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   universe = [[Marvel Universe]]
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| real_name = Thor Odinson
| real_name = Thor Odinson
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| identity = No dual identity
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| identity = (As Donald Blake) secret
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| occupation = King of Asgard, formerly EMS technician, physician, construction worker
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| occupation = Warrior, adventurer; former monarch, paramedic, construction worker; (as Donald Blake) physician, surgeon
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| place_of_birth = [[Asgard]]
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| place_of_birth = A cave in Norway
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| groups = Formerly [[Avengers]], [[Thor Corps]], formerly duped into working with the [[Nazi Party]]
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| groups = Gods of Asgard, [[Avengers]]; formerly [[Queen’s Vengeance]], Godpack, [[Thor Corps]]
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| citizenship = Asgardian
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| citizenship = Asgard; honorary US citizen
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| education = MD (as Blake)
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| education = Tutored by scholars of Asgard; (Blake) M.D.
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| aliases = Donald Blake, Sigurd Jarlson, Jake Olsen, Donar the Mighty
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| aliases = Donald M. Blake, God of Thunder, Son of Odin, the Thunderer, Lord of Asgard, Jake Olson, Sigurd Jarlson, Donar, Donner, Hloriddi, Unhappy Hrungnir’s Playmate, Veur, Hrodr’s Foe-Man, Longbeard’s Son, Vingthor the Hurler, Siegfried, Siegmund, "Woe-King"; impersonated Hercules, Harokin, Freya; formerly bound to Eric Masterson
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| relatives = [[Odin]] (father), [[Gaea]] (mother), [[Frigga]] (step-mother), [[Loki]] (step-brother), Vidar (half-brother), Buri (paternal great-grandfather), Bolthorn (maternal great grandfather), Bor (grandfather), Bestla (grandmother), Vili (uncle), Ve (uncle), Sigyn (former sister-in-law), Hela (alleged niece), Jormungand (alleged nephew), Fernis Wolf (alleged nephew)
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| relatives = Odin Borson (father, deceased), Gaea (mother), Frigga (adoptive mother), Loki (adoptive brother, deceased), Balder, Hermod, Tyr, Vidar (half-brothers), Buri (Tiwaz, paternal great-grandfather), Bolthorn (maternal great grandfather), Bor Burison  (grandfather, deceased), Bestia (paternal grandmother, presumed deceased), Vili, Ve (paternal uncles, deceased), Sigyn (sister-in-law),Solveig (sister-in-law, deceased), Jormungand (Midgard Serpent), Fenris Wolf (nephews), Hela (niece), large extended family via Gaea and others
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| height = 6'6"  
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| height = 6'6"; (Blake) 5’9"  
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| weight = 640 lbs
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| weight = 640 lbs; (Blake) 150 lbs.
| eyes = Blue
| eyes = Blue
| hair = Blond
| hair = Blond
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| weapons = Thor wields Mjolnir, a hammer forged from uru metal. Mjolnir is virtually unbreakable, and allows Thor to command the powers of the storm, causing rain, thunder and lightning. Thor can channel the storm’s fury into devastating blasts of energy that can destroy even secondary Adamantium. He can also channel his godly energies through Mjolnir into blasts so powerful that they can slay even immortals. Mjolnir can absorb other energies into itself, which Thor can then release.
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| weapons = Thor wields [[Mjolnir]], a hammer forged from uru metal. Mjolnir is virtually unbreakable, and allows Thor to command the powers of the storm, causing rain, thunder and lightning. Thor can channel the storm’s fury into devastating blasts of energy that can destroy even secondary Adamantium. He can also channel his godly energies through Mjolnir into blasts so powerful that they can slay even immortals. Mjolnir can absorb other energies into itself, which Thor can then release.
Mjolnir obeys Thor’s commands as though it were alive, and if Thor’s will is strong enough, the hammer can pass through nearly any barrier to reach him should he so desire. Using this command over Mjolnir’s flight path, Thor is able to use the hammer to fly, achieving escape velocities. Mjolnir can also transform Thor into his civilian guises. When Thor is a civilian, the hammer most often becomes an old wooden cane. While employing a mortal guise, Thor will transform back into his mortal form should he be separated from Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds.  
Mjolnir obeys Thor’s commands as though it were alive, and if Thor’s will is strong enough, the hammer can pass through nearly any barrier to reach him should he so desire. Using this command over Mjolnir’s flight path, Thor is able to use the hammer to fly, achieving escape velocities. Mjolnir can also transform Thor into his civilian guises. When Thor is a civilian, the hammer most often becomes an old wooden cane. While employing a mortal guise, Thor will transform back into his mortal form should he be separated from Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds.  
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By spinning Mjolnir in a circle, Thor can open portals to other dimensions. Formerly, it also allowed him to travel in time, but Immortus removed this power. Enchantments surrounding Mjolnir prevent it from being wielded by anyone except those who have been found worthy. Thus far, this includes Thor, Odin, Tiwaz, Red Norvell, Beta Ray Bill, Captain America and Eric Masterson. To anyone else, Mjolnir cannot be lifted from the ground nor wrested from Thor’s grip.
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By spinning Mjolnir in a circle, Thor can open portals to other dimensions. Formerly, it also allowed him to travel in time, but Immortus removed this power. Enchantments surrounding Mjolnir prevent it from being wielded by anyone except those who have been found worthy. Thus far, this includes Thor, Odin, Tiwaz, Red Norvell, Beta Ray Bill, and Captain America. To anyone else, Mjolnir cannot be lifted from the ground nor wrested from Thor’s grip.
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| powers = As the son of Odin and Gaea, Thor's strength, endurance and resistance to injury are greater than the vast majority of his superhuman race. He is extremely long-lived (though not completely immune to aging), immune to conventional disease and highly resistant to injury. His flesh and bones are several times denser than a human's.
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| powers = As the son of Odin and Gaea, Thor's strength, endurance and resistance to injury are greater than the vast majority of his superhuman race. He is able to match the strength of other Marvel powerhouses such as Hercules, Gladiator, and the Hulk. He is extremely long-lived (though not completely immune to aging), immune to conventional disease, and highly resistant to injury. His flesh, bones, and muscles are many times denser than that of a human being.
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As Lord of Asgard, Thor possessed the Odinforce, which enabled him to tap into the near-infinite resources of cosmic and mystical energies, enhancing all of his abilities. With the vast magical power of the Odinforce, Thor was even able to dent Captain America’s virtually indestructible shield with Mjolnir.
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[[Thor complete powers|Click here for complete list of Thor's powers]]
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As the Lord of Asgard, Thor possesses the Odinforce, which enables him to tap into the near-infinite resources of cosmic and mystical, enhancing all of his abilities. With the vast magical power of the Odinforce, Thor was able to even dent Captain America’s shield with Mjolnir.
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| paraphernalia = Thor possesses the Belt of Strength that doubles his strength, but weakens him after its use; a pair of iron gauntlets to protect him when unleashing Mjolnir's most powerful energies; and a chariot drawn by two goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder.
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| paraphernalia = Thor also possesses the Belt of Strength that doubles his strength, but weakens him after its use; a pair of iron gauntlets to protect him when unleashing Mjolnir's most powerful energies; and a chariot drawn by two goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder.
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| abilities = Thor is trained in the arts of war, being a superbly skilled warrior, highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat, swordsmanship and hammer throwing.
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| abilities = Thor is trained in the arts of war, being a superbly skilled warrior, highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat, swordsmanship, and hammer throwing.
