Aesir/Asgardians In GeneralA race of gods that inhabit the dimension of Asgard, the highest of the nine worlds. Their culture is very similar to Medieval Europe where they were once worshiped. All Asgardians possesses some degree of superhuman strength and other physical abilities. A select few have these powers above the average of their race often along with other superhuman abilities. They are commonly referred to as Asgardians. Aesir tends to be the more proper mythological name.
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: A loose rule Odin and Thor uphold to explain why Asgard does not solve all of humanity's problems and instead only protects it from outside threats. Humanity must make its own choices for better or worse otherwise humans are no more than puppets. The one time Thor violated this rule during the storyline called "The Reigning" things went... bad.
- Badass Army: Played with. Fighting against monsters for thousands of years requires this. But this becomes an informed attribute.
- Complete Immortality/Immortality Inducer: The gods are immune to conventional forms of death like poisons and disease. They can usually survive injuries fatal to mortals and heal back from them successfully. The amount of injury depends on the power level of the gods. They age, but at a rate so slow they are considered immortal by other races of gods and extremely long-lived beings. However, they must consume the apples of immortality at regular (but unknown) intervals to maintain their youth and powers.
- Fertility God: Freyja was originally portrayed as a goddess of fertility. Not much else was known about her. Later stories, however, claimed that "Freya" (or "Freyja") was simply another name used by queen of Asgard (and Thor's step-mother) Frigga. It's also claimed that it's an alias which was also used by the Asgardian goddess of sex, beauty and seduction, Amora the Enchantress.
- Informed Attribute: The average Asgardian is supposed to be class 50 in strength, and immune to common weaponry. Most of the time they never show that level of strength and are killed in a normal way.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Where humans say "Hell", Asgardians say "Hel", after the Norse bad afterlife, from which the first mentioned word was derived from.
- Jerkass Gods: Zig-Zagging Trope; Asgardians have a reputation for arrogance due to their status as gods, but generally run the spectrum. Some are friendly or protective of mortals. Others are outright sadistic such as hunting mortals for sport in ancient times despite Odin outlawing it and hiring mercenaries to kill Asgardians who broke the law. Many are indifferent and want nothing to do with Earth neither to hurt mortals nor to be worshipped by them. Instead, they place Asgard first, but will fight to defend Earth if threatened by an evil from the nine realms. It was even Nick Fury and Uatu agreeing with Gorr about this sentiment that was the cause of Mjölnir shunning all of Asgard.
- Low Culture, High Tech: The Asgardians possess vastly advanced mystical artifacts and ways to forge weapons from stars, but still operate on a primitive viking warrior culture mindset and it was mentioned at one point they don't even have basic indoor plumbing.
- Magitek: In older stories, Asgardians were shown using a combination of magic and super-science. Over time, that was eliminated, but generally even if their weapons look primitive, thanks to being powered by magic, they are far more powerful than mortal versions. Example, an arrow from a bow can destroy a fighter jet.
- Master Swordsman: Most of the major Asgardians are considered this: Thor, Sif, Balder, etc. Fandral of the Warriors Three is usually considered the best.
- Multiple-Choice Past: In this case with some in universe explanations. Thanks to the Ragnarök cycle and/or being trope based lifeforms (which might be true for most if not all gods, if we trust Loki) they can and will have multiple versions of their pasts and stories which can all be true in the same time and don't make them disappear in a Puff of Logic.
- Physical God: Whilst how much they are actually "divine" has wavered over editions, Asgardians as a rule are vastly more powerful than humans.
- Proud Warrior Race: Asgardian culture is heavily devoted to war. Without an external enemy, they have in the past turned on themselves.
- Puny Earthlings: Asgardians have this view towards mortals at many points, even regarding powerful humans like mutantkind as nothing more than mortals blessed with some divine spark that pales in comparison to actual gods like themselves as Thor attested when he easily trounced Quicksilver.
- Strong as They Need to Be: How strong an average Asgardian is usually varies. In some cases they are not much different from the average Peak Human, and in other cases they are even stronger than Spider-Man.
- Oh, My Gods!: Whenever Asgardians say the equivalent of "goddamn", they substitute God with Bor or Odin, who were the Top Gods.
- Omniglot: Thanks to the Allspeak Asgardians can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: All the Norse gods in Thor's various books talk like that. ALL. THE. TIME. When Asgard is floating over a field in Oklahoma this is countered by hilariously backwoods country talk. Exactly why the Norse gods decided to talk in a dialect that was unknown to the Norsemen who worshipped them is something that no-one has ever bothered to explain.
Sigurd: —For thy bewitching gaze doth compel noble Sigurd do get thy digits...Verity Willis: —Aaand this conversation is over.Sigurd: Everyone loves the oldie-worldie talk when Thor does it.
- The Enchantress of the Young Masters in Young Avengers. She tries to talk in Thor-speak but often gets it wrong (even by Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe standards) or forgets to do it. It'll be like "Okay. —I mean, forsooth!"
- The bad Norse dialogue in Heroes Reborn: Avengers turns out to be proof that "Thor" is a Counter-Earth duplicate after the real Thor arrives.
- In Loki: Agent of Asgard #4:
- Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) and Lorelei stand out as an exception, since having spent so much time among humans they speak more like humans, with nary a trace of butchered English to be heard. Likewise, both Thor and Loki's speech is much closer to standard human than it used to be.
Alter Ego The Mighty Thor, The God of Thunder, The Thunderer, Goldilocks
First Appearance Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #83
Aldrif Odinsdottir / Angela
Editorial Names: Angela: Asgard's Assassin, Angela: Queen of Hel
First Appearance: Age of Ultron #10 (June, 2013)
Alter Ego All-Father, Sky-Father, Atum-Re
First Appearance Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #85
Odin is the king of the gods and Lord of Asgard. He is also, apparently, the creator of mankind. Thanks to Hijacked by Jesus, often has just as much in common with the Christian God as he does with the Norse deity he's based on.
- Abusive Parents: Zigzagged. Odin has always been emotionally distant and harsh, but older stories made it clear that he loved his children and for the most part was a good parent. More recent stories have made him emotionally abusive on a constant basis and the reason his children are so screwed up.
- Adaptational Badass: Mythological Odin was powerful, but he generally preferred to use disguises, plans, magic and trickery rather than direct combat, and in some situations was rendered helpless, like being eaten by Fenrir in Ragnarök. This Odin, at least in the early days but occasionally in the present, is capable of cosmos-shaking feats.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Marvel's version of the character mostly lacks the trickster, anxious, mischievous and, in some senses, rather selfish side of Odin in Norse Mythology. In the comics, Odin is a powerful, respectable and honorable deity, if prideful and arrogant; in the myths, however, while Odin helped to protect humanity, he also often fought dishonorably by using disguises, subterfuges and trickery to achieve his goals — which frequently were gathering wisdom and knowledge to learn some way to postpone his fated demise in Ragnarök. For instance, in the "Hárbarðsljóð", a disguised Odin insults Thor and boasts to his son about his sexual prowness, his magical abilities, and the wars he stirred, and in the Prose Edda, he gets the Mead of Poetry from the giant Suttungr through disguises, shapeshifting, and tricks. Furthermore, some of his alias he himself lists in the "Grímnismál" are "battle-merry", "killer" and "evil-doer".
- The Alcoholic: In recent years. It's suggested that he's been one for a very long time, he's just finally slipped into being a non-functional example (and frankly, it would explain a lot of his variations in characterization). This has soured his relationship with Thor, and led to him seeking advice from Tony Stark. This doubles as a mythology gag, as in the original myths he was all about mead, something lampshaded when Tony asks when it started.Odin: I invented mead.Tony: ... Okay, we're going to be here for a while.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: When Thor alone is not enough, Odin will step in to defend Asgard, even at the cost of his own life. Unless Thor is using his power (the Odin Force) or the runes' magic, Odin is the most powerful being in all of Asgard too. This is different from the myths, where Odin did lead Asgard but Thor was the biggest, strongest resident - and in terms of physical power that probably still applies in the comics, but Odin's got the far greater magical strength.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He and Frigga will argue and bicker about every subject under the sky, but they do still care about one another under all that bluster. When she appears to die taking out the Midgard Serpent, Odin's horrified (she gets better).
- Berserk Button: Any challenge to his authority such as disobeying him even for good cause will almost surely set him off and bring out his wrath.
- Big Good: Thor may lead the charge, but victory is only possible thanks to Odin's leadership and preparations.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He has nine hearts.
- Blade on a Stick: Odin usually wields his magical spear Gungnir, which is forged out of pure Uru, the same metal that constitutes Mjolnir. Similar to Thors’ hammer, Gungnir returns to Odin when he wants it to.
- Cannot Spit It Out:
- A lot of trouble would've been saved for everyone if Odin had just said he loved Loki once in a while. He does actually manage it after Original Sin... and then promptly refuses to talk about it.
