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Species: Frost Giant
Portrayed By: Colm Feore
Voiced By: Sebastián Llapur (Latin-American Spanish dub), Gonzalo Abril (European Spanish dub)
- "You've come a long way to die, Asgardian."
- Abusive Parents: Left his weak and tiny (for a Frost Giant) infant son out in the cold to die. Said son, Loki, was then found by Odin and raised as his own. Said son later kills him in order to gain the approval of his adoptive father.
- Affably Evil: Almost always calm, even-toned and polite when talking to the Asgardians.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Like all Frost Giants, he has blue skin.
- Artifact of Doom: The Casket of Ancient Winters, a device that can freeze entire landscapes and his old weapon.
- Creepy Monotone: Laufey always speaks in a calm, steady voice.
- Disc-One Final Boss: While Loki is revealed to be the one who allowed Frost Giants into Asgard, and makes a deal to allow them inside in force, King Laufey is assumed (at least in-universe) to be the primary antagonist of Thor.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: For such a mighty warrior, all it takes is two shots from Loki to disintegrate him. Though those two shots came from Odin All-Father's staff, one of the most powerful weapons in Asgard's general vicinity.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's clearly a malignant character, but even he doesn't want full-out war needlessly, as he has experienced it, and has seen the costs that come from it.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Frost Giants, whether openly violent toward Asgard or not, are always seen as evil when confronted, whether overtly or not.
- Evil Plan: In the Dark Ages, he wanted to plunge Midgard into a new Ice Age. Odin put a quick stop to that, but the results of that plan set the stage for the events of Thor.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Speaks in a low, calm voice that demonstrates both his villainy and his authoritative demeanor.
- Gender Flip: In Norse Mythology, Laufey is Loki's mother, and a Frost Giant called Farbuti is his father, but in the comics and the film, Laufey is the father and a unidentified female (possibly Aesir) for the mother.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has many claw-shaped ones across his face.
- An Ice Person: Though he's more skilled at controlling it than other Frost Giants.
- Karmic Death: The child that Laufey abandoned to die ends up being the one who kills him.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Frost Giants are bigger than Asgardians.
- Parental Abandonment: To infant Loki and later tells Loki that Odin should have left him to die instead of saving and raising him as his own son.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Laufey is evil, but he's not stupid. He knows that Odin's a dangerous enemy, and wants to make sure that the Asgardians fire the first shot so he can have the moral high ground when he starts the war. Loki cleverly plays this trait against him by setting him up. He allows Laufey and a few Jötunns into Asgard to assassinate Odin (causing Laufey to believe he has an ally within Asgard) while he sleeps, but only so Loki can then turn the tables on Laufey, kill him, and give himself the moral high ground in order to start a war with Jötunheim.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was prepared to let Thor and his buddies go after they invaded his nation and violated the truce, because he knows that Thor is an immature boy that doesn't understand war.Laufey: You know not what your actions would unleash... I do. Go now, while I still allow it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All Frost Giants have red eyes, but his seem to glow to show the unique threat he poses.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the invasion of Midgard during the Dark Ages, wielding the Casket of Ancient Winters.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, he was killed by Odin centuries ago, when Loki was still a baby. In the film, he is left alive, but only temporarily. In the end, Loki kills him.
- Unwitting Pawn: Laufey is manipulated by Loki into boosting his reputation at the cost of Laugey's own life.
- Villain Has a Point: He's right and quick to point out that pre-Character Development Thor is just a boy who tried to prove himself a man, and he's also right about how much a war between Asgard and Jötunheim would cost both sides.
- War Is Hell: Tried to stop Thor from bringing on the fight because, unlike Thor, he knows the damage of war.
- Weapon of Choice: Being a frost giant, he prefers a weaponized icicle.
Species: Dark Elf
Portrayed By: Christopher Eccleston
Voiced By: René García (Latin-American Spanish dub), Santi Lorenz (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
- "Your Universe was never meant to be, Asgardian! Your family, your world will be extinguished!"
