You know him by many names. Thor. Odinson. The God of Thunder. Donald Blake. Thor has long been a staple of the Marvel Universe, and seemingly one of its gleaming lights. On more occasions than one can count, the Asgardian hero and wielder of Mjolnir has saved the people of Earth, the universe and the multiverse, but that doesn’t give him a hall pass for being and acting like a jerk.
Thor is frivolous. He drinks plenty, swears like a sailor and treats many of his friends and allies like wartime necessities. His influx of pride and lack of humility have gotten people killed, whether by his hand or by the hands of others, and his simple-mindedness and absence of empathy have only served to confuse his allies. It’s impossible to predict his loyalty, jumping sides between events like “Siege”, “Civil War” or “Secret Empire”. He’s fought with and for fascists, killed family members (multiple times), lied to his romantic interests and acted impulsively to say the least over the years. With all of that, even Thor himself can’t escape the fact that he isn’t the nicest guy in all the realms. Here are 15 times Thor was a complete and total jerk.
15. WHEN HE USED A FALSE IDENTITY TO GET WITH JANE
Thor has had plenty of secret identities throughout the years, ranging from possession to just being called something different. There’s Donald Blake, Eric Masterson and Jake Olson. Olson was a paramedic who was killed during a fight between the Destroyer and the Avengers. So, naturally, Odin allowed Thor to take Olson’s body as his new identity.
But while in Olson’s body, he also got to know none other than Jane Foster, again. To her, this wasn’t Thor, but a totally new guy. To Thor, it was a new way to rekindle with his old flame. It just so happened that this is a totally creepy and unnecessary way to do that. Come on, Thor, that’s not how a typical relationship shakes out. You can’t just get your father to help you possess a new form.
14. WHEN HE HELPED HITLER DURING WORLD WAR II
Hey, remember that time Thor helped Adolf Hitler and the German cause during World War II? No? Well, it happened. During the war, Hitler reached out to Thor and was able to convince him to aid the Germans, telling him that they were the lineage of those who worshipped him in the past. That’s a fairly loose fact, but it’s one that convinced the God of Thunder to turn a blind eye.
Thor would then have to go toe-to-toe with the Invaders, where he almost killed one of them, Union Jack. Of course, he later learns about Hitler’s pure evil and turns on him, vowing against the Nazi cause and restores Union Jack to his former glory. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time Thor has done something like this.
13. WHEN HE SERVED GOD DOOM
During the events of 2015’s “Secret Wars”, a coalition of Thors from all over the multiverse served the newly crowned God Doom as his police force, roaming around the different realms of Battleworld looking for do-badders and holdovers from previous realities. This led to a pretty sweet noir-inspired murder mystery book in Thors, but it was weird seeing the power of thunder used for overarching evil.
Included in these ranks were the original Thor, Beta Ray Bill, Ultimate Thor and more, and while the group did eventually lead a rebellion against their dictatorial overlord, more than enough energy was spent on the side of evil. Many of the Thors were afraid of Doom, for good reason, but with their past memories clouded, they served a pretty bad dude by just “following orders.”
12. WHEN HE BEAT UP HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND
In the fourth issue of Jane Foster’s inaugural Thor run, the new Thor on the block went toe-to-toe with the Odinson himself, offering up a long-awaited showdown between the two Thors (and former lovers) under the guise of a secret identity. While Odinson didn’t know Jane Foster was the new Thor at this time, the events still happened — he fought and beat up his ex-girlfriend, even going so far as to throw her into a wall at one point.
Of course, this is one of those technical situations, but even without the context, the actions still stand. Foster held her own, though, and Odinson gained the well-earned respect of his counterpart, long before her identity was revealed to him. Talk about the honor of Asgardians.
11. WHEN HE KILLED HIS BROTHER
At a time when Thor was one and the same with civilian Eric Masterson, the God of Thunder took it upon himself to kill his brother Loki after the God of Mischief tried to kill Susan Austin, a woman close to Masterson (the alter ego part of him) who cared for his son. Thor typically has a soft side for his chaotic evil brother, some would say too soft a side, but this time he let loose and took him out.
Thor was later exiled from Midgard, but the power of Thor remained in the human Masterson’s hands, including the power to wield Mjolnir. Masterson later saved Thor from his time in exile and the original God of Thunder returned — but killing your brother is still a jerk move.
10. ORIGINAL SIN
For those not in the know, the events of “Original Sin” take a pretty big toll on Thor, as Nick Fury whispers to him the words that make him no longer worthy. Those words? “Gor was right.” Gor being the main baddie of Jason Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder, who went on a god-killing spree. His motive is that gods are selfish beings who don’t serve their subjects the way they seem to think.
In this sense, Odinson is a jerk, since he’s a selfish being who doesn’t really serve his subjects. In a weird turnaround way, his time as a god is the reason Jane Foster is now Thor, and with that in mind, Thor is contributing to her demise. That’s a lot to take in.
9. WHEN HE KILLED THE SENTRY
During the events of “Siege”, The Sentry is completely taken over by The Void, becoming an evidently unstoppable killing machine, one that is going toe-to-toe with the top talent of the Marvel Universe despite their upgraded abilities thanks to Loki. Due to his internal turmoil and struggle to keep his world-ending powers at bay, Sentry begs his opponents to kill him, and Thor answers the call.
While it seems more merciful than jerk-like, Thor still technically killed this guy, and this is made even more evident by the charred skeleton left behind by his bolt of lightning. “Siege” as a whole was a pretty brutal event, and turning Thor into a killer didn’t make things any better. Sort of like Hawkeye in “Civil War II”.
