Burglar scared off by man dressed as Thor
The terrified intruder leapt from a first floor window to escape Torvald Alexander, who was dressed as the Norse god of thunder in a red cape and silver helmet and breastplate.
Mr Alexander had just returned from a New Year's Eve fancy dress party when he discovered the man in his home in Inverleith, Edinburgh.
He said he acted instinctively to chase the intruder away, and believed his costume may have added impact.
Mr Alexander, 39, said: "We were both startled but then the instant
reaction was that I ran at him and he just jumped straight out of the window.
"I think I would be quite scared if someone looking almost like a gladiator ran at them.
"He might have thought the property was empty.
"He probably would not have expected to meet a strong builder, especially dressed in tinfoil and silver."
The house-breaker did not steal anything but left behind his shoes and the garden fork he used to break in.
He landed on a pitched roof outside the window which broke his fall, and made his escape.
Mr Alexander, whose name has Norwegian roots, was inspired to dress as Thor by the Marvel comics series.
He made his costume himself, using large quantities of tinfoil.
The Norse believed that Thor rode through the heavens during thunderstorms on his chariot, which was pulled by two goats.
Lightning flashed whenever he threw his hammer Mjollnir, which magically returned to him.
He was usually depicted as a big, powerful man with eyes of lightning and a red beard.
Mr Alexander, who runs building firm Alexander & Summers, said he will report the incident to police.
Lothian and Borders Police said they have not yet received a report.