wage mall cops.'
    • Likewise, Hela destroys his hammer in Ragnarok, preventing him from flying or summoning lightning. He's still able to more than hold his own as a gladiator in the Grandmaster's arena — even against the freaking Hulk — but only thanks to his training, as all the other alien gladiators come from similarly super-human Superior Species like him. As it turns out, Mjölnir only ever channeled his power and helped him control it.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: For all his boisterousness, he shows plenty of emotional vulnerability. After Loki claims Odin is dead in Thor, he first simply asks "Can I come home?" When told he can't ever return to his family, he thanks Loki for coming to say goodbye. When he confronts Loki in The Avengers, the only times when his grin cracks are when he's begging his brother to come to his senses.
  • But Now I Must Go:
    • He chooses to leave Earth at the end of Age of Ultron so he can find out more about the Infinity Stones and the master of the Chitauri, saying Tony was right about being proactive.
    • Does it again in Endgame, deciding he's not fit to be a king. He subsequently hands leadership of Asgard over to Valkyrie before going off to join the Guardians in their space travels.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Loki's Cain because he's the good son of the pair (i.e. no overthrowing and brother killing). It becomes Cain and Abel and Seth in Ragnarok, when the Big Bad Hela is revealed to be their even more murderous and vindictive older sister.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Downplayed. He never calls Odin by his name when directly talking to him and often refers to him as his father when talking to others, however he still occasionally refers to him as "Odin".
  • Character Development:
    • His films are about him learning humility and how to one day become king of Asgard and the Nine Realms.
    • Thor: Ragnarok specifically gives him an arc where he becomes a Guile Hero due to having Mjölnir, the only means he had to channel his thunder god powers, destroyed. In previous films, Thor noticeably solves his problems through brute force and hitting things with his hammer, while in Ragnarok he becomes clever enough to outsmart Loki himself.
    • Starting from The Dark World, Thor slowly begins to realise the need for him to be who he is, rather than who he's expected to be. He was "destined" to be Asgard's new king, but over time loses any optimistic desire he had in the first film to inherit the throne. This is a reason why he tells an Odin-disguised-Loki that he "would rather be a good man than a great king", and only took the title when his father passes away and Asgard is destroyed because his people needed him. This comes to a head in Endgame after years of wallowing in depression and a pep-talk from his mother from the past, Thor comments to Valkyrie that for the first time in a thousand years he wouldn't have to be who he's supposed to be. He then relinquishes the throne to her, seeing himself unfit to be king.
  • Characterization Marches On: Come Ragnarok, like the film itself, Thor has become considerably more humorous and snarky than in previous appearances. This reaches a peak in Endgame, where he starts to resemble Volstagg not only in looks but in personality (though, like Volstagg, that Big Fun persona covers an extraordinary amount of tragedy).
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Thor: After being de-powered he's on the receiving end of a lot of humorous abuse despite his still immense physical prowess, whether it's getting hit by a car (twice), getting tased by Darcy or having to be tackled and sedated in an emergency room.
    • Thor Ragnarok: After Mjölnir is destroyed, where he's comically ragdolled by Hulk in the arena — and though immediately after that specific, he bounces back spectacularly, he gets repeatedly tased and otherwise embarrassed.
  • Chick Magnet: Is consistently portrayed as the hottest man in the Nine Realms, with at least one non-Love Interest woman reacting favorably to his hotness in every film he's featured in (except Avengers), and also getting several favourable references in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Likewise, the girls in Spider-Man Homecoming when playing FMK among each other generally vote Thor as the Avenger they would not want to marry or kill. This may have something to do with his godly portfolio including fertility. A sort of Mythology Gag, if you will. In Infinity War, Mantis, Gamora, and Drax are all quite smitten with him, with Drax reverently describing Thor as a first a "handsome, muscular man" and then as though "a pirate had a baby with an angel" and Gamora openly fondling Thor's muscles and comparing them to Cotati metal fibre.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Wears red, silver, and grey, and has gold hair to contrast Loki's green, gold, and black with black hair. By Infinity War, however, his own costume turns black.
  • Composite Character:
    • The film's version of Thor shares numerous traits with Thor's paternal half-brother, Balder the Brave. Both are full-blooded Asgardians and the sons of Odin and Frigga, whereas comic Thor is the son of Odin and Gaea, the Elder Earth-Goddess. Thor has been bitterly envied by Loki over Odin's approval since their childhood and has had his life threatened by the trickster many times, a trait also shared with the mythological Balder. And a very notable similarity at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor becomes King of the Asgardians after the death of Odin and the destruction of Asgard during Ragnarok, with Loki at his side.
    • By Infinity War, he shares traits with Beta Ray Bill, namely wielding Stormbreaker which replaces Mjölnir. That and Thanos wiping out half of the Asgardians in The Teaser serves as a drive for his story arc, it pays something of an Homage to Bill's relationship with Galactus; a similarly superpowered threat whom was responsible for wiping out Bill's entire species, and who Bill chased down in the Godhunter miniseries.
      • Stormbreaker itself is also an example of this, sharing the name of Bill's weapon, but rather than the bell hammer design it takes the hammeraxe design of Ultimate Mjölnir.
      • Thor also battles Hulk in the Sakaar Colisseum, like Beta Ray Bill did in the Planet Hulk animated film.
    • Starting with Thor: Ragnarok, he's far less regal and stern, and a lot more boisterous and goofy like Hercules. Both are heavy-drinking and irresponsible party-boys, the favored son of their pantheon's king, and one of the most powerful heroes of the world.
    • Then in Avengers Endgame, after gaining weight and growing a massive beard, he now resembled the early Miles Gloriosus comic book depiction of Volstagg, unlike the MCU's Adaptational Badass Volstagg.
      • Also, Thor's transformation during the final battle with Thanos is similar to Volstagg's transformation into the War-Thor, with Stormbreaker taking the role of the War-Thor's Mjolnir copy.
  • Cool Big Bro: Had this dynamic with Loki when they were kids, as while Loki still envied him, they were very much playmates and loved each other. He becomes this to Loki again when he pulls out a true Heel–Face Turn at near the end of Ragnarok.
  • Cradle of Loneliness: Seeing how he lost his mother in The Dark World and his father in Ragnarok, Thor has officially lost his entire family following the death of Loki in Infinity War. As the ship goes up in flames, all Thor can do is crawl towards Loki's corpse and cradle his dead body.
  • Cry Cute: In Avengers: Endgame, when Thor is caught by Frigga, his mother, during his quest to obtain the Reality Stone in an alternate timeline, he thinks she will be ashamed of him because he is now an overweight, alcoholic shut-in. Instead, she assures him she still loves him, and encourages him pick himself up and be the best person he can be, instead of what others expect him to. This causes the God of Thunder to adorably weep like a little boy as his mom lovingly hugs him.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • He gets a moment when Sif says that she had the battle of Vanaheim under control in Dark World:
      Thor: [looking around] Is that why everything's on fire?
    • He ramps up the snark considerably in Ragnarok.
      Thor: [on "Odin's" Loki statue] A lot better looking than he was when he was alive, though. A little less weaselly, less greasy, maybe...
  • Death Seeker: Not explicitly said, but in Endgame, he's far too eager to use the jerry-rigged Infinity Gauntlet, knowing it could very well kill him if handled incorrectly.
  • Decomposite Character: In the comics, Donald Blake was the identity that was given to an amnesiac Thor when he first arrived on Earth. Here, it's a completely different character that we never get to see, though Thor borrows his name.
  • Determinator:
    • Thor never gives up and believes that there's a solution for almost everything. Thor lampshades his determination in The Dark World:
      Loki: Satisfaction is not in my nature.
      Thor: Surrender is not in mine.
    • Even more so in Infinity War, he becomes absolutely determined to defeat Thanos.
      Thor: [Thanos] has never fought me.
      Rocket: ...Yeah he has.
      Thor: Well, he's never fought me twice.
  • Despair Event Horizon: While he takes his parents' deaths in The Dark World and Ragnarok fairly well, the Trauma Conga arc of Ragnarok's ending, Infinity War, and Endgame coupled with the realization that much of it is his own doing breaks the big man's spirit. It culminates in him learning that his losses are irreversible because of the destruction of the Infinity Stones. When Bruce and Rocket find him after the Time Skip, he is a hopeless alcoholic slob who has given up on everything and is drowning his sorrows in beer, food and video games; the mere mention of Thanos is enough to render him a blubbering mess. He gets better over the course of the movie.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Thor's relative power would make the villains' plan a little too easy to foil. So in every Avengers movie, he skips some fighting, leaving the rest to fend off for themselves. In Avengers, Loki makes him land on a desolated patch of land and the battle of New York begins without him. In Age of Ultron, Thor leaves for more pressing matters concerning Asgard so the Avengers face off Ultron without him in Korea. In Infinity War, Thor's absence is more justified since he seeks a weapon able to beat Thanos, and comes in Wakanda just in time to save the day... temporarily.
  • Disabled Deity: He is a Physical God of Thunder, who loses an eye in Ragnarok. He thus becomes similar to his father Odin, who lost his eye before the events of Thor.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He delivers one in The Avengers to Captain America, trying to squash him flat just because Cap told him to put the hammer down. He put it down on alright; slamming down on Cap's Shield.
  • Distressed Dude: In Infinity War, when he is beaten by Thanos and left floating in space, injured and unconscious. Just ask Star-Lord:
    Tony Stark: You know Thor?
    Peter Quill: Yeah, tall guy, not that good-looking, needed saving.
  • Dork Knight: Especially towards women. If you can imagine a golden Labrador in the shape of a thunder god, you've more or less got him down.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: Thor is seen enjoying his beer in Thor, Age of Ultron and Ragnarok, which fits him being a Hunk. In Ragnarok, he derisively tells Doctor Strange that he doesn't like tea.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In Endgame, Thor copes with his failure to stop Thanos by becoming a full alcoholic hooked on beer and other drinks.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • In Ragnarok in the arena on Sakaar Thor is initially armed with two swords.
    • In Endgame, Thor gets to dual-wield both Stormbreaker and Mjölnir after travelling to the past and stealing the hammer.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Women use any premise, however flimsy, to touch Thor's body. Jane Foster and Darcy set the tone for this in the first two Thor films, and in The Dark World a nameless train rider gets in on the act when she "loses her balance". Thor's reaction to the latter suggests that he's aware, and amused. And Gamora really helps herself to Thor's biceps when he's found unconscious in Infinity War, much to Star-Lord's chagrin.
  • Electronic Eyes: Gets one from Rocket to replace the eye cut out by Hela. Since the new eye has a brown iris it makes Thor look like a hypochromic.
  • Elemental Powers: Wind and Lightning, the lightning becomes even more prominent when he understands that he doesn't need Mjölnir to summon electricity.
  • Elemental Punch: After unlocking his inherent ability to manipulate storms without Mjölnir in Ragnarok, he's capable of delivering powerful electrified melee attacks.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He is dubbed "Point Break" in Avengers and Ragnarok shows that it has become his official Avengers codename, for quinjet access and stuff.
    Thor: Damn you, Stark.
  • Emotional Bruiser: For all his boisterousness, Thor shows plenty of emotional vulnerability, especially in the interactions with his brother. He also cries in almost all of the movies he appears in.
