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Fandral the Dashing

Fandral

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 were members of the supporting cast in Marvel's Thor comics and usually provided comic relief and side-adventures.

It is generally accepted that Jack Kirby based Fandral on actor Errol Flynn.

Fictional character biography

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. He helped quell a mutiny led by Loki. He helped repel an attack of the Flying Trolls of Thryheim. He helped defeat the forces of Harokin. He battled the dragon Fafnir. He defeated the Mogul of the Mystic Mountain. He helped defend Asgard from the Destroyer. He encountered the Hulk.

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

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

Fandral later helped retake Asgard from the forces of Tyr. He rescued the god Bragi. He battled the forces of Surtur on Earth. He went to Chicago to settle the affairs of Thor's alter ego, Dr. Don Blake. He encountered Power Pack in New York. He encountered Sunspot of the New Mutants. He was overcome by a mystery plague. He defeated a griffin-like creature. He helped defend Asgard against the forces of Seth.

Fandral once set off on a mission to repair mischief done by Loki, and to rescue Mord. During this, he learns that his womanizing ways have deeply hurt many women. He is overcome by great shame and declares, 'for the nonce, I have forsworn philandering'.

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

Fandral relates a tale concerning a journey to Earth and his subsequent marriage to a woman named Marian. 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.

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.

Fandral seemingly perishes early on in the final battle of Ragnarok. Others who have perished in the same battle, such as Heimdall, have been found alive and well on Earth.

Powers and abilities

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". 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.

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