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Real Name
Odin Borson
Current Alias

All-Father, Val-Father, Atum-Re, Infinity, Woden, Wotan, Wulf the Wanderer, Orrin, Farma-god, Hanga-god, Hapta-god, Harbard, One-Eye, Sigtyr, Wad



Buri (Tiwaz, grandfather), Bor (father, presumably deceased), Bestia (mother, presumably deceased), Vili & Ve (brothers, deceased), Frigga (wife), Thor, Vidar, Balder, Tyr (sons), Loki (foster son), Sigyn (former daughter-in-law)


Base Of Operations


6' 9"

650 lbs (295 kg)



Unusual Features
Missing one eye; originally blonde hair


Marital Status

Monarch of Asgard, God of wisdom, crafts, time and the dead


Odin was a ruler of the Asgardians, once worshiped as main god by the people of Scandinavia and Ancient Germania.

Place of Birth

Place of Death


First appearance
Last appearance

Journey Into Mystery #85
(October, 1962)
Thor Vol 2 #40
(October, 2001)


Odin's true origin was shrouded in mystery, often only delivered in short stories by Odin himself. Odin was presumed to be the son of Borr (father, one of the first Asgardians) and Bestla (mother, a frost giantess). Bor and Bestla had 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 brothers's powers joining with his.

Odin was the father of Thor with Jord (actually Gaea), and the adoptive father of Loki.


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

Once, during a battle in Asgard, the deity Grim Magnus was slain by the giant Snorth. A boar god (Gullin) fought at this same battle. Grim Magnus held the magical Raven Banner, which insured victory, but he who brought it into battle would 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 burrowed out from under the Earth and snatched it.

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

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

Balder and Grimson received a map from Morduk. Agnar, king of Eagles, provided Grimson and Balder transportation. Odin went elsewhere to contemplate with Frigga. Balder and Grimson took leave of Agnar and found a new companion in the otter god Oddbrand Otter after slaying an unnamed ogre.

Grimson acquired the Raven Banner and rode off on Gullinbursti with the Raven Banner. At a battle where Thor, the Warriors Three, and Odin fought for the Asgardians against the trolls, Grimson held the Raven Banner aloft, with Gullinbursti behind him. The giants fled. Balder and Oddbrand Otter saw the corpse of Grimson, slain in battle.

Sygnet arrived to take her spouse to Valhalla. She mentioned that the son conceived upon her wedding night would someday hold the Raven Banner.

Sygnet took 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 was accompanied by his ravens Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Memory), and well as the wolves Freki (Greedy) and Geki (Ravenous).

Odin Family Tree

Odin was ruler and all-father of the Asgardians. He had been believed dead twice before, killed both times in combat with Surtur; during the first instance Heimdall, and later Balder, ruled Asgard in his absence, and a latter time Thor inherited Odin's full power and ruled over Asgard and, later, Earth, although this later part of Thor's lordship was erased due to time travel.

Odin's spirit was present during the final Ragnarok, freeing Thor from Hela's clutches to send him to Those Who Sit Above in Shadow. As Thor eventually destroys the Loom of Fates and stops Asgard from perpetuating Ragnarok - which ends the entire Norse pantheon and Asgard itself - Thor believes Odin may be dead permanently. [1]

Years later, when Thor returns from hibernation in space, [2] he begins to find the lost Asgardians, [3] and although successfully restoring them all, does not attempt to find his father. During the Odinsleep, Thor has a vision in which he discovers that on a subconscious level he did not do so as he wished to be free of his father. Also during his Odinsleep, Thor does finds Odin in a limbo between life and death, where every day he does battle with Surtur to prevent the demon from re-entering the world. Odin declines Thor's offer of taking his place, and states that Thor must continue to lead the Asgardians, while Odin continues to exist in a state he describes as approximating the Asgardian equivalent of heaven in order to prevent Surtur from re-entering the world. [4]

Powers and Abilities



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, was 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 was considerably more resistant to physical injury than the body of a human being, or even most other Asgardians for that matter. Odin's body was 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 was possible to injure Odin, but he recovered from physical injury with superhuman levels of speed and efficiency, like all Asgardians. Odin was 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.

  • Extended Longevity: Odin, like all Asgardians, was extremely long-lived, although not truly immortal as some other god pantheons. However, Odin still aged at a pace much slower than human beings. He was also immune to all known Earthly diseases and infections.

