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"She who has had many names throughout time, throughout every era of Ragnarok... Freyja... Iduna... Mardoll... Gefn... Enchantress. Only she, in all her Goddessness, in all of her feminine perfectness... could convince the tree to give of its most miraculous fruit."
Ages of Thunder
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Amora the Enchantress is a Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Journey Into Mystery #103 (dated April 1964) and a recurring antagonist in The Mighty Thor. An Asgardian sorceress who has attempted to seduce Thor on numerous occasions. Initially, her aims seem to have been to claim him as her own Asgard's handsome warrior-prince, and thereby eventually become queen of Asgard. Much to her surprise, Thor proved resistant to her charms, and over the following centuries and millennia her plans largely became driven by a desire to ensnare the heart of the man who eluded her for so long. Her plots generally revolve around seducing him or trying to punish him for rejecting her advances. She typically uses her (admittedly stunning) looks and magics to enthrall others to fight for her. Despite her villainous ways, she has genuine feelings for Thor and has put her life on the line for him in the past, has also willingly joined in the defense of Asgard when dire threats have arisen.

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Unlike many of Marvel's Asgardians, Amora is not directly based on any single goddess from Norse Mythology, but is instead drawn as an equivalent to the Greek pantheon's Aphrodite; that is, a legendarily beautiful and seductive being whose schemes (or mere presence) lead to endless problems for everyone around her. In order to ground her in the framework of the Norse setting, she is given traits and a history that draw upon aspects of actual goddesses from the old Norse tales. In the limited series Thor: Ages of Thunder, the Enchantress is said to have been referred to by many names throughout history including Freyja, Gefn and Iduna, and is linked to many of the myths associated with these goddesses. For example, as Idunn the Enchantress was responsible for tending the golden apples that provides the Asgardians with their immortality and power, and as soon as she is kidnapped by a Frost Giant, the Asgardians begin to wither until someone can rescue her, much like the myth of Idunn. Amora is by no means the only Marvel character to have gone by the Enchantress codename: Sylvie Lushton from the Young Avengers was given magical powers by Loki and modeled herself specifically after Amora's appearance.note 

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The character went through different variations over the course of publication, ranging from being Thor's bitter enemy, to being his on-and-off love interest after Jane Foster and Lady Sif. She hasn't been restricted in appearing only Thor comics and showed up in other publications, most notably being the rival to Alison Blaire aka Dazzler of all people. She fought in the Secret Wars and joined the Lady Liberators while posing as Valkyrie.

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The Enchantress provides examples of the following tropes.

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Amora is Marvel's own Poison Ivy, being a seductive female villain with mind-control powers with a green color motif that frequently flirts with their respective hero. Notably, she debuted in comics just two years before Poison Ivy.
  • Ambiguously Bi: For someone who is effectively (if not offically) the Marvel Norse Pantheon's goddess of Beauty, Lust and Sex, Amora is nearly always shown to be shockingly confined to plain vanilla heterosexuality, but there are a rare few instances where female-to-female attraction is hinted at, such as with Illyana Rasputin, when the Enchantress held the young mutant sorceress captive, where the following line was delivered amidst lots of up-close whispers and a few caresses:
    "Before I am done, I shall know all thy secrets. Thou shalt serve me, Illyana. And eventually—Love me."
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • At one point or another, she was this to Jane Foster and Lady Sif, as they were romantic rivals for Thor's affection and they represented the opposite of Amora in more than one way.
    • Surprisingly she served this role to Dazzler, of all people, after the mutant singer managed to thwart Amora's plan to harness the mystical energies of a rare and powerful cosmic alignment.
    • To Valkyrie as well. There is no one that the warrior woman hates more than the Enchantress for possessing her soul and pretending to be her.
  • Anti-Villain <-> Anti-Hero: Plays both at various times, though she seems to be tending strongly towards the more heroic as time goes by... admittedly with lots of relapses.
  • Bad Boss: She is perfectly willing to order the death of a loyal minion for relatively minor errors, such as when she instructs a servant to burn himself to death because he dared rush into her bedchamber unannounced with urgent news.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In the heat of combat, transformations don't seem to be as quick or effective as simple energy blasts (though she did nearly defeat Valkyrie in single combat with a well-timed spell that had the warrior-woman most of the way to tree status before the tables were turned), but in other circumstances the Enchantress does love turning people into various other things.
    • A twisted and misshapen tree is one of her favorite forms for those who have drawn her ire—see the entry for Love Goddess below, as well as the aforementioned Valkyrie.
    • Upon invading her palace in Asgard, the Defenders found themselves battling a small horde of monstrous harpies who fought with a murderous frenzy to defend their mistress. When Doctor Strange eventually unraveled the spells layered upon them, the hideous creatures were revealed to be an assortment of Asgardian women who had presumably drawn the wrath of the beautiful but spiteful goddess, and had been condemned to eternal ugliness and servitude as a result.
  • Beast and Beauty: Amora's lovers need not always be handsome, like Thor or Heimdal; as an immortal goddess she is able to see beyond mere physical attractiveness (though she most certainly does place a great deal of importance on it, in most cases).
    • Skurge, who served her for centuries, was a seven foot tall slab of muscle, and a deadly warrior, but no one would ever call him handsome.
    • The most extreme example of this is the creature/creation known as Keep. A huge, and only vaguely humanlike thing of green wood and tendrils, with a truly monstrous face, Keep is nevertheless taken to Amora's bed.
    Amora: That.... That was suitably epic.
  • Beauty Is Best: Amora places great value on her magical power, on her cleverness and charm, on the considerable magical lore she's accumulated over the millennia... but all of that is secondary to her physical beauty, which she cherishes above all else.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Usually played straight, and justified in that she is an Asgardian, and therefore extremely resilient.
    • Subverted on occasion, such as in the original Secret Wars, where The Lizard savagely slashes her face with her claws, and she responds by ripping out his soul. (Luckily for him it turned out only the animalistic half was torn out and consumed by her magic, leaving him temporarily free of that affliction).
    • In 'Avengers Prime', Hela deliberately scars Amora's exquisite face, as punishment for interfering in her battle with Thor. At the end of the miniseries, Thor uses a mystical reset button and all is returned to normal.
  • Betty and Veronica: Amora is the Veronica to both Jane and Sif's Betty: while the two woman would form a Betty and Veronica dynamic of their own as mundane hospital nurse vs immortal warrior respectively, the Enchantress easily overshadows them both, being a sensual and mysterious sorceress whose motives are never certain and whose legendary beauty has no known equal. Noble and steadfast he might be, but Thor has been tempted (and more than once has succumbed) to her allure, despite his protestations of loyalty to Jane (the mortal love-interest) and Sif (his childhood love).
  • Blatant Lies: The Enchantress is beautiful, she is seductive, she has powers of sorcery that dwarf those of most mortals and gods... but often even these gifts are not enough. Even though many many gods and superbeings are quite willing to form alliances or do her bidding in various ways, her schemes often require the cooperation of someone too powerful or pure to beguile outright, and so she lies. With thousands of years' experience she's quite good at it, and she's aided immensely by simply being so incredibly, flawlessly beautiful that those who don't know her tend to trust her implicitly (or, like Spider-Man, are too flustered and smitten to properly think things through).
