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Absorbing Man

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AKA: Carl "Crusher" Creel
Debut: Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #114

Empowered by the evil trickster god Loki, convicted felon Carl "Crusher" Creel was given the ability to absorb the physical properties of anything he made physical contact with. Using his new powers to return to his life of crime, Creel would go on to become battle The Mighty Thor (which was what Loki had in mind when he gave Creel his powers) but also numerous other heroes. Although he continues to be a charter member of Thor's Rogues Gallery, he's also tangled with everyone from Daredevil to Spider-Man to the Incredible Hulk.


  • Alliterative Name: Carl Crusher Creel.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Creel has demonstrated the ability to combine previously absorbed abilities.
  • A Wizard Did It: The Absorbing Man's ball and chain has been destroyed on several occasions, and yet somehow it's always good as new the next time the Absorbing Man appears.
  • Amazon Chaser: At the very least, Creel enjoys the fact that Titania can keep up with him. In turn, she admires his physical strength.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Creel's greatest strength is also his greatest vulnerability. Not only does he absorb the strengths of whatever he touches, he also absorbs its weaknesses. Clever heroes can use this trait to beat him:
    • In one of his first appearances, Thor tricked him into absorbing the properties of helium, which caused him to literally float away into the upper atmosphere.
    • When he absorbed the strength and power of the Gray Hulk, he also absorbed the weakness to sunlight that the Hulk was suffering from. The Hulk was mostly protected from the sun by the three-piece suit he was wearing... but the Absorbing Man wasn't so lucky.
    • Later in that same fight, the Hulk used Deadly Dodging to get the Absorbing Man to short himself out after he became electrified and accidentally struck the river they were fighting near.
    • When the Absorbing Man turned himself into diamond, Daredevil used his radar sense to find and chip away at the flaws that developed in Creel's body. This continued until the Absorbing Man literally fell to pieces.
    • Another fight with Thor led the Absorbing Man to try and absorb the dimensional portal Thor was opening to escape. This resulted in him getting sucked into a barren, lifeless dimension... at least before he absorbed another portal and made his way back to Earth.
    • In one story where Creel fought Deadpool, he attempted to absorb the properties of a nearby piece of steel only for Deadpool to toss a roll of toilet paper into his hands as he looked the other way. The results were what you might expect.
  • Bald of Evil: Creel has no hair and is evil.
  • Battle Couple: With Titania. They were eventually married.
  • Body Horror: His battle with the Devil Hulk during Immortal Hulk causes Crusher's upper body to be torn in half, leaving his skull and spinal cord exposed. Then Hulk tears that out and beats him with it, and Crusher still doesn't die. Mercifully, he gets better.
  • Bring the Anchor Along: The Absorbing Man is iconic with his ball and chain that was used to restrain him when he was in jail before he acquired his material absorption powers; the ball can also change its material along with him.
  • The Brute: Creel has often been pulled out to give Thor or someone else a fight with no real relevance to the story aside from the hero needing someone to fight.
  • Carpet of Virility: At least he sported one at one point in his career.
  • Depower: Norman Osborn once used an enchanted sword provided by Loki to remove Creel's powers.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Had a drug problem at one point.
  • Dumb Muscle: Creel is noted to be kind of stupid. He is often tricked into absorbing something he shouldn't and usually does not carry around samples of things that would be useful instead relying on whatever is around him at the moment.
  • Epic Flail: Creel's ball and chain has the same absorbing properties he does. It can even absorb the properties of Thor's mystic uru hammer, which is never a pleasant experience for Thor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Creel's has a distaste for attacking children and he remains haunted by a legbreaker job he did when he was a normal human - he broke the nose of an old woman. He also has scruples regarding other things, Black Bolt offered to buy the entire apartment that Creel and Titania were living in for him after the second time Creel helped Black Bolt in a battle. Creel turned him down as he realized while Black Bolt came from a good place with this, Creel doesn't take handouts and it's a bit of an insult to pay a friend for helping out.
    • Creel hates abusive parents due to being abused by his own father. He notes in Immortal Hulk that he once read a biography about Bruce Banner to try and get an edge of some sort, but reading about Bruce's childhood under Brian Banner just made him feel sorry for his long-time enemy.
  • From a Single Cell: Even when shattered or dispersed, he'll eventually reform around the largest remaining piece of him. This happened most recently with his ball and chain, resurrecting him at his funeral where it was being buried.
  • Future Badass: While plenty powerful as he is, in one Alternate Universe story Creel realizes he has the ability to also absorb knowledge. After absorbing the intellect and processing power of Ultron he is able to recall everything he ever absorbed and became able to display their properties at will and effectively became the most dangerous superhuman on the planet.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: In a fight against Wolverine during the Secret Wars, Creel discovered he can reattach his limbs and heal himself.
  • Happily Married: He dated and eventually married fellow supervillain Titania.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He convinced Black Bolt to turn him into a human bomb to destroy the Jailer and the space prison they were in. Black Bolt and Creel's other prisoner friends pay their respects to him and intend on honouring Creel's last wishes.
  • Hidden Depths: Creel is actually quite bright when he decides to use his brain, he's also an expert mechanic. To Black Bolt's surprise, Creel was able to look at an Inhuman machine that Black Bolt was puzzling about and figure out that it was a combustion engine. Creel was also the first to realize that their Jailer was using their deaths as fuel for his lifespan and powers.
  • Magic Pants The outfit Creel wore when he got his powers changes properties with his body. This includes the ball and chain, providing him with a weapon.
  • Material Mimicry: After Loki gave him power, Creel gained the ability to 'absorb' the properties of whatever he touches.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: While the basics of Creel's powers tend to stay the same, he does point out that since they're magic in origin, they don't necessarily always follow cast-iron rules. In Immortal Hulk he exploits this to absorb and copy an armored fighter jet, effectively turning himself into mecha.
  • Odd Friendship: Black Bolt is a good friend of his when both were being tortured in a space prison. During Immortal Hulk, he strikes up a surprising friendship with Puck.
  • Official Couple: With Titania.
  • Power Copying: The Absorbing Man can mimic the physical properties of anything he or his ball and chain touches. If he touches concrete, he gains the strength and durability of concrete. He touches electricity, he becomes electrical. He touches titanium, he becomes as strong and durable as titanium. He can also duplicate the strength and durability of anyone he touches, such as the Incredible Hulk or The Incredible Hercules.
  • Reality Warper: He once absorbed the fragments of a cosmic cube and was, briefly, this.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He is originally a Thor villain but he is frequentely associated with the Hulk. He has a history with the Avengers as a whole, even if neither Hulk or Thor are on the team at the time.
  • Sizeshifter: Creel can absorb extra mass if the object he's touching is larger than himself. In an alternate universe he eventually ends up becoming New York City. The aftermath of a fight with the Hulk rendered him an island.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: If he's not completely shirtless he's usually wearing the tank top A-shirt generic tough guys are known to wear.
  • Super Strength: His strength level depends on what object he has absorbed the properties of. It has its limits though.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Loki gave him his powers through a magic potion. Creel himself thinks the notion is kinda absurd though he certainly loves his powers.
  • Tricking the Shapeshifter: Related to Assimilation Backfire, many heroes have overcome the Absorbing Man by getting him to absorb something that gives him a fatal weakness they can exploit.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He's a supervillain and very Happily Married to Titania, a female supervillain with Super Strength. They rob banks together.
  • Villain Respect: Whilst he and Thor aren't exactly on the best terms, he does have a lot of respect for the "neo-Thor" superhero Thunderstrike, because Eric's kindness saved Titania from dying of cancer. When Eric was killed, Creel went to the superhero's grave to pay his respect, standing alongside Thor to do so. Creel also has a lot of respect for Captain America and was happy that Cap spoke at his funeral.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Often tends to go sans shirt.
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    Bison 

Bison

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AKA: William "Billy" Kitson
Debut: Thunderstrike #13 (October, 1994)

Billy Kitson is a former basketball player whose leg got broke when he was accidentally tripped by another player. Seth turned him into the bull-like Bison to serve him where Seth will restore him to normal and heal his leg if his mission is a success.


    Cobra 

Cobra

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AKA: Klaus Voorhees
Debut: Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #98

An early Thor foe, Klaus Voorhees was a research assistant in India who was working with a scientist to find a cure for snake bites. Tired of being a second-stringer, Voorhees murdered his boss by having a cobra bite him, and to avoid blame had it bit him too. He then took an antidote, but was informed by his dying boss that the cobra was radioactive. So, much like our friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man, Claus gained the powers of a cobra, and embarked on a life of crime. Often partnered with Mr. Hyde, and went on to join the Serpent Society. Became less of a Thor foe as time went on. See Captain America Snake Themed Enemies for more info.


    Dark Gods 

Dark Gods

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AKA: Adva, D'Chel, Majeston Zelia, Perrikus, Slototh, Tokkots, Tserron, Union
Debut: Thor (vol. 2) #4

A pantheon of evil deities from the extra-dimensional city of Narcisson ruled by Majeston Zelia and her son Perrikus, they are essentially the Evil Counterpart of the Asgardians. They are introduced in the early issues of Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr.'s run.


