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"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of... THOR!"
The original inscription upon the mighty Mjölnir.

The Son of Odin. The God of Thunder. The God with the Hammer.

Marvel Comics' version of the Norse God of Thunder. Also one of Marvel's major superhero characters since The '60s. He first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. His series was featured regularly there until issue #125 (February, 1966). With issue #126 (March, 1966), the comic was renamed The Mighty Thor.

Volume #1 lasted from 1966 to 1996, ending with issue #502 (September, 1996). At that point, Thor was supposedly dead. The series was renamed back to Journey into Mystery and continued featuring the tales of the surviving Asgardians. Until issue #513 (October, 1997), where the Asgardians' tales concluded. They were replaced as series protagonists by a couple of other characters (Shang-Chi, Black Widow, Hannibal King). But the comic was canceled with issue #521 (June, 1998). It was cancelled however only to be replaced by The Mighty Thor (vol. 2), which lasted for 85 issues (July, 1998-December, 2004). The series ended with the supposed death of Thor and most of the Asgardians. The series remained in hiatus for a few years, then was revived as simply Thor in 2007. It has been renamed and renumbered a couple of times since (current volume is titled Thor), but otherwise it is still the familiar tale of the immortal hero and his extensive supporting cast.

Originally, Thor was supposed to be one Dr. Donald Blake, a handicapped physician; he had an injured leg and required a walking stick. While Blake was visiting Norway, an Alien Invasion drove him to hide in a cave, where he found a wooden stick; when he struck it on the ground, it transformed into Thor's magic hammer, Mjölnir, and Blake found himself changed into Thor! Using his new powers, Blake defeated the invaders and decided to become a superhero in his native New York City, keeping the secret even from his love interest, Nurse Jane Foster. It turns out, however, that Blake really was Thor, having been given amnesia and a new form by his father, Odin, the ruler of the Asgardian gods, to "teach him humility" (it was revealed years later that this was actually part of a Gambit Roulette of Odin). After learning the truth of his identity, Thor decided to stay on Earth (where he even co-founded The Avengers) and continued romancing Jane, much to Odin's displeasure. Thor's half-brother, Loki, became his Arch-Enemy and created many of Thor's other foes.

Eventually, Thor and Jane broke up, and he started a relationship instead with Lady Sif, who in the original myths was Thor's wife. Incidentally, the differences between Marvel's version and the actual myths were eventually explained by stating that Ragnarok (the final battle in which the gods would be killed) was a cyclical event that recreated the gods every two thousand years or so, and the current Asgardians were only the latest version. This also explains the existence of many deities invented for the series, such as The Enchantress and her minion, The Executioner. Odin's schemes were mostly a way to prevent Ragnarok from happening (again).

Later, Thor abandoned his Dr. Blake identity (who may or may not have been an actual person — it's confusing) and even was replaced temporarily by other heroes such as Beta Ray Bill and Thunderstrike. After Odin was Killed Off for Real, Thor gained his powers and responsibilities. He finally managed to end the Ragnarok cycle, though all of Asgard was destroyed in the process. In 2007, Thor returned and re-created Asgard (and revived its people) in the middle of the United States, on land he legally bought! But Loki also returned, attempting to reform (first as a woman, then his regular male form and after a rebirth a Creepy Child). Thor has now returned to the brand-new Avengers lineup.

With 2011's Fear Itself event, he died again but came back to life, but now Asgard is called Asgardia and under the leadership of Freyja, Idunn and Gaea. Loki, reborn as a teenager and who genuinely cares for Thor, strives to be good but due to not having strength like other Asgardians, relies heavily on his intelligence, deceptions and is more than willing to capitalize on his past reputation to get what he wants.

In 2012's Thor: God of Thunder, Thor faces threats in both the past, present, and distant future, as Gorr the God Butcher seeks to wipe out every deity who ever has and ever will exist; while Malekith the Accursed plots to start a War of the Realms that will lay waste to Asgard and its allies.

After the events of Original Sin, Thor is no longer worthy of Mjölnir since Nick Fury, having gained omniscience from the late Watcher's eyes, secretly told him that Gorr the God Butcher, a foe that Thor had fought and killed a while ago, was right all along about the gods no longer being concerned about the affairs of mortals. A mysterious woman has taken up both the hammer and the identity of Thor, Goddess of Thunder, leaving the original God of Thunder as just the Odinson.

Odinson would see himself hit the absolute rock bottom, defeated, de-armed, and without his hammer he would leave to find if the universe still had a place for him. His search would lead him into a fight with the Collector, who had found something even he could not claim, Ultimate Mjölnir, who had ripped itself from the destruction of its home universe and settled in the ruins of Old Asgard. In the end, Odinson doesn't claim this hammer as his own, accepting himself as an Unworthy Thor. As a result, Ultimate Mjölnir gets claimed by the god Volstagg, becoming War Thor. After that point the new female Thor sacrificed herself to stop Mangog and was eventually revived. She persuaded Odinson to reclaim his identity as Thor, now with a new prosthetic arm and a number of hammers (Mjölnir was destroyed in the Mangog's battle). At the conclusion of the War of the Realms, Mjölnir has been reforged, and Thor has been named the new All-Father of Asgard.

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, his nature is unclear during the first two miniseries of The Ultimates. Is he a real God from Asgard, fighting against a rival god with reality-warping powers, or a nutcase that stole some weapons and power amplifiers? Both options were equally plausible to the reader. Yes, it's eventually clarified that he's the real deal and his equipment was stolen from elsewhere. He starred the miniseries Ultimate Comics Thor later.

Thor has been animated several times, though rarely on his own and primarily instead with the Avengers or other Marvel heroes: The Marvel Super Heroes, The Superhero Squad Show, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, its Spiritual Successor Avengers Assemble, and Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers; plus his Ultimate version in Ultimate Avengers. He's also one of the Hulk's two major opponents in Hulk Vs. (the other being Wolverine), and finally got his own feature with Thor: Tales of Asgard.

An extremely altered version of Thor appeared in the 1988 TV movie The Incredible Hulk Returns.

Thor is also a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth and appearing in his eponymous movie in 2011 and in The Avengers in 2012. A sequel to Thor called Thor: The Dark World was released in 2013, and the character would return in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, his third solo film. He then appeared in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and in its 2019 sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Hemsworth returned in 2022's Thor: Love and Thunder, making Thor the first MCU hero to get to four solo films.

Thor, Sif, Valkyrie, Heimdall, Loki and the Warriors Three also show up as playable heroes in the 2012 Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance, while Loki, Hela, the Enchantress, the Executioner, and the Wrecking Crew are among the villains.

Please note that this page covers the Thor comics only, for tropes pertaining to all Thor media, and a list of comic storylines and other works in the franchise, see the franchise page.

