Film / Thor: Ragnarok

"So much has happened since I last saw you! I lost my hammer - like, yesterday, so that's still pretty fresh. And then I went on a journey of self discovery... where I met you..."

Thor: Ragnarok is the 2017 sequel to Thor and Thor: The Dark World, and the 17th overall film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is directed by Taika Waititi with a score by Mark Mothersbaugh.

The cast includes:

Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson and Zachary Levi reprise their respective roles as Hogun, Volstagg and Fandrall. Sam Neill, Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth cameo as Asgardians.

After the return of Hela, a ruthless, ancient being who had been imprisoned millenia ago, Sufficiently Advanced Alien god Thor Odinson finds himself and fellow Avenger Bruce Banner/The Hulk marooned halfway across the universe on a Landfill Beyond the Stars — and without the mighty hammer that granted him most of his powers. With time running out, Thor and Hulk must now escape the alien Gladiator Games that pit them against each other and find a way back home, before Hela brings an end to Asgardian civilization once and for all.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1

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  • The '80s: All the music and the atmosphere of the film is made in the spirit of the '80s.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Played With. Avengers: Age of Ultron set up Thor's reason for leaving Earth again — that he had to investigate the Infinity Stones and the threat looming ahead. In the beginning sequence, Thor explains that he's still been looking... and hasn't found a single one years after starting his search. After this is explained, Thor finds himself too preoccupied with his current situation to worry himself with finding them, and they aren't mentioned again — except for the appearances by the Tesseract/Space Stone that is, shown still locked away in Odin's vault. It is revealed in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer that Loki steals it before Asgard is destroyed (having only been implied in this movie), and in the first after-credits scene the surviving Asgardians are confronted by a massive spaceship, leading into the next Avengers movie; if this is Thanos looking for the Tesseract, then the arc was less aborted and more "delayed".
    • Bruce realizes that when he Hulks out he's no longer partly in control, having spent two years trapped in the Hulk. He's worried that if he transforms again he'll never return. He does Hulk out for the final fight, but other than Banner doing some quick math in his head before he transforms, nobody else including Thor brings this up again.
    • Thor figures out that Loki had taken Odin's place within minutes of returning to Asgard and promptly exposes him.
  • Absentee Actor: This is the first Thor film that doesn't include Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgård. Unlike Rene Russo, whose character was killed-off in the previous film, these actors' respective characters are still alive. As Portman has said that she will not be doing any more Marvel movies, the mention of her character and Thor breaking up will likely be the last we hear of Jane Foster.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene:
    • Amidst all the colorful chaos and space battles, Thor and the Hulk (not Banner, the Hulk) sit down and have a quiet, friendly conversation where they bond over their similarities.
    • Right before shit hits the fan, Thor, Odin, and Loki have a peaceful talk in Norway.
  • Action Girl:
    • Valkyrie, obviously. As well as the rest of her Valkyrie sisters in her flashback.
    • There's also a few shots showing some Asgardian women with swords, and some of them are even seen fighting in the final battle. Considering the Proud Warrior Race mentality of Asgard, this shouldn't be surprising.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Odin is actually more impressed that Loki managed to trap him on Earth than anything else, praising his adoptive son with belief that Frigga (Loki's magic tutor) would be proud.
    • Thor can't help but chuckle when Hulk describes himself as a raging fire, and Thor as merely a smoldering one.
    • Thor giggles when Loki refuses his proposal to talk, dryly commenting "Open communication has never been our family's forte."
  • Adam Westing: Jeff Goldblum might as well be credited As Himself for how much of this influenced The Grandmaster.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The story combines various storylines from the Thor comics (including Jack Kirby's run, Walt Simonson's run, and J. Michael Straczynski's run) and elements from Planet Hulk.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Korg and Miek undergo this. Miek is The Voiceless and a Flat Character, rather than the Lovable Coward turned Blood Knight of the comics, and Korg has gone from The Heart to straddling the line between Dumb Muscle and Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original Norse myths, Loki fights against Asgard during the Ragnarök, which has also been the case in the comics the couple of times they've adapted the Ragnarök myth. In this movie, Loki is mostly neutral and doesn't want to get involved, until he changes his mind and actually comes to rescue the Asgardians. He is, however, the one to actually start Ragnarok by putting the Crown of Surtur in the Eternal Flames — but that's under Thor's orders, as the last desperate move against Hela. He also is very reluctant, prattling on that the Godzilla Threshold plan is "madness".
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, Hela is the literal goddess of death, and she rules Hel, the place where people's souls go after they die. In here, while Hela does resurrect some fallen warriors, her "goddess of death" moniker seems to refer to her murderous ways rather than her having power over all dead souls. Also, the comic book Hela's most notable superpower, her touch that rots the flesh of the living, has been replaced with the ability to produce an endless amount of deadly blades out of thin air.
  • Advertised Extra:
    • A downplayed example — Doctor Strange is only in the movie for a brief amount of time at the beginning, when Thor and Loki are looking for Odin. However, the ad campaign mostly focused on the other characters instead, only pointing out that Doctor Strange has a cameo for the sake of doing just that. The discussion he has with Thor in Ragnarok (with the never-empty pint of beer) was already shown as his film's stinger, actually. Played straight with D23's preview for the film, however, which definitely tried to make it seem like Strange has a larger role than he actually does:
      If you need even more intergalactic, world-saving action, Thor: Ragnarok in November brings together Thor, the Hulk, and Doctor Strange to face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.
    • Played straight with Odin. He gets a prominent spot on the poster but dies in the first act, and his only subsequent appearances are in a pair of visions Thor has later in the movie.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Thor starts by snarling bloody murder at the man about to cut his hair, but switches to pleading when the man shows his "hair clippers".
    The Barber: Now, don't you move. My hands ain't as steady as they used to be.
    Thor: [angrily] By Odin's beard, you shall not cut my hair... lest you feel the wrath of the might Thor!
    [the barber unfurls a set of whirling blades of death from his wrist]
    Thor: [meekly] Please! Please, kind sir, please don't cut my hair...
  • 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 crown 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.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Valkyries were a group of all-female warriors loyal to the crown, although most of them had been killed prior to the events of the film.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • Loki, possibly, in regards to Valkyrie. Just look at the expression on his face when she pins him up against a wall. He also gazes at her while being tied up.
    • Thor is also a bit of a fanboy when it comes to the Valkyries, and is visibly impressed when Valkyrie downs an entire bottle of alcohol in seconds.
    • Hulk looks visibly happy when Valkyrie knocks him over and then literally walks over him.
    • Banner himself would also count, when Valkyrie is revealed in her armour standing next to a massive gatling cannon he just stares in wonder . And don't forget he used to date Black Widow....
    • The Grandmaster is full of compliments for her and looks terribly pleased with himself when she pats him on the cheek.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • Thor: The Dark World and the subsequent Flip-Flop of God made it unclear if Loki actually killed Odin or if he just imprisoned him. This movie reveals that Loki imprisoned Odin on Earth.
    • It's also not clear if Loki still works for Thanos, though the ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron makes it clear Thanos doesn't trust any of his servants after being betrayed one too many times. The film doesn't really answer the question outright, but it's possible that he isn't. Sure, it's subtly hinted that Loki took the Tesseract and Thanos's ship shows up in the Mid-Credits scene, but if Loki really was still working with Thanos, then why didn't he give him the Tesseract earlier when he was posing as Odin? It's more likely that he took the Tesseract on the off chance that Thanos would catch up with him, so he can use it as a bargaining chip to guarantee his safety (along with the safety of the other Asgardians).
    • It's left somewhat ambiguous as to whether Hela is actually dead or not. The last we see of the character is when Surtur covers the land in fire and plunges his sword through her and then the ground, seemingly causing her to explode into green energy, and then Asgard itself to implode. Logic says that this should have killed Hela, but seeing as she has been shown as being virtually indestructible throughout the film, this could be a case of Never Found the Body. This has likely been done deliberately so that the character can appear in the MCU again, if necessary.