  • Epiphany Comeback: In Ragnarok, after Hela destroys Mjölnir, Thor feels he's without a major source of his strength and is only able to summon lightning sporadically. During the final battle, when Hela is strangling him to death, Thor has a vision of his father, Odin, who makes him realize the hammer was simply a way to focus his power rather than the source of it. With this realization, Thor gains full control of his lightning powers, blasts Hela away and turns toward defending his people from her army.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction upon learning that his brother had turned to evil and sent the Destroyer after him is shock and sorrow.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In Ragnarok, The Grandmaster looks at Thor somewhat lustfully while he is his captive, and when he escapes, he refers to Thor as that "seductive" Lord of Thunder. Drax practically gushes over Thor's prone form when the Guardians rescue him in Infinity War, referring to him as a "pirate angel".
  • Exact Words: In The Avengers, Captain America tells him to "put that hammer down" so... he puts it down on Cap's shield with great force.
  • The Exile: Thor was banished from Asgard by his father for his disobedient actions that sparked a war between Asgardians and the Frost Giants. His banishment will serve as a truce between both worlds.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Gets one at the end of Ragnarok after losing his eye in his fight with Hela.
  • Eye Scream: During their final fight, Hela slices out one of Thor's eyes.
  • Fan Disservice: Endgame gives him yet another Shirtless Scene. Just not the one that many would expect, or want to see.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His outfit in Ragnarok has several asymmetrical elements, including a cape that is attached to only one shoulder (it got torn by a Sakaaran trying to grab him).
  • Fastball Special: His "Get Help" trick involves carrying Loki (who's pretends to be injured) around to lure enemies into letting their guard down, then tossing his brother at them. Needless to say, Loki is not amused.
  • Feigning Intelligence: He likes to believe that his Character Development has made him wise, but while he has his moments of cunning and insight, he is putting on airs of a far more well-learned person. Case in point, when Doctor Strange claims that he couldn't inform him of Odin's exile since Thor doesn't own a phone, Thor chides him that he could have just sent an e-mail instead. Stephen then asks if he has a computer to which Thor balks at the idea as he doesn't see the need of one.
  • Fish out of Water:
    • In Thor, he's a Warrior Prince from a Magitek castle dropped into a peaceful, small town. He adapts quickly (probably because he's used to traveling around the universe), as the producers wanted to avoid too many obvious "fish out of water" jokes.
      Thor: I need a horse!
      Pet Store Clerk: We don't have horses. Just dogs, cats, birds...
      Thor: Then give me one of those large enough to ride.note 
    • In The Avengers, he offhandedly refers to scaly, antlered creatures called "bilgesnipes" while talking with Coulson. He's mildly surprised to learn that Earth doesn't have those. In Ragnarok, he knows what an e-mail is but not that you need a computer to read one.
  • Flying Brick: Though his "flight" isn't conventional, he still fits this when he's at full power. After obtaining Stormbreaker in Infinity War, it finally is.
  • Foil:
    • To his adopted brother, Loki, being a Hunk and a Boisterous Bruiser with a Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold wielding a hammer, who is the favored son, grows into The Wise Prince (and later The Good King), becomes The Hero and ultimately earns genuine respect of his people and friends. Loki, by comparison, is a Pretty Boy and a Byronic Hero with Raven Hair, Ivory Skin wielding magic and daggers, who is The Unfavorite, grows into a scheming Evil Prince (and later a Fake King), becomes a villain and ultimately pays for his misdeeds with his death.
    • To Star-Lord in Infinity War. Though both of them lost their parents, had to destroy a world to stop a super powerful evil being from conquering the universe, lost a loved one to Thanos and that loss makes them seek Revenge Before Reason against him and fail to stop him when they had the chance, Thor is much more in shape and better respected compared to Quill, who is seen in-universe is a total loser who's starting to gain weight.
    • To Thanos in Infinity War. Both are powerful individuals who witnessed major culling of their race (for Thor and the Asgardians, due to Ragnarok and the attack from Thanos himself; for Thanos and the Titans, due to an overpopulation crisis) and failed to prevent it. In response, both then forge two of the most powerful weapons in the Universe (in the same forge even). Thor creates Stormbreaker in order to kill Thanos and save what's left of his kind, and Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet in order to kill half of all life in the Universe and thus "save" (in his view) the remaining living creatures. In the end, Thor fails and Thanos succeeds.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Becomes the one-eyed king of Asgard at the end of Ragnarok, just like his father before him.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Initially, Thor was the foolish to Loki's responsible. Loki — although younger — was the bookish, reasonable, responsible brother who regularly attempted to talk sense to a Thor who was childish, reckless, and volatile. However, it gets swapped throughout the first Thor film. Loki's insecurities lead him to attempt a plot that backfires horribly on him, and it begins his path on self-destruction and villainy while Thor's time on Midgard as a mortal mellows him out and he matures into a Wise Prince. By Ragnarok, Thor even has become a Guile Hero.
  • Forced to Watch: In Infinity War, Thor is brutally restrained and gagged by Thanos's Children before being forced to watch as the remaining Asgardians, Heimdall, and Loki are slaughtered by the Mad Titan.
  • Formerly Fit: In Endgame, Thor hits a new low as he gets fat during the five years timeskip after becoming a shut-in hooked up on television, videogames and beer. Tony now nicknames him Lebowski, and Frigga, after giving him a pep-talk, tells him to eat more salad (albeit affectionately).
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • Has one with Hulk, unlike their usual Headbutting Heroes behavior in the comics. Hulk punches Thor off of a Leviathan they just defeated for no specified reason but because their previous fight was a draw.
      [upon meeting the Hulk in an alien arena] "We know each other! He's a friend from work!"
    • Also seems to have one with Carol, due to her not being intimidated by Thor summoning Stormbreaker.
      "I like this one."
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: In the first two Avengers films, Thor doesn't interact with Bruce Banner that much due to Bruce being more focused on science and Thor on fighting (and his interactions with Bruce's alter ego always consist of them fighting a foe or each other with no time to socialize). Thor: Ragnarok ultimately subverts it by having Thor bond with the two of them while they're trapped on Sakaar and work together to escape and save Asgard. It might ultimately be subverted by this as their friendship continues in Infinity War and Endgame, Thor might actually well be closer to Bruce Banner/Hulk than any of the other Avengers.
  • Fun Personified: Despite starting off as extremely spoiled and bratty, he's an incredibly friendly guy.
  • Gargle Blaster: Keeps a tiny flask of a thousand-year aged Asgardian liquor on him that only he and Cap can actually drink. As he says, it's "not meant for mortal men." Stan Lee tries to prove him wrong and fails spectacularly.
  • Generation Xerox: Thor physically resembles his father and in Ragnarok even winds up losing an eye like him. He follows in his father's footsteps and becomes the king of Asgard. Both are capable of the same Hot-Blooded, reckless and impulsive behavior. For Thor, it is demonstrated in the first film. Odin shows such tendencies in The Dark World after Frigga's death. It gets taken up further in Ragnarok where younger Odin's brutal history of galactic conquest with Hela is revealed. Thor loses some of his Glory Seeker tendencies due to weariness over the people he's lost to be more like Odin in his later years.
  • Genius Bruiser: His incredible power belies a keen strategic mind and considerable martial skill. By Ragnarok, he's a full-on Guile Hero. He's also lived long enough to pick up a rather bizarre, eclectic knowledge base (with the occasional gap for comedic effect).
    Rocket: You speak Groot?
    Thor: Yes, they taught it on Asgard. It was an elective.
  • Genocide Survivor: Half of his people were slaughtered by Thanos, including his brother, but he was among those who were spared.
  • Gentle Giant: Thor is a mountain of jolly muscle who loves and protects the friends he towers over.
  • Glass Smack and Slide: Happens to him Once per Episode, see that entry.
  • Glory Seeker: Played straight to disastrous effect in Thor, causing him to be exiled without his power as punishment. Completely averted by the end of Thor and the sequels, when his priorities have shifted to protecting others.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he taps into his powers, his eyes crackle with the same color of his lightning.
  • God of Thunder: The crux of his arc in Thor: Ragnarok hinges on him realizing that he is, in fact, the God of Thunder, and that control of storms and lightning is thus an innate power for him. This helps him get over his feelings of powerlessness since Mjolnir's destruction, allowing him to make extensive use of Shock and Awe in the final battle.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's an immensely likable and fun guy who will smash your face in with a hammer if you threaten Earth or Asgard.
  • Guile Hero: Due to losing his hammer, Thor was forced to resort to his wits in order to return to Asgard and defeat Hela. As such, his victories in Ragnarok are thanks to him outsmarting and manipulating both allies and enemies alike, even outsmarting his brother, who is the God of Mischief.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold to Loki's Brainy Brunette/Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: His former Fatal Flaw, which would have doomed Asgard if he was crowned without having it cured.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: That "As King of Asgard" shouting match with Odin in Thor is epic.
  • Handicapped Badass: By the end of Ragnarok, he misses an eye just like his father. It doesn't prevent him from kicking much ass with his powers on Hela's army.
  • Heartbroken Badass: If having to fight his little brother and then believing him dead in Thor wasn't enough, he loses his mother and apparently Loki again in The Dark World. And then, he loses his father, Mjölnir, the Warriors Three, and Asgard in Ragnarok. Which is promptly followed up with Infinity War killing many of the remaining Asgardians, including Heimdall and Loki. During his conversation with Rocket later, it's clear that his desire to kill Thanos for revenge is the only thing keeping him from breaking down.
  • Heaven Above: Thor is the most prominent god in the Marvel movies and as such is associated with the sky than any other character. Besides his sky-adjacent abilities like Weather Manipulation and Flight, Thor is almost always introduced by dropping in from the heavens:
    • Thor: He's introduced by falling from the sky and only rises to godhood again when he flies into the clouds to face the Destroyer
    • The Avengers: His debut has the god dropping onto an airplane that is rolling through the clouds from heights unknown to man, followed by the characters comparing him to God.
    • Thor: The Dark World: Thor turns the tide in his first appearance when the Bifrost drops him from Asgard, Kingdom of the Gods, into the mortal realm of Vanaheim to carry out the All-Father's will.
    • Infinity War: Most dramatic of all, Thor's full divine power is only revealed after he drops down from the stars, through the clouds, and onto the Earth to the shock of all the his Earth-bound allies. Cue the god of thunder flying up into the air and bringing down a couple thousand Bolts of Divine Retribution.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: He only dons his trademark winged helmet for a brief moment during his initially wearing it during his aborted coronation, suggesting it's solely ceremonial. Being so durable, unlike the other helmeted Avengers, he doesn't need it. In Ragnarok, he finally dons a version of his trademark helmet for the gladiator fight against the Hulk.
  • Heroic Build: He's very tall and incredibly muscular; and his overall physique is nothing short of magnificent. Except in Endgame.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Thor, when Loki sends the Destroyer to kill him, Thor offers to sacrifice himself in order to spare the innocent civilians. This is the act of selflessness that makes him worthy to wield Mjölnir again.
  • Hikikomori: Five years after Thanos destroyed half of all life, Thor sunk into depression and spends all day indoors inhaling gallons of beer, relentlessly devouring prepackaged snack foods and takeout, and playing video games with Korg and Miek, only leaving his cabin once a month to get even more beer.