    • Donald Blake, embittered by being 'left behind' by Thor when the Thunderer cast off his mortal identity, managed to track down the Enchantress and ask for her help in ascending to godhood. She agreed to do this for him... and things proceeded to go very, very badly for the human when she proceeded to fulfill the letter of their bargain—transforming Blake's body into a divinely-empowered juggernaut, while entirely violating the spirit of the deal, since Blake's living, severed head was forced to watch as the deceitful beauty infused his body with the essence of her dead lover, Skurge, returning him to a semblance of life to once more serve as her lover and warrior: Keep.
  • Big Damn Kiss: While exiled on earth, Thor meets the Enchantress, who is likewise currently banished from Asgard. For once, the golden goddess actually talks to Thor, instead of trying to force him to love her with magic or threats, and her honest wish for his love moves the thunderer to actually consider his longtime foe as just another lonely exile in need of comfort and intimacy. And then finally, after centuries of schemes and battles and spells and striving, the two gods share a genuine kiss.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: As a seductress character steeped in fanservice she's often portrayed this way, though it is perhaps notable that she seems fully aware of her posing, and is doing it intentionally. After all, drawing the male gaze and captivating the male mind with her incredible beauty is entirely her thing.
  • Break the Haughty: Amora is often on the receiving end of this trope, since even the best of the Asgardians sometimes display a certain degree of arrogance, and in her case it is amplified to the point of smugness because of her incredible beauty and impressive array of magical powers.
    As a young goddess her plans were often foiled by her rival Sif, though in later years she has suffered setbacks and embarrassment at the hands of the Hulk Family and Desak The God Slayer. In The Mighty Thor (2016) she had her powers removed by Thor, who then exiled her to a remote mountainous part of Sweden where she lived for a time in a lonely cabin, without servants or lovers at all, before being rescued and re-empowered by a group of X-men villains.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: A dual case, with Amora's son, Magni, lashing out at both his parents: Thor and Amora. The godling's growing dissatisfaction with the Asgardian rule of Earth led to more than one rant directed at his mother, some containing more truth than others. Magni challenged Thor to pick up and wield Mjolnir to test his worthiness and the worthiness of his stern and authoritarian rule over the people of Midgard. Amora attempted to dissuade her beloved son's rash actions, only for him to lash out, claiming her to be a hypocrite, and repeating rumors heard in his childhood that she only married his father for the power it entailed—something she had amply disproven many times over with her obvious devotion to her husband, and her willingness to do anything to support and protect him.
  • Charm Person: Given that Amora has spent a dozen centuries or more perfecting an entire arsenal of love-inducing, mind-controlling magics, while also perfecting both her physical beauty and her ability to manipulate those around her, she is fully capable of evoking love and adoration from very nearly anyone (other than a relative handful of annoyingly stubborn gods and heroes). Often this will be a subtle and extended effort, lasting days or weeks. Other times,for expediency's sake, she'll simply flood her lips to overflowing with pure seductive sorcery and give them a kiss that puts them under her control for some time.
"I knew I shouldn't kiss her. She can destroy a man's soul... but what of it? From that moment I was her slave. Her willing slave."
Dane Whiteman, The Black Knight
  • Combat Stilettos: Splits her time roughly evenly between comfy-looking flats (or the equivalent of socks, with her footie-equipped leggings) and ultra-stylish high heels. Both are justified in that Amora rarely, if ever, willingly engages in physical combat (or, apparently, any physical activity more strenuous than standing and posing seductively, or striking dramatic poses while spellcasting or in battle.
  • Composite Character: Amora's backstory in the Marvel comics incorporates aspects of other Norse goddesses' stories such as Freyja (i.e. seducing a trio of dwarves in order to gain the legendary golden necklace Brisengamen) and Idunn (the caretaker of the golden apples that provide Asgardians with their youth), though these stories seem to have mostly been drawn from previous cycles of Asgardian history (which until fairly recently would periodically reset following the destruction of the gods during Ragnarok, with the gods' appearances, personalities and histories shifting somewhat from one cycle to the next). There's also more than a dash of Aphrodite involved with Amora's presentation; like her greek counterpart she is undeniably beautiful, and charming, but also causes endless mischief for the gods around her.
  • Cool Crown: Most Asgardians share a love of barbaric jewelry and/or fantastic and ornate weapons and gear, and Amora is no different. While she never wears anything that could be seen as functional armor, and does not use weapons other than as magical tools, she does have one signature accessory: her metallic green headpiece. Its exact design varies (she apparently owns a vast collection of them) sometimes taking the form of a simple circlet, sometimes edging close to ornate helmet territory, but most often appearing as some variation of a Tiara. None of these items are ever said to have cultural or magical significance; she apparently just likes the look of them.
  • The Dark Chick: In any villain team-up she joins, most prominently the Masters of Evil. Notably, even though she will sometimes briefly align herself with mortal villains, she seldom has any real care for whether or not the group's evil plans are successful in the end. Instead, she treats them as necessary annoyances that must be tolerated long enough for her own schemes to be realized, be they grand and cunning machinations... or tiny, even petty manipulations designed to humiliate a foe over some slight, or contribute to her own selfish pleasures. After all, to an immortal goddess, all mortals are ultimately there to serve as her playthings.
  • Dating Catwoman: Thor refused her advances for centuries, either because he favored Sif instead, or because he viewed Amora's lack of ethics as a dealbreaker. Eventually, however, due to his own circumstances and the incredible persistance of a goddess that had finally shown some signs of emotional maturity, his resistance collapses and the two enjoy a long-running (though on-again/off-again/on-again) relationship.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Amora is a powerful and clever Asgardian magician who often works against Earth-based heroes, but she isn't the most powerful or clever Asgardian magician who works against Earth-based heroes—that would be Loki, and more than once she serves as his proxy in some scheme only to be defeated, which leads the mortals to inevitable conflict with the Trickster god himself... as when Amora abducted the New Mutants on Loki's orders, when he had been forbidden from directly attacking the mutant teams by Odin.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: She is not immune to her own charms, and has been shown by various artists to pose and preen while giving a monologue (or while waiting for Loki or someone else to finish theirs). Usually takes the form of running her hands through her hair, caressing own face or body, or simply gazing lovingly into a mirror.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She isn't much for actual punching, but she did appear on the battlefield and make the frikkin' RED ONSLAUGHT fall in love with her! Yes, the godzilla-sized psychic manifestation of Red Skull, channeling the power of Charles Xavier, the unstoppable entity that had been wiping the floor with a small army of ultra-powerful Avengers and X-men, collapsed into a puddle of quivering, whimpering submissiveness as it pleaded with the Enchantress to forgive it for what it had done, and begged for the privilege of being her pet and slave.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: She seems to be able to incite this at will in most mortals, usually without even needing to cast an actual spell. Mortals of sufficient power or who are strong of will (such as Doctor Doom, Captain America, or Stephen Strange) can resist, but they are the rare exceptions to the rule; on Earth this effect gets her preferential treatment at stores, resorts, and hotels, while leaving a trail of hopelessly smitten mortals behind her... which bothers the goddess not at all.