- He has the same problem with Thor, admitting it in his inner monologue during an issue of the 2018 series. One thing that Thor and Loki have in common is that much of their behaviour is in response to their father's distance. Thor just wanted to make him proud, while Loki chose to spite him. Now, both of them are on bad terms with him - and Thor is usually the one to come to blows with him.
- He finally manages to set aside his pride at the end of War of the Realms and tell Thor he's So Proud of You, grabbing all three versions of Thor in a bear-hug. Since Thor has literally never heard that from him (and Old King Thor had previously literally told Young Thor, the God of the Vikings, that he'll never hear those words from him), they're hilariously and heartbreakingly baffled.
- The Chains of Commanding: Much of the conflict between Odin and Thor comes from the latter's love of Earth and Odin wanting Thor to put Asgard first. Odin has often had to take actions for the good of Asgard that disagree with Thor's sense of nobility. Asgard itself has at times been in trouble and needed Thor who was busy being a hero on Earth. Other times the Earth has been in trouble strictly because of Odin, putting him at odds with Thor.
- The Chessmaster: At times even shown with a chess board representing whatever scheme he currently is working on. Certain stories after the universe-threatening evil is stopped reveal everything that happened had been arranged by Odin beforehand, with things usually working out for the best.
- Control Freak: Towards Thor. While Odin tends to not care much what other Asgardians get up to as long as they obey his laws Odin gets pissed whenever Thor stops living the life Odin has planned out for him and will go to extremes to bring him back under control. Examples include his disapproval of Jane Foster till they eventually broke up thanks to his interferences to bonding Thor to mortals, messing with his mind, or just straight up replacing him when Thor was spending too much time on Earth or not being exactly what Odin wanted him to be.
- Cool Helmet: During the stone age, Odin had a helmet that was very similar to Thor's.
- Depending on the Writer: Sometimes he's an entirely pompous jackass. Sometimes, he's a wise and benevolent King with just a little pomposity. It wavers between the two, with him being much kinder — in a strange and distant sort of way — in Agent of Asgard than in Thor.
- It gets a Lampshade Hanging during Agent of Asgard, when he notes that for someone who's supposed to be wise, he doesn't always show it.
- Dirty Old Man: In Thor: Ages of Thunder, it's revealed that he wants to tap Amora just like the rest of Asgard (well at least in a previous Ragnarok cycle). In fact, he spitefully rips off the golden necklace made by dwarves in exchange for sex out of envy.
- Drop the Hammer: Back in the Stone Age he wielded Mjolnir, before Thor took it up eons later.
- Elderly Immortal: He's well over a million years old, and looks old in the Badass Grandpa sort of way.
- Eyepatch of Power: Depending on the Artist, he either sports one blind, scarred eye or one of these. The film version, as portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, has a particularly impressive one.
- In earlier issues of the comics, Odin was sometimes depicted as actually having both eyes, but choosing to wear ceremonial eyepatches on special occasions.
- Fantastic Racism: He doesn't think too highly of those pompous Vanir. Cue Frigga icily reminding him that she's Vanir. He's also not too fond of Dwarves or Elves or Humans.
- Foil: For Zeus from The Incredible Hercules. Both are ancient, powerful godheads with short tempers, and difficult relationships with their sons. Both claim they want to uphold justice, to sympathize with mortals, and disdain evil. The difference is Odin at least tries to live up to these virtues while holding the Asgardians accountable for their actions. Zeus blows them off whenever they inconvenience him and allows the gods to do what they want. He only bothers to punish them on a whim or when they cross him personally. As a result, Odin is usually a beloved king respected by his subjects while Zeus is despised.
- Formerly Fit: He's filled out just a bit in old age. Not that he can't throw down a little now, but that's not all muscle he's packing.
- Generation Xerox: With Thor, as it's revealed that he used to lead a group of heroes that were basically the prehistoric Avengers. His interactions with them show that Thor is his father's son.
- Good is Not Nice: Odin is firmly on the side of good and usually tries to minimize the damage and protect the mortal realm from the evils of the nine worlds, but he is usually not nice. He is typically a pompous, hardass who will do whatever it takes to ensure the security of Asgard.
- The Good King: With the exception of the Matt Fraction and Jason Aaron portrayals, Odin has been shown to care for all of his people, fair in his dealings with mortals, and several times sacrificed himself to save Asgard from its enemies - and even in both of those cases, he does love and want to protect his people, even being willing to die to protect them.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Under recent writers Odin has become a shadow of his former self. Once the all-powerful king of Asgard bathing in majesty and glory, beloved by his people and, and respected across the universe, now he is typically depicted as an angry old man who can't do anything correct, looked down upon by everyone including his own son, noted to be only a footnote of no importance in cosmic history, and can most likely be found in a bar stinking of alcohol. A far cry for one who was once one of the mightiest gods in the universe, creator of the Earth and humanity, and whose wisdom and tactical abilities allowed him to be constantly one step ahead of everyone else.
- It's worth noting that he's still pretty formidable when he's not at the bottom of a barrel of booze, and still provides pretty good advice, when Thor is (very grudgingly) willing to admit that he needs it. But yeah, he's still an ancient and embittered alcoholic, quite aware that the cosmos has moved on. He finally completely accepts this in the 2020 Thor run, and gives up the last of the Odinforce to allow Thor to defeat the God of Hammers, costing him his life... and, since Valhalla is empty, ends up haunting Mjolnir. Thor is not best pleased.
- Interspecies Romance: Odin, an Asgardian, had a fling with Lady Phoenix, the human host of the Phoenix Force, during his time in Midgard as one of the "Stone Age Avengers". The result, apparently, was Thor. Who is very much not happy about it. This was later reconciled with his Gaea derived origin by having Lady Phoenix, post break-up with Odin (having got as fed-up with him as Thor was at the time of the reveal), persuade Gaea to give Odin a chance, then after Laufey killed a newborn Thor, rebirthed him with Phoenix fire and promptly got attached. Gaea, for her part, considers both of them to be his mother. Thor is still not entirely happy about it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Odin can be callous, abrasive, insensitive, and blunt, but often he is the only one willing to say or do things everyone knows have to be done, but no one is willing to say or do:
- Odin's stripping Thor of his memory and putting him in the body of Donald Blake can come across as harsh except it was the only way to get through to Thor who was causing genuine problems and supposed to be a future king.
- Odin originally arranged for Jane Foster to forget about Thor and arranged for Thor to fall for someone else except Sif has proven she could not handle life in Asgard making her a liability.
- Odin at times has put mortals in danger or allowed mortal to perish despite having the power to prevent it. When confronted he points he never forces them to do anything and that mortals have to accept the consequences of their actions as part of freedom. Otherwise, they are nothing but his puppets. He also must consider the greater good of both Asgard and the universe ahead of individual lives.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Odin can often come across as this with his willingness to manipulate others or pompous attitude. As an absolute monarch, he is used to getting his way through unquestioning obedience and being always correct, so he doesn't lightly tolerate challenges to his authority. This is also a major case of Depending on the Writer on how big of a jerk he is. Some writers show him as a patient king with only a few pompous qualities, while others portray him as being a virtually unreasonable hardass. However, the two constants are that he loves his children (he is just really, really bad at expressing it, due to an extremely dysfunctional relationship - to put it mildly - with his own father), and that he respects courage.
- King Incognito: Odin will at times disguise himself to accomplish things he has to do himself without the interference of his kingship.
- Klingon Promotion: He's a firm believer in his sons taking his throne through either combat or at the very least outliving him in some way. While he simply lets his father Bor crumble to snow through a curse cast by their Frost Giant foes, Odin saw fit to find and challenge his grandfather Buri (now Tiwaz) to a wrestling match as Bor had done previously to cement his claim of kingship. Likewise, he cedes the throne after War of the Realms when Thor proves he has most comprehensively surpassed him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Demonstrated very early on. It's at first downplayed—Thor has decided to marry Jane Foster and wants to quit being Thor. Odin instead schemes so that Jane is made into a goddess, but she then fails the Engagement Challenge and gets sent back to Earth. Thor is heartbroken for all of five minutes until Odin sends him on another mission, where he just happens to be reunited with his childhood friend, Sif. Meanwhile, Jane has no memory of the engagement and just so happens to run into the handsome and wealthy Dr. Kincaid. This tendency has led to his children resenting him.
- Odd Friendship:
- He's developed a grudging respect for Tony Stark, based on his prowess as an Avenger, his actions during Fear Itself note , and more recently, his advice on dealing with alcoholism.
- He's acted as a Cool Old Guy to a somewhat nonplussed Robbie Reyes, going joyriding with him in the Hellcharger. Granted, this was after he attacked him while catastrophically drunk thanks to blaming him for killing the Starbrand (who was panicking and lashed out at Robbie and got the Penance Stare in return) and having flashbacks to his prehistoric Avengers days.
- The Omnipotent: He is frequently described as all-powerful. In the earlier eras, as far back as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's run, he really was this, capable of destroying galaxies and then casually restoring them. In recent times though, he's more bark than bite. He's terrified of his brother, who is a "mere" planet-level threat, and in War of the Realms, he gets jumped and stabbed by Dark Elf assassins.
