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AKA: The Mighty Thor, The God of Thunder, The Thunderer, Goldilocks, The Odinson, God of the Unworthy, Herald of Thunder
Debut: Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #83
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Thor is the son of Odin and strongest of the gods of Asgard. He has grown fond of humanity during his years on Earth, and considers it his duty to protect Midgard. Following the death of Odin, Thor inherited the Odin-Force and took over as Lord of Asgard. Though he would later return the Odin-Force to his father after he was revived.


  • 10-Minute Retirement: When the hammer passed to Thunderstrike. Averted when the hammer passed to the female Thor, where he retained membership on The Avengers, only changing his codename to Odinson.
  • The Ace: By Asgardian standards, Thor is practically the perfect warrior. He's the strongest and most accomplished member of his race with centuries of battle experience, one of the biggest winners of the Superpower Lottery in the Marvel Universe, the beloved son of Odin and heir to the throne, a founder of the Avengers, and one of the most respected heroes of Earth. As seen in the God of Thunder run, races who worship other pantheons pray to him for aid, and often, he answers.
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  • Achilles' Heel: In the past, he would revert back to the human guise of Donald Blake if he were ever separated from Mjölnir for any more than sixty seconds. These days, this is no longer an issue, giving Thor no glaring weaknesses beyond holding back to the point of detriment and recklessness.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original myths, Thor is a Fiery Redhead, something the lesser-known DC Comics version of the character reflects. This is justified by the cyclic nature of Ragnarok in the Marvel Universe: each time Thor is reborn, minor details are changed. The Thor of previous Ragnarok cycle did have red hair, but the Thor we know is blonde.
  • The Alcoholic: Not quite to the same degree as Tony Stark, but he does love his mead and ale. His younger self was far more of a drinker than his future versions.
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  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Many comic fans see him as one to DC comics Superman, due to both having red capes, both being very close to each other in terms of power scaling, both coming from other worlds, both being seen as gods (though Thor is literally a god in this case), and both being nice guys to a fault.
  • Amazon Chaser: Thor Has a Type that can be summed up in two words: Action Girls. Courage and strength of will seem to be the things that he looks for in a prospective Love Interest, and whilst strength or fighting skills aren't necessary, they definitely don't hurt. Thor's list of lovers includes:
    • Sif, a badass Asgardian warrior-woman, was long portrayed as Thor's main potential love interest. For added measure, it was shown that he was instantly smitten with her when he saw her battling a monster, and he even outright stated that her strength and bravery are why he is attracted to her.
    • Whilst Jane Foster is not a straight-up warrior, it has been established that her courage and drive to help in even the worst dangers are part of the reasons why Thor is (or was) attracted to her. And then there was the time she gained Thor's powers by replacing him as the wielder of Mjölnir...
    • Whilst Thor would bed many mortal women as a youth, his first true love was the Norse warrior-woman called Erika the Red.
    • Whilst his complicated relationship with the Enchantress seems to subvert this, one has to remember that she's only a Squishy Wizard by Asgardian standards. To humans, she's a bullet-proof monster with the ability to lift between 25-30 tons, meaning she doesn't need magic to absolutely wreck some shit if she feels like it. Not to mention there was that one (now erased) timeline where they were married in "Thor: The Reigning".
    • Roz Solomon is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, and thus a fully licensed and trained secret agent with skills in espionage, counter-terrorism and martial arts.
    • In the 2019 run of The Avengers, Thor started a tentative relationship with She-Hulk. This one is extra amusing if one remembers that, in the myths, Thor had a son with super-godly strength named Magni from a relationship with a giantess.
    • Thor has been seen making out with Namora in one comic.
    • Whilst it hasn't happened in the main continuity, Thor and Storm has shown up in several extra-canon Marvel stories. They were shown dating in Marvel Adventures, whilst X-Treme X-Men #2 featured a Thor & Storm from an alternate universe who were married. Word of God has even revealed that a character named Thunderstorm, who was the daughter of Thor & Storm, was planned to be introduced in the Exiles.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Thor typically carries two of these that increase his already insane abilities.
    • Megingjord, otherwise known as the Belt of Strength, doubles his already absurd physical might. He can even tighten the belt strap to increase his strength even further. The downside being that using it drains him to the point where he can barely walk.
    • Mjölnir serves as a focus for his innate Elemental Powers and further increases his control.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Ever since he lost his worthiness of Mjölnir, he's frequently struggled with his sense of worth, often seeing himself as unworthy, with many of his enemies mocking him for this as well. At the tale end of War of the Realms, he regains Mjölnir and takes up a new title: God of the Unworthy.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Malekith chops off his left arm shortly into Thor (2014). In Donny Cates’ Thor, he regains his arm after being made the "Herald of Thunder" by Galactus.
  • Artificial Limbs: After losing the ability to use his hammer, Thor lost his left arm in a battle with Frost Giants, forcing him to replace it with an Uru-forged arm. He later received another arm in War of the Realms reminiscent of the Destroyer. Flash-Forwards to centuries later reveal that Old King Thor still has it. That said, Thor's real arm returns after becoming Galactus's herald in Donny Cates’ Thor.
  • Attack Reflector: Mjölnir has the ability to reflect any energy attacks launched at it and can even amplify the energy anywhere from 10 to 100 times the original amount for added firepower.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After his father's death, he became king of Asgard and inherited the Odin-Force, but would later pass the title back to Odin when he came back. At the end of the War of the Realms event, Odin declares him the true king of Asgard and the All-Father. He even bows to him.