  • Dumb Blonde: Very much Depending on the Writer, sometimes is played straight, especially when she's feeling her Bratty side (as when she created the monstrous 'Keep' from the body of Donald Blake, then undertook a journey to Asgard simply to throw her actions in Thor's face, delighting in his rage and giggling happily as she watched her new toy fight the Thunder God). Othertimes (and somewhat surprisingly), this trope is Subverted in that even though the Enchantress often acts in an impulsive or childish way while in the moment, she can, when given time to reflect and consider, come up with a scheme or plot of some subtlety. Also, when she's not obsessing over some slight or insult, she is capable of surprising warmth, wisdom, and insight. Despite the color (and quantity) of that hair, there's (sometimes) a lot going on inside that pretty little head.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A female blonde whose power is to literally make men fall in love with her. Also notably, of all Thor's love interests, Amora is the most sexualized of them all and just happens to have blond hair.
  • Evil Matriarch: Became a very mild version of this during Thor's Reign of Earth, having married a Thor who'd edged into becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist King of Midgard as well as New Asgard. Not only did Amora become his queen and consort as she'd always dreamed, she bore him a son: Magni Thorson. Most surprising was the fact that, although the mortals around her continued to receive their share of lofty disdain and petty spite from the blonde goddess, she gave Thor himself nothing but adoration, support, and unfailing love and loyalty (even to the point of setting aside her multitude of lovers and giving herself to him and him alone), thus proving wrong all those who had long claimed she desired only the power and prestige of Thor's position, and not the thunder god himself.
  • The Fashionista: Unlike most heroes or villains she doesn't have a costume, really, more a theme that most of her ever-changing wardrobe usually follows. She's often seen in the midst of a shopping spree (where she seldom has to pay for anything), and anyplace she calls home for more than a few days will be littered with expensive dresses, shoes, furs, and jewelry.
  • The Fair Folk: In Witch Hunter Angela, Amora arranged for rumors of wish-granting Fae to be spread so that she could then fan the embers of belief into something strong enough to harvest. As a goddess (a being at least partially rooted in myth and stories) she was able to reinvent herself as a faerie queen who made deals with humans who sought her out. While she did grant their wishes, the end result was them turning them into Faustians. The power she gained from the mortals' belief in the 'Fairie Queen' was apparently enough akin to worship to satisfy the needs of an Asgardian deity.
  • Favors for the Sexy: Wherever she goes, throngs of men will be falling all over her in their eagerness to do things for her. Can range from buying her expensive gifts, letting her break any or all rules that might otherwise apply in a given situation, all the way up to performing straight-out murder on her behalf (given a certain sort of person performing the "favor").
  • Femme Fatale: This is how Amora usually presents herself to mortals (provided she needs them for something)—a gorgeous woman of mystery, beautiful and mysterious, but with an air of exotic danger lurking around the edges. In many ways, the Enchantress is the ur-example of this trope, since it describes a woman who is obviously trouble, but who is so magnetically sensual and fascinating that neither heroes nor your average villain can resist being drawn into her schemes. We've seen her play this game with Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Wonder Man, and many, many others.
  • Femme Fatalons: Staying in line with her "Evil-but-feminine" theme, Amora is usually depicted with long, perfect nails (and they're always painted green).
  • Foot Popping: The thing where a gorgeous woman lifts one flawless leg as she leans completely into an amazing kiss? Yes, she's done that.
  • Girlish Pigtails: During the World Engine storyline, Amora's blonde mane is styled this way; a pair of artfully-mussed pigtails that fall past her knees. Perhaps appropriately, this is while she is having a conversation with Thor during which she is markedly warm, playful, and utterly non-threatening.
  • Gold Digger: She's often accused of this, and the reality is that it is perhaps half true. She does shamelessly use men's obsession with her to get what she wants, but not through any desire on her part to be lazy or "do nothing" while leaving everything up to the men. Instead, this is a case of her using her power in a very proactive fashion to advance her own plans and schemes, not that of a husband, boyfriend or lover. So even while going through at least some of the motions associated with the trope, she actually subverts it as well.
  • The Hedonist: Though she is often engaged in plots and schemes, Amora is usually found either relaxing in her palace within Asgard, surrounded by rich feasts, fine wines, and throngs of adoring godlings, or else travelling incognito on Earth... enjoying rich feasts, fine wines, and throngs of adoring human men. When setting up a headquarters on earth, she will never settle for anything less than penthouses and luxury suites.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Though her default setting is basically Semi-Villainous (more a case of unrestrained selfishness, really), circumstances often lead to her taking a more heroic stance, at least for a time. In nearly every case, this is because of Thor's influence — he is the only person whose opinion of her matters in any way, and when properly coaxed, she will sometimes follow his lead. Unfortunately, when his attention or affections turn elsewhere, she will quickly revert to her old ways.
    • During the Secret Wars, Thor convinces Amora to join him on the side of the heroes. Unfortunately, every other hero is (apparently) killed, leaving the Asgardians to face the small army of supervillains alone. Amora, unwilling to face nearly certain death in battle, hangs her head and slowly walks away, leaving Thor to his fate, performing two genuine heelturns in the space of just a few minutes.
    • During the events of World Engine, Amora happily and wholeheartedly joins forces with Thor after he finally, after centuries of the two dancing around each other, gives in and returns her affections. This partnership continues for some time.
    • One instance that didn't require Thor's persuasion was during the Surter War, when all of creation was in danger of being destroyed by the coming of Ragnarok. Villain or no, Amora is no fool. She and many others who held harbored ill-will towards Asgard or Odin for various reasons yet came to their defense during the final battle, since the alternative was death for everyone. Odin, while acknowledging their self-interest, did not hesitate in accepting their aid.
    • In the timeline of The Reigning, Amora undergoes a Heel–Face Turn that actually sticks when Thor marries her. During the decades that pass in that timeline, she bears him a son, is unfailingly loving and supportive of her husband and his efforts, and defends him fiercely against any and all threats.
  • Hot Consort: Amora's most deeply-held desire is to be this to Thor (who despite his oft-stated wishes seems to inevitably find himself ruling either Asgard, Earth, or all of the nine realms whenever the comics flash to future timelines... though it's seldom a happy reign).
    • When Henry Gyrich's Dark Avengers encountered the immensely-powerful Molecule Man, the villain had used his powers to either abduct and control Amora to serve as one of his consorts/harem girls, or perhaps he simply created a duplicate of her for that purpose—either are well within his power.
  • Hot God: She's hot, she knows it, she lives it, she loves it.
  • Hot Witch: As a young Asgardian, Amora started out as a very minor goddess with very minor magical skills, but her breathtaking beauty was undeniable. Over the centuries, she used her looks to seduce and beguile various wizards and sorcerers and convinced them to teach her their most powerful magic. Millennia later, she has become one of Asgard's most powerful spellcasters, and has devoted a large portion of her magic to enhancing her beauty and powers of seduction even further, thus gaining her the title by which she is most widely known: 'The Asgardian Enchantress'.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: How she regularly views Midgard/Earth and its inhabitants, both of whom are so inexplicably favored by Thor. A large part of her frustration with Asgard's prince is his obsession with the least of the nine worlds, and a large part of her jealousy towards Jane Foster is because she's not simply another woman who is competing with her for Thor's attentions, but that Foster is a mere mortal.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Towards Skurge, who she doesn't even notice committed a Heroic Sacrifice until four issues later. Although when she did find out, she was genuinely devastated.
