Fandral

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Fandral
Warriors three.jpg
Fandral the Dashing (left) of the Warriors Three.
Art by Oliver Coipel.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Journey into Mystery #119 (August 1965)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Fandral
Team affiliations Warriors Three
Asgard
Thor Corps
Notable aliases Fandral the Dashing
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, and durability
Extended lifespan
Master swordsman

Fandral the Dashing is a Marvel Comics character and a charter member of the Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardian adventurers consisting of Fandral, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg the Valiant. They are members of the supporting cast in Marvel's Thor comics and usually provide comic relief and side-adventures.

Publication history[edit]

Fandral first appeared in Journey into Mystery #119 (August, 1965), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Writer Stan Lee based Fandral on the public persona of actor Errol Flynn.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Fandral is a warrior of Asgard and an adventurer. He is an irrepressible swashbuckler and romantic. His bravery and optimism often puts the group in highly disadvantageous positions; as perennially pointed out by the gloomy Hogun. Fandral considers himself the consummate ladies' man and is often depicted with a bevy of young ladies. His actual success with these ladies is intermittent at best, but as such provides numerous opportunities for humorous results. Despite these flaws, he possesses an excessively noble spirit and will do the right thing without thought to his personal safety or prosperity.

Fandral has been involved in a great many adventures and quests, as a member of the Warriors Three, as an ally of Thor, and on his own. Fandral joined in a quest for the power that had cracked the Oversword of Asgard.[2] He helped quell a mutiny led by Loki.[3] He helped repel an attack of the Flying Trolls of Thryheim.[4] He helped defeat the forces of Harokin.[5] He battled the dragon Fafnir.[6] He defeated the Mogul of the Mystic Mountain.[7] He helped defend Asgard from the Destroyer.[8] He encountered the Hulk.[9][10]

Fandral helped defend Asgard against Mangog.[11] He encountered the Silver Surfer.[12] He battled the Thermal Man.[13] He helped defend Asgard against Surtur.[14] He helped Thor escape Mephisto.[15] He became entranced by Infinity and was forced to battle Thor,[16] and then battled Balder, Sif, and other Asgardians.[17] He battled Loki.[18] He was sent on a quest by Odin, but returned to help defend Asgard against Mangog again.[19] He battled Ego-Prime, was exiled to Earth, but then abducted by Mephisto, and ultimately freed by Thor.[20] He helped Thor battle Mercurio.[21] With Thor and company, he set out on a quest to find the missing Odin.[22] He battled Sssthgar's slavers, Mercurio, and Xorr.[23] He defeated doppelgangers created by the wizard Igron.[24]

Fandral later battled Zarrko the Tomorrow Man.[25] He defeated diamond exchange robbers in New York.[26] He helped depose the usurpers Mangog and Igron.[27] He set out on a quest to find Odin, who was missing again.[28] He battled Spoor, the Grey Gargoyle, and the Soul-Survivors.[29] He defeated the Executioner and the Enchantress.[30] He battled the Destroyer and Loki.[31] He helped defend Asgard against Ragnarok.[32] He battled the dragon Fafnir.[33] He encountered the Young Gods.[34] He encountered Dazzler, who had been abducted to Asgard.[35]

Fandral later helped retake Asgard from the forces of Tyr.[36] He rescued the god Bragi.[37] He battled the forces of Surtur on Earth.[38][39] He went to Chicago to settle the affairs of Thor's alter ego, Dr. Don Blake.[40] He encountered Power Pack in New York.[41] He encountered Sunspot of the New Mutants.[42] When encountering the troubles Volstagg's two adopted mortal children, Kevin and Mick were having, he assures them the other Warriors will be there for them and all of Hogun's children. "The foster sons of Volstagg the Enormous are no less than then children of all the Warriors Three."[43]

Later Fandral was overcome by a mystery plague.[44] He defeated a griffin-like creature.[45] He helped defend Asgard against the forces of Seth.[46]

Fandral once set off on a mission to repair mischief done by Loki, and to rescue Mord, a groomsman vital to the security of Asgard. During this, on the Isle of Freya, the Norse Goddess of Love, he learns that his womanizing ways have deeply hurt many women, driving even the latest to near suicide. He is overcome by great shame and declares to Freya, 'for the nonce, I have forsworn philandering'.[47]

Fandral later went on a quest with Thor to seek Ulagg.[48] He helped the Avengers battle Blastaar.[49] He was rescued from Flying Trolls by the New Mutants.[50] Fandral also battled Ymir.[51]

