Real Name: Tarene
Occupation: Adventurer, High School Student
Legal Status: Citizen of an unidentified planet in the universe with provisional United States citizenship due to her Initiative status
Identity: Known to the authorities
Other Aliases: Tara Olson, The Designate,
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Group Membership: The Initiative, ally of the Gods Of Asgard and the New Warriors
Base of Operations: Initiative base in Georgia; formerly Camp Hammond near Stamford, Connecticut: Asgard and New York City
First Appearance: Thor II #22
History: Tarene is the inhabitant of an unidentified extra-terrestrial race in the galaxy which has gone several millennia without being discovered or contacted by outside alien races. Her planet had been prophesied years ago by an alien sorcerer named X'Hoss to be the location of the birthplace of the Designate, who was destined to elevate all life to greatness. X'Hoss created three artifacts, the Illumination Stone, the Map of All-Ending and the Chalice of Ruins to guide future generations in preparation for the Designate.
Like her fellow citizens, Tarene studied to aide the unknown future Designate although she was unaware that she was destined to be the Designate herself. Thanos of the Eternals, however, stole and used the Map of All-Ending to lead the way to Tarene's planet, exterminating all her people in the process. Stopping short of killing Tarene herself, Thanos abducted her knowing her tears within the Chalice of Ruins would unleash a wave of destruction through the universe. Thor, Firelord and the Recorder came to rescue her, but they were all easily overpowered by Mangog working for Thanos. Upon seeing Thor beaten into submission, Tarene shed tears to fill the chalice. Drinking from the chalice, Thanos was filled with enough cosmic energy to bring death to the cosmos and departed with Mangog and Tarene in tow. Cast aside by Thanos, Tarene watched as Thor once again unleashed his might against Mangog and confronted Thanos. Protected by weapons forged by the Odin-power, Thor crushed the Illumination Stone. Without it, Thanos lost control of the energies he had absorbed and was consumed by their energies.
Thor eventually left Tarene to the tutelage of the Recorder and Tana Nile of the Rigellian home-world, but she felt stifled and held back by their rigid lessons. Inspired by the adventure and experience she had with Thor against Thanos, she used unknown means to transform herself into a superhuman being equal to the Asgardian gods using Thor as a template. Creating a hammer equal or close to Mjolnir, she departed Rigel to seek out Thor.
On Earth, Thor Girl fought side by side with Thor against Nullitor, an immense robot sent against him by Artur Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man, in liege with Gladiator of the Shiar Imperial Guard. Wielding her hammer, she joined Thor in bringing down Nullitor. Realizing Tarene's importance to the future of the universe as the Designate, Thor gently protested her ambivalent eagerness to experience life by his side, but she continued to use him as an example by comparing his desire to depart Asgard to her desire to live among mortals on Earth. As Jake Olson, Thor introduced Tarene as his cousin Tara Olson to his colleagues in his personal life.
As Thor Girl, Tarene battled side by side with Thor against Gladiator. Odin, Chieftain of the Asgardian Gods, however, soon arrived in the company of the goddess Sif upset that Thor was not by his side in a time of need to Asgard. At this time, Thor was bound to the paramedic Jake Olson, and Odin, finding Thor too interested in the welfare of mortals, bound Thor behind his mortal facade of Jake Olson. While bereft of his godhood, Thor succumbed to all the injuries he had received from Gladiator. Thor Girl charged into Asgard afterward demanding Odin restore Thor's godhood. Odin refused her request saying only that Thor was required to earn his godhood back. Loki, meanwhile, siphoned Thor Girl's spirit and power to fuel the Destroyer against Thor in his powerless and weakened condition. Responsible for binding Thor to his current human form, Marnot appeared and separated Thor from Olson and warned him that Tarene was trapped within Destroyer. As her body was held captive by Loki, Thor Girl tried to break Loki's hold on her even as the Destroyer beat Thor with Mjolnir itself. The Enchantress, meanwhile, stole Thor Girl's hammer long enough for Thor to use it against Tarene and hold her long enough for Odin to undo Loki's spells. Reunited with her body, Thor Girl departed Loki's presence.
