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: Fighting against monsters for thousands of years requires this.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nice Hat: As warrior-gods, the Asgardians often have interesting helmets. Thor has his little wings; Sif's is almost bird-shaped. Balder's helmet has ridiculously gigantic horns. This may also tie in to their subjects being Horny Vikings.
- 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.
- 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.
Alter Ego: Aldrif Odinsdottir
Editorial Names: Angela: Asgard's Assassin, Angela: Queen of Hel
First Appearance: Age of Ultron #10 (June, 2013)
Angela (real name: Aldrif Odinsdottir) is a fictional comic book character created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane. She was initially from Image Comics' Spawn, but migrated over to the Marvel Universe after Neil Gaiman took the rights to her after a complicated legal battle. To see her Image Comics Incarcation, See Spawn.
Angela is a mysterious being and one of the Angels, a race of extremely materialist and selfish creatures hailing from Heven [sic], the Tenth Realm according to Marvel's version of the Norse cosmogony. They waged a war against Asgard until Odin severed Heven's connection to Yggdrasil, divorcing it from the other Nine Realms.
She is pulled from Heven as a result of the damage to the multiverse inflicted during Age of Ultron. Confused and enraged, she charges toward Earth from outer space, only to be intercepted by Gamora, who, as is pretty much standard in superhero comics, attacks her. She is captured when the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive and manage to defeat her. After an interrogation, Angela claims she was only heading to Earth because she wanted to see it for herself. The Guardians realize they actually incited the fight, free Angela, and accompany her to Earth.
In the crossover with All-New X-Men, the Trial of Jean Grey, Angela is still with the Guardians, and works with both teams to rescue a time-displaced Jean Grey from captivity by the Shi'ar Empire.
During Original Sin, it is revealed that Angela is actually Aldrif, Odin and Frigga's long-lost daughter, making her the older half-sister to Thor and adoptive sister to Loki. She was supposedly killed when she was still an infant by the Queen of Angels during Asgard's war with the Angels. Her "death" was what caused Odin to sever the Tenth Realm from the other nine, as punishment for their attack. But she was not dead, and when the Queen of Angels ordered the corpse of the baby to be disposed, the Angel tasked to do so discovered it was still alive, and raised her as one of the Angels under the new name Angela.
Angela later abandons the Guardians of the Galaxy when Old Loki telepathically tells her that the portal to Heven is open and that she can return home. As Thor battles Heven's guards, Angela appears, having been guided to the doorway to Heven by Loki, and prepares to battle Thor. Angela defeats Thor, and is then told by the Queen of Angels to bring Thor to her.
While Loki leads an Angel fleet to Asgard, under the false pretense of helping them destroy it, Thor escapes captivity and engages Angela in combat once again. The fight is interrupted when Odin arrives and recognizes Angela as his daughter. He asks her to join him and the rest of the Asgardians, but Angela refuses, as she was raised to think Asgardians were her enemies. However, she is forced to leave Heven as well due to the Angels rejecting her for her lineage. With no place to go, Angela sets out to explore the other realms.
Her first ongoing series started in December 2014, titled as Angela: Asgard's Assassin, written by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett. During Secret Wars (2015) the title was replaced by 1602: Witch Hunter Angela. Post Secret Wars, her story continued in Angela: Queen of Hel, which concluded in April 2016.
Angela appears in the following works:
Notable Comic Books
- 1602: Witch Hunter Angela (tie-in to Secret Wars (2015))
- All-New X-Men
- Angela: Asgard's Assassin
- Angela: Queen of Hel
- Age of Ultron
- Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3
- Original Sin 5.1-5.5 also known as Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm
- Vote Loki
- Asgardians Of The Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Universal Weapons (2014): A non-canon mobile game loosely based on Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012-2016): Appears as unlockable playable heroine since PvP Season 19.
- Marvel Heroes: Available as playable character, voiced by Laura Bailey.
- Marvel: Contest of Champions: Angela is a playable character.
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance: She appears in the Facebook game.
- Marvel Future Fight: She is a playable character in the mobile game Marvel: Future Fight.
- Avengers Academy Angela was a recruitable character in Marvel Avengers Academy during its A-Force event, voiced by Natalie Van Sistine.
- Angela has her first Marvel Animated appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) episode "We Are the World Tree".
Angela provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: She's an Asgardian and raised as a warrior of Angels. She's skilled with many weapons, especially axe and sword.
- An Axe to Grind: What Angela sometimes holds.
- Angela Can Breathe In Space: She is capable of surviving in the vacuum of space unaided. This weirds Starlord out a bit.
- Black Sheep: Not that her family doesn't love her, all Asgardians adore her, but her upbringing by the enemy (especially that by Angel standards their affection put her in a debt she didn't want) caused her to rebel and deny them. Loki declared her their side of the family repeatedly thanks to this.
- Blood Knight: Angela is always up for a good fight.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She is Loki's chief of security in his presidential campaign.
- Canon Immigrant:
- It was initially ambiguous as to whether the Angela that debuted in Marvel Comics is the same one in Spawn, as she says she was involuntarily pulled into the Marvel Universe from her own and very few details of her home dimension were given. It's ultimately revealed that Marvel's incarnation of Angela is not only Asgardian but Thor's long-lost older half-sister, making her a completely different character from Image's incarnation. Also, she wasn't actually pulled from out of Marvel Universe, but instead she's pulled from Heven (a.k.a. the Tenth Realm) into realm of mortals, not too far from Midgard (Earth), and she had no knowledge about Midgard at the time.
- It happens again in Queen of Hel, twice. The Leah who is now living with Angela and Sera turns out to be the Leah from the Secret Wars: Siege miniseries, and issue 6 brings Angela up against the Faustian Queen, who is really Angela from 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, who was brought into the main Marvel universe due to the cursed play written by Lady Serah somehow falling through the cracks when the Multiverse was reborn. Said play is now believed to be a lost Shakespearean play that is common knowledge, and even Thor recalls reading it in high school.
- Chainmail Bikini: A metal bra and panties are all the armor she needs to fight. This is pretty much an Angel thing. She gets a Battle Ballgown later on in her solo series.
- Concepts Are Cheap: Angela fully believes this, and refuses to fight for honor (or freedom, or justice, or any ideal), and can't conceive that her long lost family would love her just because she is family. Yes, this is an Angel thing.
- Cool Sword: Angelas weapons in general.
- Demonization: Another Angel thing is spreading outrageous slander about their (Asgardian) enemies, for example that Volstagg Eats Babies, Heimdall uses his omniscience for being The Peeping Tom, and Bor turned his shieldmaidens into soul-eating monstrosities.
- Dystopia: If the other tropes haven't clued you in, Heven is not a good place to live unless you fall into the very narrow demographic of "perfectly healthy, rich, female angel from good background and/or with considerable fighting skills, and no morals to speak of".
- Equivalent Exchange: As an Angel she believes in fair trade, so yes, if she does anything for anybody that will come with a monetary price-tag of equivalent size (or a life for a life and such). She also deeply detests feeling/being in debt.
- Fiery Redhead: She is redheaded and is fiery and boisterous as most Angels/Asgardians warrior alike.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Gamora during her time with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was Gamora who jumped and fought her for the first time. Eventually as teammates, they are qualified enough to be Smash Sisters.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: As Angels in general she only believes in material things (Angels apparently have goddesses but those are generally restricted to aspects of fighting, survival or money), so concepts like an afterlife and coming back from the dead are foreign to her. Unfortunately for them Angels do belong to Marvel's Norse World Tree meaning they go to Hel after death, because no Valkyrie would choose an Angel for Valhalla, and Hela was explicitly instructed to create the worst hell for them, because of Aldrif's fate.
- Flight: She's apparently capable to fly in the vacuum of space. Her Battle Ballgown costume comes with a pair of wings and this power.
- Healing Factor: She's not invulnerable to all harm and it is possible sufficient blunt physical force can injure her. But due to her unique physiology she is able to heal from most injuries much faster than a human being could.
- Long-Lived: It is a common misconception that Angela and the other Gods of Asgard are truly immortal. Angela and the other members of her race do age but at a rate so slow that to other beings they give the appearance of immortality.
- Long-Lost Relative: A tie-in to Original Sin and Loki: Agent of Asgard reveals that Angela is Odin's daughter, and thus Thor's half-sister and Loki's adopted sister.
- Meaningful Rename: She's renamed as Angela when she's raised by Angels.
- Mercury's Wings: She wears a winged circlet on her head.
- Missing Mom: Apparently her surrogate mother, one of the Queen's servants, disappeared mysteriously. When the representative of the church of the tenth realm tried to bribe her with information about her... she didn't take it kindly.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Her eyes color is white.
- Most Common Superpower: Angela has a pretty sizable bust.
- Ms. Fanservice: Most Common Superpower? Check. Stripperiffic with Chainmail Bikini? Check.
- Multi-Melee Master: Uses a variety of weapons, including a Cool Sword, an axe, her ribbons, and some kind of polearm-looking-like-thing.