  • An Axe to Grind: In his youth, he wielded a large battle axe called Jarnbjorn and uses it whenever his hammer is unavailable for whatever reason. Aside from being nearly indestructible and being able to cleave through nearly anything when backed by Thor's strength, it's also specifically enchanted to be lethal to Celestials and anything made by them. He later takes up his battle ax again after he loses Mjölnir following the Original Sin story-line. Even after he gained new hammers, a couple of them feature an axe component.
  • Badass Beard: Thor has sometimes sported a beard. In the Walt Simonson run, he grew a beard because he was a badass. After fighting with Hela, the goddess of death, her touch disfigured him, so he grew the beard to cover it. During Dan Jurgens run, Odin died and Thor ended up gaining the Odin Force, which caused him to not only gain an increase in power, but a beard as well. Many future versions of Thor also have him wielding a mighty beard. The current Thor of the Marvel Universe as of Marvel: A Fresh Start has a beard.
  • Badass Boast: He is the master of these. The arrogant smack-talk is part of his charm.
  • Badass Cape: His cape is especially notable, because unlike the Distinguished Competition, most heroes in the Marvel Universe lack one.
  • Badass in Distress: Despite being one of the most powerful warriors ever, he tends to bite off more than he can chew at times.
    • In his youth, he was captured by Gorr the God Butcher and tortured for seventeen days straight. He was eventually rescued by his fellow vikings, who helped him defeat Gorr.
    • In issue 3 of War of the Realms, a strike team composed of Captain America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Wolverine were sent to Jotunheim to rescue Thor after he had been stranded there by Malekith. Daredevil (with Heimdall's powers) even told them that he heard him screaming from across the universe, so they made haste. This ends up being subverted, as he was screaming in fury and killing all of his enemies in his Warrior's Madness.
    • In issue 3 of King Thor, Old King Thor and his brother Loki are left at the mercy of the resurrected Gorr, unable to escape or fight back. Thor's granddaughters come to their rescue alongside the Skylords of Indigarr.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: His flowing golden hair, which is one of the key significances that differentiate him from his mythological predecessor. It's also earned him the nickname "Goldilocks" from the Hulk. After he became unworthy of Mjölnir following Original Sin, he had his hair cut short.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: He can casually survive (and talk) in the vacuum of space without any problems. Needing to breathe seems to be optional for Asgardians.
  • Battlecry: "For Midgard!" and "For Asgard!" most commonly.
  • Beard of Sorrow: He grows a more sorrowful beard when he loses the ability to wield Mjölnir after Original Sin.
  • The Berserker: If really pressed in combat, Thor can enter a state called the "Warrior's Madness", which is claimed to increase his strength tenfold (keep in mind that Thor has the greatest physical might of all Asgardians already and is one of the few beings powerful enough to go head-to-head with an enraged Hulk by himself) and makes him more resistant to harm. The problem is that he can no longer distinguish friend from foe in this state.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he really cuts loose and gets angry, it's a terrifying sight. When he came back from Ragnarok and met up with Iron Man, he was so pissed that he cloned him that he wrecks him and shatters his armor while threatening to unleash a storm that would reduce Washington D.C. to washed up rubble.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When they were young, Thor was always very protective of Loki, which only helped nurture his complexes that lead him down the path of villainy. When Loki returned to life as Kid!Loki after the Siege of Asgard, this was dialed up to 11 as Thor finally saw a chance to save his brother from becoming a villain. When Thor learned that Loki's evil future self had killed Kid!Loki in secret and had taken control of the body to return to life, he lost it, and even though Loki was trying to change his life and become a hero, Thor intended to bring him back to Asgard and see justice for murdering his baby brother.
  • The Big Guy: Always plays this role among The Avengers as the most powerful of them. He is also physically the strongest warrior in Asgard.
  • Blow You Away: He can manipulate the weather at will, and can even do so on a planetary scale.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Thor is loud, proud, and has the strength to back it up.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: In comparison to Loki. While that's not to say that Thor is dumb, he typically prefers rushing headfirst into his problems and wacking them with his hammer to fight evil, while Loki is more of a manipulator who outsmarts his enemies to defeat the heroes.
  • Breakout Character: During his earlier years as part of the Journey into Mystery comics, stories involving him became so popular that the series was revamped to be about him.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: After he loses the ability to use Mjölnir, he uses Jarnbjorn, the battle-axe that he wielded in his youth.
  • Broken Ace: While he doesn't start out as this, he certainly becomes this post-Original Sin. He loses his worthiness to wield Mjölnir and becomes way more cynical and melancholic. He admits that he's come to believe that Gorr was right about the gods, and that they don't deserve the praise and worship mortals heap on them. Far into the future, he has this even worse. He becomes the All-Father and lord of Asgard and inherits the Odin-Force (which he renames the "Thor-Force"), but his brother permanently turning to evil, the death of all life on Earth at Loki's hands, and Gorr's slaughter and enslavement of his people has reduced him to a near shell of himself who can barely muster the will to fight anymore. Thankfully, both the past and future versions of Thor eventually get better, though they still carry much baggage regarding their past failings and self-worth.
  • Broken Pedestal: He becomes this to Beta Ray Bill in Thor (2020) when it's revealed that he chose to become Galactus's herald and is helping him devour planets of his own volition. After their fight, Bill even denounces Thor, saying that he is no longer Thor's "brother".
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Despite his immense power, fighting the cosmic and powerful beings that he does tends to leave him a bloody mess afterward. His battle with his grandfather, Bor, destroyed Mjölnir, and he tends to break his bones when he's pitted against the Destroyer. Even his battles against the World Serpent are ones that he doesn't leave without near crippling damage to his person. Another instance was in his battle with Glory, a planet-sized Eldritch Abomination that embodied an entire pantheon of dark gods. After barely managing to kill him, he was completely incapacitated and fell to Earth while reverting back to his Donald Blake guise, causing him to suffer from amnesia as well.