    • Same possibility with Fenris the Wolf, who was defeated by Hulk throwing him off the edge of Asgard. Loki himself survived this fate in the first film.
  • Ancestral Weapon: A variation in that a mural shows that Thor's previously-unknown elder sister Hela was the original possessor of Mjölnir.
  • And I Must Scream: Upon realizing that Thor and Loki are back in New York, Doctor Strange captures Loki and holds him in some alternate dimension. He doesn't release him until Thor is ready to leave.
    Loki: I have been falling for THIRTY MINUTES!
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Waititi describes the film as "crazy" and completely unlike anything in the previous two movies. In fact, he went so far as to say he pretty much ignored them while directing it, and mostly did his own thing. Kevin Feige actually said something similar when the movie was first announced, claiming that it would be as different from the first two Thor movies as Captain America: The Winter Soldier was from Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • And Starring: Both Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins receive this treatment in the poster by being listed as "With... and...". For Ruffalo, this could be to signify how the Hulk is a Fish out of Water, being a Gamma-irradiated monster in a movie based on Norse myths.
  • Answer Cut: When Thor discovers Loki's deception and asks him where Odin is, Loki finally says "I know exactly where he is", and we see a montage of cuts from the Bifröst to planet Earth to New York to Thor and Loki standing on the pavement in Midgardian clothes. Subverted in that the building Loki left Odin in is being torn down and Odin is nowhere to be seen.
    Loki: I swear, I left him right here.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • Hela's victory would mean anything from "Planetary/Species Extinction" to "Planetary/Physical Annihilation" for any of the nine realms.
    • Asgard itself suffers a "Planetary/Physical Annihilation". In order to stop Hela, who is more powerful than anyone, Loki — on Thor's orders — unleashes Surtur. Hela is stopped, but one of the consequences is that Surtur fulfills his destiny of destroying Asgard.
  • Arc Symbol:
    • Fire appears prominently throughout the film.
    • And in a movie focused on the Throne of Asgard, Thor routinely finds himself forcibly strapped to large, grand-looking chairs. Until he finally takes his place as king in the captain's chair of Asgard's escape vessel.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Asgard isn't a place, it's a people."
    • Thor has been called "God/Lord of Thunder" throughout the film, and for good reason. Realizing that his powers are lightning and thunder themselves and not Mjölnir is what finally allows him to turn the tide of the Final Battle in his favor.
    • Thor is told that he's "Home" many, many times in many, many different locations. This is related to Odin's words that Asgard can be anywhere — thus, Thor can be "home" anywhere.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After the destruction of Mjölnir, Thor initially believes he is nothing without it until a vision of Odin asks him, "Are you Thor, the God of Hammers?"
  • Arrow Cam: When Thor is fighting Surtur's minions, Mjölnir smashes them in circles around the God of Thunder. Half of that sequence is seen from the hammer's point of view as it gets back to Thor's hand and destroys everything on its path.
  • Arrow Catch: Hela catches Mjölnir one-handed, à la the Winter Soldier catching Cap's shield back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Then she demonstrates her tremendous powers by shattering it, still with one hand.
  • Art Evolution: While the other Thor films used mainly gold color schemes for Asgard to contrast the more muted colors on Earth and the muddy-grey looks of the other realms, this film's new settings utilize more vibrant, pop-art-style colors than any of the other installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspired by the works of iconic comic book illustrator Jack Kirby.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Thor grew up hearing stories of the bravery and valor of the Valkyries, so he's rather excited to actually get to team up with the last of them.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • When Skurge finally makes it to the court to announce Thor's arrival, Loki observes, "You had one job!"

      Loki's Oh, Crap! reaction to seeing The Hulk in the ring could be an acknowledgement to the many jokes and memes that came out after The Avengers regarding Loki being deathly afraid of The Hulk after being the victim of his Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Appropriately, the viking-themed "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin is used twice to score Thor battling a crowd.
  • Back for the Dead:
    • Thor and Loki find Odin in Norway, right as he is about to die of old age. His death allows Hela to return from whatever dimension Odin was holding her in, kicking off the main plot of the film.
    • The Warriors Three, all of whom are killed by Hela and only one of which gets to even put up a fight.
  • Badass Boast: Hela gets off a great one as she's slowly choking the life out of Thor.
    Hela: I'm not a queen, or a monster. I'm the Goddess of Death. What were you the God of, again?
  • Badass Cape: Thor, Hela, Loki, and Valkyrie all sport impressive capes. During the heroes' confrontation with Hela on the Bifröst, Hulk is the only one without a cape.
  • Badass in Distress: Our hero Thor, among other things, gets suspended in chains inside a pit of glowing skulls, and captured by Valkyrie and the Grandmaster. (The first time, he's merely biding his time to get information before busting out. The second, sans Mjölnir, he actually has to work to escape.)
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: "I pardon you... from life." Cue the Grandmaster's melting stick as he personally executes the traitor he says those five words to.
  • Bathos: Much of the humor comes from heroic and badass moments going off the rails and becoming awkward in some way.
    • Thor gives Surtur a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner right before summoning Mjölnir, though he mistimed it and it takes a couple seconds for it to reach him. Thor asks Surtur to give him a moment.
    • As he was leaving Dr. Strange's manor, he summons Mjölnir (in the form of an umbrella), and it again takes several seconds for it to reach his hand. This time, things are getting knocked down and glass is breaking as it travels through Strange's manor. Thor awkwardly apologizes as he's waiting for it to get to him.
    • In Valkyrie's introduction, she has a typical badass's introduction, taking a long slug from the liquor bottle in her hands before strutting down the ramp of her spaceship, but she drunkenly stumbles and falls off the side instead.
    • Hela introduces herself to Hogun and the armies of Asgard with a grandiose speech about her origins and her intent to bring Asgard back to its former state as a Multiversal Conqueror civilization and offers them the chance to join her. Hogun rebuffs her and tells her that whoever she is, she should leave Asgard be.
      Hela: "Whoever I am?" Did you listen to a word I said!?
    • Thor is about to make his escape from Sakaar, telling Valkyrie that he's going to get back to Asgard and save his people, complete with the phrase "Because that's what heroes do," but he's interrupted when the object he threw at the window bounces back and knocks him to the ground.
    • Bruce Banner realizes the only way to defeat Fenris is to become the Hulk again. He leaps out of the spacecraft in a death defying leap of faith, assuming he'll change into the Hulk before he lands. He doesn't.
  • Barrier Maiden: Odin, surprisingly enough. His death is what allows Hela to break free from her imprisonment.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: A minor one that happens to Loki when Dr. Strange uses sorcery to trap and out-maneuver the trickster god. Up until that point, magic and sorcery had been Loki's thing, which he used to mess with people as well as manipulate them for his own ends. Then Strange shows up out of nowhere and makes Loki look like an amateur. Considering how irritated and put out Loki is by this, to the point where he tries to attack Strange, it definitely comes off as, "How dare you steal my shtick."
  • Big Bad: The all-powerful and ruthless Hela, whom Thor must race against time to defeat in order to stop her violent assault on Asgard, the Nine Realms, and then the rest of the Universe.
  • Big Bra to Fill:
    • Cate Blanchett is far more petite than Hela is usually portrayed.
    • Tessa Thompson is also physically very different from the amazonian Valkyrie of the comics who, depending on the artist, often resembled Power Girl in her dimensions.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Miek is some sort of bug man and at one point seems to be laying eggs.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Loki and the rebel gladiators appear at the Bifröst with the ship from Sakaar during the final battle.
    • Skurge's Heroic Sacrifice, stepping up to hold off Hela's army while the evacuation is completed.
  • Big Entrance: The Hulk isn't exactly patient and doesn't even wait for his arena door to fully open or the Grandmaster to properly introduce him — he just batters through the entrance with a mighty roar.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy:
    • Hulk and Thor, respectively, not that Thor would acknowledge it.