  • I Have Many Names: In several different cycles, she was known as Iduna, Freyja, and Gefn. While operating incognito on Earth she has assumed different mortal aliases such as Christine Collins, Helen Eve, Amora Incantare, Amora Lorelei, Leena Moran, and in a roundabout way created the identity of the superhero Valkyrie.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Not only she had spent years trying to make Thor hers, but Amora has been on the receiving end of his trope by other villains a couple of times. In Ages of Thunder, particularly bold Frost Giants attempted to claim her on two separate occasions: the first disguised himself as a stone-mason and attempted to cut a deal with the Asgardians by rebuilding their destroyed walls in return for the Enchantress (and despite her protestations Odin agreed to the deal). The second one had Loki tricking the lovely goddess into accompanying him outside of Asgard's protections and then delivering the golden goddess to the giant’s icy harem, where she was kept in chains for a time as his unwilling consort.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Sometimes. She wants Thor because he's harder to seduce and break than most other men. That said, she's not averse to taking an easy mark when it pleases her, but the fun will only last so long before she diverts her attention back to Thor.
  • Immortal Immaturity: A trait shared by many Asgardians, but particularly apparent in Amora. For someone several thousand years old, she spends an awful lot of time and energy obsessing over petty slights and jealousy.
  • It's All About Me: Self-Absorbed to a massive degree, she really can't help but view the world(s) through the filter of her own importance. Likewise, anyone else's actions are viewed only in the context of how they affect her.
    • Thor's love for Sif or Jane Foster isn't about those two people at all — it's an awful insult to Amora herself: how else to explain his affection for a tomboy goddess or a mere mortal when he could have Her???
    • Less directly villainous, but still applicable instances include her attack on the World Tree itself, in an attempt to rewrite reality so as to return her lover Skurge to life after his heroic sacrifice. Not because he needed saving — he earned an honored place in the afterlife for his noble deeds — but because she could not bear to be without him after she realized, all too late, that he had truly loved her, and she had thrown that away without ever realizing its worth.
    • She later managed to regain Skurge's services, after a fashion, by betraying Donald Blake and using his body to create a powerful creature of living wood called 'Keep', and infusing it with Skurge's memories. She seemed unconcerned that doing this would leave Blake without a body, or dishonor the memory of her most loyal servant — again, it's all about her.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Despite living in (or, if she happens to be in disfavor at the moment, living near) the warrior-themed society of the Asgardians, Amora never bothers with functional armor. Instead, she chooses costumes that showcase her unmatched beauty, with rich furs, shimmering fabrics, fashionable high-heels, or boots, or boots with heels, all while she's dripping with jewelry and surrounded by a magnificent mane of swirling, golden hair.... None of which prevents her from participating in some of the most insane, terrifying and overwhelming battles in all the nine realms, often right alongside armored warriors wading through hip-deep blood and entrails. Amora might not always be on the winning side of a war, but she'll always look good in the aftermath.
  • Kiss of Death: Though she usually employs magical kisses to charm or incapacitate, she can use kisses to kill, as she told Doctor Strange when explaining how she planned to take his magic and add it to her own:
    ''...Simply by kissing you—again, and yet again—until not so very many kisses from now, you shall be drained of even the magic of life itself!"
  • Lady of Black Magic: Graceful and seductive, she's one of the most dangerous sorceresses in all of Asgard; even though she's not a combat specialist (much preferring to use her wits, beauty and charm to get her way), she can hold her own against any Asgardian mage short of Loki, Karnilla, or Odin himself, using a wide array of mystical energies, shields, blasts, illusions or transformations.
  • Lady and Knight: Her usual pattern is to seduce, beguile, and enthrall a powerful warrior to do her bidding and stand in battle as her protector. Most famously this position was occupied by Skurge.
    • Skurge's situation was unusual in that he was not bound by magic, or even motivated by lust or a desire to possess the magnificent goddess of beauty — he truly was utterly in love with Amora. Unfortunately, she treated him as a dimwitted minion at best, and a pathetic plaything at worst, till the day he died. Only after his heroic sacrifice in Hel did she realize the worth of what she had laughingly spurned... and grieve.
    • When she encountered Doctor Strange, Amora apparently had not been able to procure a suitable champion, so she made one by wrapping an enthralled mortal in multiple enchantments designed to boost his abilities to godly levels. This left her magicks weakened, and no doubt contributed to her defeat by the sorceress Clea.
  • Living Aphrodisiac: Being near her makes all but the most powerful and stubborn of mortals and gods infatuated fools, to the point where even Heimdall (who absolutely knows better) allowed her close enough to deliver an enchanted kiss.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Amora does have tons and tons (and depending on the artist, miles and miles) of hair, but in Asgard this is closer to the norm, rather than the exception, with even bad-ass warrior woman Sif sporting long, loose rapunzel hair, and Thor himself often displaying an unkempt mane that can reach to his waist. The trope comes into play when we consider that Thor, Sif, and basically every other Asgardian can (and often has) sported a short cut, Amora's hair has always been long, and occasionally reaches for full floor length.
  • Love Goddess: Though her focus is more on her beauty and skills at seduction, more than a few Asgardians regard her (perhaps mistakenly) as a goddess of love as well. Given that in a previous cycle, she was pretty much synonymous to Freyja, the Norse goddess of love and beauty.
    • One handsome young godling famously stormed Amora's palace simply so that he might kneel before her and worship at her feet. After fighting his way through her monstrous guardians, he found the goddess in her throne room, reclining seductively, every bit as perfect and lovely as the stories had said. When he told her of his desire to stay and adore her forever (in a perfect example of courtly love, which he foolishly believed would please her), she smiled and granted his wish... transforming him into a tree that everafter stood mutely, granted the immense privilege of being near her.
    ''Thus, shalt thou worship me forevermore! In the spring, the wind rustling through thy leaves will sing my glory. In winter, thou shalt stand in mute admiration of my incomparable beauty."
    Amora
  • Magic Kiss: Her favorite means of delivering a spell (provided the target is an acceptably attractive male, of course). Although one would think it reasonably easy to avoid receiving a kiss if you knew it was likely to deliver a magical attack, Amora succeeds more often than not, probably because in their heart of hearts, most of her targets, be they hardened warriors or no, aren't completely opposed to receiving kisses from the goddess of beauty and seduction.
    • Dane Whitman (The Black Knight) is first enslaved by Amora's kiss, falling instantly and utterly in love with her to the point of becoming her willing minion, only to later be turned into a stone statue by a final kiss, when he is no longer needed.
    • Her love of enslaving or defeating her foes with deep and sensual kisses is played for comedic effect when, in the Doctor Strange comic, she bewitches the good Doctor with a surprise embrace and passionate kiss, only to learn a few minutes later that what she thought was the handsome Stephen Strange was in fact his bestial servant and apprentice, Rintrah, his true form hidden by one of Strange's illusions. Her surprise and dismay when the illusion is banished (and the cow-headed, decidedly unhandsome creature is revealed) are clear.
    "Then it was this— this animal I kissed?!"