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  • Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer: One issue has Asgardian children singing "99 Bottles of Grog on the Wall".
  • Achilles' Heel: During the comic's older runs, if Thor was separated from Mjölnir for more than sixty seconds, he would turn into his human guise Donald Blake and Mjölnir would turn into his walking stick. Reversing the effect requires Thor to pick up the stick. This has since been removed, basically giving Thor no glaring weaknesses.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Old King Thor, alongside his granddaughters, end up restoring life to Earth after it had been reduced to a lifeless husk. Thor then recreates the human race by making a man and woman (whom he names Steve and Jane respectively), who would go on to repopulate the human race.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Loki is portrayed as the title character's brother, having been adopted by his father, Odin. In Norse Mythology, Odin and Loki were more along the lines of blood brothers.note 
    • Sif and Heimdall are siblings, which is never stated in the myths; per the Eddas, Heimdall is the son of nine sisters and, according to Snorri Sturluson, Odin, whereas Sif's parentage isn't mentioned in extant sources.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The Thor of the Marvel universe that we know has blonde hair, but in the original myths, Thor had red hair. The Thor of the previous Ragnarok cycle had red hair, though.
  • The Ageless: Subverted. At first glace, it seems as though Asgardians are ageless, but they actually do age, just much, much slower than a human would. This longevity if further enhanced by consuming the Golden Apples of Idunn.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Ragnarok, Thor's android clone, was a homicidal maniac who, for a time, believed himself to be the real Thor.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Loki's apparent suicide, both to the movie audience and to his family.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: A major element of modern Thor stories is that Thor moved Asgard to Earth and the gods are integrating themselves with their mortal neighbors — in Broxton, Oklahoma.
  • All Myths Are True: Thor is an Asgardian god who regularly fights besides Hercules from Classical Mythology and has visited the godly realms of Marvel's 20+ other pantheons. Later stories show Thor visiting the homes of alien gods from across the universe. Pretty much every mythology is shown as having a factual basis with actual gods inspiring it if not fully living it.
    • Thanks to the weird magical nature of gods and how they are sort of living stories EVERY myth is in some sense true. Some are stories whose true versions have been lost over time. Other stories like the creation myths are regarded just as true as more scientific one no matter how much it may conflict. So the story of Odin creating the Earth and humanity is just as true as the Big Bang Theory and humans evolving.
    • If we believe Loki (which might not be a good idea), gods run on the Theory of Narrative Causality and there is basically an in-universe Fiction Identity Postulate. If there are multiple versions of the same event: All are equally true. If the story say gods can do something: They can. If the story says they existed before humanity and so the in-universe storyteller: They did... Yes. It's circular. But that's Loki for you. And as long the story exists: They exist. (Also story death is kind of cheap anyway.) They are literally rewritable / retellable if someone knows how (see Kid Loki forging Cul's biography in Fear Itself, or what teen Loki pulled in their solo series).
  • All Trolls Are Different: The Asgardian trolls, exemplified by villains Ullik and Geirrodur. Asgardian trolls very much resemble the Scandinavian trolls, but are superhumanly strong — Ullik is on par with Thor, for example.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent:
    • In terms of power level, Thor was created to be Marvel's main equivalent to Superman. They decided not to make him a man, but make him a god. Older stories had Thor using Super-Breath and even Super Ventriloquism, making the comparison all the more obvious. By the way, JLA/Avengers has a partial answer as to who'd win in a fight between the two: there, Superman won, but in a straight-at-each-other slugfest with little combat tactics or higher-level abilities, and Superman was completely exhausted afterwards. Later issues however, hint that Thor's superior warrior training might let him win a rematch. But then again, Superman would get his measure, then Thor would get his, wash, rinse, repeat.
    • In terms of overall background, Thor is Marvel's Spear Counterpart to Wonder Woman as he too has ties to a real-life mythology (Norse/Greek), a manipulative magic user serving as a constant nemesis (Loki/Circe), and a homeland of Crystal Spires and Togas (Asgard/Themyscira).
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Played Straight with the Dark Elves and Fire Demons for most of Thor's publication history, but subverted in recent years. The Dark Elf culture is built on treachery and violence. The Fire Demons are usually depicted as wanting to kill everything that isn't them. Both are responsible for numerous wars of aggression against the other realms, are willing to commit any atrocity imaginable and no regret about any of it. However, it's repeatedly demonstrated that not all Dark Elves are evil — Queen Alfyse is depicted as a Reasonable Authority Figure, Kurse is depicted as more victim than villain and becomes the protector of Asgard's children, and Lady Wazira is straight up heroic. Additionally, in recent years, it's been hinted that the Fire Demons aren't exclusively evil, with insights into Muspelheim indicating that the ordinary civilians are, more or less, like every other race in the multiverse — though their soldiers are still utterly monstrous (there's also the fact that these are demons of fire — it is in fire's nature to burn and destroy).
  • Always Someone Better: Bor to Odin. When Thor as All-Father (therefore in possession of the Odinforce) was forced to fight him thanks to Loki's trickery, Thor quickly found that his grandfather was frankly in a league of his own.
  • Amazon Chaser: Sif is introduced fighting a monster. Thor is instantly smitten. He outright states her strength and bravery are the reasons why.
  • Amnesiac God: When Thor came back after years of being dead, he first had to find his fellow Asgardians, all of whom, had amnesia and were under the impression that they were human.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Belt of Strength, which doubles his strength and endurance, and Mjölnir, which focuses Thor's innate Elemental Powers. The Belt is straight from the source material. If need be, Thor could increase the boosting effect by tightening the belt.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Warren Ellis had previously suggested that Asgardians are simply technologically-advanced aliens whom had been mistaken for deities by primitive humans. It was left ambiguous as to whether the Asgardians had influenced early viking culture, or vice versa. The idea was abandoned by subsequent writers, who opted to continue portraying the Asgardians as explicitly supernatural entities.
  • Animal Superheroes: Puddlegulp, the frog that Thor befriended when he himself was turned into a frog, became Throg using a sliver of Mjölnir in the Pet Avengers crossover.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The High Evolutionary was fond of making these due to his studies in genetics. One of the more famous being the Mongoose who was so fast, Thor (Thunderstrike version) had to call in Spider-Man for help.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: For a while, Thor had a hero known as Thunderstrike take his place. Thunderstrike eventually died and Thor was brought back. There was a scene in which the villain Absorbing Man visited his grave in order to pay his respects. Thor witnessed this and, thinking the Absorbing Man had come to defile the grave, began to fight him. The villain was offended by the thought. He angrily pointed out that he had come to mourn someone whom he considered to be a friend despite all of the fights the two had been in. It was probably the only instance where Thor apologized to an enemy.
  • Arc Words: "Beyond the fields we know" and "DOOM!", both from the Walt Simonson run.
  • Arch-Enemy: If there's trouble in Asgard, Loki is behind it 9 times out of 10.
  • Arrogant God vs. Raging Monster: Every fight between Thor and the Hulk is basically this. While most of them end inconclusively, and the question of who is strongest is left unanswered on purpose, the sometimes arrogant Thor can't stand how the child-brained Hulk keeps on proclaiming himself to be the strongest, and neither can the Hulk stand the idea of not being able to lift Thor's hammer. While it is true Thor possesses a greater variety of powers, the Hulk's ever increasing strength through rage keeps proving to make him more than a match for Thor.
  • Artifact of Doom: The axe used by Skurge the Executioner, known as the Bloodaxe. It was infected by Skurge's bloodlust and evil and those who picked it up found themselves infected by the same drive. Thunderstrike was killed freeing himself from this terrible curse.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Thor achieves flight by flinging his mystic hammer with all his strength, and then grasping the leather thong at the base of the handle; he is then pulled into the sky by Mjölnir, traveling upon the momentum of his own throwing strength. That part's actually possible, at least according to The Physics of Superheroes. And yet, he can stop to hover in mid-air (sometimes shown doing so by twirling Mjölnir like a helicopter blade, but just as often not) and then resume flight at full speed... not to mention being able to throw the hammer as an attack, have it return to him, and then resume flight, all without plummeting to the ground while Mjölnir is out of his hands and he has no other visible means of staying aloft. Of course both Thor and the hammer are magical, and later explanations state that throwing the hammer simply gives Thor greater "take-off speed" and once airborne, he and Mjölnir fly under their own power.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original myths, there's almost no mention of Laufey other than to mention that she's Loki's mother. To flesh Loki out as a character, this adaptation makes her a him, the King of the Frost Giants who was killed by Odin.
  • Attack Reflector: Mjölnir can reflect attacks in this manner, sometimes amplifying the return volley 10 to 100 fold.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender:
    • Seeing the sexy female Loki can cause a Stupid Sexy Flanders moment. In this case, as it turned out, it was partly because he was inhabiting the goddess Sif's body, but the trickster god has used shapeshifting and illusion for similar effect on other occasions.
    • Thor has, in some alternate universes, becomes a very beautiful woman.
    • There's also a What If issue that reveals what would have happened if Jane Foster had been the one to find the walking stick, instead of Donald Blake. Essentially, she becomes Thor's Distaff Counterpart.
    • The Earth X series had Thor transformed into a woman before the start of the story as another attempt to teach him humility.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Some writers will make it clear that, beneath all the betrayal and rivalry, Thor and Loki love each other. This is especially obvious during Siege and its aftermath, and Matt Fraction has stated that this is the approach he's taking during his run. This is more or less a constant feature of Journey into Mystery (Gillen).
  • Badass Boast: Thor hands these out like candy on Halloween.
    • Thor gives one of these in The Avengers (vol. 1) #149 after a battle with Orka.
      Thor: The reason I did fail, Captain America, is that I be the God of Thunder. I am not slow-witted, but my task in the All-Father's plan doth concern itself more with action than reflection! What I saw not till this battle is that, to adapt myself to thee mortals, I have accustomed myself to withhold my full might! 'Twas a gradual thing. In Asgard, I have struggled 'gainst Gods. On Midgard, we have mostly met human menaces. To avoid the murder of these men, and to avoid the humbling of my friends, I came to act as less than I am. To thrill, to the thunder of battle, I forgot I am the god thereof!
    • This one springs to mind: "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!" note 
    • "ULTRON! We would have words with thee!"
    • Thor is, of course, "the consummate smack-talker of the Marvel Universe".
    • Walt Simonson reminded readers that Norse Mythology can get really eloquent with the badass boasts, especially in issue #379 when Thor (who has recently changed his appearance a little, and hence is initially unrecognized) faces off against an opponent who is very deeply disguised:
      "Fin Fang Foom": I will tell you my name before I destroy you. My true home is in the deeps of time beyond the reach of clocks. I know much about illusions, little hero. Ever and anon, I wear them as I wander in the world. But now, I have brought us into my time and you are doomed! Never again shall you lift a limb nor draw a breath. No breeze shall caress thy cheek, no dawn anoint thy brow with light. The time of illusions has passed... [sheds illusory disguise] ...and the name of the illusion is JORMUNGAND! For I am truly THE WORLD SERPENT! And the truth shall be thy death knell. You are nothing, a simple-minded hero who spoke so well and knew so little! Till Heimdall's horn doth sound on that final day and Odin is swallowed by the wolf, the life of Jormungand is deathless! My wyrd lies in the hands of the thunder god of the Vikings and in his hands only... And none other does the Midgard Serpent fear! But Thor is already a mere shadow of his former glory. On the day I find him, I will break the ancient prophecies and slay him! Then will Jormungand tower above the fates themselves!
      Thor: [donning distinctive helmet] But I have many names, serpent, even as you. Vingthor the Hurler, Longbeard's son, have I been called. Hrodr's Foeman, too. In Tyr's ancestral home, wisest Hymir knew my name as Veur; unhappy Hrungnir's Playmate some have called me. East of Elvigar in Gianthome they whisper Hloriddi's name. My father called me son. My mother called me darling. And beneath the vaults of Heaven, I am THOR ODINSON, the Thunderer, JORMUNGAND'S FEAR! For I am the wielder of Mjolnir, the Crusher, the enchanted mallet of thunder and lightning that your father hates! It, too, has another name. In the Fury of the storm, it howls its rage and shrieks its name aloud! Do you hear it, serpent? It is thy bane I wield, Loki's child! The end of all illusion! The hammer sings the death of Jormungand!
    • To Red Hulk, after a little "misunderstanding"note : "I am Thor Odinson of the Vikings, Giant. I am not the god of reason and understanding. I am the god of THUNDER AND LIGHTNING!"
    • To Tony Stark, after obliterating the Iron Man suit and tearing it off Tony's body in a very one-sided fight: "Give your orders and ultimatums to those who choose to obey, or are too cowardly to fight. Not to me. Or learn again the difference between a god of thunder and a mortal man in a metal suit".
    • Desak the God-Slayer had a nice one... when the forces of Asgard raced at him, heaving swords and shields, and shouting their famous battle-cry "For Honor! For Asgaaaard!!" he responded "For NOTHING" as he blew them away.
    • The aptly-named Gorr the God Butcher gets one:
      "I cannot help but wonder, little god, to the poor damned fools below us who worship you...what are you the god of? Axes? Drunkenness? Vanity? Or war perhaps? I have killed so very many war gods. And gods of fear. Gods of chaos. Gods of blood and wrath and jealousy and lies. Of plagues and earthquakes. Genocide and revenge. Of degradation and death. Very few gods of poetry and flowers. Though I killed those just the same. Tell me now, Prince of Asgard, before all you're able to do is whimper and scream...what was Thor the god of before he died?"
