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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Loki a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants power for himself to do what his father and brother can't and won't or is he a petty tyrant craving adoration?
    • Is Odin a wise and just king who is simply trying to keep peace between the realms, or an overzealous tyrant who is desperate to hold onto his own power at any cost? Was his initial dismissal of investigating the Frost Giants infiltration simply wanting peace or did he realize he couldn't really pursue it properly due to the Odinsleep being so near?
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    • Was Thor a victim of Informed Wrongness for wanting to investigate the Frost Giants infiltrating the palace of Asgard? Was he really just being an arrogant hothead or was he actually justified in wanting to investigate the matter?
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Depending on who you ask, Darcy is either an Ensemble Dark Horse or The Scrappy.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: For those not familiar with the comics, Hawkeye's cameo could be considered this. A fairly well-known, Oscar-nominated actor shows up for a couple of minutes as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who inexplicably uses a bow and arrow instead of a gun, and then completely drops out of the plot, never to be seen or mentioned again within the film. Comic fans got the significance of the scene and of course it ended up paying off in The Avengers, but it must've been pretty confusing for a large portion of the audience.
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  • Crack Pairing: A huge fandom emerged around Coulson/Hawkeye after they exchanged a handful of lines during this film.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Jane hits Thor with her car, twice. The first time, it's treated as a dramatic, "Oh, no!" moment. The second time, she protests "I swear I'm not doing this on purpose!"
  • Cry for the Devil: Loki. On the one hand, he's a conniving, power-hungry liar, willing to betray his brother and doom him to permanent banishment while he usurped the throne. On the other hand, he's a deeply damaged young man who's convinced he's The Unfavorite, especially after finding out he was not only adopted, but from an enemy race, and is desperate for his father's approval and affection. It's made even sadder because he already had his father's acceptance and fondness, but convinced himself otherwise.
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  • Designated Hero: Odin could be considered one, since it's his fault that Loki has gone down the dark path. Thor at least tries to make Loki forgive him. Odin himself, on the other hand, refuses to admit that he's responsible for how misguided Loki is.
  • Die for Our Ship: Thor/Sif and Thor/Loki are very popular, so you know what that means. Poor Jane....
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Loki, and those pants might actually be leather. Tom Hiddleston even encourages this by frequently stating in interviews that his character is misunderstood, and that Loki needs lots of hugs and "I love you"s to heal from his psychological wounds.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Thor/Loki, by an overwhelming margin. Probably one of the few creative works in existence for which the majority of the fandom prefers to ship the protagonist with his brother rather than the protagonist with his established female love interest.
    • Fans of the comics (and of Norse Mythology in general) generally prefer Thor/Sif. It helps that Sif and Thor are married in the myths (in the comics, they are notoriously on-again/off-again).
  • Foe Yay: There's a bit of Sif/Loki, if you look at their interactions a certain way. Probably only one-sided, though, and might be insinuated as to how Odin wanted the "joining of the kingdoms" to go. You could do worse than having your enemy's son marry into your own nobility.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • When Thor becomes worthy to wield Mjolnir again and it takes off from its impact sight, the time it takes to fly from there to Thor's hand is correct almost to the second after it goes supersonic.
    • When Jane and Dr. Selvig get into an argument about whether Thor is really a Norse god, Jane cites Arthur C. Clarke's third law of science fiction ("Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"). Clarke's first law of science fiction is "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; when he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." Dr. Selvig, a distinguished but elderly scientist, claims that the ancient Norse legends couldn't possibly be true. He turns out to be wrong, of course.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Odin banishing Thor for being too bloodthirsty and arrogant takes on a darker light after Thor: Ragnarok revealed Odin sealed away his firstborn daughter Hela in the far past for similar reasons. Even after Odin had a change of heart and was determined to make sure his later children would become benevolent protectors instead of warmongers it seemed like Thor was heading down the same exact path anyway.
      • For the same reasons, Odin's facial expressions during Thor's supposed coronation: He has tears in his eyes and his voice even cracks when he calls Thor his firstborn.
      • Laufey yells at Thor that his father is a murderer and a thief. Ragnarok reveals that Odin used to be The Conqueror, and a brutal one at that, so Laufey's accusations are actually pretty warranted.
