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When in doubt, every Asgardian (man, woman or child) possesses the Proud Warrior Race Guy trope.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
The god of thunder based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. At first he's extremely cocky about everything he does. This creates a conflict, in that his father desires for him to be a good king and not a hot-head.
- Adorkable: Thor's complete ignorance to how the mortal world works, his romantically-outdated use of English, coupled with his painfully polite behavior towards women makes him incredibly endearing towards the opposite sex. Even the normally cynical and snarky Darcy cannot help but warmly-smile when she curtsied in response to his gentlemanly bow of farewell.
- Adult Child: With a hair-trigger temper. At first.
- Anti-Hero: Type III
- Berserk Button: Question his masculinity like a certain Frost Giant did ("Run home, Little Princess.") and he will hammer you to the middle of next week.
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Brains Evil Brawn Good: In comparison to Loki.
- Brought Down to Normal
- Brought Down to Badass: When compared to humans.
- Dork Knight: Especially to women.
- Drop the Hammer
- Elemental Powers: Lightning and Wind
- Mr. Fanservice
Darcy: Yaknow... for a crazy homeless guy... he's pretty cut.
- Fish Out of Water
- Flying Brick
- Hair of Gold
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Kirk's dad from the Star Trek reboot film.
- Hot-Blooded: Thor is incredibly exuberant about everything, wearing all of his emotions on his sleeve - this makes his Despair Event Horizon all the more noticeable, as after everything falls apart for him he closes up entirely.
- I Gave My Word: And he'll damn well honor it too!!
- Immortal Immaturity: Thor is in all likelihood at least 1000 years old, and yet it is only in the 3 days he spent as a mortal that he starts to emotionally mature.
- Irony: As the first step in his Humiliation Conga, the God of Thunder gets taken down by...a taser.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thor is a violent musclehead who always keeps his word of honor, not to mention a polite and chivalrous gentleman towards women, even before his Character Development.
- Large Ham: One of many, but in a good way.
- Perpetual Smiler: Of a sort. Thor is almost always cheerful, even in the middle of a fight to the death with an army of Frost Giants - this, alongside his vainglorious optimism, is seen by many as a symptom of his childishness. Though by the end of the movie he learns to be truly serious about things and becomes more solemn as a result, according to previews of The Avengers he seems to have retained this cheerful aspect of his character nonetheless.
- Red Oni: to Loki's Blue Oni
- Royal Brat: Thor starts out spoiled and selfish, willing to throw two planets into war to prove himself. When not showing his rage by bellowing and throwing things on the floor, he expresses gratitude and enthusiasm by... bellowing and throwing things on the floor.
- Shirtless Scene
- Strong as They Need to Be: Used for comedic purposes during the time he's depowered. When it's funny, he can be taken out fairly easily (by Darcy's taser, Jane running him over, getting an injection), but he's also shown curbstomping scores of highly trained SHIELD personnel who are in peak physical condition.
- Seems to factor more into the Jerk's Heart Of Gold; he won't Get Dangerous unless he believes that they won't be killed by it or they deserve to die.
- Throwing Your Hammer Always Works: Sure, when it comes back to you after you throw it.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: ...you get the hammer taken away until you learn to use other tools to solve your problems.
- When He Smiles: The big cheesy smile he makes when Darcy takes a picture of him.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
Thor's brother, who progresses over the course of the story from simply a moody, jealous sibling to an enemy of Asgard. His talents as a magician are well recognized, as is his "silver tongue." He prefers covert action, diplomacy and manipulation to direct action.
- Adaptational Badass: In addition to his usual magical tricks, he's much more of a physical threat to Thor than in the comics. He's not quite as good as his brother in a straight fight, but he's close.
- An Ice Person: Much to his surprise.
- Badass Bookworm
- Big Bad
- Blade on a Stick: When Odin is in the Odinsleep, Loki takes up his spear Gungnir as both a scepter and a weapon.
- Blue Oni: To Thor's red
- Brains Evil Brawn Good: In comparison to Thor.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Consummate Liar
- Cry for the Devil: He may be evil, but watching him slide there is painful.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
- Go Mad From the Revelation: Loki was never really that straight-minded (he was plenty jealous of his brother, even if his plot to screw up the coronation was also with the intent to keep Thor from ruining the throne) but hearing he was of Frost Giant descent took him beyond the point of no return.
- Green-Eyed Monster: While it's not his motivation, Loki is consumed by his envy of Thor and has a hell of a time hiding it in the first act.
- Green Eyes: At least in the marketing, apropos for the above. (In the film itself, his eyes are blue; Tom Hiddleston didn't wear contacts and his eyes weren't altered in post-production.)
- Horny Vikings
- I Am Who?: He's actually a Frost Giant and Laufey's son, rescued from Jotunheim when Odin last defeated the Frost Giants. He doesn't take The Reveal very well.
- I Lied: About Odin's death.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Sure, he ruins Thor's big day for "a bit of fun", but he also did it to reveal how unfit to rule his brother was. He may eventually become the villain, but at the time he spared Asgard a massive headache.