    • Although Thor also gets props for his one-word answer:
      (lightning bolt from the sky nearly tears the God Butcher in half)
    • Gorr's response to facing down three Thors 'You should have brought more Thors.'
  • Badass Cape: Thor can use his to generate whirlwinds.
  • Badass Normal: In a world populated by supernatural creatures all far more powerful than your average human every once in a while through brains, training, or just pure grit holds their own or triumphs. A prime example is Roger Willis who held his own against Dark Elves and Fire Demons in Walt Simonson's run.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Thor has a long unkempt blond mane, being a Norse god, and armed with Mjölnir equals pure badassery.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Although they're probably not as effective as Mjölnir, Thor is quite willing to use his bare fists against an enemy.
    • He did this to very nearly defeat The Juggernaut while he was using Mjölnir to neutralize Juggy's defensive powers.
    • And then there was his second battle with Mister Hyde. Thor got so pissed off that he deliberately dropped Mjölnir and went after Hyde with his bare hands, stating that if he couldn't beat Hyde within sixty seconds, he didn't deserve Mjölnir's power. A Curb-Stomp Battle ensued.
    • Then there was the time Absorbing Man copied Thor's powers and became his physical equal. Thor laid an epic beat-down on him, showing that his powers do not matter.
    • But his greatest testament by far is during the end cycle of Ragnarok faced against four old enemies, each wielding counterfeit Mjölnir's crafted by Surtur. While he held his own thanks to aid from Captain America and Iron Man. He truly showed his stuff when both were left indisposed during the battle and clobbered both Loki & his son Fenris Wolf single handed.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Thor can not only breathe in space, but hold a verbal conversational as well. Generally handwaved as being due to his nature as a god. Anyone else who's wielded the hammer has largely been given the same handwave.
  • Battle Cry:
    Odin: FOR ASGARD!
    Thor: FOR MIDGARD!
    Loki: FOR MYSELF!
  • Beyond the Impossible: Nothing can stop the Juggernaut once he begins moving in one direction, right? WRONG! Justified, as Juggernaut is empowered by a god. Remember what Thor is.
  • BFS: The Odinsword and the Twilight Sword; the latter in particular is about 500 foot long.
  • Big Applesauce: Given that NYC is the main setting of the Marvel Universe, it shouldn't be a surprise that this runs through this book like almost all others; however, special note should be taken of the famous run of Walt Simonson; after an epic cross-dimensional battle left much of Asgard in ruins and the dimensional bridge broken, the Asgardians were forced to stay in New York for several months (real world time; roughly a month or so comicbook time). With no battles to fight, they acted like tourists, seeing the sights, besting all comers in drinking contests and bar brawls, and collecting mortal weaponry and knickknacks to take back home (Volstagg in particular could be seen wearing an "I [Heart] NY" shirt for months afterward). You could tell that Simonson really loved New York City.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Scuttlebutt, Beta Ray Bill's ship, does this for Sif as she is fighting an endless horde of demons in #340.
  • Big "NO!": When Jane Foster is killed (don't worry, she gets better) in Thor #371, Thor spends an entire page smashing stuff up while shouting "NO!". He ends up kneeling in the wreckage, saying one final, very small, "No".
  • Blood Knight: Malekith the Accursed in his most recent arc made an attempt to slaughter as many Dark Elves as he could with his own personal army, never stopping to rest unless the situation is inconvenient for him.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Thor, naturally, can control and summon lightning and makes use of it to strike down evildoers.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: It comes with being from Asgard, as damn near everyone in Asgard's sect of the universe is a major Large Ham. Thor himself, while more reserved than his fellow Asgardians, is downright hammy when compared to his fellow Avengers, as demonstrated in Marvel Ultimate Alliance: "SOULLESS MACHINE!!! HOW DARE YOU STRIKE THE SON OF ODIN?!?!"
  • Brains Versus Brawn: Thor and Loki have this dynamic, overlapping with Brains Evil, Brawn Good as Loki is Thor's Arch-Enemy in his comics. The God of Thunder, Thor has Super-Strength and when he's not using his mastery over thunder and lightning to Shock and Awe, he's a Lightning Bruiser whose physical strength rivals that of the Hulk. Loki on the other hand is a Trickster God, who uses his vast intellect to trick anyone and everyone into one of his many gambits and schemes.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thor, the Warriors Three, and the Executioner have all fallen victim at one point.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Thor has also been on the giving end of an occurrence of brainwashing. Though in this case, he just helped some children get some sleep.
    • Cruelly subverted in an alternate future where Thor rules as God King of the world, his duplicitous brother Loki utilizes Reconditioning Center's to forcibly overwrite it's inmates personality to the ways of Asgard's rule. An over-glorified frontal lobotomy for that worlds so-called dissidents.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Thor himself is one. He was originally a side character in Journey into Mystery, but he became so popular that the series was rewritten to be about him.
    • Kid-Loki. His popularity is insane for only having existed since early 2011. It's probably all the one-liners.
      • There was a collective fandom freak-out over the "Mystery Solved" ads for October 2012, until later ads confirmed Kid Loki will still be around after the Vanir-War event and not back to his older, eviler self. He's insanely popular.
      • He's part of the Young Avengers, which many are happy about. Because it may mean that he will be out of Asgard and away from all the mean Aesir. Sadly, none of this happens in a way you would suspect...
      • As it turns out, Tom Hiddleston loves Kid Loki.
  • Brutish Character, Brutish Weapon: The Norse god's most effective battle tactic is to introduce his foes to Mjölnir, one of the most powerful weapons in the universe.
  • The Butcher: Gorr the God Butcher, who is introduced as a new antagonist in Jason Aaron's run. Sure enough, he's practically a Serial Killer on a divine scale.
  • Cain and Abel: Thor and Loki, though in the case it's Loki, the younger of the two, who is the villain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: More then one story arc has ended with Thor calling Odin out for being a dick. Most notably the "Blood and Thunder" crossover where Thor is driven insane by all the crap Odin has put him through.
    • Subverted in Fear Itself. While Odin is being astonishingly dickish even by Odin standards, and Thor is right to call him on it, it turns out that Odin's main motive is entirely understandable: he's desperately trying to save Thor's life and confound a prophecy. He fails. (Temporarily, of course.)
  • Canis Major: Fenris Wolf, the son of Loki, can grow to immense sizes. During the final Ragnarok, he grew so large that he devoured Asgard's sun and moon.
  • Canon Foreigner: Several characters from the mythological side of the stories, such as the Warriors Three, Enchantress, Leah of Hel and Kelda, were created by the comics and are neither based on nor inspired by any specific characters from Norse Mythologynote . Lorelei also doesn't have a counterpart in Norse myths, but she was based on a siren-like being from Germanic folklore rather than created as an original character.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • The Recorder, an alien android who appeared on some older Thor stories.
    • In Thor #382, Walt Simonson's final issue, Thor decides to give Loki a reminder that although he puts up with a lot from Loki, this is not a sign of weakness, nor is it without its limits:
      Loki: Aaarrgggggggggghhhhh! My arm! You've broken my arm!
      Thor: There speaks the wily Loki at last! As always, his cunning mind pierces to the heart of the matter!
  • Cast from Hit Points: Thor can channel his life force into Mjölnir, unleashing an attack powerful enough to drive away a hungry Galactus.
    • At one point part of his life force became permanently tied to the hammer and, unless it's been retconned away, it still is. This is not necessarily a good thing. Because if the hammer is ever broken again it may well kill him.
  • Catchphrase
    • "I SAY THEE NAY!"
    • "SO SAYS THOR! So says the God of Thunder!"
  • Character Shilling: Despite being a relatively new character and not having done much, the new female Thor has already been praised by her Asgardian peers as just as good as the old Thor, maybe even better. Even Thor Odinson himself has said that she's better with Mjölnir than he is. The latter at least is partly justified thanks to the new Thor mostly thinking outside the box where wielding the hammer goes — and some of the tricks she pulls are developed versions of ones that Thor has used in the past. Also, being Jane Foster, she's spent quite literally years watching the original work — it's safe to say she's learnt a few tricks.
    • Additionally, it is later revealed that Mjölnir is sentient and that sentience is making itself known, with an agenda all of its own, something implied as far back as the end of Original Sin, when even Odin couldn't lift the hammer. As a result, it would make sense for the hammer to start showing off a few new tricks.
  • Clone Jesus: During the Civil War, people attempted to clone Thor since he had a not-so-convenient disappearance through that arc. Issue #610 has Thor confronting his nutty Doppelgänger, Ragnarok. An epic beat-down ensues.
  • Clue from Ed.: Marvel is infamous for its overuse of the "Midgard = Earth" caption whenever Thor is in a comic. Many have asked why not just translate it into Earth then, or why make that note when people can just Google it these days. Nevertheless, they have kept doing it, with at least one case reading "Earth, because we're obligated to do this in every comic Thor appears in".
  • Combat Compliment: Thor will praise his opponent in battle, especially if they demonstrate great physical strength and/or courage.
  • The Commies Made Me Do It: Thor #358 features a Soviet plot to destroy the USA's economy; one of the key players is an immigrant who's being blackmailed into helping for the sake of his parents who are still in Soviet hands.
  • Cool Helmet: Plenty to go around in Asgard, especially Loki's.
  • Costume Copycat: Several other people have wielded Mjölnir when Thor was indisposed, including Beta Ray Bill and Eric Masterson. Eric even grew longer hair and a beard when he transformed, to the point where he actually looked very similar but not identical to the thunder god. This was Lampshaded by the Absorbing Man when he got a good look at Eric up close.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Being one of Marvel's strongest, Thor has handed out many of these, even to other heavy-hitters: The Ragnarok clone, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Mr. Hyde, the Wrecking Crew, the Red Hulk, Iron Man multiple times, Abomination, Mr. Fantastic, Poor Ares, an Ares with his strength tripled and later with Pluto's aid, Black Bolt, Skruge, the Executioner, death-goddess Hela,Wolverine and Wonder Man. And lets add Count Nefaria to that list
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check:
    • One of the earliest Stan Lee-written stories featured a scientist who invented a device that could duplicate matter, essentially creating the duplicate out of nothing. Having achieved what's arguably the most amazing scientific discovery in human history, what does he do with it? He... creates an evil twin of Thor and sends him after the real one.
    • Mister Hyde is another example. Along with his Super-Strength formula, he's also invented a "Time Reversal Ray" that shows events that occurred in the past of whatever he points it at. What could have been used for everything from police investigations to historical research is instead simply used by Hyde to track down Thor so he could indulge his petty grudge. Yeesh...
  • Dating Catwoman:
    • The Enchantress, a goddess of Asgard, spent years hatching plans to harass and seduce the god of thunder. He eventually relented and had a brief romantic relationship with her.
    • Balder and Karnilla also have one of these relationships. They actually hooked up for a while during Walt Simonson's run.
    • And lately Tyr is implied to have a mutual attraction with Hela. The sons of Odin really have a thing for evil witches.
  • Decomposite Character: A species-wide one. The Dark Elves, or dökkálfar/svartálfar, in the original myths have been speculated to actually be the dwarfs under a different name. In the comics, they're separate species.
  • Defector from Paradise: "The Reigning" story arc presents a massive version of this trope. The story arc featured a nigh-omnipotent Thor ruling over both Earth and Asgard as All-Father. His dominion was characterized as having "solved all of humanity's ills", including war, disease, hunger, etc. However, the conflict of the story revolved around the idea that the "paradise" Thor had created wasn't earned by humanity and therefore wasn't real. Eventually revealing a heavy layer of stagnation & injustice beneath the facade of a Utopian society run by largely complacent, bigoted or otherwise apathetic Jerkass Gods. Which furthermore, in part, left Thor to blame when everything went wrong. For one, his adviser Loki engaging in secret executions and other atrocities to silence dissension to Asgardian supremacy. To say nothing in the least of his secretly promoting rebellion by supplying munitions to insurgencies and uprisings all so his security forces and Asgard's finest could brutally quell them to start with—something Thor never would've approved of if he'd known. Almost all of Thor's old friends (Sif, Captain America, Jake Olson, even Jane Foster and Tarene among numerous others) formed a rebellion to reject his false paradise and take Thor down. Eventually all of it resulting, largely because of Thor's thoughtless narrow mindedness and Loki's own duplicity, in his imperfect kingdom being utterly destroyed, most everybody in it dying, and King Thor being forced to use all of his power to hit a cosmic Reset Button so that his younger self never came into his rule.
  • Deflector Shields: Thor can create "dimension disruptions" with his hammer to protect himself or his allies. In Journey into Mystery #112, he created a disruption around himself that was "impossible for the Hulk to break through".
  • Depending on the Artist: Thor's appearance has fluctuated across the years, so much so that he doesn't have a consistent design. Even his classic attire with the six buttons on his chest, some artists make them look metalic, other artists just have them be coloured circles. In later comics Thor has scaled armour on his arms and chest while in other comics he bares his arms unprotected. Then there's his helmet (if he's wearing it), are the helmet wings wavy? Or short like Cap's wings?.
    • Thor’s facial hair changes all the time. Originally (and most recently) he’s clean shaven while in other comics he’s got a full Van Dyke beard and at other times it’s just some blonde stubble, also whether or not he has blonde eyebrows or plain old black depends on the artist too. Thor’s face can either be quite brutish and caveman-like or ruggedly handsome to justify why the likes of Amora the Enchantress would drool over him.
    • Mjölnir also changed appearance over the years. Originally Jack Kirby drew it like a small grey brick on a wrapped stick, and by the 70s Mjölnir was a massive rectangular beveled block, that either looks like cut stone or actual metal. The handle changes length as well, sometimes it’s long enough to almost be a war hammer.