- Omniscient Morality License: Odin's justification for some of the crap he pulls.
- Parents as People: Odin truly loves his children, but the strain and work of being king of Asgard along with trying to prepare them for the dangers of the world means he has trouble showing it. He has trouble emotionally connecting with them, paying attention or separating his role as father from his role as king. As a result he often comes across as distant and uncaring.
- Parental Favoritism: Odin makes it glaringly obvious he prefers Thor over all his other children, with the possible exception of Angela (though he sours on her after it becomes clear that she's not over-fond of him). This has created a good deal of resentemnt and other problems with his sons especially Loki. Worse, it's also soured his relationship with Thor, who resents how Odin has treated his siblings, and the expectations and pressure that Odin has put on him - and the fact that even being the favourite isn't a guarantee of good parenting.
- Parental Neglect: Odin has often been so focused on his duties has king or focusing on Thor and Loki he has neglected his other children. It is so bad quite often people forget he has other children. Heck, Thor is at times surprised to find out he has siblings he never knew about.
- The Patriarch: Fitting with the term "All-Father" Odin is the tough old authoritarian figure of the Asgardians who has trouble expressing emotions outside of rage and demands absolute obedience from Thor and the rest of Asgard. Under some writers, he deep down cares for Thor and either can be reasoned with by people who earn his respect including mortals and women. Other writers play up the Jerkass side making him an unreasonable tyrant.
- Pet the Dog: Even when he is at his worst, most assholic levels he is still shown to care about his people and his family, especially Freyja. As seen in the new Thor run, when he calls off the Destroyer from attacking Freyja's army and when she is badly hurt during the civil war he calls the whole thing off. He is also moved to expend much of his remaining power on resurrecting Jane Foster.
- Precursor Heroes: As part of the Stone Age Avengers, he was basically the precursor to the modern Thor.
- Sealed Evil in a Duel: His version of the Asgardian afterlife involves him fighting and killing Surtur over and over again to prevent the fiend from escaping the realm of the dead. He was quite pleased at this arrangement; Surtur was not. In fact, it was the necessity of this station that made Odin so enraged when he was resurrected to help fight the World Eaters as Surtur soon, predictably, escaped to threaten the universe again with Odin no longer blocking the exit.
- Story-Breaker Power: Odin's magical abilities are powerful and flexible enough to effortlessly overcome nearly any possible threat or foe... which does not lend itself well to creating drama. And so he is often written out of the comics for several issues at a time, thanks to being elsewhere, in a restorative coma, or temporarily dead. Several storylines focus on Odin being unavailable and Asgard only holding out long enough for him to return and destroy the aggressor.
- Super Empowering: His enchantments power Mjölnir, which serves to focus many of Thor's power. In Beta-Ray Bill's case, he bestows the storm powers in their entirety, as well as the accompanying weapon.
- Tautological Templar: His worst traits revolve around him becoming this as a ruler and a leader, committing horrible actions like planetary genocide or just manipulating and abusing those closest to him with his scheming simply because he thinks he knows best. Needless to say, this tendency has come back to bite him a lot.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Odin has always had his unpleasant side, but usually balanced by him being reasonable if one is respectful, understandable if one looks at things from his side, or at someone who relents once he realizes what he is doing. Recent writers have played up the a-hole qualities to the point of making him an unreasonable, perpetually angry tyrant while removing any of his sympathetic qualities - though a few, such as genuine care for his loved ones, and respect for courage, have crept back in.
- Top God: Mostly fits the "King of the Gods" type, but thanks to being so much more powerful than the other Asgardians combined with at times being practically worshipped by them has elements of the "God of Gods" type.
- Tough Love: Odin's parental style which has produced mixed results from his children.
- Twerp Sweating: Of the kind only a god could unleash, and gender flipped. When Thor brought home a puny mortal, Odin decided the best thing to do was throw her in a room with a monster.
- Vetinari Job Security: Until recently. Maybe because Status Quo Is God, but just about any time disaster strikes, Odin is needed to lead Asgard. Part of it is due to his vast powers. The other part is due to the fact that his replacement often acts very, very stupid. As of the 2010s, however, the view is that the universe has moved on, even if Thor is reluctant to be King.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: This is the very mildest description of his relationship with his father, and, more or less, explains his relationship with his own children.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Odin's actions in several stories such as Fear Itself have led Thor to call Odin out on his actions.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Had this kind of relationship with his father, which explains rather a lot about him.
Alter Ego All-Mother
First Appearance Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #92
The Queen of Asgard, wife of Odin, mother of Balder and Tyr and foster mother to Thor and Loki. Frigg's history can be confusing. Originally, Frigga was a young/middle-aged woman with black hair married to the much older looking Odin. Walter Simonson drew Frigga as much older looking which was a design used later. Matt Fraction brought Frigga back calling her Freyja. She and her fellow goddesses, Thor's biological mother Gaea, and the goddess of youth Idunn were summoned by Odin to assume control of Asgard as the triumvirate All-Mother when Odin abdicated after Fear Itself.
- Action Mom: She is mother of several of Odin's children, by blood and adoption and is also Asgardian warrior.
- Adrenaline Makeover: After the War of the Realms arc, Freyja and Odin went out into kingdoms beyond the Ten Realms to work on their marriage, but Odin's stubbornness caused Freyja to leave him and reinvent herself as the God of the Hunt in grief. This reinvention included a complete rejection of Freya's former prim and proper fashion for tribal warrior garments and animal skins.
- Arranged Marriage: Originally, Odin and Frigga were a loving couple with no hint of this. Freyja has been retconned into being forced into one by Odin to end a war between the Aesir and Vanir gods.
- Art Evolution: Frigga started as a young/middle-age woman with black hair, became an older-grey haired woman to more closely match Odin's age, and is now a young/middle-age woman with blonde hair.
- Continuity Snarl: Everything about Freyja. Freyja was first introduced it created confusion because her different look and name implied she was a different character than Frigg. It was only after insistences in story and from the creators that Freyja was Frigga was accepted. The arranged marriage, bloody past, and tense relationship between Odin and Freyja further added to the confusion because previously their relationship had only been shown as loving. Introducing Freyja out of thin air without and previous mention, build up or explanation did not help things either.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Fights King Loki, punches him off the Midgard Serpent, then kills the serpent in a Taking You with Me. Since she's an Asgardian this is enough to get her into Valhalla immediately, and since this happened during Ragnarok, she just gets right back up again to fight some more.
- Happily Adopted: The vast majority of her children. Thor's relationships with his other two mothers - biological mother Gaea and sort-of-mother/godmother Firehair (short version: Laufey killed him immediately after birth, she essentially rebirthed him in Phoenix fire, and got attached, Gaea considers her to be as much as his mother as she is) - are respectively distant but civil and complicated to put it mildly, but he is very fond of her.
- The High Queen: As Odin's queen, she has often been a source of advice and comfort for others.
- Lady of War: More than capable of holding her own in battle against a sorcerer as powerful as Karnilla thanks to her warrior training and own powerful magic in this case defeating Karnilla.
- Mama Bear: Fair warning, do not hurt her children (well, except maybe Loki). Kill one apparently and your whole species can end up condemned to be the lowest of the lowly in Hel. This is the nasty surprise awaiting the Angels of Heven after death for what they did to Aldrif.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Inverted. The Asgardian royal couple has a lot of kids and all are Odin's except Loki, but Freyja's blood relation to them ranges from acknowledged (Balder, Aldrif, Laussa), to questionable (Hermod, Tyr — you can find statements pro and con), or non-existent (Thor, Vidar). When Thor brings this up after a particularly unnerving realisation (i.e. his mother may, in fact, have been the Phoenix by way of Firehair a.k.a. Lady Phoenix), she makes clear that it doesn't matter who birthed him, she raised him and loves him as her son.
- The Needs of the Many: Her treatment of Loki has a fair whiff of this. She's perfectly willing to condemn Loki to an eternity of evil (which is described by Loki as like being constantly on fire) in order to secure Asgard's future.
- Never My Fault: She is very prolific at pushing the blame for the consequences of her own decisions to the people carrying out the orders (mostly Loki) or objecting to them (mostly Odin).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to the authoritarian, pompous hardass that is Odin (though, really, this varies), Freyja is much more calm, open-minded and willing to negotiate to try and work out a compromise and share power with others. Except towards Loki. She's perfectly willing to coerce them into doing what she desires if the need occurs, or outright ignore them. They give her an epic calling out after everyone else has shunned them.
- Spell My Name with an S: She went by Fricka or Frigga until her name was firmly established as "Freyja" fairly recently. Since Freya had already established as a separate deity in earlier comics, there might be a bit of One-Steve Limit going on as well.