- Nineties Anti-Heroine: Most Common Superpower? Check. Stripperiffic with Chainmail Bikini? Check. Really likes killing things with an arsenal of extremely varied weapons? Check. Belt big enough to cover her entire pelvis? Check.
- Omniglot: Thanks to the Allspeak she can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.
- Our Angels Are Different: Or rather, she isn't an Angel, but Asgardian. But she's raised by Angel and thus once believed that she was an Angel. But also Angels here are a race of ruthless and ruthlessly effective mercenaries, with philosophies centred around materialism.
- Raised by Orcs: She's an Asgardian, but she's raised by Angels who are at war with Asgardians.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When she is accidentally dragged from the Tenth Realm, she swears vengeance on the one who caused it to happen.
- Statuesque Stunner: Tallest woman in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The Stoic: As Sera lampshaded, Angela is too stoic to even have an expository inner monologue.
- Stripperiffic: Even her creator Neil Gaiman himself has questioned the practicality of Angela's dress code. Lampshaded by Leah as apparently Sera described her in a space bikini to her... and in vivid detail. Leah sounds a tad disappointed that Angela is in a new (and much less revealing) costume when they meet.
- Stylish Protection Gear: In her second solo series her armour is more modest but still stylish.
- Superhero Gods: She's Asgardian, biological daughter of All-Father Odin and All-Mother Frigga, sister to The Mighty Thor, the God of Thunder. Angela herself once joined the superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy, and fought alongside them.
- Super Strength: Considering her ability to match an admittedly weary and wounded Thor blow for blow, noting that he had 'a slight edge in raw strength', she should also possess Class 100 strength. At the same time, she noted that she was far faster than he was, though this, again, should be taken in the context of his weakened state.
- Underwear of Power: Which is covered by oversized belt.
- Warrior Princess: While she initially didn't know this, she's a daughter of Odin and Frigga, King and Queen of Asgard. Everybody kicks ass in this royal family.
- Weapon of Choice: She wields axe and sword into battle.
- Whip It Good: Has a pair of "ribbons" that are either a part of her armor or a part of her, that function halfway between this and Whip Sword.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Badass Beard: Fitting for the All-Father, Odin has an impressive beard. Even a million years ago, he had a full badass beard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drop the Hammer: Back in the Stone Age he wielded Mjolnir, before passing it to his son Thor.
- Elderly Immortal
- 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, Badass Beards, 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.
- 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 from the evils of the nine world, 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.
- 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".
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: Odin can be callous, abrasive, insensitive, and blunt, but often he is the only one willing to say or do things every 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 lifes.
- 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.
- 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 let his 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.
- 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.
- Nice Hat: Odin has a different hat in almost all of his appearances.
- Omniscient Morality License: Odin's justification for some of the crap he pulls.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vetinari Job Security: 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 insistances in story and from Word of God 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.
- 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), to questionable (Hermod, Tyr — you can find statements pro and con), or non-existent (Thor, Vidar).
- 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.
Alter Ego: Sif
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 Marvel Comics superheroine. She is Marvel Universe's Asgardian Goddess of War based on a goddess of the same name from Norse Mythology. She is long-time companion and love interest of The Mighty 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.
Sif becomes central character in Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti's run for Journey into Mystery that started from November 2012. The series has ended in August 2013 with total 10 issues.
Lady Sif appears in the following works:
Notable Comic Book appearances
- Angela: Asgard's Assassin
- Beta Ray Bill
- Fear Itself
- The Infinity Gauntlet
- Journey into Mystery
- The Mighty Thor
- Hulk Vs. Thor (2009): Voiced by Grey DeLisle.
- The Super Hero Squad Show (2009-2011): Voiced by Tricia Helfer.
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (2010-2013): Voiced by Nika Futterman.
- Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011): Voiced by Tara Strong.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe: Portrayed by Jaimie Alexander.
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006): Appears as NPC. Voiced by Adrienne Barbeau.
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012-present): Appears as recruitable playable hero.
- Marvel Heroes (2013-2017): Appears as an NPC. Voiced by Amy Pemberton.
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013): Voiced by Tara Strong.
- Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics (2014; closed): Appears as playable hero.
- Marvel Future Fight (2015-Present): Appears as a playable character.
Lady Sif provides examples of the following tropes:
- 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, until Loki neglected to pay the dwarfs for their work and the hair turned to black.
- Aggressive Submissive: Despite her Boisterous Bruiser and Tsundere-ish relationship with Thor, when the two are finally portrayed in a sexual relationship, 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 boisterious companions.
- Amicable Exes: Beta Ray Bill and Sif, aside from some bickering, in Journey into Mystery. 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.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit when she was younger, as seen here◊.
- 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.
- 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 Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti's run for Journey into Mystery, 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.
- She's Got Legs: Thanks to most of her outfit of choice.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 to learn 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.
- 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.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: She would like you to know that she is more beautiful than her sister can ever hope to be.
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.
- Badass Beard: He's an Asgardian, so of course he has an impressive beard.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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 who's affections she comes to reciprocate.
- Broken Bird: After Doctor Doom is done with her.
- 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 comicbook equivalent of Belldandy and Keiichi were quickly dashed and stomped on.
- MayflyDecember 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.
- Power of the Storm: 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has hair that is somewhere around knee to ankle length which largely seems to ignore gravity, as befits a goddess.
- 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.
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.
- Badass Mustache: He's been seen clean-shaven or with a full beard, but currently he has a mustache.
- 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.
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.
- "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.
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.
- 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.
- An Axe to Grind: His preferred weapon is a battle axe.
- Badass Beard: Befitting a viking and father of the All-Father.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Asgards 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.
- Badass Beard: Like many other Asgardians, Volstagg has a bushy beard.
- 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 thats 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.
- Taken Up to Eleven 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.
- 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 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 omelettes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Simple Staff: Older stories often have him use a staff in battle and be quite effective with it.
- 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. 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.
Fandral the Dashing is Asgard's resident Lovable Rogue. He's handsome, witty, romantic, and the greatest swordsman in Asgard.
- Badass Beard: Instead of a thick beard like other Asgardians, he has a stylish goatee and mustache to go with his rogue aesthetic.
- Cool Sword: A longsword called Fimbuldraugr.
- Expy: Of Errol Flynn, by Word of God.
- 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.
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.
- Badass Mustache: He doesn't have a full beard like the Asgardians, but he sure has a thick mustache.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed, Hogun doesnt 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: According to Word of God, 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.
Hildegarde was an Asgardian Valkyrie, gifted with extraordinary strength and great skills with the sword.
- Ascended Extra: She debuted early in Thor's comic history, but didn't play a major role until the new Thor, Jane Foster, took Odinson's role.
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's heavier-set than Sif and Brunhilde, but as an Asgardian, she's certainly not ugly.
- Braids of Action: Just like Brunhilde, her hair is in twin braids and she's a former valkyrie.
- Brawn Hilda: Her name really is Hilda, but she's more of an Amazonian Beauty combined with Big Beautiful Woman.
- Cool Helmet: Like other Asgardians, she has a nice helmet, hers having a crescent moon design.
- Last of Its Kind: Although she wasn't a member at the time, she was the only Valkyrie that survived the attack of Malekith's forces during War of the Realms, thanks to being away. This means she's the last of the original valkyries, but she has other duties and can't help Jane at the moment.
- Lovely Angels: With Sif during the War of the Realms.
- Sibling Team: Her younger sister Krista served alongside her at the Valkyries.
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.
- Badass Teacher: Like all valkyries she's a trained warrior and was sent to teach Kevin Masterson how to use Thunderstrike.
- Fiery Redhead: A valkyrie with red hair and a strong temper.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't reappeared since her initial debut in 2011, being completely missing from all subsequent stories involving the valkyries, like Fearless Defenders, Asgardians of the Galaxy and War of the Realms, leaving her fate after Malekith's slaughter of the Valkyrior ambiguous.
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.
- 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.
An Asgardian Librarian who aids Loki in Infinity Wars.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- An Axe to Grind: Atli wields Jarnbjorn, which was used by her grandfather before he obtained Mjolnir.
- Bare Your Midriff: Frigg's outfit.
- 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.
- Female Gaze: Ellisiv was attracted to young Thor when she met him for the first time, though she dropped him fast when she learnt his identity.
- Fiery Redhead: Atli notably stands out as the most hot-tempered of the three.
- Leotard of Power: Ellisiv's outfit.
- Rapunzel Hair: Frigg's hair reaches her waist.
- Take Up My Sword: The three of them wield weapons that belonged to famous Asgardians.
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.
- Bare Your Midriff: Even in the cold of the post-apocalyptic world, she still has her midsection exposed.
- The Blacksmith
- 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.
- Dropthe Hammer: It runs in the family.
- Meaningful Name: Brigid is named after an Irish goddess whose specialty was blacksmithing.
Laussa Odinsdottir is the second born daughter of All-Father Odin and All-Mother Freyja, and heir to the Asgardian throne.
- Enfant Terrible: Thanks to her third parent she was partially this until most of Surtur's power got excorcised out of her. After it she is still a scarily powerful and smart baby mind you, just wont 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.