  • Determinator: Thor is a derminator even when his power has been halved. The earliest, was during a battle with Hercules back in the 60s. Odin was pissed at Thor for something and cut his power in half; despite that Thor kept battling until he was finally knocked out.
  • Democracy Is Bad: The All-Mothers have tried to introduce a form of republic to govern the nine worlds with representatives from each realm/species forming the Congress of Worlds to decide important matters and even be needed to approve important appointments all in the hope of promoting peace. It hasn't been effective, mostly because it has absolutely no means of enforcing its will other than by consent or the occasional uniting of the 'League of Realms' (which didn't exactly stop the bad guys, in the end, anyway). Villains like Malekith have used its bureaucracy to further their own plans while hampering the heroes. Others like Odin have flat out ignored it continuing on with business as usual. Few races can put aside their ancient squabbles with several characters commenting that without Odin to impose any order things in the Nine Realms are getting worse. Made near horrifically worse when Cul Borson attempted to put Sinthea Shmidt of all people on the seat of Midgard's table in the congress of worlds after electing Jane Foster be removed from her station as Earth's representative due to personal ailments.
  • Demoted to Extra: Some prominent characters from the original myths get much less focus in this adaptation compared to Thor, Loki, Odin and original creations. For example, Frey is a widely attested god in Norse mythology who appears in multiple recorded myths, but in the comics he is a rather obscure minor character who's only appeared in a handful of stories.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Thor, during the Civil War Event. It seemed that halfway through he had taken a side, but it was just a clone. Yes, Tony Stark cloned a god. Issue #609 had Thor and the clone, Ragnarok, duke it out.
  • Disability Alibi: A heroic version: in the early issues, the Thunder God's civilian alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake, has a limp and uses a walking stick. On at least one occasion, this convinces someone that he couldn't possibly be Thor, because he's too weak and frail. (The walking stick is actually a disguised Mjolnir.)
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • In 616, there's Thor Girl. An issue of What If? also speculated on what would happen if Jane Foster found Mjölnir instead of Don Blake. Predictably, it turns her into a female version of Thor. Another issue of What If? had Rogue permanently absorb Thor's powers in Avengers Annual #10, which led to her becoming a heroine and the new Thor; Odin even changed the inscription on Mjölnir to be gender-neutral in the end.
    • invoked Marvel rolled out a new incarnation of Thor, a female one, to substitute the original male version. They specified that she is not "She-Thor, Lady Thor, Thorita" or anything like that, just plain Thor". (Though a different Thor from the original, and not simply him turned into a woman).
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Issues #360-362: "...and though The Executioner stands alone, and the warriors of Hel seem numberless... Not one sets foot upon the bridge across the river Gjoll.
    They sing no songs in Hel, nor do they celebrate heroes, for silent is that dismal realm and cheerless. But the story of the Gjallerbru and the god who defended it is whispered across the Nine Worlds... and when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head, the answer is always the same. "He stood alone at Gjallerbru."... and that answer is enough".
  • Dramatic Irony: After Loki's original treacherous self spent decades trying (and failing) to kill Thor, his younger innocent self is the one who succeeds. While trying to help Thor. The magpie Ikol notes the irony.
    • Played again multiple times before Kid Loki made his debut, Loki often created his own problems by accident. E.I. The Avengers assembling for the first time to fight him. And his biggest one is the creation of Desak after he imprisoned his maker to power The Destroyer.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Its very rare considering their power and courage, but a few villains have this effect on all of Asgard including Odin and Thor.
      • Two in particular are Surtur, a fire giant rivaling Odin in power destined to burn the entire universe and the Disir, the Asgardian equivalent of the boogeymen who are pretty much immune to all but very specific magic and weapons (including Thor's hammer) and merely saying their name can cause them to appear and kill you.
      • Ego the Living Planet is one of the few villains not related to Norse Mythology that intimidates Thor. Even a god has trouble fighting an entire world.
      • The Mangog habitually beats the living daylights out of the thunderer and just refuses to go away — "so long as hate endures, I exist".
      • When Desak, the God-Slayer who had destroyed several pantheons throughout the universe, came upon Asgard, the Asgardian troops were practically shaking in their boots, and, as it turns out, rightly so.
      • There was Gorr The God Butcher, whom Thor has had a deep seeded strain of horrid memories of during his youth. Especially onto old age when the former spent 900 years in the future enslaving and massacring gods to build a deicidal WMD for murdering them all.
    • Thor himself is a horror to most of his mortal opposition, especially lower-tier Mooks like Mister Hyde and the Wrecking Crew. Captain America once bluffed the criminal King Cobra into fleeing by implying that Thor was on his way. Thor is also universally feared by the various races of Asgardian Giants, as "they speak [his] name in whispers in the nurseries of thine icy home!"
  • Dumb Blonde: Depending on the Writer, Thor can very easily be a male version. Being too Hot-Blooded for his own good, he tends to get outwitted by his brother Loki in Brains Evil, Brawn Good scenarios or even outsmarted by fellow Avengers. Though later Thor would avert this, actually being pretty crafty when he wants.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • Originally, Thor's hammer in Marvel Comics was simply called the "Uru Hammer". However, from the Tales of Asgard story "The Fiery Breath of Fafnir" onwards (Thor #135) by Kirby and Lee, the name Mjolnir began to be used.
    • When Jane debuted, she was surnamed "Nelson" rather than "Foster."
    • Sif debuted as a golden-haired Damsel in Distress who was the sister of Balder rather than Heimdall.
  • El Cid Ploy: During Walter Simonson's tenure, there's a period when Thor's friends need to pretend that he is fine (when he's been turned into a frog). They get another Asgardian who looks like Thor to dress up and give him a fake Mjölnir to wield. This backfires when Loki figures out what's going on, and borrows Mjolnir in front of an assembly of Asgardians, thus "proving" he's turned over a new leaf.
  • Elemental Absorption: In Thor #288, Thor absorbs all of the electricity directed at him, using it to regain his strength.
  • Elemental Powers: Innate, but can also be granted through possession of Mjölnir.
    • Lightning: Thor can summon lightning from the sky, channel it through Mjölnir, or even project it from his hands. According to Thor #421, the God of Thunder can amplify the power of lightning 10,000 fold. Thor can also use lightning to create electromagnetic pulses capable of disabling Iron Man's armor.
    • Wind: Thor can use Mjölnir to generate powerful whirlwinds. In Thor #177, he generated a "spear of wind" powerful enough to push back Surtur, the 1000-foot tall Fire Giant. These whirlwinds can also be used for containment, as was the case in Secret Invasion #8 when he isolated the Wasp, who had been turned into a biological weapon. Although it didn't happen in his own comic, Thor once used Mjölnir to control the winds and spread a chemical agent developed by Spider-Man throughout the global atmosphere to neutralize another chemical agent released by Doctor Octopus that was destroying the ozone layer. Thor can also utilize his breath and exhale with the force of a hurricane which can close dimensional openings, as seen in ''Journey into Mystery'' #86.
    • Fire: Mjölnir can emit fire blasts hot enough to melt steel. Thor has also created expanding waves of fire and used Mjölnir to absorb fire attacks. The God of Thunder also has a natural resistance to heat, as he can be submerged up to the neck in lava with no ill effects.
    • Earth: As the son of Gaea herself, Thor had the ability to control this to a degree. He can start earthquakes in two ways: physically slamming Mjölnir to the ground or by summoning lightning bolts while in flight. He has demonstrated enough control to generate unidirectional shockwaves that can be aimed at a single opponent.
    • Water: Though (mostly) less useful offensively, Thor can summon rain (technically thunderstorms). Unlike many people with Weather Manipulation powers, such as Storm, Thor can do this regardless of what the current atmospheric conditions are — while Storm needs there to actually be enough nearby moisture to make rainclouds with, Thor can do this anytime, anywhere, no matter how dry it is, because his abilities are magical.
  • Empathic Weapon:
    • Mjölnir. It's not how strong you are, it's how worthy you are. The Hulk and Juggernaut have both tried with all their might to budge it and cannot lift it. However, Captain America can lift it easily. Times it has been mistaken to be lifted by the non-worthy include alternate realities/versions where the enchantment did not apply, fake duplicates, or machines that have no worthiness to measure like robots.
    • Mjölnir is stated to be, ultimately, a part of Thor. Thus, if he and another person are roughly equal in worthiness, Thor will be the default wielder until otherwise proven.
    • When Jane Foster becomes Thor, she appears to have several abilities that Thor never exhibited. This is theorized to happen because she is even more noble than the original Thor — though at least some of them are simply developments on abilities Thor has shown previously (remote controlling Mjölnir, for instance), so it could simply be a case of thinking outside the box.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Used when Thor visits New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Volume #3.
  • Endless Winter: The "Cask of Winters"/"The Casket of Ancient Winters" is used to create this effect by several enemies of Asgard, especially Malekith "the Accursed". Probably inspired by the Fimbulvetr.
    • It is outright said to contain the Fimbulvetr itself at times, though other times it is said to contain the endless winter that was the entirety of reality before warmth existed. Surtur implies that the contents of the Cask have a will, and that will hates the gods.
  • Enemy Mine: Loki, occasionally, when the threat is really dire.
    • He once reneged on a promise to help Tyr overthrow Asgard, because the reason he'd set the plot against Odin into motion was that he thought Odin had dishonored Frigga. When he realized he'd been wrong about that, he switched sides.
    • When Surtur tried to destroy the universe by taking the Eternal Flame from Asgard, Loki tricked him with illusions, which he was able to do because he'd fooled everyone into thinking that he was on the Dark Elves' and Surtur's side. But Loki likes messing around with people in this universe — which he couldn't do if an Omnicidal Maniac destroys it all.
    • During Siege, Loki eventually switched sides and helped the Asgardians.
    • Old King Loki, his future version, teams up with his brother to fight against the returning Gorr.
  • Energy Absorption: Mjölnir can be used to absorb and redirect virtually unlimited amounts of energy. Thor has used Mjölnir to absorb Hyperion's atomic vision, the Silver Surfer's Power Cosmic attacks, and Heimdall's blue cosmic flames. Absorbed energy can be amplified 10 to 100 fold before being redirected at Thor's attacker. One of Mjölnir's greatest feats occurred in Thor #407, where the hammer managed to contain the galaxy-destroying power of a Null Bomb before using the power to reignite a dying sun.
  • Eternal Recurrence: The comic takes a foretold event in mythology, Ragnarok, and turns it into a wash-rinse-repeat cycle that sustains the ones who sit above in shadow. Almost every deviation from Norse Mythology can be traced back to this plot point.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Parodied. When Thor lost his Donald Blake persona, he Clark Kented as Sigurd Jarlson. Still, a worker in a construction site saw his reaction and movements when a dragon appeared in the city (don't ask), and got a mistaken "Eureka!" Moment: Sigurd Jarlson is Spider-Man!
  • Even More Omnipotent: Mjölnir was crafted by his father Odin with the specific caveat that no one can lift it unless they be worthy. (Specifically, worthy by Odin's standards. This means possessing traits such as honor, courage, humility, and the heart of a warrior-born. Odin can also rescind this rule temporarily at his leisure.) Mjölnir will always go through any impediments (even a planet) to return to Thor's hand, and it (usually) can't be destroyed by a force which exerts less than Odin's own power. However, the first way to know that a new villain is serious business is if they destroy, restrain or lift the hammer by sheer force.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Hela, the Norse goddess of the dead (well, the dead who didn't die in heroic battle, anyway) is given this treatment; in mythology she is a neutral being who is willing to bargain Baldr's soul with the gods provided every being in existence cried out for his death, while in the comics she is a recurring supervillain who tried to take over Valhalla on occasions.
  • Evil Chancellor:
    • Seidring the Merciless was Odin's chief adviser until Thor #127, when he gained control of the Odinpower and tried to take over Asgard.
      I did think Odin missed the boat there; would you trust an adviser on your staff named Seidring the Merciless?
      Walt Simonson, Foreword to Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson
    • Loki, to the new prince Balder.
    • Most recently, Cul Borson, a.k.a. 'the Serpent', and the God of Fear, has become Odin's. In fairness, aside from trying to kill the new Thor and reclaim Mjölnir and generally being a dick, he hasn't actually done anything particularly evil, coming across more as a Well-Intentioned Extremist (admittedly, with the emphasis on the 'extremist' part).
  • Evil Counterpart: Thor has one from Earth-14325 known as "Thorr", who is a tyrant and villain unlike the noble hero of Earth-616. In addition, his version of Mjölnir doesn't recognize worthiness, but a lack of worthiness. Thor uses this to his advantage when he gets his hands on it after the events of Original Sin, since him now being unworthy allows him to wield his tyrannical counterpart's hammer.
  • Everybody Loves Zeus:
    • Thor undergoes a fair amount of Adaptational Heroism in this interpretation. Though he is still a Blood Knight and a bit of an arrogant jerk, he is a fair shake more heroic (by modern standards) than what Norse Mythology originally portrayed him as. He only grows more selfless and heroic as he goes through Character Development.
    • Odin was portrayed early on in the series as having Omniscient Morality License. In other words, even when he's being a jerk, it's For the Greater Good. Otherwise, he's treated as wise and benevolent. In later portrayals, he's become considerably less amicable after having his rule of Asgard challenged. He invokes such tyrannical laws and harsh punishments that he essentially becomes part of the Big Bad Ensemble of Thor (2014). Of course, with Odin, it can be quite difficult to tell when he's really being a jerk, or when he's just pretending to for greater purposes.
  • Exact Words: "If he be worthy".
  • Expy: A few:

    Tropes - F to O 
  • Face–Heel Turn: Odinson seems to have pulled this in Secret Empire, by siding with HYDRA Cap. However, Secret Empire #5 shows that his main motivations are misplaced trust in Steve, trust reinforced by Steve having (somehow) proved Worthy to wield Mjölnir when he still is not, and a desire to free the dying Jane Foster from some unknown yet horrible purgatory, which HYDRA has promised to help him do. Even so, by that point, he is increasingly full of doubts, despite HYDRA trying to keep him away from the darker parts of their regime.
  • Facepalm: Issue 359 has a Dramedy plot in which Lorelei and Loki conspire to put Thor under magical mind control. Their scheme is eventually defeated when Lorelei is rendered similarly magically infatuated with Loki. After Loki has been forced to lift the enchantment on Thor, and nearly had his brains smashed in along the way, Lorelei asks if he's angry with her. Loki's facepalm is a minor classic of the trope.
  • The Fair Folk: Dark Elves are a recurring enemy to Thor and Asgard, with their King Malekith being first the Arc Villain of The Accursed arc of Thor: God of Thunder, then becoming the fully fledged Big Bad (or at least, leader of the Big Bad Ensemble) of Thor (2014).
  • Fantastic Ableism: Before being adopted by Odin, Loki was treated badly by the other frost giants for his small size in comparison to them.
  • Fantastic Religious Weirdness: In Thor: Heaven & Earth #3, Thor talks to a dying Christian priest and assures him that although he (Thor) is real, so is a god superior to Thor whom the Thunder God explicitly identifies as the Christian God. (It's never made clear which sect the priest is, nor is the question of Jesus addressed.)
  • Fantasy Gun Control: On the whole, the realms of Asgard and beyond stick to an apparent technology level appropriate to the time of the Norse Myths. Somewhat averted during the Surtur Saga, however, when the hosts of Asgard and Valhalla fought alongside the mortal armies of Earth for the fate of the worlds; some of the warriors of Valhalla took a shine to the mortals' machine guns and took some home with them afterward.
  • Fantasy Metals: Uru, which is used by the Asgardians in forging certain magical weapons. It absorbs magic like a sponge, and Thor's hammer Mjolnir is made from it.
  • Fiction 500: As Prince and sometimes King of Asgard, Thor is pretty well off. He once purchased an entire steel mill to forge battle armor by walking into the owner's office and dumping a bag of gold on the table, stating "The Rhinegold of myth is quite real". And years later, when Thor restored Asgard after suffering its latest "Ragnarok", he purchased a huge plot of land to place the city on, and he did this by leading the land owner into the Royal Treasure Chamber with literal MOUNTAINS of gold and precious gems, telling the man to "take whatever you want and leave". The man got help and filled his pickup truck, making no discernible dent in the treasure. Balder and even non-royals like The Warriors Three routinely buy things on Earth or make reparations for damage (or worse, pay for Volstagg's food orgies) with sacks of gold that they hand out freely.
  • Flaming Sword: Thor's "atomic flare" attack, which is performed by spinning Mjölnir so fast that its own atoms are set ablaze, creates a weapon that "burns with the might of a thousand suns", according to Thor #351.
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: The Marvel Universe version of Thor used to speak in archaic English resembling Shakespearean prose. This was dropped in the most recent restart of the series; the Asgardians now speak modern English, though their speech patterns are both formal and faintly archaic.
  • Forced Transformation: The memorable storyline, beginning in Thor #363, where Thor is turned into a frog.
  • For Want Of A Nail: Morph of the reality-travelling team the Exiles has noted that many of the darker Earths the team has visted (ruled by the Skrulls, ravaged by a techno-organic virus etc.) have no Asgardian presence. Several of these world-ending threats may have been counter-balanced by the presence of a hero as powerful as Thor on the Avengers roster.
  • Fusion Dance: When Thor and Eric Masterson were in the far reaches of space trying to restore Hercules to normal, Eric was mortally wounded when he performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save Thor. Thor saved Eric by binding their life-forces together, which saved Eric but forced him to share a body with Thor. When Thor was later banished from Earth by Odin, Eric was entrusted with Mjölnir and all of Thor's innate abilities.
  • Gag Penis: In one issue, an Asgardian named Volstagg the Mighty (an exceedingly... large-boned fellow), attacks a Doombot who is firing an energy beam, which destroys his clothing... but he wrecks the Doombot. Sif and the other two members of the Warriors Three stare at him and comment that they now know where his title of "The Mighty" comes from. When Volstagg notices where Sif is staring, he admonishes her to "cast thine eyes elsewhere... though it may take them some time to make the journey".note 
  • Gargle Blaster: One comedic story in the 2014 Thor Annual featured Thor having an epic drinking contest prior to becoming the wielder of Mjölnir, which culminated in being challenged by Mephisto. Drinks included the Gamma Slamma, the Cosmic Ray, the Ultimate Drunkifier, and Odin's Beard (literally Odin's beard that had been soaked in ale). It ended with a nameless concoction that Loki cursed, which caused Mephisto to explode (Thor didn't actually drink it, he just swished it around his mouth and spat it back out).
  • Glasses-and-Ponytail Coverup: Near the beginning of the Simonson run, Thor, having lost the ability to transform into the mortal form of Donald Blake, sought help from Nick Fury to establish a new secret identity. Fury helped Thor concoct the new ID of "Sigurd Jarlson", a construction worker from Norway. In that persona, Thor merely tied his hair into a ponytail and donned a pair of spectacles.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Loki is Marvel's personification of this trope to the point that he has actual green eyes. His constant envy of his elder brother, Thor and his need for love from his father warp him into a villain. Most of his mischief is about getting attention and love. His history as an abused child doesn't help. Neither did Odin's blatant favoritism towards Thor.
  • Gender Flip: In the comic, Laufey, the "king" of he frost giants, is male, but in the actual Norse myths, Laufey is in fact female.
  • A God Am I: Thor realizes and exclaims this when he picks up Mjölnir and is bestowed with his powers. Justified, in that he really is one.
  • Godiva Hair: In Thor 485, Lorelei, younger sister of The Enchantress, seduces magically Ben Grimm (like part of a plan) using a vision of her naked with just her long red hair to cover.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Averted for the most part. Most stories portray the gods as predating humanity and maintaining the same level of power regardless if they are worshipped or not.
    • A few stories play with this by explaining gods can gain a sort of spiritual sustenance from worship. If a god or group of gods are killed enough mortals remembering them can bring them back to life and some groups of gods need worship or some other mortal connection to come to the mortal realm. But they do not cease to exist if mortals forget them.
    • One of the heaviest inversions to this in story, is based a bit on how both above and below explain gods and their station in Marvel compendium. Donald Blake once called out to Thor long after Ragnarok hit and all of Asgard perished, the kicker being that the Odinson's other half came into being once again when Odin and the gods themselves perished bringing Blake back from non-existence. Ending in Blake sharing with Thor One Profound Truth its not for gods to determine whether or not man exists, more rather it is for man to determine if the gods exist.
    • Cul Borson, the Asgardian god of fear, may be the biggest exception. He does not need mortal worship to exist as he survived eons of imprisonment despite Odin erasing all trace of him from Earth. But unlike other gods he does psychically feed on mortal emotion to increase his strength to a level around Odin's. Operative words being from Earth: Cul kept records of himself to ensure that his story endures... one main copy is easier to rewrite though, which became his undoing.
  • Good Hurts Evil: In Thor #180, the "power of good" in Thor's soul was so strong that exposing it to Mephisto left the demon begging for mercy.
  • The Good King: Odin, king of the Aesir. Thor himself on a few occasions.
  • The Great Serpent: Jormungand, also known as the Midgard Serpent and the World Serpent, is an antagonist in the comics. Like the myths the comic is based on, he is a gigantic snake.
  • The Gunslinger: The Light Elf Sir Ivory Honeyshot. Most beings in the nine worlds (besides humans) are either Immune to Bullets or heal so quickly guns wounds are not that effective. Swords and other melee weapons that do more damage or rely on strength along with magic are the preferred weapons. Honeyshot uses revolvers armed with iron bullets against Dark Elves who suffer a specific vulnerability to it.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Despite being red headed in the myths, Thor is a male example, being very compassionate despite occasional arrogance. One of his nicknames is "Goldilocks".
  • Hanging Up on the Grim Reaper: In one comic, Hela comes to take Thor for an unspecified reason but Odin steps in and kills her. Talk about family issues.
  • Happily Adopted: Subverted. Odin adopted Loki out of obligation and guilt. Ironically he creates his own destruction by doing so.
  • Healing Hands: Thor can use his godly essence to heal beings. Combined with the energies of Mjölnir, Thor can literally make an old man feel young again.
  • Heart Light: The circles on Thor's armor are sometimes portrayed as glowing.
  • Hero Insurance: When you see some of the feats Thor is capable of, it's clear that one of the reasons he tends to hold back on Earth is because he wants to avoid this trope as much as possible.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: SKURGE. It is the definition of epic.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: In a Thor comic book annual, Demogorge the God-Eater, an ancient deity whose very purpose is to consume gods, is awakened before its time and opposed by an alliance of heroic gods from Earth's various pantheons. He ends up eating them all, but Thor's will is too strong, and not only takes over its body, he forces it to restore all the deities it had already eaten!
  • Horns of Villainy: Loki's horned helm, in both the comics and films, invokes this imagery.
  • Human Aliens: Asgardians are this and are almost indistinguishable from regular humans.
  • Humans Are Special: Thor certainly thinks so. Few other gods in the Marvel Universe (and there are many) are as willing to stand up for and protect humanity as he is, and his best friends and teammates are just humans with exceptional abilities and dedication to good. His best friend amongst humans is Captain America, if that tells you anything.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: When Thor stays on Earth, he usually holds back his full strength,note  but when Thor cuts loose, Curb-Stomp Battle usually ensues. Just ask Iron Man about that.
  • An Ice Person:
    • Skurge the Executioner. Using his Axe, he opens a portal (by cutting the air) to a dimension of cold, letting the icy wind blow onto his enemies. He can also do the same thing with a dimension of fire.
    • Ymir can create blizzards with no effort, among other such Ice-related abilities (he is much stronger than most Giants, as he is the original Norse one). However, unlike Frost Giants, he is an Ice Giant and seems to be literal living ice. Ice Giants look like large humans, they actually get smaller when exposed to great heat. Then there are the ice giants who actually look like moving ice sculptures, like smaller versions of Ymir himself.
    • Kelda has weather control powers, which includes generating ice and forming weapons from it. And she can make poisonous ice.
    • Loki has many mystical powers at his disposal, but he's got a talent for ice magic thanks to his Frost Giant heritage.
  • I Have Many Names: Unlike most other characters from the various classic, theological, original, or alien pantheons, it's revealed that the Earth Mother (the deity that embodies the planet Earth, its biosphere, and all planetary nature) is the same entity under various identities. Her physical bodies, avatars, and manifestations may be different in each form, but she is the same entity nonetheless. This is partly explained that she has no solid, permanent form. Her name, appearance, mood, etc. all depend upon the beholder, even if they're other gods.
  • Idiot Ball: Thor and Balder have been tossing this back and forth ever since their returns. First, it was Thor leaving Loki alive and not doing a thing to challenge his exile while disappearing for long periods of time leaving Asgardians without guidance in a strange, new world and using up a near-omnipotent power source to save his girlfriend. Balder picked it up and decided to trust Loki, not check up with the local mortals about Doom, and did not prepare at all for SIEGE. He recognized he was an idiot, but Thor has picked it up again.
    • Loki himself grabbed the ball when he teamed up with Dormammu, since Dormammu screwed him over.
    • And then there was the time Hela made a deal with Loki and a deal with Mephisto.
  • If I Can Only Move: Dr. Donald Blake has been tied up at least once and has to struggle to reach his walking stick to strike it and transform into Thor.
  • Immortal Immaturity:
    • When Thor had been banished and his half-brother Balder was king of the Asgardians, the Asgardians accepted an invitation to move to Latveria. Once there, Dr. Doom started kidnapping and vivisecting Asgardians. Why? Dr. Doom was making plans for dealing with his impending mortality and wanted to experiment on the Asgardians to gain their longevity.