  • Arc Villain: They are the villains of the first 12 issues of Thor Volume 2.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Asgard and its people. Specifically, Perrikus is this to Thor while the all-mother Majeston Zelia is both an evil counterpart and a Distaff Counterpart to Odin.
  • The Heavy: Perrikus is the Dark God with most time on panel and the first one to be introduced.
  • Jerkass Gods: They have enslaved a whole planet and demanded frequent human sacrifices from its people. And they take delight in torturing the Asgardians and turning their city into a dark place.
  • Physical Gods
  • Two Girls to a Team: Majeston Zelia and Tserron appear to be the only females.
  • The Worf Effect: Most of them get murdered by Desak after their arc to show what a menacing God Killer he is, with Perrikus and Adva being the only known survivors.

    Desak the God-Slayer 

Desak the God-Slayer

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AKA: Desak Sterixian
Debut: Thor Annual (vol. 2) #2001

Once pious worshiper of cruel, irate deities turned vigilante god killing, faith hating cosmic punisher thanks to the aid of a future Thor Girl in her Designate form. Desak has taken to roaming the cosmos, possibly even parallel worlds slaying pantheon after pantheon in his quest for vengeance against the divine.


  • Amplifier Artifact: The gemstone he wears around his neck provides him with all of his otherworldy power, power of which enables him to challenge entire religions worth of gods from across creation.
    • Cross-Melting Aura: Is completely immune to the divine and outright almighty powers of higher deities, even resisting all the powers of an augmented Thor Odinson backed by the Odinforce.
  • Grandfather Paradox: His amulet was created by the Designate and sent to the past to avert a Bad Future where Asgardians led by Thor completely stagnated humanity's development by taking total control of the world. Now that it's averted, his amulet technically shouldn't exist anymore.
    • Unusual User Interface: When faced against The Destroyer powered by his creator's essence, Desak's amulet bonds to the armor and the armor bonds to him after placing it upon the suit.
    • Your Soul Is Mine: How he fuels his god killing powers, by killing any deity he comes across and absorbing their essence into it making him stronger.
    • Superpower Lottery: Gains a rather impressive slew of abilities thanks to both this artifact and the energies of higher beings whom hes slain.
      • Flight: He can fly at Mach speeds.
      • Super Strength: Enough to tussle with Thor and knock him aside.
      • Super Reflexes: Very sharp reflexes, has caught Thor off guard with this.
      • Teleportation: He can teleport nearly anywhere.
      • Made of Diamond: Both him and his army can survive rune king Thor’s blasts.
      • Healing Factor: Whatever he can’t take he regenerates, it takes him time to recover from very serious injuries though.
      • Mind over Matter: He can manipulate energy both mortal and divine.
      • Super Speed: He can take twin gods Pennsu and Tae in moments after their initial assault as well as waylay a distracted King Thor after weathering his Thorforce attacks.
      • Pure Energy: What his body really is now.
  • Berserk Button: Desak truly and honestly hates gods, so much so he attempts to slaughter Gray Gargoyle for trying to usurp one's powers.
  • Blood Knight: Seems to revel in the fight against Asgard and its reigning All Father Thor.
  • Catchphrase: "The Time For Death Has Come."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not as traumatic as most but pretty far up there. He was once a normal civilian on a distant planet who opted to offer his daughter for sacrifice to his patron gods. When he was represented a way out by a familiar spirit in the form of a jewel however, he adamantly refused while breaking down in tears as his daughter cast herself into the fire; watching on in horror as the priest commends his faith. This broke his wife's heart, who refused to ever pray again stating that most fathers were against such ritualistic practices, but he felt such a task was necessary for the prosperity their home. At least he did until his dissatisfied lord and savior beset their villa razing it to the ground, it wasn't until after his beloved was incinerated during the cruel transcendent's rampage destroying both her and their housing did he realize his horrible mistake. Appearing to him again The spirit of the Jewel presented him with the relic of his ascension given to him in order to correct his mistake as well as to take revenge on all cruel faith prospectors.
  • Future Badass: Comes back to life after Thor killed him in the past, stronger than ever as he literally rips through god and country of New Asgard. Even donning the Destroyer Armor which was sicced on him by Loki who powered it using a being who would've evolved man to a higher state of being, ultimately preempting his self-serving schemes by unifying with the doomsday device powered by very being the trickster used to give it life and act on his whims. Thus in turn opting Tarene into going back to the past creating the very god killer he sought to destroy for evil ulterior motives.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Invoked, it's said he cannot distinguish the good deities from the bad.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Both present and future tense iterations of Desak believe the powers deities have corrupts and the more they want it the more they're inclined to abuse it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Tends to do this often since most of his quarry are Jerkass Gods, delivers a particularly satisfying one to Loki from an alt. future timeline who mooched and embezzled off of King Thor's decaying utopia.
  • Killed Off for Real: Zigzagged, often. In his initially believed to be final appearance Thor kills him through a combination of Odinforce power coupled with The Bloodaxe before uttering his final words of calamity for the future. This veers into Disney Death territory as he was soon whisked away by the very godly entity whom he initially came to destroy, The very same being called the Designate who created him via time Paradox. After Some 200 yrs later Desak was revived by her to exact judgement on Thor and the Asgardians for the taking over and degradation of the earth. He soon found himself dead again being struck by an Odin Force imbued Mjolnir after the unworthy Thor managed to find himself again after two centuries of debauched lordship disabled his ability to wield it, decapitating Desak even while clad in The Destroyer Armor and razing most of his kingdom to the ground. After Thor went back in time to prevent his future rule thus negating Desak's revival (Along with, possibly, his coming into being) as he had died before recent events of Thor: The Reigning, how long this'll last however is up in the air.
  • Kill the God: With a name like God Slayer, this is implied.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Desak Destroyer of Gods.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: He resisted the charms of Amora the Enchantress, of all people.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: As far as gods are concerned.
  • Powered Armor: Comes into this when revived Future Desak merges with the Destroyer armor to besiege New Asgard.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: His particular calling in the story.
  • Red Baron: The Destroyer of Gods, The Annihilator of Pantheons, The Executioner of the Gods. Just to name a few.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After his transformation this became the default.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hands a particularly harsh if not completely well deserved bitchslap to haughty Amora who boasted man was better off serving under them during Thor's reign.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To Gorr The God Butcher, who in his most recent incarnation as a killer of gods that took multiple Thors just to stuff back into the box and even then they still almost lost, who has a similar, if albeit infinitely more warped belief in line with Desak's and a nearly identical backstory, aside from a few differences. While Desak hated most, if not all, gods to begin with given his "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" mentality, he could at least be reasoned with. The God Butcher massacres both god and any followers, regardless of whether they're even standing in his path. Desak pursued his vendetta against the divine after judging them based on his own strict code. Gorr just kills them, and anyone with them.
  • The Dreaded: Every known collation of divine types knows and fears Desak. Even all of Asgard, renown as a warrior race of immortals who love to fight as much as eat, drink and get laid are terrified of the guy.
  • Was Once a Man: Used to be a simple worshiper from a distant cosmos.

    Destroyer 

Destroyer

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Debut: Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #118

A suit of armour forged on Odin's command of an unknown metal and granted tremendous power. It was designed to defend Asgard against major threats, but generally is left in storage until Loki or someone else tries to use it to kill Thor.


  • 24-Hour Armor: Due to only the spirit inhabiting it it can be worn for any length of time.
  • Animated Armor: Due to no body being in it. It requires a spirit to animate it.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Kid Loki showing up with it and announcing that he's going to use it to take out Dark Asgard (save the real one by proxy).
  • The Juggernaut: Anyone wearing the Destroyer is one of the Marvel universe's heaviest hitters, and when it goes on a rampage... worlds shake.
  • Made of Indestructium: The best a group of Celestials could do was melt it to a puddle. It repaired itself good as new when imbued when brought close to someone's spirit. Blows from the Hulk and Thor have failed to dent it.
  • Powered Armor: A magitek version that is powered by a disembodied soul rather than being physically controlled.
  • Super Strength: Enought to overpower Thor and break his jaw.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Writers have come up with a wide range of weapons it has ranging from slicing beams, atomizing matter, to hurting astral beings.
  • Worf Barrage: Its disintegrator beam is supposed to destroy anything, yet even when powered by all of Asgard save Thor, it failed to do anything to a Celestial. Tends to be much more effective against Thor.
  • The Worf Effect: The Destroyer, empowered by the spirit of Odin and armed with the Odinsword, gets effortlessly trashed by the Celestial Host's energy beams in Thor #300 and in Jason Aaron's run, it gets smashed by Mangog after a brief fight.
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    Fafnir 

Fafnir

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Debut: Thor (vol. 1) #134

Fafnir was once the king of Nastrond, an extra-dimensional realm located in Asgard. When Odin destroyed Nastrond for its wickedness, Fafnir was left to die amongst the ruins of his kingdom. He saved himself by drinking from an enchanted pool, which also turned him into a dragon.


    Gorr the God Butcher 

Gorr the God Butcher

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AKA: Gorr
Debut: Thor: God of Thunder (vol. 1) #2

A vengeful mortal who suffered an epic Trauma Conga Line along with his people because his gods did nothing. He took up the ancient weapon of an Elder God and attempted to kill every god that ever was and ever would be.


