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AKA: The Mighty Thor, The God of Thunder, The Thunderer, Goldilocks, The Odinson
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 Odinforce and took over as Lord of Asgard. Though he would later return the Odinforce 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.
  • 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.
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  • Adorkable: Particularly in the 'God of Thunder' run. He tends to act this way around his human love interests, especially Jane Foster and Roz Solomon.
  • 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...
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    • 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Malekith chops off his left arm shortly into Thor (2014).
  • An Axe to Grind: In his youth, he wielded a large battle ax 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.
  • 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 reminiscent of The Destroyer. Flash-Forwards to centuries later reveal that Old King Thor still has it.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: During his earlier years as part of the Journey into Mystery comics, stories involving him got 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.
  • 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.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Loki's Cain.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Allfather 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.
  • 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, but more often than not, 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: 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 reason's Thor supersedes every other member of his race barring his father is because of his special heritage. He's the son of the Allfather, 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.
  • In the Hood: After he became unworthy of Mjölnir, he added a hood to his cape.
  • 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 of His Kind: In the far future, when Gorr the God Butcher slaughtered all other gods, Thor became the last god in the universe.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • No Indoor Voice: It's an Asgardian thing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 several planets by complete accident. It's worth noting that he was nowhere near those planets when he destroyed them. The force of his attacks was enough!
  • 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.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Say "Thor" to most people, and they'll picture this version instead of the original.
  • Power of the Storm: 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.
  • Protectorate: Midgard and humanity as a whole. It doesn't matter if it's a Bad Future and the entire planet is dead, he'll still defend the damn thing.
    • More particularly, Broxton, Oklahoma has become this in recent years. When the entire town was leveled due to Thor picking a fight with Dario Agger, he responded by giving them his house. Which is the size of a skyscraper.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Less so than most traditional Asgardians, but still the most prominent of the Avengers.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's a several thousand year old Asgardian, and has even fought alongside other vikings in 893 AD.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. With Mjölnir, he can fly at speeds several times the speed of light with ease. He can easily react to Quicksilver and has boasted that he's tagged faster opponents (Keep in mind that at this time, Quicksilver was able to move at faster than light speeds). He often ends up being relatively comparable to the Silver Surfer in this regard, and the Surfer is hundreds of thousands of times faster than light.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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 Mjolnir 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.
  • Warrior Prince: Crown prince of the warrior culture of Asgard.
  • 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.
  • Weather Manipulation: As the God of Thunder.
    "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.
  • 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. 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. In Mighty Thor (2011) #17, he reacts to finding out that Amora the Enchantress has created a new "toy" by decapitating Donald Blake by declaring he intends to beat her face in. He then proceeds to do just that.
  • Wrecked Weapon: 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 Odinforce... 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.
    • This frequently happens to his new hammers, as they are made from less refined Uru and break easier than Mjölnir ever would.

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