- Large Ham: Far less hammy than Thor or Odin, but he has his moments.
- To wit, the final confrontation between the brothers shows Loki fighting almost gleefully and even laughing maniacally at one point. To be fair, he had been repressing it for a while...
- Love Makes You Evil
- Energy Ball: His magic/energy knife things.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Master of Illusion: He's fond of using illusionary copies of himself to distract his enemies.
- Pretty Boy: While his appearance in the comics is very much Depending on the Artist and has ranged from withered and ugly all the way to smolderingly handsome, this is probably the most daintily good-looking Loki incarnation ever.
- This is (completely coincidentally) in line with descriptions of Loki in Norse myth.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Royal Brat: Like Thor, Loki has overtones of this. He has no problem getting guards and jotuns killed for the sake of a prank on his brother.
- The Resenter
- Self-Made Orphan: By killing Laufey, his real father.
- It's more understandable in the script where Laufey finds out he's his "bastard son" and went on saying Odin should have killed him. Not that he didn't leave him to die in the movie anyway.
- But it makes more sense in the finished movie, where Loki doesn't even tell Laufey about their relation before killing him, because he doesn't care about Laufey and why should he? He only cares about Odin.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he appears before the imprisoned Thor in Midgard.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Tomato in the Mirror
- Tragic Villain
- Trickster Archetype: A villainous example, naturally.
- The Unfavourite: He sees himself as such.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The scene with young Loki show him and Thor being absolutely adorable as they listen to Odin telling them a story about the war with the Jotun.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Even though he is FURIOUS that Odin lied to him about his parentage, his ultimate goal is still his love and approval rather than his throne.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Yandere: When his daddy becomes ill just thinking about warring with the Ice Giants, Loki concludes that the quickest way to please his father is to blow up the Ice Giants' planet. Just imagine young Loki suggesting this with an adorable grin, while Thor is content with beating a few up to scare them. Do it.
- Zig Zagged Trope: Loki's entire character is a dance between Dark Is Not Evil, Obviously Evil, The Evil Prince, and "Well Done, Son" Guy. Ultimately, the movie sets him up as a bad guy who's playing both sides against the middle...to win his father's approval.
Odin (Anthony Hopkins)
The ruler of Asgard, father of Thor, and adoptive father of Loki, based on the mythological deity and comic book character of the same name.
- Badass Grandpa
- Blade on a Stick: Gungnir, the "Spear of Heaven" that also doubles as a Boom Stick.
- Cool Horse
- Determinator: He's been putting off the Odinsleep for quite a while.
- Eye Patch of Wisdom
- Good Parents: Loves both his sons even if Loki is an adopted Frost Giant, a racial enemy and gives Thor a much needed object-lesson (IE, being made mortal) to teach him the value of kindness and compassion. His main failure is loving and being too prideful in his sons to teach them the lessons they needed to learn until it was too late, resulting in Thor becoming a boisterous warmonger and Loki in becoming a repressed ball of jealousy. Only one of them gets better.
- Hot Dad: A well kept old gentleman.
- Large Ham: Competes with Thor for first prize. To emphasize, Brian Blessed was considered for the role before Mr. Hopkins.
- Orcus on His Throne: The Odinsleep is pretty much responsible for the entire plotline here.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to avoid war, and does a good job of handling things when he's not in the Odinsleep. Just mind the Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Papa Wolf
- Animated Armor
- Badass Automaton: Technically not a robot, but still badass.
- The Dragon
- The Juggernaut: Until Thor gets his powers back.
- Kill It with Fire
- Wave Motion Gun: A beam it fires from its faceplate.
Fandral (Josh Dallas)
A member of the Warriors Three, a group of three Asgardian adventurers who are among Thor's closest comrades. He's the irrepressible swashbuckler and romantic of the group.
- Flynning: Errol Flynn was an influence the original character, and the actor used his films for inspiration.
- Badass Mustache
- Author Appeal: His portrayal brings strong memories of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, which Branagh both starred in and directed. Particularly the manic phase.
Hogun (Tadanobu Asano)
A member of the Warriors Three, primarily identified by his grim demeanor.
- All Asians Are Alike: He's Mongolian in the comics but portrayed by a Japanese man.
- Not So Stoic: His big fat grin along with the rest of the warriors when they locate Thor.
- The Quiet One
Volstagg (Ray Stevenson)
A member of the Warriors Three; known for both his hearty appetite and wide girth.
- An Axe to Grind
- Badass Beard
- Big Eater: Lampshaded by Fandral in one scene, calling him on perceived Cavalier Consumption:
Fandral: Our dearest friend missing, Loki on the throne, Asgard on the brink of war, and yet you've managed to consume four wild boars, six pheasants, a side of beef, and six gallons of ale. Shame on you! Don't you care?
[Knocks Volstagg's plate off]
Volstagg: Do not mistake my appetite for apathy!