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics he's not a great fighter, and is much more prone to use his shapeshifting skills and various schemes than to face his opponents head-on. In the movie, his characterization is changed, probably so that he would make a more impressive Big Bad (in the comics he's merely The Dragon). Another possible reason for the change is that the comic book version of Malekith, whose favourite tactic is to deceive his enemies by pretending to be someone else, would've been too close to the movie Loki.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Downplayed. He's certainly a great fighter and more badass than in the comics, but Kurse is stronger than him and at one point Frigga gives him a serious fight. Played straight after he gets the Aether.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gets both of his arms cut off by Thor in their final battle, though the Aether has started to reform his arms.
- Badass in Charge: He's The Leader of the Dark Elves and quite skilled, even before he gets powered up by the Aether.
- Bad Boss: He is very ready to throw his own men under the bus, should he need to.
- Big Bad: Serves as the main antagonist of the second film, The Dark World.
- Braids of Action: Keeps his long hair in one.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Very light and piercing, overlapping with Icy Blue Eyes.
- Dark Is Evil: He and his race were born in primordial darkness, and they despise the universe of light it became.
- Death by Looking Up: Had just enough time to see his mothership crash upon him after being teleported back to his homeworld.
- Dirty Coward: Threw his entire invasion fleet under the bus by depowering his ships to crush Asgard's forces when he lost the Aether during their first skirmish and to flee the battle, killing anyone who was on board at the time. He even has the gall to claim Asgard forced his hand and they will be the ones to pay for his own cowardice.
- Establishing Character Moment: The moment he realizes he's going to lose against King Bor, he turns off his own battleships' power, dropping them on the Asgardians and killing absolutely everyone on board (implied to be nearly the entire Dark Elf population) solely to clear his own escape.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Or rather, had. As revealed by Eccleston, Malekith once had a wife and children, though exactly what caused their deaths isn't elaborated upon.
- Evil Albino: He's pale enough to be mistaken for a vampire.
- Evil Overlord: Lord of the Dark Elves that lives in a barren land and seeks to extinguish other civilizations.
- Evil Sorcerer: Of the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens variety. He nearly destroyed the universe at first, and then tries doing it again, using the power of the Aether.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whether he's speaking English or his native tongue, his voice is quite deep.
- Fantastic Racism: To other Asgardians and mortals. He considers them "light based vermin".
- Flat Character: His goals and motivations are relatively unexplored in comparison to other Marvel Cinematic Universe villains.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's out to destroy the universe and return everything to darkness, but his motives for doing so are relatively unexplored. Apparently, they had intended to flesh out Malekith's character through additional scenes (according to Eccleston), but it was excised from the film proper.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It should be obvious what kind he has, but just in case half his face burned by Thor's lightning because he invaded Asgard and killed its queen.
- Hidden Depths: Christopher Eccleston hinted several times in interviews that this is mainly because the movie was cut short by several scenes. The Svartalfar were subject to significant development, and there were reasons why they were all behind their king's plan to destroy the universe. As for Malekith himself, he had a wife and child once, and they were killed.
- Humanoid Abomination: After absorbing the Aether he turns into this freaky looking thing with Combat Tentacles.
- Irony: At the end of the first war with Asgard, he dropped his fleet onto the battling armies, slaughtering both sides to cover his escape. Eric Selvig warps his collapsing mothership right on top of him, killing him after he was soundly beaten by Thor.
- Jerkass: Malekith, on the whole, appears to be a rather unpleasant individual, and rude to boot.
- Karmic Death: He sacrificed most of his people by making their ships drop on them and his enemies. He's ultimately defeated by his own ship dropping on top of him.
- Make My Monster Grow: During the climax of the Convergence, when Malekith starts releasing the energies of the Aether, he grows to about three times Thor's height. Though when Thor delivers the final blow on him with Mjölnir, he immediately reverts back to his normal height.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Accursed". If you haven't got the message yet, then you're screwed.