  • Brought Down to Badass: While he's lost the right to wield his hammer due to the events of Original Sin and with it a good portion of his godly power, he's still a mighty warrior capable of kicking some serious ass. Also happened to him previously when he lost the Odin-Force, the bulk of Odin's power that is passed onto his heir after his death, after his father was revived.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: For all his boisterousness, he shows plenty of emotional vulnerability at times, especially when dealing with his family.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Thor once fought against a massive army for two full years without any rest, but he doesn't remember the fight. This is because when your a god who's fought in so many battles over the centuries, a two year long fight means nothing.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Loki's Cain.
  • Came Back Strong: Subverted. After he returns from the final Ragnarok cycle and gets into a fight with Iron Man, Tony comments on Thor being much stronger than he was previously. Thor tells him that he hasn't grown any stronger, he's just not holding back anymore.
  • Catchphrase: Thor has some of the best. If you don't believe us, try shouting "I SAY THEE NAY!" next time someone cuts you off in traffic and see how awesome it feels.
  • Clark Kenting: Averted when he transforms into Donald Blake, who's a much skinnier mortal man with short hair rather than Thor's long hair, but played very straight when he adopts his Sigurd Jarlson persona, which is heavily lampshaded. He even runs into the Trope Namer immediately after donning his glasses.
  • Dating Catwoman: Has an on-again/off-again/on-again relationship with Amora, The Enchantress, despite her (very) frequent lapses into villainy.
    • In the (later erased) future timeline of "Thor: The Reigning", Thor actually married The Enchantress. Surprisingly, it worked; the two of them were intensely devoted to each other, and Amora was fiercely protective of her husband.
    • He also had a romance with Lorelei, Amora's sister, partially out of physical attraction but mostly due to an extremely powerful Asgardian Love Potion.
  • Deflector Shields: Using Mjölnir, Thor can create "dimensional disruptions" that not even the Hulk can break through. He has also created vortexes and barriers that cannot be penetrated by Earthly means, such as the barrier he made to defend the U.N. Headquarters in Thor #181. The greatest feat his shields have ever displayed was in Avengers Annual #16, where he created a vortex barrier that blocked the explosion of the life-bomb, which was stated to be so powerful that it's explosion would have destroyed 1/5 of the Marvel Universe, albeit at the cost of his own life. However, he has never displayed these abilities in modern comics, so it's likely that Mjölnir no longer possesses this power.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Whether or not he can fly without Mjölnir has occasionally shifted depending on the story or media. Sometimes he needs Mjölnir to be able to fly, but other times he can fly perfectly fine without it. After Original Sin, he seems to have lost the ability to fly for good now that he can no longer use his hammer.
    • Whether he's an authentic Norse deity or from a species of super-beings that resemble gods has also fluctuated depending on the form of media.
    • His exact level of strength also fluctuated over the years, largely in relation to the Hulk. Is he stronger than the Hulk? Is he dead even with him? Is he substantially weaker when the Hulk is enraged? This tends to alter depending on the writer. In 2013, Stan Lee gave his stance on the issue and stated that it was a matter of whether the writer in question is a bigger fan of the Hulk or Thor.
  • Determinator: It doesn't matter if he's beaten within an inch of his life, his liver turned to glass, or if he's reduced to a pile of flesh, he'll get back up and keep fighting till his dying breath.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Something Thor is known for is taking on the most powerful beings ever and knocking them down a peg or two. He's defeated the World Serpent, struck a starving Galactus with a God Blast powerful enough to send him fleeing, and knocked out the Phoenix Force, just to name a few.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: While he doesn't use this nearly as often as his electric abilities, he does possess the ability to manipulate the Earth due to his heritage as the son of the Earth Mother, Gaea. He's created massive chasms and continental earthquakes that can't be properly measured by the Richter scale.
  • Divine Parentage: Granted, all Asgardians can be considered this due to being gods, but Thor takes this Up to 11 by not only being the son of the All-Father Odin, but the offspring of Gaea, the Earth mother and an actual Elder God.
  • The Dreaded: Gods, Giants, and mortal villains fear his might. Even the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe get concerned whenever he shows up.
  • Drop the Hammer: Mjölnir is a very important part of Thor's character. It lets him focus his innate weather powers, and also grants him the ability of faster-than-light flight. It was once said that Thor by himself comprises half the full wartime might of Asgard... but that half of Thor's might resides in Mjölnir. After Mjölnir is destroyed, Thor begins wielding a number of new hammers, many of which have their own abilities. However, they are also not as strong as his old one and break easily if he's not careful.
  • Dumb Muscle: Thor's impulsive nature and preference for acting without thinking things through can often leave this impression when it gets him or his allies in trouble. Subverted in that when he bothers to think he can come up with reasonably intelligent battle plans.
  • Elemental Powers: Lighting and Wind, befitting the God of Thunder. He also has Dishing Out Dirt thanks to his heritage as the son of Gaea and Playing with Fire to a smaller degree with his "Atomic Flare" technique.
  • Empathic Weapon: Mjölnir is this, as it's not a matter of strength when it comes to wielding it. It's a matter of worthiness. He loses the ability to wield it because the hammer no longer sees him as worthy, and it would take until the end of Secret Wars for him to get his worthiness back and until the end of War of the Realms to get Mjölnir back. However, while he is worthy to wield his old weapon, he's not completely so, as Loki notes that he's actually struggling to lift Mjölnir, something that has never happened before.