Olympians in general
The Olympians are a pantheon of gods who were worshipped by the ancient Greeks, based on the gods real-life Greeks worshipped. Recently became evil and began attacking colonies in space.
- Badass Cape: When the reborn Olympians reappear, most of them sport some kind of cape or cloak.
- FaceHeel Turn: While they weren't the best before, their death and rebirth causes them to become brutal Space Pirates who destroy entire colonies.
- Everyone Has Standards: While capable of doing horrible things to those they think wronged them even they are disgusted by Ares's savagery and willingness to go overboard on people who did nothing to him.
- Immortal Immaturity: Their main problem. As Prometheus notes, the Olympians have the temperament of children and are rarely held responsible for their actions. Their pettiness, self-centeredness, and wrath are often less due to maliciousness and more immaturity.
- Jerkass Gods: Like their mythological inspiration, they don't care very much about mortals getting hurt.
- Kill the God: In the beginning of Avengers: No Road Home Nyx escapes into Mount Olympus and slaughters everyone present with her children.
- Resurrective Immortality: Even after being killed by Nyx, they're all shown to be reincarnated at the end of No Road Home. Unfortunately, they're reincarnated as far more warlike and ruthless, apparently to fit the new age they were born into.
Alter Ego: Aphrodite Ourania
Notable Aliases: Aphrodite Pandemos, Venus, Cytherea, Victoria Nutley "Vicki" Starr
First Appearance: X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas #2 (November 2009)
Aphrodite is an ancient Greek goddess associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation.
- Continuity Snarl: Thanks to various retcons Aphrodite's history has been mixed up with that of Venus from the Agents of Atlas.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Seldom wears footwear whether she's going around in a toga or a swimsuit.
- Hot Goddess: She's the Goddess of Beauty and pleasure, so of course she's this.
- Love Goddess: She's the Love Goddess, although she did gave her title to Venus in order to re-find herself.
- Ms. Fanservice: As expected from the goddess of beauty, she's been seen in a bikini or even less.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The form she takes and as an Olympian Goddess, very significant.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Had her face-off with Venus wearing only a golden bikini.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: It's a battle between her and Amora when it comes to most beautiful goddess.
Alter Ego: Phoebus Apollo
Notable Aliases: Paul Belvedere, Renee Andre, Sun God
First Appearance: Venus #1 (August 1948)
Apollo is a god worshipped by the ancient Greeks. He has dominion over a vast number of domains, like the sun, prophecy, music, and medicine. His twin sister is Artemis.
- The Ace: Among the Olympians, Apollo tends to excel at anything he attempts physically or intellectually, making him one of the most powerful gods.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Before his death and resurrection, Apollo was generally one of the more helpful gods willing to hear mortals out and go against his own father.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His dark self's eyes constantly glow golden.
- Light Is Not Good: After being reborn, his eyes, hair, and a circle on his chest glow. Said rebirth also made him evil.
- The Power of the Sun: Comes with being a sun god.
- Psychopathic Manchild: After his resurrection, when he fights Phyla-Vell, he petulantly cries "Father, she— she broke my lyre! Father, make her stop!"
- Smug Super: According to Hercules, Apollo can be rather arrogant.
Alter Ego: Ares
Notable Aliases: Mars, Mister Talon, John Aaron, God of War, The Warhawk, Berserker Saint, Broom head, John Aaron, Mr. Tallon, Thor-Lite
Team Affiliations: Mighty Avengers, Dark Avengers
First Appearance: Comedy Comics #10 (June, 1942) note ; Thor Vol. 1 #129 (June, 1966) note
The God of War (the more violent aspects of it compared to Athena) and perhaps Hercules' greatest rival. In recent times, he has become less of a villain and more of an extremely violent anti-hero. A former member of Iron Man's Mighty Avengers and Green Goblin's Dark Avengers. He was killed by The Sentry during Siege, but was literally kidnapped out of the afterlife during Contest of Champions III. See Ares for more info.
Ares is a Marvel Comics Anti-Hero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. Based on the Greek god of the same name, Ares made his debut in Thor #126. A villain for decades, the God of War changed his ways after a battle with the forces of Pluto. Summoned to end the stalemate between Pluto's forces and those of Olympus, Ares brutally crushes the enemy army almost single-handedly. Returning to Olympus, where he believes he will be welcomed for the first time, Ares overhears a conversation between his fellow gods that cuts to the bone. Considered to be nothing more than a brutal killer by his own family, Ares realizes that he'll never be welcome in Olympus. Disappointed, Ares leaves his life as the God of War behind and settles on Earth with his son, Alexander. To ensure that his son has a normal life, Ares never tells Alexander of his godly heritage.
Now John Aaron, a simple carpenter, Ares and his son live on Earth for years until the unexpected arrival of the messenger Hermes. Ares learns that Olympus is threatened by Amatsu Mikaboshi, the Japanese god of Evil, but he refuses to offer his help. Desperate, Zeus kidnaps Alexander, which forces Ares to abandon his life as John Aaron and become the God of War once more. Returning to Olympus, Ares is further dismayed when he learns from the Greek hero Achilles that the Olympians lost Alexander to Mikaboshi's forces. With his son in the hands of the enemy, Ares joins the Olympians in battle until he is confronted by an unexpected enemy: Alexander, the Eastern God of War. After a short, brutal battle in which Ares cannot win, Zeus uses his power to convince the Eastern war god to betray Mikaboshi, which, combined with an attack from other Eastern gods, ends the war in favor of the Olympians. Reunited with Alexander, who learned the truth of his heritage from the god of evil, Ares returns to Earth to resume his life as a carpenter... or so he thought.
Not long after the Civil War ended, Tony Stark realized that the world needed an Avengers team once more. Citing the need for a "Thor/Wolverine", basically a god-level being willing to kill, Stark pressed team leader Ms. Marvel into offering Ares a spot on the new Mighty Avengers. When Iron Man and Ms. Marvel visit Ares at a construction site, effectively blowing his cover, the God of War has no choice but to accept, though he makes Tony match his construction pay ($44/hour, apparently). As a member of the Mighty Avengers, Ares fulfills the role of The Big Guy along with The Sentry.
Ares appears in the following works:
Notable Comic Books
- Dark Avengers: Ares
Ares provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: Well, he is a Greek god, so it pretty much comes with the territory on the receiving end. On the giving end, he was actually a very good father to Alexander.
- Adaptational Badass: Ares in the Classical Mythology got his ass kicked nearly every time he appeared. This guy is someone strong enough to rip apart a robot he couldn't dent with his weapons.
- Alliterative Name: Alexander Aaron
- An Axe to Grind: The weapon Ares usually favors most.
- Arch-Enemy: Is this to Hercules.
- Arm Chair Military: Played with. Ares fights from the front lines but has the mentality of this. He openly admits to ignoring all of the things needed to win a war including anything about having enough suppllies or the lives of his men regarding war itself as a game.
- Ax-Crazy: Once an opportunity for battle comes up he is prone to abandoning all sense of tactics to to engage to fight including turning on his own allies in battle to lengthen the battle, all the while laughing manically.
- Bad Boss: Ares has little regard for the lives of his men. Shooting or outright killing them for minor things or just because he suddenly feels like it.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: One of Iron Man's original justifications for making him an Avenger. Ares would commit the morally reprehensible actions other heroes would either hesitate at or refuse to do. Comes back to bite them when Ares sides with Osborn, seeing no real difference between serving the two.
- Band of Brothers: Ares' Shades unit, which is a handpicked team of H.A.M.M.E.R. recruits.
- Blood Knight: He does not care much for which side he fights for as long as he gets to satisfy his violent urges. His "anti-hero" stance has done little to curb this. Loves fighting more than anyone including Thor or Hercules, and whilst he is capable of tactics, generally his plan boils down to "hit/shoot it a lot" (in contrast to Athena, who is the goddess of strategy and tactics.
- Boisterous Bruiser: On a good day.
- Boom, Headshot!: The Mares of Diomedes are dispatched this way by Ares' Shades during the Big Damn Heroes moment in Dark Avengers: Ares #3.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Alexander thanks to the manipulations of Mikaboshi.
- The Brute: Tends to fulfill this role whenever he works with or for others.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Hercules' Abel.
- Character Death: Died in Siege. He came back years later in Contest of Champions.
- Clothing Damage: Ares gets this a lot, leading to plenty of Shirtless Scene goodness.
- Colonel Kilgore: Justified. Ares tells War Machine one reason he joins armies is because is an excuse for him to kill and be seen as a hero instead of a monster if only for publicity sake.
- Cool Helmet: Part of his costume is a helmet styled after the classical Greek/Roman crested helmets.
- Combat Pragmatist: Ares is not afraid to do what it takes to win a fight. For all that he prefers an axe, he's quite comfortable with just grabbing a few machine guns and win via superior rate of fire.
- Cool Shades: The trademark of Ares and his Shades unit.
- Determinator: After his anti-hero transformation, once engaged in battle it is almost impossible to get him to retreat even if he is losing.
- Dirty Coward: As a villain, Ares would often retreat unless he had a clear advantage, leave when it was gone or fight only as a last resort despite demanding others die for him.