  • Back from the Dead: In King Thor, he returns after eons as Thor's final opponent in the last days of the universe.
  • Badass Boast: Lets out several over the course of his rampage. He can back all of them up, too.
    Gorr: Feel that, little lord of heaven? That sense of helplessness as you fall? That is how it feels to be mortal. Next, you will learn how it feels to be butchered.
    Gorr: I cannot help but wonder, little god, to the poor damned fools below us who worship you... what are you the god of? Axes? Drunkenness? Vanity? Or war perhaps? I have killed so very many gods of war. And gods of fear. Gods of chaos. Gods of blood and wrath and jealousy and lies. Of plagues and earthquakes. Genocide and revenge. Of degradation. Of death. Very few gods of poetry and flowers. Though I killed those just the same. Tell me now, prince of Asgard, before all you’re able to do is whimper and scream. What was Thor the god of before he died?
  • Berserk Button: Don't suggest that he's a god. Ever.
  • Breaking Speech: He loves giving these, though they're rather hit and miss. When they do hit, though, on Present Thor, they hit hard, and ultimately have an effect that far outlives Gorr himself once it's backed by the certainty of the Watcher: Gorr was right.
  • Broken Record: After his final defeat in King Thor, he's left near-catatonic, repeating "Thor is Thor" over and over as he wanders around his garden.
  • The Butcher: His title, and it's not much of an exaggeration.
  • Came Back Strong: It turns out in King Thor that he wielded All-Black for so long that he melded with it and is resurrected after lying dormant within it for eons. He restarts his campaign to kill all gods and keeps escalating his feats; first making a BFS from All-Black called the Annihiliblade, then trapping them in an ocean of darkness, then assimilating the dying universe and manifesting his face in the fabric of existence as the Necro-verse.
  • Casting a Shadow: The power granted to him by All-Black the Necrosword. It's an Imagination-Based Power that appears to be bolstered by spilling god blood.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The narrative of his arc uses parodic references to Christianity to refer to him. He's first witnessed by a religious congregation on a boat as he's walking on water and there's an "and on the final day, he rested" reference at the culmination of his plan.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Very much so. It entails a lifetime of being abandoned by the gods; when he was a child, his widowed pregnant mother was attacked and Eaten Alive by predators whilst she worshiped at a god's shrine. As an adult, his world began to suffer a draught, all but one of his children were killed off by thirst/starvation/predators, his heavily pregnant wife died when an earthquake collapsed the cave they took shelter in, his last son died in his arms as they marched towards a salvation that never comes, and when he finally went off at his tribe about how there were no gods, they stoned him as a blasphemer and drove him away to die. Is it any wonder that he took up the Necrosword?
  • Dark Messiah: Seeks to free mortals by killing gods.
  • Enemy Without: It's revealed that the construct of Agar is a manifestation of Gorr's suppressed self-loathing at the monster he's become.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From starving hunter-gatherer to nihilistic serial killer of gods with the power to take on three Thors at once - one of them being the All-Father with the associated power - and win, and come up with a plan that nearly succeeds in wiping out every god in existence.
  • A God I Am Not: A rare villainous and negative example. Unlike most, he doesn't dislike being called a god because he's humble, but because he despises the very concept of gods. As such, calling him one is the best way to suffer a horrible death.
  • God of Evil: What some suggest he has become. By King Thor, he is called "God of God Butchers."
  • He Who Fights Monsters: As is repeatedly pointed out, Gorr himself became a god and an especially monstrous one, at that. By King Thor, he has become the God of God Butchers.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His black berserker constructs are largely mindless, but act independently on his subconscious desires. One such incident leads Thor to him. Furthermore, the construct of his wife's Blasphemous Praise-induced murder and his son construct's subsequent vengeance directly leads to his downfall and Thor the Avenger killing him with his own weapon.
  • Hollywood Atheist: His entire backstory is a classic example of the trope.
  • Hypocrite: Gorr sets out on a quest to kill the gods he hates, becoming one himself. At the end, the construct of his son even denounces him as the God of Hypocrisy.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Kills his own wife when she pushes his Berserk Button by calling him "her god".
  • Kill the God: His whole goal. He apparently did massacre and kill the Slavic Pantheon, including Perun and Czernobog.
  • Legacy Character: Going by the Saga of the God Butcher, Gorr succeeded Knull as the wielder of All-Black and was in turn succeeded by Thor, Galactus, Ego, and Loki.
  • Living Weapon: All-Black the Necrosword is made of symbiote biomass which is, in turn, the shadow made flesh of Knull, a malevolent god of darkness. All-Black is, in fact, essentially a prototype for the Klyntar.
  • Made a Slave: He enslaves the gods of countless pantheons across the multiverse, including several Asgardians, Thor's younger self, and Thor's future grand-daughters.
  • Not So Different:
    • Gleefully notes that present day Thor is 'the god who doubts', who thinks that Gorr might just be right about gods. Regards him as his 'favourite Thor'.
    • Ironically, everyone else but himself realizes that he is this when compared to the most malicious gods he claims to despise. The Necrosword gave him the power and immortality of a god. His deeds and reputation are on par with any god. Like a god, he views himself as the sole one to judge on morality and who lives and dies, and seeks to alter creation to fit his vision and his vision alone, regardless of anyone else. Worst of all, his cruelty and willingness to destroy those he deems worthy of death, any god or mortal who does not share his viewpoint, are on par with the most evil of gods. By the end, his own "son" can see what he's become even when he cannot.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Gorr the God-Butcher and All-Black the Necrosword.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: As far as gods are concerned.
  • Oxymoronic Being: In King Thor, he is identified as "God of God Butchers," making him both a butcher of gods and a god of said butchers.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: To a ridiculous degree. Seeks to destroy every god regardless of if they're good or evil, or how it might affect mortals, some of which need their gods for their planets to live or to protect them from non-godly threats.
    Gorr: In my travels, I have learned that there are two kinds of gods. Those who do harm, and those who do nothing at all. I have yet to decide which I find more more worthy of my wrath.
    • This stems from his world's gods never seeming to answer any of his people's prayers. Due to how he gains his weapon, it's implied that the reason they never responded to the prayers of his people is that they may all have been killed by the weapon Gorr himself later claims, the Necrosword. Thor himself even says it was meant to kill gods, claiming it to be one of the few things Gorr was blatantly right about in all his various boasts.
  • Redemption Equals Death: A very strange version. His "son" construct, based on his subconscious, plays a key role in his death, choosing to help Present Thor on the grounds that while his father was once a good man who suffered, he has become every bit as vile as the gods he despises. In the end, Old Thor says, "It was the lonely little man who killed the God Butcher".
  • Serial Killer: Explicitly described as such throughout his appearances, with a focus on all divine beings.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Desak the God-Slayer, a character who was also a killer of gods that Thor battled more than once, and who has beliefs in line with Gorr's and a nearly identical backstory, aside from a few differences. Gorr, however, is far more brutal and is considered to be outright evil. Desak simply kills those gods whom he believes to be evil rather than wanting to slay every god in existence. He was even capable of being reasoned with, as he ended his first encounter with Thor peaceably. Eventually, they came to blows in an alternate timeline, and Thor killed him to save what was left of his people.
  • Thong of Shielding: Gorr tended to manifest All-Black as a tattered cloak and C-string thong.
  • Torture Technician: Part in parcel to being a butcher of gods, rather than a slayer of gods. His crowning achievement in this regard has to be the event he speaks of to a captive young Thor in Thor: God of Thunder #4:
    Gorr: I am not exactly a novice in the ways of torture, you understand. I once tortured a god of torture. After an evening alone with me, he told me where his own children were hiding.
  • Villain Has a Point: Although the events of his premier arc rather discount this, the possibility stays with Thor - who is shown as having struggled with the concept of worthiness for a long time - that Gorr may have been right, and it causes Thor to become unworthy when Nick Fury says as much.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Thor as this after a fashion, particularly present day Thor.

    All-Black the Necrosword 

All-Black the Necrosword

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Debut: Thor: God of Thunder (vol. 1) #2

The first symbiote, All-Black was created by the dark elder god Knull, who used it in an attempted genocide against the other gods. It was taken by Gorr, who unwittingly used it to follow in Knull's footsteps. Taken by Old Thor after Gorr's death, All-Black transferred to Galactus, turning him into the Butcher of Worlds; and ultimately bonded to Ego the Living Planet, turning him into Ego the Necroworld. It was eventually claimed by King Loki, who intends to use it to destroy the universe. See Symbiotes (Marvel Comics) for more info.


    Grey Gargoyle 

Grey Gargoyle

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AKA: Paul Pierre Duval
Debut: Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #107

The Grey Gargoyle can turn his body into stone and others into stone for a period of one hour.