Odinforce: Odin was capable of manipulating vast amounts of magical energy, referred to as the Odin Power, or the Odin Force, for a number of purposes. With this power, Odin was capable of feats such as transporting the entire human race to an alternate dimension, [5] casting foes into deep space with a thought[6], read minds from across even dimensions[7], projecting force blasts[8], manipulate matter for a number of purposes, erecting nigh impenetrable force fields, barriers which can shield entire cities, [9] altering size [10], endowing people or objects with powers [11], and compressing the population of an entire planet into a single being, namely Mangog.[12] Odin was highly skilled in the use of his powers during combat situations, and was able to casually knock around the Silver Surfer and Thanos simultaneously[13] and even put the Silver Surfer down in one simple blast when he got annoyed as he kept asking them to stand down but they kept attacking to no avail, as they're attacks could not even phase Odin. Odin's power is such, that he was able to bring back both, Thor and Brunhilde back to life[14]. The power of the Odin Force is such that it can stop time itself, and allow one to travel through time[15]. He has taken away a soul from the demonic entity Mephisto [16]; Odin's power is also said to easily surpass Mephisto's, as Dormammu was considered the former demon's superior and claimed his own magic rivaled that of Odin's and Zeus's. Odin's full power is thus considered at the least equal to that of Zeus, Dormammu, and most every other deity of Earth not of the Elder Gods, such as Vishnu, as well as Agamotto, as Dormammu held his own against both Oshtur's son and his disciple beyond his native dimension. Odin's power was so vast, that when a part of Odin, his dark side called Infinity went rogue, it was so large that it could crush planets in its grip as if they were pebbles, his mere limbs stretched as far as galaxies, Infinity was tearing away at the very fabric of the Universe, and if left unchecked would have ended all life and crushed the very Universe. Odin's battle with Infinity destroyed entire galaxies and countless worlds. When awoken from his trance by Thor, Odin swiftly got rid of Infinity and with one simple act was powerful enough to restore all the damage Infinity had caused across the Universe in moments[17]. Odin was able to quickly overpower Annihilus (a virtually immortal being wielding a Cosmic Control Rod rendering him powerful enough to nearly eliminate the entire known universe) when the latter attempted to seize Asgard when its dimension intersected with that of the Negative Zone, after both Thor and the other Asgardians had failed in combat, [18] and is capable of destroying entire galaxies. [19] Odin's power is such, that it has stated it rivaled the likes of Galactus at his peak[20]. Even the ability to grant human beings the gift of immortality is within Odin's grasp, as Thor asked him to do for Jane Frost in order to marry her. Odin is also capable of placing multiple permanent enchantments on items, as he did for Mjolnir, lasting until he himself cancels them or they are overpowered by a superior enchantment.

Odin was so powerful that even while severely weakened, in his fight with Seth which was waged on every plane of existence simultaneously, the energy released from their battle was so powerful it shattered countless entire galaxies, reignited dying suns, and shook the very fabric of the Multiverse [21].

In battle Odin often carries the magical spear Gungnir ("The Spear of Heaven"), an artifact made of the mystical metal uru, that he uses to channel his personal energies, though possessing no abilities of its own; and the power scepter Thrudstok, a small mace. Odin also bears Draupnir (the "Odinring") as a symbol of supremacy, though its specific properties are as of yet unknown. He can manipulate energy for various effects, including projection of concussive force, creation of force shields, levitation, molecular manipulation of matter, matter-energy conversion, illusion-casting, and inter-dimensional teleportation. Odin, however, is not totally self-sufficient. Odin commands the life energies of the entire Asgardian race, and can absorb any and all of their life energies into his person at will, even to the point of restoring life to a dying Asgardian. While possessing power that is inherent opposed to the need for outward sustenance Odin must once a year undertake the Sleep of Life, also known as the Odinsleep - a state of deep sleep lasting for one 24-hour day to keep his powers from waning. During this time Odin is guarded closely as he is vulnerable. [22]

Odin is also a master tactician and schemer. In addition to feats such as preventing Ragnarok, [23] it has been revealed that Odin was planning for the arrival of the Celestial Fourth Host for centuries. [24] Odin's wisdom was such that he was able to ultimately thwart the eternal cycle of Rangnorak forever by sending Thor to Midgard as part of his secret plan to destroy the Asgardian cosmic entities known as Those Who Sit Above in Shadow. Even after Odin had perished fighting Surtur, his plan for his son succeeded and set all of Asgard free.

Odin occasionally travels using the enchanted ship Skipbladnir, which had several mystical properties in its sails and oars, such as enabling Odin to navigate the "sea of space." The ship can be mystically shrunk to the size of a fist. Odin also rides the eight-legged steed Sleipnir, who can fly through the air at incalculable speeds.