    • The entire film by the time of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War: with those two films in the books, everyone Thor cared for on Asgard save for Lady Sif (unaccounted for due to Real Life Writes the Plot, with Jaimie Alexander's TV schedule) is now dead, with only Odin passing away naturally and not brutally murdered, on top of Asgard annihilated from existence, most of the refugee Asgardians slaughtered by the Children of Thanos, and Thor no longer having a relationship with Jane Foster. When Thor wearily tells Rocket in Infinity War what more could he lose, this film is now a stark reminder of everything he has lost since the audience met him.
    • Another one due to Avengers: Infinity War: director Kenneth Branagh is the Asgardian distress call in the opening of that film.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: A Deleted Scene shows Thor and Loki talking to each other before the planned coronation, with the former being very nervous. Then Loki trolls a servant with illusions of several snakes. Thor: Ragnarok reveals that snakes are Thor's favorite animals.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, was also in War Horse. In Norse mythology, Loki took the form of a female horse and was impregnated. Yeah...
      • For bonus points, Tom was asked about his favorite Loki story in Norse mythology at NYCC 2011. He chose this one.
    • Zachary Levi was originally cast to play Fandral, but his commitment to Chuck caused him to drop out, giving the role to Josh Dallas. Fast-forward to 2012, when Joshua Dallas's commitment to Once Upon a Time caused him to drop out of the sequel. Guess who played Fandral? Zachary Levi.
    • Sif is nicknamed as Xena by a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Lucy Lawless would later portray a new character, Isabelle Hartley, in an episode in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2.
    • It was reported that the reason Thor only wore his helmet once is because it would always fall off Chris Hemsworth's head in action scenes. Looks like the second time's the charm!
    • During the fight in New Mexico, Volstagg gets launched at the Destroyer by Hogun and Frandral. Seems like that's a common Asgardian combat technique.
    • Loki tricking Thor with an illusion into believing that he's about to fall from the Bifrost and stabbing him when the illusion dissolves becomes funny after Thor: Ragnarok, where Thor tells a story about Loki transforming himself into a snake and transforming back into himself and stabbing Thor when he tried to pick up the snake when they were eight.
    • At the time this was released, it was dueling with Green Lantern, which among its cast, starred one Taika Waititi, who would later go on to direct the aforementioned Thor Ragnarok.
  • It Was His Sled: That the manipulative mastermind behind it all turns out be Loki comes as no surprise to anyone who's even vaguely familiar with Norse mythology and/or his role in pre-existing Marvel products. Or heck, if you even saw the trailers and promotional posters where he looks Obviously Evil.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Loki, in spades. Despite his flaws, it's hard not to feel bad for him. Especially when he keeps making those Puppy-Dog Eyes. Even his attempt to destroy Jötunheim with the Bifröst was only to please his father and prove to be as worthy as Thor.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Darcy is pretty much the fandom bicycle at this point, having been shipped with (among others) Loki, Hawkeye, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Steve and Bucky at the same time, Bruce Banner, and Coulson. Note that, out of all of them, she's only met Coulson.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: OK, did anyone really think Thor was dead? Likewise, nobody bought Thor being stranded from Asgard forever.
  • Memetic Badass: Almost in-universe. When Heimdall summons you, Oh, Crap! is the proper expression.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Conan O'Brien's "I'M THOR" from his abridged trailers have gotten some notoriety from fans. See right here.
    • Thor tries coffee in a diner: "This drink, I like it." (Smashes the cup on the floor) "ANOTHER!" This turned into exploitable sign of approval: "This x, I like it! ANOTHER! *smash*"
    • Darci calling Mjölnir "Mew Mew."
    • I NEED A HORSE!
    • Calling Agent Coulson "Son of Coul."
    • Odin's growl at Loki when he tries to intervene on Thor's behalf has gained this status. It's usually rendered as something along the lines of, "HRROWRR!"
    • Jani-Thor
    • CONVENIENT ODINSLEEP.
    • YOU ARE AN OLD MAN AND A FOOL!
    • TELL ME!!!
    • Odin's A+ Parenting.