  • Alliterative Name: Both words in his codename begin with G, though his real name barely averts the trope by having a last name with D after two first names with P.
  • Chemistry Can Do Anything: He got his powers in a lab accident. He was a chemist before becoming a supervillain.
  • Color Character: Grey as in the color of a stone. Having it in his name differentiates him from the other two guys named Gargoyle.
  • Characterization Marches On: He used to be no more than a thug looking for glory and power. More contemporary stories see him as a Faux Affably Evil character, who uses his charisma and Everything Sounds Sexier in French to lower people's guard before ambushing them if he can avoid a fight. He can also be a Man of Wealth and Taste, usually in a rich condo or apartment somewhere under an alias. That said, he still desires to get his hands on at least one of the golden apples of the Norse Gods. Its been one of his consistent goals over the years.
  • Deity of Human Origin: One of his main goals. Whether that means he wants to be an actual god or just be immortal is unknown, since he's never been close to getting his hands on the golden apples.
  • Domino Mask: He wears one as part of his costume, but it's almost unnoticeable due to being the same grey as his face.
  • Drop the Hammer: His other main goal over the years is to steal Thor's hammer and gain its power. He's never been successful and isn't to clear on what he hopes to get from it. It's a source of godlike power and he wants it.
    • In Fear Itself, he becomes one of the Serpent's Worthy when a hammer lands in France and calls the Gargoyle to it. He receives a massive power-up of his normal powers, but becomes possessed by the spirit in the hammer.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He saved a kidnapped model from being turned to stone and having her arms chopped off.
  • French Jerk: He's french and a quite unpleasant person.
  • Hour of Power: His powers wear off after an hour and people or things turned to stone will go back to normal.
  • I Have Many Names: Following the Mad Artist story in Iron Man, he uses several aliases to spread his funds around so he always has at least one permanent safe house somewhere. He was once sent into space and was gone so long that when he came back to Earth, the apartment he raced to had been leased to another tenant. Good thing the Avengers were right behind him, because finding out the new tenant threw out his hidden stash of chemicals infuriated him.
  • Immortality Seeker: Since Thor is real along with the rest of the Norse Gods, he wants the golden apples that grant the Norse Gods their power, eternal youth, and immortality. It's been one of his few consistent traits over the years.
  • Living Statue: What his powers basically turn him into. When he first got them, he would pretend to be part of an exhibit in a museum or camp out outside a jewelry store, staying perfectly still until he could rob the place at night.
  • Red Right Hand: One of his hands is permanently moving stone since it was the one he spilled the chemicals on that gave him his powers in the first place. He has to touch it to the rest of his body to turn his full body into moving stone or turn other people or things into stone.
    • The Magic Touch: While not magic, like Midas, he can't turn off his powers. However, it's only his one hand that has the power and he wears special gloves at all times to prevent any mishaps.
    • Logical Weakness: In one story, the Hulk breaks his arm by bending it in the opposite direction. Duval flees from the fight to try to fix it before he turns back to flesh and blood.
  • Required Secondary Powers: He's not immune to being petrified by his own powers but he can still remain animate afterward.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He's frequently a Thor villain but he's also faced the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and She-Hulk
  • Space Pirate: During a long exile in space, he ends up the captain of a crew of Beast Man. He naturally runs into Thor, Balder, Sif, and the Warrior's Three while they are also on a trip in space.
  • Stripperiffic: Mask, cape, gloves, boots, and trunks. Nothing else.
  • Super Strength: He's very strong in his stone form. Kind of a requisite to go toe-to-toe against Thor.
  • Taken for Granite: Not only can turn his victims into statues, he looks like one himself.
    • Literally Shattered Lives: Depending on the Writer, his victims are solid stone statutes just as durable as he is or they can be shattered too easily. In an early story, Iron Man doesn't worry about one of his victims when a building collapses because they were turned to stone. Most later stories tend to lead toward this trope as a threat he uses against heroes.
  • Victory Is Boring: When he first got his powers, he quickly became the most successful thief in Europe. He travels to New York to face Thor because nothing else at the time could give him a challenge. He's consistently shown to quickly amass a small fortune every time he gets out of prison and then be bored of how easy it was to do.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: A dark example. He assumed the identity of a famous sculptor by turning unwitting models into statues and selling them off later, becoming a Mad Artist. He even covered them in a see-through polish so they wouldn't change back after an hour. Iron Man catches on and exposes him, but by then he's already wealthy enough at that point that he still escapes a rich man.

    Harald Jaekelsson 
A Viking chieftain who loved to plunder and pillage wherever he wished. One particular raid on a town, where he killed everyone - men, children, animals, and he had the women raped before killing them too - got him and his crew cursed to never rest or find peace. They ended up sailing around for a thousand years before coming to current-era New York, which they invaded and pillaged.
  • Arc Villain: For Thor: Vikings.
  • Ax-Crazy: Jaekelsson and the rest of his crew are also violent maniacs along with being zombie vikings, although unlike the latter, they were always like that.
  • Blood Knight: Jaekelsson isn't fazed in the slightest by the God of Thunder standing against him and cracks a smile in response. Sigrid is a more heroic example, as she fights the undead vikings while sporting a grin from ear to ear.
  • Cursed With Awesome: His curse made him and his crew undead, but unstoppable.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Since he cannot die, he is instead punched into space to float for all eternity.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Despite being transformed by a garden variety wizard's curse, Jaekelsson seems to possess enough power and strength to have shades of this, as he's able to go toe-to-toe with a God and is capable of defeating him.
  • Humans Are Bastards: A chilling example that shocks even Thor. And he's the least superpowered of Thor's rogues.
  • The Juggernaut: Its nearly impossible to injure Harald Jaekelsson, when Thor struck him with Mjolnir, he ended up breaking his own wrists!
  • Offscreen Momentof Awesome: He sent the Avengers, and Captain America, packing. It's part of his curse, which Dr Strange discovered on investigation; Thor needed the descendants of the man who cursed Jaekelsson originally to help him out in defeating him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He has no respect for women, children, or anyone at all, and addresses them by demeaning slurs.
  • The Punishment: The curse the wise man lays upon Jaekelsson and his men turns them into unstoppable engines of destruction capable of killing anything on its path and nobody, except those who share blood with the man that cursed in the first place, can even harm (let alone kill them).
  • Punny Name: Jakelsson, Jackal's Son.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Jaekelsson's MO. Its what started the whole series' events by sacking the wise man's town and as soon as he lands on New York, he starts the whole thing all over again.
  • Revenant Zombie: Jaekelsson and his men are high-functioning zombies, they just happen to be psychotic and violent because they were also like that in life.
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    Karnilla/The Norn Queen 

Karnilla

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AKA: Karnilla
Debut: Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #107

The ruler of Nornheim, a province within the dimension of Asgard but not under Odin's control. She rules over various nonhuman looking creatures. She has several times tried to conquer Asgard, but her main storylines usually involve trying to win the love of Balder and placing him on the throne of Asgard whether he wants it or not. She also empowered the Wrecker.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: To Balder. Especially after she ends up in a political marriage with Hela.
  • Altar Diplomacy: She married Hela despite neither woman being a lesbian, in order to save Baldr.
  • Combat Stilettos: She unsurprisingly wears high heels, which make her look even more imposing.
  • Cool Crown: She's the Norn Queen and she's been seen with more than one elaborate crown.
  • Cuckold: She's a gender-inverted example — being married to Hela, who is sleeping with Thanos.
  • Dark Magical Girl: One of if not the most powerful sorceress in Asgard and second only to Odin.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In recent years, she's been more heroic, with death in particular redeeming her.
  • Lady of Black Magic: An Asgardian queen known for her stunning beauty, and feared for her magical power.
  • Most Common Super Power: Especially in her early appearances, she was drawn with big ample breasts.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 6'6" tall and quite attractive.
  • Super Empowering: She gave the Wrecker his powers after mistaking him for Loki.
  • Tsundere: She goes from throwing Balder into her dungeon and cursing him for rejecting her to...
  • Yandere: Once threatened Nanna, Balder's wife, to try and get Balder to marry her.

    Kurse 

Kurse

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AKA: Algrim the Strong, Lady Waziria
Debut: Thor (vol. 1) #347

A Dark Elf formerly known as Algrim the Strong, he was charged by his king Malekith the Accursed to fight Thor, but was betrayed by Malekith and left to die in a lava pit. However, he survived (albeit with amnesia) the encounter and eventually found his way to The Beyonder, who transformed him into Kurse. After rampaging through Earth to find Thor, he does indeed fight him, but as the battle rages on, Thor convinces him that Malekith is his enemy, who he then kills. Afterwards, Kurse is allowed into Asgard, and guards their children until Ragnarök, where he then dies.

Malekith later bestowed the Kurse armor to Waziria, a dark elf who opposed his rule and joined Thor's League of the Realms. Enslaved to Malekith's will, Waziria became his top enforcer during the War of the Realms, but was freed from his control by Spider-Man and her former teammates.


    Mangog 

Mangog

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Debut: Thor (vol. 1) #154

An entity that is an embodiment of the hatred of a race that once invaded Asgard, but were destroyed by Odin. Odin restored the race after the first attack, but Mangog has returned several times since feeding on other emotions or just out of nowhere.


