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Subj: A lot of it for me is how he comes across in comparision to other characters and just in general.
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 06:27:14 pm EST (Viewed 88 times)
Reply Subj: Probably because he likes to boast a lot?
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 11:20:14 am EST (Viewed 65 times)

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    I know that is the big thing for Thor about why he was sent to Earth, but it feels like in just about every story to center around him where he is not putting in a guest appearence is about Thor learning humility.

    Thor Film -- Thor being humbled. Makes sense due to this being Thor revealed to the public at large.

    Avengers: EMH -- Thor and the rest of Asgard learning humility by being saved by the Avengers and paying homage to them.

    Next Avengers: Thor being a deadbeat dad and his daughter being abandoned on Earth to learn humility.

    Hulk vs -- Thor learning how to be a true hero from Banner.

    Thor: Tales of Asgard -- Thor learning humility and to grow up.

    Comics -- Many one-shots and side stories over the years.

    I know in some of these instances are necessary, but in anything outside of comics it feels like we only get "awesome Thor" for one episode guest appearences. Everything else is him learning some lesson in humility.


I think I may have covered this in another post, but for Thor humility was not part of his culture. One is supposed to brag about their accomplishments and not downplay them. There is also a difference between self-confidence and arrogance. Thor yelling what he can do and being able to back it up is more self-confidence. Thor has no reason to downplay what he can do. Most often when I read it the times Thor tends to only throw it in someone else's face is during battle against an enemy. Then it can be a useful tactic to undermine their confidence. Thor usually shows a level of maturity that I would say means he has learned his lesson for the most part.

If you want arrogance that is Hercules's department. He tends to brag a lot more than Thor ever does. He is very much the "act without thinking" arrogance that got Thor in trouble in the first place.

The second is comparison to other characters. Dr. Strange in battle has over the years boasted about how he is the sorcerer supreme. Again, in battle this helps intimidate his opponent and serve to boost Strange's own confidence. Strange learned his lesson of humility long ago and does not usually have it visited time and again. Or maybe I have just not read enough about Strange. The other is look at the Hulk. He constantly boasts about how he is the "strongest one there is." Yet instead of that getting proved wrong the Hulk is generally treated like he is in the right. Anytime he does mess up it is always some outside influence or lack of Banner. In all the other media tends to be about how great Hulk is and so much better then everyone else.

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