Notable Aliases: Sif the All-Seeing, The Dark-Haired Daughter of Asgard, Ericka Velez, Fairest of the Fair, Fair One, Fair Sif, Gentle Sif, Gentlest of the Gentle, Rose Chambers, Sif the Unstoppable, The Stunning Sif, Sybil, Tif, Tiffany
Team Affiliations: The Gods of Asgard, War Avengers; formerly Lost Gods, League of Realms
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #102 (March, 1964)
Lady Sif is a is long-time companion and love interest of Thor. She was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and was first introduced in Journey into Mystery #102 in 1964. Aside from being major supporting character in Thor's comics, she has also made guest appearances in The Avengers, Fantastic Four, New Mutants, and Silver Surfer, among others.
Unlike many other Asgardians, Sif notably has raven black hair instead of golden hair. This is because, when she was a child, Loki was jealous of her long golden hair and cut it, and then replaced it with enchanted black hair made by dwarves.
She's considered one of the best female warriors of Asgard, rivaled only by Brunnhilde the Valkyrie. Also, although Asgardians are typically superhumanly strong, Sif is much stronger than the average Asgardian female.
Besides with Thor, Sif also had a relationship with Beta Ray Bill.
- Action Girl: Sif is an excellent combatant and has received extensive training in unarmed combat and swordsmanship, and one of the best warriors of Asgard.
- Adaptational Badass / Xenafication: In Norse Mythology, Lady Sif is a goddess associated with earth, fertility, family, and wedlock. In Marvel Universe, she is an Asgardian War Goddess.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Justified. This version of Sif was born with beautiful long golden hair that is a defining characteristic of the deity she's based on, but Loki cut it off and replaced it with magic black hair. This is actually based on an old Norse myth, but in the myth Sif's magic hair was still golden.
- A Day in the Limelight: Sif was the central character in Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti's run on Journey into Mystery (Immonen), which ran from November 2012 to August 2013 with a total of 10 issues.
- Aggressive Submissive: Despite her Boisterous Bruiser and Tsundere-ish relationship with Thor, when the two are finally portrayed in a sexual relationship in Mighty Thor Vol 2, she submissively asks Thor if her performance pleases him.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: She's attracted to powerful and noble warriors. This is especially exemplified with Beta Ray Bill, whom she has attraction to despite not being remotely attractive by human standards.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has greater similarity to 'the grim' than her other boisterous companions.
- Amicable Exes: Beta Ray Bill and Sif, aside from some bickering, in Journey into Mystery (Immonen). Justified, given that Bill's girlfriend just died.
- Anchored Ship: Sif still has some feelings for Bill, and while they've acknowledged their past relationship, he's astutely devoted to Ti Asha Ra. Sif helps reunite the couple after she saves Lady Gaea from a mysterious infection.
- Badass Cape: She usually wears red cape that matches the sleeves under her armor.
- Badass Family: She is sister of Heimdall, the almost In-Universe Memetic Badass sentinel of Asgard's Rainbow Bridge.
- Battle Couple: Either with Thor or Beta Ray Bill.
- Boisterous Bruiser / Proud Warrior Race Girl: As expected of an Asgardian warrior, she likes to fight and prove her worth in battle.
- Bullying a Dragon: Sif literally does this to a dragon-like creature in Journey into Mystery #646. In #647 there are other examples such as a bar patron attempting to get physical with her, and Sif herself battling her near-Odin level powered brother Heimdall.
- Braids of Action: Her hairstyle, sometimes. Especially when she was younger.
- Chainmail Bikini / Stripperific: This outfit.◊
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Thor are friends since they were kids. They also have on-off relationship over the time.
- Cool Sword: Sif wields a special sword enchanted by Odin to enable her to cleave passageways between dimensions, primarily between Asgard and Earth, by a special pattern of swinging motions.
- Double Weapon: In Marvel Cinematic Universe, she wields a double-bladed sword. One of the two blades is retractable, allowing for Sif to fight with a single-blade.
- Friends with Benefits: Sif and Thor in Journey into Mystery.
- Full-Frontal Assault: In this panel◊. Partially concealed with Godiva Hair and Censor Shadow, though.
- It's Personal: While everyone in Asgard has some reason to hate Loki for one reason or another, Sif in particular has more than most, even besides the hair thing, since after Ragnarok Loki hijacked Sif's body for some time.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her battle outfits usually consist segmented skirt.
- Lady of War: In some portrayals, she is a distinctive lady-like fighter, rather than a flat out bruiser.
- Last Girl Wins: She was introduced after Jane and some of Thor's other love interests. She's Thor's wife in Norse canon, and becomes his lover or spouse in some storyarcs/alternate continuities as well.
- Leotard of Power: Her outfits, usually covered with segmented skirt for her lower part.
- Lightning Bruiser: She is both superhumanly strong and fast.
- Love Triangle: At various times, she has been in competition with several women for Thor, including Jane Foster and Amora. She's the center of one herself between Thor and Beta Ray Bill.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: She carries shield in a battle, sometimes.
- Master Swordswoman: She is Asgard's finest swordswoman.
- Mercury's Wings: She usually wears a headpiece which looks like a stylized set of wings.
- The Missus and the Ex: In Journey into Mystery, Sif and Jane crack a few puns at Thor's expense when Sif comes to see Jane for medical advice about Lady Gaea.
- Polyamory: When it's not a Love Triangle or Love Dodecahedron, Sif's relationship with Thor goes in this direction. To be specific, Thor typically marries Sif (like in the source myth) but still has numerous concubines (again, like in the source myth).
- Precocious Crush: It's implied in her original appearance that she was only a child the first time she met Thor while he was an adult, but states that she loved him even then. This was later retconned into a Childhood Friend Romance instead.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: She often shows contempt for more "feminine" and non-warrior women. This was especially the case when she was younger, as she was rather insecure. She has also done it to mock some of Thor's girlfriends, when her jealousy got the better of her.
- Satellite Love Interest: Compared to other well-developed side characters like the Warriors Three, surprisingly little has been done with Sif over the years. She has little story purpose aside from hanging around Thor, moping about missing Thor, waiting for Thor, jealous over Thor's interest in another mortal, or going after a Thor lookalike like Beta Ray Bill or Thunderstrike. Her story is explored considerably better in Journey into Mystery (Immonen), however.
- Sharing a Body: She had to share one body with Jane Foster for a while.
- She Is All Grown Up: Many interpretations of her relationship with Thor have the two of them parting ways at some point before or during adolescence and meeting again as adults and Thor being stunned by her beauty. In her first appearance, the two of them were radically different ages (Thor was an adult and she was a child when the first met), so he is stunned to see the lovely woman and strong warrior that Sif grew up into.
- The Snark Knight: 'Berserker' Sif in Journey into Mystery loves to tear into foes verbally as well as physically.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Most of her outfits.
- Superhero Gods: Although unlike Thor, Valkyrie, and Angela; she doesn't join any superhero team and mostly fights for or in Asgard. But she does have her moments in Midgard (Earth).
- Super Strength: Typically, Asgardian females are physically inferior to males. Sif, however, is just as powerful as the average Asgardian man and can lift 30 tons - and that's before she gets even buffer.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Sif has, by birthright, the power to transverse time and space, and travel faster than the speed of thought by piercing the fabrics of Infinity and travel to any destination she chooses. Sif can also use her enchanted sword to teleport herself to other dimensions beside Earth and Asgard
- War Goddess: She is Asgardian Goddess of War.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: A big theme in Sif's first arc in Journey into Mystery, thanks to the Berserker Spell power up she gets in the first issue.
- Would Hurt a Child: The 'Berserker' Sif in Journey into Mystery.
Amora the Enchantress
First Appearance Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #103
An Asgardian sorceress who has attempted to seduce Thor on numerous occasions. Initially, her aims seem to have been to claim him as her own Asgard's handsome warrior-prince, and thereby eventually become queen of Asgard. Much to her surprise, Thor proved resistant to her charms, and over the following centuries and millennia her plans largely became driven by a desire to ensnare the heart of the man who eluded her for so long. Her plots generally revolve around seducing him or trying to punish him for rejecting her advances. She typically uses her (admittedly stunning) looks and magics to enthrall others to fight for her. Despite her villainous ways, she has genuine feelings for Thor and has put her life on the line for him in the past. She has also willingly joined in the defense of Asgard when dire threats have arisen.
See her character page for tropes related to her.
Notable Aliases: Lorelei the Ice Queen
First Appearance Thor (vol. 1) #337
Younger sister of Amora the Enchantress. Thief, con woman, magic user. One of the few Asgardians who choose Midgard as their primary residence.
- Amazon Brigade: Her Caper Crews tend to be highly capable and all-female.
- Birds of a Feather: Loki claimed they get along so well because they've so much in common, being looked down younger siblings and dirty low-down tricksters and all.
- Canon Foreigner: Played With. Lorelei isn't based on a deity from Norse myths, but instead a siren from Germanic folklore.
- Charm Person: Her signature spell. Yes. She occasionally does the Magic Kiss thing her sister is famous for.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: What does she do for a living? Robbing banks and casinos mostly. Or when in a hurry conning people out of their money.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Mainly dabbles in charm spells, unlike her sister who is more diverse in her magical talents.