  • Energy Absorption: One of Mjölnir's abilities is that it can absorb and redirect an almost unlimited amount of energy. He's redirected Hyperion's atomic vision, the Power Cosmic fueled blasts of the Silver Surfer, and the devastating flames of Glory. The absorbed energy can be redirected with anywhere between 10 to 100 times as much power back at his attackers. One of the hammer's greatest feats was in Thor #407, where Mjölnir managed to contain the galaxy-destroying power of a Null Bomb before using the power to reignite a dying sun.
  • Eye Scream: Thor sacrifices one of his eyes to Yggdrasil during War of the Realms. Much like his arm, Thor also regained it when he became Galactus's herald.
  • Flaming Sword: Hammer version. Yes, he can set Mjölnir on fire with an attack known as the "Atomic Flare". According to Thor #351, he does this by spinning his hammer so fast that it sets its atoms ablaze, causing it to "[burn] with the might of a thousand suns". It even appears to be ablaze when it's reforged at the end of War of the Realms.
  • Flying Brick: Thor is super strong, incredibly durable, and can fly through the air at incredible speeds thanks to his hammer.
  • Fun Personified: A common interpretation of his character presents him this way.
  • Friendly Rivalry: His rivalry with the Hulk has grown into this over the years.
  • Genius Bruiser: Occasionally he can be insightful and use intelligent strategies and has even outwitted the likes of Loki and Malekith, who pretty much specialize in manipulation. He even retains all of Donald Blake's medical knowledge even as Thor. However, despite his intelligence, he prefers his Leeroy Jenkins tactics. It's a side effect of growing up in warrior culture as well as being one of the strongest beings out there. When you're as tough as him, why plan when you can fight?
  • Glass Cannon: Usually he's a Lightning Bruiser, but there have been instances in comics where he became this.
    • At one point, Hela briefly turned him into this. While he was as strong as usual, he was cursed with brittle bones that wouldn't heal, meaning even throwing a basic punch would shatter his arms.
    • Thor's new hammers provide him with all of the same abilities that Mjölnir did, but they are composed of less-refined Uru than his original weapon and are more prone to breaking if he's not careful.
  • God in Human Form: He's a Norse deity, but he looks human. He can also take on the human guise of Donald Blake.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Averted. He doesn't need prayer to power his abilities, though some issues depict being prayed to as strengthening his powers. A lack of prayer does not weaken his "base" power set, but being prayed to does make him stronger.
  • Good Is Dumb: He ranks pretty low in terms of intelligence according to his official Marvel stat sheet. Subverted in The Avengers when he learns English in two weeks. However, his intelligence is usually portrayed as about or slightly above average for a normal person. He can be a good tactician and show surprising levels of intelligence. He really only looks slow because he's most often used as Dumb Muscle, and is frequently found in close proximity to super-geniuses Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Odin, and Loki.
    • It also doesn't help that he's an Asgardian god who has little to no knowledge of Earth subjects, which can sometimes make him seem a bit slow.
    • The actual comics themselves on the other hand have averted this multiple times by showing that Thor has all of Donald Blake's medical knowledge (after Blake was written out) and having him perform surgery on more than one occasion, making him something of a Genius Bruiser.
    • Thor is often described as having an IQ of 375 and he has shown it often, with his frequently being shown to have a gift for strategy, and once manipulating Malekith the Accursed, a Magnificent Bastard in his own right, in a fashion worthy of Loki. It appears his intelligence is just a victim of power seep in order to make the likes of Iron Man and Doctor Strange look better. Also, unlike his mortal Avenger compatriots, he's simply strong and durable enough that there are very few issues he can't solve simply by whacking them repeatedly with Mjölnir.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Thor generally tries to be more merciful to his enemies than one might expect of a viking warrior, but he will occasionally show that he is willing to do terrible things if necessary.
    • On one occasion, Loki kidnapped and threatened a mortal child and went above and beyond in his attempts to kill Thor. Thor beat the crap out of him and gave him a speech about thinking goodness is weakness only for Loki to murder a nearby human out of spite and then surrender. Thor finally had enough, and knowing Loki would only return to menace Earth again killed him only for Thor himself to face punishment for killing his brother. Funnily enough, Loki was trying to goad Thor into killing him as part of a long-term plan.
    • Another time, Loki released a magical plague that made Asgard vulnerable to a frost giant attack along with another attempt on Thor's life. Thor figured out Loki was behind everything, but not enough to prove it. He broke Loki's arm as a reminder that Thor's patience has its limits.
  • The Good King: According to his alternate future self, he will become the greatest All-Father in the history of Asgard, and also the worst. After he's crowned All-Father following the events of War of the Realms, he strives to be this and avoid the mistakes made by his father and future incarnation.
  • Has a Type: Not counting Amora or usage of trickery Thor tends to gravitate towards brunettes with attitude. For Odin's great displeasure when mortal really.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Thor generally gets along with everyone due to his penchant for loyalty and love of fun, but there is one hero he frequently butts heads with: The Hulk. It varies from time to time: Sometimes the two get along just fine, sometimes they are more friendly rivals, but many times its pure Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. The reasons vary as well,though most of the time it comes from the fact that Thor doesn't care for how volatile Hulk is, and Hulk tends to not like people getting in his way when he sets his mind to something, and since Thor is one of the few heroes who is not afraid to get in his way...
  • Healing Factor: Complementing his insane durability, on the rare occasion he gets hurt, his healing factor will patch him up. He's healed from getting impaled as well as having vital organs ripped out of his body. It cannot restore severed limbs though.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: This trope tends to be zig-zagged when it comes to him. His present day self always wears his iconic winged helmet in battle, but before that, his younger self never wore a helmet, likely reflecting his brash arrogance. During his time as Unworthy Thor, he also went his journeys without his helmet and opted for a hood and cape in its stead. After gaining a new hammer in Marvel: A Fresh Start, he also returned to wearing his famed helm as well. Fittingly, he also stops wearing his helmet after he becomes Galactus's willing Herald and a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Heroic Build: He is extremely tall and muscular.
