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Subj: Partially, But You don't get the consistent treatment Thor does because he's not trying hard enough!
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 04:16:27 pm EST (Viewed 100 times)
Reply Subj: Is One of The Main Reasons For Thor Appearing Weak Is Him "watering it down" Among Mortals?
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 07:20:20 am EST (Viewed 124 times)

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Remember that he was lectured once by Moon Dragon, after he finally unloaded and KO Orca that was 3X more powerful than his normal self...

She said he watered his powers down, being among Humnas so much that he almost forgotten just how powerful he was, afraid to "let it go"...

Almost like in JL cartoon when Supes "enjoyed" cutting loose on darkseid, as he knew that he could withstand his full power attack...

Another reason for Thor to appear weaker at times?

just as Supes raised among Humans, thinks like a Human, and "holds it back" afraid to hurt others?

Him holding back Is one reason but not a unilaterally convincing one when taken as a whole.

There is no doubt he often holds back to some degree when on earth, as do all heroes, but ALL the time? Unlikely given his temperament and the needs of the task at hand. His performance level is what it is, whether he's on Asgard, earth, out in space or elsewhere in the MU his average is quite consistent and can be gauged with some accuracy.
The occasions where he has specifically unloaded on an opponent do not generally show his strengthlevel doubling, you'd have a tough time convincing that he's going easy on every opponent it's more to do with him balancing out both his teammates and his opponents as a result of storytelling needs obviously but I don't think anyone can credibly argue he's going easy in Siege for example, not when the situation is so serious and the cost might be his own life. Chronically underestimating your opponents like that doesn't fit into Thors background, if he's taking punishment in situations like that he doesn't need to hold back at all....

After Ragnarok he has been much more demonstrative with his power and showing his strength, the loss of the Odinpower however has definitly made its mark in both storytelling terms and in his showings. If the loss of that extra power and the events in Siege are setting the example for future writers then a clear line has been drawn under the JMS interprettion of Thor as being allpowerful and a force to be reckoned with... Post JMS and with Siege he has very publicly stepped down from that high plateau to once again rejoing the MU, and that automatically means his showings are not going to be what they could be if he was still isolated in his own seperate corner of the world doing his own thing. He's now measured against much lesser bodies, the price of both being a teamplayer and fitting in.

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