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| debut = Venus #12 (1951); (modern) Journey into Mystery #83 (1962)
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| debut = Journey into Mystery #83 (1962)
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| origin = Journey into Mystery #83 (1962), Thor #159 (1968), Thor Annual #11 (1983)
| origin = Journey into Mystery #83 (1962), Thor #159 (1968), Thor Annual #11 (1983)
| significant_issues = As Blake, found Mjolnir in Norway, became Thor (Journey into Mystery #83, 1962); founded the Avengers (Avengers #1, 1963); learned origin of Donald Blake identity (Thor #159, 1968), origin an past adventures on Earth recounted (Thor Annual #11, 1983); adopted Sigurd Jarlson identity (Thor #341, 1984); merged with Eric Masterson (Thor #408, 1989); exiled for killing Loki (Thor #432, 1991); retrieved from exile by Eric Masterson (Thor #457, 1993); became insane, overcame with aid of Adam Warlock and Dr. Strange (Thor #460-471, 1993-1994); adopted form of Jake Olson (Thor #2, 2001); witnessed death of Odin, became Lord of Asgard (Thor #41-43, 2002) had falling out with Avengers (Avengers #63, 2003); Asgard bombed (Thor #68, 2003); conquered Earth (Thor #68, 2003); undid conquest of Earth (Thor #79, 2004);  perished in battling Those Who Sit Above In Shadow (Thor #85, 2004)
| significant_issues = As Blake, found Mjolnir in Norway, became Thor (Journey into Mystery #83, 1962); founded the Avengers (Avengers #1, 1963); learned origin of Donald Blake identity (Thor #159, 1968), origin an past adventures on Earth recounted (Thor Annual #11, 1983); adopted Sigurd Jarlson identity (Thor #341, 1984); merged with Eric Masterson (Thor #408, 1989); exiled for killing Loki (Thor #432, 1991); retrieved from exile by Eric Masterson (Thor #457, 1993); became insane, overcame with aid of Adam Warlock and Dr. Strange (Thor #460-471, 1993-1994); adopted form of Jake Olson (Thor #2, 2001); witnessed death of Odin, became Lord of Asgard (Thor #41-43, 2002) had falling out with Avengers (Avengers #63, 2003); Asgard bombed (Thor #68, 2003); conquered Earth (Thor #68, 2003); undid conquest of Earth (Thor #79, 2004);  perished in battling Those Who Sit Above In Shadow (Thor #85, 2004)
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bio_text = Norse '''God of Thunder!''' Legendary '''warrior born!''' Son of '''Asgard''', the '''Mighty Thor!'''
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bio_text = Norse '''God of Thunder!''' Legendary '''warrior born!''' He is the Son of '''Asgard''', the '''Mighty Thor!'''
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== Son of Asgard and Son of Midgard ==
== Son of Asgard and Son of Midgard ==
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Ages ago, [[Odin]], lord of the gods of [[Asgard]], desired a child of both Asgard and Midgard (Earth), and therefore sought out and wooed [[Gaea]], the eldest goddess of the Earth. Gaea gave birth to Thor in a small cave in Norway, and Odin took him to be raised in Asgard by his wife, [[Frigga]].  
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[[image:MikeFichera--YoungThor-and-Loki2.jpg|left|thumb|Young Thor and Loki]]Thor is one of several powerful ancient beings who dwell in a magical realm called [[Asgard]]. Through history, these beings have been revered and worshiped as gods. Ages ago, [[Odin]], lord of the Asgardian gods, desired a child who would one day exceed him in power. Odin wooed [[Gaea]], the earth goddess, and from their union Thor was born in a small cave in Norway on Earth. Odin took him to be raised in Asgard by his wife, [[Frigga]].  
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The young Thor grew up alongside his step-brother [[Loki]], who was always jealous of Thor, the favored son. Thor excelled in power and popularity, and on his eighth birthday, Odin had the hammer Mjolnir created, enchanting it with powerful magic. He decreed that Mjolnir would be presented to Thor when he had been proven a worthy warrior, and Thor spent the next several years training and performing heroic deeds. Indeed, eight years later, Odin gave the hammer to Thor, declaring him to be the greatest warrior in Asgard.  
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The young Thor grew up alongside his adopted brother [[Loki]], the trickster, who was always jealous of his more favored sibling. Thor grew in power and popularity and on his eighth birthday, Odin had the hammer [[Mjolnir]] created for him, enchanting it with powerful magic. Odin decreed that Mjolnir would be presented to Thor when his son had been proven a worthy warrior. After spending the next eight years training and performing heroic deeds, Thor was given the hammer and declared the greatest warrior in Asgard.
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Thor traveled to Earth for the first time in the Ninth Century A.D., in response to his worship among the Vikings. Thor reveled in his worship, leading many in battle and extolling the way of the warrior. Years later, a set of Vikings killed innocent inhabitants of a Christian monastery in Thor’s name. In shock and disillusion, Thor cut himself off from his worshippers and returned to Asgard. The Asgardian religion would never be as fervent, eventually dying out completely over the centuries.  
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== A Lesson in Humility ==
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[[image:MikeFichera--DonBlake-JaneFoster.jpg|left|thumb|Donald Blake and Jane Foster]]While Thor continued to engage in many heroic battles and adventures through the years, he grew headstrong and proud. On one occasion, Thor broke a truce between the Asgardians and their enemies, the brutal Frost Giants, nearly starting a war. To teach his son a lesson in humility, Odin sent Thor to Earth in the mortal body of a crippled medical student, Donald Blake. Stripped of his hammer, his powers and memories of being an Asgardian, Thor, as Blake, graduated medical school with top honors, gained a reputation as a caring family doctor and a brilliant surgeon, and opened a private practice in New York City. He worked beside a caring and skillful nurse, [[Foster-Kincaid, Jane|Jane Foster]], and the two fell in love.
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== Donald Blake ==
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After 10 years on Earth, Blake received a subconscious prodding from Odin to vacation in Norway where alien Kronans were preparing to invade Earth. Fleeing into a cave (which, unbeknownst to him, was also his birthplace) Blake discovered a plain walking cane in a secret chamber. When Blake struck the cane against a boulder, he transformed into Thor while the cane became Mjolnir. Thor fought against the Kronans and their invasion was thwarted. Tapping the ground with Mjolnir, Thor was able to transform back into Don Blake, holding the simple wooden cane once again.
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Although Thor continued to perform many acts of battle and adventure, he unfortunately grew headstrong, proud, and selfish. It pained the heart of Odin. One day, Thor chased a monster into the land of the Frost Giants, a breech of protocol that nearly sparked a war in all of Asgard. Odin had to teach Thor a lesson. He created a mortal body for him, one with a lame leg, and sent Thor, stripped of his powers and memories, to Earth. Thor arrived on the campus of New York State College of Medicine as Donald Blake.  Blake proved to be the humble and patient man Odin had hoped for. He eventually graduated with top honors, gained a reputation as a caring family doctor and a brilliant surgeon, and opened a private practice in New York City. His nurse, Jane Foster, was equally caring and competent, and the two began to fall in love.  
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Blake returned to New York, using his secret identity of Thor to fight crime, defend Earth and contend with the jealous and hateful Loki, who plagued Thor with many devious tricks and outright confrontation. One such trick led Thor and other heroes, including [[Yellowjacket (Henry Pym)|Ant-Man (Hank Pym)]], the [[Wasp|Wasp (Janet van Dyne)]], and [[Iron Man|Iron Man (Tony Stark)]] to fight the [[Hulk|Hulk (Bruce Banner]]). Learning of Loki’s manipulations, the heroes, along with the Hulk, bested Loki and agreed to continue their partnership, forming the [[Avengers]].
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This idyllic life was not to last. The alien Kronans were coming to invade. When taking a vacation in Norway, Blake stumbled onto the Kronan scouts’ spaceship and fled into a cave. (It was, unknown to him, the same cave in which Gaea had given birth to Thor.) In a secret chamber, Blake discovered a plain walking cane. Taking it with him, he tried to escape, only to find his way blocked. Frustrated and scared, he struck the boulder with the cane, transforming it into Mjolnir and himself into Thor. He fought the alien scouts, who retreated from Earth and called off their invasion. By tapping the ground with Mjolnir, he transformed back into Don Blake, holding a simple wooden cane.  
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While Thor faced many struggles as an Avenger, his personal life as a human was also tumultuous. Despite the sincere love between Blake and Foster, Odin was displeased by the relationship between a god and a mortal. He forbade Blake from revealing his identity to her, creating a strange love triangle between Foster, Thor and Thor’s alter-ego, Blake.  