  • Achilles' Heel: Being deprived of his power source causes Mangog to either vanish or shrink to the size of a rat.
  • As Long as There is Evil: As long there's hate (especially directed at Asgard, or Gods in general, like the incident that formed it), the Mangog will eventually return.
  • Berserk Button: The Asgardians in general seems to be this to him, especially Odin.
  • The Berserker: By Odin's beard yes! This 12 foot tall behemoth is basically wrath and vengeance incarnate. Mangog is always shown to be extremely strong and durable and cares little for restraint due to his immense power and his hate factor that fuels him.
  • The Brute: He's a rampaging, destructive monster who never uses subtle tactics.
  • Eleventy Zillion: Often boasts about being the embodiment of the hatred of "a billion, billion beings."
  • Emotion Eater: Mangog depends on the emotions of others to exist. Without those, it fades from existence. However, it can't just feed off anyone and needs a specific source.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: In his first appearance he declares himself the foe of all who live. Asgardians are not the only targets of Mangog's wrath as the people of Rigel-3 found out the hard way.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After Ulik frees Mangog from his imprisonment, he refuses to thank Ulik, declaring himself to be the enemy of everyone, and beats up the troll a bit before starting his march towards Asgard.
  • First Law of Resurrection: It looked like he'd be dead for good after Thor used the Rune Magic on him, but seeing how he came back even after Odin eliminated the source of his existence, it's not exactly surprising that he came back again - now as the 'Final Judgement' of the Gods.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: During Kirby and Lee's run in the Silver Age, he was one, predating the Trope Namer.
  • God Guise: He impersonated Odin between issues 245 and 250 with the help of the evil asgardian wizard Igron as part of their plan of absorbing the life energy of the asgardians.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: How Jane Foster Thor finally managed to destroy him during her run. She bound Mangog with indestructible chains, then tied him to Mjölnir and threw the hammer into the sun, sacrificing it and her own life (albeit temporarily).
  • Kick the Dog: When he finally makes his entrance in Jason Aaron's run, he casually decapitates one of Thor's giant pet goats.
  • Kill the God: In Jason Aaron's run, Mangog proclaims himself to be the instrument of vengeance against arrogant gods.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Mangog's appearances in comics are few and far between, but when he appears, expect things to get darker and more brutal very quickly.
  • Implacable Man: Just about nothing can stop him when he gets moving, except for beings of high power.
  • Insistent Terminology: He always reminds Thor and co. that he has the power of a billion billion beings.
  • The Juggernaut: He's 12 feet tall, bulky, mops the floor with Storm Giants and Asgardian armies with ease, and he can shrug off most of Thor's attacks.
  • Large Ham: Mangog has a big presence both physically and also verbally. He always speaks in a very dramatic fashion, including his billion billion beings catchphrase.
  • Made of Evil: He's generated by the vengeful souls of a alien race.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: to give you an idea, in Thor Annual 2000, he No Sells the Rigellians' Doomsday Device called the Sun Shredder.
    • in his first story arc, Mangog survived being submerged by lava without a single burn.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One of the few, if only, beings that gives one to Thor on a regular basis.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to draw the Odin Sword and destroy the universe.
  • The Power of Hate: Hate is literally his power source, but also his weakness, as removing the connection with the power source causes him to either shrink or disappear.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Or rage against the realm of Asgard in this case. Mangog follows the tradition of Thor villains having a beef with the Asgardians by being the embodiment of the desire for vengeance of an alien race exterminated by Odin eons ago.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Mangog isn't subtle in the slightest. He always leaves a path of death and destruction in his quest to avenge the death of the race that created him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was imprisoned by Odin in a cave before Ulik the troll set him free.
  • Super Strength: One of the few beings far stronger than Thor and relies on it almost exclusively.
  • Unstoppable Rage: A physical embodiment of hate and rage who's constantly angry and virtually unstoppable.
  • Villain Team-Up: He joins forces with a rogue clone of Thanos during Dan Jurgens' run on Thor.
    • He also made a deal with the wizard Igron in a story arc from the seventies.
  • The Worf Effect: Mangog is on both the giving and receiving end of these. During the Ragnarok storyline, he gets effortlessly disintegrated by Rune King Thor. And in Jason Aaron's run, he's re-introduced by giving War Thor Volstagg, who was going on a rampage throughout the Nine Realms, a brutal beatdown.

    Malekith the Accursed 

Malekith the Accursed

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AKA: Malekith
Debut: Thor (vol. 1) #344

A king and sorcerer among the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. Malekith was long ago banished beyond the nine worlds by Odin for his crimes. He was rescued by Surtur to aid the fire demon in one of his attempts at kicking off Ragnarok. Since then, he has returned several times to try and conquer the nine worlds.


  • Achilles' Heel: Like all of the Fair Folk, iron.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He's the one who cuts off Thor's arm and it appears that one-armed Thor will be the new normal for the God of Thunder.
  • Ax-Crazy: And getting worse with each appearance. In his most recent modern appearances, he's completely lost it.
  • Batman Gambit: It turns out that his attempted genocide of his own people wasn't just for the fun of it - he was basically terrifying them into making him King. It works.
  • Big Bad: Malekith was always easily one of Asgard's greatest enemies, but now, what with Loki's somewhat ambiguous moral status (even they're not sure which side they're on these days) and Surtur being dead, following his return in The Accursed, he is the definitive Big Bad of the Thor books, his machinations resulting in the War of Realms.
  • Bullying a Dragon: This is the guy who drives Thor Odinson into a wild rage for fun - most recently, by cutting off his arm, then burning it to nothingness in front of him. Unlike most examples, he's usually smart and powerful enough to get away with it. However, even he realized during the Rings of the Mandarin arc that he might have bitten off more than he can chew when he pulls his usual tricks on Tony Stark - who, unlike Thor, isn't constrained from killing Malekith by Asgardian politics, and after Malekith jumps up and down on his Berserk Button, carves a swathe of Dark Elf corpses through Svartalfheim in a set of Cold Iron armour, intent on getting Malekith's head on a platter.
  • The Bus Came Back: Spent a long time on the bus, in the prisons of Nifelheim. Following his return, he's been back with a bang, replacing Loki as the definitive Big Bad of the Thor books.
  • The Caligula: To the Dark Elves whenever he's ruling them.
  • Casting a Shadow: Can manipulate darkness.
  • The Dragon: To Surtur when he first appeared. Following his return, he's stepped up to Big Bad status.
  • The Dreaded: The Dark Elves, his own people, are petrified of him. As his return shows, there's a good reason for this.
  • Evil Is Petty: He's a psychopathic monster who'll not only kill and torture for fun, but he'll also spoil your series. Poor Star-Lord.
  • Evil Laugh: Constantly.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Faerie magic is his primary and most versatile weapon.
  • Eviler Than Thou: With Loki. Malekith is basically Loki without any moral inhibitions and had embraced his depravity.
  • The Fair Folk: Takes elements not only from the Nordic Dark Elves, but also from the folklore of the British Isles in that he summons The Wild Hunt and has his lair in the Cotswolds in England. Personality wise, he fits some of the darkest interpretations of this trope.
  • For the Evulz: A large sum of all the wanton killing and destruction he partakes in is all for fun.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lost his brothers and uncles to war, betrayed by his mother and sold for food, spent his childhood as a corpse burner burning the dead and half dead bodies of fellow dark elf soldiers. When he completed apprenticeship in wizardry, he rejected his master's proposal to use his powers for good and end the wars and instead crusades to keep war going forever, because he can't see an identity without it, as he explains in his Villainous Breakdown at the end of War of the Realms. Hela and Karnilla recognize this... so they take his young self from before all of that happened and opt to give Malekith a Loss of Identity by giving his younger self a happier life as he is Forced to Watch in Hel.
    Malekith: No. No, the war... must never end. I lost twelve brothers and a father and a dozen uncles. I was... sold by my own mother. Because of war. I... turned the ten Ten Realms to ruin. There must always be war. For without war... what... what would I—
  • Greed: Malekith's primary motivation for almost everything, if he's not just doing it for his own amusement.
  • It's All About Me: Everything from day one is about him; his sadistic games and domination are just an ego trip.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After spending years with his schemes and depravities unhindered, everything comes crashing down on Malekith at the climax of War of the Realms. Defeated by Thor, he suffers a Villainous Breakdown where he's eaten by his own hounds and tiger. But even in the afterlife, he's prevented from finding any peace, as Hela and Karnilla force him to watch as his younger self finds peace and happiness, which was completely against what Malekith stood for.
  • Knife Nut: He's very fond of bladed weapons in general, but knives in particular.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Displays this in The Rings of the Mandarin, realizing when the rings become more trouble than they are worth - and more to the point, when antagonising an enraged Tony Stark further is likely to be a lethal mistake - Thor can't kill him because of political reasons. Tony, on the other hand, isn't so constrained and is more than capable of it.
  • Legacy Character: During the War of the Realms, he aspired to become one to Knull and Gorr, capturing the Venom symbiote and bonding to it in order to become the "Butcher of Thors".
  • Legion of Doom: During the War of the Realms, Malekith assembled the villainous monarchs of the Ten Realms — plus the CEO of Roxxon — into one in the form of the Dark Council.
  • Light 'em Up: Oddly enough for a Dark Elf, this is one of his common spells.
  • The Magnificent: Seldom spoken of without adding "the Accursed".
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very good at getting in someone's head.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In an attempt to kill Thor, he was willing to sacrifice fellow Dark Elf Algrim the Strong, nearly killing the later. Algrim, who was nearly as strong as Thor, later became Kurse with his strength increased. Once Thor revealed the truth about what had happened, Kurse tracked down Malekith with revenge on his mind.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Starts with "Mal-", indicating evil. And then there's the whole "accursed" part of it.
  • One-Winged Angel: Shifts into an armored, demonic form when he can't escape in order to fight Thor. Doesn't stop the Thunder God from delivering a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle without Malekith landing a single blow.
    • In War of the Realms, he bonds with the Venom symbiote which gives him a demonic form a la Gorr the God Butcher.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Leader of the Dark Elves.
  • Panthera Awesome: Malekith possesses a gigantic "bog tiger" which serves as his personal mount. It is basically a giant white tiger with bat-like wings on its back.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Following his return in The Accursed, he's either wearing a Slasher Smile or a small, amused smirk.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His iconic outfit is mostly red and black.
  • Sadist: Probably the most obvious and psychotic one in Thor's rogues gallery.
  • Sanity Slippage: His time in Hel has done nothing for his sanity. Except possibly destroy it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in the void by Odin, until Surtur freed him. Later trapped in Hel while still alive.
  • Shadow Walker: Utilizes shadows for Villain Teleportation.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Transforms into a beautiful woman at one point to seduce a human enemy... and drain the life from him.
  • Slasher Smile: Is a big fan of them. It seems to be his default expression in The Accursed.
  • The Sociopath: Exceptionally talented manipulator, gleefully violent and sadistic, holds no loyalty to anyone (he butchers his own people to satiate his greed and lust for death and carnage) and with absolutely no remorse or qualm for his horrific actions.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Following his return in Jason Aaron's run, he's rarely raised his voice, mostly cheerfully revelling in whatever horrific mayhem he's caused this time.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Of his race, with the ambition to become this to the entire Nine Realms, if only through his allies on the Dark Council (though all of them, naturally, intend to stab each other in the back).
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted, he's like all of his species, so he has superhuman strength and extremely dense bones and body tissue. He may even be tougher than the average elf due to his time surviving in Hel. However, since his usual enemy is Thor, he does still qualify.
  • Threat Backfire: The Enchantress threatened him once with "turning the breath in his lungs to acid and his bones to hungry maggots" if he dared to betray her, which Malekith interpreted as flirting. As Amora didn't object, you might not wanna think too hard about their kinks.
  • Two-Faced: One half of his face is blue like the other Dark Elves and the other half is black.
  • Viler New Villain: To Loki, especially when the trickster god's moral compass gradually leans towards the side of heroism. Malekith quickly supplants Loki's position as the Big Bad, and is far more depraved.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Malekith has one in Issue #6 of War of the Realms after Thor, Young Thor, All-Father Thor, and Jane Thor manage to separate him from the Venom symbiote. This leads to him getting devoured by his Bog Tiger and hounds.
  • Villain Respect: Seems to have gained a degree of honest respect for Thor Odinson during The Accursed, due to the latter's apparent ruthlessness, skilled use of illusion magic, and taking of several levels in Magnificent Bastard. Not that this stops him from chopping off his arm and burning it to nothing in front of him for his own amusement, of course.
    • Also develops this towards Tony Stark of all people, during The Rings of the Mandarin, when Malekith decides to take the various rings from their wielders by force and Tony comes to Svartalfheim to take them back. Tony, not especially happy in the first place, is driven into Unstoppable Rage by Malekith's taunting, especially about the elven habit of stealing children. When Malekith sends his forces out on the hunt after him, he turns the tables and promptly mows through Malekith's forces with a suit encased in cold iron, using iron filings blown by fans as one weapon, before using holograms and smart tactics to put Malekith himself on the run. Malekith, also under attack from the remaining ring wielders (who decided it was better to unite against him than be picked off one by one), gave up the ring to Tony and in doing so, remarked that Tony's rage scared even him - no small thing from a guy who enjoys arousing the fury of Thor. It gets to the point where, during the War of Realms, he considers Tony a particular problem and manipulates a powerful dragon into going after Tony so he can't get in Malekith's way.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of the Humanshifting kind. During his original arc, he takes several humanoid shapes both for disguise and combat.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: The only white-haired dark elf that we've met, and undoubtedly the most evil.
  • The Wild Hunt: Possessed a horn that could summon it.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": When he returns from Nifelheim, he decides that his people have grown soft, therefore he must "purge" them.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Loves devouring the souls of virtuous mortals.