    • Korg and Miek. To the point Korg accidentally steps on Miek at one point, and feels very guilty about it.
  • Big "NO!":
    • The Asgardian playing Thor in the Greek Theatre–inspired play when he mourns "Loki's" death scene.
    • Thor, when the barber at the Grandmaster's arena is about to cut his hair.
  • Big "OMG!": Thor, when the Grandmaster melts another prisoner with his stick right beside him.
  • Big Red Devil: Surtur, which isn't too surprising considering that he's the lord of Muspelheim, the realm of fire.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: When angrily insulting Hulk, the best Thor can come up with is childishly claiming everyone on Earth calls Hulk "the stupid Avenger", before sheepishly apologizing to him later "You're not the stupid Avenger. Nobody calls you the stupid Avenger."
  • Big "WHAT?!": Both Valkyrie and Bruce Banner feel like they recognize each other from somewhere. Valkyrie doesn't figure out that he's the Hulk until he transforms in front of her. The expression on her face says it all.
  • Big "YES!":
    • Thor's reaction when he finds out that his gladiatorial opponent is his friend the Hulk is to shout "YES!"
    • Loki, when Hulk starts to slam Thor on the ground several times during the match, in the exact same manner that Hulk slammed Loki around in The Avengers.
      Loki: YES! That's how it feels!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Hela has been defeated, Loki is redeemed (probably), and the people of Asgard are safe, but Asgard is destroyed, the Hulk may never revert to Bruce Banner ever again, and Thanos has found Thor's new ship.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: "Slave" is such a mean word. The Grandmaster prefers "prisoners with jobs."
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Loki tells the Grandmaster that he's never met Thor before, even though the Grandmaster just caught them whispering to each other.
      Thor: [whispering] Tell him.
      Loki: I've never met this man in my life.
      Thor: He's my brother!
      Loki: Adopted.
    • Bruce doesn't even believe Thor for a second when he says he easily won their previous fight, which involved Thor getting slammed through several arena walls by Hulk.
      Thor: You and I had a fight recently.
      Bruce: Did I win?
      Thor: No. I won. Easily.
      Bruce: That doesn't sound right...
      Thor: Well, it's true.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Played straight for the most part — any time there's a lot of violence (such as Hela's attack on the Asgardians or the fight on the Bifröst Bridge at the end) there is exactly no blood. The only time it shows up it when it's in very small amounts (such as Thor's wounds after the fight with Hulk, and when Hela slashes Thor's right eye out) or clearly non-human in nature (such as the dragon in the cold open or when Fenrir bites Hulk during the Bifröst Bridge fight).
  • Blunt "Yes": Hulk, after Thor angrily exclaims "Are you mad?!" when Hulk throws a heavy shield at him during their argument.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie all engage in much boasting and hollering while they mow down everything in their path from Sakaaran aliens attempting to rescue Hulk to Hela's army of the undead laying siege to Asgard.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Both of the Stingers.
    • After Thor has the spectacularly bad judgement to say, "Don't worry brother, I'm sure everything will be fine," their ship is approached by a much, much larger ship with ominous music thundering in the background. Cut to credits.
    • The Grandmaster exits a crashed ship and finds himself surrounded by the people of Sakaar, still in the process of an uprising. He declares their revolution a tie. Cut to black.
  • Bookends:
    • The movie begins and reaches its climax with Surtur.
    • "The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin plays during the fight scenes from the same beginning and climax scenes. The scenes themselves would quality, as they both involve Thor kicking all kinds of ass.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Played with. Skurge's guns fire way more than they should, but do run out eventually, at which point he uses them to bludgeon his opponents.
  • Brain Bleach: Thor gets a good look at the Hulk's genitals when he emerges from a hot tub. He laments that the image is in his head.
  • Bread and Circuses: Really, the only thing that keeps a violent scavenger anarchy like Sakaar from tearing itself apart are the gladiatorial games that serve the dual purpose of slaking the populace's rage and bloodlust, and culling the numbers of rebellious warriors who can potentially start inconvenient revolutions.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • The first two Thor films had prologues narrated by Odin that provided exposition on the film's villain and the MacGuffin they had or desired. This film's Cold Open dives straight into the story with Thor being held in a cage after Surtur captures him (however, it also sets up Surtur's fully-powered form as the Chekhov's Gun that will be used to defeat Hela). This is rather justified if you consider that at the beginning of the film, the real Odin is missing.
    • Unlike the first two, Loki does not have a Disney Death, or any brush with death whatsoever, and is still at Thor's side at the end of the film (however, it is implied that he is keeping the Tesseract to use as a bargaining tool with Thanos).
    • Regarding the MCU as a whole, this is the first MCU appearance of the Hulk without Tony Stark (as either The Cameo in the other's movie or as part of an ensemble). Banner does find the man's clothes in the Quinjet, though, and gets to wear them for the majority of his screentime.
  • Brick Joke:
    • When Loki comes to visit Thor in the gladiator's cell, he throws stones at him to check if it's Loki or an illsuion. He does so again when Thor sees Loki in Valkyrie's room, this time hitting a solid Loki in the head with a thermos. He does so one last time with the cap from a liquor bottle when they meet after Asgard is destroyed, this time Loki catches it, showing he really came to see his brother.
    • Early in the film, Thor is transported back to Asgard via the Bifröst and accidentally brings a dragon head with him, resulting in Heimdall's room and all within being coated with muck. Later, when Hela arrives from Earth the same way, Skurge is busy mopping the place up, and he quickly claims that he's the janitor.
    • Korg introduces himself with a line about not wanting to hurt anyone — unless you're scissors, in a Rock-Paper-Scissors joke. At the end of the film, he horrifiedly (and mistakenly) thinks he's killed the knife-handed character, Miek — i.e. that "rock" has defeated "scissors".
    • In order to gain access to the Grandmaster's garage, Thor and Loki perform what they call the "get help" to disable his guards. The climax sees the pair facing Hela and her skeleton army, and Loki dryly comments "we're not doing 'get help.'"
    • When Thor and Loki first encounter Hela, she surmises the former to be the son of Odin, musing "you don't look like him." She comments that he looks much more like Odin after she gouges out his right eye in the climax.
    • One of the voice ID codes Thor uses on the Quinjet is "Strongest Avenger" — which isn't his code (it is "Point Break", in a Call-Back to The Avengers). Banner (after reverting back from Hulk thanks to a video replay of Natasha), identifies himself to the ship, and the ship computer replies with "Welcome, Strongest Avenger".
  • Bridge Logic: At one point, Hela is trying to enter an Asgardian stronghold protected by a) a deep chasm, and b) enormously tall stone doors (it's from the Unnecessarily Large Interior school of architecture). She blows the doors open in such a way that they fall outward, bridging the chasm.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Subverted. Much like the first film, Thor spends the majority of Ragnarok without Mjölnir, making him no stronger than the similarly superhuman alien races around him on Sakaar and Asgard, and forcing Thor to utilize his skills as a highly trained warrior instead. However, while Mjölnir is destroyed, Thor eventually discovers he still has the power to control lightning and thunder.
  • But Not Too Black: Averted. The stylist of the movie claims that they considered giving Valkyrie blonde hair, as in the comics. But out of respect of this trope, they left Tessa Thompson's hair black as opposed to making her a Dark-Skinned Blonde.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: With Loki and Thor as Cain and Abel respectively, in comes Hela revealed as their older sister. The two end up working together to stop her.
  • The Caligula:
    • Loki, running Asgard in Odin's place, doesn't seem to concerned with anything other than luxury and aggrandizing Loki, which is how Thor sees through his disguise in about one minute.
    • The Grandmaster is very hedonistic and doesn't appear to be interested in leadership. He treats his position as though he's simply on top of Sakaar's social strata, and apparently sees the power that comes with it as a bonus perk. Somewhat interestingly, he never loses his temper, treating any setbacks like a mild inconvenience; and while he hasn't shied away from killing anybody, his enforcer Topaz is actually more violent than he is.