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Blake returned to New York, using his secret identity of Thor to fight crime, defend Earth, and contend with Loki, who, after learning of Thor’s return, felt all the old jealousy and hatred, plaguing Thor with many tricks and outright confrontationOne such trick led Thor and other heroes to fight the [[Hulk]], after which the heroes bested Loki and decided to form the [[Avengers]].  
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== Whole Mind, Broken Heart ==
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Even though Donald Blake knew he was the legendary Thor, he still lacked his full memories from his former life as an Asgardian. However, over time his memories slowly returned, until one day Odin finally revealed himself and restored Thor’s complete memoryOdin also admitted his role orchestrating Blake’s trip to Norway to discover his Asgardian alter-ego. Thor was reintroduced to his childhood friend and former lover, the Asgardian warrior [[Sif]], further complicating Thor’s love life on Earth.
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The love between Thor and Foster continued for many years, made more difficult by Odin’s displeasure in the relationship between god and mortal. He forbade Blake from revealing his identity to her, creating a strange love triangle between Foster and the personas of Thor and Blake.  
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The love affair between Thor and Jane Foster eventually ended when Foster fell in love with a mortal man, Dr. Keith Kincaid. Resuming their ancient romance, Sif and Thor were betrothed, and Sif lived on Earth posing as Donald Blake’s cousin. Foster and Kincaid married, but wedding plans were cancelled for Thor, as Sif grew bored with his time spent as Blake, and returned to Asgard.  
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== Coming Into His Own ==
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== The Worthy Alien ==
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[[image: MikeFichera--Thor-and-BetaRay.jpg|left|thumb|Thor and Beta Ray Bill]]The fire demon [[Surtur]], enemy of the Asgardian gods, ravaged a distant galaxy (the "Burning Galaxy") for the sake of forging his Twilight Sword, the "Sword of Doom." A fleet of survivors of the galactic massacre from the planet Korbin traveled the cosmos in search of a new home, under the protection of their noble guardian, [[Beta Ray Bill]]. As the fleet ventured close to Earth, Thor mistook them for a threat and attacked the Korbinites. Separated from Mjolnir, Thor reverted into Donald Blake, while Beta Ray Bill retrieved and wielded the hammer, magically unliftable to all but the most worthy. With Donald Blake helpless and defeated, Bill made a claim to keep the hammer to help him fight back against Surtur’s demons. Odin had Thor and Beta Ray Bill compete for the right to use the hammer and Beta Ray Bill won, but Odin awarded him with a similar weapon, Stormbreaker, rather than disarm his son. Once Thor, Bill, and Sif defeated Surtur’s demons, Odin transferred the enchantment that changed Thor into Donald Blake onto Stormbreaker, so that Bill could revert to his mortal form. Thor, therefore, abandoned his Donald Blake identity, and resided in Asgard. He and Bill still successfully teamed together to vanquish Surtur when the demon led an assault against Asgard and Earth. Afterward, Bill departed with his people to find a new home.
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Even though Donald Blake knew he was the legendary Thor, he still had no memory of his former life. Over time, his memories slowly returned, until one day, Odin finally revealed himself and restored Thor’s complete memory.  Odin also revealed that it was he who had discovered the Kronan invasion force and implanted a suggestion in Blake’s mind so that he would arrive in Norway and battle the aliens as Thor. He also reintroduced Thor to his childhood friend, the woman warrior [[Sif]], and they renewed their friendship, further complicating Thor/Blake’s love life.
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After commuting back and forth from Asgard to Earth to continue his heroic adventures with humans, Thor sought help from [[Fury, Nick|Nick Fury]], director of the spy agency [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]], to create another human identity to enable him to live among humans. A new alias was created, that of construction worker Sigurd Jarlson. However, Thor infrequently used the guise, consumed by his adventures as Thor.
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The love affair between Thor and Jane Foster eventually ended when Foster fell in love with a mortal man, Kevin Kincaid. Their engagement was cut short when Foster lay dying. Sif allowed herself to merge with Foster, saving the woman's life. The two were later separated when Foster was sent to a limbo-realm accessed by the Runestaff of the Possessor. Thor, Sif, and Kevin Kincaid were later able to rescue Foster, and the two mortals were then married.
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Although Thor maintained his Blake persona for many years, he permanently gave it up shortly after meeting [[Beta Ray Bill]]. Bill had twice proven himself worthy of the hammer of Thor, after picking it up during a battle with Thor and, later, against the forces of Surtur.  Odin brought Beta Ray Bill to Asgard, giving him a similar weapon in Stormbreaker. The enchantment that transformed Thor into Blake was transferred to Stormbreaker, and Thor abandoned his Blake identity, residing in Asgard and commuting to Earth when needed.  Later, in hopes of creating another identity so as to more easily remain on Earth, Thor sought help from [[Fury, Nick|Nick Fury]] and [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]]. The organization helped Thor create an identity as Sigurd Jarlson, a construction worker. In this identity, Thor simply pulled back his hair, wore glasses, and dressed like a normal human.  
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== The Fall of Odin ==
== The Fall of Odin ==
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After being defeated by Thor and Beta Ray Bill, the vengeful Surtur made an alliance with the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (one of the realms of Asgard) to war against the Asgardian gods. Thor, Loki, and Odin protected Asgard by merging their spiritual essences together, thereby increasing their powers. However, the battle could not be won until Odin sacrificed himself for Asgard, seemingly dying as he grappled Surtur and plummeted into a huge chasm. With Asgard left without a leader, Loki schemed for ways to assume power. Working in collusion with Loki, the Asgardian goddess [[Lorelei (Asgardian)|Lorelei]] (a notorious seductress like her sister [[Enchantress (Amora)|Amora the Enchantress]]), cast a spell on Thor causing him to fall in love with her in hopes that he would then help Loki become the new ruler. Thor broke free of the enchantment, but the incident strained Thor's relationship with Sif, who still loved the thunder-god.
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When [[Surtur]] joined forces with the Dark Elves, Thor, Loki, and Odin protected Asgard by mingling their essences and thereby increasing their powers. But it was Odin that gave the greatest sacrifice, grappling with Surtur and throwing themselves into a huge chasm. Asgard was left without its leader. [[Lorelei (Asgardian)|Lorelei]], with the help of Loki, enchanted Thor and caused him to fall in love with her in hopes that Thor would then help Loki become the new ruler. Thor broke free of the enchantment, but the incident had strained Thor's relationship with Sif.  
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As the gods of Asgard performed the "Great Althing," a ceremony to choose a new leader to replace Odin, Loki continued to scheme to seize Asgard’s throne for himself. He incapacitated Thor by turning him into a frog on Earth. As a heroic amphibian, Thor became embroiled in a battle between the frogs and the rats of Central Park, New York, until he turned into a frog-like humanoid upon finding his hammer. Meanwhile in Asgard, Harokin, an Asgardian warrior, pretended to be Thor so as to cast his vote for Loki. Thor captured Loki and Thor’s friend Volstagg returned him to his normal form. Thor was offered his father’s seat, but declined the throne, nominating [[Balder]] as Asgard’s new leader.
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The gods of Asgard continued with the Great Althing, a ceremony to chose a new leader. But before Thor could return to Asgard, he was turned into a frog by Loki. Thor became embroiled in the battle between the frogs and the rats of Central Park until Thor the Frog could find his hammer. When he did so, he turned into a frog-like humanoid, the Thunder Frog. Meanwhile, in Asgard, Harokin, an Asgardian warrior, pretended to be Thor so as to cast his vote for Loki. Thor captured Loki, but it was [[Volstagg]] who found a machine that was using power from Surtur's sword to provide energy for Loki’s transformation spell. Volstagg destroyed the machine, which returned Thor into his normal form. Thor then talked the [[Asgardians]] into making [[Balder]] their new leader.
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== Kursed ==