  • Manipulative Bitch: Usually avoids risking herself in open battle, but loves manipulating others to do the dirty work in her stead. The 'bitch' part comes into play when she stands at the edge of the battle, taunting her enemy and/or openly mocking whoever she's duped into serving her, all while reveling in her power and cleverness at having brought things to that point. Absolutely adores being able to enthrall men even when they're fully aware of what she's doing. Heartlessly manipulated Skurge into doing her bidding for centuries, through his true and passionate love for her, even though she considered him little more than an especially useful plaything.
  • Master of Illusion: Every iteration of the Enchantress is skilled in Illusionary magic, but the 'Faerie Queen' version of the goddess from Witch Hunter Angela was even more specialized in this. When confronted by a vengeful and furious Angela, Amora's only chance at stopping the powerful warrior's rampage was to use her illusions to manifest her deepest desire.
  • The Minion Master: Although she is a staunch advocate of using minions to do her dirty work for her whenever possible, Amora usually chooses quality over quantity; utilizing a single, powerful champion. In the 'Avengers Prime' miniseries, however, she is instead shown to be controlling a fair-sized horde of bestial, possibly demonic creatures. When her most powerful magical attacks fail to incapacitate Thor, the creatures attack in a Zerg Rush. Turns out their 'quantity' is insufficient when matched against Thor's 'quality'.
    • In various comics we see that Amora's palace in Asgard is defended by many monstrous minions who are passionately, murderously devoted to protecting their beloved mistress.
  • Most Common Super Power: One of the most prominent buxom and busty females in comics.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As evidenced by the other tropes in her entry, the Enchantress definitely fulfills this role, being an blonde bombshell Femme Fatale whose sexuality is her primary weapon. Most prominently in Reign of Blood, where she seduces a trio of dwarves to gain a pretty medallion, all while dressed in a flattering outfit.
  • My Beloved Smother: In the timeline where Thor ruled Earth for several decades, Amora was fiercely devoted wife, and the mother of their son, Magni. As the child grew, so did her pride in the magnificent young godling (and she visibly reveled in the fact that it was she and no other who had given Thor his heir), but she also tried her best to control the young warrior, working to shape him into a proper Asgardian prince; striving to limit his exposure to the poor and pathetic mortals of Earth and instead directing his attention back to the glories of the Asgardian people.
  • Narcissist: May well have given lessons in self-love to that Greek Guy; refers to herself as the most beautiful, most desirable woman in all the Nine Worlds, and 100% believes it.
    • There's a saying — "You're not paranoid if people really are out to get you." In this case it might read: "You're not narcissistic if you really are the most beautiful woman who ever lived".
    • Amora once spent considerable time and effort attempting to force the actual concept of Love (which is indeed a sentient being within the Marvel universe) into humanoid form, believing that only Love itself was worthy of being her lover. This is indicative of someone with a fairly high opinion of herself. The concept of Love in turn uses this character trait as the main reason for a "Reason You Suck" Speech rejection as it tells Amora she only wanted to possess Love in order to fulfill her overwhelming need for adoration; a selfish desire which it stated was the antithesis of all that Love is, and her passion to do so would only drive her to ruin more lives.
  • Offing the Offspring: Downplayed. During the last stride of The Reigning story arc. Magni, her son in that alt. timeline, had grown dissatisfied with the Asgardian rule of Midgard under King Thor's unforgiving lordship. Despite having a very real love for her child, Amora's overriding loyalty was to her husband and king. And so, after exhausting all other options to dissuade him, when when Desak attacked she along with Loki reluctantly decided that they and all of New Asgard would be better off if the rebellious godling died in battle.
  • Opposites Attract: In addition to Thor's looks, power and status, this is what draws her to him more than others. As the most noble and heroic of the Asgardians, he makes a wonderful challenge for her to try and break his will and resistance. In her very first appearance, Loki tries to make a pass at her but she dismisses it because the two of them are too alike; their love life would be a constant game of one-upsmanship and attempts to assert dominance.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Not many would dare subject a powerful Sorceress/Goddess to this trope, but Heimdall does so and lives to tell the tale.
    • Also a case of Heimdall seizing an opportunity to woo the grieving (and newly-available) Amora after Skurge's death. He succeeds.
    • At the end of the 'Mares' storyline, Thor tosses the unconscious Enchantress over one shoulder, and her new champion 'Keep' over the other, carries them through the streets of Asgard, and unceremoniously hurls them into the dimensional vortex associated with the World Tree, to wash up on some random point in the Nine Worlds.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Even though a Sorceress with at least a minor specialization in Illusion spells should be capable of impenetrable disguises, Amora tends to run into problems. The fault isn't her magic; it's her mindset. She absolutely cannot bring herself to appear as anything less than gorgeous, and her mannerisms are always informed by the awareness that she's The Enchantress. This is often enough for a properly wary individual to start putting two and two together.
    • When a tall, gorgeous, intensely sensual woman showed up and begged for help, Dr. Strange was able to identify her immediately, though he pretended otherwise so as to learn more about her plans.
  • Poisonous Friend: When she and Thor are on friendly or romantic terms, she is still willing to go behind his back to do whatever she feels she has to. This is most apparent in the arc "The Reigning", where she became his queen over Earth and was clearly aware and participant in the corrupt and morally-reprehensible acts that Loki and others under their command were committing to secure their power. However, this did not change her genuine love toward Thor, as she saw herself doing it on his behalf.
  • Polyamory:
    • The god Heimdall has long admired her, has had an on-again/off-again relationship with her, and has proposed marriage twice, only to be told in no uncertain terms that there is no way she would ever, EVER limit herself to just one lover.
    • Subverted in a future timeline that was later undone; the Enchantress did marry Thor, lived as his wife for decades, bore him a son and ruled as his queen, all without even a hint of any infidelity.
  • The Power of Lust: Amora has all kinds of magical options for causing people to fall in love with her, often to an absolute and all-consuming degree. Inciting Lust, however, is something she does by just standing there and looking like that.
  • Pretty in Mink: She loves wearing furs, and of course she never has to actually buy them with so many men eager to shower her with gifts. When she first appears, she's under orders to seduce Thor (to try to break up his Forbidden Romance with Jane), and chooses the best vamp outfit she can find: a fancy red dress topped by a white mink coat.
  • Property of Love: Amora has found herself in this position more than once; when kidnapped, captured, or tricked into slavery, her new master is seldom open the idea of giving up the priceless treasure he now "owns". Oftentimes she's been rescued by Thor, Loki, or some other hero, but in at least one instance she managed to free herself, after an entire tribe of frost giants murdered each other because they were overcome with jealous rage over who would possess her.
  • Proud Beauty: They really don't come any prouder; Amora's immense love of her beauty, and the power it gives her, is one of her defining character traits.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Although she most assuredly does initiate many villainous schemes, and willingly participate in many others, there have been occasions where Amora was coerced into working for someone else when she would have preferred to be about her own affairs.
    • Loki has done this more than once; using threats and intimidation to bully her into serving as his proxy (for times when Odin has specifically forbidden him to harm someone) or as his lieutenant when executing a plan that is moving on multiple fronts. Amora is quite formidable in her own right, but only a fool refuses Loki's 'requests' for help lightly.
    Loki: "Enchantress—I have a task for thee."
    Amora: "I am no lackey, Prince of Evil!"