    • Averted with Hela. While she does conquer Asgard by herself, she's less concerned with royal comforts than she is with starting up a military conquest as soon as she can.
  • Call-Back: A number of lines and character beats reference previous works in the MCU:
    • In the opening scene, Thor references having fought robots on Earth, a nod to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • Doctor Strange mentions that Loki is on a watch list for potential threats to Earth, and outright asks Thor what Loki's doing in New York City (again).
    • Just before Odin dies, he mentions that he can hear his wife Frigga calling to him from the afterlife, referencing her death at the hands of Malekith back in The Dark World.
    • Hela goes through Odin's treasure room, which was originally seen in the first film. She dismisses most of the artifacts as weak (including the Casket of Ancient Winters from Thor), pausing by the Tesseract to say it's the first impressive thing she's seen. She even knocks over the Infinity Gauntlet seen from the first film, proclaiming it a fake (which also serves to resolve the Discontinuity of that Gauntlet appearing to contain all of the Infinity Stones in Thor, while later Marvel movies, from Captain America: The First Avenger on, all show the Infinity Stones as being at large in the universe, and Thanos not only on the hunt for them, but in possession of the Gauntlet he intends to place them in).
    • Thor mentions Hulk is "a friend from work," referencing them being on the same Super Team in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • When Thor meets Korg, he instantly recognizes him as a Kronan, as he previously fought a Kronan marauder near the beginning of The Dark World.
    • Loki is visibly uncomfortable upon seeing the Hulk again, referencing the fact that the last time they saw each other in The Avengers, Hulk smashed Loki into the ground enough times to leave the "puny god" lying motionless in a hole in the floor.
      Thor: Loki, look who it is!
      Loki: I have to get off this planet.
    • The fight between Hulk and Thor has references to both Avengers movies in a row: Thor tries to calm Hulk down like Black Widow in Age of Ultron ("Hey big guy. Sun's getting real low...") only to get pounded in a Metronomic Man Mashing like... well, let's just say Loki laughs and yells, "Yes! That's how it feels!"
    • On the Quinjet, Thor's activation code is one of Tony's nicknames for him ("Point Break") from the first Avengers movie, and the last message received is Natasha trying to convince the Hulk to turn back around (which makes him revert to Banner once he sees it).
    • When Bruce first appears after having been stuck as the Hulk for two years, he asks about Sokovia and is under the impression that the fight with Ultron either just recently happened, or is still ongoing.
    • A line of Odin's from Thor is repeated by Thor and Hela towards the end of the film right before they fight:
      Thor: It's like our father always said, "A wise king never seeks out war..."
      Hela: "...But must always be ready for it!"
    • Near the climax, Banner decides to turn into the Hulk by jumping out of the spaceship he's in, remembering he has used the trauma of crashing into the ground after jumping out of a plane for his final transformation in The Incredible Hulk. Unfortunately, he forgets that it took several seconds for him to transform back then too, causing him to splat into the Rainbow Bridge and just lay there for a few seconds, much to Fenrir and the Asgardian people's utter confusion.
  • The Cameo:
    • By Matt Damon, Sam Neill and Luke Hemsworth, appearing as the actors portraying Loki, Odin and Thor, respectively, in a dramatisation of the events of the previous film. These actors were all runners-up for the roles in the MCU that they are portraying in the play (except for Luke; it was Liam who lost out to their brother Chris for the role of Thor).
    • Scarlett Johansson appears as Black Widow in a replay of her video message from the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • As usual, Stan Lee makes an appearance, this time as the barber who chops off Thor's hair before his first fight.
  • Canis Major: Fenris is a giant wolf large enough to swallow a man whole.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Thor and Loki casually chat with each other while fighting off Sakaarian guards and typing in the stolen security codes.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Odin's harsh decision to banish Thor and strip him of his powers in the first movie takes on a much different context once you learn that his firstborn child, Hela, had to be imprisoned after she turned against him. Rather than a father simply punishing his rebellious son and trying to teach him some humility, it now becomes a father trying to stop his second child from turning out like his monster of an older sibling.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: When Thor heads back to Asgard with Hulk and Valkyrie, Loki is left behind after trying to betray Thor again, and instead heads off on another ship with the liberated gladiators. Later, when Hela's undead troops cut off our heroes and all the Asgardian refugees from escape through the Bifröst, Loki and the gladiators show up as reinforcements and provide the ship as a ticket off of Asgard.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Thor decides to just drop the idea of visiting Miek's home planet at the end of the film after asking where it is leads Korg to go on an utterly strange Cloudcuckoolander tangent.
    Thor: Miek, what’s your home planet?
    Korg: Oh, Miek’s dead. I accidentally stepped on him on the bridge, I’ve just felt so guilty I’ve been carrying him around all day...
    [Miek wakes up]
    Korg: Miek, you’re alive! He’s alive everyone! What was your question?
    Thor: Earth it is.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • A literal case. Skurge is first shown at the Bifröst showing off his collection of stolen items to two Asgardian girls. He shows them two M-16s, claiming that he stole them from "Tex-arse". After a Heel Realization, he performs a Heroic Sacrifice by using these guns to protect the Asgardian refugees from Hela's forces.
    • While Thor is held captive in Muspelheim, Surtur narrates that bringing his helmet to the Eternal Flame in Odin's treasure room will restore him to his true form and let him destroy Asgard. This is exactly how the climax (and Hela) end.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Surtur is allowed to fulfill his prophecy of carrying out Ragnarok.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Lady Sif is completely absent from the film, not even getting a one scene appearance to be killed off like the Warriors Three. Although she's mentioned through the play Loki is watching, portrayed by an Asgardian actress.note 
  • Clark Kenting: Both Thor and Banner decide to disguise themselves on Sakaar. Bruce goes the traditional route of this trope by donning Tony Stark's sunglasses, but Thor points out that he's technically already in disguise since nobody on the planet knows who he is, because they've only ever seen the Hulk. Thor himself is called out for his Paper-Thin Disguise when Valkyrie points out that the blanket Thor haphazardly threw over his head doesn't even conceal his face.
  • *Click* Hello: Thor and Loki announce themselves to a bunch of the Grandmaster's Mooks by cocking two laser cannons at their backs. It's only once the mooks turn around they bother greeting them normally.
    Thor: Hello!
    Loki: Hi.
  • Cliffhanger: Courtesy of the first stinger. Thor, Loki, Hulk, Valkyrie, and all of the Asgardians are on a safe voyage aboard the escape ship... and then Thanos's gargantuan vessel stops it in its tracks. Cut to credits.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Banner is like this for a while after he comes out of his Hulk state. Justified in that he's just been the Hulk for several years without interruption.
      Banner: Then why did you dress me up like Tony!?
      Thor: Because you were naked!
      Banner: ...Okay, I'll give you that.
    • The Grandmaster exhibits all of his actor Jeff Goldblum's odd Verbal Tics, seems incapable of getting names right, calling Thor "Lord of Thunder" and his home "Ass-berg", and seems to have a constantly laid-back attitude no matter the situation - including disintegrating a man, having his champion kidnapped by "the criminally seductive Lord of Thunder", or being stuck in the middle of a rebellion by his "prisoners with jobs".
    • Korg has severe issues telling if someone is dead or not, thinking a half smashed apart corpse is alive but his sleeping friend is dead, thinks he failed in a previous revolution attempt because he failed to print enough pamphlets, tries to attack an illusion he confuses for a ghost, and does numerous other extremely odd things.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
    • Skurge isn't called the Executioner, though Hela uses the word several times and asks Skurge to serve as one for her.
    • Inverted with Valkyrie, who is only called by that name (or Scrapper 142 by the higher-ups in Sakaar), while her real name (Brunnhilde in the comics) is never mentioned.
  • Composite Character:
    • The Grandmaster takes the place of Red King as the ruler of Sakaar and the ringleader of the gladiatorial games.
