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Subj: Pompus? Yes. Tyrant? No.
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 04:40:02 pm EST (Viewed 205 times)
Reply Subj: How Has Odin Changed Over The Years? Has He Always Been Somewhat Pompous?
Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 at 07:48:47 pm EST (Viewed 252 times)

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I don't know, but ever since he returned, I've really disliked the character. He seems borderline sociopath, at least in some stories. Different writers seem to have written him as more sympathetic and loving towards Thor and Loki, but how has he evolved? I haven't read the majority of the Silver Age stories, but he did seem like kind of a jerk in those stories, too. He did seem to genuinely love Thor, though. I guess that it depends on the writer. He seemed pretty noble under Simonson. Thanks.

Like bd2999 typed, Odin has always been pompous and had the general arrogance immortals are shown having toward mortals. One could say he is entitled to it.

Odin has always been a passionate emotional being. Quick to anger yet quick to mercy. While he was always a hardass it was often with good or at least understandable reasons. And balanced out by showing a more noble, softer side.

It was only in the last ten years or so he became the unlikable tyrant Aaron and recent writers have portrayed him being.

Odin has always been a bit of a problem. You have to include him in the Thor mythos. Yet he is so overwhelmingly powerful combined with his concern with Thor that writers have to figure out ways to keep him from quickly ending the story. Making him and unreasonable hardass has been one way. But he has never been this bad in the past and there is no need for it.

The current Odin is so bad I can't see how he could have ever produced such loyalty in Thor or the Asgardians or avoided either running his kingdom into the ground or being overthrown.

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