  • Holy Halo: The Asgardian frescoes in Ragnarok portray Thor with a golden circle around his head to signify his divinity. Paired with his long hair, sacrificial heroism, and grey-bearded father, it calls to mind Jesus and puts Odin in the spot of God the Father. When Hela then reveals Odin was a blood-thirsty tyrant before changing his ways, it leaves Thor the only god apart from Frigga who can justify their portrayal as totally benevolent beings (though Odin had a Heel Realisation before Thor was born and sought to bring peace instead).
  • Hope Bringer: As the only Avenger physically stronger than him is the Hulk (and Thor is more powerful, if less durable), who isn't usually a welcome sight, Thor is the member of the team who's arrival can lift the spirits of all his allies. Best shown in Infinity War where his apparent death serves as a Godzilla Threshold and his return causes an immediate reverse of a seemingly hopeless situation.
    Banner: [seeing Thor] Hah ha, you guys are so screwed now!
  • Hope Spot: At the end of Ragnarok, after a long Trauma Conga Line of losing his father, many of his people, and Asgard itself, it seems Thor can finally be treated to a happy ending as he heads with the survivors to Earth. However Thanos's ship looms right in front of them. Infinity War opens with half of the Asgardian survivors being slaughtered by Thanos's forces, Thor himself is completely at Thanos's mercy, before Thanos kills Heimdall and Loki while Thor is Forced to Watch. Then Thanos leaves while blowing up their entire ship, where countless more of the surviving Asgardians would have perished.
    • In Infinity War, Thanos has mowed down all the other Avengers and claimed the Mind Stone by rewinding time, making Vision's sacrifice worthless. Cue Thor interrupting his triumphant moment and nearly killing him in one shot. Unfortunately, he "should have gone for the head".
  • Hot-Blooded: Thor is quite exuberant, wearing all of his emotions on his sleeve; this makes him having a Heroic BSoD all the more noticeable, as after everything falls apart for him, he closes up entirely.
    • His rage after Asgard being attacked by Frost Giants during his coronation causes him to attack Jotunheim ending the peace between the two realms and leading him to being banished to Earth without his powers. (He gets better.)
    • He's driven by grief and rage after loosing Loki and more than half his people to Thanos to such a degree that he buries his weapon in the Titan’s chest instead of his head so he can rub the victory in his face. This gives Thanos the opportunity to snap his fingers wiping out half of life in the universe.
    • His guilt from the initial mistake drives him to jump and behead Thanos even though it’s too late. However, since Vengeance Feels Empty this just sends him into a five year depression.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: A five year diet of depression, beer, video games, junk food, no showering and more beer (coupled with presumably no exercise) after Thanos’ victory turned Thor from a regal angelic warrior into what can only be charitably described as the overweight love-child of Santa Claus and Jabba the Hutt, with long-unkempt shaggy hair and a dirty beard no less. Made doubly “impressive” considering how much Thor would have to eat and drink to overcome his superhuman metabolism in order to become that fat.
    Rocket: You look like melted ice cream.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • With Jane, who is much shorter and smaller than him. Thus highlighting the protective aspect of their relationship, or the Shorter Means Smarter aspect if you prefer. Until they break up, at least.
    • Also with Valkyrie, as Thor towers over Tessa Thompson's 5' 4" (1.63 m) frame.
  • Humanity Is Infectious:
    • In Thor, he adapts to Earth and dealing with humans rather quickly.
    • In The Avengers, he categorically states that he considers Earth under his protection after Loki mocks him for begging Odin to let him return to his adopted home. Later, he privately admits to believing that while his people are clearly more advanced than humanity, that doesn't make them better.
    • By Ragnarok, he's picked up quite a bit of humanity. He now knows about phones and emails, even though he's never used one himself. He also refers to the Hulk as "a friend from work".
  • Hunk: He's ruggedly handsome and his wardrobe on Midgard fits the description exactly. He has a Shirtless Scene, later followed by mud-wrestling in a tight, rain-soaked T-shirt. This makes him a perfect foil to Loki's Pretty Boy looks.
  • Hurting Hero: In Endgame, the trauma of irreversibly losing everyone dear to him and then finding that killing the man responsible solved nothing has turned him into a traumatized, broken wreck who self-medicates with gargantuan quantities of alcohol, junk food, and video games, rendering him a morbidly obese shut-in. The Thor that the team finds is a man who has quite clearly given up on life.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: As a Proud Warrior Race Guy, Thor usually introduces himself as "Thor, son of Odin".
  • I Choose to Stay: Played with; Thor still considers Asgard to be his official home but he's adopted Earth as a surrogate home even after his exile ended and cares for humanity as he does the Asgardians. This is forcibly invoked in Thor: Ragnarok where Asgard is destroyed, and Thor decides to lead his people to Earth.
  • I Gave My Word: If Thor gives his word about something, he will honour it.
  • I Knew It!: In-Universe example. In "Age of Ultron" he notices Steve was able to budge Mjolnir slightly but couldn't lift it much to his confusion. Come Endgame, Steve manages to call the hammer to him to save Thor from Thanos. Thor, impressed and chuckling, says the line verbatim when he see this.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Thor is, in his own words as of Infinity War, over 1500 years old, and yet it is only in the three days that he spent as a mortal that he started to emotionally mature.
  • In a Single Bound: Thor is just as capable as the Hulk in doing this. He just lets Mjölnir do most of the work. When he doesn't have it in Ragnarok, he demonstrates this ability by jumping from the castle on Asgard to the near end of the Bifröst Bridge.
  • Insistent Terminology: In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor insists he is the God of Thunder and not the Lord of Thunder.
  • "Instant Death" Radius: When he taps into his powers, bolts of lightning can be seen zapping enemies on all sides of him automatically.
  • Instant Oracle: Just Add Water!: In Age of Ultron, he goes to the "Norn Cave" on Earth and enters the pool containing "the Water of Sight" to get visions of the future destruction of Asgard, of the Infinity Stones, and the birth of Vision. This is a reference to Urðarbrunnur, the Well of Fate in Norse Mythology.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Jane Foster, a human.
  • Irony:
    • As the second step in his Humiliation Conga (after being hit by a car not long after landing in Midgard), the God of Thunder is taken down by...a taser.
    • And again in in Thor: Ragnarok where he's repeatedly tasered by an "obedience disk" while on Sakaar.
  • It's All About Me: Played Straight in the first part of Thor, with Pride being his Fatal Flaw. Cue a significant case of Break the Haughty, whereupon he becomes more humble and interested in serving others. He retains flavours of this, though, characterising everything from his point of view (for instance, taking down Thanos is less a matter of saving the universe, more getting revenge and later, making up for his mistakes).
  • Jacob and Esau: Thor is the Esau to Loki's Jacob. Despite Odin's protests, he favors Thor over Loki.
  • Jerkass God: Starts as one in the first film, where he is willing to attack all Frost Giants after a handful of their spies sneaks into the Asgardian weapons vault. Downplayed, because shortly after that he learns humility and compassion.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: The first film gives him an arc evolving from a spoiled and vain boy (albeit with an inherent sense of decency) to a wise man through atonement and humility.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his first film, he's an unstable, entitled hothead who rarely thinks before acting. He is also extremely noble, very respectful towards women (both in a classically chivalrous sense and as a peer, with it being noted that he supported Sif's ambitions to become a warrior when most didn't), loves his brother and friends, and always keeps his word.
  • Kick the Dog: He does apologize for it and it's said out of anger and frustration, but what he says to the Hulk at the height of their argument in Ragnarok is just stone-fucking-cold.
    Thor: You know what? Earth does hate you!
  • Large Ham: His bombast is helped by talking in flowery English. ("This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance!")
  • The Leader: In Ragnarok, he gathers a new team of Revengers to take down Hela and acts as their leader.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In the first film, he decides to gather his brother and his four friends and embark on a "diplomatic" mission to the realm of the Frost Giants. After a deal of tension, Thor turns to leave, but a giant calls him "princess", prompting him to send Mjölnir through his head at Mach 2. His friends have no choice but to join in the ensuing fight, and while Thor smacks the army around without even trying, Fandral is seriously wounded (and the rest are nearly killed by the Frost Monster that gets unleashed and Thor thoughtlessly blasting out a canyon that they barely outrun), and Odin exiles Thor for his lack of foresight.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Obvious pun aside, he's fast and agile enough to dance around the Hulk, and can fly at mach speeds while matching Hulk's strength pound for pound, one-shot-ing Frost Giants and (though it isn't obvious at first) easily overpowering Tony's armor, even after it's been supercharged and he's holding back.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In The Avengers, he accidentally overpowers Tony's armor with a blast of it, and then in Age of Ultron he utilizes this to bring The Vision to life and in Endgame, to supercharge Tony's armour when he, Tony, and Steve take on 2014 Thanos. He can also summon his armor through it, as seen in the climax of Thor, before the Battle of New York in The Avengers, and near the start of Ragnarok. And when Thor nearly dies being cooked by the heat of a burning star in the course of forging Stormbreaker in Infinity War, his new hammer/axe enables him to summon lightning which heals him fully.
  • Living Battery: In a roundabout way, and an appropriately literal one. Mjölnir's specific enchantment indicates that anyone worthy "shall possess the power of Thor", meaning that, presumably as long as he's around, anyone worthy of the hammer will have access to Thor's powers which is exactly what happens when Captain America wields it during Endgame. In fact, since the hammer channels all of Thor's power, Steve, who is in his prime and is enhanced, makes better use of the power of Thor than Thor himself—being out of shape—does, at least during that movie.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The non-canon Mockumentary made to promote Thor: Ragnarok "reveals" why he wasn't present in Civil War: Cap and Iron Man couldn't reach him because he doesn't own a phone. Ragnarok references this during the New York scene when Thor asks Strange why he didn't call him to tell him about Odin's whereabouts. Strange points out that Thor doesn't have a phone — or a computer.
  • Long-Lived: As an Asgardian, he has a lifespan of about 5000 years, and is already somewhere between 1000 and 1500 years old (Thor suggests the former, Infinity War has him state the latter).
  • Looks Like Jesus: On the Asgardian frescoes in Ragnarok, where he is depicted with long hair, a beard and a Holy Halo.
  • Loser Deity:
    • Thor has shades of this in Thor where his brashness leads Odin to exile him to Earth without his powers, during which time Loki takes great pleasure in tarnishing Thor's image. While there he is forced to learn humility and seek out the aid of humans. Only once Thor sets aside his pride does he regain his godly powers and is allowed to return to Asgard.
    • Taken further in Avengers: Endgame where the God of Thunder has drowned his grief in booze and food, becoming an obese alcoholic who is prone to falling asleep and rambling.
  • Love Martyr: He deeply cares for his brother even though Loki has been trying to kill him at least twice. It takes Loki trying to commit genocide on his own race, murdering Coulson during his attempt to conquer the Earth, and faking his death to usurp Odin for Thor to finally give up on him in Thor: Ragnarok. And then it ends anyway with Loki joining his side for good.

    Tropes M to Y 
  • Magic Feather: In Ragnarok, it turns out that while a formidable weapon, when it came to his powers, Mjölnir was more or less just a crutch to help him tap into them and control them. Learning to access his powers without it is a major plot element.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He continues fighting through several more battles after having an eye sliced out by Hela, despite it causing enough damage to leave half his face covered in his own blood, to Loki's stunned disbelief.
