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  • It Was His Sled: That the manipulative mastermind behind it all turns out be Loki comes as no surprise to anyone who's even vaguely familiar with Norse mythology and/or the Thor comics.
    • Or just saw the trailers and his Obviously Evil gaze in the promotional posters.
    • Or played/watched various Marvel based vide games or cartoons.
    • Or just recognized his name from The Mask movies, really.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Despite his flaws, it's hard not to feel bad for Loki. Especially when he keeps making those Puppy Dog Eyes.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: OK, did anyone really think Thor was dead?
    • Similarly, Loki's "suicide" at the end of the movie is also one of these. As if you would kill off potentially the best villain in the franchise at the end of the first movie. This also inevitably has turned itself into a Late Arrival Spoiler for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Loki
  • Memetic Badass: Almost in-universe. When Heimdall summons you, Oh Crap is the proper expression.
  • Memetic Mutation: Conan O'Brien's "I'M THOR" from his abridged trailers have gotten some notoriety from fans. See right here.
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      • ANOTHER! *smash*
    • I NEED A HORSE!
    • Calling Agent Coulson "Son of Coul".
    • Odin's growl at Loki when he tries to intervene on Thor's behalf has gained this status. It's usually rendered as something along the lines of HRROWRR!
  • Narm: Well, someone here is channeling some Hannibal Lecter condescension for a line. BUT YER NOT!"
    • Somehow, Loki manages to out-Narm both his father and brother (no easy feat), with such memorable moments as, "TELLLLLLLLL MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!"
    • Narm Charm: But half the fun of the movie is watching how dramatic all these big, goofy Norse god characters can get. In the comics, not only is the obverblown drama half the fun, but it's also what makes Thor charming and different from the other Avengers.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene with Sif and the Destroyer. He's speared through the back and appears to be dead, and just when it looks like he's scrap metal, he raises his head and completely turns around to attack Sif.
    • Just the Destroyer itself. A giant robot thing designed to destroy. And the fact that he always appears to be scowling doesn't help.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
    • Colm Feore only has about two scenes as Laufey (One of them very brief) but he makes the absolute most of his screen time and proves with little more than a sinister word that he is a very threatening foe of Asgard. When he tells you to leave "while he still allows it", you damn sure better leave.
  • Strangled by the Red String: This seems to be a growing opinion on the love scenes, and of the entire romance subplot.
    • Kenneth Branagh must have realized this, and says in the DVD commentary that their relationship wasn't meant to be true love, but more a mutual crush and respect.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The Frost Giants' realm of Jötunheim, especially as pronounced by the main characters, sounds very much like "Jüdenheim," which would basically mean "Home of the Jews" in German. Since "Jötunheim" was the Old Norse name of the Giants' home in the original myths, this is an unavoidable coincidence.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Loki, almost literally.
  • WTH? Casting Agency: There was an outcry over the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall by comic fans who wanted to stick as closely as possible to the material, and by a self-avowed racist organization.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The effects team created an absolutely perfect Destroyer for the screen.
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