- Dual Wielding: Often wields both a sword and axe in battle once he becomes an anti-hero.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Ares at the start of his Dark Avengers limited series. He has no problem shooting one of the H.A.M.M.E.R. recruits in the knee while handpicking his Shades team. Other recruits received a punch to the gut or elbow to the face for their troubles, but both men made the team. Training with Ares involved lots of grenades, Gatling guns, and RPGs being fired in their direction, usually while Ares had a beer. Ares encouraged brawls in the mess hall and "killing the leader" when necessary, which is a lesson that actually saves the day at the end of the series.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hates his son Kyknos for being a sadist. "I am the god of war... the god of slaughter... Even the god of murder. But I am not the god of sadism!"
- Evil Versus Evil: After Ares defeats the forces of Pluto, Hera uses these exact words when describing his role in the conflict.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: After Ultron takes over Iron Man's suit early in the Mighty Avengers series, Ares volunteers to shrink down to atom size to deliver a virus. He successfully fights his way through Ultron's "immune system" attackers to deliver the virus, though he's eventually overrun and has to be rescued by The Wasp.
- Foil: For Hercules. Hercules has the respect Ares wants and cannot understand why Hercules is so respected despite being a drunken, destructive brawler. Ares is what Hercules could be if he allowed his love of battle to ever overtake him.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: No matter what group he is in Ares is typically despies for one reason or another. The Olympians and heroes despise him for his savagery and bloodthirsty nature. Villains look down on him for reasons ranging from being a mere brute to having enough morals to hate working with them.
- Front Line General: As an anti-hero, one of his few redeeming traits is that he is at least more couragous and willing to fight on the front lines.
- Gatling Good: "Trained" his own personal squad by firing at them daily with a Gatling gun until they tried to kill him.
- General Failure: Ares' overreliance on brute force and forgoing of any fighting techniques or tactics causes him to lose pretty much any battle he is involved with.
- Give Him a Normal Life: One of Ares' reasons for leaving the God of War position behind was the have his son Alexander grow up as a normal boy.
- Good Parents: Yes, Ares is actually a great dad. Actually alludes to his protective tendencies over his children in the actual myth. He tries hard to raise Phobos right, even leaving Olympus to get a job as a construction worker in New York City.
- Got Volunteered: Stark more or less drafted him by giving him the choice of joining the Avengers or being imprisoned.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A large part of his rivalry with Hercules is due to being jealous of how Zeus seems to respect Hercules more in Ares eyes. Ironic, given that Hercules also struggles with this related to Zeus.
- Guns Akimbo: One of his favorite fighting methods when not using melee weapons.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Ares gets ripped in half by The Sentry in Siege.
- HeelFace Turn: Zigzagged, Ares switched from straight villain to dark antihero not due to any change of hearts, but because he got tired of everyone treating him like crap. He goes right back to villanious behavior whenever it suits him.
- Hollywood Tactics: Despite being an expert in tactics, strategy, and nearly any thinking aspect of war he more often than not ignores all of these. Instead, prefers to charge in head on IGNORING all strategy and tactics and preferring to rely on brute strength and ferocity to win his battle unless he absolutely has to employ it. One reason is he attributes any "thinking" part of war to Athena whom he has a fierce rivalry with. He can lead an army into battle, but it will often be the worst strategy possible, cause massive casualties and collateral damage for his side, and risk costing them the battle.
- His plan for SIEGE embodies this as he ignored all the advantages Earth's military technology or superhuman army might have given him. Instead, he chooses an up-close, head-on battle that benefits the super-strong Asgardian army that wields swords and spears.
- Important Haircut: Ares gives himself one after Alexander is kidnapped, signaling the return of the God of War.
- Incendiary Exponent: Battling the overwhelming forces of Amatsu-Mikaboshi in Ares #3, an enraged Ares lights himself on fire and has The Incredible Hercules Fastball Special him as far into the enemy ranks as possible.
- Informed Ability: Given how much the "like Wolverine and Thor in one" idea comes up, it's rare that he actually seems to fit that description.
- I Regret Nothing: Ares, even after becoming an anti-hero, regrets none of that massive number of deaths he's caused as the God of War. During a fight against the Inhumans during the Silent War series, an inhuman who could project illusions of guilt made him see all the blood he spilled in his life. His response: "Ha! Was it so few?!"
- Jerkass: Well, duh. He is the God of War and loves to slaughter, during Dark Reign he killed dozens of HAMMER-recruits and drilled the survivors by firing on them with a freaking Gatling Gun. He is definitely not a nice guy.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Ares has a tendency to call out others not being so different from him:
- Hera claims moral superiority and in the war against Mikaboshi calls for unity only for Ares to call her out on her BS citing her long history of trying to destroy the children of Zeus and being as evil as he ever was.
- Ares calls Hercules out on his major flaws and own history of rampant destruction, yet he is loved by gods and mortals while Ares is despised.
- Modern mortals both revere war and the armed forces of their countries and the good things both do for countries, but at the same time call it evil and revile Ares who represents it.
- Large Ham: Often speaks in a larger than life manner since he is a god.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Ares charges into battle at the first opportunity ignoring any orders, tactics or plans. It tends to not work well for him.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: It's hard to say he pulled a HeelFace Turn, but he's not as bad as he used to be.
- Missing Mom: Alexander is raised by Ares, as his mother is never identified.
- Morality Pet: Both Phobos and his son Alex. He is definitely a nicer person when the latter is around.
- More Dakka: During Dark Reign he killed dozens of HAMMER-recruits and drilled the survivors by firing on them with a Gatling Gun.
- Multi-Melee Master: Ares is good with any weapon, even modern ones like Gatling Guns.
- Nominal Hero: Ares does not fight along side heroes or against evil due to beliving in causes like justice or to help people. He only switched because he got tired of being thought of as a monster by everyone. At heart, he still has the same mindset and tactics; hence his willingness to fight alongside villains as long as the PR is right.
- Offing the Offspring: Kyknos in Dark Avengers: Ares #3.
- One-Man Army: Single-handedly tears through armies of monsters and robots as long as they are much weaker than him.
- Papa Wolf: Very protective of his own son Alexander considering him the "one good thing" he has done in his life.
- Paper Tiger: Zigzagged, Ares is genuinely tough with a fairly high-degree of strength and durability. But he is not nearly as powerful as he thinks combined with an overreliance on brute force and underestimation of others causes him to lose battles he should be able to win.
- Patron God: Of Sparta, though amusingly enough he admits he has no love for the Spartans at all. Mainly because of how he views them with contempt for placing a statue of him in chains outside their city out of misplaced admiration and how their kings laid claim to being descended from Hercules as an honor, despite Ares fervently hating his guts.Ares: [[Spartans]] never failed to irk me.
- Physical God: Stated by Nate Grey of the X-Men as a physical manifestation of war.
- Healing Factor: Not as fast as some, but can recover from most wounds in a few minutes.
- Immortality: Ceased aging a long time ago and is difficult to kill.
- Super Strength: Ares is the third strongest Olympian after Zeus and Hercules and tied with his uncles Pluto and Neptune.
- Super Toughness: Played up once he becomes an anti-hero, one of the things that make him dangerous is toughness combined with his healing factor makes doing any lasting or serious damage to him very difficult.
- Power Is Sexy: Played for laughs when Ares joins the Mighty Avengers. A particularly good example is when the high-ranking Black Widow starts barking orders on the Helicarrier, as Ares can be seen in the background with a heart above his head and a smirk on his face.
- Pyrrhic Victory: The few battles he does win tend to be these because his side has lost so much due to his stupidity.
- Rated M for Manly/Testosterone Poisoning: At times it can be difficult to tell which he is supposed to be. Ares is a fan of massive muscles, big weapons, large explosions, drinking beer, Good Old Fisticuffs, and being so tough he can charge into any situation foregoing any strategy. The very embodiment of manliness. Yet he acts as a deconstruction in that he takes this to such an extreme it can come across as over the top and goofy, especially if it costs him the mission or he loses battles where he does not drastically outpower whomever he is fighting.
- Redemption Equals Death: Apparently finally realizing fighting for Norman Osborn was wrong and turning on him was enough to gain him entrance to the Elysian Fields.
- Retired Badass: Ares at the start of his limited series. Leaving Olympus behind after being rejected by his fellow gods, Ares's life becomes a cycle of parent-teacher meetings, video games, and carpentry. Averted once he is forced back into action.
- Riding the Bomb: Ares has a habit of riding objects into battle. During the Mighty Avengers' assault on Latveria, Ares rides a Quinjet right into the side of Castle Doom.
- Refusal of the Call: Refused to get involved in the Civil War and wouldn't have joined the Avengers either, preferring to live life as a normal man to raise his son but...
- Shoot the Messenger: Ares does this with a nail gun in Ares #1 when Hermes comes calling.
- Shout-Out: Ares gives a rousing speech in front of a giant American flag in Dark Avengers: Ares #1.
- Smug Snake: Ares grossly overestimates his own abilities leading to humiliating losses.
