*flails* I don’t actually write Thor, so I dunno how much help I can be?? I can tell you what I like to read Thor as:
- His speech: he’s a little more formal, a little more regal than the rest of the Avengers, but it’s not Shakespearean. I like to think of it as Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock speech.
- Personality: Thor’s good. Even before and during the first movie, he’s reckless and rogue and impulsive, and he doesn’t think things through, but he’s not, to borrow Quill’s words, “100% a dick.” The foundation for him to be the King of Asgard and worthy of the hammer is there already. Nothing irritates me more than someone writing off Thor as a ‘dumb jock.’ When on Earth, he makes an effort to acclimatize to our culture. He apologizes. He’s kind. When Loki tells him he’s exiled forever, he accepts his punishment. Thor, to me, is presented as the kind of guy who’s been in an environment for so long, he’s a product of that environment — a little spoiled, a little ignorant, but not a bad person. The moment you open his eyes and remove him from that environment, he’s open to learning and change. That doesn’t go away when you write him in Avengers tower. He will adapt. He’s not technically inept. In canon, we also know Midgard technology is millenia old for Asgard. You try and open a Windows 3.xx and tell me how well you do with it :p
- Thor has a temper. I think the biggest struggle for Thor is to keep that in check. It’s a fine balance between wanting to tear someone’s head off and taking a deep breath and reminding yourself no this is not conducive I can do better than that. Thor has learned to be very patient, after learning first hand how much hurt acting rashly leave behind (See: Thor 1, Avengers)
- Because Thor knows himself, and knows his flaws (arrogance, pride, recklessness) and knows when he fucked up, he will be the first to try and give someone a second chance. Because he needed one.
- Thor is incredibly loyal. He would go to extreme lengths to help and/or save his friends — the Warriors Three, the Avengers. Shit, even Loki. Thor 2 was basically Thor going I don’t trust you but I still have hope for you. That will eventually come back to bite him in the ass.
- By the same token, if you mess with his loved ones, you’re doomed. Protective!Thor is one of my favorite things to read.
- Thor’s smart. As much as he respects his father, he’s not blinded by that. Thor will try and do what’s morally right, no matter the consequences (see: Thor 2 and his incredibly reckless plan to free Loki and commit several counts of treason with his bffs in the process)
- Thor’s suffering. He’s mourning the loss of his father in Thor 1, he’s mourning the loss of his brother in Avengers, and in Thor 2, he’s very much like Steve, I think? When all of his friends are laughing and celebrating, he walks outside and does that thing where he smiles even when he’s sad. He misses Jane. He has pretty much given up on her because ~~reasons, whether that be his father being a dick, or Thor growing up and accepting responsibilities because he has to be king now, or he thinks he will have to be, and partially I think feeling a sense of responsibility towards Jane, like he can’t possibly go back to her after everything that happened in NYC. I do think Thor feels responsible for all the hurt and pain Loki caused — Loki’s attacking Midgard because Midgard means something to Thor. So, you know, he has layers of guilt to deal with as well.
Oh and on the heels of that, he loses his mother, his brother, whom he still cared for despite everything, and still goes on fighting. But that doesn’t take away the fact that he has an incredible amount of grief to waddle through, and if you’re writing Thor post-Thor-2 that should be taken into account.
Basically what I’m trying to get at (I don’t think I have a point anymore, sorry, I’m just rambling) is that Thor is worthy. Thor is wise, as someone who’s grown into their own, who’s suffered a lot for his mistakes, but that hasn’t made him cynical; quite the contrary, Thor’s sentiment, as Loki calls it, is both a strength and a character flaw.
When reading Thor, I like to get that from him. I like to get the balance of him. The fact that he is a good man, a loving leader who respects his fellows as his equals, a bit of a hot-head who has to reel that in more often than not, more open to forgiveness than most people, a great tactician who takes risks but is ready to sacrifice himself for the greater good — without discriminating between worlds and beings. If you’re a living thing, for Thor, then you’re worth saving.