  • Hijacked by Jesus: Occasionally. Less extreme examples merely feature Christian themes and subtext alongside the classic Norse inspirations. Egregious cases feature Thor quoting the gorram New Testament.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: In a comic book annual, Demogorge the God-Eater, an ancient deity whose very purpose is to destroy gods, tries to consume Thor, but the superhero's will is too strong, and not only takes over its body, but he forces it to restore all the deities it had already eaten!
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Given the choice between Asgard and Midgard, Thor stands with Earth and its people every time.
  • Humanoid Alien: While he's actually a deity (though this varies Depending on the Writer), he could easily pass for a regular human, albeit an incredibly tall one.
  • Hybrid Power: One of the reasons Thor supersedes every other member of his race barring his father is because of his special heritage. He's the son of the All-father, Odin, who is the most powerful Asgardian overall and the holder of the all powerful Odinforce that he will one day inherit, but he's also the son of Gaea, the immensely powerful Elder Goddess of Earth. Let's just say that Thor hit the Superpower Lottery big time with genetics like that.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He states that he'll never use more than a fraction of his power when he's on Earth for the sake of avoiding collateral damage. If he ever decides to stop holding back, his enemies are in for a hard time. In one instance, he got beat up by Dario Agger, a Minotaur whom Thor states is as strong as the Hulk. After assessing his opponent's strength, he stops holding back and takes Agger down with a single punch.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: He has sometimes introduced himself to others as "Thor, son of Odin", or just as "Son of Odin."
  • I Have Many Names: Given his long life, he's gone by many names and titles including, but not limited to: Donar, Thunaer, God of Thunder, the Thunderer, Son of Gaea, the Golden Avenger, Donald Blake, Storm-God, Jormungand's Fear, All-Father (after War of the Realms), God of the Unworthy, and Herald of Thunder.
  • Immune to Bullets: Thor can easily shrug of gunfire like it's not even there. When gunmen were about to shoot down innocent people, he blocked the bullets by just standing in front of them, not even fazed.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: Back in the older comics, Thor would hover by spinning his hammer overhead like a helicopter. Nowadays, he doesn't spin his hammer to achieve flight, but it is useful for building up momentum to increase his flight speed.
  • In the Hood: After he became unworthy of Mjölnir, he added a hood to his cape.
  • It Is Not Your Time: Just before his resurrection post-Final Ragnarok, his human incarnation, Donald Blake, tells him that his time is not over yet.
  • Large Ham: Is. he. ever. While many of Marvel's characters have gotten more serious and grounded throughout the years, Thor still speaks like straight out of a 1960's comic, full of bombast and theatrics. Though this has slackened off somewhat in the God of Thunder run. He can still pull out the thunder and the bombast (and does, frequently), but largely, this is a more thoughtful, more introspective Thor.
  • Last-Name Basis: After he became unworthy, he passed his name on to Jane Foster and only went by his last name, "The Odinson", due to feeling that he did not deserve his name until he became worthy again.
  • Last of His Kind: In the far future, when Gorr the God Butcher slaughtered all other gods, Thor became the last god in the universe. Though this becomes subverted since Loki is still around, his granddaughters are also goddesses, and they manage to resurrect the Skylords of Indigarr.
  • The Leader: Was this for the League of Realms, as appointed by the Congress of Worlds.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A problem with being more powerful than most other beings is Thor often charges into battle, hammer swinging, without considering his opponents strengths or coming up with a plan. Usually, this isn't a problem thanks to his raw power, but it has come back to bite him a few times over the years.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Aside from the obvious pun, Thor is considered a top-tier character in multiple areas, including physical strength, toughness, speed, flight, and energy powers/ranged attacks. Put them all together and there's almost no hero or villain who can last a single round with him (unless he's holding back, which he frequently does).
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: The utility of Thor's lightning needs to be seen to be believed. Besides deep frying or knocking his enemies out, he's also used it to seal holes in the ground and at one point essentially glue a moon back together.
  • Literal-Minded: Being an Asgardian with little knowledge on Earth customs, he can take things at face value at times. In the 2007 series, he was told by Oklahoma police officers that he couldn't put Asgard on the ground there since it was private property. Thor responds by lifting all of Asgard and making it float.
    Thor: It is no longer on the ground.
  • Living Weapon: His iconic hammer, Mjölnir, is not your average Uru weapon. Not even Odin can fully control it, and Thor fully acknowledges that Mjölnir is as sentient as he is.
  • Long-Lived: He's an Asgardian god who's already a few thousand years old. As his future version shows, he will continue to live for many millennia beyond that.
  • Magic Knight: An interesting example, in that he doesn't really cast spells and knows little of actual magic, but his weather manipulation is a functional form of magic, in tandem with his warrior ways.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: All of his human love interests are this to him, since he's an immortal Asgardian God.
  • Mercury's Wings: His iconic helmet features a pair of wings.
  • Messianic Archetype: Not quite to the point of actually being the Messiah, but Depending on the Writer can come across as Jesus WITH A HAMMER! sometimes. It should also be noted that this can occasionally be awesome.
  • My Future Self and Me: In God of Thunder and War of the Realms, he has teamed up with and interacted with his future-self to stop threats like Gorr and Maliketh. He's even fought alongside his past-self in these same instances.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: In The Unworthy Thor, he admits that this is how he lost Mjölnir. He no longer feels that any of the gods, himself included, are worth the praise mortals heap on them.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In the past, he went through some Early Installment Weirdness in which he just developed new powers on the fly, ranging from ventriloquism to outright time travel. Over the years, this was toned down and Thor's power-set became his defined Flying Brick powers, Shock and Awe, and Weather Manipulation.
