When people think of Thor, they imagine a massive guy with flowing golden locks. However, the Odinson isn’t the only being to lift the hammer and take on the role of the God of Thunder. The people on this list aren’t just those who have lifted the hammer and been proven “worthy.” This list is filled with people that have not only lifted Mjolnir, but also assumed the role of the Thunder God.
While some of the characters on this list seem a little strange at first, there are quite a few true powerhouses included. From mutants and anthropomorphic animals to a couple from that other company’s “Trinity,” this list is eclectic, for sure. One thing they all have in common is that, at one point or another, they were a God(dess) of Thunder. Let’s take a look at the 15 best (non-Odison) versions of Thor.
15. THROG, FROG OF THUNDER
Judging by looks alone, the addition of Throg on this list might seem a bit silly. A frog version of Thor? That’s ridiculous. However, once you know the backstory of the courageous amphibian, you may change your mind. Simon Walterson, named after famous writer Walt Simonson, was a skilled football player who suffered an injury. Once his football career was over, he focused on family life with his pregnant wife. After the death of his wife and unborn child, Walterson made a deal with a witch who could talk to the dead. Unable to pay, Walterson is turned into a frog as punishment. (Always pay your witches, folks.)
As a frog, now called Puddlegulp, he helped another brave frog fight the evil rats in New York City. Eventually, it was revealed that the other frog was none other than Thor. After Thor leaves Puddlegulp and the other frogs, a sliver of Mjolnir is left in the ground. After the rats return, Puddlegulp lifts the sliver, which turns him into Throg, Frog of Thunder! Sure, Throg looks a bit silly, but his origin is pretty amazing and he deserves a spot on this list.
In the late-‘90s, Marvel and DC just loved combining their characters in crossovers and event series. Using the character of Access, the two companies released one final mega-crossover event called “Unlimited Access.” This series wasn’t nearly as well-received as the original Amalgam Comics, but it did feature the newest Amalgam-ized Thor character of Thor-El. As you might expect, Thor-El is the combination of Thor and Superman. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as cool as it should have been.
Any character that is the result of combining Superman and Thor is going to be cool. Unfortunately, at the time of the series, Superman was going through a bit of an identity crisis. Now, as a blue-skinned electrical being, Superman wasn’t the iconic character that fans know and love. Thor-El basically resembles the Blue Superman with a “T” on his chest, a hammer and the wings over his ears. Granted, a combination of the classic Superman and Thor would have been better, Thor-El was still an interesting character in his brief appearance.
13. THRR, DOG OF THUNDER
Not much is known about Thrr, the Dog of Thunder. Having only made a few appearances since his debut in “Peter Porker: Spider-Ham” #5 in 1986, he hasn’t had the pleasure of leading his own series. However, Thrr deserves an entry on this list just because, much like combining Superman with Thor is always cool, combining Thor with a dog is pretty awesome too!
Thrr is the Thor from Earth-8311. Thrr comes from the land of Arfgard, where, as an Arfgardian dog, he becomes Thrr and helps defend the realms alongside the Scavengers, which is a version of the Avengers featuring various anthropomorphic animals. While in later appearances, he is a large, strong Arfgardian, during his initial appearances in “Peter Porker,” he was much more cartoony, resembling Goofy and other Disney characters of the time. Most recently, Thrr had appearances in the “Thors,” a “Secret Wars”-adjacent series that was set on Battleworld.
Marvel’s “What If?” series has always explored odd scenarios to see what might happen if history was altered slightly. In “What If” vol. 2 #66, Marvel asked what would happen if Rogue absorbed the power of Thor. Well, apparently it would lead to lots and lots of death. In a spin on a story featured in “Avengers Annual” #10, Rogue fought the Avengers in a battle to free the Freedom Force from jail. During the battle, she kills Thor by absorbing his entire essence, which grants her all of Thor’s power.
With these newfound powers, she kills Iron Man and Vision, which makes the Avengers retreat to see if they can fix the chaos. During that time, after breaking the Freedom Force out of jail, Rogue gets hit on by Blob, which makes her upset. She pays Blob back by taking down the jet carrying the Freedom Force, killing them all. After Loki decides to take advantage of the situation, Rogue and Thor meet on the Astral plane where he convinces her to try to live up to the Thor name. She comes back a hero and earns the respect of none other than Odin.
11. WODEN, SON OF THOR
Woden Thorson made his first appearance in “Guardians of the Galaxy” #42 in 1993. Born the son of Thor and Lady Sif, Woden was seen as a bit of a jerk and problem child. Sif had issues with her child, and Odin eventually called out to Thor to return to Asgard to help raise the kid. However, instead of being the heroic Thor who could show his son how to become worthy, Thor was a shell of his former self, letting himself get drunk and fat, and Woden eventually left Asgard.