- Fiery Redhead
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Saying that she and Amora don't get along is somewhat of an understatement. Even when Amora is nice, she can't help but take condescending digs at her little sister.
- Hot Witch: Skilled in magic and beautiful. However, unlike Amora, Lorelei has no interest in mastering sorcery other than learning a few spells and potions to aid her seductive techniques.
- Old Flame: Former paramour of Thor (via sorcery) and Loki (sans sorcery).
- One-Steve Limit: There's Lani Ubana from the Savage Land, who went by the codename Lorelei, and Lorelei Travis, a mutant with Prehensile Hair. None of the three Lorelei's have ever been near each other.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Her villainy is for paying bills and financing her lifestyle. She will work for you if you can pay her.
- Questionable Consent: She "magically seduced" Thor at one point, and that always leaves true consent in question.
- Replacement Flat Character: During the Simonson era, Lorelei is introduced to be a reflection of who her sister started out as: a shallow and vain woman who is mainly obsessed with power and winning the affections of Thor, while Amora slowly slips into a more heroic role. This comes to a head when Amora chooses to help the Asgardians against Surtur, while Lorelei refuses to help, much to her sister's disappointment.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: She is the other person, apart from Sigurd, who failed to show up to the last Ragnarök, and the subsequent resurrections. Thanks to this Heimdall can't find her either.
- Stripperiffic: Her costume during the '90s.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the more tomboyish of the sisters, but that's only by comparison. Let's face it it's hard to be more girly than Enchantress.
- The Un-Favourite: We don't see much about their childhood, but what we do implies that she was this to her sister's Royal Brat.
- The Vamp: Like her sister she is proficient in using her beauty and charm in order to seduce and dominate the will of others.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She magically "seduced" Thor once, but nowadays has a different hero in mind: Sigurd. Of course, Sigurd is a hero for only a given standard of hero.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: She would like you to know that she is more beautiful than her sister can ever hope to be.
First Appearance Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #85
Heimdall is the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge. His extraordinary senses allow him to see into all Nine Worlds, and even the future. He has stars for eyes, and is a certifiable badass. Oh, and he had his own game for the Amiga back in the mid-nineties.
- Celestial Body: In modern appearances, he is depicted with a view of the cosmos where his eyes should be, to represent his all-sight.
- Cool Helmet: His signature horned helmet.
- Dating Catwoman: He pursued a relationship with Amora, and despite her initial resistance, eventually won her affections (for a time). One reason for his success was his ability to resist and survive her various tantrums and fits of temper — where many lesser godlings have suffered a variety of horrible fates at her hands, Heimdall's power let him shrug off her lesser spells and deal with her as an equal, and as a mature and patient counterbalance to her self-absorbed childishness.
- Gate Guardian: His duty is to guard the entrance of the Bifrost.
- Not So Omniscient After All: For all of his super-senses, he has been taken by surprise both on and off duty a disturbing number of times.
- Playing with Fire / Flaming Sword: In older stories, his Uru-made sword is able to project blue "cosmic flames", which are quite hot.
- The Stoic: Heimdall is pretty good at keeping his emotions in check.
- Super Senses: Can see and hear anything across the nine worlds, including a person's soul.
Notable Aliases: Balder the Brave
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #85
Balder the Brave is the Norse god of light whose death is supposed to signal the beginning of Ragnarok. Because of this, Odin has made him nearly invulnerable. Balder considers it his duty to guard Asgard and do everything possible to prevent Ragnarok. He is also a son of Odin and half-brother to Thor.
- Actual Pacifist: Briefly tried to become this after he came Back from the Dead.
- Back from the Dead
- Dating Catwoman: His relationship with Karnilla the Norn Queen has some of this going for it.
- Depending on the Writer: What's his relationship with Thor? Early on he was just his friend, but later writers (probably drawing on the original myths) let slip that they were brothers. Still others suggest that he was adopted, like Loki. And the most recent explanation is that he is Odin's son by Frigg, but they pretended he was a foundling, either to hide his birth out of wedlock or to avoid getting to close to him (the prophecy about his death and all).
- Formerly Fat: Severely traumatized by the time he spent in Hela's realm, he turned to food as a means of dealing with his issues, and put on a great deal of weight in the process. When the realm was endangered, he undertook a relentless training regimen, and soon returned to fighting form.
- Friend to All Living Things: Particularly birds, whose language he can understand. When he says "a little bird told me", he's not kidding.
- God of Light: His domain is light.
- Light Is Good: Aside from being the god of light, because of his great nobility, he is sometimes shown with the power to produce light.
- Martial Pacifist: In the early "Tales of Asgard" stories, he was shown participating in scrimmage battles, but taking pains to ensure no outsiders were harmed. Including ducking out to rescue caterpillars from being stepped on.
- Master Swordsman: Very much so, as the Hood and his crew found out during the Siege of Asgard. The Hood tried to shoot him and Balder responded by using his sword to guide the bullet in a U-Turn.
- Nice Guy: Is often widely praised as being the kindest, most loving and most benevolent of all Asgardians, sometimes to the point that he could be considered a Gentle Giant (he's almost as big as Thor and can be quite the badass when has to be).
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of King Loki, who wanted to kickstart Ragnarok the "proper" way.
- Purple Is Powerful: Most of his outfits have some purple in it.
- The Un-Favourite: Following the revelation of his being a son of Odin, he comes off as this, in the shadow of both Thor and Aldrif/Angela. Hell, even Loki gets more of the old man's attention.
- Warrior Poet: Volstagg says of him that he is "a gentle soul. A poet in a warrior's body."
- Weaksauce Weakness: Mistletoe. It was the only thing unimportant enough to be overlooked when Odin made everything in the world swear not to harm Balder.
- World's Best Warrior: Has this reputation.
Notable Aliases: Kelda Stormrider
First Appearance Thor (vol. 3) #6
Kelda is a beautiful Asgardian with powers over the storms, ice, and the winds. Initially brought back to life by Thor along with the rest of the Asgardians, now free of the cycle of Ragnarok, she decided to seek out new experiences. She meets and befriends Bill, a mortal who had fallen in love with her, and whose affections she comes to reciprocate.
- Broken Bird: After Doctor Doom is done with her.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the comics and isn't based on any particular Norse figure.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is as kind and good as she is blonde.
- Hot Witch: Kelda is a very beautiful and powerful witch.
- An Ice Person
- Poisonous Person: Yes, she can create poisonous ice.
- Magical Girlfriend: A tearjerking Deconstruction of this trope. Any chance of Kelda and Bill being the comic book equivalent of Belldandy and Keiichi were quickly dashed and stomped on.
- Magic Is Feminine: She is a lovely and feminine Asgardian sorceress.
- Mayfly–December Romance: She's immortal, Bill isn't.
- Phosphor-Essence: In dim light, or when she engages in battle, Kelda glows from within with a soft, ethereal radiance.
- Really Gets Around: When Bill comes to Asgard to court her, the other gods have no trouble guessing which goddess has attracted the poor, smitten mortal.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Seems set to go on one following Bill's death at the hands of Loki's men.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Bill.
- Together in Death: Is happily reunited with Bill in Valhalla.
- Weather Manipulation: While not in Thor's league, Kelda (called 'Stormrider'), has the ability to summon and control wind and rain, can draw the frigid upper atmosphere down to flash-freeze her opponents, and is able to call forth lightning from stormclouds to smite her enemies. All of this requires she be under an open sky; luring her underground or into a sufficiently massive building will largely negate these abilities.
First Appearance Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #85
Tyr is the Asgardian god of war and son of Odin. He is famous for sacrificing his hand to originally bind the Fenris wolf. He developed a fierce jealousy of Thor due to being overshadowed by him, leading him to battle both Thor and Odin. Despite this, he is still loyal to Asgard and has fought beside Thor to defend it from threats.
- Dating Catwoman: Tyr is usually portrayed as a protagonist, or at least an Anti-Hero at his worst, but in Fear Itself he willingly becomes the commander of Hela's underworld forces and there is a clear attraction between the two that they try to deny. Later, in Angela: Queen of Hel, Tyr (along with Balder) leads the opposition against Angela (who is attempting to dethrone Hela), admitting that he does it out of love for the Death Goddess. Whether Hela returns his sentiments has yet to be seen.
- Four-Star Badass: Stated by Thor to be the best general Asgard has and often depicted in a military leadership role.
- Handicapped Badass: He might be missing a hand, but he's still Asgard's god of war.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being the god of war in a society of warriors and a great general, everyone else in his family overshadows him in one or more ways.
- Sibling Rivalry: His conflicts with Thor take on a new light with the revelation of his parentage.
- War God: Duh.
Alter Ego Brunnhilde
First Appearance: The Defenders (vol. 1) #4
The Asgardian goddess Brunnhilde is one of Asgard's mightiest warriors and the leader of the Valkyrior, Odin's choosers of the slain. Known simply as "Valkyrie" outside of Asgard, she is a long-time member of the Defenders and more recently also a member of the Avengers. Her natural fighting ability is unsurpassed among Asgardian women, and is perhaps equaled only by Sif.