  • Nice Guy: He's always been this, fundamentally, even if he sometimes comes across a bit aloof and temperamental, but in recent years, he's become Superman's Alternate Company Equivalent in more than just the power stakes, showing the sort of gentle wisdom and kindness that you'd expect from Superman. Thor spends his free time bringing food to starving nations, preparing last meals for sympathetic death row victims, regaling mountain-exiled monks with tales of adventures, and guiding the younger mortals around him with gentle wisdom when he can.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Both he and his weapon have this.
    • Not to an insane degree, but as a Physical God, very few things or beings can actually harm Thor. He has shown immunity to bullets and firearms, and survived everything from planet busters, flying through stars, getting crushed by the weight of twenty planets, absolute zero temperatures, and more.
    • His main weapon, Mjölnir, is comprised of Uru and is nearly indestructible as a result. Emphasis on nearly, as it has been destroyed in the past, usually by cosmically powerful beings like Celestials and Bor, his grandfather.
  • No Indoor Voice: It's an Asgardian thing. While he is more subdued compared to the rest of his race, he still ends up being the biggest Large Ham on whatever Avengers team he winds up on.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Part of why Thor is so much stronger than any other Asgardian is because he's half-Asgardian on his father's side, but he's also half-Elder God from his mother, Gaea's, side. Though since Odin is also half-Frost Giant from his mother's side, this makes Thor 1/4 Asgardian, 1/4 Frost Giant, and 1/2 Elder God.
  • Not Brainwashed: In issue #3 of Thor (2020), Beta Ray Bill believes Thor to be under Galactus's control after he becomes the Herald of Thunder. It turns out that Thor isn't brainwashed and is helping Galactus of his own free will, even reverting back to his original self to prove it.
  • Not Quite Flight: Thor's method of flight involves holding onto Mjölnir after throwing it and traveling on the momentum of his throwing strength. Of course, since the hammer is magic and can fly around unaided, he doesn't even need to throw it to let it take him places. However, he has sometimes been depicted flying without it, but reasons tend to vary on whether or not he's channeling his hammer's power to let him levitate or if he's taking a page out of Storm's book and manipulating the wind to stay aloft.
  • Omniglot: Thanks to a standard Asgardian ability, called the All-Speak, Thor can speak every language in the known universe. English, old Norse, Japanese, various alien languages, and even frog-speak.
  • One-Man Army: When Thor takes the restraints off, he can single-handedly destroy entire armies of modern-tech humans, superhumans or mythological creatures like trolls and giants. He once fought an army encompassing thousands of powerful warriors for two years without tiring out.
  • Paradox Person: He has interacted with his past and future selves and even argued with them. They've existed in the same point in the timeline and yet, despite Young!Thor interacting and disliking how his future selves turn out, none of them are effected by this. However, it is noted that if Thor's younger self dies, then the others will also fade from existence as well.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: When he cuts loose, he can easily annihilate entire planets.
    • When he arm wrestled Hercules, they generated enough force to not only devastate the planet they were on, but throw the thing out of orbit. The kicker was that neither was winded even after doing this.
    • In his fight with Gorr the God Butcher, he destroyed large moons by complete accident. It's worth noting that he was nowhere near said moons when he destroyed them. The force of his attacks was enough!
    • Old King Thor gets to show just how destructive he can be when he fights the likes of Galactus, Loki the All-Butcher, and the returning Gorr. His fight with the Devourer of Worlds destroyed Earth's moon as they went toe-to-toe with each other, his fight with Loki devastated Asgard, and his battle against Gorr had him using Mjölnir to throw stars at his opponent.
  • Physical God: Sometimes depicted as an advanced alien, sometimes depicted as a literal physical God. It varies by the writer. What doesn't vary is that he's always more than powerful enough to qualify for this trope. Stories within Jason Aaron's run on the character lean more strictly into him being a genuine Norse deity.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Say "Thor" to most people, and they'll picture this version instead of the original.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Mjölnir is enchanted to return to it's user regardless of how many targets it strikes. This is justified by the hammer explicitly being magical in nature.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Less so than most traditional Asgardians, but still the most prominent of the Avengers.
  • Really Gets Around: If his list of love interests weren't enough to convince you, his narration in the Viking Era portion of the God Butcher storyline states that he slept with half of the women in the Scandinavian village he was occupying at the time.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's a several thousand year old Asgardian, and has even fought alongside other vikings in 893 AD during his youth.
  • Rejecting the Inheritance: After War of the Realms, he initially rejects the throne of Asgard and the title of All-Father when Odin bestows it to him. After some time to think, he ultimately accepts, but refuses to let anyone call him All-Father until they succeed in restoring Asgard and bringing the gods back home.
  • Required Secondary Powers: There's no way Thor would be able to throw himself along with his hammer unless he was durable enough to do so without ripping his arm out of its socket. Thankfully, he's got durability in spades, so he can do just that. Thanks to the worthiness enchantment on Mjölnir, anyone who wields it instantly gains all of Thor's powers, including strength and durability, so this isn't an issue for them either.
  • Royal Harem: In Jason Aaron's continuity, Thor (or at least, previous iterations of him during the Ragnarok cycles) kept a harem of concubines to serve him. This is in keeping with his mythological stories, where he also kept a host of concubines and sired a number of children with unknown mothers.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He may be the Prince of Asgard, but he's an Avenger first and foremost.
