It’s only natural that the first-born son of the All-Father grew into such a formidable force in the Marvel Universe. In fact, given that Thor Odinson was born to “surpass” Asgard’s power, it was also destiny. He already got off to a great start in life by virtue of being Asgardian, a race of god-like beings whose physiology gives them greatly enhanced strength, speed, endurance and slower aging. But Thor is something special; a god among gods. Not just any warrior can survive an attack from a Celestial, split planets from the force of a punch or bench press a serpent so large it can wrap itself around Earth.
This kind of power is thanks to the God-force that dwells inside of him, a latent well of energy that keeps the “mighty” part of his name with or without his famous magical hammer. This force is what he draws from to deliver the most tremendous of his powers: the God-Blast, an energy strong enough to make an entire planet quake. When he is armed with his trusty Mjolnir, Thor is capable of swinging his favorite tool faster than lightspeed -- ripping open holes in space-time, or knocking Gorr the God Butcher through a black hole. Back on Earth, he can snap through adamantium like kindling, wrestle with the Hulk for a solid hour and hold up a building the size of the leaning tower of Pisa with just a pinkie. These are some of the Thunder God’s more well-known feats of strength, but what else has he proven himself capable of?
20 WITHSTOOD THE FORCE OF A NEUTRON STAR
Bruised, beaten and bereaved from losing everything he held dear, Infinity War's Thor seemed like he might be truly down-and-out when the Guardians found him drifting through space in the debris of the ship that Thanos and his crew eliminated. With Mjonir shattered by his vengeful half-sister, Thor seemed like he was in no position to avenge his people.
That was until he had the lightning-bright idea to build a new weapon. But in order to do that, Thor had to withstand the force of a collapsing star, which explains why the feat nearly cost him his life. Unsurprising given that in 2004, scientists measured gamma-ray energy from a neutron star that, in 0.2 seconds, generated more than Earth's sun could in 300,000 years.
19 CREATED LIFE ON EARTH
Thor is known as the God of Thunder but in a distant future the Odinson becomes the God of... pretty much everything. In Earth-14122, Thor ascends to the Asgardian throne to become King Thor, but with Midgard reduced to a lifeless husk, he finds his rule to be a lonely one without his old Earth-based teammates.
After a brutal brawl with Old Galactus, Thor's spilt blood kickstarts the regrowth process on the planet, and with encouragement from his granddaughters who attempt to revive Earth's animals (as freakish mutants) Thor recreates humanity in the form of man and woman, who he affectionately dubs: Steve and Jane.
18 SHATTERED MJOLNIR FIGHTING A CELESTIAL
Celestials are among the Marvel Universe's most powerful beings. Of them, Exitar is one of the deadliest; responsible for planetary annihilation and even taking the life of "The One," the overseer of the Watchers. During his tussle with the cosmic being in Thor Vol.1, #388, the Odinson was only able to crack Exitar's armor.
The exertion was so great, Thor sacrificed his trusty magical hammer in the process, proving how much force he put behind the blow. Still, when you consider that the Celestial ranks higher than Galactus and even Thor's own father in power, it's still a worthy achievement.
17 BATTLED DOCTOR DOOM FOR 99 YEARS
Through Thor Vol. 5, #1-6, King Thor had some of his most intense battles in his long history. While trying to prevent time itself from ending, the ancient ruler was surprised to encounter a familiar face: Wolverine, resurrected and possessed by the Phoenix Force. Logan wasn't there to reminisce about old times, though.
In their skirmish, Old Man Phoenix revealed the source of his rage was that Thor's efforts had enabled Doctor Doom to amass the powers of the Prehistoric Avengers. Logan eventually sacrificed himself to pass the Force onto Mjolnir, which Thor used to knock Doom around New Midgard for nearly a century.
16 THREW THE CORE OF A STAR
The "Godbomb" arc during Thor: God Of Thunder #7-11 saw Thor's struggle against the unholy assassin, Gorr The God Butcher reach an exciting conclusion as the god and god-hater bounced off of moons and asteroids trying to take down the other. Gorr's endgame was the construction of an explosive device strong enough to destroy all gods everywhere at once.
Obviously, Thor wasn't a fan of this and his solution was to lob a neutron star at the thing. For context, just one teaspoons worth of a neutron star weighs 6 million tonnes, so while it might not have been the most dramatic part of the fight, it was one of the most impressive.