- Soldier vs. Warrior: Ares rather poorly embodies the warrior side of this with an emphasis on invididual glory orver working as a unit. This has repeatedly made him a liability in battle when working with others.
- So Proud of You: Despite originally trying to give Alexander a normal mortal life, he takes considerable pride in the way his son develops once he begins adjusting to his godhood. In particular Ares looks extremely smug when Alexander manhandles Norman Osborn while hitting him with his Emotion Bomb power and giving him "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- The Strategist: Averted, he was supposed to be this, but his plans amount to charging the enemy head-on while riding a giant bomb into battle with the soldiers he is commanding complaining about it. During his Dark Reign mini, he outright stated he ignores everything related to strategy as much as possible, leaving that to his sister Athena.
- Taken for Granite: Morgan Le Fey turns Ares into stone during a fight with the Dark Avengers specifically to avoid the wrath of the Olympic gods.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: In #3 of his first series, Ares tells his old man Zeus how he really feels: "You weak old fool! You fill me with hatred for you!"
- Token Evil Teammate: Among the New Avengers.
- Token Good Teammate: Among the Dark Avengers, mainly because the other members were even worse than him.
- Two First Names: John Aaron and Alexander Aaron.
- The Un-Favourite: Ares is one of if not the most despised of all of Zeus' children. One of Ares' issues with Hercules is Zeus (and mortals) make it clear that Hercules is preferred over Ares despite Hercules being an illegitimate, drunken, womanizing buffoon prone to causing massive destruction when he loses control, compared to Ares who is one of Zeus' few legitimate children and for all the talk among humans that despise war, he's also responsible for all the good he thinks war brings to a nation like valor and the construction of kingdoms. Hercules constantly succeeding in defending Olympus is compared to Ares' constant failings in that regard.
- Too Dumb to Live: Thanks to his refusal to use his intellect, Ares is prone to making life-threatening choices even for an immortal. These include picking a fight with an insane Thor, driving Hercules mad with pain, making demands of the powerful sorcererss Morgan La Fey, repeatedly angering Zeus even when the latter is already pissed off, trusting Hera, underestimating Dr. Doom, trusting Norman Osborn, trying to fight The Sentry, failing to do even basic reconnaissanc or use of military tactics. This has gotten him killed several times, brought near death require outside intervention other times, or only spared because his enemies are afraid of angering Zeus.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Ares is an interesting version of this in that he is skilled and strong, but often foregoes skill in favor of brute strength. When he puts his mind to it he is a highly skilled warrior and not a half bad tactician. However, he usually forsakes skill to rely on brute power and innate toughness. So he grabs whatever large weapon available and attacks head on. This works great when he is facing opponents far weaker than him, but he often gets defeated by enemies on his level or even weaker because they outsmart him or bother to use fighting skills.
- Wall of Weapons: Ares has one in his closet loaded with Earth weapons. Alexander also mentions weapons from different eras are kept on display in the Aaron household.
- War Is Glorious: His viewpoint
- War God: His Classical Mythology counterpart is the Trope Codifier. He takes this to the extreme when he chooses James Rhodes aka War Machine as his new champion, while James is on trial.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His envy for the respect Zeus has for Hercules is one reason he hates Hercules. Zeus in turn hates Ares for being a bloodthirsty war monger.
- Worf Effect: Ares is often touted for his combination of strength, tactical knowledge and fighting skills yet is often the first to go down in short order.
Alter Ego: Pallas Athena
Notable Aliases: Minerva, Agent Sexton, Miranda Minerva
First Appearance: The Mighty Thor #164 (May 1969)
The goddess of wisdom, battle, heroic endeavor, and half-sister to Hercules. In ancient times she aided many heroes including Hercules by either providing advice, magical items or both. She aids Hercules in modern times and turns out to be responsible for many of the events in Hercules and Cho's lives across the ages.
- Badass Bookworm: She is the goddess of wisdom, after all.
- Because You Can Cope: Type 1. Considers herself Herc's true mother, but does this to him in favor of Cho.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Can easily come across as one due to events at the end of the series. In particular, Delphyne Gorgon wants her dead because she was the one who created the Gorgon race/family after Medusa had sex with Poseidon in her temple.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Upon inheriting Zeus's Thunderbolt, but far weaker than his.
- Brain Bleach: Needs this after she's hit on by an amnesiac Zeus (her father).
- Evil Mentor: More like Well-Intentioned Extremist mentor, but she could be considered the Greater-Scope Villain of the Incredible Hercules run. She mentored both Hercules and Cho, manipulated millions of people, allowed countless deaths and the destruction of countless worlds, all to lead to the one moment where her brother (the greatest hero of them all) would be able to build a better world. With her as his advisor, of course.
- For the Greater Good: Usually, she will sacrifice pawns in her scheme because there's some larger endgame she's moving to.
- Hot Librarian: She tends to go with this sort of look when dressed up like a mortal, complete with glasses and more business-like attire. In fact, she specifically chose a younger version of this look when first appearing to Amadeus Cho, because she knew he'd find her both attractive and smart enough to hit on her—thus preventing him from dying in the explosion that killed his family.
- Idiot Ball: At the end of Chaos War, she reveals to Hercules that she planned on Mikaboshi destroying pretty much everything only for Hercules to stop him in the end. She wants Hercules to build a better universe than the one before. She is then surprised when Hercules exhausts his powers to recreate the old universe. Anyone that had any reasonable knowledge of Hercules could expect this result.
- Lady of War: Goddess of battle, specifically the strategic and disciplined aspects.
- The Mentor: Played with. She's something of a cross between a Trickster Mentor, an Evil Mentor, The Svengali, and Treacherous Advisor.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: Athena, like in mythology, is asexual and aromantic—a trait which makes her even more enticing to many men. Especially Hephaestus.
- The Spock: She is called out multiple times throughout the story for allowing reason and logic to override her humanity and empathy. She is not above using people, nor ignoring moral conundrums to further her goals.
- Statuesque Stunner: Like Hera she stands at 5'10"178cm and she rocks the Hot Librarian look.
- The Svengali: Early on, she tells Amadeus that gods are not to be trusted. That includes herself. Her machinations are so circuitous and alien that even if she's helping you, it's probably for her own gain. Cho points this out to Aegis in the underworld, who still faithfully serves Athena in the underworld. When Aegis says that Athena has never steered him wrong, Amadeus quips, "Dude! You're dead!"
- Treacherous Advisor: Zig-Zagging Trope. Athena has her own agenda, but she doesn't betray people just for pettiness. Still, you never know when her advice is helping you or helping some perceived greater good.
- Trickster Mentor: Tries to use Amatsu-Mikaboshi to destroy the universe in the hopes that order will again rise from chaos with a better ruler (Hercules) in place.
- Villainous Aromantic Asexual: Just as in Greek Mythology, she's both aromantic and asexual. Several characters also note that she can't be trusted, since she's always working toward her own ends for a perceived "greater good". She's also not above using her beauty and attractiveness to manipulate men (and women) into doing her bidding, and then disappear moments later without reciprocating.
Alter Ego: Dionysus Acratophorus
Notable Aliases:Baccus, The Liberator
First Appearance: Venus #4 (August 1949)
The god of wine whose lesser domains include fertility, religious ecstasy, theater, and madness. Like Hercules, he started out as a mortal demigod son of Zeus. His discovery of wine and spreading of its cultivation led to him becoming a god. Over the centuries, his devotion to hedonism and neglect of his abilities has led them to degrading causing him to be mainly a background figure of little importance.
- The Alcoholic: Per being the god of wine.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dionysus comes across as a drunk frat boy yet as him once pointed out he can cause much sorrow, rules over madness, and has a history of inflicting terrible fates on those who angered him worse than other Olympians.
- Despair Event Horizon: The Olympians losing to the Avengers in battle once convinced him the time of the gods had past and he attempted to destroy Olympus with a nuclear weapon. Hercules was able to convince him otherwise and Zeus temporarily made him mortal as punishment.
- Formerly Fit: Dionysus was originally quite handsome and one of the strongest gods, but he let himself degrade to becoming a fat, balding man who powers have withered to having to rely on potions. Later stories show him having gotten back in shape after being humiliated by mortals in battle.
- The Hedonist: Worse than the other Olympians causing his powers to degrade.
Alter Ego: Hebe Panhellenios
Notable Aliases: Juventas, Ganymeda, Dia
First Appearance: Ka-Zar #1 (August 1970)
The wife of Hercules. Daughter of Hera.
- BrotherSister Incest: As she is the daughter of Zeus and Hera, she is Herc's half-sister.
- Crazy Cat Lady: While the Olympians were exiled to Earth, she lived in an apartment with a large number of cats, along with her Stalker Shrine of her delinquent husband.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She was portrayed this way as the secretary of the Olympus Group.
- Double Standard: She is utterly faithful to Hercules (aside from one kiss from Peter Parker), but he is constantly laying with various women, both mortal and immortal.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: She was much more scantily-clad in her first appearance, within Ka-Zar #1.
- Fountain of Youth: As the goddess of youth, she is responsible for brewing ambrosia which keeps all the gods young and virile.
