Here Are Thor's All-Time Greatest Villains

With the recent release of Thor: Love and Thunder, let's take a look back at some of the most infamous adversaries Thor has ever faced since his debut in 1962’s Journey into Mystery.


One of the few villains able to best Thor in singles combat, Kurse may be more of a supporting villain than he is a methodical main antagonist like Loki or Malekith, but his repeated clashes with Thor make him a standout villain readers always delight in seeing.


Ragnarok isn’t the greatest or most original villain Thor has faced over the years, but when you get right down to it, the idea of a conscienceless, amoral God of Thunder walking around murdering and maiming with impunity is nothing short of terrifying.

Midgard Serpent

Immortal, indestructible, and deviously intelligent, it’s capable of manifesting complex illusions, infiltrating its opponents’ minds, and has enough venom packed into its giant fangs to poison Thor himself.


One of the rare villains who actually achieves his end goal (killing Thor), Serpent is among the more frightening of the enemies Thor has faced over the ages, whose power seemingly knows no limits.

Malekith the Accursed

Asgard’s equivalent of Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine, he wages war both becomes he loves it and because it puts him one step closer to becoming the conqueror of all nine Asgardian worlds.


Practically invincible in terms of his endurance, Surtur is almost impossible to outright kill, with Odin only regularly able to temporarily imprison him after he’s been defeated.


The daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboda, Hela is the Asgardian Goddess of Death who rules over two of the Nine Worlds: Hel, the land of the dead, and Niffleheim, the land of eternal ice.

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