    • Hela's backstory of having been imprisoned many years ago and freed during the present day is taken from Cul, Odin's brother from Fear Itself. She also catches and shatters Thor's hammer like Cul did to Captain America's shield. Skurge the Executioner is subservient to her, when in the comics he served the Enchantress. An executive producer mentioned her Spontaneous Weapon Creation was taken from Gorr the God Butcher. And her identity as Thor and Loki's long-lost sister is taken from Angela.
    • While captured on Sakaar, Thor plays a similar role to the Silver Surfer in the Planet Hulk series (and Beta-Ray Bill in the animated adaptation). He is forced to take part in the gladiatorial fights and meets Hulk there, even mentioning to their captors that the Hulk was his friend on Earth.
    • Valkyrie's place as an enforcer in the Grandmaster's entourage (as well as her costume) takes inspiration from Caiera the Oldstrong from Planet Hulk.
    • The Revengers is the name of several incarnations of evil Avengers, while the MCU version is more akin to The Defenders with the inclusions of Hulk and Valkyrie, as well as Doctor Strange's inclusion in the film.
  • Continuity Nod: There are multiple background references to elements from earlier MCU films as well.
    • Thor briefly puts Mjölnir in the mouth of the dragon from Muspelheim to prevent it from moving, similarly to how he put the hammer on Loki's chest in Thor.
    • Patrick Doyle's score from the first film returns for the film's final scene. Brian Tyler's "Into Eternity" theme from Thor: The Dark World appears during the "Tragedy of Loki" play, performed by an in-universe choir.
    • While their relationship isn't expressly stated (in the comics they're both Elders of the Universe and consider each other brothers), Goldblum's Grandmaster purposefully evokes Benicio del Toro's Collector. They even have similar hairstyles and facial markings.
    • Valkyrie mentions Xandar from Guardians of the Galaxy as one of the planets they could escape to via a portal.
    • Sakaaran soldiers dressed like those manning the Dark Aster in Guardians of the Galaxy can be seen every now and again throughout Sakaar, particularly the second post-credits scene.
    • Thor's gladiatorial helmet uses same collapsing technology as Star-Lord's mask and Gamora's sword.
  • Cool Ship: Scores of them show up during the Sakaar segments, but a few deserve special mention.
    • Valkyrie's heavily armed gunship looks pretty awesome, is a powerful asset for dogfighting other ships, and has a cool hover mode which turns it upright so the pilot can use the open cockpit as a viewing platform.
    • The heroes' stolen ship — actually the Grandmaster's luxury yacht — is sleek and shiny, befitting its purpose of a leisure ship. It lacks weapons, but its supremely powerful Deflector Shields allow it to tank shots and even an Asteroid Thicket with nary a scratch.
  • Cool vs. Awesome:
  • Costume Porn: A diversity and range of costumes greater than not only the previous Thor movies but arguably the MCU as a whole, with Sakaarans, Asgardians, and people of other worlds, not to mention the Hulk's distinct gladiator outfit, Hela's extremely comics-accurate costume and headdress, and Valkyrie's more traditional white costume with blue cape.
  • Covered in Gunge: When Thor makes his triumphant return to Asgard, accompanied by the remains of the dragon that was chasing him, Skurge and the two women he's chatting up get covered in dragon innards gunk.
  • Crapsack World: Sakaar is a lawless backwater that's in a strange pocket of space where time flows weirdly, probably due to the many wormholes in its orbit, which are constantly spewing out debris and discarded items of all sorts. Society there is hellish and lawless, held in check by the Grandmaster, an eccentric, hedonistic dictator who doesn't really care about what's going on so long as it doesn't impinge on his fun, and the grandiose gladiator fights that he runs.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Director Taika Waititi voices Korg, one of Hulk's allies on Sakaar. He also did the stop-motion for Surtur.
    • Stan Lee has his usual cameo, as he has in every MCU installment to date, this time as a barber delivering Thor's Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • Creepy Monotone: The recorded greeting to Sakaar says things that almost sound friendly but are full of dark implications and backhanded reassurances in a voice that seems soothing but isn't quite right.
  • Crossover: In addition to Hulk's headlining role, Doctor Strange makes an appearance, straight from the mid-credits scene of his eponymous film.
  • Cue the Falling Object: The movie opens with Thor monologuing inside a hanging cell. Then the view moves and we see that he's talking to a skeleton. The lower jaw of the skeleton immediately drops.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: So many of them that they actually make up the majority of the fight scenes, with balanced battles being a rather small minority.
    • Thor completely owns Surtur and his demonic army in the Action Prologue.
    • Hela annihilates everyone who dares to oppose her at any point in the story, be it a current event or some off-screen battle observed in a flashback. Among the most notable examples are her invasion of Asgard and what she did to the Valkyries during her first reign of terror.
    • The scavengers that pester Thor on Sakaar don't stand a chance in hell against the massive anti-ship firepower of Valkyrie's gunship.
    • Once Thor and his posse break free from the Grandmaster's grasp, they carve through the opposition without any problems worth mentioning. This includes Valkyrie and Thor ripping spaceships apart with their bare hands.
    • While the final battle as a whole rages back and forth for a while, the various individual fights often boil down to one side utterly dominating the other.
  • Dark Action Girl: Hela isn't just your average Dark Action Girl, she's virtually a one-woman army who can slaughter hundreds if not thousands of soldiers in one go. She's so strong and durable that not even the Mighty Thor can put a dent in her using his lightning powers.
  • Darkest Hour: Hela brings wholesale destruction to Asgard. And she shatters Mjölnir, of all things.
  • David vs. Goliath:
    • Thor and Hulk share this contrast when they do battle on Sakaar.
    • In a twist, it's Hulk in the David position when he goes up against Fenris, then later the absolutely massive Surtur.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Loki as usual, of course, but Hela is this as well, and Thor proves that he's gotten better at this over time as well. Many other characters also get in on the action; see World of Snark.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange take the places of Iron Man and Captain America (both of whom already do exist in the MCU, but are busy with other things) from the original Ragnarok storyline.
    • From the perspective of Norse Mythology, the Original Loki and Hela are divided into MCU Loki and MCU Hela, with the latter actually having more in common with the mythological Loki than MCU Loki does. As a daughter of Odin, and a sister of Thor, she's also a decomposite of the Comics Loki.
  • Defenseless Transports: Grandmaster's leisure ship subverts this. It lacks active weapons, but its Deflector Shields are more than enough to tank anything thrown at it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Valkyrie starts out as an arrogant Jerkass, but by the end she's more of an Anti-Hero.
  • Dem Bones: The Berserkers, the remains of Asgard's greatest warriors, are resurrected by Hela to serve as her skeleton army.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The second poster released at Comic-Con with the cast nested inside of each other in concentric circles to signify the multiple cosmic realms in which the film takes place.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When Thor finds out that his opponent in the arena is none other than his ally the Hulk, he is ecstatic. The Grandmaster is understandably confused, before Thor spells it out for him; Loki, sitting opposite the Grandmaster, briefly shoots him a look of similar bewilderment. However, the Hulk seems more eager to fight Thor than say hello, which doesn't surprise Thor one bit.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Defied. Topaz hands the Grandmaster the melting stick thing when Loki interrupts him. The Grandmaster is rather horrified that Topaz assumed he wanted to kill Loki for such a minor offense.
  • Disk One Final Boss: Surtur is Thor's major opponent in the film's first act. He is quickly dealt with, paving the way for Hela to be the main antagonist of the film. Then he returns in the finale, having been resurrected by Loki per Thor's request as a Godzilla Threshold to stop Hela, by triggering Ragnarok and destroying Asgard.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Played for Laughs when Hela is appointing Skurge as her executioner.
    Hela: When I was young, every great King had an executioner. Not just to execute people, but also to execute their vision... But mainly to execute people.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Skurge says that he has named his two favorite weapons "Des" and "Troy". 'Cause when you put 'em together, it makes "Destroy."
  • The Dragon: Skurge serves as Hela's second-in-command and her "Executioner" after she escapes — temporarily, at least.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Fandral and Volstagg are hastily killed off by Hela in their first scene, and the former doesn't even get any dialogue. Hogun is also killed off, but he at least puts up a fight.