  • Mama's Boy: Played for tragedy and laughs in Avengers: Endgame. When you strip away the responsibility and masculine bravado, Thor is still a boy who loves his mom with all his big heart, just as much as Loki. In spite of of the pressing mission at hand to retrieve the Reality Stone while travelling to Asgard in the Past, he simply will not let go of a chance to see her alive one more time, before being horrified at the thought of her seeing him like he is now. In spite of seeing that her son has spectacularly fallen from grace and become a depressed overweight drunkard, Frigga assures Thor that she still loves and is proud of him, hugging him as he cries like a helpless little boy in her arms.
  • Manchild: In his first film, he acted like a teenage fratboy despite being thousands of years old. Even after his Character Development, Thor is still endearingly naive when it comes to how the rest of the multiverse outside Asgard works, and readily admits to his father that he still has a lot of growing up to do at the end of Thor. By Ragnarok he's matured considerably, but he's not above arguing with the Hulk like they're both toddlers, complete with juvenile insults. Even when horribly traumatised in Infinity War and entirely fixated on killing Thanos, it comes off as a tough-guy facade. By Endgame, he turns into just about any other video-game playing fat kid who's emotionally unstable.
  • Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: Thor as a Hot-Blooded Boisterous Bruiser is the Manly Man to his brother Loki's Sensitive Guy. An example of this dynamic is how they cope with their mother's death, Loki having a breakdown in his prison cell and Thor starting to plot to avenge her.
  • Manly Tears: Despite his boisterous nature, Thor is quite an emotional person and can be seen crying several times throughout the movies:
    • Thor: Thor cries when he fails to lift Mjölnir, when Loki lies to him that their father died of stress during Thor's banishment, and when Loki appears to fall to his death on his own terms.
    • The Dark World: Thor has tears in his eyes when he and Loki argue while flying through Svartalfheim, and he breaks down in tears when Loki appears to die in his arms after saving him.
    • Ragnarok: He tears up when his father Odin dies and is close to tears when he later talks to his father's spirit, believing that he and his people don't stand a chance against Hela.
    • Infinity War: Thor breaks down when Thanos kills Loki, Heimdall, and half of his people in front of him while he can do nothing but watch. Later, during a talk with Rocket, he at first pretends to be fine and tries to smile away his tears, but eventually he gives in to his feelings.
    • Endgame: He breaks down in tears when he meets his mother again.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: While it is never mentioned, unlike his Mayfly–December Romance with Jane, Thor will eventually outlive (most of) his fellow Avengers significantly, presuming that he doesn't die of unnatural causes first.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Jane; it's brought up several times that human lifetimes are extremely fleeting compared to Asgardian ones. And then she dumped him.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The first film begins with Thor and Loki as children being told the story of Asgard's fight with the Frost Giants by Odin, with both of them showing elements of their personalities: Thor eagerly promises to wipe out the Frost Giants once he's old enough.
  • Mismatched Eyes: After he gets an Electronic Eye from Rocket midway through Infinity War. It's subtle, but close-ups make it clear that the cyber-eye is a green-brown color, whilst Thor's natural eyes are more a stormy blue-gray.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: His outfit in Infinity War and in the stinger of Ragnarok is entirely black, including the disks on his torso and the scales on his arms that traditionally are silver. Even the lining of his cape in Infinity War is black.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Those Shirtless Scenes probably were not strictly necessary, but letting his abs go un-ogled would have been a crime somewhere.
    • While all of the male Avengers are at least good-looking, Thor is thus far the only one whose hunkiness has hit in-universe memetic levels. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., both Skye and Agent Melinda May describe him as "dreamy." Even Maria Hill has noticed:
      Ward: I don't think Thor is... technically a god.
      Hill: Then you haven't been near his arms.
    • Even Drax and Gamora acknowledge Thor's strength and attractiveness in Infinity War, much to Peter Quill's annoyance.
      Quill: How is this dude still alive?
      Drax: He is not a dude. You are a dude. This is a... this is a man. A handsome, muscular man.
      Gamora: [admiringly] It's like his muscles are made of Cotati metal fiber.
      Quill: Stop massaging his muscles!
      Gamora: [drops Thor's arm like it's dead weight]
    • Hilariously subverted in Endgame - he gets another Shirtless Scene, but after the Time Skip, when five years of Drowning My Sorrows, stress-eating, and leaving the house about once a month to get booze have taken their toll.
  • My Greatest Failure: By Endgame, he treats his inability to kill Thanos before he could kill half of all life as his his biggest failure. The scope of his guilt is such that he completely abandons superheroics and becomes a shut-in with Korg and Miek.
  • Nice Guy: After Character Development sets in, he loses the "jerk" part of his previous Jerk with a Heart of Gold nature, and gains wisdom and patience in addition to his other good qualities.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Odin warned him that bringing Jane to Malekith would basically be handing his enemy a nuclear bomb should he fail to destroy the Aether once it's pulled from her, but he goes through with the plan anyway and Odin is proven right.
    • The biggest one would be when he doesn't try to kill Thanos when he had the Mad Titan dead to rights, preferring to extend his suffering out of revenge. This goes horribly wrong when Thanos had enough strength to perform the snap. Word of God says this screw-up was just as bad as Star-Lord's, if not worse, and the knowledge breaks him, being at the root of his descent into alcoholism as an overweight shut-in who simply can't cope with the real world any more.
  • The Nicknamer: Not as crazy as Stark, but still has a few, which pretty much were more for describing the targets' traits and behaviors. He calls Doctor Strange "Wizard" (he is one) and the Guardians of the Galaxy "Morons" (Their behavior pretty much fits the name). In particular he uses "Rabbit" for Rocket (who accepts it more than the derogatory Raccoon/trash panda) and "Tree" for Groot after they separate from the other Guardians to help Thor with the forging of Stormbreaker.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Thor is very irritated when Doctor Strange rips out several of his hairs to create a portal and downright horrified when it gets cut off on Sakaar (although it's possible that he was more terrified of Stan Lee's blender-knives-hand thing than anything else).
  • No Indoor Voice: He's no BRIAN BLESSED, but he's inappropriately boisterous at times.
    Thor: This drink, I like it! [smash] Another!
  • Not So Different:
    • From Hela. In Ragnarok, Thor acknowledges that like him, his sister had been used by Odin, and then discarded when she became a liability (though in his case, Thor was at least given a way back):
      Hela: It seems our father's solution to every problem was to cover it up.
      Thor: Or to cast it out. He told you you were worthy. He said the same to me.
    • When Gamora mentions that Thanos is her father, the Guardians assume Thor is going to attack her and interject that Gamora and Thanos aren't on good terms. Thor comforts her, saying that he understands because of his own family's dysfunctions.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: After his Character Development calms his Hot-Blooded nature, Thor often winds up being smarter than he lets on. This is most prominently seen in Ragnarok where Thor has to rely on his wits without Mjölnir. Notably, Thor allows Loki to assume he's ignorant of Loki's attempt to sell him out to the Grandmaster, a far cry from Loki's ability to fool Thor in the first film.
  • Odd Friendship: Of all the friendships in the MCU, perhaps none are more unlikely than the genuine rapport Thor develops with the snarky, irritable Jerk with a Heart of Gold Rocket and the Pokémon Speak-ing Groot in Infinity War.
  • Offscreen Breakup: He and Jane broke up between Dark World and Ragnarok due to his duties as Prince of Asgard and an Avenger coming between them.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In Ragnarok, he's stunned when Hela catches his hammer. With one hand, no less!
    • In Infinity War, he believes he's defeated Thanos by running him through with Stormbreaker, but then Thanos tells him that he should have aimed for the head.
  • Once per Episode: Thor has his face smashed against the glass in most MCU movies in which he appears: while being pacified in the hospital in Thor, while falling inside the Glassy Prison after being tricked by Loki in The Avengers, while sliding along the skyscraper during the final battle in The Dark World, inside the Valkyrie's ship in Ragnarok and when landing on the Guardians' ship windshield in Infinity War.
  • One Degree of Separation: In Infinity War, he becomes a bridge between the magical, the cosmic, and the earth-centered spheres of the Universe. He knew Tony, Steve, Bruce, Natasha, Clint from Avengers 1, Vision and Wanda in Age of Ultron, and he became the first superhero Doctor Strange met and interacted with, and in Infinity War, he meets the Guardians. During the initial skirmish between Tony's faction and Star-Lord's group on Titan, the fighting stops as soon as both groups realize that both of them know Thor. Later Thor personally introduces Groot and Rocket to Steve Rogers.
  • One-Man Army: He usually always ends up fighting massive waves of bad guys, and wins.
    • During Thor, he fights off almost all the Frost Giants of Jotunheim by himself when Loki, Sif, and the Warrior's Three return to the Bifrost, and wipes out hundreds using Mjölnir.
    • In Thor Ragnarok, after realizing his true strength as the God of Thunder, he can destroy Hela's army mostly all by himself without taking any damage. In Infinity War, he can go head to head with Thanos with all six Infinity Stones when he wields Stormbreaker, and is so strong that the Outriders — one of Thanos' strongest armies — would rather flee than fight him, and Thor takes most of them out without a scratch on him. At this point, he is the Strongest Avenger.
    • Downplayed after the time skip in Endgame. While he still retains his innate Asgardian abilities such as Super Strength and Stormbreaker still enhances his abilities his alcoholism has left him so out of shape that the other Avengers refuse to let him use the Iron Gauntlet to reverse the Decimation out of justified fear that he wouldn't survive it in his condition. Despite weakening, he's still strong enough to take on numerous Outriders in the final battle and could very briefly grapple with Thanos, but only while dual wielding Mjölnir and Stormbreaker and even then, he was unable to outright overwhelm him.
  • Only One Name: Played with. Since the Asgardians are based on Norse mythology and customs (or rather, in-universe in the MCU, the Norse customs are based on the Asgardians), "Thor Odinson" could be considered a full name for him; however, he is very rarely addressed as such (including by himself, as Thor will introduce himself as "Thor, Son of Odin" instead), and most people generally consider his name to just be "Thor", to the point that even characters who normally go by Last-Name Basis will still call him Thor.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Chris Hemsworth admits that it was exhausting from the first-two Thor and first-two Avengers films to maintain a "gentlemanly Shakespearean English" persona, and asked the director of Thor Ragnarok to "lighten up" the character. Hence from Thor: Ragnarok onward all the way to the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor freely and casually speaks with Hemsworth's native Australian "larrikin yobbo" accent.
  • Opinion Flip-Flop: Played for Laughs. In Ragnarok, he tells Hulk that he likes him more than Banner. Shortly after, he tells Banner that he prefers him to Hulk.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Like his father, he strives to bring order to the Nine Realms, while his adopted brother Loki, the God of Mischief wreaks havoc across them. By Infinity War, he also believes in fate, i.e. predetermined and orderly course of events.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Since the Big Bad of The Avengers gives him a personal stake in the conflict (as he is both family and attempting to abuse Asgardian technology), he had to be written into the movie with a lighter touch than the other characters so it wouldn't boil down to Thor and Those Other Guys. He also tends to be left entirely out of events that don't have "Avengers" in the title, most notably in Captain America: Civil War, which only really wasn't a full "Avengers" movie because he and Hulk didn't show.
    • This is reversed come Infinity War. Due to the sheer size of the cast, several heroes get hit with Advertised Extra, but Thor's Trauma Conga Line and quest to avenge his people is one of the main threads of the movie.