    • During Jason Aaron's run the Thor of the future constantly complains about current Thor and past Thor's lack of intelligence and maturity:
    Future Thor: And you idiot children have yet to learn what it means to be a king!
  • Immune to Bullets: In the 2007 series after his return from Ragnarok, Thor blocks bullets fired by Ngare terrorists simply by standing in front of them, not affected in the slightest. Shockingly averted in a Black Panther comic; where it is implied that Thor was actually shot dead. He gets up again and it's revealed the bullet pierced his skin and then bounced off his skull, briefly knocking him unconscious.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In Mephisto Versus #4, Mephisto admitted that he could not break Thor, even after devouring him whole.
    • Also, Balder.
    • Apparently someone at Marvel did not like this because when Thor first becomes king of Asgard he becomes Drunk with Power, then Drunk on the Dark Side when Desak comes after him.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: In older comics, Thor flew by throwing his hammer and holding on. To hover he'd spin his hammer around over his head.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: In the story-arc that introduces Beta Ray Bill, the otherworldly champion who is also worthy to wield Mjölnir, Odin declares that Bill and Thor must fight a duel to the death to settle the question of who gets to keep it. Bill wins, but saves Thor's life; Odin gives Mjölnir back to Thor and commissions a new hammer from the dwarfs to give to Bill. It's implied that this is the outcome Odin intended all along.
  • Kill the Parent, Raise the Child: Loki's backstory is that he was the son of Laufey, king of the Frost Giants, who was slain in combat by Odin. Afterwards, Odin found the child Loki hidden away because of his small size, and decides to adopt him out of pity.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: There are some mortal things that are surprisingly popular in Asgard; for example Game of Thrones (known watchers include Tyr, Balder, and Loki) and firearms (fans include Skurge and Freyja of all people).
  • Knight, Knave, and Squire: The Warriors Three. Fandral is the Knight, Hogun is the Knave and Volstagg is the squire.
  • Large Ham: During Thor's '60s run, pretty much everybody who isn't an average guy. And even then...
  • Legacy Character: The power of the Thunder God is accessible to anyone else who can prove worthy of wielding Mjölnir (see below). Mortals such as human architect Eric Masterson and the alien nicknamed Beta Ray Bill would wield the hammer when Thor was otherwise indisposed. Later on, Masterson would get a slightly weaker hammer of his own to wield, becoming the hero Thunderstrike. Likewise, Beta Ray Bill was given his own hammer, Stormbreaker, with powers roughly equal to Mjölnir. Unfortunately, this means that Bill isn't seen that much anymore, because having Thor teamed up with an equally powerful pseudo-god is ridiculous overkill for most situations.
    • Some time after Eric Masterson passed, his now teenage son Kevin Masterson was given his Thunderstrike Mace, and after some time spent learning how to control it, Kevin becomes the new Thunderstrike, making Thunderstrike a Legacy as well.
    • And there's Red Norvell, who's basically Thor, but if he was raised in the blue-collar midwest instead of Asgard. Though he was only able to lift Mjölnir after absorbing a copy of Thor's essence and was never actually worthy himself, he eventually gained his own imitation hammer. Interesting in that he's the only one of the legacy characters to not only claim the position of God of Thunder, but also the position of Odin's son, although that bit was mostly just Odin trying to tick Thor off. He's still alive, and has all his powers, but we haven't seen him in over a decade. It's possible that he died off-panel during Ragnarok, but in that case he'd probably be back anyways like the rest of 'em.
    • Just about anyone can wield Mjölnir in a crisis, provided that they do so for unselfish reasons.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Justice Peace and Thor in Thor #371. This one has consequences: the fight delays Justice Peace's pursuit of the serial killer Zaniac, who kills several more people before they catch up with him.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Lampshaded in Thor #390, after Thor seals a hole in the ground with a "pin-point accurate" lightning bolt.
    Black Knight: But—but that's scientifically impossible!
    Captain America: Not to a Thunder God!
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: In Thor #357-8, the villains' secret base has an insect infestation that's actually a swarm of Literal Surveillance Bugs created by their own Gadgeteer Genius, who is working with them unwillingly and wants to know what they say when he's not around.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the Avengers Enter the Phoenix arc, the mutant cavewoman/Phoenix Avatar, Firehair tells Thor that the Gaea story is a lie and she's his actual mother. Thor is very unhappy to hear this, besides despising the Phoenix as an innately destructive force, he also sees it as nothing more than am animal when it doesn't work through an avatar.
  • Medium Blending: Some Jack Kirby issues feature the photo collage double-page spreads he experimented with in the Sixties. The first appearance of Ego, the Living Planet is one of the best known.
  • Might Makes Right: The prevailing social theory of the nine realms. The leaders and heroes are typically powerful warriors or magic users with abilities that set them far above their contemporaries. Disputes are frequently settled with violence and wars are common. The more peaceful societies typically rely on a greater military power like Asgard to protect them.
  • Mind Game Ship: Loki and Thor. Them being brothers does nothing to detract from this.
  • Mistaken for Santa: After Ruby is murdered by Zaniac, Thor takes her two orphaned sons to Asgard, where they are adopted by Volstagg. When the boys first meet their adoptive father, they take notice of his large belly, reddish outfit and thick beard, and ask him if he is Santa Claus.
  • More Expendable Than You: The Executioner's Heroic Sacrifice, saving Thor's life.
  • Most Common Super Power: The Enchantress, Valkyrie, Hela, and Thor Girl.
  • Nemesis Weapon: Thor has had a lot of villains with Nemesis weapons. The brutish Absorbing Man and Wrecker, for example, were empowered by Asgardian magic, but where Thor wields Mjölnir, they wield thuggish instruments like a ball-and-chain or a crowbar, respectively. Their weapons tap the same sort of Asgardian magic as Thor's hammer, but are much cruder, mortal instruments. Similarly, the signature weapon of Ulik the troll is a set of "pounders" — brass knuckles, essentially — made of the same magic metal as Thor's hammer. One of the most notable examples in recent years is All-Black the Necrosword, wielded by Gorr the God Butcher, and would later be wielded by Loki in the future. Even its origins practically make it an Evil Counterpart to Mjölnir.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: By today's standards, a lot of Thor's early Stan Lee-scribed appearances have the thunder god doing this when he comes up with everything from creating wind storms by blowing to using ventriloquism.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In Thor #381, Hela has Thor on the ropes, completely incapable of lifting a finger to help himself — until Loki decides to make things a bit more entertaining, and inadvertently gives Thor an out. In general this trope and Nice Job Breaking It, Hero could be Loki's middle names, he is the God of Unintended Consequences.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Many things, such as various armaments, in the Thor mythos tend to fall under this category. Thor himself can shrug off planet-busting attacks and having the weight of worlds thrust on him. His hammer is comprised of Uru and is practically indestructible, having flown through stars with no damage and absorbed cosmic cataclysms such as the Null-Bomb's galaxy-destroying power. However, there should be a strong emphasis on the "nigh-" part, as Thor has been severely wounded many times shrugging off the type of damage that he does and Mjölnir has been destroyed seven times over the course of its history.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Thor is the noble man—fighting for honor, justice and valor, while Hercules is the rogue—fighting evil because it's fun and to impress women, and he's more than willing to play dirty.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Rare considering his power level, but Thor has been subject to a few of these over the years from either the rare more powerful foe or a time when Thor has been depowered.
  • No More for Me: In Thor #364, a drunk stumbles into an alley and runs into the irate goats pulling Thor's chariot, who've been stranded in the alley while Thor is... temporarily discommoded. He promptly declares he's going on the wagon. At the end of the following issue, the same guy, drunk again, winds up in the same alley, where he's confronted with the goats, the chariot, and a 6'6" frog in full Thor regalia. As he flees, he swears that this time he really really is never going to touch the stuff again.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Thor is of Asgardian, Jotun, and Elder God descent, the first from his father Odin, the second from Odin's mother Bestla, and the third from his true mother Gaea. This is what makes him stronger than the average Asgardian.
  • Not Quite Flight: Thor's "flying" is explained as him actually throwing his hammer extremely hard, keeping his grip on the handle and letting it pull him into the air.
  • Nun Too Holy: Thor: God of Thunder #12 shows a nun becoming smitten by Thor's rugged physique, and another nun has to remind her of who she is.
    Sister Marjorie: Perhaps the... God of Thunder... would like to stay for dinner?
    Nun: Remember your vows, Sister Marjorie.
    Sister Marjorie: Yes. And what were those again?
  • Oh, My Gods!: "By Odin's beard!" (and other variations) was Thor's catchphrase. Loki frequently swears by "Hel".
    • Which is Hilarious in Hindsight, as Hel (Hela in some versions of the myth, and the character uses both names in the comic) is his own daughter, kinda (explanations vary on if she's the daughter of Loki of a previous cycle, the current Loki some time before the present-day adventures, or even someone Loki artificially created).
    • The comics also use Hel (amongst others) to refer to her domain the land of the not heroic dead which is stated many times to not being hell (actually seems to be one of the nicer afterlives if you lived at least a mediocre life and aren't an Angel). In modern times it's generally Hel for the place and Hela for the goddess ruling it. Is she Loki's daughter? Well, that's the consensus but there are much weirder backstories in some comics for her. And all are equally true thanks to how Asgard works.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Old King Loki teams up with his brother to kill the returning Gorr not out of any form of compassion or goodness left in him, but because he makes it clear that he is the only one allowed to kill his brother.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Only someone who is a hero judged worthy by Mjölnir's magic can lift Thor's hammer. This makes it a shock in Beta Ray Bill's premiere story when this seeming monster qualifies as such.
    • Thor's hammer (and its powers) could only be wielded by "someone worthy" such as Thunderstrike or Beta Ray Bill. Others who have briefly wielded, or at least lifted, Mjölnir include: Captain America, Wonder Woman, Rogue (in an alternate universe where she permanently absorbed Thor's powers and personality), Superman thanks to an emergency suspension of the worthiness enchantment, and Alex Power in "Thor and the Warriors Four" (though this is out of continuity), Conan the Barbarian (in a crossover comic not in continuity with either franchise), Red Norvell, and for a short time young Loki (happened in AXIS, long story... one that needs pictorial evidence).
    • Magneto is not worthy. However, sometimes his power over magnetism is strong enough to control Mjölnir anyway.
    • Wonder Woman easily wields it, which makes tremendous sense, since for one, she's obviously worthy, but she's also a literal demigod herself, albeit an Greek demigod, not Norse. (And if you ever wanted to see what a Greek-Norse demigoddess might look like, enjoy.)
      • In a Funny Moment, later in the series, Thor drops the Hammer while Thanos and Darkseid fight. Wondy casually picks it up and hands it to Thor, leaving Thor to think, "What th'?!"
    • Walt Simonson once said that you have to be "worthy" in the Viking sense of the word. I.e. be a hardened killer. That doesn't fit with Superman or even Captain America though. Cap is a soldier who has fought in WWII, where killing is inevitable, so that's maybe just enough. That definitely doesn't explain why Dr. Blake could.
    • It's revealed at another point that the highest "tier" of worthiness for Mjölnir is need. For example, you can qualify for every single other criteria of worthiness but not have a need for the hammer and fail to pick it up. Then, only minutes later, be able to do so because the need was greater (such as was the case with an alternate universe Black Widow). And then, once the need has passed, you will fail to lift it once again. This is the justification for Superman wielding it for a while.
    • In actual Norse mythology, Mjölnir was just so powerful anyone not on the level of Thor would be char-coaled, worthiness be damned, which is how a frost giant was able to steal it.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Ymir, Surtur, and the Celestials; the Masters of the Black Star, and in Avengers: Infinity which featured Thor as one of the main characters, the "Walkers" (who are planet-sized) and the Infinites (who can hold planets in their hands).