  • Drop the Hammer: In a reversal, Thor only wields Mjölnir in the first act, and loses his hammer when Hela destroys it during her escape. Instead, he uses a mace and twin swords, while it is the Hulk who wields a "hammer" (which looks more like someone put a car engine on a stick). During their fight, Thor steals said engine and smacks Hulk across the arena with it. When he fights Hela later, he uses Odin's spear and later lightning powers.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Valkyrie escaped to Sakaar in order to start a new life, earning money for the sake of drinking to forget the slaughter that Hela brought upon the Valkyries.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Among the replacement weapons Thor picks up are a pair of short swords.
    • Hulk carries a hammer the size of his opponent and an axe to match.
    • Skurge is quite proud of his dual machine guns from "Tex-arse."
    • Loki often has two daggers.
    • Hela can conjure weapons from anywhere, and when she isn't launching them ad infinitum she sports several in both hands.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Loki. The Asgardians aren't that pissed off at him after he duped them as "Odin" for years, no one from New York City except Dr. Strange calls him out over his actions there years ago (particularly egregious when two citizens waste no time getting selfies with Thor, and say nothing about the destroyer of their city standing next to him) note , and Thor basically treats his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder as "nah, used to your shit by now."
    • Thor lets Valkyrie off easy despite her being directly responsible for most of his problems in the film. He's a bit of a fanboy for her and her fellow Valkyries and is more concerned with stopping Hela (which she can help him with), though. More to the point, her having spent apparently thousands of years torturing, murdering, and enslaving people to die in Grandmaster's arena is never even brought up.
  • Egopolis: Loki apparently spent most of his time as King of Asgard commissioning monuments and theatrical tributes to himself.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The premise of the title. "Ragnarok" is the apocalypse of Norse myths, and Kevin Feige has said the movie involves "The end of everything." And Asgard suffers an Earth-Shattering Kaboom at the end...but like some of the myths, "humanity" (or rather in this case, the Asgardians) will recover to live again in a new world (also in this case, Earth instead of Asgard).
  • Enemy Mine: Loki helps Thor in his first confrontation with Hela, though only until he sees a good opportunity to run away. Afterward, he's extremely vocal about not wanting to join Thor for a rematch, but he does come back to help with the big showdown.
  • Epic Fail: Bruce tries to turn into the Hulk mid-air by jumping out of the ship in order to fight Fenris. Instead his still-human body slams into the Rainbow Bridge with a loud "smack" and he only turns into the Hulk off-screen a few seconds later.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Granted, exactly how "evil" Loki is is a matter of debate, but he was still the Big Bad of The Avengers (2012). Yet he is visibly heartbroken at witnessing Odin's death.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Grandmaster has no evident compunction about killing, but never loses his temper, and is clearly appalled when his chief enforcer wants to execute Loki for speaking out of turn. This counts as an example for Loki, as well, who, as an affably evil former dictator, himself, exchanges an incredulous and somewhat scandalized look with the Grandmaster when she does this.
    Grandmaster: Why are you handing me the melting stick? He interrupted me, that's not a capital violation!
  • Event Title: The title refers to the prophecy of Asgard's destruction. It comes to pass, but under different circumstances.
  • Evil Overlooker: Hela, the Big Bad, is commonly depicted using this trope in the movie's posters, such as the international poster and more prominently in the Japanese poster.
  • Evil Versus Evil: In the end, Hela draws power from Asgard itself, because she is Odin's firstborn, and thus Thor will never be stronger than her. It takes Surtur to defeat her, and destroy Asgard while he's at it to stop her from growing even more powerful.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • The Hulk usually has noticeable curls, but his hair has been cropped in the two years he's spent as a fighter.
    • Valkyrie wears her hair up for most of the film. When she dons her traditional armor and finds a reason to fight, she wears her hair loose.
    • Thor gets his long locks cut for the gladiator arena, much to his blubbering dismay.
  • Eyepatch of Power:
    • Odin, natch.
    • Thor also gets an eyepatch of a similar design to Odin's.
  • Eye Scream: Hela cuts out Thor's right eye, which coincides with the awakening of his full powers, genuinely turning him into his father's son. As it also comes with the realization that he doesn't need to save Asgard to save his people and causes Ragnarok to instigate Hela's defeat, the event may have also been inspired by the myths of Odin gaining wisdom as he sacrificed an eye.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Odin doesn't mind his time coming to an end, spending his last moments staring wistfully at the Norwegian coast before vanishing.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: So many it's a Running Gag.
    • In the prologue, Surtur tries to make a big speech about how destroying Asgard is his destiny, but the chain Thor's dangling from keeps spinning him away from Surtur, forcing the villain to stop monologuing until Thor turns around again. Shortly afterwards, Thor tries to make a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner to Surtur while breaking free from his restraints by summoning Mjölnir to him, but times it wrong and has to wait a few seconds for the hammer to get there.
    • When Valkyrie first appears, she starts to Power Walk down the ramp of her ship... and then falls over, right off the side of the ramp and into the trash, due to being heavily drunk.
    • Thor attempts to make a dramatic exit through a window, and throws a ball at it to break it — only for the ball to merely dent the glass and bounce back in his face mid-quip.
    • In the climax, Bruce decides to become the Hulk again, tells Valkyrie she's about to see who he really is, and leaps onto the Bifröst... only to land very painfully, still entirely human.
  • Fake Ultimate Mook: The Berserkers were supposedly great warriors. Non-combatant civilians are shown fighting them on equal terms. Perhaps being dead for thousands of years had an ill effect on their power level.
  • Faking the Dead: Loki faked his death in front of Thor in order to operate under the guise of Odin (whom he imprisoned on Earth) after tricking him. At the beginning of this movie, Thor figures it out and forces Loki to help him retrieve Odin.
  • Fan Disservice: At one point in the movie, the Hulk's bare green ass is visible.
  • Fastball Special: Thor's "Get Help" plan involves throwing Loki as a projectile. Subverted in that Loki acts as a blunt object as opposed to attacking in mid-air. Needless to say, he doesn't like it. This is apparently not the first time this plot has been used, either.
  • Faux Horrific:
    • The thing that horrifies Thor the most in this film: Is it facing Hela? The destruction of his hammer? The death of his father? The fall of Asgard? No, it's getting his hair cut.
    • Well, it's a tie between that and watching a guy get dissolved in a puddle of goo. Apparently, the smell was pretty awful too.
    • There is also that time he gets a fully unobstructed view of Hulk's junk.
  • Feet of Clay: Thor has the illusion of the virtue of Asgard and his own father shattered, and eventually decides the only way to prevent Hela from going old-school Terrible Conqueror Kingdom Asgard again is to deliberately destroy Asgard the realm; to intentionally bring about Ragnarok.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Thor and Hulk are forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena. Thor doesn't particularly mind the setup, as he makes small talk with Hulk before they throw down, though he does try to insist to Hulk he doesn't want to fight or hurt him beforehand.
  • Final Battle: Thor, Hulk, Valkyrie, Loki and Heimdall fighting Hela and her army of undead to buy time for the Asgardian civilians to flee. And ends with Surtur being unleashed to kill Hela by destroying Asgard itself.
  • Fish out of Water:
    • Bruce Banner, as a human in a story revolving completely around Asgardians. Granted, he possesses very non-human abilities, but he's still out-of-place in the context of the setting. Bruce is on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown from the moment he resurfaces to the moment he lets the Hulk come back.
    • For similar reasons (though to a lesser degree) Doctor Strange, who at least tries to pass on the weird feelings by using his magic to confuse Thor to hell and back for as long as he's in the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Just before the identity of the Grandmaster's Champion is revealed, green smoke is fired in the air. Also, if you look closely at the crowd, some of them are wearing Hulk masks and waving memorabilia.
  • Flat "What.":
    • Loki's use of "Beg your pardon?" can be seen as an alternative to this, given Hela just stole his line.