Much like his father, Woden had his fair share of hubris to overcome. However, after his battles outside of Asgard, he eventually softened a bit and truly became a hero. When he returned to Asgard, and helped the Asgardians defeat Loki and his army of Inhumans, Woden was finally deemed worthy and lifted Mjolnir. He then became the successor of his father and Thor of the 31st century. His few appearances were with the Guardians of the Galaxy, where he helped them defeat a few enemies.
When readers think of the Amalgam Comics from the mid-‘90s, they immediately think of Dark Claw, Super Soldier and Spider-Boy. They probably don’t think of Thorion. Thorion is the combination of Thor and DC’s Orion. First appearing in “Thorion of the New Gods” #1 in 1997, Thorion was the son of Thanoseid, who was traded to Odin the Highfather as terms of a truce. He was raised in New Asgod and helped fight the evil Thanoseid.
This version of Thor adopted some of Orion’s costume. Ditching the blue, Thorion wears a suit of all red and white with a glowing hammer. While the character went away when all the other Amalgam Comics characters disappeared, Thorion returned briefly to aid the Avengers during The Destiny War seen in “Avengers Forever.” Due to the rights issues with DC Comics, this version of Thorion was changed enough that he didn’t completely resemble the Amalgam version of the character.
9. THOR GIRL
Thor Girl, despite appearances, is not of Asgardian descent. She is actually the Designate, a being of immense cosmic power that took the form of an Asgardian named Tarene after Thor helped her during battle. Once she became Thor Girl, her cosmic powers were replaced by those normal Thor-like powers. Possessing the strength and speed of an Asgardian, she also carried her own version of Mjolnir, which was gold and would be used to channel her energy into incredibly powerful blasts.
First appearing in “Thor” vol. 2 #22, Thor Girl became a hero that existed in various series throughout the Marvel Universe. After the heroes’ Civil War, she joined the Initiative alongside many younger characters. Her story came to an end, however, during “Fear Itself,” where she reverted back to her Designate form after the large battle at the end of the series. After turning into Designate, she returned to the stars and hasn’t been seen since.
8. DARGO KTOR
Dargo Ktor is one of the lesser-known characters on this list, but clearly has the coolest name. On Earth-8710, in the year 2587, New York City is run by the evil Corporation and is devoid of costumed heroes. Ktor is a member of a small cult that worships Thor, and has recently found Mjolnir. Their search for someone worthy catches the eye of The Corporation. After Loki is hired to destroy the cult, Dargo Ktor is able to lift the hammer and becomes Thor.
Dargo has popped up quite a few times throughout the Marvel Universe. He is perhaps best known as being part of the “Thor Corps” mini-series after which this very list is named. In that series, Dargo joins forces with Beta Ray Bill, Thor and Eric Masterson as they fought Zarrko and many different rogues. Dubbing themselves “Hammer Brothers,” the heroes defeated evil and never joined forces again. Dargo also has shown up in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Fantastic Four.”
7. RED NORVELL
Red Norvell is probably the most powerful documentarian in the Marvel Universe. After being a member of a film crew, and being sent to Asgard by Loki, Red falls in love with Lady Sif, as most people probably would. Knowing he wants to fight Thor for Sif’s affections, Loki grants Red godlike power. Eventually he battles Thor, and wins. However, during the battle, he kills an innocent human. Later, Red redeems himself with a sacrifice and is sent to Valhalla, only to be eventually resurrected.
Coming to blows one last time with Thor, Red earns the God of Thunder’s respect. Thor then gave Red his blessing to carry his own hammer and become the guardian of Midgard and Asgard. Red Norvell has appeared multiple times throughout the years. He hasn’t been used more recently, though, so it’s unknown what he’s been up to. Having lived and died multiple times, no matter what his current status is, Red could always show up and plead his love for Lady Sif once again.
Storm is one of the most respected members of the X-Men. As a mutant with the power to control the weather, it’s only natural that at some point she would wield the hammer and become Thor, or “Thorm” maybe? In the ‘80s, the X-Men and New Mutants were brought to Asgard as part of a trick played by Loki. During her time there, Storm is given her own hammer, known as Stormcaster. The hammer granted her all the power of the God of Thunder, but when she found out it was part of Loki’s plan, she gave it up, but not before trying to attack Loki himself.