As Tara Olson, Tarene was introduced to Jake's mother, who had no memories or knowledge of her. Odin meanwhile saw Thor Girl as Thor's successor on Earth and fully split Thor from Jake Olson, making them separate individuals, so that Thor could live up to his duties on Asgard without returning to defending Earth. She was eventually urged by Jake to join Thor and the Asgardians in battle against Surtur in Norway. Reminded of her duty as the Designate to never ignore the plight of others, Thor Girl returned to Asgard to free Thor as he underwent treatment for his injuries and accompanied him to Norway against Surtur. Opening her full power against Surtur, Thor Girl took a blow from Surtur, but Odin usurped her energies and carried them against Surtur himself, annihilating both himself and his opponent in a massive explosion over the Norwegian landscape.
Since Odin had been killed while in control of her comic powers, Tarene was left with the powers she had in the form of an Asgardian goddess. After the death of Odin, Thor took over the throne of Asgard and moved Asgard to Earth that he could still better protect it. Thor Girl served as one of his emissaries carrying out his bidding. In an alternate future, Thor eventually decided to take over the Earth after the destruction of Asgard resulted in the devastation of New York City, but Thor's future counterpart traveled back in time and convinced him to separate Asgard from the Earth's dimension.
As a costumed crime fighter, Thor Girl oft times used excessive force to rescue innocents and realized her naive awareness of the mortal world and inexperience after experiencing a Cypher demon masquerading as the Skurge the Executioner. While destroying probes sent to rob a bank, Thor Girl unwittingly endangered the people around her, and Jake now bereft of Thor's presence tries to give her guidance. However, running afoul of the Grey Gargoyle, she was turned to stone and shattered with her own hammer. Discovering her stone components, Jake used Amora's enchanted mirror to restore Thor Girl to full normalcy afterward. Volstagg came from Asgard to look after her, but his presence complicated things by bringing more attention to her in her civilian identity.
As Tara Olson, Tarene excelled in school with perfect grades, but as Thor Girl, she continued to serve as a protector of Earth and continued to do so even in the resulting destruction of Asgard and the seeming deaths of the Asgardians. Without the guidance of the Asgardians, she became abducted by the Skrulls who sent a Skrull duplicate of her to Earth who joined the Initiative, a government installation camp for training inexperienced superhumans, and was assigned to the Georgia state team, the Cavalry. Thor Girl eventually escaped the Skrull home-world and returned to Earth with several other captured heroes and joined the enforcements to resist the Skrull invasion of Earth. Thor Girl continued the imposter's role in the Initiative and eventually battled Ragnarok, a clone of Thor.
Thor Girl eventually learned of the return of Thor and the Asgardians freeing
themselves from the cycles of recurring destruction and rebirth. Although she is
no longer as powerful as she was as the Designate, she still defends the Earth
and the innocent as a member of the Initiative.
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 317 lbs.
Hair: Blonde (formerly White)
Unusual Physical Characteristics: As Thor Girl, Tarene speaks with more Asgardian linguistic personality characteristics ("godly"), but as herself, she responds and communicates with normal fundamental diction.
Strength Level: Thor Girl possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) around 85 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Thor Girl possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Asgardian gods. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force will enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Odin or for a number of Asgardian gods of equal power working together to revive her.
Thor Girl also possesses superhuman strength and her now Asgardian-level metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Asgardian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Asgardians.) She basically has all the power, strength and speed of Thor, but it remains to be seen if she has the accompanying longevity or long life span of the Asgardian gods.
As the Designate, Tarene had the ability to tap into and manipulate cosmic energies on a scale equal to Odin, Zeus and the Elders of the Universe. She could tap into and control vast amounts of energy and matter, and tap into cosmic senses to perceive the true natures of other beings, but she possessed none of the experience or discpline required to control this power. In her adult form as the Spirit of the Jewel in one possible future, she could travel through time and space and endow enough power on Desak to travel through outer space unaided and slay gods. It is unknown if she has much of this power left or if it is just presently contained in her hammer.
Weaponry: Thor Girl wields a gold hammer which seems to retain a portion of the cosmic power she had as the Designate. With it, she can channel her personal cosmic powers as a continuous beam of energy capable of knocking Thor off his feet and shattering buildings. Compared as a rival to the Odin-power, she can also alter her outward attire from her Asgardian arraignment to civilian attire. She can also traverse dimensional barriers such as from Earth to Asgard. She can use the hammer to fly and create storms.
Comments: Thor Girl is a character from the Marvel Universe.
Clarifications: Thor Girl is not to be confused with:
Last updated: 11/20/11