    Mephisto 

Mephisto

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Debut: The Silver Surfer (vol. 1) #3

An embodiment of ultimate evil, powerful hell-lord and Marvel's most common stand in for Satan. He has antagonized just about every hero, but tends to single out those who are especially noble like the Silver Surfer and Thor. As can be expected, many of the traditional tropes associated with Satan are part of him. He is almost as powerful as Odin himself (and thus far stronger than Thor), but how big or small the margin is varies from issue to issue. As a Hell Lord, he is a rival of Hela. See his page for more info.

    Midgard Serpent 

Midgard Serpant

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AKA: Jormungand
Debut: Marvel Tales (vol. 1) #105

Jormungand is the son of Loki and sorcerer-giantess Angerboda. He is so large that he quite literally can wrap around the entire Earth. He usually exists in a parallel dimension to Earth or at the bottom of the sea. He is a sworn enemy of Thor, and at Ragnarok the two are destined to kill each other. Due to this, any time the snake appears, Thor knows there is a stronger than usual chance he could die in this battle.


  • Abusive Parents: Loki once manipulated events so Thor would kill him early, believing Jormungand was growing too powerful.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A harbinger of Ragnarok in the form of a snake that can wrap about the entire planet.
  • Archenemy: A strong contender for the title.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Far, far bigger than 50 feet actually.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He can enlarge himself to planet size and bind the Earth in his coils.
  • Evil Nephew: To Thor.
  • Green and Mean: Just like his father and sibling Hela, Jormungand has a mostly green body.
  • Hero Killer: Much like in the original myths. Not only is he destined to kill Thor, but he has done so on at least one occasion, and come close on many others. At one point, Thor and Beta Ray Bill together were unable to defeat Jormungand.
  • Kaiju: He is massive.
  • Joker Immunity: Jormungand will always be resurrected for Ragnarok.
  • The Juggernaut: No one who isn't Thor stands a chance against Jormungand. And even then the fights leave Thor bruised, bloodied, and all too often, nearly dead, even when he's wearing the Belt of Strenght and his special battle armor.
  • Mutual Kill:
    • The two of them in #380.
    • Also with Freyja in Loki: Agent of Asgard #15. She came back in the next issue though (because heroic death meant going to Valhalla and Ragnarök meant coming back for the finale), the snake wasn't that lucky.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Nothing save Thor can injure Jormungand.
  • To Serve Man: Has no problem with the idea of eating Thor.
  • Shapeshifter: Has disguised himself as other beings, notably Chinese dragon themed villain, Fin Fang Foom.
  • Super Strength: Even given his size, that is one strong snake.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Thor and Jormungand tried to kill each other several times before Ragnarok in part to defy fate. Thor ended up killing the serpent several times, but it always returned for Ragnarok.

    Minotaur 

Minotaur

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Roxxon president.
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Occasional minotaur.

AKA: Dario Agger
Debut: Thor: God of Thunder (vol. 1) #19.NOW

Also known as the Minotaur, Dario Agger is the CEO of Roxxon and a Corrupt Corporate Executive that puts others to shame, gleefully skirting the law while doing whatever it takes to make a buck. As the name suggests he can turn into a Minotaur, but only uses the form as a last resort, preferring to instead use his vast resources to take care of his enemies. After coming into conflict with the Thunder God due to Thor being alerted to Dario's highly polluting buisness practices, Dario's set his sights on using the resources of the other 9 realms for his own personal gain.