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[[image:MikeFichera--Kurse-vs-Thor.jpg|left|thumb|Kurse vs. Thor]]A Dark Elf named [[Kurse|Algrim the Strong]] defended his ruler, [[Malekith|Malekith the Accursed]], from Thor when the thunder-god attempted to rescue Lorelei from capture. Malekith dropped both Thor and Algrim into a chasm towards molten lava. While Thor escaped, Algrim was badly burned and left an amnesiac with nothing but vengeance against Thor on his mind. The near-omnipotent being called the Beyonder, curious about human desires, transformed Algrim into Kurse, healing his injuries, augmented his strength, and remodeling his armor. Kurse wreaked havoc searching for Thor in Manhattan. Assisted by the junior super-team Power Pack, Thor defeated Kurse, reawakening his memories in the process. Kurse realized it was Malekith, not Thor, who caused his fall, and redirected his anger. At Thor’s request, the Beyonder sent Kurse to Hel to find Malektih, where [[Hela]], the Asgardian death goddess, grew furious with Kurse’s rampage through her realm. Kurse eventually found Malekith in Asgard and slew him. In retaliation, Hela cursed Thor such that his bones became brittle, yet he was prevented from dying from his injuries. Humiliated but determined to remain a warrior to the end, Thor donned a suit of battle armor to support his fragile body.
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== Cursed by Death ==
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Loki took this opportunity to release the Midgard Serpent, the beast prophesized to kill Thor and start Ragnarok, the apocalyptic end of the Asgardians. Despite his weakened condition, Thor was able to kill the Midgard Serpent and, thanks to Hela’s curse, Thor survived the battle although his body was completely broken and battered. Loki then sent the enchanted [[Destroyer_(construct)|Destroyer]], an animated indestructible suit of armor, to torment Thor but instead, Thor managed to send his spirit into the Destroyer armor and take command of it. He traveled to Hel in the Destroyer and began wreaking havoc. The desperate Hela had no choice but to fully restore Thor’s original body and release him from her curse.
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Balder, Thor, and others then traveled to Hel, the realm of the Asgardian death goddess, [[Hela]], to rescue a number of Earth souls that had been unrightfully taken by Hela. In battle with Hela herself, Thor’s face was badly scarred, but he and his allies were able to save the souls. Immediately afterward, the omnipotent [[Maker|Beyonder]] transformed the leader of the Dark Elves into [[Kurse]], and Thor defeated Kurse by sending him to Hel. With Kurse rampaging through her realm, Hela grew furious. She cursed Thor that so his bones became brittle and so that he could not die from his injuries. Humiliated but determined to remain a warrior to the end, Thor grew a beard to conceal his facial scars and donned a suit of battle armor to support his fragile body.  
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== Odin Returns ==
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After a battle between Asgard and the Egyptian god of death, Seth, which resulted in Odin triumphantly returned to the throne of Asgard, Thor began to suffer sudden and momentary bouts of weakness during times of stress. Travelling within Thor’s mind, [[Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)|Doctor Stephen Strange]] the Sorcerer Supreme, discovered an evil version of Thor present, derived from Loki’s evil residue which had manifested when Thor, Loki, and Odin had mingled their essences to battle Surtur. Thor defeated his evil alternate version within himself.
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Loki took this opportunity to release the Midgard Serpent, the beast that was prophesized to kill Thor and start Ragnarok. Despite his weakened condition, Thor was able to kill the Midgard Serpent and, thanks to Hela’s curse, Thor survived the battle although his body was completely broken and battered. Loki then sent the [[Destroyer (construct)|Destroyer]] armor to torment Thor, but instead, Thor managed to send his spirit into the Destroyer armor take command of it. He traveled to Hel in the Destroyer and began wreaking havoc. The desperate Hela had no choice but to fully restore Thor’s original body and release him from her curse.
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Thor, in his civilian identity of Jarlson, had become friends with the architect Eric Masterson and his son, Kevin. Eric was kidnapped by [[Mongoose]] (a superhuman agent of the powerful scientist, the [[High Evolutionary]]) who had previously attacked Thor, attempting to gain a cell sample. Thor tracked Eric to the High Evolutionary’s European base at Mount Wundagore, where Mongoose led the animalistic residents to attack. Freeing Eric, Thor learned that the High Evolutionary and the Greek demigod [[Hercules]] were missing. Accompanied by Eric, Thor rescued Hercules and the High Evolutionary from the ancient galactic entities, the [[Celestials]], in the Black Galaxy. Upon returning to Earth, they were again attacked by the Mongoose, and Eric blocked a blast of energy meant for Thor, giving Thor and Hercules a chance to defeat Mongoose.
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After a battle between Asgard and the Egyptian god of death, [[Seth]], which resulted in Odin’s restoration to the throne of Asgard, Thor began having many problems of his own. He began to suffer sudden and momentary bouts of weakness during times of stress. When Thor's spells of weakness almost caused his death several times, Thor asked for help from [[Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)|Doctor Strange]], who entered Thor's mind and traveled with him in spirit. Inside Thor's mind, they discovered an evil version of Thor, who battled the real Thor. They then discovered that it was actually a portion of Loki's evil essence caused by the time Thor, Loki, and Odin had become mingled during Surtur's first attack on Asgard, and the Thor defeated the alternate version.
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Thor, in his identity of Jarlson, had became friends with the architect Eric Masterson and Masterson's son, Kevin. Masterson was kidnapped, however, by the [[Mongoose]], who had previously attacked Thor, trying to gain a cell sample from the god of thunder. Thor tracked Masterson to the High Evolutionary’s base, freeing him and learning that the [[High Evolutionary]] was missing, along with [[Hercules]]. Thor, accompanied by Masterson, freed Hercules and the High Evolutionary from the [[Celestials]] holding them prisoner in the Black Galaxy. Upon returning to Earth, they were attacked by the Mongoose, and Masterson blocked a blast of energy meant for Thor, giving Thor and Hercules a chance to defeat Mongoose.  
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== Eric Masterson ==
== Eric Masterson ==
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With Eric dying from Mongoose’s attack, Thor pleaded with Odin for aid on Eric’s behalf. Odin reluctantly agreed to save him, but did so by merging Thor and Masterson together, body and soul.
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Thor and Eric shared a body in the same manner in which Donald Blake and Thor had, although the latter two were never truly separate beings. They dealt with their new condition, despite the problems it caused for Eric's private life and custody of his son. Thor continued his adventures, plagued by Loki. Eventually, the two’s bodies were separated by a Celestial while they were involved in the birth of a new Celestial in the Black Galaxy. During a tremendous battle between the fiery Surtur and the frost giant [[Ymir]], a battle that signaled Ragnarok and the end of the Asgardians, Thor recovered Surtur's powerful sword from the Sea of Eternal Night to oppose the elemental giants. Weakened by his separation from Masterson, Thor was easily stopped by Surtur and Ymir, but Masterson willingly merged with Thor again, even though it meant giving up part of his life. While Ymir and Surtur fought over the sword, Thor opened a dimensional rift that sucked them both into the Sea of Eternal Night, ending the threat of Ragnarok.
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Thor and Masterson shared a body much as Blake and Thor had, although the latter were never separate beings. They dealt with their new condition, despite the problems it caused for Masterson's private life and custody of his son. Thor continued his adventures, and Loki continued to plague Thor and his friends. Eventually, the two’s bodies were separated by a Celestial while they were involved in the birth of a new Celestial in the Black Galaxy. During a tremendous battle between Surtur and [[Ymir]], a battle that signaled Ragnarok, Thor recovered Surtur's sword from the Sea of Eternal Night, hoping to confront the fire and ice elementals. Unfortunately, he was weakened by his separation from Masterson and was easily stopped by the two creatures. Masterson willingly merged with Thor again, even though it meant giving up part of his life. Ymir and Surtur fought over the sword, and Thor opened a dimensional rift that sucked them both into the Sea of Eternal Night.
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When Thor returned to Earth, he quickly found himself in battle with Loki over the fate of Kevin Masterson. Although Thor defeated Loki, the trickster fired one last blast at Kevin and his mother Marcy, but it was blocked by Eric’s secretary, Susan Austin, killing her. Angered as never before, Thor absorbed all of Loki's lifeforce with his hammer, seemingly destroying the evil god forever, despite breaking Odin's sacred rule forbidding Asgardian gods from killing each other.
