Character Affinity: Odin
Odin is the ruler of Asgard and the father of Thor, Vidar, Balder and adopted Loki. He was created by the combined creative minds of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. He first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #85 and has now returned to the living thanks to the efforts of Matt Fraction.
Bor and Bestla
Odin's father was the first Asgardian, Bor and his mother a frost giantess, Bestla. Bor was the previous King of Asgard. He was killed by a time-traveling Loki. When Loki wanted to exile Thor from Asgard he resurrected Bor. During his fight with Thor, Bor is killed... or re-killed to be accurate.
Odin, King of the Gods
Along with his two brothers Vili and Ve, Odin banished Surtur, a demon giant wielding the Sword of Doom. After his victory, Bor declared Odin the new king of Asgard.
Goddess Gaea (because even the King of the Gods can get lonely)
Odin falls in love with the elder goddess Gaea. Gaea is also known as Mother Earth, representing the spirits of life, harvest and renewal. Thousands of years ago Gaea appeared to the second generation of Gods (Odin, Ve and Vili) and mated with them to become the Mother Goddess. After her union with Odin she became pregnant and gave birth to the God of Thunder, Thor. After defeating some of the deadliest enemies in history, Odin becomes upset with Thor when he begins to get greedy and selfish. He banishes him to Earth, taking away all his powers and his memories.
Long Kill the King... again and again and again
Odin is killed for the first time by Mangog but is resurrected by the Norse goddess of Death Hela. Then Odin is killed by the Celestials, an ancient race that experiments on lower life forms, while they were trying to kill the destroying armor. Thor later gathers magical energy and resurrects Odin. For the third and final(?) time Odin is killed by Surtur and his powers are transferred to Thor. After going through the trials his father went through in order to gain the right to have Odin's power, Thor becomes closer to his father and is reunited with his father in Odin-Sleep, a realm between life and death. When Thor tries to resurrect Odin, Odin stops him and says he must continue to fight Surtur in Odin-Sleep to prevent him from returning to Earth. Odin is finally resurrected after Siege is over and Thor decides that only Odin can save them.
With Fear Itself
currently happening in the Marvel U, Odin has removed Asgard from Earth in preperation for the return of the Serpent
which is a man claiming to be the true All-Father. In the new 2011 Thor movie, Odin is played by Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs). Hopefully he manages to stay alive in the movie.