  • A Load of Bull: He can transform into a hulking, super-powerful minotaur via Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Dario was apparently born in Greece to presumably Greek parents, but his name isn't even remotely Greek; "Dario" is Italian/Croatian and "Agger" is Danish, resulting in a completely non-Greek Multi-Ethnic Name being given to a Greek man.
  • Bad Boss:
    • His idea of a brainstorming session is to cover employees in fish, then unleash genetically engineered bears that won't stop eating until they're dead, until his employees either die or come up with something to defeat Thor.
    • Immortal Hulk shows him repeatedly killing underlings for such heinous insults as... correcting him, hesitating to exploit someone's private medical records, and being within arm's reach when he needs a "stress ball."
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Part of one during Jason Aaron's Thor run, as part of Malekith's Legion of Doom.
  • Body Horror: As a result of being partially eaten by Xemnu, he's now a fused ball of flesh that is begging for mercy.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He wouldn't be out of place as a Captain Planet villain. This is a man who came up with the idea of unleashing genetically engineered, eternally starving bears to render wild salmon extinct so as to corner the market on farmed salmon with Roxxon's aquaculture division.
  • Cruel Mercy: It's revealed in one issue that he has the disembodied heads of the crooks who massacred his family on life support in a room plastered with copies of the magazines that he's starred in, leaving them incapable of doing anything but feebling pleading for death.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Malekith. One suspects that he has absolutely no idea what he's getting into. He also made a deal with Loki later. At that point we started to suspect that someone from the Dark Council put a "Con Me!" sign on his back.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He had Roxxon sign onto the government's latest anti-Hulk program, figuring it'd be an easy way to skim some money, without bothering to really do anything to fight the Hulk (a smart decision, really). He didn't think the Hulk might take offense and start smashing Roxxon's stuff.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Used to be just an ordinary kid, until his family's vacation home was attacked by pirates who slaughtered his family. Fleeing their murderers, he found a deep cave where his prayers for vengeance awoke something that turned him into the Minotaur.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His secret drilling in the Nine Realms causes other big CEOs to take notice and the Silver Samurai to hand Dario his ass when Dario refuses to share.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Due to being legally untouchable and blaming things on the Trolls he set loose and the Asgardians being nearby, he gets away scot-free with Heavily polluting Broxton, setting trolls loose, and the town getting flattened in the ensuing chaos, and his actions thereafter. Subverted in Issue 8 of The Mighty Thor where his own arrogance and greed causes him to get his ass handed to him by The Silver Samurai and The Exterminatrix.
    • He even brags about being a Karma Houdini in Immortal Hulk 26, since he and Roxxon have gotten away with their actions in War of the Realms scott free. He has even decided to stay in his minotaur full time because he has come to the conclusion that no one cares.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty:
    • In War of the Realms, deliberately orchestrating a worldwide hacking attack to take down communications across Earth, along with proclaiming Antarctica as "New Roxxon" in a similar fashion to the other members of the Dark Council naming one of the continents on Earth after their own realm shows to the entire world that he is in league with the forces attempting to conquer the world and killing millions, resulting in not only a bout of Storming the Castle brought on by the Agents of Wakanda and their Avenger allies once communications are restored, including an assault against him personally, but also the Roxxon stock plummeting at the same time, since having it would be equated with aiding the enemies of humankind.
    • Unfortunately, Immortal Hulk issue 26 shows that this didn't stick and Roxxon and Agger bounced back just fine. The good news is that Banner has decided to go after Agger personally, with the intention of playing this trope straight. He gets karma catching up to him thanks to Xemnu betraying him when the Hulk comes after him in what he sees as a PR disaster. He is left in a misshapen form of flesh to be used as a tool for the Leader.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dario is a man who sees his fellow humans as nothing more than tools to sacrifice for personal profit and revels in displaying the power of his Minotaur form. It's only fitting that after sacrificing tons of employees to Xemnu, he's overpowered by the monster and partially consumed. When Hulk finds him, he's a whimpering misshapen ball of flesh and is only allowed to live because the Leader might find some use for him.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Zig-Zagged. He is capable of fighting, but generally prefers to have the law protect him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He wears shades for a reason: his eyes are constantly glowing red even when he isn't about to transform into the Minotaur.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He was created as a villain for Thor, but has since become a major enemy of the Hulk.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His creed is that because he's the wealthy CEO of a corporation, he can do whatever he wants and get away with it scott free.
  • Smug Snake: He can be genuinely clever, but usually spoils it by overreaching. He also thinks that since his transformed strength puts him in the same weight class as the Hulk, Thor isn't a threat to him and that he can indulge in Evil Gloating. As it turns out, not so much.
  • Super Strength: When he transforms into the Minotaur, he's in the same weight class as the Hulk. Unfortunately for him, this just means that Thor has the opportunity to unleash a well-deserved No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Taking You with Me: He has contingencies in place to enact a doomsday scenario to kill off everyone else should he ever be killed.

    Mister Hyde 

Mister Hyde

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AKA: Calvin Zabo
Debut: Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #99

An early Thor foe, Calvin Zabo was a shifty scientist and doctor who had a tendency to rob places he worked at. When Don Blake refused him a job knowing what would happen, Zabo took revenge by inventing a serum to make his favorite story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a reality. As Mr. Hyde, Zabo was almost strong enough to match Thor, but not quite. He is also the father of Daisy Johnson.

Soon after his first defeat, Loki sprang Hyde and the Cobra from prison and increased their powers. Hyde was now on better footing, but still suffered defeat at Thor's hands. He would then go on to fight several other heroes such as the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Captain America, and various incarnations of Ghost Rider, still fighting Thor on occasion.


  • Ascended Fanboy: In-universe, Zabo loved Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and created a formula to live out the story, bringing out Hyde to do bad things, not get caught, and take revenge on his foes.
  • The Brute: Hyde's a really strong, durable man with a penchant for violence, often having to be talked out of immediately killing downed foes.
  • Co-Dragons: With Cobra.
  • Depending on the Writer: Hyde's strength and durability fluctuates depending on the story and his opponent. Sometimes a weaker showing is justified by saying he wasn't at full power or hadn't taken his serum in a while.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After the Cobra betrayed him, Hyde decided to take revenge by blowing up New York City so the Cobra would die with it.
  • The Dragon: Sometimes to Loki, sometimes to various others. Other times he works solo.
  • The Dreaded: While in lock-up at the Raft, a guard notices scrawny Zabo just calmly standing in line, unattended and being harassed by a bigger prisoner. Said guard then yells at the other guards for not keeping an eye on Zabo, and he suddenly has several BFGs pointed at his head.
  • Evil Counterpart: Early on he was this to Thor, as both were doctors in their civilian identities who could turn into super-strong men, but while Blake and Thor were good Zabo and Hyde were evil. Hyde is also one to the Hulk, though he considers himself a superior counterpart who's not held down by compassion.
  • Foil: While Thor got his powers from magic, Hyde got his from science.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In early appearances he was fond of building machines and other devices to get the drop on Thor.
  • Genius Bruiser: Both sides of him retain Zabo's intellect, though it's tempered at times by Hyde's impatience.
  • Hiding in Plain Sight: The Hyde potion lets him turn back into Zabo and slip away into crowds.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Unlike the literary Jekyll, both of his forms are evil, though like Jekyll, Zabo created the potion partially to live out his vices and not get caught.
  • Kick the Dog: His most infamous act was beating on the Avengers' butler, Jarvis, in "Under Siege."
  • Lightning Bruiser: Hyde is as fast as he is strong, often catching opponents off-guard with his speed.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Hyde takes pleasure in causing pain to others.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Zabo created his formula to wreak havoc, and in some appearances he injects it or similar serums into others as experiments. An arc in Sensational Spider-Man had Zabo abducting kids and giving them spider powers to see what they would do with them.
  • Motive Decay: An extremely accelerated example. Zabo first became Hyde to take revenge on Don Blake for not giving him a job, but by his second appearance, he's kidnapped Blake solely as a means to get to Thor, even claiming that Blake meant nothing to him.
  • Nice Hat: Wore a bowler hat during his time with the Thunderbolts.
  • Not Me This Time: One Daredevil storyline had Hyde contact Matt Murdock and demand he defend him, as while Hyde is a known killer and was planning on killing the victim, someone else beat him to it.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: While a foe of Thor, he has faced the Hulk and Captain America as well.
  • Sadist: Hyde brutally tortured Jarvis, the Avengers butler, during the Under Siege arc For the Evulz.
  • Shape Shifter Mode Lock: After years of taking the potion Hyde was threatened with being unable to transform into Zabo. He once developed a serum to stay Zabo permanently, but Daredevil stopped him from taking it and he decided to stay Hyde forever. Later stories have had them switch out as needed, so it wasn't a permanent problem.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's almost always seen in a green Victorian-era suit, complete with knotted tie.
  • Split Personality: Some stories have Hyde's personality as separate from Zabo's, with them referring to each other as associates.
  • Super Strength: He's strong enough to fight Thor, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Captain America, depending on the writer.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He tried to blow up New York City to get rid of one person.

    Ragnarok 

Ragnarok

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AKA: "Thor", "Clor"
Debut: Civil War (vol. 1) #3

A robotic clone of Thor, made by Tony Stark during the events of Civil War, which proved to be uncontrollable, inadvertently killing Bill Foster in its first engagement. Badly damaged by Hercules in the war's last fight, it was taken to Camp Hammond, where it was kept on ice, until the end of Secret Invasion, when it was reactivated by a dead man's switch. After brawling with the Initiative, it left to find the real Thor, which didn't go well for it. It wound up being recovered by HAMMER, who brought it onto Norman Osborn's second Dark Avengers team. After that, it became part of the Thunderbolts.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Being designed by Tony, who has a spotty record with AI to begin with, in a distinctly amoral phase would've been bad enough, but having a Skrull infiltrator in the form of Hank Pym did not help.
  • Badass Beard: Side-effect of worthiness includes suddenly going from clean shaven to having a beard, apparently.
  • Bald of Awesome: To differentiate even more from Thor, his head is now shaved.
  • Berserk Button: Don't suggest he's not the real Thor. Don't tell him what to do. Actually, almost anything will set him off.
  • Blood Knight: Thor, without all the character growth that came of getting banished to Earth. His blood runs hot, and it doesn't take anything to set him off, at which point his default reaction is "kill".
  • Character Development: He starts getting some during his time in Dark Avengers.
  • Clones Are People, Too
  • Cloning Blues: He takes it a little hard when he finds out he actually is just a replicant.
  • Costume Copycat: His starting outfit is Thor's 60s outfit.
  • Drop the Hammer: Wields a mechanical replica of Thor's hammer. He later gets an alternate Thor's hammer, proving worthy of it.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Hercules smashed his head open with his copy of Mjolnir, but his self-repair program eventually fixed it up.
  • Hero Killer: The first time it showed up, it blasted a hole right through Bill Foster's chest, killing him stone dead. During his fight with the Initiative, he fries Michael of the Iron Spiders.
  • The Juggernaut: During his fight with the Initiative, since absolutely none of them are heavy hitters capable of fighting him. The only reason anyone gets out alive is because Baron Blitzschlag shows him he really is a robot.
  • Mythology Gag: His outfit when he becomes worthy in Dark Avengers is more based on Ultimate Thor.
  • Pretender Diss: On the receiving end from Hercules.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A good hint that he's not the real Thor (besides the murderous rages) is his eyes tend to glow red.
  • Restraining Bolt: Initially he was programmed with a verbal shutdown code. The Skrull replacing Hank Pym made sure when he reactivated it that it no longer functioned.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ragnarok just sort of vanished after Dark Avengers, back in 2012. Where he's gotten to since is unknown.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Deep down, he actually was afraid he wasn't the real Thor.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Another way of distinguishing between him and the real deal, since by the time he showed up, Thor and the Asgardians had moved onto less florid methods of speaking.

