|“||Surrender. The Allfather demands it.||”|
–-Magni to Kratos and Atreus.
In Norse mythology, Móði (anglicized Módi or Mothi) and Magni are the sons of Thor.
Magni's father is Thor and his mother is the giant named Járnsaxa while his brother Móði's father is Thor and his mother is Sif. Both brothers have the same father but different mothers making them half-brothers.
The two brothers are mentioned among the survivors of Ragnarök in the Poetic Edda Vafþrúðnismál.
In the Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, Magni plays a role in the myth of Thor's battle with the giant Hrungnir.
During the battle of Ragnarök when Magni and Modi's father Thor kills the world serpent Jörmungandr their father dies from its venom. After the death of their father, both Magni and Modi became the new owners Mjölnir.
In the God of War Series
Magni and Modi are summoned by Odin and ordered to aid Baldur in his hunt for Kratos, after the former's failed first encounter with the Greek god. They visit the imprisoned ambassador of the Norse gods, Mimir, seeking to know Kratos's location and how to deal with him. Unfortunately for them, Mimir doesn't know Kratos's location, and refuses to help them any further, even after Baldur promises to put a good word for him when returning to Odin.
They both continue their search for Kratos and track him down to Thamur's corpse, noting that the "hammer didn't fall by itself." Magni eventually finds Kratos and Atreus when he drops to the ground from above while battling an ogre. Tossing the beast's corpse aside, he orders the pair to surrender, to which Kratos promptly refuses, starting a fight. Eventually, Kratos buries the blade of his axe deep in Magni's skull, killing him. Modi is overcome with fear upon witnessing his brother's death and flees.
Mimir believed that while Magni may have been a minor Aesir god, his death would not go over well in Asgard. Kratos, Magni's killer, fears no judgement but Mimir states it's their vengeance he should worry about.
Magni's father, Thor, indeed became furious upon learning of his favored first-born son's death, taking his anger out on his surviving son, Modi. Thor called Modi a coward for supposedly leaving Magni to die and then brutally beat him.
Like his fellow Aesir, Magni is very cruel and sadistic, as seen when he makes threats to Mimir after refusing to help the trio find Kratos and Atreus, saying he and Modi, when no one is looking, would return and rip out his remaining eye. Also when he orders Kratos to give himself up to the will of Odin, Kratos naturally refuses, of which Magni finds satisfaction to because of his love for the fight and/or to kill Kratos and his son. In short, he does not care what Odin wants from the Spartan and his son, but only wants to fight.
He and his brother tend to bicker a bit but were of course close to a point. Together in battle, the duo were a formidable force.
However, Magni's weakness was his boastful confidence. He believed he could easily defeat Kratos and his son, taunting them all the while. This allowed Magni to lose his focus and allow Kratos to get the better of him.
On the other hand, Magni seemed to be more mature and serious than his brother Modi, as he's willing to trust his uncle, Baldur; as his father Thor still believes in him (despite Modi pointing out their uncle hasn't been sane for a while). Also, he takes the battle more seriously, considering Kratos and his son as "challenges", perhaps indicating that he thought of them as worthy opponents; comparably to Modi, who shrugged off Magni's comment, referring to Kratos and his son as "an old man" and a "stillborn lamb."
Another notable factor that motivates Magni, much like his brother although to a lesser degree, is to please his legendary father and prove himself worthy to inherit Mjölnir. Magni was favoured by Thor himself to the point where his father would become furious at Modi for leaving him to die.
Weapons and Powers
As a son of Thor, the God of Thunder; Magni is a very powerful Aesir god, enough to challenge Kratos, although he was eventually defeated.
- Superhuman Strength: Magni has incredible godly strength, far surpassing that of any mortal or monster. He is strong enough to snap the neck of an ogre with his bare hands and cast its corpse aside effortlessly. Indeed, he was able to contend with Kratos himself, and at no point in the battle did the latter overpower him. The only known beings strong enough to rival or surpass him are his father, Baldur, Odin, Jörmungandr and Kratos himself. It was said by Mimir that when Thor was crushed beneath Hrungnir, no one could lift the giant's corpse off of Thor except for Magni and Modi when the pair were mere children.
- Superhuman Speed & Agility: As a god, Magni's speed and agility far surpass that of any mortal and monster, but he was not as fast as Kratos, and this ultimately proved to be his undoing.
- Superhuman Durability: Magni is extremely durable, taking extreme punishment from Kratos and Atreus's attacks. He could survive falls from great heights.
- Electrokinesis: As a son of Thor, Magni is able to generate electricity and lightning, sending powerful electrical shocks through his sword and others on contact.
- Cyclonic Blade: Magni carries a huge broadsword hardened by cyclonic thunder. This sword allows Magni to summon a "snowblind" together with his brother, Modi; and can also act as a channel for the demigod's thunder and lightning abilities. The weapon was declared as a knockoff of Mjölnir that was crafted by Brok and Sindri for Thor.
- In Norse mythology, Magni and Modi are mentioned among the survivors of Ragnarok.
- His Greek equivalent (in term of being Demigod with tremendous level of strength) is Hercules.
- In mythology, his mother is the jötunn Járnsaxa. It is unknown if she is in God of War universe.
- Sindri says that both Magni's sword and Modi's mace are both "knockoffs" of Mjölnir, the hammer he and Brok made for Thor.
- Magni is considered the favored son of Thor, as he often receives all the credit for feats of bravery and strength. This is a source of bitter resentment for his brother Modi.
- Magni's name literally means "great".
- Magni's sword design resembles the Mercenary Sword.
- During the course battle, pair of them will shout "ÓÐR BRÓÐIR BLINDR!" ÓÐR means mental faculties or voice in old Norse. BRÓÐIR means brother, and BLINDR means blind. So, it could mean brother's voice of blinding. As Magni and Modi are brothers, this makes sense, as well as the fact it blinds the target.
- Possibly due to his Jötunn heritage; Magni is remarkably tall, towering at least a foot over Kratos, who himself is taller than most at around 6 and a half foot.
- It is ironic how Kratos cannot escape Magni's grip without Atreus's help, given that Kratos has easily escaped the grip of Hercules, stopped Cronos from crushing him with his bare hands, and many more examples. This was most likely done for the sake of gameplay.
- Magni is voiced (and possibly mo-capped) by Troy Baker, who previously voiced Orkos in God of War: Ascension.
- Incidentally, Baker also played Sam Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, playing older brother to series protagonist Nathan Drake who was played by Nolan North. North also portrayed Modi in God of War.
- Baker is perhaps best known for his role as Joel in The Last of Us, which many people have compared the latest God of War too, as both feature an older man escorting a child on a journey through dangerous territory.