- Omnicidal Maniac: It seems that life and light disgust or "poison" Dark Elves in general, and he seems to treat both as threats that need to be put down.
- One-Winged Angel: After being powered up by the Aether, he transforms into a monstrous humanoid thing.
- Our Elves Are Better: From a race of Sufficiently Advanced Alien demi-gods with Pointy Ears called the "Dark Elves".
- Pet the Dog: Seemed genuinely remorseful when he had to infect Algrim with the darkness to turn him into Kurse.
- Pointy Ears: He's a pointy eared Dark Elf.
- Really 700 Years Old: A god like the Asgardians. Probably older than them, since Loki says that Asgardians live for about five thousand years or so, but to remember "a time before the light" Malekith would need to be at least a few million years old. (See Time Abyss below.)
- Red Baron: Malekith the Accursed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After he absorbs the Aether.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: King of his people and the Big Bad of The Dark World. It's implied in interviews that in regards to his plan for destroying the Universe, his Elves are with him all the way.
- Time Abyss: He's older than Odin, and possibly older than the universe itself.
- Two-Faced: Due to half of his face being burned off thanks to lightning from Mjölnir.
- We Have Reserves: To escape in the first act, set millennia in the past, he sacrifices reserves of his men, and then escapes with his lieutenant and a skeleton crew of elves.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's a Dark Elf with white hair.
- You Killed My Father: Directly involved in Frigga's death, causing Thor and Loki to have an uneasy alliance. Ironically, cut content, according to Word of God, means that he once lost his own family.
Algrim / Kurse
Algrim / Kurse
Species: Dark Elf
Portrayed By: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Appearances: Thor: The Dark WorldMalekith's lieutenant who is one of the few Dark Elves to survive the war against Odin's father Bor, and continues to serve Malekith. Malekith allows him to use an ancient Dangerous Forbidden Technique, transforming him into the nigh-unbeatable Kurse.
- Adaptation Distillation: In the Thor comics, Algrim/Kurse was a minor villain, whose only appearance had been in the same issue where he died, until an omnipotent Cosmic Entity revived him and made him massively powerful as part of a crossover that had nothing to do with the main plot of The Mighty Thor. For understandable reasons, the movie gives him a rather different backstory.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Algrim/Kurse does work for Malekith for a time, but Malekith betrays him and Algrim — a noble soul — swears loyalty to Thor and Asgard, in fact being the one to kill Malekith himself. In The Dark World, Malekith does sacrifice his own people but doesn't betray Algrim personally. Algrim has Undying Loyalty towards his master and becomes Kurse as a result.
- Body Horror: What happens to him (and all other Dark Elves) when transforming into Kurse; as described by the art book, his armor is basically grafted onto his body, with no sign of it being reversible.
- Cool Helmet: He gets one for his transformation, which also obscures his identity during the Trojan Prisoner gambit.
- The Dragon: He's Malekith's most trusted and capable Lieutenant. He was already a great warrior, but when he becomes Kurse, he easily kills scores of Asgardians and Thor is no match for him in pure physical combat. Even Mjölnir causes little harm.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He rarely speaks, but when he does, it's in a deep, baritone voice.
- Eye Scream: His eyes are visibly ripped from their sockets by the black hole grenade that Loki set off.
- Hero Killer: As Kurse, he's both incredibly strong and not without a fiendish intelligence. He first kills his share of Einherjars, then is the one to stab Frigga to death, and during his battle with Thor and Loki, he appears to kill the latter.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Loki manages to defeat him by activating the black hole grenade on his belt that the Dark Elves earlier used to great effect against the Asgardians.
- The Juggernaut: As Kurse, he shrugs off everything that's thrown at him. It takes a black hole grenade to finally get rid of him.
- Mighty Glacier: Slower than the Hulk, or Thor, but much stronger and tougher.
