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Beta Ray Bill is an alien Super Soldier from beyond our galaxy, tasked with defending his entire sleeping civilization from a race of demons. Initially presented as a rival to Thor who desired the power of Mjölnir to defend his people, he has since been given his own mighty hammer, Storm Breaker.
- Aliens Speaking English: Handwaved via a translation program.
- Animal Motifs: His head was modeled (by Walt Simonson) on a horse's skull because the horse suggested nobility.
- Bash Brothers: With Thor.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted in his first appearance. When Bill attacks Thor, who is investigating his ship, he seems an ugly evil monster. However, Thor is separated from Mjolnir long enough to transformed back into Don Blake and the walking stick respectively, which leads to Bill accidentally picking it up and striking it in anger. When he is transformed immediately into a variant of Thor's form, a clear indication of his heroic worthiness to wield the hammer, everyone, both Thor and the readers, was taken aback.
- Body Horror: The process which turned him into a Super Soldier was not pretty. He was meant to be one of several, but the others... didn't survive.
- Composite Character: An alien counterpart of both Thor (by sharing similar powers through his own hammer) and Captain America (Super Soldier motivated by his desire to defend his people).
- The Grotesque: Bill was this amongst his own people, but the Asgardians look at martial prowess first and looks second. Sif is (or was) even attracted despite his appearance, but he rebuffed her hints as gently as possible.Bill: My life belongs to my people. Until they are safe, I cannot share it... with anyone.
- Lightning Bruiser: With Stormbreaker in hand he is (almost) as strong and powerful as Thor. (Bill doesn't possess Thor's inherent Asgardian's powers, and Thor's Elder God heritage makes him slightly stronger).
- Nay-Theist: As described in his own personal story, Bill doesn't believe any being in the cosmos is worthy of being called a god deserving of worship even though he knows Thor and his race are known as Gods. As such, he worships no deities himself and eschews the concept of divine worship.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The main reason why he gets along with Asgardians so well.
- Sapient Ship: When he was given the task of protecting his people during their long interstellar voyage, Bill was given something to assist him: the warship he calls 'Skuttlebutt'. Looking much like a spacegoing Battleship, the vessel is fully self-aware, immensely powerful, and utterly loyal to Bill.
- Super Strength: One of the strongest beings in Marvel universe.
- The Rival: In every possible way. Thor and Bill are buddies, but when Bill was first introduced he had his own claim to Mjolnir, an Interspecies Romance tease with Sif, and even Odin talking about how he was his son's match.
After the events of Marvel's Crisis Crossover series Original Sin deemed Thor (Odinson) unworthy of weilding Mjölnir, a mysterious woman appeared and lifted the hammer, claiming his name for herself. Who was she, and what made her so worthy? Readers and critics alike —as well as Odinson himself— were stumped, wondering who could possibly be worthy enough to replace the God of Thunder. After eight issues, her identity was revealed to be a cancer-striken Jane Foster, longtime associate (and on-off girlfriend) of Odinson's, but nothing has yet been stated of what exactly has made her worthy of the hammer.
- For more, see Thor (2014)
Sera is a wingless Angel from the Tenth Realm (Heven) that opened up thanks to the Original Sin crossover. She's Angela's best (and apparently only) friend from that realm (later revealed to be Love Interest), who died years ago but now she is back and sets the lost Asgardian princess on a journey to Hel and back...
- Back from the Dead: One of the most asked questions of Angela: Asgard's Assassin is how she did.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Well, heavily Depending on the Artist but Sera is shorter (a head or two shorter than Angela, a head shorter than Star-Lord too) and relatively heavy set for a comicbook character. She generally at least has Hartman Hips but generally more.
- Dead All Along: Not counting some flashbacks the "Sera" in Angela: Asgard's Assassin is Malekith impersonating her.
- Medium Awareness: Has her moments. Like "Okay. Narrative intrusion time." or "And now blatant exposition!" or "Read more Gillen you'll be fine."
- Miss Exposition: She plays this role, if she isn't outright narrating, because Angela is not that talkative.
- The Omniscient: Because Sera looked into the furnace of the Hierophants (which was intended as a way of spying on the multiverse) she tends to know things she has no business knowing. For this to not break the story it seems like the more general or irrelevant the information is the more likely it is that she knows it. Why yes that's putting it nicely that she is an endless fountain of popculture references and semi-useful trivia.
- Rescue Romance: This relationship began with Angela saving her from the church of the tenth realm.
- Rescued from the Underworld: Basic premise of Angela: Queen of Hel.
- Tagalong Chronicler: Sera as travelling companion is good with the sword, passable as sorceress, and entertainer but she's also there to immortalize Angela's exploits. Yes. It means she is narrating a lot.
- Transgender: She was born an angel male, traditionally considered fragile and sequestered belowground, but she always knew she was female. Angela rescued her and they became adventuring companions, along the way finding a way to change her body into something better suited for her.
The legendary son of Zeus and greatest hero in Greek mythology. Hercules first appeared in Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 as a good-natured, but narcissistic braggart and brawler. He would later become a regular guest-star in Thor and a member of the Avengers slowly maturing a little over many stories. He became a friend of Thor's and the two share a friendly rivalry over who is stronger. The two often team-up to overcome threats neither one can on their own. Like Thor, he serves as the champion of Olympus with similar father/son problems. He has starred in several mini-series over the years and his own short-lived ongoing. For more information on him see The Incredible Hercules. The tropes here are for one geared toward his appearances in the Thor series.
- Always Someone Better: Not always an issue, but Thor is generally better respected than Hercules.
- Badass Beard: Sports this as o full-fledged god.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Is this trope personified in the Marvel Universe, and tends to bring it out in Thor when they're together.
- Chick Magnet: As Wolverine puts it, "Whatever the ladies want, he has it".
- Foil: Generally, more down to earth and lighthearted than Thor.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Thor. When the chips are down, Hercules considers Thor his brother and would do anything for him. He once interrupted the Avengers having a memorial service for fallen members and angrily berated them for not including Thor among the fallen.
- The Hedonist: If Hercules appears in a Thor book chances are he's surrounded by women, getting drunk or picking a fight. Sometimes all three.
- Heroic Build: He is almost as tall as Thor and (slightly) even more muscular.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hercules came across as this in early stories. Less so in modern ones.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is one of the strongest beings that have ever walked Earth, and while he doesn't have super-speed as an inherent power, he is clearly capable of moving faster than any normal human.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Surprisingly Hercules is the Red Oni to Thor's Blue Oni. Hercules is a Boisterous Bruiser, while Thor is generally more serious.
- Super Strength: Equal to Thor, and some would argue slightly stronger.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Recognized as being better at Thor in unarmed combat. He did invent his own fighting style and fights unarmed practically all the time compared to Thor's hammer and other powers.
- World's Best Warrior: Hercules was this long before he became immortal.
- World's Strongest Man: The strongest being of Greek mythology and a serious contender for the Marvel Universe.