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When Thor returned to Earth, he quickly found himself in battle with Loki over the fate of Kevin, Masterson's son. Although Loki was defeated, he fired one last blast at Kevin and his mother Marcy, but it was blocked by Masterson’s secretary, Susan Austin, killing her. It was the last straw. Angered as never before, Thor absorbed all of Loki's lifeforce with his hammer, presumably destroying the evil god forever, although this broke Odin's sacred rule forbidding Asgardian gods to kill each other.
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However, this was all according to Loki’s plan with the Hell-lord [[Mephisto]]. Loki’s spirit was able to possess Odin while Odin’s spirit was sent to Mephisto’s realm in exchange. Posing as Odin, Loki exiled Thor into Eric’s subconscious mind, though Eric could still assume Thor's form after striking his cane. Loki’s decrees while in Odin’s body became increasingly irrational and oppressive. Eric, Balder and Sif discovered Loki’s deception and rescued Odin and reclaimed his body from Loki. Mephisto seized Loki’s soul, allegedly his true goal. Eric then freed Thor’s spirit from within himself. For Eric’s courageous efforts, Odin granted him an enchanted uru mace. Still able to transform into a version of Thor, Eric adopted a new separate heroic identity, [[Thunderstrike]].
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However, this was all according to Loki’s plan with [[Mephisto]], as Loki was able to send his spirit into that of Odin and thus send Odin’s spirit to the realm of Mephisto. Loki posed as Odin, banishing Thor from existence. Instead, Masterson’s body was left intact, and it was Thor’s soul that became banished. Masterson could still assume Thor's form after striking his cane, and Masteron tried to pose as Thor on Earth, including his membership in the Avengers. Loki’s decrees as Odin became increasingly irrational and persecuting. Thor battled Loki but was left near-dead, rescued by Sif, Balder, and the [[Warriors Three]]. Surprisingly, Mephisto betrayed Loki, giving Odin’s spirit over to the heroes, and Odin reclaimed his body, forcing Loki into Mephsito’s waiting clutches, who claimed this to be his true goal all along. Odin revealed that Thor’s spirit still resided with Masterson, and he separated the two. (Masterson was still able to transform into a version of Thor, and he created a separate heroic identity as [[Thunderstrike]].)
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== Warrior's Madness and the End of Asgard ==
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This experience sparked Thor’s anger at his father regarding his discipline of humility. He left Asgard, allying with the High Evolutionary and his newly created godlike beings, the [[Godpack]].  In the meantime, Odin decided that the time had come for Ragnarok to begin, and he needed Thor. Disowning Thor, Odin resurrected Red Norvell, who once held the mantle of thunder god but had died in battle, and re-made him into a new "Thor." Odin also divulged the truth to his son about Donald Blake, that he and Thor were never separate beings. Thor became enraged and severed his ties with Asgard.
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[[image: Thorroar.jpg|left]]Unfortunately, with the constant shifting of identities and sharing of power, Thor was left mentally unbalanced. Sif began to suspect Thor was falling prey to the incurable Warrior’s Madness and, with Beta Ray Bill, the [[Silver Surfer]], and the [[Infinity Watch]], she confronted Thor. During the conflict, Thor stole the Power Gem from [[Drax the Destroyer]], becoming power incarnate. Believing that only [[Thanos]] could stop Thor, the heroes elicited his help. However, all they could do was restrain him. Thor was taken to Odin, who discovered the truth behind the malady after a spiritual journey through Thor’s mind. Thor fought the personification of his own madness, that of a beautiful Valkyre, and destroyed it.   
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Odin hoped to bypass Ragnarok by transforming the Asgardian gods into mortals, but his plan was hijacked by the Egyptian god [[Seth]], and put it into action prematurely. Asgard fell, and its gods were banished to Earth. Odin hoped Thor would restore the gods to power, but before he could, Thor fell in battle with the psychic entity, [[Onslaught]]. Thor vanished, along with the Avengers and other heroes, but, was merely reborn to another dimension, [[Counter-Earth]]. He eventually returned through the reality altering power of the boy Franklin Richards, son of the Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.
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Odin hoped to bypass Ragnarok by transforming the gods into mortals, but his plan was hijacked by Seth, and put it into action prematurely. Asgard fell, and its gods were banished to Earth. Odin hoped Thor would restore the gods to power, but before he could, Thor fell in battle with Onslaught. Thor vanished, along with other heroes such as the Avengers, but, like them, he was merely reborn to another dimension and was eventually returned.  
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== A God Reborn ==
== A God Reborn ==
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When Thor returned, he discovered Asgard had been claimed held captive by the cruel [[Dark Gods]] (beings formerly banished by the Asgardians to the farthest reaches of the universe). They sent the Destroyer to Earth on a rampage, leaving the Avengers defeated and Thor nearly dead. The mysterious being named [[Marnot]] (secretly Hescamar, one of Odin’s magical ravens) offered to restore Thor in exchange for taking the place of Jake Olsen, a paramedic who died during the battle. Thor agreed, fighting the Destroyer again and banishing it to another dimension. Thor found he could transform between himself and Olsen, although he had none of Olsen’s memories, making it difficult to maintain two identities.
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The Dark Gods, in the guise of Asgardians, attacked Olympus and left it in ruins. Thor and Hercules uncovered the truth and led the battle against the Dark Gods, eventually freeing both Asgard and Olympus, restoring them to glory. Marnot revealed that the Dark Gods had once invaded Asgard ages ago, and Odin had prepared an enchantment on Hescamar to seek out a way to defeat the Dark Gods should they return. The raven fulfilled this by transforming into Marnot and helping Thor. Afterwards, Thor remained on Earth with his dual identity of Jake Olsen.
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The Dark Gods, in the guise of Asgardians, attacked [[Olympus]] and left it in ruins. Thor and Hercules uncovered the truth led the battle against the Dark Gods, eventually freeing both Asgard and Olympus and restoring them to glory. Marnot revealed that the Dark Gods had once invaded Asgard ages ago, and Odin had prepared an enchantment on Hescamar, his raven, to seek out a way to defeat the Dark Gods should they return. The raven had fulfilled this by transforming into Marnot and helping Thor. Afterwards, Thor remained on Earth with his dual identity of Jake Olsen.  
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== Tarene and the Throne of Asgard ==
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==The Reigning ==
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Thor allowed Tarene to take his place as a crime-fighting super-hero on Earth, under the guidance of Jake Olsen. When Thor Girl was nearly destroyed in a battle with the [[Grey Gargoyle]], Olsen sought help from the [[Enchantress]]. She agreed to transform him into a version of Thor, but Olsen didn’t know that the transformation came with a price, as it would rob Thor in Asgard of some of his power while Olsen was Thor. [[Desak]], the self-styled destroyer of gods, confronted the Olsen-Thor, nearly killing him. Thor managed to return from Asgard to defeat Desak, with the help of the Executioner's mystic axe, given to Thor by the Enchantress. However, Thor seemed to be influenced by a corruption of the Odin-power he now possessed coupled with the influence of the Executioner's axe.
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Almost immediately after restoring Asgard to its own realm away from Earth, Thor was attacked by Loki and his armies, who had teamed with Surtur to create weapons for Thor’s enemies, forged in the same way as Mjolnir. The fight for Asgard escalated into Ragnarok. Although Thor managed to defeat Loki, severing his head, the war left many of Thor’s allies dead, including Sif and his friends "the Warriors Three." Thor forced Surtur to re-forge Mjolnir, which had shattered during the battle. While Asgard succumbed to Ragnarok, effectively wiping the Asgardian world from existence, Thor sought out the gods known as [[Those Who Sit Above In Shadow]], who gained power from repeating Ragnarok and Asgardian rebirth throughout history. Thor refused an offer to join them. Confronting them in battle, Thor destroyed Those Who Sit Above In Shadow as Asgard died. The Odinpower congratulated Thor on succeeding at his greatest mission. Thor then closed his eyes, apparently joining his people in death.
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Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Thor Odinson