  • Pals with Jesus: A non-canon short created to promote Ragnarok "reveals" that during the events of Captain America: Civil War Thor was in Australia palling around with a regular guy called Darryl, being roommates and bothering him at the office.
  • Parental Favoritism: Odin 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. Odin's preference for Thor initially made him blind to the latter's faults.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Thor is almost always cheerful, even in the middle of a fight to the death with an army of Frost Giants; at first, this, alongside his vainglorious optimism, is seen by many as a symptom of his childishness. By the end of the movie, he learns to be truly serious about things and becomes more solemn as a result. While he does make jokes from then onward and tends to be sunny and positive (in The Avengers and especially in Thor: Ragnarok), it's not quite with the same flippancy it once was, as he's become a wiser man and knows how to behave in a truly serious situation. It appears again in Endgame, though there, it's a thin facade to cover up how broken he is.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He's at the very high end, and being Physical God who's immensely strong even by the standards of his race, he only gets stronger from there. He's strong enough to take on the Hulk (and fast/skilled enough to make it count), level a good chunk of forest with a hammer swing, carve out a vast canyon in Jotunheim with another, and destroy the city of Novi Grad (albeit with help from Iron Man overheating the city's core to make it happen). When he taps into his true potential, he gains an "Instant Death" Radius that wipes out any Berserkers dumb enough to try and fight him. With his powers upgraded by Stormbreaker, he becomes so powerful that he singlehandedly turns the tide of battle in Wakanda, terrifying the Outriders to the point where they run away (for context, these are creatures so rabidly violent they completely ignore pain and the prospect of their own deaths), causing a collective Oh, Crap! moment in the surviving members of the Black Order, and obliterating their drop-ships simply by flying through them. Hell, he even nearly kills Thanos — armed with the full Infinity Gauntlet — in a single shot... unfortunately, he didn't aim for the head.
  • Perspective Reversal: In the beginning of Thor, he would recklessly plunge into battle, while Loki is initially cautious and diplomatic. By the end of the film, Thor becomes much more peaceful and tries to reason with his enemies, while Loki resorts to violence and tries to demolish an entire world to achieve his goals.
  • The Peter Principle: This was already a theme in Thor but Thor: The Dark World has him once again reflecting that deep down he's not going to be as good a King as he is a warrior and protector of people. Indeed, he comes to disagree with Odin's actions and behavior and his interests are bigger than Asgard.
  • Physical God: Thor is a literal god, which is part of why it's very hard to hurt him seriously when he's at full strength. Ragnarok makes this godhood much more clear with Asgard's Sistine Chapel-like artwork of him and his newfound lightning powers that let him humble the Hulk.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Subjected to one with Jane when he was fatally struck down by the Destroyer in his mortal form. Considering he just offered his life to Loki to spare the inhabitants of New Mexico, his status as "Blonde Viking/Nordic Jesus" is solidified. Mind you, he looks the part, too.
  • The Pig-Pen: When Bruce and Rocket first find Thor in Endgame, his house is absolutely foul and loaded with empties and discarded junk food and takeout packages, and Thor himself greets them in filthy, stained pajamas, has a disgustingly grimy and unkempt beard and a similarly greasy mane of hair that, by the looks of it, is so badly tangled and matted that he's well on his way to unintentionally developing dreadlocks, and it goes without saying that between his nonexistent personal hygiene and near-constant alcohol consumption that leaves him perpetually drunk or hungover (with the requisite beer sweats), he smells horrendous.
  • The Plan: He's ordinarily a very straightforward guy, but in The Dark World, he puts his head together with Heimdall, Fandral, Volstagg, and Sif and develops a plan to abduct Jane and Loki right out from under Odin's nose. It's so multi-layered, and works so well, that even Loki is laughing with delight. On a simpler level, he also Out-Gambitted Loki himself in Ragnarok.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Ragnarok opens with him in a cage in Surtur's realm. Thor let himself get imprisoned so that he could talk to Surtur and figure out his plans. As soon as he has what he needs to know, he breaks free.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: When Loki appears dying in his arms in The Dark World, Thor quietly pleads "Stay with me, ok?" Of course, Loki is faking it.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Eventually becomes this over the course of the MCU movies.
  • Plug 'n' Play Prosthetics: After losing one of his eyes in Ragnarok, Thor receives a new prosthetic eye from Rocket Racoon in Infinity War. All he has to do is simply pop it into his empty socket, and after a minute of moving it around, he can see out of it.
  • Protectorate: In The Avengers, he considers Earth under his protection and in general he leans towards this as opposed to ruling from on high, believing he can do the most good in the universe by getting out and being on the front line rather than issuing orders and demanding the sacrifice of others.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: As befitting the Crown Prince of Asgard, though later on, he accepts that to honor one's people does not always mean resorting to the blade.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Thor had the satisfaction of killing Thanos himself by beheading him, but since Thanos had already killed Loki and Heimdall, slaughtered half of his people right after Asgard was destroyed, used the Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all sentient life in the universe and then destroyed the Infinity Stones so that they could not undo it had all but left his revenge meaningless. He takes it so hard that by the time Scott shows up and provides a solution, he is nothing but a fat, inebriated shadow of his former self.
  • The Queen's Latin: Australian Chris Hemsworth plays him with a rather stylized "classical" English accent (as opposed to, say, a Scandinavian one).
  • Really 700 Years Old: The oldest of the Avengers, though Steve Rogers is the (chronologically) oldest human. In Infinity War, we find out he's 1500 years old.
  • Red/Green Contrast: The most prominent color on Thor's outfit is his flowing red cape, a color scheme that carries over into his gladiatorial design in Thor: Ragnarok. To contrast against him, many of his opponents possess a prominently green color scheme, including Loki, Hela, and the Hulk.
  • Red Is Heroic: Wears a long, flowing red cape to emphasize his heroic personality.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Loki's Blue in that he is boisterous, passionate, and very strong. He mellows for The Avengers and by the time of The Dark World, Loki gleefully points out that sneaking out of Asgard for a sneaky plan instead of "punching his way out" is "so unlike you, brother."
  • Relationship Upgrade: To Official Couple with Jane as of the end of The Dark World. She's dumped him by the start of Ragnarok, however.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Thor has never actually willingly taken the Asgardian throne. At the end of The Dark World, he says he does not share Loki's understanding of the sacrifices needed to rule and would rather protect the Nine Realms. Then in Ragnarok he is forced to accept his role as king because of the death of his father and their people needing a leader in the aftermath of Ragnarok destroying Asgard. Finally he recognizes by the conclusion of Endgame that being a ruler is no place for him at all and abdicates rule entirely to Valkyrie, saying he'll find his own way by joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In Infinity War, instead of throwing Stormbreaker at Thanos's head to instantly kill him, Thor hits Thanos's chest so he can look him in the eye and gloat how he was right that he would kill him for what he did before dealing a final blow. This allows the Mad Titan to quickly snap his fingers and kill half of life in the universe while simultaneously healing himself and teleport away. The Russo Brothers consider this mistake to be every bit as bad as Star-Lord's.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Thor's role in Infinity War can be summed up as this after Thanos kills at least half the refugees on his ship, including his brother, swearing to claim Thanos's life for what he did. Sure enough, he comes very close to keeping his word; had he aimed just a little higher...
      Thor: BRING ME THANOS!
    • Twisted around in Endgame, where he is the one to execute Thanos once the Avengers catch up to him. However, this revenge is hollow, since killing Thanos now does nothing to undo what he's done, as he's already destroyed the Infinity Stones.
  • Royal Blood: He is heir to the throne of Asgard. Becoming worthy of this title and protecting his subjects are important themes of his story.
  • Royal Brat: In the first movie, Thor starts out spoiled and selfish, willing to throw two realms into a long and bloody war to prove himself. He expresses his rage by bellowing and shoving a large dinner table (along with its contents) to the floor.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is not only the prince of Asgard but also one of the Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes who protect humans.
  • Royalty Super Power: While all Asgardians are strong and tough, as a member of the royal family he possess supernatural powers that are inherited. This makes him a literal god among their people along with his father Odin and his sister Hela.
  • Sad Clown: Becomes this by Infinity War. Following the events of Ragnarok, Thor lost his father (his mother died a few years ago), his planet, nearly all of his friends, and most of his people. Infinity War starts with his brother Loki, his close friend Heimdall, and most of the rest of his people killed by Thanos. Later in the movie, Thor keeps trying to make jokes, but they keep becoming more and more strained. Rocket confronts him about it, and Thor admits that his life is at its worst right now, but insists that Thanos is going to end up dead just like every other enemy he has fought in the past fifteen hundred years. It's clear that he's trying to convince himself more than Rocket. It gets taken Up to Eleven in Endgame, now bearing the weight that he allowed trillions to die because of his actions on top of everything he had already suffered. He always appears to be in high spirits, but it's only because he's become The Alcoholic and is always buzzed.
  • Save the Villain:
    • A key sign of his growth as a hero in Thor. An ordinary person would want to save their friends, but to fight with everything you have to save your deadly enemies (in this case, the Frost Giants) from an unjust death for no other reason than it being the right thing to do takes a special kind of nobility.
    • His attempt to save his villainous brother in the same film is subverted — Loki is left clinging to the Bifrost by his fingertips, but when Thor reaches down to help him, it turns out to be one of Loki's illusions.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor realizes someone wants the Infinity Stones found and brought together, and leaves Earth to learn more. Two years later, he's turned up zilch... until Thanos kicks in his door.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After his Trauma Conga Line and his failure to defeat Thanos, and subsequently perceiving himself at fault for the Decimation. It's not an exaggeration to say that he fits all six of the diagnostic criteria for chronic post traumatic stress disorder as defined by DSM-IV.
  • Shock and Awe: The Norse Thunder God, in all his electrified glory. Thor can summon lightning itself to power up his attack or even redirect it toward enemies and fry them up. Becomes more adept at it after Ragnarok, as he realizes that Mjölnir was a focus for his powers, but not the source of it. Then, come Infinity War, with Stormbreaker in hand and his newfound focus, Thor easily proves to be Thanos's better and almost single-handedly turns the tide of the battle with his arrival.
  • Shockwave Stomp: One of Thor's Signature Moves is to jump in the air and land while hammering the ground to release a shockwave imbued with lightning. With Mjölnir it covers a sizeable patch of ground, but when he really masters his lightning powers and acquires Stormbreaker, the shockwave covers a circle at least a dozen meters around him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Princeling Rivalry with his little brother Loki, although he doesn't take it anywhere near as seriously as Loki does. Happens again in Ragnarok when Hela returns to claim the throne since she's actually Odin's oldest child, not Thor.
  • Sibling Team: He has been that with Loki for their entire lives until the events of Thor. They are more or less back at it again from The Dark World onward. Most notable is their "Get Help" routine, that involves Thor literally using his brother as a weapon, which the two have done often enough for Thor to call it a "classic" that "works every time."
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the complete opposite of Loki in almost every way. The "almost" is that they were both raised with the same Asgardian values and even here they go to opposites in the way they apply those values. Taken Up to Eleven in Ragnarok with his older sister Hela, who's even more murderous and vindictive than Loki.
  • Signature Move: Spinning Mjölnir to take off, crush weak enemies, invoke a cyclone or deflect powerful beams.