Sigurd the Ever-Glorious / Zig
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #111 (October, 1964)
- "I'm a hero, remember? "Cool" is in the job description."
The legend of legends. The first hero. The blade of Bor. (For reals!) Original wielder of the mighty sword Gram. Dragon slayer. And so forth. Long time acquaintance of Loki. Legendary Asgardian warrior, which explains so much about the place after you read his tropes. First introduced in the "Exiled" arc of Journey into Mystery later becomes a recurring character in stories dealing with Loki.
- Awful Truth: The main power of his sword Gram forces a person to confront truths they keep hidden from themselves and does damage based on the "lies" the sword has to cleave through to get to it. For a person honest with themselves, the sword does no damage, but a minor wound can be fatal if one is full of self-delusions as the sword's maker found out.
- Black Vikings: He is a black Norse hero/Aesir.
- The Casanova: Womaniser he is. He's Not Staying for Breakfast, thank you very much.
- Continuity Snarl: His very existence given that Marvel had previously adapted the character for an adaptation of "The Ring of the Nibelung" with him having the appearance of Thor and having been born and died a mortal. Yes, this was all part of mainstream continuity.
- As of Thor's destruction of the cycle of Ragnarok, it is likely that any earlier portrayal of the character has been officially retconned as being part of a previous, unrelated cycle.
- Cool Shades: Having lived among mortals, Sigurd understands that shades can confer the mighty power of "cool" on a bearer, as he demonstrates to all of Valhalla during the Final Incursion.
- Cool Sword: Original owner of the legendary blade Gram.
- Dirty Coward: When concerning the Disir, Bor's valkyries. He abandoned them to Bor's anger after he seduced them into breaking their oaths, made no attempt over the many centuries to fix his mistake, and when forced by Loki to confront his crimes and victims did everything he could to try and weasel out of it.
- The Dragonslayer: If you ever needed proof that despite his flaws the guy is a true badass, he has at least one dragon on his kill list. The dragonblood itself makes Sigurd pretty much unkillable except by magic and imbued his sword with its truth-magic.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in New Mutants #34 before being formally introduced during the "Exiled" arc, 8 issues later.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The legends about him tend to not to mention his false heart or all the harm his womanizing has done over the ages.
- I Am Not Right-Handed: He invokes this trope while fighting with Loki.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Aesir normally do age albeit slowly... he gets to stay the same age he slew the dragon forever. Meaning he looks in his early thirties at max but served Odin's father.
- Immortality Seeker: He is already immortal but would really like to loose all possible ways of dying, or at least find a way to not go to Valhalla at any cost, as he is reasonably convinced that the Valkyries (or the ex-Disir ones at least) would cut off "little Sigurd".
- Jerkass: His constant womanizing has left a trail of lies, broken hearts and broken promises and he tends to view women as nothing more than sex dolls. His worse moment is seducing the Disir only to abandon them to the wrath of Bor and leave them to suffer for eons without making any attempt to atone.
- Ladykiller in Love: According to Amora he actually fell for Lorelei.
- Living Legend: See his description? He is a legend to gods.
- The Magnificent: He is Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, even if the narration once pointed out that the Sometimes-Glorious would be a more appropriate title.
- Nominal Hero: Well yes, he did the heroing for the Standard Hero Reward. Is there any other reason?
- The Older Immortal: He doesn't look it, but it counts as this among the Asgardians since he was young during the reign of King Bor and nowadays Odin is considered one of the oldest Asgardians. Given how in some versions of his death, Bor died of old age that is saying something. He himself has noted has has been at the hero thing far longer than Thor and is a far older god than Loki.
- Race Lift: Yes, he's that Sigurd. The Germanic hero based off of the Frankish king. Considering the previous Marvel portrayal of Sigurd was for an adaptation of "The Ring of the Nibelung", in Thor's own book no less, that had Thor's essence put in human form and that form being Sigurd and this version is an Aesir, the Race Lift seems to be a double: From white to black and from mortal to god.
- The Real Heroes: Nowadays he is a fire-fighter. Not that his priorities changed or anything.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: He is one of the two people who failed to show up to the last Ragnarök, and the subsequent resurrections. Thanks to this Heimdall can't find him.
- Stern Chase: Thanks to Bor he had to do this or face being killed or wed by the Disir. Bor himself would have preferred the non-lethal option.
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #97 (August, 1963)
The father of Odin, Vili, & Ve, and original King of Asgard. He was presumed deceased after Loki travelled back in time to seal Bor into the snow around him, and such as he remained until recent times where Loki freed him and placed him under a spell that confused his senses. When he met his grandson Thor, he was tricked into thinking Thor to be a demon (and sensing the Odinforce within him, thought he had killed Odin) and lapsed into a titanic battle where the great warrior would finally meet his end.
- Always Someone Better: Lets just say there is a reason why Odin did not want to bring him back to life.
- And I Must Scream: He was trapped in snow for millennia.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: When alive, he was as powerful as Odin and has a reputation as great warrior.
- Came Back Wrong: His twisted deaths have barred him from Valhalla, making him a resident of Hel and ensuring that each of his resurrected selves are warped by the madness of the realm.
- Elemental Powers: Wind and Lightning.
- Eye Beams: Generated them to temporarily blind Thor in their battle.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair contrary to the blonde hair of his children or Thor.
- Founder of the Kingdom: Bor is often cited as the first king of Asgard.
- Jerkass: While a respected leader and warrior who loved Odin, by all accounts Bor was not in anyway a nice person. When he found out that Odin had managed to create life on Midgard, something his father Buri could do but Bor was incapable of, Bor decided to punish all of humanity to make his son regret his unsanctioned show of godhood.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Is one of these whenever Hela brings him back from the dead. His words towards Angela are so politically incorrect that he has to be censored with a description of what he's saying.
- Horny Vikings: His helmet sports giant horns.
- Interspecies Romance: His wife Bestla was a Frost Giantess.
- The Juggernaut: Thor, even with the Odinforce, was in the battle of his life, and he literally smashed Mjölnir into pieces.
- Multiple-Choice Past: In his debut comic, he was "slain" by a sorcerer (really a time-traveling Loki) turning him into snow. But in a prequel comic to Fear Itself, he's depicted as dying of old age in his bed.
- Papa Wolf: Tried to avenge what he perceived to be Odin's death (even though he knew that Odin had essentially murdered him) when he was first resurrected and when Hela tried to trick him into taking Mjolnir on her behalf during Avengers Forever, he realised that she had stolen it from Thor and tried to assault her at the cost of his life (again)
- Politically Incorrect Villain: When he fights Angela, his insults towards his granddaughter are so off-color they're actually censored with author's notes describing what he's saying, such as "Red pill M.R.A. menimist casual racism".
- Straw Misogynist: Originally, Bor was only a cruel god who did not like to be challenge yet loved Odin and was respected by his people. All of his subsequent characterisation as a vassal of Hela has focused on him being every misogynistic stereotype one can think of.
- Tragic Monster: The spell Loki put him under made him think everything around him was a Hellish landscape and the people demons.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Odin was this to him, which probably explains a lot about Odin himself.
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #120 (July, 1965)
An Asgardian wizard/seer who serves as an adviser to Odin. Despite appearing off and on for decades, his role has been minimum as the only constant government official of Asgard. He often appears giving needed advice to other characters or performing acts of needed magic.
- Elderly Immortal: One of the few Asgardians besides Odin to come across as looking old.
- The Good Chancellor
- Grand Vizier: Subverted. Despite his title, he is completely loyal to Odin, contrary to some of Odin's other advisers.
- No Name Given: He is only known by his title.
- Squishy Wizard: He has never been shown on the front lines or fighting with weapons.
The Warriors Three are original characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby not found in Norse mythology. They're powerful Asgardian warriors and Thor's best friends.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Volstagg is the redhead, Fandral is blonde and Hogun is the brunette.
- Canon Foreigner: All of them are original characters not based on Norse gods.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Volstagg normally wears purple, Fandral sports green, and Hogun's in blue.
- Comic Trio: Stories starring of featuring the Warriors Three often have them serving as comedy relief. Jokes tend to come from either Volstagg's weight or boasting nature or Fandral's womanizing with Hogun playing the straight man to their antics.
- Honorary Uncle: Fandral and Hogun, themselves both childless, are the beloved honorary uncles to Volstagg's large brood. Indeed, they're one of the few things in the nine worlds that make Hogun smile.
- True Companions: To Thor and to each other.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Volstagg busy with his ambassador duties, his place in the Warriors Three has been taken, for now, by Hildegarde.
Notable Aliases: Volstagg the Valiant, Volstagg the Voluminous, The Lion of Asgard, The War Thor
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #119
Volstagg the Valiant is an enormously fat, bearded Viking. He's technically based on Falstaff, but his enormous appetite, red beard, and Hot-Blooded nature actually make him seem quite a bit like... Thor, from the original Norse myths.
- Action Dad: Volstagg is known for having many children from his marriage. This even includes adopting mortal Midgardian children! Having a family does not stop him from being an ass-kicking adventurer.
