Valkyrie is the name used by several Marvel Comics characters.
The original Valkyrie, Brunnhilde, was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, first appearing (or so it seemed) in The Avengers #83 (dated December 1970). This Valkyrie would be revealed as an impostor in her debut issue, with the actual Brunnhilde first appearing in The Defenders #4, dated February 1973.
She held this role for many, many years, until she fell into league with the villainous Amora the Enchantress. Upon learning Enchantress' true nature, Valkyrie decided to part ways with the vixen, which resulted in Amora keeping her soul hostage and even assuming her identity for a bit.
When Brunnhilde's essence eventually escaped Amora's snare, she began possessing the body of a human woman —with all her memories and powers intact— and joined The Defenders, becoming a stalwart member of the team. Brunnhilde would eventually return to her original body years later, and serve as a founding member of the Secret Avengers. During this time, she also teamed up with Misty Knight and Dani Moonstar to form the all-female Fearless Defenders.
Brunnhilde has appeared in:
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006), voiced by Nika Futterman
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2014)
- Marvel Heroes, voiced by Michelle Arthur
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers (2016), voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
- Avengers Academy (added in 2017)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (2019), voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
- Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011), voiced by Cathy Weseluck
Brunnhilde provides examples of:
- Amazonian Beauty: She is of a more battle-oriented beauty than the Enchantress, but no less of a Ms. Fanservice. Its par
- Back from the Dead: Was resurrected along with other Asgardians.
- Berserk Button: She really doesn't like people controlling her mind after what the Enchantress did previously to her. When Emma Frost psychically attacked her in Fear Itself, Valkyrie declared that no one will control her mind ever again and smashed her with a hammer. She might have killed Emma if she hasn't turned to her diamond form.
- Braids of Action: As seen in her picture, she wears Norse-styled braids.
- Chainmail Bikini: Her original outfit not only exposed her shapely legs, but also had two circular metal plates that always draw attention to her rack. Even after she received some pants, the plates remained in the same place.
- Cool Sword: Brunnhilde wields a magical sword called Dragonfang, which is made out of a dragon's fang.
- Depower: Odin once stripped Brunnhilde of her powers after she disobeyed his orders.
- Deity of Human Origin: In Secret Avengers, her backstory reveals that Brunnhilde was a princess from Midgard, who was elevated by Odin as his Chooser of the Slain.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: During Ragnarok, she died on Sif's arms.
- Distaff Counterpart: Of Thor.
- Most Common Superpower: She's very buxom.
- Ms. Fanservice: While she is no seductress like Amora, Valkyrie tends to be one of the most scantily-clad females in Asgard, with her outfit baring her legs and her fit build.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Malekith with a magic-forged sword in War of the Realms #2 after his forces had annihilated the entire Valkyrie host.
- Psychopomp: Her job was to guide the souls of the brave and worthy dead to Valhalla, before Odin put an stop to it after making pact with other pantheons and the Celestials to not interfere with humanity.
- Sharing a Body: Enchantress once bestowed the Valkyrie's power upon a socialite named Samantha Parrington in an attempt to get revenge on the Hulk.
- Warrior Princess: Before becoming Valkyrie, Brunnhilde was a Norse princess who would spar with her lover Sigmund. When Sigmund was killed by Odin in combat, Brunnhilde refused to abandon his body and stood up against Odin, who was so impressed by her bravery that he made her an Asgardian and charged her with guiding the dead to Valhalla.
Inspired by Tessa Thompson's portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Earth-22681 version of Valkyrie was introduced by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez in Exiles #2 (dated April 2018).
Hailing from an undesignated alternate universe, this version of Valkyrie is recruited by Blink to join her latest team of reality hoppers. While with them, she begins a courtship with Sgt. Becky Barnes after meeting the Peggy Carter of a reality where the latter became Captain America, and even assumed the role of Ali Baba of folklore.
This Valkyrie's backstory is slightly different from Brunnhilde's. Whereas Brunnhilde was chosen by Odin to lead the Valkyrior, "Val" note was born from a thunderbolt alongside six other girls, and she earned her spot as the only Valkyrie of Asgard.
Val's personality is also quite different from Brunnhilde's. Whereas the former is regal and feminine, Val is boisterous and has some "masculine" traits, not unlike Thor. In fact, it's not been confirmed if her universe even has a Thor, and it could be argued this version of the character is a composite of himself and Brunnhilde, as Val is technically the Allfather's daughter.
After the conclusion of Exiles, Marvel would eventually introduce a 616 version of the character in the King In Black: Return of the Valkyries mini-series, who also resembles Thompson's depiction of the role and is characterized similarly.
Val has appeared in:
- Marvel Future Fight (added in 2017)
Val provides examples of:
- Composite Character: In some ways, she's this between Brunnhilde and Thor, as she's techncally the daughter of Odin as well as being a Valkyrie.
- The Lad-ette: She loves to drink and have a good time.
- Race Lift: This version of the character is black, unlike the Nordic blonde original.
- Recursive Adaptation: The comic book version of the Marvel Cinematic Unvierse version based on the original Marvel Comics version.
After the deaths of the entire Valkyrior in War of the Realms, Jane Foster who harnessed the power of Thor when her predecessor was deemed unworthy assumed the role of Valkyrie, despite her still being in remission from cancer. Spinning off from the aforementioned crossover, it was soon revealed that Jane would be headlining the first-ever Valkyrie ongoing series. For more tropes about Jane, refer to her own page.