  • Silent Treatment: In Ragnarok, he does this briefly when Loki shows up as an illusion in the gladiator dungeons to talk to him, until Loki exasperatedly tells him to say something.
    Thor: What would you like me to say? You faked your own death, you stole the throne, stripped Odin of his power, stranded him on Earth to die, releasing the Goddess of Death. Have I said enough, or would you like me to go further than the past two days?
  • Skyward Scream: Thor does this after failing to lift a grounded Mjölnir in the first movie.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps:
    • His "casual" Asgardian armor (for lack of a better description) in The Avengers. When it's time to get serious, he re-creates the sleeves, making this is an inverted trope.
    • Played straight in Age of Ultron, where he doesn't wear sleeves during the opening battle and the final battle.
    • As well in Ragnarok, where Thor never wears sleeves.
  • Space Pirate: He is this as of the end of Endgame.
  • Stepford Smiler: In Infinity War, especially during his talk with Rocket Raccoon, his sense of humor is the only thing keeping him from breaking completely down. He's had a really rough time leading up to that film, with his litany of personal tragedy stunning even Rocket (who's no stranger to tragedy himself), and still determined to keep a (somewhat) brave face on for the others.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • This is confirmed to be one of the reasons why he was absent during the conflict in Captain America: Civil War, as he's so much more powerful than any of the Earth-based Avengers (barring Scarlet Witch and Vision) that having him on either side tips the conflict into that side's favor. That, and he was busy with other problems around that time, but also because it wasn't his fight.
    • After gaining Stormbreaker in Infinity War, coupled with unlocking his true potential in Ragnarok, he becomes THE strongest Avenger. During the Battle of Wakanda, he easily slaughters the Outriders (to the point where they actively run away from him), and cleaves through an energy blast powered by all six Infinity Stones, mortally wounding Thanos himself, in a single blow. Unfortunately, he made the mistake of aiming for the chest because he wants to make Thanos suffer, giving Thanos time to pull the Snap and escape. Five years later in Endgame, he's reduced himself to an alcoholic wreck due to his immense PTSD and self-loathing over his inability to aim for Thanos's head thanks to Revenge Before Reason, thus resulting in the decimation of countless trillions across the universe. By the time the final battle with Thanos comes, it takes both Mjölnir and Stormbreaker to at best match the gauntlet-less Titan for a short time. Needless to say, there would have been much less tension in the finale had he been in his prime.
  • Strong and Skilled: He has both Super Strength and centuries of training and experience. As Ragnarok shows, he can fight the Hulk on nearly equal terms even without his hammer. And that's before he busts out the lightning. It's lampshaded in his first movie that he makes trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agents look like mall security officers even without his Super Strength.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between losing his eye, gaining a few pounds and growing out his beard, Thor looks much like his father by the time the events of Endgame came around.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Used for comedic purposes during the time he's de-powered. When it's funny, he can be taken out easily (by Darcy's taser, Jane ramming him with a van, getting an injection), but he's also shown curb-stomping scores of highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel who are in peak physical condition. Of course, even without super-strength, he's been in hand-to-hand combats for a thousand years. It's also justified by his heart of gold; he won't get dangerous unless he believes that they won't be killed by it or they deserve to die.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor reveals that he can understand Groot, much to Rocket's surprise. He says that he learned the Flora colossus language as an elective, and it's hard to tell whether or not he's joking.
  • Superhero Gods: Even though he is technically a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, Tony Stark still calls him "a demigod" when listing the superheroes who want to stomp on Loki, though he could have been speaking figuratively. Ragnarok moves things closer to the comics, as Thor repeatedly declares himself the God of Thunder — and backs it up.
  • Super Strength: Has shown more of this than any other Asgardian. Strong enough to smash through metal walls, match blows with the Hulk, block an overhand strike from him, crumple Iron Man's gold-titanium armor with his fingers and knock him back several feet with a headbutt. With Mjölnir, he's sent Hulk flying, effortlessly flipped a light tank, carved out a canyon in Jotunheim with a single blow, and levelled a good chunk of forest with the shock-wave of a blow. In Ragnarok, he wields one of Hulk's huge weapons, and hits the Hulk with it hard enough to send him flying a dozen meters and through several thick walls, and earlier almost casually flings an attacking alien what looks to be a good few hundred feet with one arm.
  • Super Toughness:
    • He can take hits from the Hulk like a champ, and shots from HYDRA Chitauri-based energy weapons don't even make him flinch. His most impressive showing of durability comes in The Dark World; first, when Kurse first backhands him hard enough to send him flying a hundred meters into the side of a mountain (which he hits hard enough to leave a man-sized crater) and then tosses a 100-ton boulder at him at roughly 30 m/s, shattering it on Thor's body. Thor is seriously banged up after this, has two large gashes in his head, and can no longer fight effectively for the rest of the encounter, but he still survives it without lasting injury. Then, only hours later, he goes toe to toe with Malekith, who's wielding the Reality Stone, and shrugs off more or less everything thrown at him with only a few cuts and scrapes and a taunting remark of, "You know, with all that power, I thought you would hit harder."
    • In Infinity War, he is able to withstand an Infinity Stone making contact with his skull, something that would have outright killed even non-humans and required Star Lord to hold hands with the rest of the Guardians for all of them to survive. However, it still causes him immense pain. In the same movie, he also survives the destruction of the Statesman refugee ship even after he was beaten up by Thanos and the aforementioned contact with an Infinity Stone, but was knocked completely unconscious and required Mantis to wake him up.
    • His greatest display of durability, however, is being able to survive standing in a burning tunnel made out of the focused heat of an entire star (to force open the valves that heat the forges of Nidavellir) for a full minute.
  • Tainted Veins: He spends a good chunk of "Ragnarok" sedated by a neurotoxin, which turns his veins dark purple and highly visible.
  • Taser Tag Weakness:
    • In the first film, he gets tasered by Darcy after being Brought Down to Normal. Not only does the scene get funny points for Irony (the God of Thunder getting tasered), but Thor also calls the taser a puny weapon.
    • He’s implanted with a device in Ragnarok by Valkyrie which serves the same function, incapacitating Thor whenever she or the Grandmaster decides.
  • Team Prima Donna:
    • In The Avengers, he is initially extremely dismissive towards the rest of the team and skeptical of their capabilities, and is only working with them because their interests (finding Loki) happen to coincide at the moment. He comes round in the final battle, following Steve's commands without batting an eye.
    • In Ragnarok, he insists he’s the strongest Avenger despite Hulk clearly holding that title. That being said, having beaten the Hulk to a pulp before the Grandmaster intervened only a few hours earlier, you can see why he might be a little narked - and during that film, it transpires that while he isn't physically the strongest, he is the most powerful. He repeats it again in Avengers: Endgame when he’s trying to convince everyone he should be the one to wield the new Infinity Gauntlet. Since Hulk was probably more durable than Thor at his peak, and is powered by Gamma radiation, which the Gauntlet is emitting, while Thor is spectacularly out of condition, it cuts no ice.
    • In the ending of Avengers: Endgame, Thor joined the Guardians of the Galaxy (Future films will tell whether he's just hitchhiking or joining the team for the longer term) and it is implied - albeit Played for Laughs - that there would be leadership conflict between him and Peter Quill.
  • Tempting Fate: Beware if he is saying that everything will be okay. "The Mind Stone is safe with the Vision" (until it isn't), "I feel like everything's gonna work out fine" (just before Thanos attacks the refugee ship and murders half the Asgardians, including Heimdall and Loki), "The Time and Mind Stones are safe, they're with the Avengers" (who lose both of them), and "Together, we can kill Thanos" (yeah, no).
    Thor: I make grave mistakes all the time. Everything seems to work out.
  • Thicker Than Water: Unlike Odin, who furiously disowns Loki after the latter invades New York City, Thor never really stops considering Loki his brother or referring to him as such. The farthest Thor goes is telling Loki in The Dark World that he's lost all hope that "[his] brother is still in there somewhere", but Thor expressing his wish on Svartalfheim that he still could trust Loki, his reaction at Loki's apparent death, and their dynamic in the following movies show that he didn't genuinely mean those words.
  • This Cannot Be!: Subtly and humorously in Age of Ultron. When Steve Rogers tries to lift Mjölnir and gets it to budge a little, you can see Thor momentarily question his entire existence. He promptly returns to normal when Steve can't move it any further and gives up.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: With his hammer. If it doesn't, he still can summon it back to his hand (and probably hit you on the rebound). Unless, of course, Hela catches and shatters it.
  • Time-Passage Beard: Thor apparently grows one during the timeskip of Endgame, turning his short beard into a long unkempt one, accompanied with a more relaxed and uncaring attitude.
  • Timeshifted Actor: Dakota Goyo plays Thor as a kid in Thor, while Chris Hemsworth plays him as an adult.
  • Token Non-Human: He is the only alien member of the Avengers Initiative.
  • Token Wizard: Of the original Avengers line-up, Thor is the only one who's powers are magical in origin.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In Ragnarok, he learns that Mjölnir was only ever a conduit for his powers, to focus and control them. When he masters his lightning abilities he not only proves he doesn't need Mjölnir anymore, but is even stronger than he was when he had it.
    • Does so again in Infinity War after obtaining Stormbreaker. Aside from being able to use the Bifröst powers within it, he can now fly without having to swing it and the weapon itself can withstand a blast from a completed Infinity Gauntlet. He can even overpower Thanos with it.
    • Inverted in Endgame, after killing Thanos, Thor became a fat alcoholic, video game-addicted shut-in and is now substantially weaker, to the point where the rest of the Avengers wouldn't let him try on the home-made Infinity Gauntlet because he wouldn't survive it in his current condition. Previously, he could catch Thanos with all the Infinity Stones off-guard and came close to killing the Mad Titan. Now, even when dual-wielding Stormbreaker and Mjolnir, 2014 Thanos is able to overpower him without the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The whole point of his first movie, which is an inversion of Captain America's. Whereas Steve Rogers was granted power because of his kindness and decency, Thor had great power from birth, and had to learn kindness and decency to be worthy of his power.
  • Tragic Hero: By the time of Infinity War, he has turned into one.invoked Thor has lost his friends, family, kingdom, and what little is left is destroyed by Thanos. He only keeps on living in order to make him pay, since he has nothing else left to lose. In their confrontation, Thor makes a fatal mistake by impaling Thanos in the chest so he can look him in the eye and gloat how he would have killed him for what he did. This gives enough time for the Mad Titan to snap his fingers and kill half of life in the universe. According to Word of God, this mistake was on the same level as Star Lord's.
  • Transformation Sequence: Mjölnir allows him to quickly change his appearance:
    • Thor: He loses his Asgardian armor after being exiled to Earth. After he sacrifices himself to the Destroyer, Mjölnir flies to him, and his traditional armor forms around him while lightning rages all around.
    • Ragnarok: He is wearing human clothes when he visits Earth. When Hela shows up, he slams his umbrella (disguised Mjölnir) into the ground, and turns into the Asgardian god he is in a flash of lightning.
    • In Infinity War, holding Stormbreaker grants him new armor and a cape in place of the gladiator outfit he wore on Sakaar.
    • In Endgame, summoning both Mjölnir and Stormbreaker to him forms his Asgardian armor for the final battle with Thanos.
