The weight of various pop culture figures is an important and popular topic of debate. Celebrity weight loss and gain is breathlessly reported on by the trashiest of magazines, while questions about image enhancing and unrealistic body proportions haunt the classier publications. It’s hard enough to guess the weights of most real life celebrities, so when fictional characters enter the discussion, all bets are off. The creators of these fictional characters have to decide on their creations’ physical attributes more or less arbitrarily, and some of the results are quite... unexpected.
We know the heights and ages of most fictional characters from video games and comic books because those mediums tend to be pretty fanatical about their stat-keeping. That makes it all the easier for the truly bizarre examples to stand out, such as the countless seemingly slim and skinny characters who actually weight a lot. Most of these imaginary heroes and villains are portrayed as trim as their other spandex-wearing colleagues, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t hiding a scale-busting mass under their tights.
Thor is the definitive hunk on the Avengers roster, whether he’s being drawn on the comic book page or portrayed by Chris Hemsworth. Thor is obviously carrying a fair amount of muscle, but his weight is actually such that we would consider him morbidly obese.
Thor weighs in at a shocking 640 pounds, which is mostly a result of his Asgardian physiology. The people of Asgard are much more dense than regular human beings, giving them greater durability but also greater mass. We know about the weight of Thor and all his compatriots thanks to the many Marvel guidebooks that the company has published.Did this surprise you?
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The traditional comic book version of Aquaman is a lot different than the oversized version that Jason Momoa portrays in 2017’s Justice League. No matter what version you’re talking about, however, it still comes as a surprise to see that the underwater hero racks up an astonishing 325 pounds.
This seems counterproductive for a character who spends much of his time in the sea, but apparently it's part of Aquaman’s half-Atlantean physiology. This bulkiness may make his stats look awkward, but it also helps him rocket through the ocean and go toe-to-toe with the most powerful of DC villains. Various DC appendixes have given us Aquaman’s vital statistics.Did this surprise you?
Unlike her cousin, Bruce Banner, She-Hulk is not bulging at the seams with rippling muscles. She-Hulk is as strong as they come, to be sure, but her physique has always maintained a slim silhouette. There are few people that weigh 650 pounds and can get away with wearing swimwear around everywhere, but Jen Walters is apparently one of them.
Of course, when caught up in a rage, She-Hulk’s body can take on all the hulking monstrosity of her more famous cousin. We know all about Shulk’s weight due to the countless guidebooks published by Marvel each year.Did this surprise you?
Valkyrie is among the lesser-known Marvel heroines, but she’s received a large boost in the popular imagination from her role in Thor: Ragnarok. Valkyrie is a sword-wielding, dead-spirit-guiding badass with a flying horse, and she mostly takes the form of a svelte Scandinavian babe.
Like all Asgardians, however, Valkyrie has a denser physiology than normal humans, which leaves her tipping the scales at 475 pounds. And that’s not even counting her gigantic sword! We know all about Valkyrie’s physical stats from the many Marvel guidebooks that have been published over the years.Did this surprise you?