Power Grid [25]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills


God of Wisdom: Vast knowledge of ancient and arcane wisdom, considered to be his most powerful weapon.

Master Combatant: Odin was 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 was also extremely adept at wielding his vast energy powers during combat situations. Odin was extremely skilled at using Asgardian magic, surpassing even that of Karnilla or the Enchanters, as well as the Sorcerer Supreme, weapons, and items.

Strength level

At his peak, Odin possesses sufficient strength to lift up to 75 tons.


Once every year, Odin was forced to under take the Odinsleep; a state of deep sleep where he recharged the Odinforce but left him as vulnerable as a mortal. The duration of the Odinsleep varied from time to time; sometimes it was a single night while other occasions were for more than a week. Odin is not completely omniscient, or move worlds. Odin has also himself claimed multiple times that love is the one emotion he has no control over, as it is the "universal equalizer" and permeates all beings, mortal or immortal. Despite his limitations and weaknesses, such as the need for the Odinsleep annually, Odin is nonetheless the most powerful mythological god still active today. After his son, Thor, surpassed him and gained his power, Thor’s strength exceeded even that of Odin, making him essentially the most powerful mythological god still active today, and Thor grows stronger daily through more and more training, knowledge and experience. Unfortunately Thor lost the Odin Force and the power of the Runes after his Rebirth, but the reason is yet unknown.



Odin normally wore Asgardian battle armor. He also at times wore a blue cloak with a wide brimmed hat covering his missing left eye, at which times it was said he went by the name Grimner.

  • Draupnir: Odin also wore Draupnir (the "Odinring") as a symbol of supremacy. The specific properties of the ring are as yet unknown.


  • Skipbladnir: a Viking-style long-boat whose enchanted sales and oars enabled it to navigate the "sea of space". Its mystical properties enabled Asgardians to ride it safely without any natural protection from the vacuum of space. Skipbladnir could be mystically shrunk to the size of a fist.
  • Sleipnir: Odin rode the eight-legged steed Sleipnir, who could fly through the air at incredible speeds.


  • Gungnir: ("The Spear of Heaven"), which was made of Uru, a metal unique to the dimension of Asgard. The origin of this three-pronged spear was unknown. Odin enchanted the spear to return to his hand when thrown. Gungnir had no powers on its own; rather, it served as a conduit through which Odin could channel his power.
  • Thrudstok: a power scepter, a small mace. Like Gungnir, it was made of Uru. Thrudstok had no powers on its own; rather, it served as a conduit through which Odin could channel his power.
  • Odinsword: the Over Sword of Asgard. A special weapon. It was a giant-sized sword that, if ever unsheathed, it was said, that "the end of the universe is at hand".


  • Odin was sometimes erroneously said to be Loki's biological father, although various comics reiterate the mythological position that Loki was not related to Odin or Thor by blood.


  • Munin: Odin's raven, flew through the Nine Worlds gathering information which it conveyed to Odin.
  • Hugin: Another raven, which performed the same function, was somehow killed while investigating Surtur's latest plot against Asgard.
  • Freki & Geri: Odin's two intelligent wolves who served him.


Discover and Discuss

  1. Thor #85 (Dec. 2004)
  2. Thor #1 (Sep. 2007)
  3. Thor #3 - 5 (Nov. 2007 - Jan. 2008)
  4. Thor #7-8 (March-April 2008)
  5. Comics:Journey Into Mystery Vol 1 104
  6. Comics:Journey Into Mystery Vol 1 123
  7. Thor Vol.1 #172
  8. Comics:Thor Vol 1 471
  9. Thor Vol 1, #338
  10. Journey Into Mystery #513
  11. Thor Vol 1 #339, 459, and 478
  12. In a flashback in Thor Vol 1, #154 - 157
  13. Thor Vol 1, #470 - 471
  14. Thor Vol.1 300
  15. Thor Vol.2 #79
  16. Thunderstrike #15 (Dec. 1994)
  17. Thor vol.1 #185-188
  18. Thor #405-406
  19. Journey Into Mystery #513 (vol. 2, Oct. 1997)
  20. Thor Annual #14
  21. Journey into the Mystery #513
  22. First seen in Journey Into Mystery #118 (Jul. 1965)
  23. Thor #273 - 278 (Jul. - Dec. 1978)
  24. Thor Annual #7 (1978) + Thor #283 - 301 (May 1979 - Nov. 1980)
  25. OHOTMU Book of the Dead 2004

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