- Girl Friday: To Amadeus after he becomes CEO of the Olympus Group.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Hebe is extremely sweet and nice, as be fitting her fair-haired locks.
- Healing Factor: After falling from a 40-floor window, and suffering numerous broken limbs and a broken neck, said injuries heal within seconds. In fact, she casually snaps her neck back in place and then dashes off like nothing happened.
- Hot God: Hebe is the goddess of youth, and as such always looks youthful and beautiful. In her first appearance, she also didn't leave much to the imagination.
- Loved I Not Honor More: Hebe loves that her husband is such an adventurous hero and doesn't want him any different despite his adventurous and philandering ways upsetting her often.
- Nice Girl: Compared to the rest of her family and even Hercules Hebe is the nicest. She lacks both the ego and the wrath of everyone else.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Hera implies that this is her schtick as the Goddess of Youth. As the only person who can make Nectar and Ambrosia, she may have some form of Complete Immortality that makes her extremely hard to kill.
- Stalker Shrine: She had one of Hercules while the two were separated.
- Super Strength: As an Olympian, she is much stronger than a normal human. For instance, on the page image of Loved I Not Honor More, she slaps Hercules hard enough to draw a few drops of blood and shows no sign of injury.
- Super Toughness: She was blasted out of a 40-story skyscraper and cratered the concrete with her impact. Though she broke her neck and several limbs, she remained in one piece, and her bones snapped back in place.
- Took a Level in Badass: She grows steadily more competent as the series goes on, up to taking point on the entry to the Olympus Group during Assault On New Olympus.
- Undying Loyalty: To her husband, which understandably frustrates Hera. Hera mentioned it's part of Hebe's curse as the Goddess of Youth since being eternally youthful means she will be eternally hopeful towards any relationship she is in that it will turn out for the best no matter how damaging they to her personally (i.e. her loyalty to her chronic philanderer and cheater husband Hercules despite 3000 years of neglect and disloyalty on his part).
- White Sheep: She openly rebels against her mother Hera after the latter blasts her out of a building for not blindly supporting her. She is also the one Olympian not to have any of the negative traits of the others including Hercules.
- Willfully Weak: She seems to be easily trounced by opponents that she could easily beat as an Olympian. It seems to be less about her having power and more about how she really is not a combatant.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Averted. As the goddess of youth, she uses modern English unlike her fellow Olympians. However, this causes the Avengers to think she's just a human pretending to be Olympian and ignore her pleas to help Hercules.
Alter Ego: Hephaestus Aetnaeus
Notable Aliases: Vulcan (Roman name)
First Appearance: Thor #129 (June 1966)
Son of Zeus and Hera. Hephaestus serves as the god of smiths, fire, and volcanoes. Among the Olympians he is the only one disabled thanks to his parents which makes hims something of an outcast. Yet still serves them faithfully as a superb blacksmith, weapons maker and armorer.
- Handicapped Badass: Thanks to one of his parents throwing him off a mountain he is permanently crippled in one leg. Despite that he is still physically quite powerful and can give Thor a decent fight.
- Honor Before Reason: Hephasestus was originally an honorable god willing to fight Thor despite being at a disadvantage and stand up to his father when he was wrong.
- Ultimate Black Smith: One of the best smiths in the known universe. He is credited with making some of the finest weapons, armor, jewelry and other items on Olympus.
Alter Ego: Hera Argeia
Notable Aliases: Hera Panhellenios, Juno (Roman name), Augustine Jones, impersonated Taylor Madison
First Appearance: Marvel Mystery Comics #91 (April 1949) note ; Thor #129 (June 1966) note
Queen of the gods, goddess of marriage and main antagonist for the middle part of the series. She is the stepmother to Hercules and Athena. She regards them as deadly enemies and like in ancient times seeks to destroy them for perceived wrongs done in the past. With the death of Zeus she inherited both command of Olympus and his powerful Thunderbolt making her more dangerous than ever.
- Alpha Bitch: She's the queen of Olympus and a total bitch, especially towards her nephew/step-son Hercules.
- Anything That Moves: She made Typhon of all beings, a literally snake-legged monster locked in a semi-humanoid form by Zeus, her lover while she had him controlled as her bodyguard.
- Big Bad: In the middle of the series.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Inherited Zeus's Thunderbolt letting her shoot energy as lighting, but far less powerful than him.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She is very displeased by her husband's philandering to the point she tried to destroy the universe simply so there could be no mortals around for Zeus to philander with.
- Divine Race Lift: After her rebirth, she has dark skin.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Hates Hercules and Athena for the crime of being born Zeus's children to other women. She can't exactly punish Zeus, but it's not like the kids deserve it.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: She was portrayed as blonde up until the Modern Age, where she became a redhead.
- Evil Versus Evil: VS the Green Goblin during the Dark Reign arc.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Worse than ever.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Disrespect her as queen of the gods? Fate Worse than Death. Disrespect her husband or Olympus? Fate Worse than Death. Claim that she's not the World's Most Beautiful Woman? Fate Worse than Death. Upstage one of her children in any way? Fate Worse than Death. Remind her of her husband's infidelity? Fate Worse than Death. Talk to her at the wrong time for any reason whatsoever? Fate. Worse. Than. Death.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Zeus, in his reincarnated child form, convinces Hera that they both can change and improve their relationship, and that destroying the world is a bad idea. Then Typhon steps in and shows that he's no longer bound to serve Hera.
- Most Common Superpower: The Queen of Olympus sure has a nice bust.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Her plan for surviving the coming war with the Chaos King is creating and hiding in another universe while destroying the current one.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her default form is 5'10"/178cm tall and she's very attractive, bitchiness aside.
- Woman Scorned: She will utterly make anyone's life a living hell if they remind her in any way of her husband's trysts with other women. So if you're a child resulting from such infidelity (like Hercules or Athena)? You're screwed.
Alter Ego: Hades
Notable Aliases: Aidoneus, Dis, Dis Pater, Orcus, Hayden P. Hellman, Tyrant of the Dead, Mr. Pluto, Evil One, God of the Dead, Master of the Netherworld
First Appearance: Thor Vol. 1 #127 (April 1966)
The God of the Dead (not Death), Pluto is the brother of Zeus & Neptune, and ruler of the Olympian Underworld after they drew straws for what they would rule. Eventually wanting more then just this, over the years, Pluto has become an enemy to Hercules as he seeks more power.
- Badass Mustache: A pencil thin mustache and he's the god of the Dead.
- Bald of Evil: Usually appears as a bald man.
- The Don: When Hera forced the Olympians to assume mortal identities, he chose this as he's still a ''Lord of the Underworld".
- The Dragon: Has one in Thanatos.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Justified in the Encyclopedia Mythologica; after people stopped worshiping the Greek gods Zeus forbade him to admit new souls into his realm, and he did not like that one bit.
- Evil Uncle: Not that evil, but he opposes his nephew Hercules.
- Hellfire: He can summon it, shape it into weapons or use it as regular blasts.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Pluto turned on Zeus due to eons of abuse along with believing Zeus set him up to be hated by making him Lord of the Underworld. Denying him new souls is what finally pushed him over the edge.
- Pointy Ears: Just to remind us he's evil.
- Purple Is Powerful: His outfits tend to have a lot of dark blue and purple.
- Tin Tyrant: Pluto is almost always depicted wearing plate armor.
- Unfortunate Names: For a while Pluto started going by Hades due to too many comparisions to the dog Pluto
Alter Ego: Poseidon Aegaeus
Notable Aliases: Neptune, King Neptune, King of the Seas, Father Neptune, Earthshaker, Father of Oceans, Stormbringer
First Appearance: Kid Komics #1 (February, 1943)
Marvel's god of the ocean and its inhabitants, and the Olympian god of the sea. Neptune is worshiped by the Atlanteans. He is also known as Poseidon. Neptune is the brother of Zeus and Pluto.
Alter Ego: Zeus Panhellenios
Notable Aliases: Jupiter, Jove (names given him in ancient Rome), Taranis (Celtic name), Tinis (Etruscan name), Iupiter Optimus Maximus, Diespiter Optimus Maximus, Mister Z, Modi Thorson, Deus, Zeus of All the Greeks, Storm, "Zoos"
First Appearance: Venus #5 (June 1949)
King of the gods and in one way or another related to just about all the characters in the series. Killed before events in the series, but is restored a little over half-way through as a kid with no memories. Regains his throne and full power by end of the series.
Among the pantheon, he serves as the god of the sky with and emphasis on storms. Other roles include the god of law, justice, hospitality and oaths.
- 0% Approval Rating: None of the other Olympians like him thanks to eons of him abusing them. It's so bad Hercules is the only one with any real loyalty toward him. And even Hercules gets fed up with his behavior and was willing to leave him dead until there was no other option.
- Abusive Parents: In stark contrast to the Papa Wolf entry below, Zeus is known for being an absolute bastard to his own offspring when they piss him off or when they even think of defying his decrees. Even Hercules, his favorite son, gets beat on from time to time because of Zeus' temper.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Just ask the Hulk. He also curbstomped the Avengers, including Thor, without trying during Roger Stern's Avengers run.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Zeus was neutral towards the Incredible Hulk until Hulk did pretty much everything he could to insult and anger Zeus despite being warned by Hercules yet still wanting Zeus to help him.