8. WHEN HE INVESTIGATED THE NEW THOR
Despite his previous attempt to let the new Thor be, the newly minted Odinson began to build a list of people that could be wielding the hammer. His father had begun the investigation, but Odinson’s curiosity led him down a path of discovery, especially in the wake of “Original Sin”, when he lost his worthiness and could no longer wield Mjolnir.
Of course, Odinson would soon learn that the new Thor was in fact Jane Foster, his longtime romantic partner, and she wielded Mjolnir despite her cancer diagnosis, and he would soon find out Foster’s time as Thor was killing her and he would push her to seek out medical care, but that doesn’t fix how nosey and pushy Odinson was when interrogating everyone possible, including his friends.
7. WHEN HE TRIED TO OVERTHROW A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT
After Odin’s death, Thor takes over as the king of Asgard, and gains the power of his father, making him insanely powerful and all-seeing. In doing this he’s separated from his human alter ego (Jake Olson) and loses touch with humanity and the empathy he had for the people of Earth. All of this can’t be a good thing.
Unfortunately for the people of Earth, this sends Thor on a mission to combine Asgard with Midgard and force the humans to worship the gods of Asgard once more. This leads to the creation of the Church of Thor, and Thor fights the other Avengers while attempting to take over the government of foreign nation Slokovia. Weirdly enough, that’s not where the reign of King Thor ends.
6. WHEN HE TOOK OVER EARTH
Following the attempted siege on Slokovia’s government, the people of earth form the Consortium of Nations to try and take out Asgard, and they destroy the Golden City. This, of course, only serves to piss Thor off more, and sets him on a course to conquer the entirety of Earth. And… he succeeds.
We’re then cast into an alternate reality where Thor loses an arm and rules Earth for hundreds of years, marries Enchantress, has a son, and then, only then, realizes that his whole mission was a mistake and so he travels back in time to prevent any of it from happening. He saves Asgard, re-molds with Olson and saves the day, but only after living a lifetime and destroying all that he holds deal. Not cool.
5. WHEN HE KILLED BILL FOSTER
The events of the original Superhuman Civil War were tragic, to say the least. While the God of Thunder himself was nowhere to be found, Tony Stark took it upon himself to create a clone of Thor (with help from Reed Richards and Skrull-ified Hank Pym), utilizing DNA from a strand of the original’s hair. Stark, Richards and Pym built the clone because they needed a heavy-hitter on their side. The clone came to be known as Ragnarok. Fitting.
Ragnarok went haywire during “Civil War” and killed Bill Foster (Goliath), leading to one of the darkest moments in the entire event. He was later defeated by Hercules after a brutal battle with both Storm and the Invisible Woman, out to destroy her husband’s “evil” clone. His body was later recovered by A.I.M. to join the Dark Avengers.
4. WHEN HE TRIED TO MAKE JANE FOSTER IMMORTAL
We all know Odinson has always been hopelessly in love with Jane Foster, the human from Midgard that captured his heart all those years ago. While Thor himself doesn’t have the power to make someone immortal, he continuously petitioned his father, Odin, to make her immortal for him, probably so the two could live lawfully loving for the whole of eternity.
Of course, immortality can be a scary thing, and maybe not a thing that Jane Foster wants. Given her recent bouts with cancer and her reflection on life, it seems she’s willing to give in to the ultimate end, not postpone it by using Asgardian magic. Can you blame her? Now, Odin does go through some lengths to keep the couple apart after this, but the overarching jerkiness comes from the concept itself.
3. WHEN HE KILLED HIS GRANDFATHER
While this may be a minimization of why these events occurred, Thor still definitely killed his grandfather. After Loki revives Bor, Odin’s father, in New York City and enrages him with some sort of amnesia spell that makes him forget who and what he is, Bor goes on a rampage. Part of that rampage? Attacking his grandson.
Thor, while facing off against Bor, ends up killing him, sensing that he holds some of his own father’s power. Sure, Thor killed his grandfather so that the wreckage from their battle wouldn’t destroy Earth. That’s a fair sentiment, but does it warrant killing? We bet Thor’s friends and fellow Avengers like Captain America would disagree. Thor was later banished for technically killing a king of Asgard. Tough luck.
2. WHEN HE VIOLATED A TRUCE WITH THE FROST GIANTS
Early on in Thor’s classic career, he was often seen taking on Frost Giants and others that would seek to take Asgard down a peg. Thor lacks humility during this time, drinking and binging the way a god of old would, and his pride ends up almost causing a war between the realms. This was because he violated a truce between the Asgardians and the aforementioned Frost Giants.
In typical Thor fashion, he shrugged it all off and let Odin pick up the pieces and attempt to keep the peace. During one of his famous bar fights, Thor was summoned by Odin and banished to Midgard to add the word “humble” to his dictionary. This is where he adopts the persona of Donald Blake and grows to be the jerky hero we know today.
1. WHEN HE JOINED CAPTAIN AMERICA’S HYDRA AVENGERS
During the events of 2017’s “Secret Empire”, readers were shocked to learn that a member of Captain America’s new Hydra Avengers was none other than Odinson himself. While other “heroic” members of the new team had reasons for why they were there (Vision was corrupted, Scarlet Witch was possessed), Odinson was there simply because he saw Cap wield Mjolnir.
And while the destruction of the United States and parts of the world was done by the hand of Captain America and his Hydra goons, Odinson followed orders, blindly heeding the words of one of his oldest friends, seemingly without the moral compass he’s gained over the years. Of course, he turns on Cap eventually, but way, way later than we expected. Too little, too late.
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