Eventually, Storm would wield Stormcaster again during the “Siege” storyline. Thor visited her in Wakanda, and when they discover Stormcaster, Storm picks up the hammer and is immediately granted godlike powers once again. After a quick scuffle, Storm comes to her senses, and grabs Mjolnir. She uses Thor’s hammer to destroy Stormcaster. However, Thorm makes a return in the “Thors” series during “Secret Wars.”
In Battleworld, the Thor Corps was sent by God Emperor Doom to police all the different realms. One of the most interesting members of the Thor Corps was none other than Groot. Everyone’s favorite humanoid tree, Groot, wielded his own hammer and policed the world alongside Stormbreaker Bill and the rest of the Thor Corps. Not much is known about his origins or how he came about getting his own hammer — being that he only says “I Am Thor” — but he is definitely a badass.
Groot adapted his look to better resemble a God of Thunder. With glowing holes in his wooden chest and wooden wings on the side of his head, he definitely looks the part. Judging by his various appearances during “Secret Wars,” he not only has his regular Groot powers, but also all the powers of Thor. Not sure how a tree can survive shooting lightning, but oh well, he’s Groot!
4. WONDER WOMAN
Having mentioned the crazy Marvel/DC crossovers from the mid-‘90s multiple times already, there’s no need to go into great detail about the whys and hows of Wonder Woman getting ahold of Mjolnir. All you really need to know is that in “Marvel vs. DC” #2 in 1996, Wonder Woman is deemed worthy and wields Mjolnir in a battle against Storm with the fate of trillions hanging in the balance.
While it would have been awesome to have Storm wield Stormcaster during this battle, she was just her normal self. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, got a bit of an upgrade. Already incredibly powerful, Wonder Woman talks about how she can feel a large increase in her power once she lifts Mjolnir. However, presented with this godlike Wonder Woman, Storm isn’t intimidated and doesn’t back down. Wonder Woman shows respect for Storm and drops the hammer, eventually battling without the help of Mjolnir… and subsequently losing.
Eric Masterson has a long history with Thor. Established as a supporting character well before he lifted the hammer, Masterson and his family appeared many times in “Thor” throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Eventually, through all sorts of magic, Thor was merged with Eric Masterson, and Masterson became the God of Thunder. Heimdall eventually separated the two beings, but Masterson kept on being Thor after Odinson gave him Mjolnir.
Unfortunately, Masterson’s role as Thor was cut short when Enchantress tricked him into attacking Odinson over the affections of Sif. In the ensuing battle, Odinson defeated Masterson and reclaimed Mjolnir. However, Thor didn’t leave Masterson empty handed. He crafted a new mace for Masterson to use called Thunderstrike. As Thunderstrike, Masterson kept on being part of the Marvel Universe throughout the early ‘90s until his eventual death. Captain America then gave the mace to Masterson’s son Kevin, and Kevin assumed the mantle of Thunderstrike, carrying on his father’s legacy.
2. BETA RAY BILL
No list of alternate Thors would be complete without mentioning Beta Ray Bill. Created by comic book legend Walt Simonson, and first appearing in “Thor” #337, Beta Ray Bill was the first non-Norse being in the Marvel Universe to lift Mjolnir and assume the mantle of the God of Thunder. Simonson has gone on record saying he wanted to create a character that was noble, but also monstrous. He believed that the reason that Captain America or Superman couldn’t be Thor was because Mjolnir is a weapon of death and requires someone who’s willing to kill to wield it.
Beta Ray Bill is an alien from the Korbonite race. Even with his scary head that resembles a skull crossed with a horse, Bill is a worthy hero. Beta Ray Bill eventually wields Mjolnir, becoming an equal to the Thunder God in all but looks. After feuding with Thor over who should possess the hammer, Thor eventually won. Odinson then created a new hammer for Bill called Stormbreaker. Now wielding Stormbreaker, Thor and Beta Ray Bill have co-existed in the Marvel Universe for decades, becoming as close as brothers.
1. JANE FOSTER
Jane Foster is the most recent person to take over the mantle of Thor. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Foster is invited to Asgard to represent Midgard. After Odinson becomes unworthy, Foster lifts Mjolnir in an attempt to defeat Malekith the Accursed. From that point on, Foster has been the new Thor, Goddess of Thunder.
While not the first female to lift the hammer and be given the powers of Thor, she is without a doubt the longest lasting, ushering in a new direction for “Thor” and headlining her own ongoing series. However, it’s unsure how long her reign as the Goddess of Thunder will last. Unfortunately, every time she turns into Thor, the chemotherapy treatments she is undergoing are neutralized and she has to start from scratch. Therefore, eventually, the cancer will win out, but her legacy as Thor will live on. The Jane Foster Thor series has brought in a ton of new readers to the title, so will be a sad day when she gives up Mjolnir.
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