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Odin (Marvel)
Real Name: Odin Borson
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* Adaptive
* Agility
* Astral Projection
* Berserker Strength
* Blast Power
* Cosmic Awareness
* Dimensional Manipulation
* Divine Powers
* Earth Manipulation
* Energy Absorption
* Energy Manipulation
* Energy Shield
* Energy-Enhanced Strike
* Force Field
* Genetic Manipulation
* Healing
* Holographic Projection
* Ice Control
* Illusion Casting
* Insanely Rich
* Intellect
* Invisibility
* Invulnerability
* Leadership
* Levitation
* Longevity
* Magic
* Matter Absorption
* Necromancy
* Omni-lingual
* Phasing / Ghost
* Power Item
* Precognition
* Psionic
* Psychic
* Shape Shifter
* Size Manipulation
* Stamina
* Stealth
* Super Hearing
* Super Sight
* Super Speed
* Super Strength
* Swordsmanship
* Telekinesis
* Telepathy
* Teleport
* Time Manipulation
* Time Travel
* Unarmed Combat
* Weather Control

Odin possessed a variety of superhuman attributes common to the superhuman race of beings known as the Asgardians. Odin was superhumanly strong and was capable of lifting about 60 tons. Odin, despite his advanced age at the time of his death, was much stronger than the average Asgardian male, who could lift roughly 30 tons.

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.


Odin is the All-Father of the Norse gods and ruler of Asgard. He is the son of Bor, brother of Vili and Ve, husband of Frigga and the father of Thor, Vidar, Balder and adoptive father of Loki. Odin is the wisest and by far the most powerful of the Asgardian Gods.

From his majestic throne, Odin rules Asgard and the lands beyond with the wisdom, cunning and compassion he has learned over countless years. A cabinet of trusted advisors aid him in goberning the day-to-day affairs of the kingdom and a contingent of savvy warriors help him keep the peace and protect his lands from outside threats.

Odin's rule extends far and wide across the Nine Worlds. His attention is often required on many matters and in many places at the same time.

Odin's true origin is shrouded in mystery, often delivered in short stories by only Odin. Odin is presumed to be the son of Borr (father, one of the first Asgardians) and Bestla (mother, a frost giantess). Bor and Bestla have two other sons, Vili and Ve. According to legend, Vili, Ve, and Odin journeyed into the realm of Surtur when they were younger. Vili and Ve sacrificed themselves in order to allow Odin to escape from Surtur's realm. Upon their death's, Odin's own "godly" attributes were increased as a result of his brother's powers joining with his.

Odin is the father of Thor with Jord (actually Gaea), and the adoptive father of Loki. He is sometimes erroneously said to be Loki's biological father, although various comics reiterate the mythological position that Loki is not related to Odin or Thor by blood.

As with other Asgardians born after Buri, Odin and his pantheon have undergone reincarnation over the millenia. The earliest recorded reference to the Asgardian pantheon took place around 10,000 BCE, with Odin and several of his kinsmen invoked by humans.

Odin, the son of Borr, the grandson of Buri, had many unrecorded adventures. Among these were his battle against Rimthursar (which preceded Thor's birth), the battle with Kryllik and his trolls, his encounter with Fear and Desire, meeting Millennius, his defeat of the Mangog, and the imprisonment of a snow giant.

During a battle in Asgard once, the deity Grim Magnus is slain by the giant Snorth. A boar god (Gullin?) fights at this same battle. Grim Magnus holds the magical Raven Banner, which insures victory, but he who brings it into battle will die at said battle. Magnus' son, Greyval Grimson was waylaid by trolls and experienced the illusion of a grand banquet. Thus, Greyval did not take the Raven Banner from his father as was intended. The trolls burrow out from under the Earth and snatch it.

Valkyries, including Greyval's fiancée Sygnet, come to claim the souls of the dead for Valhalla. In the troll kingdom, Greyval is under the illusion of being at a banquet, with the troll conjurer Askella and troll Svin present, as is the troll monarch (Gerriodur?).

Grimson leaves to marry Sygnet. He meets with his cousin, Horskuld (Horskuld's father was Magnus' half-brother). Realizing that they must reclaim the Raven Banner, Grimson and his spouse go to see Odin in Asgard. They see Thor, the Warriors Three, and Mrs. Volstagg ride away. Grimson and Sygnet meet up with Balder, who talks Odin into letting them go seek the Raven Banner. Horskuld pursues his own line of pursuit.

Balder and Grimson receive a map from Morduk. Agnar, king of Eagles, provides Grimson and Balder transportation. Odin goes elsewhere to contemplate with Frigga. Balder and Grimson take leave of Agnar and find a new companion in the otter god Oddbrand Otter after slaying an unnamed ogre.

Grimson acquires the Raven Banner and rides off on Gullinbursti with the Raven Banner. At a battle with Thor, the Warriors Three, and Odin fighting for the Asgardians against the trolls, Grimson holds the Raven Banner aloft, with Gullinbursti behind him. The giants flee. Balder and Oddbrand Otter see the corpse of Grimson, slain in battle.

Sygnet arrives to take her spouse to Valhalla. She mentions that the son conceived upon her wedding night will someday hold the Raven Banner.

Sygnet takes her husband to Valhalla, saying "Fly Thuderhoof! Thy mistress Sygnet bids thee hie aloft Asgard's most noble burden...whose love wore not the pale, weary rags of time, but the golden raiment of eternity."

Odin is often accompanied by his ravens Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Memory), and well as the wolves Freki (Greedy) and Geki (Ravenous).

Odin is ruler of the Asgardians, although he has been believed dead twice, both times in combat with Surtur; during the first instance Heimdall and later Balder ruled Asgard, and the latter time Thor inherited Odin's full power and ruled over Asgard and, later, Earth, although this later part of Thor's lordship has been erased due to time travel. Odin is currently thought to be deceased.

His spirit was present during Ragnarock. It is unclear if Odin will return along with the rest of Asgard and Thor.


First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery (1952) #85

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Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014)
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Movie Appearances:
Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006)

Group Affiliation(s):
Asgardians (Marvel)
Avengers 1,000,000
Council of Godheads

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