    • The Grandmaster switches from a smile to a confused, totally blank face after Thor responds to seeing Hulk with a Big "YES!"
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • Thor, Loki, Hulk, Valkyrie and Doctor Strange will all survive, given that they will all appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
    • For those who know the story of Ragnarök in Norse mythology, they were probably able to correctly assume that Asgard would be destroyed in some manner (although unlike in the myths, Thor and Loki survive).
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The use of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song" is no coincidence, given that the Asgardians are searching for a new home at the end of the movie.
    • When Thor introduces himself to Valkyrie (whom he at that point only knows as "Scrapper 142") for the first time, he declares that he is "Thor, son of Odin." While other people outside of Asgard have no idea what this means or why it's significant, Valkyrie calls him "Your Majesty" (albeit fairly indifferently) in reply, hinting at the fact that she is actually Asgardian. (It also hints that she knows or suspects that Odin is dead, since only a monarch can be titled "Majesty".)
    • After arriving on Sakaar, one of the attacking guards rips of Thor's cape off one of his shoulders, foreshadowing Thor's later asymmetrical cape.
    • Hela actually manages to catch Mjölnir without being slammed down to earth, hinting at the reveal that she was the hammer's original wielder.
    • While en route to the Grandmaster's garage, Thor gives Loki a firm pat on the back. In the garage, after Loki tries to double-cross him again, it's revealed that he planted his containment disk on Loki's back.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Hela is enraged when Heimdall steals the Bifröst sword, keeping the rainbow bridge from being opened. She seems to have either forgotten or never knew that Gungnir, Odin's spear, can do the same job as the sword and it just so happens to already be in her possession and can be used in Odin's absence — Loki did use the spear to open the Bifröst at the end of Thor.
  • Fourth Wall Psych: Thor appears to be speaking to the audience as the film begins, but he's merely talking to the skeleton inside his cage.

    Tropes G to O 
  • The Gadfly: Doctor Strange spends his entire appearance using his powers to keep Thor and Loki off balance. Thor petulantly uses calling Mjölnir as an opportunity to trash the Sanctum Sanctorum a bit.
  • Gatling Good: Valkyrie gets her hands on an alien gatling gun at one point, and has a blast using it.
  • Genre Throwback: Once the story leaves Earth, every single frame of this film is a loving pastiche of corny Saturday Morning Space Opera Cartoons such as ThunderCats and Silverhawks; right down to the glam-rock Masters of the Universe inspired logo, tacky '80s disco-inspired decor, progressive-rock hairstyle, hair-metal style fashion, heavy-metal-pulp-novel Aliens, Mad Max style wasteland-rust-punk scavengers, psychedelic synthesizer score reminiscent of Vangelis, and chunkily-macho-looking spaceships reminiscent of the B-Movies of Roger Corman. Even Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, a film beloved by children of the 1980s, gets a nod with the tongue-in-cheek use of the song "Pure Imagination" as Thor is forced through the orientation/indoctrination tunnel. This entire film is an unabashedly hammy and affectionate neon-sparkling love-letter to anyone who has ever grown up in the Ronald Reagan '80s. Mark Mothersbaugh was brought on to record the soundtrack for good reason.
  • Giant Equals Invincible:
    • At full size, Surtur's the size of a mountain and pretty much unstoppable. Even Hela is incapable of defeating him and stopping the demon from destroying Asgard.
    • Downplayed with Fenris; he's a wolf the size of an elephant, and laser blasts barely slow him down - plus he can fight evenly with Hulk, though the latter ends up winning.
  • Gilligan Cut: Loki insists to Thor that they're not going to do the "Get help" routine because he thinks it's humiliating. Cue them doing the "Get help" routine (wherein Thor holds him acting limply for a bit screaming for help before Thor tosses him at the guards).
  • Gladiator Games: Thor and Hulk find themselves pitted against each other in one such.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Thor sports glowing eyes while summoning lightning without Mjölnir.
  • Godzilla Threshold: At the climax, Thor decides that it's better to let Surtur run free and stop Hela than it is to let Asgard continue to exist.
  • Go Through Me: Valkyrie has a brief moment of this when she first arrives to capture Thor, telling the Sakaarans they'll have to do this if they expect to claim him. Seeing as Thor is in a shock-net at the time, the leader naturally retorts that they already have him—which leads to an inversion where she responds, "Then I guess I'll have to go through you." Badassery ensues.
  • Greek Chorus: Loki's play on Asgard includes a chorus of women singing after the reenacting of his "death", much like a genuine tragedy included chorus singing parts.
  • Green and Mean:
    • Like Loki before her, Hela has a predominantly green costume.
    • Loki himself wears much less green this go-around. At the beginning he wears his standard green Asgardian costume, but once he arrives in Sakaar, he picks up a dark blue outfit with occasionally a yellow cape. During the ending, he wears the same outfit but in a green colour scheme.
  • Guile Hero: Gone are the Thud and Blunder days for Thor; he's learned his lesson about the failings of relying on just might and is now even outsmarting his own beguiling brother Loki.
  • Guns Akimbo: Skurge, with M-16s against Hela's undead minions.
  • Happy Ending Override: Hela is defeated, and despite losing all of Asgard to Surtur, Thor, the newly-redeemed Loki, and the remaining Asgardians head safely into space to start their civilization anew. Then Thanos's forces enter the fray and all goes to hell from there...
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Loki takes a few more spins through it in this movie, both allying with and opposing Thor at different points. It is lampshaded when Bruce sees Loki for the first time since The Avengers:
    Banner: So, last time I saw you, you were trying to kill everyone. Where are you at these days?
    Loki: It varies from moment to moment.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Loki finally seems to have gotten his act together, working alongside Thor to defeat Hela and get the rest of Asgard's people to a safe place. Whether or not it sticks has yet to be seen in future films, and it is subtly implied that he took the Tesseract from Odin's treasury while freeing Surtur (though this could be more out of self-preservation, as he'd likely rather be caught by Thanos with it instead of without it; with it, he can at least use it as a bargaining chip).
    • Skurge also pulls one in the final battle, though he is more of a reluctant Heel throughout the film.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Thor has been dumped on the planet Sakaar and is forced to duel against the Grandmaster's champion. He lets out the mother of all Big "YES!"-es when he discovers said champion is the Hulk.
  • Hero Killer: Hela makes short work of the Warriors Three.
  • He's Back: During the final battle, Thor is being badly beaten and pinned down by his older sister Hela, after spending most of the movie Brought Down to Badass and having to rely on his combat training after Hela shattered his hammer Mjölnir. But then he sees a vision of Odin reminding him that he's the God of Thunder, not the God of Hammers, and is able to finally fully harness and use his Shock and Awe abilities without his hammer, using these powers to blast Hela with a huge bolt of lightning and take down dozens of undead mooks, immediately turning the tide of the battle in his and his allies' favor.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Valkyrie is subtly hinted to be bisexual, with actress Tessa Thompson saying that the female warrior who died to save Valkyrie in a Flashback was her lover. There was going to be a scene confirming Valkyrie's sexuality by showing a woman leaving her bedroom (implying they'd had sex), but it ended up being cut from the finished movie.
  • Holy Halo: The mosaic above the throne room depicts all members of the royal family with halos to highlight their divinity. Like other part of the pictures, the halos are moving thanks to Asgardian Magitek.
  • Homeworld Evacuation: It ends with Asgard's population fleeing as Surtur shatters the realm into an asteroid field.
  • Hope Spot:
    • During the Gladiator Match, Thor manages to daze Hulk with a haymaker, before trying to revert him to Banner with the same lullaby Widow used in Age of Ultron. Hulk seems to calm down, takes Thor's hand, everything looks great... and cue the Metronomic Man Mashing...
    • As everyone watches Surtur in his full power destroying Asgard, Korg gives hope to the people, saying that since the foundation rock Asgard is on looks strong, they can always rebuild it... and then even the foundation blows up.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Hulk has struck up a friendship with Valkyrie. They even give each other nicknames that resemble the trope name.