  • Semi-Divine: He actually takes this even further than most by being half-Asgardian on his father's side and half-Elder God on his mother's side.
  • Shock and Awe: As God of Thunder he can control and generate lightning and thunder.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Loki, in every meaningful way.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His classic, unworthy, and Marvel Now costumes.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: He typically spins Mjölnir like a helicopter to deflect certain projectile attacks.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Jean Grey, of all people - specifically, Teen Jean, who comes to him looking for help fighting off the Phoenix. Unfortunately for her, he appears to be completely hammered in an isolated tavern, and entirely unaware of the incoming army of orcs and monsters, instead rambling on about stories from the good old days. Then as soon as they burst through the door, he instantly sobers up, takes his axe and cuts them into mince. It also turns out that those stories had a relevant point, helping Jean considerably.
  • Strong and Skilled: Not only is he one of the strongest heroes in the Marvel Universe, he's also one of the most skilled, having mastered multiple forms of combat over the centuries of his life.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His strength and power tend to fluctuate up and down like a yo-yo depending on the story. Sometimes it takes super-beings such as the Hulk, Silver Surfer, or Gorr to threaten him. Other times he can be challenged and bested by more human-level threats. Granted, it is frequently stated that he's Willfully Weak so as not to threaten the world, and when he stops holding back he has been shown causing mass destruction, so there is justification for this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As he gets older, he takes more and more after his father. As seen with his future self, he practically becomes the spitting image of Odin, minus the gold armor. By the end of War of the Realms, he now wears an eye-patch over his now gone left eye, increasing his resemblance to his father (though Odin's eye-patch covers his right eye).
  • Super Empowering: He's subjected to this in the beginning of the 2020 series, where Galactus gives him the Power Cosmic and makes him the "Herald of Thunder" to combat the Black Winter.
  • Super Hero Gods: He's one of the most defining examples in comics. For Marvel comics, he's pretty much the definitive example of this trope.
  • Super Mode: His "Warrior's Madness" state amps his already insane strength tenfold. The drawback is that he loses all sense of reason and can't discern friend from foe.
  • Superpower Lottery: Arguably Marvel's champion of this trope. He has a wide assortment of powers such as Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, Flight, Shock and Awe, and Weather Manipulation, all of which are to such an immense degree that it makes him one of the strongest heroes in the Marvel Universe.
  • Super Speed: Described by Hela to be as fast as the lightning he commands, and his top speed is labeled as Mach 32. With Mjölnir, he can fly at several times the speed of light with ease. He can easily react to Quicksilver and has boasted that he's tagged faster opponents.
  • Super Strength: Thor's strength is immense, and the super-beings who can match him can be counted on the fingers of one hand (not counting cosmic entities). He's used a fishing rod to lift the World Serpent, held together a moon and used his lightning to mend it back together, and resisted the gravity of a neutron star. In Avengers Vol. 3 #63, he's shown to be strong enough to dent Captain America's shield. He has proven equal to Hercules in pure physical might, and he once headbutted the Silver Surfer hard enough to dent the Surfer's skull. This is the same guy whose strategy against the Incredible Hulk was "let him punch me to no effect until he gets bored", which worked.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In his 2020 series, Thor is made Galactus' newest herald so he can help him stop the Black Winter, a horrific star plague that destroyed the Galactus of the Fifth Multiverse, or more specifically his original self, Galan of Taa. Galactus needs to eat five worlds that will empower him enough to fight the Black Winter. One of those worlds, Clypse, was inhabited, which led to Thor beating Galactus down until he let him evacuate the planet with the Bifrost. Even then, he devours an inhabited world due to lack of time, and Thor makes it very clear to the Devourer of Worlds that he will make him answer for his crimes when they complete their mission.
  • Time Abyss: Downplayed in that he's certainly not an elder of the universe or eons old like the Skyfathers, but he's well over a few thousand in his years. He's fought Apocalypse in 1013 A.D. and even in WWII for the Nazis (he was duped by Hitler at the time). His future self, Old King Thor, goes on to live for countless millennia, to the point where he's described as being far older than any god to have ever lived. Considering how old deities can be in Marvel's cosmology of gods, that speaks volumes.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Generally played straight while in the Earthly realms, although Thor can and will kill enemies who piss him off enough. Blockbuster, a member of Mister Sinister's Marauders and an enemy of the X-Men, learned this the hard way. In contrast, when in Asgard and the other 'mythical' realms, he is much more willing to use lethal force, since demons, monstrous creatures, and ancient, eldritch horrors are not suitable candidates for a benevolent prison system.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Thor's primary tactic in a fight is to throw Mjölnir at his foes. It generally always does given the sheer power behind it alongside the throw-and-return function it possesses.
  • Token Non-Human: In modern teams, there's usually plenty of Mutants, Inhumans and Aliens, but a lot of classic line-ups featured Thor as the sole non-human Avenger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the events of War of the Realms, he once again becomes All-Father and gains all the power that comes with it. This later gets furthered when Galactus grants him access to the Power Cosmic. To show this, he and Beta Ray Bill were once equal to each other, but Thor becomes so strong that he can simply backhand him without effort.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His interaction with various other characters (Teen!Lokinote  and Fem!Thor especially) have been explosively brutal, beat-down-with-intent-to-kill jerkishness post-Original Sin and Axis. Not that it's without justification, and the intent to kill is largely limited to Loki, but still... He gets over it.