    Loki: "And I, despite my reputation, am as generous a friend... as I am implacable a foe. Which, fair Amora, wouldst thou have me be?''"
    Amora: "Friend, my lord. For now."
    • During the first Secret Wars, this was Amora's general mindset. Destroying a few mortal heroes was indeed amusing, but her main desire was simply to return to her home in Asgard. When it became clear that she couldn't escape Battleworld until the scenario had played out, she still declined to participate in further skirmishes, choosing instead to go on a sort of date with Thor, hoping to at least make progress on the romance front while waiting for the mortals to finish their foolish games.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Varies by artist and appearance, but unless she is disguised as a mortal, her glorious golden mane is shown to reach somewhere between waist and knee length, and occasionally even longer.
  • Really Gets Around: Comes with the territory when you're the goddess of beauty and seduction. Somewhat averted in that with her magic enhancing the effects of her beauty, she can usually get men to do what she wants with little more than a look, a touch, or a kiss. Played straight in that she is entirely willing to trade in sex if it gets her what she wants, and she genuinely likes collecting a wide variety of attractive men as lovers and trophies, and has had flings with lots and lots of powerful or significant people. Thor, Heimdall, Donald Blake, and Wonder Man, to name just a few.
    • She isn't shy about saying 'no' to someone, however, should she not find that person suitable paramour material; even Odin has been denied what he very much desired (albeit in a previous cycle of Asgardian history), which did not go down well with the king.
  • Reclining Reigner: When she's not standing in various provocative poses, either for her own enjoyment or to draw the attention of a new male toy, she's often found sprawled seductively on some manner of throne or amongst heaps of silks and cushions—in fact, the very first panel of her first appearance features her doing exactly this, apparently just luxuriating in her own magnificence as Loki arrives at her palace.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: After a chance meeting with a revived and Race Lift Lady Deathstrike and Typhoid Mary, the three of them are forming a Sisterhood to gather the remaining traces of Arkea and counter the X-Men. Depending on how long she stays in the group, she may be moving to be a joint-custody villain with the X-Men rather than being solely a Thor/Avengers antagonist.
    • To a lesser extent, she also has served as an enemy of the Scarlet Witch and Dazzler in the past; the first Avengers annual had her, Skurge and several other villains working for The Mandarin, who normally is Iron Man's arch-nemesis. Plus in her earliest appearances she'd and her cohort would regularly butt heads and lock horns with The Incredible Hulk either via proxy or by indirect interference on his part. Has also encountered Spider-man, though that is seen as an alternate dimension 'what-if?' story.
  • Royal Brat: Another defining character trait. Being beautiful, seductive, self-absorbed, and arrogant don't make her a bad person — being unable to take 'No' for an answer — in ANY situation — most certainly does. Her history is littered with incidents where she desired something or someone, didn't get it, and went straight to mind control, or worse, as a means to obtain it/them. Has lapsed into rants and tantrums when denied what she feels should rightfully be hers (which is anything she happens to desire), especially when the person who foils her plans is a mere mortal.
  • Sex Goddess: Even without resorting to magic, Amora is a lover with few, if any equals. Thus far, absolutely no one is on record as having come away... unsatisfied.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: This is how the world works, from Amora's point of view. And to be fair, barring a bare handful of stubborn gods or superheroes, the world really does bow to her every whim in nearly every circumstance — it's good to be a Goddess of Beauty and Seduction!
  • She's Got Legs: As would be expected with a character so heavily invested in seduction and sex appeal, many, many panels of comic book art are dedicated to showcasing her legs. In the 60's and 70's she was nearly always depicted as wearing stockings emblazoned with intertwining glyphs, but starting in the 80's it was not uncommon to see her flaunting her assets in a Dangerously Short Skirt or Mini Dress Of Power. As is often the case, Rob Liefeld took her legs to ridiculous lengths.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Proving that he is effectively immune to Amora's charms (and that he lacks even the tiniest trace of chivalry), Desak struck her in mid-speech, as she tried her best to defend her fallen husband and son.
  • Sibling Rivalry: For thousands of years, and through endless cycles of Ragnarok, Amora the Enchantress has been a legendary sorceress and the legendary seductress in the Nine Realms... and occasionally someone remembers that she has a little sister named Lorelei. The younger goddess has tried to compete with her sister in terms of magic and beguilement, only to fail again and again. She's even tried (with the help of a powerful love potion provided by Loki) to capture the heart of Amora's obsession, Thor, only to fail there in the end as well. In more recent years, Lorelei has tried to reinvent herself outside of her more famous sister's shadow, but Amora seldom misses a chance to remind her who is the more powerful, beautiful, and renowned of the two.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Amora is equal portions of this and the Femme Fatale; a woman who has worked for thousands of years to perfect every aspect of her ultra-feminine beauty, elegance and charm, and yet she is also more than capable of staring down gods and monsters, heroes and demons. Though she does not court the danger and chaos of battle, she's found herself there many times over the centuries, and it's only the most formidable of enemies who can take her down without working for it.
  • Slut-Shaming: Given her power set, her fashion choices and her lifestyle, this is inevitably thrown at her, but Amora makes zero apologies for being a goddess of beauty and seduction who revels in her sensuality and hedonism, and she makes no secret of the fact that she has a vast collection of past conquests and currently available lovers. From what we see of her in Asgard she is never short of godly suitors (In fact we see hopeful godlings literally storming her castle for the chance to be with her—see Love Goddess entry above), and when visiting Midgard she's often seen with a harem of adoring mortals held in thrall by her magic and beauty.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: In her first appearance in the Dazzler comic, Amora makes a grand entrance at a singing audition being held at a nightclub, as haughty and arrogant as any diva in skin-tight green and high-heel boots, smoking a cigarette in a 60's-style holder. The glamor aspect is played up as she poses and preens and exhales a deliberate stream of smoke, leaving the infatuated nightclub owner practically drooling over her while exclaiming that she is the most gorgeous woman he's ever seen.
  • Smug Snake: Amora is always arrogant, but whenever she embarks on one of her evil schemes, this trope comes to the fore. She constantly underestimates her opponents, especially when they are mortal. She is powerful, undoubtedly so, but when matched against the likes of Thor, or Hela, or Loki, or Odin, her defeat is all but assured. Yes, she is clever, but falls short of being The Chessmaster she thinks herself to be. The one arena in which she really is as unmatched as she believes is her status as the World's Most Beautiful Woman — and beyond-supermodel good looks do not a Magnificent Bastard make.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Zigzagged. Amora not only knows she's beautiful, she loves being beautiful, she revels in being beautiful. But there have been multiple instances of powerful beings going to extraordinary lengths to purchase, capture or enslave her, as her unmatched beauty makes her a considerable prize, even to males of other species, such as frost giants (fortunately, shape and size-changing magicks appear common in Asgard, which solves the problems created by such differences).
    • In Reign of Blood, Odin's obsession with the beautiful goddess led to a literal curse that resulted in the dead rising to plague the living. Not a few of the dead, not some of the dead — all of them.
    • A positive effect of this is that when she's defeated in battle, she typically receives better treatment from her captors (or at least avoids execution) because they would much rather possess such a matchless treasure than destroy it. Her mere presence as a captive in an enemy camp has led to dissent and brawls as everyone slowly becomes obsessed with being the one who will claim her. She is of course very much aware of this effect, and makes use of it to aid in her escape.