  • Trash Talk: He trash talks NoobMaster69 while Korg is playing Fortnite at his house.
  • Trauma Button: After Thanos killed Loki, slaughtered half of what was left of his people and reduced half of the universe to dust, just saying his name cuts right through Thor's five year-long perpetual inebriation and reduces him to a blubbering mess.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Suffers a significant one throughout the span of 4 movies. It starts in Thor : The Dark World and continues into Ragnarok, Infinity War and Endgame. Thor is a being that's lived for over a millennia, and he loses everything he ever cared about in the span of 5 years.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, his mother, Frigga, dies while distracting Malekith's attempt at retrieving the Reality Stone. Later, Loki dies in Thor's arms after his Heel–Face Turn. It turns out that Loki was merely faking his death, but Thor doesn't know this.
    • By the time Ragnarok happens, Jane Foster has already ended her relationship with Thor. He finds out Loki is alive and replaced Odin as ruler for four years, when he reunites with his father, Odin dies minutes later and he learns about Hela. When he and Loki confront Hela, she casually destroys Mjölnir and a brief scuffle sends him to the edge of the universe. On Sakaar, he gets turned into a gladiator, has his hair cut, gets thrown around like a rag-doll by the Hulk (even though he manages to beat the Hulk around too), and all his attempts to escape end with him getting tasered. When Thor finally returns to Asgard, he learns about its bloody beginnings from Hela and receives a pretty one-sided beating from her, losing his eye in the process. Finally, he is forced to bring about Ragnarok to stop Hela from winning, which ends with his home blowing up and completely erasing any chance of rebuilding it. Just when it seems like he and the other refugees are on track to resettle on Earth and start anew, Thanos finds them in The Stinger.
    • Infinity War starts with Thanos and his forces massacring half the crew of the Statesman while Thor himself is Forced to Watch. Loki dies trying to stop Thanos, and Heimdall dies sending Bruce to Earth as a warning. As Thor explains to Rocket, he's now lost his entire family, his homeland, and nearly all his friends. The only way he even stays vertical is by focusing on hunting down Thanos and making him pay.
    • The start of Endgame has Thor make good on that threat he made to Thanos, but by that point Thanos had already won and there was no way to reverse his actions. So now, not only is Thor left to cope with all of the losses he experienced on Asgard, but he also blames himself for Thanos erasing half of all existence because Thor did not stop him from using the gauntlet in Infinity War when he had the chance.
  • Traumatic Haircut: His long, golden locks are forcibly cut while he's held captive by the Grandmaster during Ragnarok. He is extremely unhappy about it. He retains the look throughout Infinity War, which starts almost immediately afterwards. By Endgame, his hair had grown completely back, though one could argue he was even worse off than before all things considered.
  • Tritagonist: He's the only member of the original Avengers besides Cap and Tony who got his own film trilogy, and several elements from his films (like Loki, who worked for Thanos, and the first appearance of an Infinity Gauntlet) are important to the greater MCU. Until Guardians of the Galaxy, he was the main link connecting the Earth heroes to the Cosmic part of the MCU.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: He fights Tony Stark and Captain America, and later faces Hulk in The Avengers. Thor also fights Hulk in the Grandmaster's arena in Ragnarok. All the fights have no clear winner.
  • Unfit for Greatness: After he failed to stop Thanos from slaughtering half of the surviving Asgardians and then failed to killed him, Thor goes into a drunken stupor for five years, ignoring his duties as king, until the Avengers get the opportunity to undo the snap. When Thanos is gone for good, Thor realizes he's simply not the right fit to be King of New Asgard and willingly cedes the role to Valkyrie instead.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension:
    • With Sif. Intentionally done by the writers, since the people who worked on the film wanted to be able to have the option of writing Thor/Sif into the sequels, should they later want to.
      Jaimie Alexander: But there is a reason that we sort of subtly hinted to it in the first film. Just so that there is a door. If we want to go through that door, we can. They like to cover all their bases at Marvel.
    • During an interview, Chris Hemsworth referenced this when speaking about their relationship in the second film, as well as what it was throughout the first movie.
      Chris Hemsworth: In the comic books, there's obviously an attraction with Thor and Sif, or what have you. And there was little peppering of that, I think, in the first one. Little hints at it. There (in The Dark World) may be...might be more indication...
  • Unstoppable Rage: During the battle of Wakanda, he goes completely berserk and is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Thanos and to avenge Loki's death.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: At the start of Endgame, Thor finally makes good on his promise to make Thanos pay for his crimes. Except by this point Thanos had already won and Thor is now left with half the existence of the Universe erased because he failed to kill Thanos right away when he had the chance. This, more than anything else, is what pushes him over the edge completely and turns him into the alcoholic, morbidly obese recluse and rock-bottom depressive living in abject squalor that Bruce and Rocket find five years later. His major arc in Endgame is now trying to cope with the fact that he no longer has his thirst for vengeance against Thanos to distract him from the Trauma Conga Line he suffered.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hulk. They argue and fight like man-children but at the end of the day, both have each other's backs.
  • Walking Spoiler: Avengers: Endgame promotional material made sure to keep Fat Thor in the dark, even as it made no secret about Professor Hulk.
  • Walking the Earth: Goes into a cosmic version of this in the aftermath of Endgame, having fully rescinded any claim to the Asgardian throne and letting Valkyrie become the new leader of their people. He hooks up with Peter Quill, Drax, Rocket, Nebula, Mantis, and Groot as they go on space-faring adventures instead, hoping to find something that suits him more.
  • Warrior Prince: Any prince of the Asgardians is this because they are a warrior culture.
  • Weak to Magic: In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor assumes he's impervious to the mind-meddling Scarlet Witch is using to whammy the human Avengers. However, Scarlet Witch is able to trigger visions in Thor. Magic is also the primary weapon of Loki, Thor's adopted brother and main antagonist. It is repeatedly demonstrated in scenes in Thor that Thor has difficulty detecting when Loki is using magic to deceive him - though by The Dark World, he can figure it out at least part (though definitely not all) of the time, and by Ragnarok, he isn't even slightly deceived.
  • Weather Manipulation: He can create powerful tornadoes filled with thunder and control when it rains in certain places and what to rain on.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Sets up war between Asgard and Jötunheim by trying to live up to his father's legacy. He's almost crying when Odin strips him of his armor, weapon, and title.
    Odin: You are unworthy... of the loved ones you have betrayed.
  • We Used to Be Friends: By the time of The Avengers, any friendship he had with his brother Loki is gone. In their first encounter back together, he tries to make Loki remember, but he's too far gone.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: He ultimately causes the destruction of his homeworld by ordering Loki to revive the fire demon Surtur, which causes Ragnarok, although he does so to stop Hela, and not before ensuring that his people are evacuated.
  • The Worf Barrage: Two examples in Ragnarok.
    • Throwing Mjölnir is almost always enough to put some serious hurt on its victim, and very few god-level beings can affect its trajectory. When Hela manages to stop it casually mid-air, she immediately establishes herself as a major threat.
    • After unlocking his true potential, he hits Hela with "the biggest lightning blast in the history of lightning". The most it does is knock Hela out of Odin's Palace, but otherwise she shows no sign of injury.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • To showcase the might of Ultron's new Vibranium body, Thor gets beaten down by the evil A.I. until Vision swoops in with Mjölnir.
    • The first thing Hela does when she and Thor fight is crush his hammer to bits and casually kick him out of the Bifröst. Even when they fight later, Thor still gets put through the ringer until he unlocks his true power, and even then he still needed to cause Ragnarok to defeat his sister.
    • One of the first things Thanos does in Infinity War that shows why he's the deadliest threat in the MCU is beat Thor to a pulp off-screen, and this is after he unlocked his full potential in the previous movie.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • The Prelude to Thor: The Dark World implies that there is a cost to Odin and Thor's health when the All-Father summons dark energy to transport Thor to Earth. Odin is quickly hospitalized and Thor himself crashes to Earth in spectacular fashion, with Sif wondering if he even survived the trip, excusing his losses in The Avengers.
    • A more subtle one in The Dark World, but during his fight with Kurse he never got hold of Mjölnir as it was either dropped of him or blocked mid-flight by Kurse.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, Thor is obese and out of shape after the time skip. As a result, he goes from being able beat Thanos in seconds when the latter had the Infinity Gauntlet to losing to him in a close fight when the Mad Titan only had a sword. Noticeably, he also barely uses his flight ability.
  • World's Strongest Man: He was already this among the Avengers, especially once he awakened his powers on his own during Ragnarok, but come Infinity War, once he gets a hold of Stormbreaker, he's powerful enough to kill Thanos. He's the most powerful force on the side of good, at least at that moment, by a wide margin.
    Banner: [to Thanos's entire army and Cull Obsidian and Proxima Midnight] Ah ha ha ha! You guys are so screwed now!
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • After getting swatted through a couple of bulkheads by the Hulk in The Avengers while trying to restrain him, an enthusiastic grin creeps across his face and that says it all.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, he's not looking for a fight and rather exasperatedly tries to stop the match, but cajoling and trying to calm down his "friend from work" just makes the not-so-jolly green giant charge at him and throw him around; by the time Thor gets a nosebleed, his smile creeps up again and his attitude is that of someone relishing a good fight. Ironically, Thor is very reluctant to call Hulk his equal, or even the strongest on the team, and lies about his "easy" win to save face with Bruce Banner.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: A line in Thor: Ragnarok ("We were eight at the time.") hints that Thor and Loki might have been raised as twins, and the Minor Kidroduction at the beginning of Thor shows them looking the same age (both actors were 11). However, while Thor shows that the battle against the Frost Giants was in 965 (which is also likely Loki's birth year), 1053 years before the events of Infinity War, in this film Thor states that he is 1500 years old.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In Thor: Ragnarok, he gets a small version of this from Odin.
    Thor: I'm not as strong as you.
    Odin: No... you're stronger.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Thor: The Dark World has him deciding he'd rather not become King of Asgard so he can serve as a protector for all Nine Realms. The events of Thor: Ragnarok force him to become King anyway.
  • You're Insane!: A recurring exchange between him and his brother. In the beginning of "Thor" Loki calls Thor's plan to venture into Jotunheim madness. As Thor listens to Loki's Motive Rant at the end of the film, he says "This is madness!" and Loki retorts "Is it madness? Is it? IS IT??!". In The Avengers, Thor asks "Do you think this madness will end with your rule?!" and Loki answers that it is too late to stop the Alien Invasion he has caused. In "The Dark World," when Thor sees where Loki is heading the ship, he reacts with "Are you mad?!", and Loki replies "Possibly." After learning Thor's plan at the end of Ragnarok, Loki mutters to himself "This is madness".
  • You Talk Too Much: During the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos has just beaten Thor bloody and is holding him by the head, but Thor still isn't impressed by his grandstanding.
    Thanos: Destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here...or should I say, I am.
    Thor: You talk too much.




Appearances: Iron Man 2 | Thor | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Thor: Ragnarok | Avengers: Endgame

"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."
Odin Borson's enchantment upon Mjölnir

The hammer of Thor Odinson, forged by the Dwarves of Nidavellir.

  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, Thor can use Mjölnir to transport himself and anyone he wishes across dimensional boundaries. He doesn't need the Bifröst, though for the sake of propriety, he does usually cause himself to appear at the point on the bridge where Heimdall keeps his watch. In the films, Mjölnir doesn't grant Thor this ability. Stormbreaker does.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Ragnarok reveals that it once was wielded by Thor's older sister Hela.
