ODIN : Asgardian All-Father
"As thou art Bringer of Death, so 'tis ODIN a God of Life. I bid ye rise, flower and leaf...rise and be restored. Let thy parlor games cease, Hela. Thou hast stolen Valhalla from me -- twisting it to thy vile intent. But no longer. Prepare thee now for the judgement of ODIN." --ODIN Borson
Who is ODIN?
ODIN is the ruler of Asgard the All-Father of the Norse gods. He is the father of Thor, Vidar, Balder and adoptive father of Loki.
Marvel Comics' ODIN first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
He was based on the god of the same name from Norse mythology, ODIN claims to have created humans as he felt the world was lonely. But his father was angry and created things to plague humanity. He is a warrior, like many of his kin they thrive in battle, a young ODIN had battled and defeated the fire demon Surtur.
Many millenia later, ODIN becomes the ruler of Asgard.
In his early appearances, ODIN has gone through several outfits. Typical for a character who appears sparingly in the comics, this leaves different artists to do their own interpretation on the character's look.
Birth of Thor
ODIN approached Gaea, in the form of Jord, the Norse Mother-Earth, and suggested they concieve a child who would be a worthy heir to ODIN. Thus, Thor was born, who grew up thinkingg ODIN's wife, Frigga, as his mother.
ODIN also adopted a young Loki, from Laufey, a frost giant he defeated.
Despite ODIN's best intentions, his sons grew up to become bitter enemies, with the feuding often requiring ODIN's mediation.
Thor's preoccupation with Midgard (the Asgardian term for Earth) is a constant annoyance for ODIN, who as punishment has disempowered his son on several occasions. Thor's acceptance of the sanctions along with his willingness to atone for his transgressions, and his continued noble intentions and bravery, however, convinces the All-Father to relent and thereby restore Thor's original powers and identity.
ODIN has also died several times in defense of Asgard. On the first occasion, ODIN is killed by Mangog, but later revived by the goddess of Death Hela to prevent Pluto from claiming him. On the second occasion, the Celestials melt the Destroyer to slag, which at the time holds the life force of ODIN and all Asgardians with the exception of Thor. Thor, however, collects a portion of godly energy from each pantheon and uses it to revive ODIN, who in turn resurrects the Asgardians. And another death involving the Fire Demon Surtur, which actully was planned by ODIN to stop the cycle of the Ragnarok.
ODIN returns from the dead after Asgard is invaded by the World-Eaters.
ODIN King of Asgard again
Returning from the dead, ODIN took his place again as King of the Asgardians.
Live Media Appearance
Anthony Hopkins plays ODIN in the 2011 Marvel Studios' feature film Thor.
POWERS & ABILITIES
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.
ODIN possessed all the conventional attributes of an Asgardian. However, as the ruler of the Asgardians, many of these attributes were considerably greater than those possessed by the majority of his race.
Superhuman Strength: In spite of his advanced age, ODIN possesses superhuman strength surpassing that of most Asgardians. At his peak, ODIN is capable of lifting up to 75 tons, whereas the average Asgardian male is only able to lift about 30 tons
Superhuman Speed: ODIN, despite his age, is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than even the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Stamina: ODIN's musculature produced considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a human. As a result, he possessed superhuman stamina in all physical activities. He could exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue began to impair him at the time of his death.
Superhumanly Dense Tissue: ODIN's skin, muscle, and bone tissues were about 3 times as dense as those of a humans. This contributed, somewhat, to ODIN's superhuman strength and weight.
Superhuman Durability: ODIN's body is considerably more resistant to physical injury than the body of a human being, or even most other Asgardians for that matter. ODIN's body is capable of withstanding great impact forces, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, falls from great heights, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.
Regenerative Healing Factor: It is possible to injure ODIN, but he recovered from physical injury with superhuman levels of speed and efficiency, like all Asgardians. ODIN is capable of regenerating massive tissue damage or loss to a degree far beyond that of most other Asgardians, even of being able to regenerate missing limbs and organs.
ODINforce: ODIN is capable of manipulating vast amounts of magical energy, referred to as the ODIN Power, or the ODIN Force, for a number of purposes.
AbilitiesGod of Wisdom: Vast knowledge of ancient and arcane wisdom, considered to be his most powerful weapon.
Master Combatant: ODIN is a formidable hand to hand combatant
Master Tactician: His thousands of years of experience resulted in him becoming a master tactician.
Asgardian Mystical Combatant: ODIN is also extremely adept at wielding his vast energy powers during combat situations.
sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin_(Marvel_Comics) : http://marvel.wikia.com/Odin_Borson_(Earth-616) : http://marvel.wikia.com/Odin_Borson_(Earth-616)/Gallery : http://marvel.wikia.com/Category:Odin_Borson_(Earth-616)/Quotes : http://www.comicvine.com/odin/29-3507/ : http://www.comicvine.com/odin/29-3507/images/ : http://www.comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=3727 :
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