Aliases
Donald M. Blake, God of Thunder, Son of Odin, the Thunderer, Lord of Asgard, Jake Olson, Sigurd Jarlson, Donar, Donner, Hloriddi, Unhappy Hrungnir’s Playmate, Veur, Hrodr’s Foe-Man, Longbeard’s Son, Vingthor the Hurler, Siegfried, Siegmund, "Woe-King"; impersonated Hercules, Harokin, Freya; formerly bound to Eric Masterson

Identity
(As Donald Blake) secret

Citizenship
Asgard; honorary US citizen

Place of Birth
A cave in Norway

First Appearance
Venus #12 (1951); (modern) Journey into Mystery #83 (1962)

Origin
Journey into Mystery #83 (1962), Thor #159 (1968), Thor Annual #11 (1983)

Norse God of Thunder! Legendary warrior born! He is the Son of Asgard, the Mighty Thor!

Contents

Son of Asgard and Son of Midgard

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Young Thor and Loki
Thor is one of several powerful ancient beings who dwell in a magical realm called Asgard. Through history, these beings have been revered and worshiped as gods. Ages ago, Odin, lord of the Asgardian gods, desired a child who would one day exceed him in power. Odin wooed Gaea, the earth goddess, and from their union Thor was born in a small cave in Norway on Earth. Odin took him to be raised in Asgard by his wife, Frigga.

The young Thor grew up alongside his adopted brother Loki, the trickster, who was always jealous of his more favored sibling. Thor grew in power and popularity and on his eighth birthday, Odin had the hammer Mjolnir created for him, enchanting it with powerful magic. Odin decreed that Mjolnir would be presented to Thor when his son had been proven a worthy warrior. After spending the next eight years training and performing heroic deeds, Thor was given the hammer and declared the greatest warrior in Asgard.

A Lesson in Humility

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Donald Blake and Jane Foster
While Thor continued to engage in many heroic battles and adventures through the years, he grew headstrong and proud. On one occasion, Thor broke a truce between the Asgardians and their enemies, the brutal Frost Giants, nearly starting a war. To teach his son a lesson in humility, Odin sent Thor to Earth in the mortal body of a crippled medical student, Donald Blake. Stripped of his hammer, his powers and memories of being an Asgardian, Thor, as Blake, graduated medical school with top honors, gained a reputation as a caring family doctor and a brilliant surgeon, and opened a private practice in New York City. He worked beside a caring and skillful nurse, Jane Foster, and the two fell in love.

After 10 years on Earth, Blake received a subconscious prodding from Odin to vacation in Norway where alien Kronans were preparing to invade Earth. Fleeing into a cave (which, unbeknownst to him, was also his birthplace) Blake discovered a plain walking cane in a secret chamber. When Blake struck the cane against a boulder, he transformed into Thor while the cane became Mjolnir. Thor fought against the Kronans and their invasion was thwarted. Tapping the ground with Mjolnir, Thor was able to transform back into Don Blake, holding the simple wooden cane once again.

Blake returned to New York, using his secret identity of Thor to fight crime, defend Earth and contend with the jealous and hateful Loki, who plagued Thor with many devious tricks and outright confrontation. One such trick led Thor and other heroes, including Ant-Man (Hank Pym), the Wasp (Janet van Dyne), and Iron Man (Tony Stark) to fight the Hulk (Bruce Banner). Learning of Loki’s manipulations, the heroes, along with the Hulk, bested Loki and agreed to continue their partnership, forming the Avengers.

While Thor faced many struggles as an Avenger, his personal life as a human was also tumultuous. Despite the sincere love between Blake and Foster, Odin was displeased by the relationship between a god and a mortal. He forbade Blake from revealing his identity to her, creating a strange love triangle between Foster, Thor and Thor’s alter-ego, Blake.

Whole Mind, Broken Heart

Even though Donald Blake knew he was the legendary Thor, he still lacked his full memories from his former life as an Asgardian. However, over time his memories slowly returned, until one day Odin finally revealed himself and restored Thor’s complete memory. Odin also admitted his role orchestrating Blake’s trip to Norway to discover his Asgardian alter-ego. Thor was reintroduced to his childhood friend and former lover, the Asgardian warrior Sif, further complicating Thor’s love life on Earth.

The love affair between Thor and Jane Foster eventually ended when Foster fell in love with a mortal man, Dr. Keith Kincaid. Resuming their ancient romance, Sif and Thor were betrothed, and Sif lived on Earth posing as Donald Blake’s cousin. Foster and Kincaid married, but wedding plans were cancelled for Thor, as Sif grew bored with his time spent as Blake, and returned to Asgard.

The Worthy Alien

File:MikeFichera--Thor-and-BetaRay.jpgThe fire demon Surtur, enemy of the Asgardian gods, ravaged a distant galaxy (the "Burning Galaxy") for the sake of forging his Twilight Sword, the "Sword of Doom." A fleet of survivors of the galactic massacre from the planet Korbin traveled the cosmos in search of a new home, under the protection of their noble guardian, Beta Ray Bill. As the fleet ventured close to Earth, Thor mistook them for a threat and attacked the Korbinites. Separated from Mjolnir, Thor reverted into Donald Blake, while Beta Ray Bill retrieved and wielded the hammer, magically unliftable to all but the most worthy. With Donald Blake helpless and defeated, Bill made a claim to keep the hammer to help him fight back against Surtur’s demons. Odin had Thor and Beta Ray Bill compete for the right to use the hammer and Beta Ray Bill won, but Odin awarded him with a similar weapon, Stormbreaker, rather than disarm his son. Once Thor, Bill, and Sif defeated Surtur’s demons, Odin transferred the enchantment that changed Thor into Donald Blake onto Stormbreaker, so that Bill could revert to his mortal form. Thor, therefore, abandoned his Donald Blake identity, and resided in Asgard. He and Bill still successfully teamed together to vanquish Surtur when the demon led an assault against Asgard and Earth. Afterward, Bill departed with his people to find a new home.