  • Back from the Dead: After Ragnarok, the Mjölnir was reduced to crumbs so they can't do a Reforged Blade sequence, but in End Game, Thor gets the Mjölnir back when he travels back in time to Asgard with Rocket Raccoon.
  • Drop the Hammer: Thor's has wielded several weapons during his life but he's most recurringly wielded Mjölnir, a short metal hammer, to bash monsters, which also helped him channel lightning. He doesn't like people telling him to let go of his favourite weapon.
  • Empathic Weapon: Mjölnir is on some level sentient, as it responds to Thor's mental commands. It actually has something akin to annoyance when Thor keeps popping in and out of the Nine Realms during the Convergence in The Dark World.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Thor has no problem using Mjölnir to bludgeon his foes as one would expect, but he also uses it in a number of creative ways. Primarily, as a result of Odin's enchantment, only a handful of characters can lift it; Thor uses this to his advantage by placing the hammer on top of an enemy if he needs them to stay put (no amount of physical strength, not even that of The Hulk, can override the enchantment, making it impossible to stand if one is weighed down by the hammer). In Ragnarok, he uses it as a god test in order to expose "Odin" as Loki in disguise — knowing that the real Odin is on a short list of those capable of wielding Mjölnir (a list that doesn't include Loki), Thor throws the hammer into the distance and calls it back, placing "Odin" between Mjölnir and himself. If this were truly Odin, he could stop the hammer by catching it, but if it's Loki, it'll promptly and painfully cave his face in. Loki gives in and reveals himself before dodging the blow.
  • Legendary Weapon: Every Asgardian knows about it.
  • Magic Feather: While a powerful weapon, as it was wielded by Hela prior to her imprisonment, the hammer is ultimately just a crutch for Thor to tap into his innate powers. Though thanks to Odin's enchantments, anyone who is worthy of wielding it can also tap into Thor's powers, such as Captain America.
  • Morph Weapon: A non-lethal variant. The hammer is capable of shapeshifting into disguises such as an umbrella for whenever Thor is in civilian cloths. In a deleted scene of Ragnarok, the umbrella even opens indoors.
  • Named Weapons: A warhammer called Mjölnir, which is Old Norse for "grinder".
  • Only the Chosen May Wield:
    • In Thor, after he starts a war with the Frost Giants, Odin strips him of his powers and ties them to Mjölnir, in an attempt to teach him humility. As a result, anyone who is unworthy in the eyes of Mjölnir will be unable to lift it. Thor's inability to lift it is a dramatic moment for him and it momentarily breaks his spirit.
    • When the Avengers try to lift it in Age of Ultron, the only one who can move it is Steve Rogers, and even then he can only budge it. Vision lifting Mjölnir is a huge Wham Shot in the film, and instantly solidifies the Avengers' trust in him.
    • Captain America is finally deemed worthy enough to wield the hammer in Endgame during the final battle, making him the only human capable of doing so. It's been stated out-of-universe that he was actually always worthy, but he didn't want to humiliate Thor in front of the other Avengers.
  • Power Crutch: In Ragnarok, Odin explains to a dispirited Thor that Mjölnir is not enabling Thor to summon lightning, its real role is to focus Thor's power and facilitate the lightning. Thus Thor can and must grow beyond his current power level and become able to summon lightning at will, which the God of Thunder promptly does.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: It returns to its wielder's hand when thrown.
  • Public Domain Artifact: It is taken straight from Norse Mythology, although the MCU version can only be used by "the worthy", while the mythological hammer can be wielded by anyone.
  • Shock and Awe: While it only serves as the focus for Thor to channel his innate abilities, Odin's enchantments placed on it allow any who are deemed worthy to also access Thor's lightning powers alongside Weather Manipulation. In the climax of Avengers: Endgame, Captain America lifts the hammer and gains access to all of Thor's powers, including his strength, lightning, and weather powers.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Thor occasionally creates a shield by spinning Mjölnir in front of him.
  • Super Speed: Mjölnir is capable of flying at extreme speeds and allowing Thor to do the same when he holds onto it. In Thor: The Dark World, it flew from roughly ground-level to Earth's upper atmosphere in what couldn't have been more than a few seconds, then returns from about the edge of the Exosphere to its owner in the same amount of time.
  • Swiss Army Weapon:
    • Its list of powers include always returning to Thor's hand when he wills it, being able to mentally guide it in mid-flight, using it to grant himself flight, and using it to control the weather or hurl blasts of lightning.
    • It is also able to restart 2012 Tony's arc reactor when he suffers a heart attack induced by present Ant-Man, which Thor has no idea that it would work.
  • Weapon of Choice: Mjölnir is one for him from the first film to the middle of Ragnarok and he explains this in comedic fashion. He doesn't feel whole without it.
  • Weapon Twirling: Thor can be be regularly seen performing this by rapidly twirling Mjölnir around his hand by holding its leather strap so it builds up momentum. It allows him to launch himself to fly over great distances, and the increased impact strength allows for quicker dispatch of mooks so Thor isn't overwhelmed or for taking out sturdy foes with a lone powerful strike. Captain America also wields it in this fashion.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Mjölnir is a Swiss Army Weapon. The trick is thinking of non-violent uses for it, which doesn't occur to Thor at first.
  • The Worf Effect: Mjölnir is typically capable of knocking anything it's thrown at flat on their ass when it fails to outright destroy or knock them out. In Ragnarok, Hela not only catches it mid-flight despite not being worthy, she also crushes the thing with her bare hand.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Hela destroys Mjölnir in the first act of Thor: Ragnarok. The destruction is permanent, as the weapon is not repaired, and Thor subsequently has Stormbreaker forged to kill Thanos. During Endgame Thor does manage to pirate that timeline's version of Mjölnir back with him to the 2023 present but leaves it with Steve Rogers to return to Asgard as he goes about sending the other Infinity Stones back to their respective places in time.



Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame

"A king's weapon. Meant to be the greatest in Asgard."

Thor's new weapon, a hammer-axe forged in Nidavellir in the hope that it makes him powerful enough to kill Thanos.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Cleanly cuts into Thanos in Infinity War, who shrugged off everything Iron Man threw at him and only bled a single drop of blood, and slices off his hand and head in Endgame. Thanos himself also uses it against Thor, and it easily digs into Thor's armor despite him trying to push it away.
  • Adaptational Badass: Stormbreaker, which in the comics is simply a duplicate of Mjölnir, is considered to be "the ultimate weapon" ever forged by the dwarves. All of its abilities are essentially those of Mjölnir turned Up to Eleven. Not only does it summon the Bifröst to transport Thor, Rocket and Adolescent Groot to Wakanda, it even manages to overcome a blast from a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet and mortally wound Thanos.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Stormbreaker's handle is Adolescent Groot's arm, which he severed after assembling the weapon himself.
  • An Axe to Grind: In Infinity War, Thor forges himself Stormbreaker, stated to be the most powerful the dwarves in Nidavellir would ever forge. Despite being named after Beta Ray Bill's copy of Mjölnir, its appearance is based on Ultimate Mjölnir, having a hammer head on one side and an axe blade on the other.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Thanks to Stormbreaker's ability to summon the Bifröst, it allows its wielder (and others alongside them) to travel light-years across space with ease, such as when Thor used it to transport himself, Rocket, and Groot to Wakanda all the way from Nidavellir in mere minutes.
  • Composite Character: With both comics Stormbreaker and Mjölnir from the Ultimate Universe. While it shares the same name as its namesake, its size and tip of its hammer is based off Ultimate Mjölnir.
  • Flaming Sword: Stormbreaker is near constantly wreathed in blue flames when in use, which seems to be more of an indication of its power than any ability since it is so destructive in the first place.
  • Forgot About His Powers: The weapon is never used to summon the Bifröst in Endgame, probably Justified since the team had the Benatar which can warp-jump anywhere and the only interplanetary mission was to Thanos' garden planet.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Stormbreaker, the sacred weapon that slew an entire invading Alien army and Thanos himself, suffers for five humiliating years with its morbidly depressed master as a glorified bottle opener for the gallons of beer that Thor drinks in place of actual water.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: If the weapon is metal all the way through and isn't hollow at any points, which it's implied to be, it would probably weigh at least 400 pounds. Thor wields it just fine, as does Cap. Justified since Thor and Cap have Super Strength.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: To even stand a chance against Thanos, Thor needs to acquire Stormbreaker, a weapon that can kill him. Eventually, Stormbreaker allows him to mortally wound the Mad Titan.
  • Logical Weakness: For all of Stormbreaker's power, it does have a notable drawback: one doesn't have to be "worthy" to hold Stormbreaker. This means that it's possible for someone to use Stormbreaker to kill Thor, which wouldn't be possible with Mjölnir because an unworthy person wouldn't be able to move it an inch much less hold it. In Endgame, Thanos very nearly kills Thor by driving the blade of Stormbreaker into Thor's chest, and if it weren't for Captain America's timely intervention, Thor would be dead.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: It is a combination of an axe and a war-hammer. In real life this is known as a splitting maul.
  • Mundane Utility: An Axe, a teleporter and a bottle opener
  • Named Weapons: A hammer-axe called Stormbreaker.
    Rocket: That's a bit much.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Averted. Stormbreaker is not bound to the same prerequisite of worthiness that Mjölnir is. This subversion works against Thor when Thanos manages to grab Stormbreaker and try to drive it into Thor’s chest. With that in mind, being worthy of Mjölnir also allows you to access their shared powers of lightning and being recalled to hand, something Captain America does when he is found worthy of Mjölnir.
    Thor: No, no, give me that. You have the little one.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Much like Thor himself, Stormbreaker suffers from this, because it amplifies the power of its wielder and so is dependent upon Thor's performance overall.
    • In Infinity War, it's basically the Infinity +1 Sword that slays Thanos's army, deflects a blast from the Infinity Gauntlet, and mortally wounds the Mad Titan. This is because Thor was definitely at the height of his power, plus at the same time, Thanos was caught off-guard when Thor attacked him.
    • In Endgame, the weapon does fine slicing off the body parts of a weakened Thanos, who made no effort to fight back. But afterward because of Thor's depression, where he spent five years drinking and playing games rather than keeping in shape (metaphorically and literally), Stormbreaker is first treated like a mundane tool. When Thor fights Thanos again with it - who doesn't have the Infinity Gauntlet this time, but is fighting seriously - he gets some hits in but Thanos manages to ultimately overpower Thor, because the latter's still out-of-shape.
  • Super Empowering: Stormbreaker, as an Infinity +1 Sword meant to kill Thanos, amplifies Thor's already immense powers, granting him even greater control over lightning, natural flight, improved strength, and allowing him to heal from being severely burned by the focused heat of a star.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Like Mjölnir, it always returns to Thor's hand when he wills it, he is able to mentally guide it in mid-flight, use it to grant himself flight, and use it to channel his weather-controlling powers and his lightning powers. In addition to that, Stormbreaker is a personal teleporter, allowing Thor to activate the Bifröst whenever he wants. It also opens bottles.
  • Upgrade Artifact: While Mjölnir just channeled and focused Thor's powers, Stormbreaker enhances his powers.


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