    Tropes - P to Z 
  • Painting the Medium: The new Thor of 2014 noticeably speaks in the usual Asgardian font, but thinks in regular text — implying that she's not even Asgardian herself. It's later revealed that she's Jane Foster, a normal human.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • Odin towards Thor. Poor Loki was made well aware of the fact he was less loved.
    • Balder, having recently discovered he is Odin's son, is under this curse as well.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Most Asgardians end up being this in one way or another, but the House of Odin cranks it up to another level. Thor is often considered to be the strongest Asgardian and has destroyed planets in the past, even destroying worlds with the shock-waves of his blows. Loki has shrugged off mountain shattering blows and is even stated by Silver Surfer to be powerful enough to decimate planets. In a battle between their alternate future counterparts, King Thor and Loki the All-Butcher, they devastated Asgard, tore a planet asunder, and Loki pretty much destroyed a star by corrupting it with All-Black. In the next King Thor issue, Thor's battle with the returning Gorr tears through entire worlds and escalates to throwing and tearing stars apart. Even then, this pales in comparison to Odin, who has destroyed and recreated entire galaxies with his mastery of the Odin-Force.
  • Pinball Projectile: Mjölnir can be used to take down several opponents in this manner.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: First inverted then played straight twice with Loki. After Loki sacrifices himself in Siege, Thor resurrects him... only to bring him back as a child. And later Wiccan of the Young Avengers ages him up to a young adult. Even later when Loki changes title the jerk ages up some more to adult but still younger than was at the Siege so around thirty if we go by mortal age.
  • Power Copying: The Absorbing Man can absorb the physical traits of anything he touches, up to and including the Uru metal of Mjölnir. As far back as the 1960s, he proved capable of absorbing a direct cosmic bolt from Odin himself. Because of this, even Thor, for all his power, often has to come up with a clever way to exploit whatever is he's absorbed the power of.
  • Powered Armor: The Destroyer. It's mythical armor powered by the disembodied soul of its host and grants whomever wears it the strength to duke it out with the heaviest hitters in the Marvel Universe as well as the power to fire energy blasts from the face of the armor. However, the longer the soul wields it, the more aggressive and destructive the armor becomes, often to the point of going on an unstoppable rampage.
  • Power Nullifier: In Thor #429, Thor created a vortex that negated all mystical energy within, robbing the Juggernaut of his invulnerability for a time.
  • Powers via Weapon: As the enchantment states, who ever is deemed worthy by the hammer will be granted the power of Thor, even a normal human. This power includes super strength, flight and control over storms.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Mjölnir will always return to Thor after being thrown.
  • Protectorate: Thor considers all of the Nine Realms he's not so fond of the Tenth Realm, for very good reason, particularly Midgard, particularly Broxton, Oklahoma, to be under his protection. Harm it at your peril. And may the sweet and fluffy Lord help you if you hurt Jane Foster or the Avengers.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Asgardians love the lusty song of battle.
  • Public Domain Character: DC Comics has had Thor appear in their Universe, since Odin and other Norse gods also exist. Their Thor is also a god, but is removed from human affairs.
    • Silver Age Batman and Robin dealt with Thor. See if you can detect any similarities that would appear in the Marvel version three years later.
    • There is the Kirby Connection, specifically via the Fourth World comics; when Kirby was not allowed to end Thor's story with Ragnarok, he moved to DC and created a new mythology. It started with the immortal line "There came a day when the old gods died..." (if you look very carefully at the illustration, you can even make out Thor); the ancient world from which New Genesis and Apokolips were formed is strongly implied to very much have been like Asgard, and in visions, revealed to have harbored equivalents of the Asgardians. The Asgardian gods of Earth, including Thor who actually had a walk-on role in the Fourth World comics, are believed to be "descendants" of them because they received an exceptionally large portion of the God Wave which empowered all "modern" gods (except for the Fourth World New Gods) after the Old Gods died...
      • In fact, this is why Boom Tubes were invented. Darkseid literally resided in the Marvel Universe and required them to go between DC and Marvel. That aspect has been Retconned, of course.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: How did Marvel take Thor out of the picture when they decided that they wanted to replace him with Jane Foster? By having him become unworthy and unable to lift his hammer, then lose his powers and his left arm, then' try to reclaim his hammer only to discover that there's someone else wielding it, having to relinquish his signature weapon and his name as a result.
    There's also how Jane herself relinquishes the mantle; she takes it up to stave off the effects of her cancer, but the kicker is that, every time she transforms, her body reverts to how it was before chemotherapy, to the point where Doctor Strange warns her that, if she "Thors out" once more, she will die. Still, she takes on one last mission in order to stop a rampaging Mangog by hurling him into the Sun while chained to Mjolnir (since any other method of getting rid of him would just end up with him coming back). While Jane does die after Mjolnir gets vaporized, Odin and Thor travel to rescue her soul and bring her back from the gates of Valhalla (where she's just standing because she hesitated), and so she comes back to life, with her cancer in remission, and lets Thor be Thor again — although, without Mjolnir, he makes due with a variety of enchanted hammers until the climax of War of the Realms when he has Mjolnir reforged.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: He is the God of Thunder. Of course this happens from time to time.
    • For both Desak and Gorr, this was literal. Desak was called the God-slayer, and Gorr was more than willing to call himself the God Butcher, and each lived up to their respective title. Gorr brutally so.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Thor and other Asgardians love their epic feasts with entire roast pigs or cows as the main course.
  • Red Skies Crossover: During the "Casket of Ancient Winters" Saga, the whole world was covered with snow; this was reflected in several other comics, though most people did not know the cause.
  • Rejected by the Empathic Weapon: Mjolnir has deemed Thor unworthy to wield it multiple times, most famously in his first MCU film, where it forms the core of his character arc.
  • Reminder of Duty: Played for laughs in one story, where Thor loans a seed to a convent of nuns and one of them suggests that he stay for dinner. Her superior exhorts her to remember her vows.
    "Yes. And what were those again?"
  • Retcon:
    • The question of where Thor was before Donald Blake found the hammer is answered by Odin "revealing" that Donald Blake had been and was always Thor, transformed into the form of mortal man as punishment for arrogance. Much later, in J. Michael Straczynski's run, this gets retconned again, as it's now suggested Blake is (and always was) a person of his own, and not just Thor in human form.
    • At the climax of "The Surtur Saga", Odin sacrifices himself to keep Surtur from ever entering the Nine Realms again. Later on, it's revealed that both Odin and Surtur now exist in a limbo state, where Odin must continuously fight Surtur to stop him from coming back to life, and this is the reason Odin cannot be revived. However, in Thor #618, Thor does revive Odin, but neither the writer of the comic nor the characters seem to remember that this should mean Surtur can now return as well.
      • During Fear Itself, an issue of Journey into Mystery (Gillen) has Kid Loki meeting with Surtur, with the end result of Surtur one day rising from Limbo, and the cycle of Ragnarok being once again continued.
  • The Reveal: The fact that Donald Blake was an amnesiac Thor Odinson all along came as a bit of a surprise to Silver Age readers.
  • Richard Wagner: In The Mighty Thor #294-299 (1980) Roy Thomas and Keith Pollard adapt The Ring of the Nibelung as an event that happened in the past with Thor and Valkyrie taking the parts of Siefried and Brünnhilde.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Played with, For Thor it come in the opposition to the necessity of divine intervention; in their presence within universe at all. Desak being a pretty sharp example, was once a hesitant follower of petty gods who were quick to turn around, spite/smite his home and wife in their rage; thusly resigning to become a God Punisher/enforcer of a cosmic entity, believing all gods be they malevolent or benign are more part of the problem then ever a solution to mortal woes. His methods and reasons, though horrendous in many ways, were not entirely wrong as his paradoxical creation came about during "The Reigning" story arc due to the betrayal of his benefactor at the hands of allies turned enemies who abused their power to enslave the earth leading to its decline, ironically opting her to create said guardian in the past when reawakened by him in the future. With Gorr on the other hand it was much more extreme, he went through his whole life facing travesty, hegemony and atrocity from childhood to adulthood due to perceived negligence of the gods. His mother getting slaughter while he preyed and they never came, his wife and mother to be swallowed up by the earth but they never came, his children dying of hunger and heatstroke yet still never answering his prayers. And by the time two either dead or dying gods fall from the sky in front of him finally show up he's been rendered a wrathful Flat-Earth Atheist who went into a salty, empty, hate spewing rant whose bile triggered an Artifact of Doom that was already lodged in said god. After-which he promptly replaced said artifact back in his chest before setting out to bleed more deities across the space-ways for a hobby. Culminating into the belief that due to gods falling into two categories either those who do ''Harm'' or do ''Nothing'' at all, decides to wipe them all from the face of existence. Unlike Desak, Gorr's actions are infinitely more atrocious his victims relegating him to the most cruel, evil god of all despite his claims; still he has some good points in that many deities in general are self-centered, genocidal and either lazy or bigoted jerks who act like they're entitled to run the world when they accomplish nothing.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During a fight between Thor and Algrim, Malekith (Algrim's boss) dropped them both down a shaft in an attempt to kill them in lava. Thor was able to fly out before hitting the lava; Algrim wasn't so lucky. He clung stubbornly to life out of sheer tenaciousness. The Beyonder, during Secret Wars II, noticed this. Intrigued by Algrim's desire for vengeance, he teleported him to safety with strength and durability increased to twice that of Thor, and the new identity of Kurse. As his memory was damaged by his time in the lava, Kurse blamed Thor for what had happened and began to unleash a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Thor was eventually able to hold his own by donning the power-doubling Belt of Strength... so the Beyonder increased Kurse's power again, to four times that of Thor. It took Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and Power Pack working together to take him out even briefly. When he awoke, his memory had improved, and he remembered that not Thor, but Malekith who was truly to blame. The heroes didn't know where Malekith was, so they teleported him to Hel, to cause trouble for the death goddess Hela. How durable was he? Not all the armies of Hel could stop him, and nor could Hela's instant touch of death. Finally, he managed to track down Malekith (in Asgard in disguise). Malekith didn't last past the end of the issue.
    • Used as an Invoked Trope in the recent comics. The only reason no one has killed the reincarnated-as-a-kid Loki yet for his past deeds is because Thor has sworn to do exactly this trope if anyone hurts Loki and he finds out about it. Or if Loki just suddenly dies, even if there's no proof, because Thor's not an idiot.
  • Rogues Gallery: Many of Thor's enemies come from Norse myth, of course, including the rock troll Ulik, the fire giant Surtur and archenemy Loki, although from the very beginning the Thunder God also tangled with a number of mortal criminals like the Wrecker, Mister Hyde, the Cobra, the Absorbing Man, Zarrko the Tomrrow Man, and the Grey Gargoyle. Later mortal additions included bad guys like Quicksand and the Mongoose.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Thor is a prince (often crown prince) who would take action himself than endanger others. Odin often leads his armies into battle and will fight threats himself when he knows his army cannot handle it. The same with Tyr and Balder. Loki too is technically a prince and will do his own dirty work if he has too.
    • While Loki's reincarnation as a child after accidentally causing the destruction of all of Asgard leaves both his royal staus and how long he can stay alive in question, it also means that almost no one trusts him so he has to work on his own. Within 3 issues, he's already put a good deal of a team together with only words and tricks, no magic at all.
      • The All Mother seem pretty involved in recent comics, and have Loki doing various jobs for them as well.
  • Running Gag: Journey into Mystery #625 involves Loki getting progressivly worse news and reporting it to Hela/Mephisto:
    Loki (near start): Dire News!
    Loki (after an interrogation with a henchman): Dire-er news!
    Loki (after a momentus discovery in the final pages): Dire-est news!
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Many details were changed or invented for the series. Notably, Thor is blonde, clean-shaved, unmarried and spoke with a Shakespearean accent! One of the more notable changes was reimagining some gods into brave warriors, like Balder and Sif, partly so Thor could have other gods go on adventures with him/partly to answer the question of who's protecting Asgard with all the time Thor spends on Earth fighting human villains. It was all justified eventually, though; in the Marvel Universe, Ragnarok isn't a one-time event. Every time it happens, Asgard resets, and the same gods, giants, etc are reborn, but with mostly minor changes in appearance and personality. For more details, see SadlyMythtaken.The Mighty Thor.
  • Screw Destiny: Odin planned to break the cycle of Ragnarok, which was destined to eternally repeat itself through his son Thor. His plan succeeds.
  • Selective Magnetism:
    • Thor has displayed some power over magnetism. He's used it to overcome Magneto's magnetic force field before in ''Journey into Mystery'' #109.
    • When fighting the Celestials to save a world full of people (some of them innocent) from them, Thor tapped into the magnetic field of the entire planet and hit Arishem The Judge with it. This got Arishem's attention.
  • Self-Harm–Induced Superpower: Thor's enemy Mr. Hyde uses a potion to add muscles and additional cells to his non-expanding skin; the result is like cramming 10 pounds of stuff into a 5-pound bag (that won't break). Extremely painful, but the result is strength enough to take on Thor.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    • Thor #371-372 features a time traveler from the future trying to prevent a chain of events that will result in World War VII.
    • Also in The Mighty Thor #69-79 during The Reigning line, when Thor took over the earth and was negligent in his rule left the world in a stagnated state. Leading up to his undoing his faulty rule by traveling back and reunifying his human and god selves.
    • Kid Loki is out to prove that Tanarus is not the God of Thunder, and has usurped Thor's place in everyone's memories.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: In Thor #604, Kelda is shown floating in midair in a downpour outside Doctor Doom's castle, in a filmy white dress. The art conveys quite well how see-through it is.
  • Sharing a Body: Thor and Donald Blake, after Thor's resurrection seem to be doing this, with Thor more in control after Donald Blake calls for Mjölnir with his cane, and Don more in control in their mortal form. Whether or not they are the same person with different personas, or two separate people is when things begin to get hazy. They mostly converse in an odd spiritual void or an alternate version of where they currently are.
    • Sif and Jane Foster had to share one body for awhile. Valkyrie and Samantha Parrington had to thanks to the Enchantress.
  • Shooting Superman: Happened quite a bit in early Thor stories and even modern ones, such as when he returned from Ragnarok and Iron Man tried fighting him hand-to-hand after all of his weapons and firepower proved to not even faze him.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Loki is considered short by frost giant standards which makes him normal size for everyone else. He also is far smarter than other giants and even most gods. Though Depending on the Artist, Loki may or may not be taller than most mortals, however.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Walt Simonson's use of "beyond the fields we know" to indicate a transition to Asgard was a homage to the works of Lord Dunsany, who originated the phrase in his own fantasy stories.
    • The villain Malekith the Accursed shares the same name (minus the "the Accursed" epiphet) as a character from the tabletop game "Warhammer Fantasy", who is also a villainous Dark Elf king (before the latter setting got a Continuity Reboot in "Age of Sigmar" and he was renamed Malerion).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Thor and Loki despite both being badass and powerful God are still juxtapose each frequently. Thor is headstrong and tends solves things with force, while Loki is sneaky and prefers to set schemes into motion. But Thor is also humble and merciful while Loki is psychotic and cruel, at least until the Loki: Agent of Asgard series.
  • Signature Move: Thor's Mjölnir throw is his most common attack (sometimes tricking his opponent into getting hit by it when he summons it back to his hand), followed by summoning lighting or just a overhead strike. There's also his "God Blast" attack which sadly rarely shows up in adaptations.
  • Small Reference Pools: This trope is part of what inspired Stan Lee to create this character: the Greek myths were well known in North America, but the Norse ones were much less so, thus giving Lee a fresh source of material for stories for the Marvel Universe. In doing so, Lee and Kirby provided generations of kids their first exposure to this mythology.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: Thor to Zeus. Zeus never had any intention to kill Thor since Zeus has a pact with Odin which makes Olympus and Asgard allies.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: Mostly during Thor's space travels. He usually tries to smash through the barrier.
  • Solar System Neighbors: In the very first story, Dr. Donald Blake was visiting Norway when the arrival of the Stone Men of Saturn drives him to hide in a cave, where he finds a wooden stick which transforms into Thor's magic hammer, Mjölnir... and the rest is history.