- Badass Beard: Something he shares with Odin is his full badass beard.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: His signature power source is his Thunderbolt and about the only way he uses his energy powers.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After defeating the Hulk, he let a vulture repeatedly eat his entrails, and gloated about it. More significantly, he did the same to Prometheus for a far longer time for having the audacity to give mankind fire.
- Cruel Mercy: Allows Hercules to rescue the Hulk because he considers simply being the Hulk to be greater than any punishment he could give him.
- Cycle of Hatred: Subverted. One of the few times he ever put another over his own self-interest was when he realized that Hercules would not carry this on. That his son truly loved his father.
- Depending on the Writer: How much of a bastard he is has varied over time. Earlier stories made him more mature and fatherly with flying into rages only if provoked. Later stories focus more on his darker side.
- Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: Zeus took the form of Alcmena's husband Amphitryon to seduce her to father Hercules and incinerated Semele after showing her his divine form. Since Alcemena, Semele, and Ampitryon considered Zeus to be the supreme godhead they did not have a problem with it making it a case of Values Dissonance. Thousands of years later, Amphitryon still considered Zeus his god and more important than himself, while Semele looks back on her encounter with Zeus as the greatest passion she ever knew and defends him killing her by blaming the whole mess on Hera.
- Divine Date: While Zeus certainly wasn't shy about using more questionable methods to get paramours, he sometimes just picked up women by his own charm.
- Easy Amnesia: Thanks to waters from the River Lethe.
- Extreme Omnisexual: Hercules once commented that Zeus has become well known for pursuing anything with two legs and sometimes four. It was hard to tell how much he was joking.
- Foil: For Odin from the Mighty Thor. Both are ancient, powerful godheads with short tempers, Badass Beards, 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It does not take much to set Zeus off.
- Immortal Immaturity: Despite his status and title of Father of Gods and Men he lacks the maturity one would expect with his position. More often than not he is worse than his children.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Amatsu-Mikaboshi killed him.
- It's All About Me: His attitude to the point he at times has trouble with things that are not about him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As an amnesiac kid. As an adult he wavers between this and Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. Overall, he is this as a god as well. He at times displays sympathy toward humanity, love for his children, remorse for his actions, and a patient, wise counselor to other gods. Or he can be a capricious jerk. It all depends on what mood he is in or if someone or something is riling him up.
- Jerkass Gods: He's an extremely capricious and volatile jerk who responds to insults with lightning, death threats, and violence. Even when getting killed or resurrected, he's still the same jerk. He attempted to justify it by saying he is a necessary evil for mortals to place their blame on in times of calamity.
- Kick the Dog: Hulk offering to make a sacrifice so others could go free prompted Zeus to sum up his actions, say "Wrong religion" and deck him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After he temporarily loses his powers, he completely emotionally breaks down due to his extremely pompous nature, is reduced to a hobo living on the streets, and is kicked in the groin and beaten up by Electra when attempting to hit on her.
- Kid Sidekick: After his memory is erased temporarily he replaces Cho as Hercules's sidekick.
- Large and in Charge: Occasionally drawn this way, being bigger than the Hulk during their fight.
- Mad God: Due to never really learning to control his temper at times it drives him into fits of madness that make him a danger to anyone around him.
- Never My Fault: He uses this trope as a defense during his trial in Hades as to why he should not be executed. Without gods mortals would no longer be able to pass the blame for their own actions onto it being 'gods plan'.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives the Hulk one of the most vicious and thorough beatings he's ever received.
- Papa Wolf: One of his few redeeming qualities. After Hercules was beaten into a coma by the Masters of Evil, he went batshit (although he took his anger out on the Avengers, whom he unfairly blamed). During the Ares mini series he got pissed when Mikaboshi started killing Apollo, Ares, Athena and Hercules.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: Gives one to Hera at the climax of "Assault on New Olympus," hoping to talk her out of destroying the world. It worked, but unfortunately Typhon kills them both before Hera can stop her doomsday plan.
- Psychopathic Manchild: At his worst, Zeus has the mindset of an extremely powerful child. He is prone to flying into rages at minor things, not listening to others, and avoiding his own role in how things turn out. At the extreme he enters fits of madness that make him a danger to even other gods and willing to beat on the very people he cares about.
- Really Gets Around: Much to Hera's hatred, Zeus can't keep it in his toga.
- Shapeshifting Seducer: Nowadays he doesn't transform into animals to bed women, he transforms into rock stars.
- Shock and Awe: Even without his Thunderbolt he can still summon storms and shoot lighting.
- Story-Breaker Power: Zeus is rarely used in stories because he can overpower virtually anything with a few thunderbolts.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Yes, even more than before when he's reborn. This time he dragged the other Olympians with him and theyve all become Space Pirates.
- Even before that, as a child he has more empathy for others and a greater respect for righteousness. His position as king to some degree corrupted him.
- White Hair, Black Heart: As his evil self, he has a snow-white beard and hair.
- Vetinari Job Security: Pluto, Hera, Apollo and Athena all either replaced or are considered replacements for Zeus as the Lord of Olympus. All are either crazy, completely cold, or more evil than Zeus.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: After his rebirth he turns blue when powering up.
Alter Ego: Hermes Diaktoros
Notable Aliases: Quicksilver, Mercury (Roman name)
First Appearance: Venus #3 (December, 1948)
Hermes is the quick and cunning Olympian messenger god. He is the patron of travelers and thieves as well as the god of wealth, transitions, boundaries and good fortune.
- A Million Is a Statistic / We Are as Mayflies: His view on human life and why it doesn't bother him when large numbers of humans could potentially die as long as other gods are not involved.
- Mercury's Wings: Thanks to being inspired by the Trope Maker
- Nice Guy: Compared to the other Olympians he is less arrogant with a greater understanding/respect for mortals.
- Super Speed: Heres is the speedster of the Olympians and can move faster than mortals can register. Only other gods can sense him.
Alter Ego: Artemis
Notable Aliases: Diana
First Appearance: Thor #129 (June, 1966)
Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity. The goddess Diana is her Roman equivalent.
- Archer Archetype: Thanks to being inspired by one of the Trope Makers.
- Classical Hunter: Thanks to being the goddess of the hunt
- Daddy's Girl: More loyal to Zeus and obey him unquestionably compared to her more open-minded twin Apollo.
- Trick Arrow: Her arrows can home in on their targets or produce magical effects.
Alter Ego: Hecate
Notable Aliases: Hekate, Dark Angel, Goddess of the Crossroads, Mistress of Magic, Mistress of the Moon, Mother of Hounds, New Dark Queen of Brooklyn, Triune Goddess, Witch-Queen
First Appearance: Ms. Marvel #11 (November 1977)
Hecate is a Olympian goddess of magic, witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery, and also crossroads, entrance-ways, fire, light and the Moon. Occasionally depicted as a companion of Persephone, she wasn't so much identified with the Night (like Nyx or Nox), but with nocturnal wanderings.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her black dress is open all the way to her navel.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her skin is chalk white and her hair is ebony. She's also not bad looking despite having three faces.
- Supernatural Is Purple: Her eyes are default purple, and she's the goddess of witchcraft.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her default form is 6'3"/191cm tall and despite her three faces, very attractive.
- The Three Faces of Eve: Literally. Each of her three faces represent the maiden, the wife and the crone.
Alter Ego: Typhon
Notable Aliases: Typheus, Typhaon, Typhaon, Typhos, Typhoon, Last of the Titans
First Appearance: Avengers #49 (Febuary 1968)
A storm-giant/monster created by Gaea to avenge the defeat of the giants in the Gigantomachy by destroying the Olympians. He was defeated by Zeus thousands of years ago and imprisoned in Tartarus. Released to serve Hera, but still has his own agenda.
- An Axe to Grind: Has an ax composed of various Grecian metals that can hurt even the likes of Hercules. After having dipped it in the Fires of Olympus Typhon's weapon of choice gained a host of supernatural abilities to match.
- Beard of Evil: A full black beard and he's one of the most dangerous enemies of Olympus.
- The Dragon: To Hera.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Still plans to carry out destruction of the Olympians and willing to kill any he can.
- The Dreaded: When first appeared he so scared the gods that all save Athena fled to Egypt and hid as animals.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Created to exterminate the gods but has little to no love for mortal society and its colorful roster of heroes or villains. Almost gleefully exclaiming how beautiful the empty world created by Hera's Doomsday Device is without them in it is.
- His Own Worst Enemy: In one story, Typhon had gotten his battleaxe fused to his hand. He learns that "only the blood of your worst enemy can free you." Naturally, he assumes his hated foe Hercules is the one to go after, and spends most of the story futilely trying to make Hercules bleed. In the end, Typhon himself is cut, his blood flows over his hand and frees him from the axe. Sadly, he just doesn't get it and continues to be a hateful and revenge-obsessed person.