  • Soul Jar: For many years she owned a powerful artifact called the Globe of Souls; a variant on a Crystal Prison which could pull the very soul from a victim and trap it within. This allowed the owner of the Globe to control the trapped soul and use it to perform various tasks—and of course there was now an unoccupied body available to also use for various purposes, if one so desired. Karma resulted when Amora herself was trapped within the gem for a time—given into the care of Doctor Strange after her defeat.
    • Her use of this to imprison and enslave the soul of Valkyrie is what created the vicious hatred the Asgardian warrior holds for the seductress.
  • Squishy Wizard: In her home dimension of Asgard, she fits this trope perfectly — she's an ultra-feminine sorceress who actively avoids any sort of physical battle. Even so, she must inevitably face enemy fighters, and so she makes a point of always having a powerful warrior of her own, who she's enchanted or seduced, to serve as her champion.
    • Over the course of their very long lives, her polar opposite, the warrior woman Sif, has inflicted various levels of smackdown on Amora many, many times, and always made it seem effortless.
    • Amora has, rarely, been forced into physical battle with mortals such as Dazzler, where the trope is reversed — matched against Asgardians she is all but helpless, but compared to most mortals she's Made of Iron. She seemed positively gleeful at the role reversal during her battle with Dazzler, taunting the woman while easily shrugging off the woman's strongest punches, and barely flinching when the woman slammed a rock into her face (going on to crush said rock in her perfectly-manicured hands to fully illustrate her superiority).
      • Likewise, she's faced off against the entire New Mutants team, alone, and even when the super-strong Sunspot scored a punch to her face, she shook it off, got back up and kept fighting.
      • Double Reversed when she faced She-Hulk during the Secret Wars. Trusting in her usual Made of Iron status compared to humans, she took a little too long in prepping a spell, confident that a goddess had little to fear from any mortal, especially one so brutish and ugly. She-Hulk replied by delivering a double-handed smash with such force that Amora was instantly knocked unconscious, and might well have lingered in a coma indefinitely if not for Reed Richards treating her with an alien healing device. Upon awakening, she admitted to Thor that she was deeply shamed at having been so easily dispatched by a mortal.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands well over six feet tall in her stocking feet; add her usual high heels to that and she towers over most mortal men. Worth noting that this is almost never commented on In-Universe, simply because the only thing anyone ever notices about her is the mind-numbing intensity of her hotness. Her stature is never an issue in her home dimension of Asgard, simply because they're all oversized like that. Thor is usually drawn as a comfortable half-a-head taller, and Skurge was taller still.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Being one of the more significant members of Thor's Rogues Gallery, Amora is hit hard by this trope. Even though she has repeatedly shown signs of growing beyond her childish and spiteful ways and into a woman with the maturity one would expect from an immortal goddess, any such progress is inevitably lost by the end of the storyline.
    • Likewise, even though it is sometimes teased that she and Thor will finally become an Official Couple, the writers always find a way to put Amora back in the role of the jealous stalker.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Amora is, to all appearances, simply a tall, impossibly-attractive woman, usually wearing either expensive, designer outfits in the style of Midgard, or ornate and revealing costumes suitable for the most decadent assemblage of courtly nobility. In neither case is she carrying any sort of weapon, and her bearing is one of elegantly-graceful poise and sensuality, not anything that implies physical danger or even dangerous athleticism. More than a few people, including Dazzler as well as various shady denizens of Earth, have made the mistake of thinking that, on looks alone, Amora was no threat to them physically. Significantly, however, this is an Asgardian, which means the fragile-seeming woman you and your mugger friends just cornered on that darkened street, the one who is more flawless and stunning than the hottest supermodel imaginable, is also semi-impervious to gunfire, is significantly stronger than Spider-Man, and has the speed and endurance to chase you down and destroy you with her bare hands, all without even bothering to use her immense array of magical abilities (while also wearing 6-inch stiletto heels)
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: In the 'Thor: The Reigning' storyline we skip ahead several decades to find that Thor has become a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and has conquered the Earth in order to bring about an age of peace. During that time, he and Amora have married, and she has borne him a son; Magni. Despite this, the Enchantress remains as young and flawlessly beautiful as ever — something she delights in pointing out to a much-aged and badly careworn Jane Foster.
  • Super Empowering: She is responsible for the empowerment of Wonder Man, via some advanced, abandoned technology which she had previously witnessed being used. She can also use her own magicks to temporarily enhance normal humans to godly strength levels, though this strains her powers and leaves her weakened, which has led directly to her defeat in at least one instance.
  • Superior Species: As a near-immortal member of an ancient race of gods, someone who is superstrong, bulletproof, brilliant, possessed of immense magical powers and a level of beauty that is literally the stuff of myth and legends... one can perhaps forgive Amora for holding this opinion concerning mortals. Less forgivable is her view of any and all 'lesser' beings as being useful only as pets, passing amusements, or as tools to serve her in one of her schemes. This seems to be a large part of Amora's jealousy of Jane Foster. Bad enough, to her eyes, that the glorious prince of Asgard would engange in a long-running romance with the "crude and mannish" warrior-goddess Sif, but to give his affections to an insignificant, mortal woman was beyond bizarre, it was something the Enchantress saw as obscenely beneath a noble god of Asgard, and perhaps even an indirect insult to Her. Little wonder her many schemes and attacks on Foster seemed so extreme.
    • Cultural Posturing: Often invoked by Amora when comparing the glory, achievements and power of the Asgardian people (and by extension herself in particular) to the crude, ugly and insignificant works of the short lived humans. Most often this is brought up when lamenting Thor's obsession with the humans, especially (by Amora) in regards to human love interests, such as the dowdy Jane Foster. to an aged Jane Foster. During The Reigning storyline, we see that Amora's son Magni in this alternative future has also been raised to appreciate the superiority of the Asgardian people, to the point that Amora never told her son how his father Thor used to live among the lowly humans in the decades before he became king.
  • Themed Harem: When on Midgard, she will often assemble a group of men whose sole purpose is to shower her with gifts, act as her servants and agents, and, um, satisfy various 'other' needs. The requirements for these positions seem to come down to: Tall, Handsome, and Rich.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Amora revels in the power, history and grandeur of the Asgardian people, and in comparison finds the race of mortal men to be, generally speaking, rather pathetic. Though she certainly does appreciate the nobility, cleverness and handsomeness of such specimens as Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, she still tends to think of mortal superheroes as childish upstarts that pose her little real threat—a mindset which has caused her some problems over the years.
    • During Secret Wars after having dispatched some superheroes alongside a team of villains in their initial assault, Amora was confident she could easily best a novice She-Hulk (who was just starting out in her superheroine career). Instead, she's awakened from her regeneration chamber by a Thor who is lonely and longing to speak of godly matters with her, though her first concern was that minion to battling the altercation might have ruined her beauty.