- Neck Lift: A signature move once he becomes Kursed.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Kurse is only defeated by being sucked into a miniature black hole. Nothing else so much as puts a dent in him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: All the other Kursed have their doll masks become their faces in the prologue. Since Algrim was disguised as a Marauder, his Kurse form has a more expressive and demonic visage.
- Painful Transformation: Algrim's transformation into Kurse has him burning from the inside out and thrashing wildly in his prison cell.
- Scary Black Man: More so as Kurse because he's basically a demon, but also less so because his armor has been grafted on and thus conceals his skin.
- Super Strength: As Kurse, he's more than a match for Thor, being able to beat up the thunder god in single combat.
- Time Abyss: He's older than Odin, and possibly older than the universe itself.
- Touch of Death: As Kurse, he can fry people by grabbing them with a choke-hold.
- Trojan Prisoner: He's sent into Asgard disguised as a marauder prisoner just after being given the Kurse stone, knowing that when the transformation kicks in, he can break out with ease.
- Undying Loyalty: Seems to be a racial trait. They might be evil, but Algrim and the Dark Elves in general are also unyieldingly loyal to Malekith, even after he sacrifices a whole fleet to escape. Taking up the "Kurse" is very much this: a Dark Elf will willingly submit to the painful and eventually deadly transformation into a giant monster, and fight for their people until it kills them.
- World's Strongest Man: He's much stronger than Thor, one of the very strongest beings in the universe.
Species: Fire Demon
Portrayed By: Taika Waititi (motion-capture)
Voiced By: Clancy Brown (English), Víctor Covarrubias (Latin-American Spanish dub), Benoît Rousseau (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
- "I am Asgard's doom, and so are you. All will suffer, all will burn!"
- Accidental Hero: By plunging his giant sword into the ground (Hela on the other end of it), burning and shattering Asgard, he ironically ends up saving its people from Hela.
- Affably Evil: Aside from bouts of Insistent Terminology, he's remarkably patient with Thor's antics and well-mannered at the beginning of the film.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Upon running out of solutions to stop Hela, Thor decides to unleash Ragnarok itself to take her out, by ordering Loki to put Surtur's skull in the Eternal Flame. Surtur ends up destroying Asgard with his gigantic sword, defeating Hela in the process. This is particularly driven home by Hela's realization immediately before her defeat that her attacks, which utterly destroyed the other Asgardians she fought previously, can barely even scratch the fully empowered Surtur.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Surtur already stands at around 30-feet tall in his normal form, but says he grows "as tall as a mountain" when fully empowered. The reality is actually much, much bigger, as he can be seen dwarfing Asgard's mountains when finally unleashed.
- Badass Boast: Even though they fall on deaf ears considering that he's laying waste to an empty city, many of his lines are this.Surtur: Tremble before me, Asgard! I am your reckoning!!
- The Bad Guy Wins: The heroes are forced to allow him to come back and destroy Asgard to stop Hela from getting any stronger. The citizens of Asgard survived due to being evacuated, but he still destroyed their homeworld.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thor admits he thought his crown were actually giant eyebrows or something.
- Big Red Devil: Well, he's a house sized demon made of magma, so he's pretty much this by default.
- Came Back Strong: Loki resurrects him by putting his skull and crown in the Eternal Flame, which brings him back as a skyscraper-sized monster.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After appearing and seemingly being defeated in the opening, he returns to destroy Asgard and kill Hela.
- The Comically Serious: Unlike Hela and the Grandmaster, Surtur never snarks or cracks a joke and is entirely serious, which contrasts with Thor and his light-hearted antics and quips.
- Creator Cameo: Taika Waititi, the film's director, did the mo-cap work for Surtur.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: You better believe it.
- Evil Is Hammy: He is normally serious most of the time. But as soon as he is brought back to life and starts laying waste to all of Asgard, he starts hamming it up.Surtur: I AM ASGARD'S DOOM!!!