- Magma Man: Could spit and breathe volcanic substance in his true form.
- Mode Lock: The form we see before us is not his true form, but a punishment from Zeus.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Typhon can split his lower limbs into multitudes of snakes as a returned power from his old self.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Hijacking Hera's plan he would use Continuum to not only wipe out the gods but all existence as well.
- One Degree of Separation: His wife Echidna faced Hippolyta and the Fearless Defenders.
- One-Winged Angel: In ancient times was much more powerful and capable of matching Zeus. In modern times he has been reduced to a much weaker, but still very powerful form. He never does achieve his true power.
- Power of the Void: Can call fourth or banish entities from the land of shadows.
- Restraining Bolt: A bracelet to keep him from turning on Hera and killing her. It eventually fails, and he does kill both her and Zeus.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Though this would also mean he'd be erased along with creation while set outside of the device. Seeing as his mission would finally be complete, he's perfectly okay with that.
- Weather Manipulation: Before he was locked into his power bind by Zeus, the titan monster could whip up all manor of atmospheric phenomena similar to his nemesis.
- Winged Humanoid: Minus the human part, his true form gives him batlike wings.
Alter Ego: Hippolyta
Notable Aliases: Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyte, Warrior Woman
First Appearance: Thor Vol. 1 #127 (April 1966)
The Queen of Amazons. A fierce and fearsome warrior, her fighting abilities are of legendary nature. She is the daughter of the Ares, the Olympian god of war and Amazon Queen Otrera, a daughter of Zeus. Hippolyta created the Amazons and Princess Artume is her daughter. Killed by her own daughter Artume, she was eventually revived, joining the Fearless Defenders alongside Valkyrie.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: To Hippolyta of DC Comics.
- Amazonian Beauty: Fitting for their queen, Hippolyta is very tall and muscular, as well as beautiful.
- Amazon Brigade: She's the Queen of the Amazons, and not only she reforms her people, she joins the all-female Fearless Defenders.
- Back from the Dead: She's brought back to life by Hela to serve on the Valkyrior, since their presence would also affect her realm.
- Closest Thing We Got: Hela chose her as her Warrior Woman since, with Valkyrie's inability to create a new Valkyrior, Hippolyta was the only other warrior qualified to join.
- Cool Helmet: Her golden helmet.
- Dreadlock Warrior: In her early appearances her helmet covered her hair, but after being revived, her mane of dreadlocks is on full display.
- Fire-Forged Friends: While at first she Valkyrie couldn't help but take potshots at each other, after fighting the Doom Maidens, they have become Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Flying Brick: At first she only had super strength, but now she can also fly.
- HeelFace Turn: Began as Hercules' enemy, but nowadays she's a hero, although her new relationship with Hercules hasn't been explored yet.
- Incest Is Relative: Hercules is the object of her affection, and as myths kindly remind us, her father's half-brother.
- Matricide: Her daughter Artume killed her after having enough of her obsession with Hercules.
- Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 6'2"/188cm tall, meaning she's not that short when compared to Hercules.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't reappeared since the dissolution of the Fearless Defenders besides an appearance during Deadpool: Assassin in 2018.
Alter Ego: Amatsu-Mikaboshi
Notable Aliases: Ama-no-kagaseo, Chaos King
First Appearance: Thor: Blood Oath #6 (February 2006)
First introduced in the Ares mini as the Japanese god of evil where it killed Zeus and laid waste to Olympus before being stopped. Released from its prison within Yomi to use his shapeshifting powers to aid against the Skrull gods. It is thought to have been killed, but survived and becomes the biggest villain of the entire series. Toward the end revealed to be an embodiment of the primordial chaos that preceded creation which was later retconned into making it an aspect of Marvel's abstract entity Oblivion.
- The Anti-God: Contrasting with Eternity.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: Gained control of the Skrull slave gods by defeating Sl'gur't, the Skrull god of war, and retained command by consuming the power of every captured god.
- Big Bad: For the Chaos War.
- Black Magic: His powers draw on this, and Olympians are weak to it.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Hercules's attempts to constantly punch it out do nothing but fail.
- Cosmic Entity: He is Anti-Eternity.
- Eldritch Abomination: An embodiment of the pure chaos that preceded creation.
- Evil Twin: To Eternity.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Considers the torments of hell to be horrifying.
- God of Chaos: As the name suggests, he's the embodiment of the chaos before reality.
- God of Evil: Stated to embody everything that is negative in Shintoism or the closet thing the Kami have to a devil.
- Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter: A Japanese variant, anyway: Amatsu-Mikaboshi communicates almost entirely in haiku.
- Humanoid Abomination: Can sometimes take the form of a humanoid shadow-like creature, sometimes with spines or tendrils emitting from it.
- The Juggernaut: When he becomes Chaos King.
- The Man Behind the Man: A victim of this. A later issue revealed that the reason Mikaboshi was so powerful compared to other gods is it was an aspect of the conceptual entity Oblivion. Fittingly, this works since Oblivion claims to embody the void between/absent of creation.
- Multiversal Conqueror: Seeks to absorb all of existence back into itself.
- No Biological Sex: Technically speaking, it's true form is a golden, slitted eye surrounded by darkness, but as Amatsu-Mikaboshi, it prefers a female form to let it's opponents' guard down.
- Primordial Chaos: An aspect of the conceptual entity Oblivion (who embodies the void absent of creation) and in Shintoism itself represents the primordial chaos before creation.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Believes existence itself is abhorrent and wants a return to the peace of pure chaos.
- One-Winged Angel: At the beginning of Chaos War when it reverts from its Kami form to its true form.
- Our Dragons Are Different: One of his most useful morphs is a giant, black dragon whose fire breath burns even Apollo.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After the end of the Chaos War, he is sealed in a sub-dimensional plane.
- Shapeshifter: The most skilled shapeshifter among the Kami, capable of matching (and defeating) the Skrull goddess of shapeshifting in an extended (although largely off-panel) Shapeshifter Showdown.
- Token Evil Teammate: Among the God Squad.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In a twisted way, seeks to end the suffering caused by existence and cites some like damned souls in hell would even welcome the release it brings.
First Appearance: Doctor Strange Vol 2 #6 (February, 1975) note ; Giant-Size Avengers #4 (June, 1975) note
Whilst her sister Oshtur fled the Elder Gods to another dimension, Gaea dealt with them by giving birth to the entity Atum, who consumed the ones who did not escape and then dispelled their evil energies, which eventually became The Legions of Hell. Gaea then established countless magical barriers to prevent her demonic brethren from returning to Earth again, which were later reinforced by successive sorcerers. When Strange fell out of favour with the Vishanti, Gaea was there to serve as his new patron.
She also happens to be the birth mother of The Mighty Thor (under the name Jord) as well as the great-grandmother of The Incredible Hercules. In fact, it's revealed that "Gaea" is every Earth Mother goddess in every known pantheon.
- Big Good: As she represents the Earth and all life on it; thus, protecting her is a priority.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Her sister is Oshtur of the Vishanti, which is fine, but the rest of their siblings are cannibalistic demonic entities who are bent on her death for siring another entity born to eat them before they could wreck more damage across the cosmos.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As anyone knows, nature can be motherly and gentle—or it can be cold, merciless and spiteful. This applies exponentially more so to Gaea, who once curbstomped Dormammu after he pissed her off enough.
- The Chessmaster: She, along with Frigga, Hela, Isis and other female godheads, appeased the Celestials by cultivating powerful human specimens over many centuries so that the Celestials would judge the Earth worthy of survival and spare it.
- Chosen Conception Partner: For Odin. Since the Aesir were vastly weakened upon stepping onto Midgard, where they were cut off from their sources of power at Asgard, Odin desired there to be one god amongst them who was equally powerful on Earth as in Asgard. He accomplished this by impregnating Jord (the Asgardian form of Gaea).
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: However she appears is however the person who sees her can grasp her form.
- Hot God: Specifically, to Storm, who worships her as the Bright Lady she once met in her youth.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: During one meeting with Thor, she eventually confessed to him that she is his actual birth mother.
- Mother Nature: Is the Mother earth of all the world's religions.
- Physical God: About as powerful as her sister so she is this.
- Really Gets Around: She is the personification of life and motherhood, and boy does she carry that into her work. The Earth Mother's go-to solution to virtually any problem is to mate with someone and produce a child from the pairing that can deal with said problem. For example, when her fellow Elder Gods turned into Jerkass Gods, she mated with the Demiurge (her own father, more or less) to give birth to Atum, the Demogorge, who literally eats gods for breakfast. When Odin needed a child powerful enough to protect Earth, she mated with him to produce Thor.
- Tangled Family Tree: She has given birth to a lot of children over countless millions of years. She is the reason why many gods of various pantheons are actually related to each other.
- Women Are Wiser: While she is powerful, violence isn't Gaea's ideal method. If at all possible, she will try to find a way to get what she wants with guile and maneuvering, which was particularly shown with how she dealt with the Celestials as opposed to the male gods' approach to attack them head on.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: We've never actually seen her "true" form on paper. We only see what human (or godly) minds can understand.