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All-Father, Woden, Wotan, Wulf the Wanderer, Orrin, Atum-Re, Infinity, Farma-god, Hanga-god, Hapta-god, Harbard, One-Eye, Sigtyr, Val-Father, Wad
Realm of Asgard
Place of Birth
Journey Into Mystery #85
Journey Into Mystery #87; Thor Annual #5, 11; Thor #294, 349
White, formerly blond
Like all other Asgardians, Odin was extremely long lived and aged at a much slower pace than humans, but was not immortal in the same sense as some other races of gods who ceased to age upon reaching adulthood. Odin was highly resistant to physical injury and he couldn't die under conventional circumstances. It would take an injury that resulted in a spreading of a significant portion of his bodily molecules over a great distance, thus preventing the mystical lifeforce common to all Asgardians from regenerating areas essential to his survival, to cause him to physically die. The tissues of Odin's body; his flesh, bone, and muscle possessed about three times the density of the tissue of a human body. This helped to contribute to Odin's superhuman strength and weight. Odin's advanced musculature generated considerably less lactic acids than the musculature of human beings, granting him superhuman levels of stamina in all physical activities.Odin possessed vast energy manipulating abilities called the Odinforce and could manipulate tremendous amounts of mystical energies for a variety of purposes, only some of which were seen. Odin could temporarily increase his own superhuman physical attributes, fire powerful bursts of energy for destructive purposes, teleportation between dimensions, grant living beings or inanimate objects a variety of superhuman abilities, control the lifeforce of other Asgardians, etc.
Thor's fascination with Earth is also a constant annoyance for Odin, who as punishment has depowered his son on at least three occasions. Thor's noble intentions and bravery, however, always sway his father who summarily undoes the ruling.
As ruler and protector of the Asgardian people, Odin has been involved in a number of crises that have threatened Asgard and on occasion Earth. Notable examples included stopping Loki, the Storm Giant Skagg and Surtur (with the aid of Thor and Balder); defeating the Absorbing Man after he absorbs almost all of Asgard; banishing the monster Mangog; sacrificing his right eye to Mimir for the wisdom to stop Ragnarok (Twilight of the Gods); attempting to stop the Celestials in the armor of the Destroyer and preventing Surtur from lighting the Sword of Doom.
Odin has also died three times in defense of Asgard. On the first occasion, Odin is killed by Mangog, although is later revived by the goddess of Death Hela. On the second occasion, the Celestials shred the Destroyer, which at the time holds the life force of Odin and all Asgardians with the exception of Thor. Thor, however, collects a portion of godly energy from each pantheon and uses it to revive Odin, who in turn resurrects the Asgardians.
The final occasion involves a massive battle against arch-foe Surtur on Earth, with Odin apparently dying once and for all as the Odin Force - the source of Odin's power - migrates to his son, Thor. As Thor eventually destroys the Loom of Fates and stops Asgard from perpetuating Ragnarok - which ends the entire Norse pantheon and Asgard itself - Thor believes Odin may be dead permanently.Years later, when Thor returns from hibernation in space, he begins to find the lost Asgardians, and although successfully restoring them all, does not attempt to find his father. During the Odinsleep, Thor has a vision in which he discovers that on a subconscious level he did not do so as he wished to be free of his father. Thor enters the Odinsleep and finds Odin in a sort of limbo between life and death, where every day he does battle with Surtur to prevent the demon from reentering the world. Odin declines Thor's offer of taking his place, and states that Thor must continue to lead the Asgardians, while Odin continues to exist in a state he describes as approximating the Asgardian equivalent of heaven.