- Evil Sounds Deep: Fitting his demonic appearance, Surtur speaks in a deep, gravelly voice.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Hela expected his crown to be bigger.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He wants to destroy Asgard because that's what he was prophesied to do, and that's basically it. He doesn't even seem to care if his actions actually end up harming anyone or not or what happens after that, only that the physical place of Asgard is destroyed. This by the way is pretty accurate to the original myths, where Surtur gets little mention, and is more or less there to bring the curtain down at the final fate of the gods.
- Godzilla Threshold: The only reason Thor brings him back is because he's the only one who can permanently get rid of Hela.
- Identical Stranger: More like Identical Sounding Stranger, as Surtur's voice actor Clancy Brown had previously played Colonel Ray Schoonover in Season Two of Daredevil.
- Insistent Terminology: Is rather picky with wording. First off, his magnificent crown is not a "big eyebrow" - it's a CROWN! Secondly, when said crown is placed into the Eternal Flame, he'll grow as big as a MOUNTAIN! Not as big as a house. It's all very important.
- Magma Man: He seems to be made of eternally burning lava and rocks.
- Make My Monster Grow: He starts off several times Thor's size, but once he's exposed to the Eternal Flame he grows to Kaiju-sized proportions.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: He gets to destroy Asgard, like he always wanted... after everyone but Hela has already evacuated.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his serious, threatening demeanor, he gets a little defensive about his crown.Surtur: This is my crown.
Thor: Oh, that’s a crown? I thought it was a big eyebrow.
Surtur: [annoyed] It's a crown!
- Off with His Head!: Thor kills Surtur early in the movie by knocking his block off. Ultimately, it doesn’t stick.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Becomes this at the end when his helmet is thrown into the eternal flame and he destroys Asgard
- Playing with Fire: He's literally a giant made of fire.
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: Surtur claims that he cannot die until he destroys Asgard. He succeeds in this goal at the end of the movie, annihilating both Asgard and himself.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": He starts enjoying himself a little too much when he begins his destruction of Asgard.
- Resurrective Immortality: Surtur can be killed, but it’s implied that he will eventually come back to life after a long time if Thor’s comment about Odin killing Surtur “half a million years ago” is accurate. Also, he cannot truly die until he brings about Ragnarok and destroys Asgard. Putting his skull into the Eternal Flame allows him to come back immediately.
- Serkis Folk: How he is rendered. Who performs the motion capture? Why, Taika Waititi (the director of the movie) himself!
- Summon Bigger Fish: He's the bigger fish, and Loki summons him on Thor's order by placing his helmet in the eternal flame, growing him to full size and power to destroy Asgard and stop Hela.
- Sword Beam: He can shoot streams of fire from the tip of his sword.
- Sword Drag: Drags his sword behind him as he's about to execute Thor as the latter is his prisoner at the beginning of the film.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Stabs Hela with the tip of his flaming sword through her platform down into the planets core, unleashing a pyroclasm that engulfs the city, instigating a wildfire that quickly spreads throughout the world, before breaking Asgard in half, and then having the burning planet explode shortly after, with Hela in the direct center of it all.
- Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the film, Thor apparently kills him. By the end, the Hulk is swatted aside like a pest after getting in a good hit, and although Hela manages to get in some good stabs, she's clearly outmatched.
- Uncertain Doom: It is left ambiguous whether or not he survives annihilating Asgard.
- The Worf Effect: At full size and power, he tosses Hulk away with one hand like a rag doll and easily defeats even Hela.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He could potentially live forever as he is fated to never die unless he brings about Ragnarok, but he just hates Asgard that much.
Appearances: Thor: The Dark WorldA band of ragtag invaders from many races that begin raiding along the Nine Realms after the destruction of the Bifrost Bridge
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Thor: The Dark WorldA Kronan and a member of the Marauders.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He seems to be a leader among the Marauders.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After he's killed, his entire army surrenders.
- Mythology Gag: The Kronans were the first villains Thor ever encountered in the original Silver Age Journey Into Mystery comics.
- No Name Given: We never get a name for him.
- Rock Monster: He's seemingly constructed of rocks, and is blasted apart by a blow from Mjölnir.