  • Spanner in the Works: In one alternate universe, Odin hid Mjölnir in a cave, intending for Don Blake to find it as he did in the 616 universe. Unfortunately, Odin's plans go awry when Jane Foster finds Mjölnir instead, and gets turned into Thor's Distaff Counterpart. She ends up fighting crime as "Thordis" for a long time, and eventually Odin has to personally intervene to make sure Mjölnir ends up with Blake. Jane, for her part, becomes a goddess herself and moves to Asgard permanently.
    • In another alternate universe, Loki's imprisonment in a tree was lifted slightly early, just early enough he was freed just before Blake found the hammer in its cane form. Loki stole the cane and Blake/Thor was killed by the Kronans; as a result, a war of the gods started up, requiring Odin to give up an eye in payment to Hela to see Thor restored to life (and I think Sif also died as she entered into Hel with Mjölnir, using Thor's gauntlets to be able to carry it to restore it to him so he might try and fight his way free).
    • Loki's resurrection is, depending on the source, either the reason The Serpent is back, the key to the only way to defeat The Serpent, or both. Either way, by bringing him back, Thor caused the Fear Itself crossover.
  • Speed Blitz: In a fight with Hela, who, at the time, could take his soul with a touch, Thor attacked with speed and power beyond her comprehension.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Thor uses this technique with his hammer to block incoming projectile attacks.
  • Splash Panel: Thor #380, chronicling Thor's epic battle with the Midgard Serpent, contains (with the exception of the final page) no panels less than a full page in size.
  • Standard Hero Reward: In Thor #364, a dying king offers it to Thor if he will save the kingdom from its attackers. Thor does save the kingdom, and the princess seems quite keen on the idea, but Thor politely declines the reward and suggests she should rule the kingdom in her own right.
  • Standard Power-Up Pose: Several times when Thor brings down a powerful storm he's done this, which involves lifting Mjölnir overhead and summoning the storm, usually while saying a Badass Boast.
  • Status Quo Is God: After all the hype surrounding the new female Thor, the son of Odin Thor goes back to using his original name and the female Thor goes back to being a normal person. True, Mjölnir is completely destroyed, but that accompanies foreshadowing that Thor will just have a replacement made, which he does in the form of several new hammers. Then after the end of War of the Realms, he reforges the original Mjölnir. The first issue of Donny Cates 2020 run on the character also undoes much of the changes made to his physical appearance throughout Jason Aaron's run and reverts him back to how he appeared before Original Sin.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Thor is a legit god by Marvel's definition and will let everyone know around know it, loudly. However, he is not that kind of god and does not want to be the focus of any religion, especially after he saw his followers kill innocent people.
    • As with the two drunk examples, someone at Marvel apparently did not like this and has Thor force the beings of Earth to worship him after becoming king of Asgard.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Leah at the very end...
  • Summoning Ritual: Not so much a ritual as it is Thor raising Mjölnir and speaking a few words but he did summon the spirit of Captain America in ''Thor'' (vol. 3) #11.
  • Summon to Hand: Thor can hurl Mjölnir across an entire galaxy. Mjölnir will return to Thor's hand in less than a minute's time.
  • Super-Breath: In Journey into Mystery #86, Thor used this power with "Hurricane force".
  • Superhero Gods: Thor is the actual Norse god of thunder who has decided to engage in superheroics in the modern age.
  • Super-Reflexes: Thor can react fast enough to block bullets and energy attacks, even those fired from a few feet away. He has snatched arrows, artillery shells, and missiles right out of the sky and dodged attacks from speedsters like Mongoose and Quicksilver. Officially, all the gods have this to some degree.
    • In Journey into Mystery #100, Thor deflected two bullets fired simultaneously with one swing of Mjolnir.
  • Super-Speed: In Thor #354, Thor described himself as having the "swiftness of the very lightning itself". He has flown fast enough to catch Hermes, attacked Quicksilver faster than his Super-Reflexes could register, and moved so fast that even fellow Asgardians Heimdall and Hela could barely see him. One of Thor's attacks, the Atomic Flare, requires Thor to whirl his hammer "faster than thought" in order to set its molecules ablaze. Finally, in order to use Mjölnir's time travel abilities in Journey into Mystery #85, Thor must spin the hammer "faster than light".
  • Super-Strength: Compared to mortals, just about everyone in Thor's corner of the universe has this to some degree. Even elderly geriatric gods have been listed outright as considerably stronger than Spider-Man's classic level. Thor is strong enough to go toe-to-toe with opponents like Hercules or Juggernaut. However, a select few like Surtur, Kurse, Mangog, and a very angry Hulk, make Thor look like a weakling. He tends to compensate through greater skill or range of powers though.
  • Super-Toughness: Thor, being a Physical God, has walked off things that would turn most of his Earth hero buddies into mush or a smear on the ground. He’s casually rammed into planet busting nukes, flown through suns and even shrugged off blasts from Galactus. He can still be damaged and knocked out, but it usually takes some powerful magic, cosmic power or a ludicrously strong foe like the aforementioned Hulk, Juggernaut or Thanos to damage the Son of Odin.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: He's among the few heroes in the Marvel Universe who still wears a cape to this day.
  • Superpower Lottery: Super-Strength, Super-Speed, Flight, control over the elements, time manipulation, teleportation, frogspeak...
  • Surprise Incest: In an issue of Jason Aaron's run, a young version of Thor is pulled out of the distant past and enslaved on a world full of Gods who have been kidnapped from various eras of history. He meets three beautiful young goddesses, sisters. While two of them are unimpressed by him, one, Ellisiv, is enjoying the sight of a young Thor in a loincloth. They turn out to be his descendants from the far future.
    Ellisiv: Thor? Oh my Heavens...I've been having impure thoughts about my grandfather.
  • Take It to the Bridge: Asgard, located in Another Dimension, was originally connected to Midgard (Earth) by Bifröst, the "Rainbow Bridge".
  • Tangled Family Tree: Like most pantheons, Asgardians Really Get Around. However, what takes this one step further is the fact that Marvel's Gaea and Jord are the same person, and in fact, she is the Earth goddess in EVERY pantheon. Since it's revealed that she's Thor's birth mother, this means that his relatives extend into other pantheons as well. For example, Hercules is actually his great-great-nephew, since Gaea is Hercules's great-grandmother.
  • Teleportation: Thor can create "space warps" or "vortexes" that can transport people anywhere imaginable, even other universes.
  • This Means War!: What Thor's Catchphrase means in a nutshell.
    "I would have words with thee".
  • This Was His True Form: In Thor #375-376, Thor battles a succession of foes that are actually innocent bystanders transformed by Loki. Each reverts to their own true form when they're defeated.
  • Time Master: Thor sacrificed most of Mjölnir's time manipulation powers (Time Travel, time reversal, etc) in Thor #282, but he retained the ability to create localized time freezes. These freezes are mostly used for protection, because they prevent supers from using their powers. Thor used one to prevent Hela from taking Odin's soul in Thor #198-199.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Spoofed at the end of Thor #363:
    Next issue: Not a hoax! Not a dream! Not an imaginary story!! The story they didn't think we had nerve enough to tell! Thor croaks!!! (Ribbit! Ribbit!)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Volstagg the Voluminous, one of the legendary Warriors Three, is an unusual case. Naturally just being a native of Asgard would make you badass by default, but Volstagg originally was the least badass Asgardian around. Despite his constant bragging of his prowess and his past exploits, he somehow managed to either avoid battle or get taken out by a mook in the first round. Essentially he became the Asgardian equivalent of Falstaff, more inclined to attack a leg of mutton than a foe of Asgard. You could often find him after a battle bragging about how great a strategic move his running away from the fight as usual really was. This lasted until Walt Simonson's run of the book, in which Volstagg was able to prove that, even if he was hugely obese and past his prime, he was still more than capable of dispatching any number of foes, especially if his family were endangered. Subsequent writers have continued this trend, transforming him from a joke character to one of Asgard's staunchest and most capable defenders. In his youth he was known as the Lion of Asgard and recognized as a great warrior, so this may be more a case of regaining some levels of badass. Most recently, after a horribly traumatising experience when he took half-a-dozen Light Elf children, refugees from Malekith's devastation of their realm, into his care. They promptly got burned alive in his arms. Cue a violent Roaring Rampage of Revenge and a major Heroic BSoD. Then, he found the hammer of the Ultimate Thor, one full of the rage and pain of a dead universe. This transformed him into 'the War Thor', who almost destroyed Muspelheim. Singlehandedly.
  • True Companions:
    • The Warriors Three.
    • Loki and Leah: BFF to the end!
  • A True Hero: This trope is one of the main theses of Thor as a character: due to an enchantment placed on his hammer by his father, if he stops being "worthy" he will lose the ability to use the hammer and most of his powers. This premise is intricately deconstructed later, though: by whose standards must he be "worthy"? Could there be someone else even more worthy? And can he be a hero even if he fails to meet such criteria?
  • Twisting the Prophecy: For one storyline Odin set up stage-dressing Ragnarok to save Asgard from its prophesied destruction.
  • Undead Child: There's a particularly horrifying one during the "Latverian Prometheus" arc — a dismembered, bloody, visibly decaying zombie-cyborg Frankensteinian monster child. (The same writer's later run on Young Avengers features the ghostly Kid Loki; Kieron Gillen seems to like this trope in general.)
  • Undying Loyalty: Thor is pretty famous in the Marvel Universe for being incredibly loyal to his friends and the cause of good. Hurting one of his fellow Avengers, a hero he respects or someone under his protection is a wonderful way to get Mjölnir repeatedly smashed against your face. He is also very fond of humanity, even going as far as challenging his own father in defense of them. On the flipside, Thor often invokes this in his friends.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: During Walt Simonson's run there was a story arc where the hosts of Asgard were trapped on Earth for a few weeks, and spent the time hanging out in New York City.
    Narrator: ...and New York being what it is, almost nobody notices.
    • This is largely Justified in-universe due to the fact that New Yorkers have just about Seen It All in the Marvel Universe these days.
    • Under that prespective, one could also count Broxton, OK.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Thunderstrike initially possessed all the powers of Thor, but none of the Thunder God's centuries of experience. He would often ignore or completely forget Mjölnir's elemental powers in favor of brute strength, which left him frustrated and overwhelmed by skilled opponents.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Thor's always a formidable enemy in a fight, but if you push him hard enough, you'll learn just how scary and angry a thunder god can be. Mister Hyde, the Wrecking Crew, and Quicksand all found this out the hard way.
    • Thor also has the Warrior's Madness, which boosts his strength 10 fold, but leaves him in a berserker state. In Hulk 440 the title character was mad enough to push Thor towards the ground with one arm even in this state though.
      • Warrior's Madness supposedly increases Thor's strength 10 fold. Whether it actually does this is murky. Also, the Hulk 440 incident is questionable thanks to Thor being depowered in his ongoing at the time and the writers of Hulk wanted a full powered Thor which Thor may or may not have been thanks to a Continuity Snarl.
  • Valkyries: Brunnhilde is an actual valkyrie, after being forced to possess a human woman by The Enchantress. She later regained her own physical body.
  • Variant Power Copying: Ragnarok, a cyborg clone of Thor, uses electronics to simulate Thor's Shock and Awe and Weather Manipulation powers. His copy of Mjölnir also uses remote control signals to fly around and return to him.
  • Vicious Cycle: After multiple story-lines involving someone attempting to trigger Ragnarök, it was established that Ragnarök is a cycle that has occurred multiple times in Asgard's past.
  • Villain Killer: Thor is certainly this, having easily the highest villain body count of the original Avengers and given how old he is, it’s impossible to count or guess exactly how many foes the God of Thunder has killed. In the present day comics Thor has slain: Loki (he got better), Gorr the God Butcher, The World Serpent, The Sentry (when he becomes a Fallen Hero), Desak Sterixian, Ragnarok (his Evil Knock Off), Harald Jaekelsson, Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, Glory, Ulik the Troll, Bor (his Gruesome Grandparent), Black Winter and even Galactus.
  • Warrior vs. Sorcerer: Thor is a Norse warrior god who fights with super strength and his magic hammer Mjölnir. His most well known enemy is his brother Loki, who is a Squishy Wizard by Asgardian standards. While Loki does have some Super-Strength and fighting skills, it pales in comparison to Thor's. However, Thor and Loki have also teamed up regularly.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Thor's hammer allows anyone who can use it to summon storms of varying strength, which they can control and disperse at will. Thor himself has these powers innately.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Red Norvell is out there, somewhere, just dicking around with the Power of Thor (tm). He hasn't been seen in nearly a decade, despite being alive, well, and empowered. Partially justified because he was never as into the "superhero" side of things as the Asgardian side of things, but that still doesn't explain why he no-showed Ragnarok.
    • Future Thor and his badass grand-daughters have hardly been seen since the introduction of the new Thor. They start making more appearances when Thor gets a new hammer-arsenal, with them even getting their own focus series titled King Thor after the War of the Realms story-line concludes.
  • What Year Is This?: In Thor #371, time-travelling lawman Justice Peace appears out of thin air and asks a bystander "What's the date, citizen?" He has to ask a second time, less politely, before the bystander pulls himself together enough to reply.
  • The Wild Hunt: Invoked on Thor by an enemy.
  • Women Are Wiser: In the 1980 story-line, "Twilight of the Gods", the Council of Godheads (a tribunal of all male Top Gods in the Marvel Universe) attempt to go to war against the Cosmic Entities, the Celestials. The Celestials show up and promptly hand them their asses, leaving the Earth at the mercy of the Celestials "judgment". Meanwhile, Gaea had called a second council with all female members of the various pantheon. They opt for a more diplomatic solution, and their efforts impress the Celestials enough to make Earth worthy of a positive judgment. Thus, the Celestials leave and Earth is spared from destruction.
  • The Worf Effect: Thor occasionally suffers this, most notably to Red Hulk and Superman in JLA / Avengers. Ultron and Thanos also tend to completely overwhelm him, which serves to raise the stakes of the story. Other gods are known to suffer this as well. Even Mjölnir, which is supposed to be indestructible, has been damaged, cut in half, or outright destroyed several times.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Thor ends up losing his arm in a battle against Frost Giants, but he no longer had Mjölnir and spent several months trying to lift it again, leaving him malnourished and exhausted when he had to fight the Jotun army.
    • Odin gets taken out by normal Dark Elves during War of the Realms, but in his defense, he was severely handicapped due to still recovering from his injuries dealt to him by Mangog.
  • World of Ham: Especially during the Silver Age. Nowadays, Thor's side of the universe is still pretty bombastic, but they've toned it down over the years.
  • World War Whatever: Thor #371-372 features a time traveler from the future trying to prevent a chain of events that will result in World War VII.
  • Worthy Opponent: Thor has a few; Hercules, the Hulk, The Sentry, the Midgard Serpent, and Beta Ray Bill, just to name a few.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Pretty much any Marvel character who is able to wield Mjölnir besides Thor and Odin tends to get this reaction from the two of them the first time, with Beta Ray Bill and Captain America being the best known examples.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Mjölnir has been broken many times over the years. In terms of numbers, it's been destroyed and restored a total of seven times. This also happens a lot with Thor's new arsenal of hammers, since they are comprised of less refined Uru. Granted, they're durable enough for Earthly threats, but against Thor's typical weight-class (i.e. The Juggernaut, Frost Giants, Malekith), they tend to break most of the time.
  • Xenafication: The series has Lady Sif, a badass Lady of War who is the title character's recurring Love Interest. She's based on Thor's wife from Norse Mythology, who is a decidedly gentler goddess of the crops.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: While official material tends to downplay it to a point is doesn't become this (sometimes), parodies and other shallow depictions of Thor all over just ooze this trope.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Thor was unworthy of Mjölnir because Fury told him "Gorr was right", Beta Ray Bill was the first person he told that secret to, admitting that he felt all gods were selfish creatures who didn't deserve the worship of the mortals. Despite Thor's lack of belief in himself, Beta Ray Bill encouraged Thor to acknowledge that the fact that he was still willing to fight for others even without the hammer proved that he was better than the other gods.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Many prophecies are to pass in Asgard with the entirety of Asgard knowing of these prophecies many years before they occur, like Thor being slain by the Serpent. Despite all of Asgard's best efforts to keep this from happening.
  • You Didn't Ask: In Thor #337 — though, since it's Thor, it's "Thou didst not ask".
  • You Shall Not Pass!:
    • Skurge. "And when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head, the answer is always the same: he stood alone at Gjallerbru. And that answer is enough."
    • Odin's two brothers, the first time the gods of Asgard tangled with Surtur.

Alternative Title(s): Thor, Mighty Thor