After commuting back and forth from Asgard to Earth to continue his heroic adventures with humans, Thor sought help from Nick Fury, director of the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D., to create another human identity to enable him to live among humans. A new alias was created, that of construction worker Sigurd Jarlson. However, Thor infrequently used the guise, consumed by his adventures as Thor.

The Fall of Odin

After being defeated by Thor and Beta Ray Bill, the vengeful Surtur made an alliance with the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (one of the realms of Asgard) to war against the Asgardian gods. Thor, Loki, and Odin protected Asgard by merging their spiritual essences together, thereby increasing their powers. However, the battle could not be won until Odin sacrificed himself for Asgard, seemingly dying as he grappled Surtur and plummeted into a huge chasm. With Asgard left without a leader, Loki schemed for ways to assume power. Working in collusion with Loki, the Asgardian goddess Lorelei (a notorious seductress like her sister Amora the Enchantress), cast a spell on Thor causing him to fall in love with her in hopes that he would then help Loki become the new ruler. Thor broke free of the enchantment, but the incident strained Thor's relationship with Sif, who still loved the thunder-god.

As the gods of Asgard performed the "Great Althing," a ceremony to choose a new leader to replace Odin, Loki continued to scheme to seize Asgard’s throne for himself. He incapacitated Thor by turning him into a frog on Earth. As a heroic amphibian, Thor became embroiled in a battle between the frogs and the rats of Central Park, New York, until he turned into a frog-like humanoid upon finding his hammer. Meanwhile in Asgard, Harokin, an Asgardian warrior, pretended to be Thor so as to cast his vote for Loki. Thor captured Loki and Thor’s friend Volstagg returned him to his normal form. Thor was offered his father’s seat, but declined the throne, nominating Balder as Asgard’s new leader.

Kursed

File:MikeFichera--Kurse-vs-Thor.jpgA Dark Elf named Algrim the Strong defended his ruler, Malekith the Accursed, from Thor when the thunder-god attempted to rescue Lorelei from capture. Malekith dropped both Thor and Algrim into a chasm towards molten lava. While Thor escaped, Algrim was badly burned and left an amnesiac with nothing but vengeance against Thor on his mind. The near-omnipotent being called the Beyonder, curious about human desires, transformed Algrim into Kurse, healing his injuries, augmented his strength, and remodeling his armor. Kurse wreaked havoc searching for Thor in Manhattan. Assisted by the junior super-team Power Pack, Thor defeated Kurse, reawakening his memories in the process. Kurse realized it was Malekith, not Thor, who caused his fall, and redirected his anger. At Thor’s request, the Beyonder sent Kurse to Hel to find Malektih, where Hela, the Asgardian death goddess, grew furious with Kurse’s rampage through her realm. Kurse eventually found Malekith in Asgard and slew him. In retaliation, Hela cursed Thor such that his bones became brittle, yet he was prevented from dying from his injuries. Humiliated but determined to remain a warrior to the end, Thor donned a suit of battle armor to support his fragile body.

Loki took this opportunity to release the Midgard Serpent, the beast prophesized to kill Thor and start Ragnarok, the apocalyptic end of the Asgardians. Despite his weakened condition, Thor was able to kill the Midgard Serpent and, thanks to Hela’s curse, Thor survived the battle although his body was completely broken and battered. Loki then sent the enchanted Destroyer, an animated indestructible suit of armor, to torment Thor but instead, Thor managed to send his spirit into the Destroyer armor and take command of it. He traveled to Hel in the Destroyer and began wreaking havoc. The desperate Hela had no choice but to fully restore Thor’s original body and release him from her curse.

Odin Returns

After a battle between Asgard and the Egyptian god of death, Seth, which resulted in Odin triumphantly returned to the throne of Asgard, Thor began to suffer sudden and momentary bouts of weakness during times of stress. Travelling within Thor’s mind, Doctor Stephen Strange the Sorcerer Supreme, discovered an evil version of Thor present, derived from Loki’s evil residue which had manifested when Thor, Loki, and Odin had mingled their essences to battle Surtur. Thor defeated his evil alternate version within himself.

Thor, in his civilian identity of Jarlson, had become friends with the architect Eric Masterson and his son, Kevin. Eric was kidnapped by Mongoose (a superhuman agent of the powerful scientist, the High Evolutionary) who had previously attacked Thor, attempting to gain a cell sample. Thor tracked Eric to the High Evolutionary’s European base at Mount Wundagore, where Mongoose led the animalistic residents to attack. Freeing Eric, Thor learned that the High Evolutionary and the Greek demigod Hercules were missing. Accompanied by Eric, Thor rescued Hercules and the High Evolutionary from the ancient galactic entities, the Celestials, in the Black Galaxy. Upon returning to Earth, they were again attacked by the Mongoose, and Eric blocked a blast of energy meant for Thor, giving Thor and Hercules a chance to defeat Mongoose.

Eric Masterson

With Eric dying from Mongoose’s attack, Thor pleaded with Odin for aid on Eric’s behalf. Odin reluctantly agreed to save him, but did so by merging Thor and Masterson together, body and soul.

Thor and Eric shared a body in the same manner in which Donald Blake and Thor had, although the latter two were never truly separate beings. They dealt with their new condition, despite the problems it caused for Eric's private life and custody of his son. Thor continued his adventures, plagued by Loki. Eventually, the two’s bodies were separated by a Celestial while they were involved in the birth of a new Celestial in the Black Galaxy. During a tremendous battle between the fiery Surtur and the frost giant Ymir, a battle that signaled Ragnarok and the end of the Asgardians, Thor recovered Surtur's powerful sword from the Sea of Eternal Night to oppose the elemental giants. Weakened by his separation from Masterson, Thor was easily stopped by Surtur and Ymir, but Masterson willingly merged with Thor again, even though it meant giving up part of his life. While Ymir and Surtur fought over the sword, Thor opened a dimensional rift that sucked them both into the Sea of Eternal Night, ending the threat of Ragnarok.

When Thor returned to Earth, he quickly found himself in battle with Loki over the fate of Kevin Masterson. Although Thor defeated Loki, the trickster fired one last blast at Kevin and his mother Marcy, but it was blocked by Eric’s secretary, Susan Austin, killing her. Angered as never before, Thor absorbed all of Loki's lifeforce with his hammer, seemingly destroying the evil god forever, despite breaking Odin's sacred rule forbidding Asgardian gods from killing each other.

However, this was all according to Loki’s plan with the Hell-lord Mephisto. Loki’s spirit was able to possess Odin while Odin’s spirit was sent to Mephisto’s realm in exchange. Posing as Odin, Loki exiled Thor into Eric’s subconscious mind, though Eric could still assume Thor's form after striking his cane. Loki’s decrees while in Odin’s body became increasingly irrational and oppressive. Eric, Balder and Sif discovered Loki’s deception and rescued Odin and reclaimed his body from Loki. Mephisto seized Loki’s soul, allegedly his true goal. Eric then freed Thor’s spirit from within himself. For Eric’s courageous efforts, Odin granted him an enchanted uru mace. Still able to transform into a version of Thor, Eric adopted a new separate heroic identity, Thunderstrike.

Warrior's Madness and the End of Asgard

With the frequent shifting of identities between godly and human forms, and the sharing of his power, Thor was left mentally unbalanced for a time. Sif began to suspect Thor was falling prey to the incurable "Warrior’s Madness" and, along with Beta Ray Bill, Silver Surfer, and the self-appointed guardians of the universe, the Infinity Watch, she confronted Thor. During the conflict, Thor stole one of the most powerful artifacts in the universe, the Power Gem, becoming power incarnate. The heroes elicited the help of the wicked mad titan, Thanos, believing only he could stop Thor. Restrained, Thor was taken to Odin, who discovered the truth behind the malady after a spiritual journey through his son’s mind. Thor fought the personification of his own madness, that of a beautiful Valkyrie (handmaiden of Odin), and destroyed it.

