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In Avengers: Infinity War, when Thanos

kills Loki and all the other Asgardians,

he then leaves

Thor injured, instead of killing him.

Why?

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    Thanos likely assumed the vacuum of space would kill Thor, or simply leaving him to be destroyed by the explosion caused by the power stone. – Edlothiad Apr 28 '18 at 10:11
  • yeah, maybe. Good precision. – Asterisk Apr 28 '18 at 10:15
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    I wondered the same thing. Maybe he felt it was a waste. Remember Thanos doesn't kill indiscriminately. He believes it's all to do with his destiny. – Möoz Apr 28 '18 at 10:29
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As mentioned in the comments, I believe Thanos didn't kill for the sake of killing - he had a purpose.

With that in mind, he only killed

Loki

because they

professed their "undying loyalty"

then

immediately attempted to kill Thanos.

Which he would have seen to be a lack of loyalty, hence he killed him - not because they were a threat, but because they lied.

Whereas

Thor

never did such a thing, hence he wasn't killed, despite being a potential threat.

If

Loki

never did what was mentioned above, they most likely would still be alive.

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    The quote was from memory, please feel free to correct to the exact quote. – Violet Flare Apr 30 '18 at 9:46
  • Yes, I thought that Infinity War presented a fairly sympathetic portrayal of a character who was, in fact, a mass-murderer. Even though we can agree that his reasons did not objectively justify his acts, we can understand how he might, through various influences, believe that they do. He was not evil "just because" he wanted to be evil, he believed that the ends justified the means, not unlike other relatable, more deceived and desperate than pure evil villains like Darth Vader. – Robert Columbia Aug 16 '18 at 12:24
  • Also he tries to kill just half of the species – Bernard the Bear Aug 17 '18 at 13:58
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Expanding on what Edlotihad said, Thanos would have thought that

Thor would die in the explosion of the ship and also as Thor was beaten up Thanos would have thought that Thor wouldn’t be a threat to him because he does not posses any weapon and as thanos attacked nidavellir and killed almost all the dwarfs and stoped the forging process Thanos would also have thought that Thor wouldn’t be able to forge a new weapon as well.

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