    • When confronting Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange and his companions, she sent her mystically-empowered champion against the sorcerer, while The Enchantress chose instead to battle the mage's then-girlfriend, Clea. Even in the midst of a furious mystical battle and, Amora's disdain for the mortal was clear; mocking her as merely a child, and sneering that Clea was widely mocked as a mere pretender to royalty. Clea, however, though mortal, is the extradimensional mage-rule of the Dark Dimension, and by no means a lesser foe. Though the Enchantress is a powerful and skilled sorceress, her magicks were being severely drained by the spells enhancing her champion (himself a mortal replacement for her lost Skurge). As a result, Clea was able to overpower her, and ultimately the Enchantress lost the battle.
    • She was also defeated by such a mortal enemy during the latest run of X-Men Comics featuring an all female team, where the wildly-powerful mutant hero Monet delivered a truly vicious beating to the goddess.
  • Vain Sorceress: Amora treats her legendary beauty as her most precious possession, which is only to be expected as virtually everything in her immortal life hinges on her beauty in some fashion. Much of her magic is either dedicated to enhancing her appearance, or uses her beauty as a focus or material component, such as her many versions of charm and mind-control spells.
    When recovering from injuries suffered in battle, her first and most driving need is to be sure her flawless face and perfect body have come through without permanent damage. In the event of injury or scarring, she has proven that she can repair the damage magically, though it seems to be power and time intensive. Literally no price or effort is too extreme when it comes to preserving her magnificence.
  • The Vamp: Amora at her most villainous, as this trope involves more than simply toying with a hapless lover, or using her beauty and charm to get her way—no, this is where her beauty and wiles corrupt or destroy whatever fool has fallen under her spell.
    • Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, suffers greatly at Amora's hands when she chooses him to serve as her replacement lover/champion when Skurge briefly abandoned her. Despite serving faithfully, he is ultimately cast aside when Skurge returns, and when he objects and tries to fight a duel to keep his place at her side, she turns him to stone out of sheer annoyance.
    • Spider-Man fares better (mostly because it occurred in a light-hearted, alt-universe issue), when Amora chooses him to serve as her super-powered champion in a bid to conquer Asgard (after he'd been suitably powered-up via the potent Norn Stones). Dazed by her magic and beauty, Peter finds himself fighting Thor himself on behalf of the Enchantress, who is perfectly willing for the hero to die on her behalf if it gets her the throne.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Probably the defining example in the Marvel Comic universe, with her legendary, hyperfeminine beauty and all-consuming vanity being the most obvious traits of the character. Amora not only defines all other women according to how attractive they are, she defines herself this way as well: women who lack physical beauty are ignored as potential rivals (or indeed, deemed unworthy of notice at all), and in cases where a rival female is very beautiful but fails to act in an appropriately feminine fashion (such as Sif, or She-Hulk), she will dismiss them as being either 'Mannish' or monstrous and therefore no 'true' woman at all. Her genuine confusion over why Thor could possibly be attracted to the Tomboyish Sif is the basis for much of her hatred of the warrior goddess.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Her attraction to Thor overrides all other considerations—she does admire many of his heroic qualities, but in some cases, has loved him completely despite her many flaws. That said, she does seem to appreciate and enjoy the attentions of other heroes, and has pursued many who have caught her eye, including Hercules, Black Knight, Heimdall, Captain America, Wonder Man, and many others. She currently serves as the trope image.
  • Villains Out Shopping: True to her girly-girl nature, there are few things Amora loves more than shopping. Thanks to her status as World's Most Beautiful Woman, she will typically have every employee in the store eagerly scrambling to assist her, and she's rarely, if ever, asked to pay for anything.
  • Villainous Crush: On Thor, usually, though she's been smitten by a few others over the millennia, including the very concept of Love, itself.
  • Villainous Rescue: She stages these fairly often, keeping with her habit of freely siding with the heroes whenever a truly monstrous threat appears, as a means of preserving herself, and then reverting to her villainous default when the existential danger has passed.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: In the rare instances that Amora finds herself in a genuine relationship with Thor, she is extremely protective of that position and will not hesitate to manipulate or murder anyone who threatens what is finally hers. She'll do it without Thor's knowledge or consent if she has to.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Basically Amora's position when Thor looks at any other woman as a possible love interest. After all, why would he look elsewhere when perfection is right there in front of him?
  • Wizard Duel: Despite her desire to avoid risking herself in battle, occasionally it is unavoidable and so Amora has participated in several wizard duels. Despite her reputation as a Sorceress of considerable power, she has won few, if any of these contests. The most commonly accepted explanation here is that her magical talents, while considerable, are not well-suited to open and direct combat.
    • In her duel with Karnilla, Amora seems to be holding her to a stalemate, till Karnilla diverts one tiny thread of concentration away from the raging storm of magical energies they're flinging at each other. Levitating one small stone from the ground nearby, she blindsides Amora in the back of the head with it, disrupting her concentration and instantly achieving victory. So in this case it wasn't that Karnilla was necessarily better... she just knew how to fight dirty.
    • Amora's Duel with Clea was a more clear-cut defeat, with Dr. Strange's lover simply overpowering her Asgardian foe. Of course, the Enchantress was somewhat drained at the time, since she was sustaining potent spells that turned a mere mortal into the physical equal of her usual The Dragon, Skurge.
  • Woman Scorned: It is well-established that the best way to survive an encounter with Amora is to give her what she wants, especially if she wants a short or long-term relationship. If you do, then she can be sweet, loving, funny, charming, affectionate, and even loyal (should you happen to be Thor). If, however, you refuse her, or worse yet, betray her, she will hound you to the ends of the nine worlds, and she will destroy you.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Thought by many (including herself) to be the most beautiful woman in all the nine realms, and it would be difficult to argue otherwise. In the Marvel Universe she effectively fulfills the role of Freya as goddess of Beauty and Love/Seduction, to the point of being inserted into many of the legends which highlight those aspects of Freya.
    • There have been multiple instances of powerful beings going to extraordinary lengths to control, capture, or purchase the goddess, as her unmatched beauty makes her a considerable prize, even to males of other species, such as frost giants (fortunately, shape and size-changing magicks appear common in Asgard, which solves the problems created by such differences).
      • During one such incident, Loki is commanded by Odin himself to go and rescue the Enchantress from her captor. When he finds her, unconscious and bound (yet still radiantly elegant and lovely), Loki muses that she is indeed the most beautiful woman who has ever lived, and briefly considers defying Odin's orders and stealing her for himself instead. This from Loki, who is not a god who is easily swayed by a pretty face.
    ''And he heard his breath escape him when he saw the Enchantress in her bedclothes, a concubine and consort of the mighty frost giant.
    Whether in Asgard or in Jotunheim, she remained the most beautiful woman that ever lived.
    He'd have thought of kidnapping her himself had he not been so afraid for his life."
    Loki—Ages of Thunder
  • Yandere: Has the usual mountain-sized ego associated with gods, but even moreso in regards to her beauty, and her self-image as a irresistible seductress. Will often fall into a screaming tantrum if she is rejected by someone she wants, or a murderous, jealous rage if some other woman takes someone she considers her rightful property. This is often the motivation for her attacks on female superheroes, or the girlfriends of male ones.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Although her classic costume features skintight leggings which show no skin at all, many of her variant outfits invoke this trope. Miniskirts or the equivalent of a one-piece bathing suit, paired with thigh high boots, most often result in a 'Type A' manifestation.


Alternative Title(s): Amora The Enchantress

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