- Acrofatic: Despite his massive girth, he's surprisingly quick and nimble.
- Ambadassador: After Freyja retired because of her youngest daughter's (Laussa's) birth he became Asgard's representative in the council of worlds.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: As the War Thor.
- The Atoner: It's speculated by A.I.M. that the reason he's so fat is that he's punishing himself for (however briefly) considering abandoning Hogun to be eaten by Fenris when they first met. Volstagg himself dismisses this and had stated on several times he eats because he enjoys it and thinks enjoying life is the point of living.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Volstagg is amiable like no tomorrow, practically the big fun personified, but he has hundreds of years of experience on the battlefield, has squared off against the likes of the Hulk or the Fenris wolf and lived to brag about it. And that’s without getting him angry!
- Big Eater: VOLSTAGG. There's an exemplary scene in the Warriors Three miniseries where he misunderstands the purpose of an "all you can eat" buffet and takes it as a challenge — and proceeds to eat EVERYTHING IN THE RESTAURANT. And then proclaim it to be a good snack for between meals.
And what of the Warriors Three? Hogun and Fandral would fight their way through the same Nine Worlds if they stood between them and you. And Volstagg would eat his way through. And he would get there first.
- Humorously exaggerated in issue #603 when Sif has this to say of the Warriors Three (to Thor).
- Big Fun: Volstagg is this in spades, to both readers and other characters.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: In an incident in which his clothes were burned off (when he took the brunt of an energy blast to protect Hogun, Fandral and Sif), Volstagg is briefly naked. And his friends stand in awe of more than just his girth.
- Boisterous Bruiser: One of the best. And biggest.
- Cowardly Lion: The general consensus of his characterisation post Simonson.
- Depending on the Writer: Volstagg started out as a loveable, boastful coward until Walter Simonson came along and made him into a family man and great warrior. Subsequent writers sway back and forth between characterizations. The general consensus is that he'll avoid a fight, but picking one with him is a very, very bad idea.
- Despair Event Horizon: As part of his duties as a representative he travels to a light elf refugee camp, where he befriends a group of children and even gives them all his food. Shortly thereafter, the camp is attacked by fire demons and Volstagg tries desperately to protect the children but sadly they all die. Volstagg is so overcome that he doesn't eat or sleep for a long time and nothing can bring him out of his depression, until the Ultimate Hammer calls to him and he becomes a Thor fueled by hatred and vengeance, The War Thor.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: When Volstagg tried to protect the light elf children from the fire demons, he had them in his arms when they were all engulfed in flame. Volstagg was unharmed. The children were reduced to crumbling shapes of ash.
- Expy: Of Shakespeare's Falstaff.
- Friend to All Children: He's an excellent father and positively adores kids of all types. Harm a child in his presence at your own peril. The atrocity that drives him to become the War Thor? Being unable to save child refugees from a war crime.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: All he needs to take on the Hulk, albeit momentarily.
- Happily Married: One of the very few characters in a long term relationship without any drama but with lots and lots of children and everybody can guess what that implies.
- Hidden Depths: Volstagg is actually quite a capable cook. In "Journey Into Mystery #504", he's depicted hosting his own cooking show. In the 2007 "Thor" run, he briefly becomes the chef at Broxton's local diner and is seen to quite enjoy it, happily trotting from Asgard to Broxton and back on a daily basis to go to work and being very upset when Broxton temporarily bans all Asgardians from visiting. He may even be a Supreme Chef, given that one of Broxton's police officers seems very taken with Volstagg's omelets.
- I Am Big Boned: In his first appearance he insists that he hasn't gotten fat, his muscles have just gotten rounder!
- I Was Quite the Looker: Used to be known as Volstagg the Valiant and was as svelte and handsome as Fandral.
- Large Ham: Even by Asgardian standards. It's one of the things that makes him a surprisingly competent politician.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: He has at least seven children. Well, he claimed to have eighteen of them but he is dreadfully prone to overstating things.
- Miles Gloriosus: In the older stories Volstagg would always claim what a great warrior he was while fleeing the battle or somehow being a clumsy oaf. Often he was just as effective at defeating the enemy with his own clumsiness. In later stories, he was turned into a very brave and skilled warrior, but he still has shades of this. He even provides the page image.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Some depictions show Volstagg as substantially tougher than the average Asgardian, in part due to his bulk. During the 2007 "Thor" series, he powers through a Doom-built robot's Wave-Motion Gun beam and destroys it with his bare hands, being left unharmed save for having had his clothes burned off.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Another of his Depending on the Writer qualities. Walt Simonson and Kieran Gillen wrote him this way; other writers not so much.
- Papa Wolf: Volstagg is a cheerful, amiable, obese fellow who loves a good meal and a joke...but do NOT threaten one of his children, whether biological or one of the human orphans he adopted from Earth. Or, indeed, any child in his presence. It was Light Elf children being harmed - turned to ash in his arms at the hands of Fire Demons - that drove him over the Despair Event Horizon and turned him into the War Thor, and leading to him almost destroying Muspelheim.
- Pet Monstrosity: The Thor/Iron Man mini-series reveals he has a pet dragon. As in a bus-sized, flying, fire-breathing monster.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Volstagg is often the source of light-hearted humor more so than the other two.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on a truly epic one as the War Thor - he nearly destroys Muspelheim.
- Stout Strength: Volstagg is infamously fat, but also immensely strong.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being a coward to a real warrior. Becomes the War Thor in issue 20 of Mighty Thor
- The Worf Effect: His War Thor hammer boasted the power of an entire universe - albeit a dead one. Yet he was completely ineffective against Mangog including trying a proving method by shoving his hammer into Mangog's mouth and blasting him with everything. Mangog survived and destroyed the hammer before tossing Volstagg out of old Asgard.
Notable Aliases: Fandral the Dashing
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #119
Fandral the Dashing is Asgard's resident Lovable Rogue. He's handsome, witty, romantic, and the greatest swordsman in Asgard.
- Cool Sword: A longsword called Fimbuldraugr.
- Expy: Of Errol Flynn, according to the creators.
- Handsome Lech: Fandral is very good looking, very appealing to the ladies, and happily takes advantage of that.
- Lightning Bruiser: mentioned to be the swiftest and most agile of all the Asgardians (with the possible exception of Hermod), and like all Asgardians, possesses considerable Super Strength.
- Master Swordsman: Considered to be the best swordsman in Asgard, probably only matched by Balder.
- Royal Rapier: A mini had him armed with a magical rapier. Otherwise, tends to use a double-edge sword in a fencing style.
Notable Aliases: Hogun the Grim
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #119
Hogun the Grim is, well, grim. He's much more taciturn than his expressive companions, and is the only one of the Three who is not an Aesir. He is also a complete and utter badass, even by Asgardian standards.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed, Hogun doesn’t like mirthful comments about his signature hat. The bikers seemingly lived to regret their jest.
- Bishōnen: When he was younger, he was WAAAY different, being a pretty boy who worked as a stone carver
- Carry a Big Stick: His preferred weapon is a giant mace, which is called: Hridgandr, the Dreaded Stormwand.
- Deadpan Snarker: He doesn't talk much, but he gets his digs in when he does. Especially against Volstagg.
- Expy: Several of his personality traits and his original appearance are inspired by Charles Bronson characters.
- Inscrutable Oriental: Because he's from Vanaheim, he looks vaguely "Oriental", in comparison to the vaguely Caucasian appearance of his fellows. Admittedly, he looks more Mongolian than Chinese, but his looks combined with his usual quietness still fits the trope.
- The Quiet One: Hogun rarely speaks unless he feels he has to.
- Pretty Boy: As a younger god, although age and his usual demeanor hides that now.
- Straight Man: Often is the only voice of reason to be found amongst The Warriors Three.
- The Stoic: He's called The Grim for a reason.
- Would Hit a Girl: Justified, the woman he hit was fighting the warriors three evenly, she could take it and he held back.
- Wrestler of Beasts: Hogun once went boar hunting in Texas and killed a boar by punching it in the face.
Notable Aliases: Hilda, Svanhild
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #91
Hildegarde was an Asgardian Valkyrie, gifted with extraordinary strength and great skills with the sword.
First Appearance Thunderstrike Vol 2 #1
Gruenhilda is a member of the Valkyrior. Assigned by her queen, the Lady Sif, to teach young Kevin Masterson the skills of a warrior and the uses of the enchanted mace, Thunderstrike, she travels to Earth to fulfill her duty.
Notable Aliases: The First Asgardian
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #97
The first Asgardian and founder of the Asgardian and Vanir gods. Buri was ruler of the Asgardians before Asgard itself existed. At some point he abdicated his position and became a hermit though he still keeps and eye on things and helps from time to time.
- Creating Life: Buri has the power to fully imbue something with life giving it full sentience. Odin is the only other Asgardian thought to be able to fully duplicate this feat - though King Thor later proves able to do it.