  • Trauma Conga Line: After Original Sin. Thor loses the ability to use Mjölnir and shames himself in front of the All-Father and all of Asgard, insists he doesn't need it and rushes off to battle only to lose his arm, which a Frost Giant keeps as a trophy (and Malekith then sets on fire in front of him, apparently for the hell of it), and then discovers that the hammer has found a new host. Then, right after, he discovers that his beloved brother he's finally repaired his relationship with wasn't actually the Kid!Loki he thought, and had actually killed Kid!Loki, causing him to vow to bring Loki to justice again and ruining their relationship again. After the time skip, he finally becomes worthy of wielding Mjölnir again... which ultimately causes him to lose the Hammer of Thorr during his and Hyperion's last stand against the Beyonders, allowing him to die as himself before Secret Wars. Thor's had a rough go of it in the modern Marvel Universe.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He spends more than half of The Unworthy Thor completely bare-chested while searching for Ultimate!Mjölnir.
  • Warrior Prince: Crown prince of the warrior culture of Asgard.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: He can use not one, but three different variations:
    • His most powerful technique with Mjölnir, the God Blast, is an overwhelming beam of energy that has the power to kill immortal beings. It's caused a starving Galactus to flee for his life and shatter the brain-case of the Celestial Exitar, though not without destroying Mjölnir.
    • He can also use his hammer to create the incredibly powerful Anti-Force blast, which proved so powerful that it seemingly killed Mangog.
    • Another of these is the Thermo-blast. Unlike the God Blast, this one channels energy from Mjölnir rather than channeling his own life force through the hammer. It is immensely powerful, having been described as universe shaking, and can humble the likes of Ego the Living Planet.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Whenever he's pitted against foes of greater strength (such as the Hulk, Thanos, the Destroyer Armor, or Surtur), he becomes this. It's usually with enemies that he can't outright overpower that he has to think his way out of the problem or rely on superior fighting skills.
  • Weather Manipulation: There are several super-powered individuals on Earth who can influence the weather, but Thor's power surpasses them all — because, hey: he is the God of Thunder. He was even the Trope Namer back when this trope was originally called "Power of the Storm."
    "All the power of the storm, from all the world, flows through my veins, and can be summoned by mine hammer at any time, wherever it is. A lightning storm in Japan? Mine. A hurricane off the coast of Barbados? Mine again. A brace of tornadoes in Kansas? Aye... mine. All that might, all that destructive force, mine to command. Channeled and guided through the mystic might of this hammer, guided right at thee!"
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Occasionally displays elements of this in regards to his father, Odin, especially when Odin is invoking his Omniscient Morality License.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: If Thor is confronted with a problem, his response is generally to throw his hammer at it. If things get really tough, he'll whip out his weather powers. To be fair, Thor is an expert in the art of magic hammer throwing.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Thor has occasionally been distressed that he will have to watch all his friends and comrades on Earth die eventually.
  • Willfully Weak: Thor often intentionally holds himself back when he's fighting on Earth. Part of this is due to his not wanting to kill his enemies or make his friends feel weak (see "World of Cardboard" Speech on the Comicbook page), but part of it is also likely due to the fact that he's often fighting in urban areas with lots of innocent bystanders. If he unleashed his full power, he could cause a lot of unnecessary collateral damage — especially as this is someone who has shattered planets with the shock-wave of his blows.
    • An example of Thor pointing out how powerful he is, in a way most people fail to consider — when the US government (in the person of Tony Stark) attempted to intimidate him, Thor informed them that, if pressed, he could and would create a Category 5+ hurricane over Washington D.C.... and then hold it there for weeks or months, till the entire city was simply washed away. And there would be nothing anyone could do to stop it. Stark backed down. Hastily.
  • The Worf Effect: Has been hit with this from time to time to show that the threat level of the new villain is extremely high. To be fair, the enemies in his rogues gallery tend to be within the Cosmic tier of power and he frequently tends to hold back so as not to cause untold destruction to wherever he is. Even still, enemies like Ultron or Thanos raise the stakes, as they are among the beings that not even he can overpower regardless of whether or not he's holding back.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He spends weeks trying to lift Mjölnir after he became unworthy, not eating or sleeping, he only stops because he overhears the Frost Giants are attacking Midgard. He goes to the armory, gets his old axe and flies off to battle. It goes a lot worse than anyone expected.
  • World's Best Warrior: Thor is considered the absolute best warrior in all of Asgard.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's among the strongest warriors in the Marvel Universe and one of the most physically powerful on the side of good. He's also considered to be the strongest Asgardian there is, as befits his title as the Asgardian god of strength. Usually, the only other hero that can outright surpass him in a contest of raw might is the Incredible Hulk.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Thor rarely shies away from hitting whoever needs to be hit, regardless of their gender, though it is rare for him to use excessive or deadly force against someone unless it is required.
    • For example, while he did angrily threaten Amora (In Mighty Thor (2011) #17), after discovering that she has created a monstrous version of Skurge, her former lover and minion by using the decapitated body of Donald Blake as raw material, Thor was furious, even going to far as to say he was going to "beat her face in", but he ultimately did no such thing. Instead, he managed to collapse the room in which he and the Skurge-golem were battling, which rendered both the creature and Amora unconscious. He then proceeded to cast them both into a magical vortex/portal, leaving the Enchantress defeated and temporarily banished, but with her face intact.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Happens with some of the weapons he wields over the years.
    • Mjölnir is made of Uru, an immensely-durable metal (Like Adamantium basically) with magical properties, it's a masterwork item, crafted by the finest weapon-smiths in the Nine Worlds, its enchantments carry the full power of the Odin-Force... and even with all this, the hammer is not indestructible, having been damaged or destroyed multiple times. Entirely justified, since Thor tends to battle beings that are powerful beyond the wildest imaginings of most Earthbound heroes.
    • His new hammers that would replace Mjölnir in Marvel: A Fresh Start would often shatter or break, as they are made from less refined Uru and break easier than Mjölnir ever would.

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