This experience sparked Thor’s anger at his father regarding his discipline of humility. He left Asgard, allying with the High Evolutionary and his newly created godlike beings, the Godpack. In the meantime, Odin decided that the time had come for Ragnarok to begin, and he needed Thor. Disowning Thor, Odin resurrected Red Norvell, who once held the mantle of thunder god but had died in battle, and re-made him into a new "Thor." Odin also divulged the truth to his son about Donald Blake, that he and Thor were never separate beings. Thor became enraged and severed his ties with Asgard.

Odin hoped to bypass Ragnarok by transforming the Asgardian gods into mortals, but his plan was hijacked by the Egyptian god Seth, and put it into action prematurely. Asgard fell, and its gods were banished to Earth. Odin hoped Thor would restore the gods to power, but before he could, Thor fell in battle with the psychic entity, Onslaught. Thor vanished, along with the Avengers and other heroes, but, was merely reborn to another dimension, Counter-Earth. He eventually returned through the reality altering power of the boy Franklin Richards, son of the Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.

A God Reborn

When Thor returned, he discovered Asgard had been claimed held captive by the cruel Dark Gods (beings formerly banished by the Asgardians to the farthest reaches of the universe). They sent the Destroyer to Earth on a rampage, leaving the Avengers defeated and Thor nearly dead. The mysterious being named Marnot (secretly Hescamar, one of Odin’s magical ravens) offered to restore Thor in exchange for taking the place of Jake Olsen, a paramedic who died during the battle. Thor agreed, fighting the Destroyer again and banishing it to another dimension. Thor found he could transform between himself and Olsen, although he had none of Olsen’s memories, making it difficult to maintain two identities.

The Dark Gods, in the guise of Asgardians, attacked Olympus and left it in ruins. Thor and Hercules uncovered the truth and led the battle against the Dark Gods, eventually freeing both Asgard and Olympus, restoring them to glory. Marnot revealed that the Dark Gods had once invaded Asgard ages ago, and Odin had prepared an enchantment on Hescamar to seek out a way to defeat the Dark Gods should they return. The raven fulfilled this by transforming into Marnot and helping Thor. Afterwards, Thor remained on Earth with his dual identity of Jake Olsen.

Tarene and the Throne of Asgard

Among his subsequent adventures, Thor rescued a woman named Tarene, a cosmic being also known as the Designate. She later took on the identity of Thor Girl out of admiration of Thor. Thor and Thor Girl battled the time-travelling Gladiator (Kallark), who vowed to destroy Thor in a preemptive strike to prevent a terrible horror that he believed Thor would inflict in the future.

While Thor failed to defend Asgard against an army of monstrous Asgardian trolls during one of Odin’s "Odinsleeps" (a time when Odin recharges his energy and is left vulnerable), Odin punished Thor, stripping him of his immortality and left him on Earth. Shortly afterward, Loki (who had escaped Mephisto’s captivity) brought the Destroyer back to Earth, animating it with the soul of Tarene. Ultimately, the Destroyer was thwarted and Tarene was restored, but during the battle, Thor was severely wounded. Dr. Jane Foster tended to Jake Olsen's wounds but was unable to treat Thor's. Odin brought Thor to Asgard and physically separated Thor from his alter ego to allow Thor to heal while Jake Olsen was returned to his life on Earth.

Later on, Surtur appeared on Earth and an assemblage of Asgardian heroes and allies confronted the demon and its hordes. Tarene used her powers to restore Thor to full health, joining with Odin and the Asgardian warriors against Surtur. In the end, Odin tapped into both Thor and Tarene's powers to deliver a fatal blow against Surtur, but sacrificed himself in the process.

In mourning the loss of his father, Thor initially refused to take Odin's place. Eventually a discussion with Jake Olsen convinced Thor to accept the responsibilities of the new monarch of Asgard. Thor did so, gaining his father’s might, the "Odinpower," as a right of rule.

The Reigning

Thor decided to restore the gods of Asgard to their former role on Earth, guiding humanity’s affairs. He did this by bringing Asgard directly into the Earth dimension. Worship of the Asgardians flourished, with many branches of the Church of Thor established around the world. Defending his followers, Thor was pitted against the Avengers, and broke ties with the team of heroes. Later on, Earth’s citizens became wary of Thor and launched an assault upon Asgard, reducing it to rubble. Thor then devoted himself to conquering Earth and for nearly two hundred years, he ruled the planet. Eventually, he recognized how unjust he had become, and travelled back in time to prevent his younger self from becoming a despot, merging him with Jake Olson to ensure he retained some humanity. Thus, his future as a tyrant was prevented (diverged into a separate timeline called Reality-3515, "the Reigning").

Ragnarok

Almost immediately after restoring Asgard to its own realm away from Earth, Thor was attacked by Loki and his armies, who had teamed with Surtur to create weapons for Thor’s enemies, forged in the same way as Mjolnir. The fight for Asgard escalated into Ragnarok. Although Thor managed to defeat Loki, severing his head, the war left many of Thor’s allies dead, including Sif and his friends "the Warriors Three." Thor forced Surtur to re-forge Mjolnir, which had shattered during the battle. While Asgard succumbed to Ragnarok, effectively wiping the Asgardian world from existence, Thor sought out the gods known as Those Who Sit Above In Shadow, who gained power from repeating Ragnarok and Asgardian rebirth throughout history. Thor refused an offer to join them. Confronting them in battle, Thor destroyed Those Who Sit Above In Shadow as Asgard died. The Odinpower congratulated Thor on succeeding at his greatest mission. Thor then closed his eyes, apparently joining his people in death.

A Hammer Falls: A New Beginnings

File:MikeFichera--Don-to-Thor-2008.jpgShortly following Ragnarok, Mjolnir sped through the cosmos and landed on Earth, releasing a blast of light. This signaled the return of Thor and the Asgardians. Thor had been residing in a limbo-like dimension since Ragnarok where he was visited by his Donald Blake aspect. Blake encouraged Thor to return to life and recreate Asgard, observing that with Those Who Sit Above in Shadow vanquished, the Asgardians could finally chart their own destiny rather than repeatedly face Ragnarok through time. Thor agreed and used the Odinpower to restore Asgard as a floating city hovering over the town of Broxton, Oklahoma. Once again, Thor and Blake shared their existence and Blake resumed his work as a physician. The rest of the gods were reborn in mortal guises, but Thor quickly located them and restored them to normal. Unfortunately, Thor was tricked into releasing Loki and other villainous Asgardians as well. Loki again sowed discord, revealing Balder was Odin’s son, a secret kept from Balder himself. He also manipulated Thor into slaying his own grandfather, Bor, and spurred Balder into claiming the throne of Asgard and exiling Thor. However, when Norman Osborn (the crafty but mentally unstable criminal known as the Green Goblin), then leader of the US peace-keeping forces, schemed with Loki to invade Asgard with his Avengers team and super-human armies, Thor defended Asgard. Loki switched sides after Osborn’s supremely powerful pawn, the Sentry (Robert Reynolds), threatened to destroy both Earth and Asgard. The mad Sentry slew Loki but was ultimately defeated by Thor, and Osborn’s forces were also defeated with the aid of Thor’s comrades from the true Avengers. Under the leadership of Steve Rogers (formerly Captain America), Osborn’s Avengers were disbanded, and a new Avengers team, including Thor, was forged.



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