Ranking Every Single Thor in the Marvel Comics Universe
With the recent reveal that Thor's old flame Jane Foster is the new Thor, we thought now would be a good time to see how she stacks up against the other characters who have taken up the mantle of the thunder god. However, in an attempt to keep this article shorter than the Prose Edda, this ranking will only include those characters from Marvel's main continuity (Earth-616) who have actually been considered an acting-Thor for a time. It will not include characters who had their body possessed by the actual Thor, Thors from alternate universes, or the plethora of characters who have lifted Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, without becoming Thor themselves.
Now that that's out of the way, here's our list!
7. Roger "Red" Norvell
Red is a regular human who is granted the power of Thor not through Mjolnir, but rather through Thor's gloves and belt, which had been enchanted with the power of Thor by Odin. After becoming Thor, Red fights and defeats the actual Thor, and goes on to sacrifice his life fighting the Midgard Serpent. Then, in what turns out to be the beginning of a trend, Odin resurrects Red and gives him a power set and hammer which are virtually identical to Thor's, making him the protector of Asgard for a time. Red loses points for the ridiculous taunts he sends toward Thor during their fight ("Goldilocks?" Really?) and for the fact that he gained his powers without first proving himself worthy by hoisting Mjolnir.
6. Dargo Ktor
Dargo hails from the year 2587, where he is a member of a Thor-worshipping cult in a post-apocalyptic society. Dargo gains the power of Thor after lifting Mjolnir, and is then sent back in time to battle the Thor of what was then the current timeline, Eric Masterson. Dargo, along with Masterson and Beta Ray Bill, then goes on to form the "Thor Corps", a team of Thors who travel through time and fight monsters the way only a team of Thors can. Dargo was worthy enough, but his skimpy navel-baring outfit and 80s-riffic mullet aren't exactly the stuff of legend.
Throg is short for Thor Frog, which is a frog version of Thor. We'll try to explain. Loki turns Thor into a frog for a while, so he of course hangs around Central Park with other frogs because why not? While there, Thor befriends another frog named Puddlegulp, who actually used to be a human named Simon Walterson. Still with us? Puddlegulp finds a sliver of Mjolnir, picks it up, and it turns into a tiny Mjolnir, granting him the costume and powers of Thor, albeit on a smaller scale. He somehow exists alongside regular Thor in the main Marvel continuity with no issue, and even joins up with a group of superpowered animals to form the Pet Avengers. Seriously. While we like Throg, he doesn't quite possess the god-like physique of a true Thor. Sorry, Throg.
4. Jane Foster
As the newest Thor, Jane hasn't had much time to plant herself in the hearts and minds of fans, but we're willing to give her a chance. She has, after all, been a part of Marvel Comics for nearly as long as Thor himself has, and there is probably no other character (with the possible exceptions of Loki or Odin) who is as connected to the thunder god as she is. With the character due to join a new incarnation of the Avengers soon, we'll have to see if she can rise in the rankings. And we're guessing she will, if this hilarious response to anti-feminist critics is any indication.
3. Eric Masterson
Eric Masterson is another normal human who meets and becomes Thor, but unlike Red, Eric doesn't fight the thunder god. He instead comes to Thor's aid and is attacked by the villain Mongoose. Eric nearly dies, surviving only by lifting Mjolnir and proving himself worthy to merge with Thor. Shortly after that, Odin separates Thor from Eric and banishes him for killing Loki, and Eric alone becomes the new Thor. Eric was acting-Thor for longer than anyone else on this list (aside from the original Thor), and for not besmirching the name too badly, he is granted powers and an enchanted mace by Odin, turning him into the hero Thunderstrike. Masterson's lengthy run as Thor was notable for introducing some sweet facial hair to the character, and for giving Thanos a pretty good wallop during the "Infinity Gauntlet" storyline. A respectable placeholder.
2. Beta Ray Bill
Outside of Thor himself, no one embodies what it means to possess the power of the thunder god better than Beta Ray Bill. A member of a dying alien race known as Korbinites, Beta Ray Bill was enhanced in order to become his people's protector. He comes into conflict with Thor and defeats him, picking up Mjolnir in the aftermath and gaining Thor's powers. Since their fight was a misunderstanding and Beta Ray Bill's intentions were just, the two become allies. Odin even gives Beta Ray Bill his own enchanted hammer, Stormbreaker, which is imbued with all the same abilities as Mjolnir (Odin just loves doing that). In addition to being extremely tough and exceedingly worthy, Beta Ray Bill gets bonus points for looking like a scary villain while actually possessing a heart of gold.
The Odinson, the true thunder god of myth, no one compares to the original Thor. There's a reason the title of Thor always finds its way back to the original owner: he's simply the most worthy. He may make mistakes now and then, but he always learns from them and remains one of Marvel's most powerful and iconic heroes over 50 years after he was first introduced. He may not be Thor at the moment, but rest assured, the greatest Thor of all time will be Thor again.