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.
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.1,432272Did this surprise you?
Amora the Enchantress is easily the most seductive of Thor’s villains. Which, to be fair, isn't saying much since they are usually of the hairy and gigantic variety. Amora spends her time alternating between trying to destroy Thor and trying to make him fall in love with her, but either way her feminine wiles are usually front and center.
The Enchantress looks especially petite next to her usual bodyguard, The Executioner, but she actually weighs more than most sumo wrestlers. Her Asgardian physiology gives her a denser, and thus heavier, body, weighing in at a whopping 450 pounds. We’ve seen her stats recorded in a number of Marvel guidebooks published by the company.1,054239Did this surprise you?
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.1,844550Did 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.1,002375Did this surprise you?