    • The very fact that Gilderoy Lockhart directed this film made fans jokingly theorize that he cast Obliviate on the actual director and stuck his name on the credits.
    • Heimdall is bound by honor to his king. He cannot open the Bifröst to you. note 
    • Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go destroy Jotunheim.
    • One scene had Darcy wondering how Thor could still be hungry after devouring an entire box of poptarts. Cue the fandom treating poptarts as Thor's Trademark Favorite Food.
    • Pole dancing/stripper Loki, after a scene in the final battle where he plants Gungnir in the ground and swings around it.
  • Narm Charm: Half the fun of the movie is watching how dramatic all these big, goofy Norse god characters can get. In the comics, not only is the overblown drama half the fun, but it's also what makes Thor charming and different from the other Avengers.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: While most of the tie-in games for the film were complete crap, the Nintendo DS game based on the film was handled by WayForward, and is actually a pretty good side-scrolling beat-em-up.
  • No Yay: While there's no blood relation, Thor and Loki were still raised as brothers. Despite being the most popular ship in the fandom, some are also very averse to it.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
    • Colm Feore only has about two scenes as Laufey (one of them very brief), but he makes the absolute most of his screen time, making Laufey into a compelling and even tragic figure and proves with little more than a sinister word that he is a very threatening foe of Asgard. When he tells you to leave "while he still allows it," you'd better leave.
    • The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who sees Sif and the Warriors Three walk into town radios in the following: "Uh base, we got Xena, Jackie Chan and Robin Hood..."
    • Thor's classic winged helmet.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Thor: God of Thunder is a towering symbol of every problem with licensed games. The last-gen graphics and phoned-in voice acting should be warning signs, but if you soldier on, you will find yourself confronted by a combat system that can't even get button-mashing right due to laggy controls and broken hit detection. Throw on tedious, mind-numbingly repetitive combat and more Fake Difficulty than you can shake an LJN cartridge at, and you've got Exhibit A for why not every game should cost $60.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Odin gets this treatment from the fandom for how he treats both Thor and Loki.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Sure, Loki tries to commit genocide - but he's such a Woobie along the way that a lot of people feel sorry for him.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Despite the two sharing less than a minute of screentime, this film spawned the explosively popular Clint Barton/Phil Coulson ship, which is still going strong as of 2015.
    • Loki and Jane as well.
    • There's also a section of fandom that ships Sif and Loki, based off of a Death Glare she gives him.
    • Loki/Darcy has a healthy following, despite the characters never interacting with each other.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • According to this Cracked article, this film adaptation is a blatant rip-off of the 2003 Christmas film Elf. Of course, that article isn't meant to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt but the entire shaker due to the number of errors in it.
    • Diamanda Hagan has called this a better Superman film than Man of Steel.
  • Strangled by the Red String: This seems to be a widely held opinion on the romance between Thor and Jane Foster, which really only serves to give Thor a reason to want to get back to Earth. Some have even labeled it a Romantic Plot Tumor, which is kind of funny considering that the same thing was said about Natalie Portman's character in the Star Wars prequels.
    • Kenneth Branagh must have realized this and says in the DVD Commentary that their relationship wasn't meant to be true love, but more a mutual crush and respect based around what they represent to one another, a statement that rings a bit hollow given the sequel takes the Strangled by the Red String to greater levels, though in all fairness Branagh had no say in that happening.
    • Many jokes have been made that despite the lack of romantic chemistry, there actually is a good reason Thor and Jane are attracted to each other...namely, because he's Chris Hemsworth and because she's Natalie Portman. They are hot. Even Honest Trailers got in on this, with the narrator saying that Jane was in love with Thor for no good reason - only to show the scene where Jane sees Thor shirtless, and correcting himself by saying she's in love with him for "six good reasons - abs!"
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The effects team created an absolutely perfect Destroyer for the screen.
  • Win Back the Crowd: While The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 were by no means critical or commercial failures many fans felt that both films weren't as good as the first Iron Man film. Thor, while still not as good as Iron Man, was more warmly received by fans. What helped was the introduction of Loki, who would be the main antagonist in The Avengers and that the film as a whole had less tie-ins to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, keeping the story more self-contained.
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