    Ratatoskr 

Ratatoskr

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Debut: Thor (Vol 2) #83

A giant squirrel from Norse myth who used to travel across Yggdrasil the World Tree as a messenger. However, she found her job boring and decided to leave her job and have some fun messing around on Earth.


    Røkkva 

Røkkva

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Debut: Valkyrie: Jane Foster (vol. 1) #8

The Røkkva was a primordial antilife entity spawned near the beginning of the universe, roaming the cosmos and mindlessly destroying or corrupting everything it came across.


  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Gods infected by the Røkkva have black sclerae and pupilless yellow irises resembling Glowing Eyelights of Undeath.
  • The Corruption: Øde, one of the first kings of Asgard, tried to harness its power and for a time he became one of the most powerful beings in the Ten Realms. However, it corrupted him into a monster that — even after he was killed — was seen as being so dangerous the future All-Fathers of Asgard were charged with ensuring that the Røkkva never escaped. After it tries to infect her, Jane Foster compares it to cancer.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It's an ancient force of antilife and corruption that has existed since the beginning of time.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It was sealed away beneath the Barren Mountains of Jotunheim, until Tyr exhumed Øde's corpse and brought it to Midgard.
  • The Symbiote: While it's (probably) not a Child of Knull, it is an entity of antilife that corrupts and consumes everything it attaches to. It laid dormant for countless eons inside Øde's corpse, but was reactivated by Tyr Odinson. After being reactivated it tried to bond to Valkyrie, and succeeded in bonding to Thor.
  • Time Abyss: It has existed ever since life came into being, making it billions years old.
  • Touch of Death: Any mortal it infects dies, the Røkkva consuming their very souls. Deities infected by it are blackened into soulless, evil monstrosities.

    Serpent 

Serpent

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AKA: Cul Borson
Debut: Fear Itself (vol. 1) #1

The Asgardian God of Fear and supposed former All-Father and twin brother of Odin, The Serpent was defeated by Odin ages ago and was sealed on Earth deep within the seas until modern times where Syn transformed into a being called Skadi, his general, after picking up a Uru Hammer freed him. Then, he called down more of the Hammers and began to cause chaos on earth to gain enough strength to go to Asgard and take back his throne.

He actually is indeed what he says he is. His real name is Cul Borson and he is also the real Serpent Thor is destined to kill and die in the process, not Jormungand. Sure enough, the prophecy rings true and Cul and Thor were briefly dead by each other's hand. Now, following a period in limbo with his brother, he's serving as Asgard's Minister of Justice, and its regent while Odin's occupied trying to heal Freyja from Loki's poison.


  • Artifact of Doom / Evil Weapon: His Hammers.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He was All-Father once for a reason.
  • Badass Mustache: A long mustache and he's more than a match for Odin.
  • Big Bad: Of Fear Itself.
  • Bullet Catch: Destroys Captain America's shield this way.
  • The Dreaded: As soon as Odin heard he was freed, he wanted to bomb the Earth completely just to make sure he killed him.
  • Emotion Eater: He can get stronger by feeding off the fear of others.
  • Evil Chancellor: After his return Odin makes him his minister of justice and claims he is a changed god. He gets promoted to regent after Loki poisoned Freyja. Surprisingly enough, he's not as evil as might be expected - antagonistic, apathetic to the troubles of other realms, and set on ruling through fear, but not actually particularly malevolent.
  • Evil Counterpart: Creates a "Dark Asgard" from Antarctica, even having his own, twisted parody of Heimdall to guard it.
  • Evil Cripple: His limbs were improperly aligned after as a young child, a pack of Giants threw him down off a cliff, and he tried to set them himself. Healed some in the past, but fully once he feeds upon enough fear.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He could probably give Doctor Doom a run for his money.
  • Evil Old Folks / Elderly Immortal: Until he absorbs enough fear to assume a younger form.
  • Evil Twin: To Odin.
  • Evil Uncle: To Thor, and probably others like Balder and Loki, technically.
  • For the Evulz: Implied to be the reason he fed off fear in the past and why Odin overthrew him.
  • Green and Mean: Cul's signature color is green. He wore green armor when he's the Serpent. Even after joining Asgard, his armor still has green in it.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He's brought back by Odin as a minister of justice, becoming an antagonist in Thor (2014). He doesn't seem to care about other realms, but his main motivation for that antagonism is getting Mjolnir from Jane!Thor on Odin's behalf. And he is apparently genuinely loyal to his brother these days. Certainly, he's not planning to destroy Earth or anything like that.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In War of the Realms he sacrifices himself blowing up a mine of magic mushrooms the dark elves were using to power their Black Bifrost. In the process he saves the miner children working there, enslaved because they weren't as callous and sadistic as the rest of their people. They're inspired to revolt in his name.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a good deal more insightful than you'd think, at least on certain matters, being the only person, of heroes and villains alike, to figure out that Loki poisoning Frigga by stabbing her in the back either makes him 'a very bad poisoner or a very, very good one'.
  • The Lost Lenore: Kid Loki wrote one Leah, and she just disappeared, in his biography to humanize him and buy Thor a chance to defeat him.
  • Mutual Kill: With Thor, though both eventually return. Cul in particular returns as a result of one of Loki's acts in Original Sin.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: He got revenge against the Giants that crippled him by crawling to their camp and ripping out their throats with his teeth as they slept.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Used as an excuse to go with the Asgardians' plan of saving Jane!Thor from the Shi'ar gods despite Odin's strong disapproval of her existence. Cul being regent in Odin's absence was pretty much caught between his orders and the wish of the people.
  • Only the Author Can Save Them Now: Invoked by Kid Loki. Thor going against the Serpent was going to be a Senseless Sacrifice so Loki promoted himself to author (which he could do because in Marvel gods are creatures of story), wrote The Lost Lenore example and made the Mutual Kill retroactively possible.
  • Scaled Up: As the final battle of Thor arrives, he assumes a One-Winged Angel form rather similar to Jormungand, interestingly enough.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In Earth.
  • Simple Staff/Drop the Hammer: His staff even changes into a warhammer as he changes.
  • Super Empowering: After he feeds off enough of Midgard's fear, he assumes a younger form, his limbs heal, and his knobbled staff changes into a massive warhammer.
  • Villain Respect: Briefly and grudgingly, but when an enraged Jane!Thor says that she intends to beat the Jerkass Gods of the Shi'ar to a pulp, he remarks that she's finally talking like an Asgardian.

    Seth 

Seth

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Debut: Thor (vol. 1) #240

Marvel's take on the Egyptian god of the same name. Seth is a powerful Egyptian God of the Dead who often tries to destroy the universe so he can rule over everything in the realm of the dead. He frequently comes into conflict with Thor and Odin due to Asgard inevitably opposing him, for destroying the World Tree would be a major step in his goals.


    Wrecking Crew 

Wrecking Crew

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AKA: Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite), Bulldozer I (Henry Camp), Piledriver (Brian Philip Calusky), Thunderball (Dr. Eliot Franklin), Excavator (Ricky Calusky), Bulldozer II (Marci Camp), Demolisher
Debut: The Mighty Thor (vol. 1) #148 (Wrecker), The Defenders (vol. 1) #17 (As Group)

Mistakenly given Asgardian powers by the Norn Queen, they are four hardened convicts with enchanted weapons and Super Strength. Their names are Bulldozer (Henry Camp), Piledriver (Brian Calusky), Thunderball (Eliot Franklin), and Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite, leader). Originally the Wrecker worked solo until he put his team together. See Wrecking Crew for more info.


    Ulik 

Ulik

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Debut: Thor (vol. 1) #137

A rock troll that is far stronger than the rest of his race. He is one of the few beings of the nine realms whose strength comes close to matching Thor.


  • Becoming the Mask: Subtly implied; during his masquerade as Tanarus, when the troll king strips him of the charm that makes him appear as a human, he screams in horror and repeatedly pleads for his king to "give (him) back (his) face".
  • The Brute: Many, many of his appearances are due to being one of the few beings that can give Thor a decent fight.
  • The Dragon: The rare times when he is not The Brute.
  • Dumb Muscle: Usually does not affect his speech much, but trolls are not known for their intelligence.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His signature weapons are brass knuckles.
  • Green and Mean: He's default outfit is green, and he sure can be mean.
  • The Mole: Thanks to Karnilla's magic, he was temporarily Tanarus, the new God of Thunder to replace Thor. Only Kid Loki knew that something wasn't right about him until Thor came back and killed him to protect the other Asgardians.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His outfit is green and his skin is pale orange.
  • The Starscream: He has betrayed the troll king several times only for it to come back to bite him.
  • Super Strength: Far greater than virtually all other trolls, giants or even gods who all possess some level of super strength themselves. Though still doesn’t hold a candle to Thor.

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