15 SMASHED RED HULK INTO TWO COMETS
Thor's brawls with the Hulk are legendary but have resulted in somewhat unsatisfactory draws in the past. The Asgardian warrior's fight with Red Hulk in Red Hulk, Vol.2 #26, however, was decisive. In the story, the outbreak of a dangerous virus forces the Avengers to work with Thunderbolt Ross.
Not a team player, Thor wastes no time laying into his old enemy as soon as he lays eyes on him. They manage to reconcile long enough for Bruce Banner to warn of an incoming impact on Earth from two comets, allowing Thor and Ross to channel their aggression productively, with Thor casually using Ross as a projectile to take care of both threats.
14 CRACKED MOONS BATTLING GORR
On his own, Gorr -- Thor's would-be slayer -- wouldn't be in the Asgardian's league. But armed with his All-Black Necrosword, a weapon made from the first symbiote which harnesses the power of a Celestial, he's a real threat, equalling or outclassing Thor at every level. The sheer force of their clash was evident on their cosmic environment.
As the pair threw, blasted and grappled with one another, the fallout from each attack left cracks and chasms in the surrounding moons, planets and asteroids so big, they could be seen from lightyears away. And you thought the collateral damage in Man Of Steel was bad...
13 BATTLED AFTER SURVIVING SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURE
When we think of Thor's greatest attributes we tend to picture his flashiest feats of strength first, but there's a lot to be said for his incredible endurance, too. And not just his ability to take a hell of a beating. Thanks to his Asgardian physiology and royal blood, Thor can survive almost anything.
In Infinity War, he recovered from being exposed to the harshness of space for who knows how long, while in Indestructible Hulk, Vol.1 #8 he jumps right back into a battle against the Frost Giants after Hulk rescues him from submergence in waters that reduced his body temperature to below-freezing.
12 WITHSTOOD A DOOMSDAY DETONATION
Speaking of Thor's endurance, he's lived through a lot more than just catching the world's worst cold after getting a bit soggy. Just look at Thor, Vol.1 #387. In "Judgement Day!" Thor is rendered unconscious by the conditions of space -- much like he is in Infinity War. Only this time, he's sent hurtling into a missile rather than peacefully floating around.
While he manages to somehow pass through the doomsday device, he can't escape its blast radius, the force of which was designed to blow up an entire planet. In his already weakened state, it's amazing that Thor clung to life through the traumatic experience.
11 SMASHED THE BI-BEAST
The Bi-Beast is a two-headed, muscle-bound android created by an alien avian race. And if that wasn't weird enough, the one that Thor faces in Thor, Vol.1 #315-16 is actually a clone of the original that serves as its back-up. Their encounter takes place on a Stark ship where Thor -- as his Earthly alter ego, Donald Blake -- is working as a doctor.
On a quest for revenge against S.H.I.E.L.D after the organization thwarted his previous efforts to level several cities, the Bi-Beast overran the vessel with some help from his pal, Man-Thing. But, he didn't count on an Asgardian being hidden on board. Thor took the Beast out embarrassingly easy for a villain whose strength rivals the Hulk's.
10 HELD UP GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE
Superheroes are infamous for leaving trails of destruction in their wake, proving that saving the world can be pretty expensive for those caught in the crosshairs. Luckily, if you're an innocent bystander in the Marvel Universe in need of some property repairs, Damage Control are here to help -- as they do in their inaugural story in 1989.
The issue sees Spider-Man, Thor, Black Knight, Spider-Woman and Doctor Druid battling against the robotic creations of the Tinkerer, while the damage wreaked to New York earns the newly-formed construction company their first jobs. In one panel, Thor can be seen helping Damage Control out by propping all 1,450 miles of Washington Bridge up as if it's nothing, until repairs are complete.
9 FOUGHT ANGRIR AND NUL AT ONCE
Thor had to do some serious multi-tasking during Fear Itself #3-5 when both Thing and Hulk are transformed into angrier and more monstrous creatures than ever before; Angrir, Breaker of Souls and Nul, Breaker of Worlds, respectively. (The lesson here is not to pick up any old space hammer you find lying around.)
The pair are part of The Serpent's plan to usurp Odin as the All-Father, tasked with being literal fear-mongers on Earth following Asgard's descent to Midgard. Despite admitting that he could never beat Hulk at his normal power level -- not to mention without assistance from Ben Grimm -- Thor nobly throws himself into the battle anyway, and emerges exhausted, but victorious.
8 TOWS AN ISLAND
In the grand scheme of things, moving house doesn't seem like it would be particularly story-worthy in superhero comics, but this is the Avengers we're talking about. The team have lived everywhere from skyscrapers to mansions over the years, and as of March 1989, you could add island to the list.