Sif (Jaimie Alexander)
A warrior and Thor's childhood friend based on the mythological deity and comic book character of the same name. She's a very talented, skilled warrior and can stand on her own against any villain. She is very loyal to Thor and cares a lot about protecting him and protecting Asgard.
- Action Girl
- Double Weapon: Her sword can become double-bladed.
- Hot Amazon
- Lady of War
- Tall, Dark and Bishoujo
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Implied. So far (She's Thor's main love interest in the comics and his wife in the myth).
- According to interviews this was more explicit in scenes that were later cut.
Frigga (Rene Russo)
Mother of Thor, adoptive mother of Loki, and wife of Odin.
- Action Mom
- Badass Grandma
- Good Parents: Even though Loki is not a child of her blood, she loves and dotes on him as if he were.
- Hot Mom: Very well kept and beautiful for a lady of her years.
- Well, she is an immortal.
- Lady of War
- Mama Bear: Check out the ferocity she defends her husband with while he is in the Odinsleep.
Heimdall (Idris Elba)
The all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian sentry of the Bifröst bridge, based on the mythological deity and comic book character of the same name.
- Big Scary Black Man
- Black Vikings
- Composite Character: Also has some elements from Balder.
- Cool Sword: His sword can control the Bifröst bridge.
- Exact Words: Uses this to go against Loki's orders not to grant anyone passage on the Bifröst, by letting Sif & the Warriors Three use it to head to Midgard - He was told not to open it, Loki said nothing about leaving the key in the ignition, as it were.
Fandral: Complicated fellow, isn't he?
- Genius Bonus: A man of African descent playing Heimdall, "the whitest of the gods" according to Norse mythology. In context, by "whitest" they mean "brightest", as in shining, but it's still funny.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: As he is The Driver and functionally an Almighty Janitor. However, his and his job's importance is played up thoroughly, and he's implied to be near or superior to Odin in power.
- Race Lift: He's white in the comics. This was a point of contention for some fans, applied rather inconsistently (see Hogun). The actor and producers called out the fans on how ridiculous it is to say that a human actor playing a comic book character based on a mythological concept doesn't look like how the fans wanted.
- Retroactive Recognition: For Americans, rewatching the film might invoke a "Hey, it's Luther!"
- Super Senses: The other characters' actions imply that he is near-omniscient.
- Unflappable Guardian: For all of Asgard! Though he's more prone to employing silence than the typical Obfuscating Stupidity and friendliness.
Earth, aka Midgard
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)
A scientist and Thor's love interest.
- Adorkable: Jane's usually a level-headed girl, but anytime Thor turns on the charm, she turns into a giggling school girl.
- Brainy Brunette
- Designated Love Interest: To provide Thor an excuse to return to Earth.
- Hot Scientist
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her actress complained in an interview that it's "Thor, starring Chris (Thor) and that little midget girl."
Dr Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard)
A scientist doing research in New Mexico who encounters Thor.
- Blatant Lies: His explanation on how Thor beat the SHIELD agents and the fake identity he supplied for Thor.
- Cool Old Guy: See the scene at the bar with Thor.
- Face Heel Turn: In The Stinger, he's revealed to be under the influence of Loki.
- The Mentor: Both to Jane and later to Thor.
Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings)
A co-worker of Jane Foster.
- Brainy Brunette
- Combat Pragmatist: She keeps a taser on her. Which she uses on Thor.
- The Ditz: A mild case.
- Hot Scientist: Political scientist. She's the only one that applied to intern with Jane and Erik, and doesn't know squat about astrophysics.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: See Hot Scientist
- Plucky Comic Relief
Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)
- Last-Name Basis: His first name is Phil but we rarely, if ever, hear it.
- Seen It All: Hints of Type 1, as is typical of MIB. He also has a bit of Type 2's Genre Savviness as he orders his men to let Thor try and lift his hammer, and realized just in time that Destroyer's head opening and glowing is a very bad thing.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry:
Coulson: You've made my men, highly trained professionals, look like a bunch of minimum-wage mall cops. That's hurtful.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)
- The Archer
- Deadpan Snarker
- Friendly Sniper: "You'd better call it, Coulson, because I'm starting to root for this guy."
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Hawkeye is the star of The Hurt Locker.
- One-Scene Wonder
- Shown Their Work: Snipers fire in between heartbeats. Hawkeye, with bow drawn, puts his thumb to his throat. He's keeping track of his pulse. Or maybe it just looks badass.
King Laufey (Colm Feore)
- An Ice Person: Just like the other frost giants.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Covered in Scars
- Disc One Final Boss
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Gender Flip: It is notable that in the comic and film, Laufey is Loki's father, but in the actual Norse myths, Laufey is in fact, Loki's mother.
- Knife Nut: Twice tries to stab Odin with a knife made out of ice.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Laufey is evil, but he's not stupid. He knows that Odin's a dangerous enemy, and wants to make sure that the Asgardians fire the first shot so he can have the moral high ground when he starts the war.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Yup. His eyes glow more than any other Jotun's.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was prepared to let Thor and his buddies go after they invaded his nation and violated the truce.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Heavily implied.