Fandral relates a tale concerning a journey to Earth and his subsequent marriage to a woman named Marian.[52] The time period and other details suggest that Fandral is thus the source for the Robin Hood myth. However, this is not explicitly stated in Fandral's recounting, and other sources suggest that Robin Hood's legend (in the Marvel Universe) has a different source.[citation needed]

Once, Thor and the Warriors Three are sent on a quest as penance for accidentally killing an enemy giant during a time of peace: they have to collect sacred items all around the world with the special rule of Thor not being allowed to use his uru hammer Mjolnir in combat. Although the Giants prove to be untrustworthy and not ready to accept the quartet's victory after they've accomplished the tasks, through the use of each warrior's unique capabilities, the adventure eventually comes to a good end.[53]

Fandral seemingly perishes early on in the final battle of Ragnarok. The Warriors Three come under arrow attack from the flying ship Naglfar and Volstagg is the only one of the trio to survive.[54] Others who have perished in the same battle, such as Heimdall, have been found alive and well on Earth. Fandral was eventually discovered by Thor in Africa under the human name of Trevor Newley, an Englishman, and restored him to his Asgardian form.[55]

Fandral is seen as one of the many defenders of Asgard when it is attacked by Earth's criminal forces.[56] Fandral and several friends spend time in San Francisco as mortals, pursued by undead cannibals. They are saved by the superhero team called 'The New Mutants'.[57]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Fandral is a member of the race of superhumans known as Asgardians. Like all Asgardians, he possesses superhuman strength, stamina, and durability.

Fandral is a master swordsman, and excellent overall battlefield warrior. He is highly proficient in the use of all edged weapons, and his superhuman dexterity, speed, and agility are all significantly greater than the average Asgardian male. Thor himself refers to Fandral as "the best of us with the blade".[53] Like all Asgardians, Fandral's bone, skin and muscle are roughly 3 times denser than a typical human, giving him an extremely high resistance to injury and superhuman strength.

Fandral rides a horse named Firehooves. He can also use the Asgardian Starjammer for transportation.

Other versions[edit]

In the Guardians of the Galaxy timeline, Fandral is still alive and well in the 31st Century.[58]

In the alternate reality of the 1999 miniseries Earth X, the Asgardians were actually aliens that were manipulated by the Celestials into believing they were the Gods of Norse myth. When the lie was revealed, "Fandral" and the other Asgardians briefly resumed their alien form, but later returned to their Asgardian forms.[59]

In a 2007 story in the Marvel Zombies alternate universe, many heroes attend Nick Fury's briefing on how to deal with the zombie plague, including Fandral.[60]

In 2010 the Warriors Three appear briefly in the Marvel Adventures universe in a supporting capacity.[61]

That same year, Fandral is one of many who fights the Beyonder and dies in the Mutant X reality.[62]

Also in 2010, a young Thor meets the Warriors Three in Thor: The Mighty Avenger. In this context, Thor is not quite sure of his past or his purpose in life. Fandral and the others, though loyal to their friend, must keep secrets from him.[63]

Ultimate Fandral[edit]

Fandral and the Warriors Three appear in the Ultimate Marvel universe, first having a supporting role in Ultimate Comics: Thor.[64] He is later killed, along with all the other Asgardians, in Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates.[65] Fandral is not named by any character directly in the occasions he has appeared, and concept art of the character in the paperback collection of Ultimate Comics: Thor names him "Falstaff".

What If[edit]

In the What If story, "What If the X-Men Stayed in Asgard?", Fandral falls in love with Rogue, one of the X-Men remaining in Asgard, after she discovers that her absorption power does not affect Asgardians. When the two marry, Fandral retires and his place among the Warriors Three is taken up by Nightcrawler.[66]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Warriors Three appear in The Super Hero Squad Show, voiced by Tom Kenny. In the episode "Oh Brother," he and the other Warriors Three members are shown fighting an army of Frost Giants. In the episodes "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kissing" and "Invader From the Dark Dimension," he, Hogun, and Volstagg are shown in a flashback being in a band with Thor. In the episode "Lo, How the Mighty Hath Abdicated," Fandral informs Odin of Thor's status with the Super Hero Squad.

Film[edit]

Joshua Dallas as Fandral (center) in the Marvel Studios film, Thor.

Video games[edit]

  • Fandral appears as a recruitable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. He interacts specially with Volstagg or Hogun if either is included in the player party.

Toys[edit]

References[edit]

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