The team buys an artificial floating plot of land -- known as the Hydrobase -- and brand it as Avengers Island. Then, they rope the mighty Thor into becoming a flying U-Haul truck and driver combined , pulling and docking their new headquarters single-handedly in New York.
7 REVIVES HOGUN WITH LIGHTNING
Other than his mystical hammer and his own two fists, Thor's signature weapon is his command over lightning. He is the God of Thunder after all. His most notable uses of this elemental power usually involve dealing massive amounts of damage, but he can also be creative with it.
One of his most impressive displays of weather manipulation came when his old friend Hogun was lying at Hela's door, ready to crossover to the afterlife she holds dominion over in Thor, Vol.2 #29. But Thor wasn't ready to let the Goddess claim his soul. After holding her off, he was able to defibrillate Hogun using precise lightning strikes, sparing his life.
6 LEVELED COUNTRYSIDE WITH A PUNCH
In Thor, Vol.1 #338, Thor's "worthiness" appeared to have been superseded by the alien warrior, Beta Ray Bill, making him the new owner of Mjolnir. When confronted by an angered Odin, however, Bill is told that his contest against Thor to win the hammer hadn't been a fair one.
In order to settle who the weapon's rightful owner was once and for all, Odin suggested another more decisive battle on Skartheim. With such high stakes, both competitors went all out for Round Two, and their evenly matched power was seen in the flattened landscape for miles around when their fists connected and knocked them both flying.
5 PUNCHED BODOLF THROUGH THE EARTH
The Hulk isn't the first human rage-monster that Thor has had to deal with in his elongated life. A storyline in The Mighty Thor, Vol. 2 in 2016 revealed that a Viking warrior named Boldolf the Black once used dragon blood to achieve a physically-enhanced state similar to Banner's.
He too had issues with the Norse god, angered by Thor's ficklety after he started favoring Boldolf's enemies instead of him in battle. Their first confrontation left Thor's defeated, but their second went the Asgardian's way; he punched the angry Viking so hard he was sent to the other side of the world.
4 LAUNCHED JUGGERNAUT INTO SPACE
As his name suggests, the Juggernaut is virtually unstoppable, but if there's one thing we know about the Odinson, it's that he loves an impossible challenge. Their duel took place in the jam-packed Thor, Vol.1 #429, co-starring Ghost Rider, the Excalibur team and the Wrecking Crew.
Thor came up with the smart tactic of jettisoning Mjolnir around Cain's castle to disrupt his force field. Without this defense, Thor was able more evenly match his enemy. Unfortunately, Mjolnir could only keep up its job for a minute, but Thor instead used its momentum to launch Cain into space, knocking him out with an asteroid.
3 FOUGHT EXECUTIONER AT HALF POWER
As we learnt from the first Thor film, Thor is often at his most impressive when his phenomenal power levels are reduced or taken away altogether, leaving him little else but his own resolve to muscle through a trial. He found himself in this predicament in Journey Into Mystery, Vol.1 #103.
Odin, in his infinite wisdom, slashes his son's strength in half right before Thor travels to the 23rd century in the previous issue. Upon successfully saving the present in the future, a worn-out Thor returns only to be met by Enchantress and Skurge the Executioner. Luckily, he still has enough left in the tank to toss them both back to Asgard through a vortex.
2 CREATED A TORNADO WITH HIS CAPE
When Thor was still half-Asgardian Prince, half-human Doctor, his earlier exploits were hindered by an unusual restriction. As Thor, if he let go of Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds, his transformation would revert the god back to his human Donald Blake form. This naturally led to some close calls.
In Journey Into Mystery, Vol.1 #100, Thor is pitted against Mr. Hyde (of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde fame.) With a secret identity to protect, Thor panics when he loses hold of his hammer during their encounter, but comes up with a solution. With just a flap of his cape, he whips up a whirlwind big enough to distract from his transformation and locate Mjolnir.
1 NEARLY TOOK OUT THANOS
You knew this one was coming. Since his first solo movie, the MCU's Thor had been steadily working his way up the Avengers' power rankings; from taking out a Chitauri fleet in The Avengers to holding his own against the Hulk and beating Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok.
By the time Infinity War came around, the God of Thunder was on a whole new level of OP-ness. So much so that he was given his own separate entrance into the climactic battle against Thanos in Wakanda, and launched an attack on the five-Stoned Titan that would have ended him... if he'd aimed a little higher.