- Grandpa God: He's probably the oldest Aesir in existence, grandfather of Odin and Thor's great-grandfather.
- Elderly Immortal: Older than any other Asgardian or most other beings in the nine worlds and looks it.
- Hermit Guru: Buri rarely involves himself in the affairs of Asgard, but once helped Thor overcome the death of Odin.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Buri has multiple origin stories ranging from being a child of Ymir to emerging from solid ice.
- Time Abyss: It's impossible to guess how old he is considering how he was alive before the universe as the Asgardians know it was formed.
First Appearance: Infinity Wars Prime #1 (July, 2018)
An Asgardian Librarian who aids Loki in Infinity Wars.
- Black Vikings: She is a black woman from Asgard.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't reappeared since Infinity Wars
First Appearance Thor: God of Thunder #1
Thor's (purported) future self, having become the one-armed, one-eyed All-Father of Asgard millennia into the future.
- Alternate Self: While it's stated that he's the fated future self of Earth-616 Thor, Thor the Avenger quips that he hopes that King Thor is from one of those avertable alternate future timelines the X-Men keep running into, and All-Father Thor tells Thor the Avenger to make sure his timeline is averted. The Black Winter indicates that Thor becoming the Herald of Thunder — thus regaining his lost eye and arm — has changed his fate and derailed this future, and Thor further derails it by killing Galactus.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: When bonded to the All-Black symbiote, he uses it to manifest an arm-blade.
- Despair Event Horizon: Losing his mortal friends to Loki's genocide, and then having his family and Asgardian friends killed or enslaved by Gorr left him crippled by despair until Thor the Avenger travelled through time.
- Genius Loci: King Thor #4 reveals that at one point he transformed himself into a living planet akin to Ego, orbited by moons made of Uru.
- Grandpa God: King Thor spots a grey-white beard — which he is immensely proud of — and mocks Thor the Avenger and Young Thor for not having facial hair when they first meet. When Thor the Avenger finally grows a beard, King Thor complements him on it and comments that between that, his missing eye, and prosthetic arm they're starting to resemble one another.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's a cantankerous codger at the best of times, having witnessed almost everyone he cared about die, and is something of a Death Seeker — openly admitting he's been around for eons too long.
- Handicapped Badass: He's missing an arm and an eye, and admits he's going senile... but he has a prosthetic fashioned from one of the Destroyer's arms to make up for it and is also magnitudes more powerful than either of his past selves.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of King Thor he sets out to fend off enthropy from consuming what's left of the universe, and leaves his granddaughters in charge of protecting New Midgard.
- Identity Amnesia: One of his adventures shown in King Thor #4 involved him becoming an amnesiasic Barbarian Hero after a psychic attack by frost giant assassins, prowling the frozen jungles of Jotunheim.
- I Hate Past Me: King Thor finds his past self to be a naive beardless brat, and absolutely can't stand his hot-tempered and arrogant youngest self. The feeling is mutual, as Thor the Avenger and Young Thor see him as the spitting image of their father.
- My Future Self and Me: He is the future self encountered by Thor the Avenger and Young Thor, who are horrified that they turn out to be a Generation Xerox of Odin.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He is hilariously - and tragically - shocked when Odin grabs all three Thors in a bear-hug and happily declares how proud he is of them. Previously, he had told Young Thor that Odin would never tell him that.
- Power of the Void: When bonded to All-Black, his lightning turns black.
- Ret-Gone: Invoked in War of the Realms. After he's brought to Earth-616, Malekith realizes that King Thor and Thor the Avenger will cease to exist if Young Thor is killed.
- The Sheriff: One of the eras in his long life will be as a "god-cop" who acts partially like a Wild West sheriff, complete with old-fashioned "Wanted" posters.
- Space Police: He once joined Omnipotence City's Ministry of Inter-Deity Justice and became a "cosmic god-cop" based out of "Sun Precinct Prime".
- Super Mode:
- To fight Galactus he bonds to the All-Black symbiote, gaining a Superpowered Evil Side until it jumps ship to the Devourer of Worlds.
- When Doom attacks Earth intent on destroying it and claiming the Power of the All-Father and Phoenix Force for himself, Logan gives Thor the Phonenix Force. After an almost-century-long battle with Doom in the planet's mantle, Thor emerges victorious and promptly passes out, while the Phoenix transfers to a new host.
- The Symbiote: When Galactus attacks Earth, All-Father Thor seeks out the All-Black symbiote and bonds to it in order to gain the power to stop him.
- Time Abyss: Since he's Thor reigning at the very end of time itself, he's billions of years old.
- Top God: He is the All-Father of Asgard... not that it amounts to much since almost all of the other gods except his granddaughters and Loki are dead.
- Turn Out Like His Father: King Thor is the spitting image of Odin, being a cantankerous one-eyed Grandpa God. He's aware of it, and resents it just as much as Thor the Avenger and Young Thor do.
The Goddesses of Thunder
First Appearance Thor: God of Thunder #8
Thor's granddaughters - Atli, Ellisiv and Frigg Wodensdottir - who appear in the future as King Thor's descendants.
- The Ageless: Despite several thousands — if not millions — of years passing, they do not change in appearance up until the Flash Forward seen at the end of King Thor #4. Atli in particular seems much older, having gone from looking like a teenager to looking like an adult by the time of Avengers Forever.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Frigg is a blonde, Ellisiv a (reddish) brunette, Atli a redhead. Don't expect much more form their personalities either.
- Blood Knight: Atli takes after her grandpa's youngest self, being all-too eager for combat and violence — even to the point of encouraging All-Father Thor to give in to All-Black and kill Galactus.
- Carry a Big Stick: Ellisiv has inherited Hridgandr from Hogun.
- Drop the Hammer: Frigg has inherited Stormbreaker.
- Eyepatch After Time Skip: Following the Time Skip at the end of King Thor #4, Frigg sports an eyepatch over her left eye.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As an adult following the Time Skip at the end of King Thor #4, Atli sports a mohawk as opposed to her shoulder-length hair.
- Fiery Redhead: Atli notably stands out as the most hot-tempered of the three, and fittingly has red hair.
- History Repeats: Like their great-grandfather Odin and grandfather Thor, they'll be founding members of an Avengers team.
- Surprise Incest: Ellisiv was attracted to young Thor when she met him for the first time, though she was horrified and grossed out when she learnt his identity.
- Take Up My Sword: The three of them wield weapons that belonged to famous Asgardians.
First Appearance: Captain Marvel Vol 10 #23
Brigid is Thor's daughter from a future era (Earth-20368).
- Amazonian Beauty: She's taller than Carol Danvers (who's 5'11") and very muscular and attractive.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Making her debut after the granddaughters of Thor, she serves as a link between them and their grandfather, even though she's not their mother.
- Drop the Hammer: It runs in the family.
- Meaningful Name: Brigid is named after an Irish goddess whose specialty was blacksmithing.
Species: Asgardian / Fire Demon
First Appearance Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 (December, 2014)
Laussa Odinsdottir is the second born daughter of All-Father Odin and All-Mother Freyja, and heir to the Asgardian throne.
- Badass Adorable: Even as a baby, she manages to gather forces to protect herself from the forces of Muspelheim in War of the Realms.
- Big Sibling Instinct: She elicits this from every single one of her older siblings. They may fight like cats in a sack amongst themselves, but they all adore her.
- Enfant Terrible: Thanks to her third parent she was partially this until most of Surtur's power got exorcised out of her. After it she is still a scarily powerful and smart baby mind you, just won't turn into a demon and try to burn people alive randomly anymore.
- Extra Parent Conception: She is also kinda sorta the daughter of Surtur of all people thanks to being conceived in a dimension full with his power.
- Goo-Goo-Godlike: Quite literally, in fact.
Species: Asgardian / Giant
First Appearance Thor Annual #12 #1 (August, 1984)
One of the more obscure children of Odin. Vidar was born from Odin's dalliance with the storm giantess Grid, but banished upon Odin marrying Frigga and ostensibly for his own protection since it was prophesized he would have a great destiny. He came to Asgard once to seek aid in obtaining justice for the death of his wife and aided Asgard a few times, but prefers to have nothing to do with the city.
- Gentle Giant: Vidar is taller than even Asgardians which shows he is at least half-giant, but unlike the rest of his family he prefers to live the life of a farmer. He only uses violence to defend himself or if his loved ones are threatened.
- Hates Their Parent: Vidar starts out resenting Odin for neglecting him. While they came to an understanding Vidar still wants nothing to do with him or Asgard.
- Long-Lost Relative: Thor didn't who Vidar was until Odin was forced to reveal it.
- Revenge Before Reason: Vidar's anger and eagerniess to avenge his wife lead him to kill the wrong person and get captured by the true culprits.
- Simple Staff: His preferred weapon is a nigh-unbreakable staff.
- Super Strength: Thanks to his heritage he is nearly as strong as Thor.
- The Unfavorite: Views himself as this thanks to his half-giant heritage being obvious and Odin hiding his existence compared to Loki who is a full giant, but looks the like an Asgardian.