  • Huge Holographic Head: The Grandmaster projects his entire body standing over his city, as tall as a skyscraper. Hilariously, he still talks in a normal, overly casual voice while addressing the city this way.
  • Hulk Speak: From the trope namer himself, who, up to this point, had uttered only four words on screen ("Hulk smash!" in The Incredible Hulk and "Puny god" in The Avengers (2012)). While Hulk is capable of carrying on whole conversations now, he can't use pronouns, to the point he even refers to himself in the third person, has trouble with anything but the simplest sentence structures, and so forth:
    Thor: We're the same, you and I. Just a couple of hot-headed fools.
    Hulk: Yeah, same. Hulk like fire, Thor like water.
    Thor: Well, we're kinda both like fire.
    Hulk: But Hulk like real fire, like raging fire. Thor like smoldering fire.
  • I Am X, Son of Y:
    • Parodied when Thor is confronted by Surtur.
      Surtur: Thor, son of Odin.
      Thor: Surtur! Son of... a bitch! How are you?
    • Later, when Thor is enslaved on Sakaar, he repeatedly tries to invoke his status as Son of Odin, but nobody there knows or cares who he is.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • The guns Skurge took from Texas, "Des" and "Troy".
    • The swords of the Valkyrior are called "Dragonfang".
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The team's best chance at escaping Sakaar is a massive wormhole the locals refer to as the Devil's Anus.
  • I Fell for Hours: Dr. Strange has a fair idea what Loki can do, so he neutralizes him in a pocket plane while he's talking to Thor. Loki's complaint once he's back in the real world:
    Loki: I've been falling... for thirty minutes!
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Thor tries this with the Hulk when they are forced to fight each other in the gladiator match. Thor initially refuses to fight Hulk at all because they're friends, and once he's finally forced to fight back in self-defense, he still holds back and tries to get him to revert back to Banner, using Natasha's "lullaby" and even saying, "I know you're in there, Banner." However, he's eventually forced to give up on this and fight Hulk for real when it's clear he won't be reasoned with.
  • I'm Melting!: The Grandmaster uses a weapon that looks like a rod topped by a sphere to execute people who've displeased him, as he demonstrates with his "cousin" next to Thor. This results in the victim melting into a blue goo, to Thor's horror. Then the Grandmaster complains that he got some on his shoes.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
  • Important Haircut: Thor gets an involuntary one from a barber at the Grandmaster's arena just as he's put to fight in the games. Notably, his ability to conjure lightning on its own doesn't first manifest until after the haircut.
  • Incoming Ham: Loki has his moments.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Played for Laughs. After telling the newly formed team that trying to get through the "Devil's Anus" wormwhole will probably result in them suffering horrifying deaths, Valkyrie grabs a nearby bottle of hard booze and macabrely states "so, drinks!"
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Thor teams up with Loki to get off of Sakaar, predicting that Loki will betray him. Loki does attempt to do so, but Thor had already planted a shock device to stop that from happening.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: A minor instance for Loki, Played for Laughs, but when Strange effortlessly manhandles him with magic and casually gets him out of the way while he talks to Thor, then brings him back almost as an afterthought when finished, this makes Loki understandably pissed off and feeling a flare of rivalry toward another magic user. Hell, Loki's complex is on full display when he feels the need to prove to Strange who the better sorcerer is, only for Strange to nonchalantly send him and Thor on their way.
    Dr. Strange: [to Thor] I think you can handle things from here.
    Loki: Handle me? Who are you? You think you're some kind of sorcerer? Don't think for one minute, you second-rate...
    Dr. Strange: [sends Loki and Thor through a portal] OK. Bye bye.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Thor calls Doctor Strange a "wizard" while Strange retorts that he prefers "Master of the Mystic Arts." Thor continues to refer to Strange as a wizard out of spite.
    • A recurring joke has the Grandmaster constantly refer to Thor as the "Lord of Thunder" with Thor insisting each time that he is the "God of Thunder."
  • Internal Reveal: In this movie, Thor finds out that Loki is still alive, which the audience learned at the end of The Dark World. He's not particularly surprised and in fact figures it out the moment he sees what "Odin" is doing.
  • In the Hood: Heimdall's new outfit.
  • In Their Own Image: Hela refers to the trope almost exactly by name while expressing her plans to bring about Ragnarok.
  • Ironic Echo: Hela tells Loki and Thor to do the exact same thing Loki ordered a crowd to do a few years earlier.
    Hela: Kneel.
    Loki: Beg your pardon?
  • Irony: Hela spends most of the movie impaling her enemies, then seemingly gets killed in the same manner by Surtur and his giant sword at the end.
  • It's a Long Story: Invoked by Thor in the opening of the film, which he uses as an explanation for why he's no longer searching for the Infinity Stones and how he ended up in a cage in Surtur's lair.
  • It Was with You All Along: Thor's innate powers were in fact limited and controlled by Mjölnir, rather than it being the source of his abilities.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Cleverly used by Thor to reveal who "Odin" is on Asgard. He casually throws Mjölnir away, then stands behind "Odin" while calling it back with the hand he uses to hold him by the neck. Loki reveals himself by breaking the façade and dodging Mjölnir.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Hela tells Thor and Loki to "kneel... before your queen."
  • Knife Nut: Hela is able to conjure endless amounts of knives, swords, and even enormous spikes.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Inverted. Everyone on Sakaar expects Thor to be terrified of the Hulk once he arrives. However, both Thor and the movie itself treat his arrival as a moment of happiness and the beginning of the former Thunder God's rebound after Thor has lost his home, his hammer, and his freedom.
    Thor: We know each other! He's a friend from work!
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Thor mentions that he wanted to be a Valkyrie before finding out they are all women, and geeks out over Valkyrie's weapon. He flip-flops a bunch between "disappointed in how she has fallen" and "in awe of how awesome she is."
  • Kirby Dots: The movie, which was released during Kirby's centennial, uses the Crackle quite blatantly. Most prominently in portals such as the one Hela first steps out of in her first appearance.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: The planet Sakaar, which is ruled by the Grandmaster, is an alien scrapyard for derelict spaceships and is known as the "Trash Can of the Universe." Apparently most rogue portals or other teleportation mishaps end up on Sakaar, to justify why so many important characters all end up stranded in the same location.
  • Large Ham:
    • Hela makes up for her long-term imprisonment by magnificently Chewing the Scenery:
      • After killing most of the Einherjar singlehandedly:
        Hela: Oh, I've MISSED THIS!
      • In her first meeting with Thor and Loki:
        Hela: Kneel.
        Loki: Beg your pardon?
        Hela: Kneel... before your queen.
      • While choking the life out of Thor:
        Hela: I'm not a queen, or a monster... I'm the Goddess of Death!
    • The Grandmaster is equally over-the-top, combining a Smug Snake personality with that trademark Jeff Goldblum delivery.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Loki, the God of Lies and The Trickster extraordinaire, not to mention a powerful sorcerer in his own right, gets completely and utterly owned at his own game by Doctor Strange.
  • Last of His Kind: Valkyrie is the last of the Valkyrior. The others were killed in battle by Hela.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Thor's Big "YES!" reaction to seeing Hulk for the first time since Age of Ultron reflects the feelings of viewers, who generally react with joy rather than horror when the monstrous Hulk shows up.
    • Hulk's insistance that Thor is only "like smoldering fire" serves as both an Always Someone Better put down by Hulk and a meta reference to Thor being the MCU's designated Mr. Fanservice.
    • Throughout the film, Hela is constantly annoyed that no-one seems to remember her. This could be referring to the fact that until now, she's never been mentioned in any previous Thor film, and not even Thor and Loki knew that they had an older sister.
    • The scene where Doctor Strange and Thor are randomly teleporting around the Sanctum Sanctorum is basically 'if Thor was fully aware of and disoriented by the editing'.
    • Thor's dialogue with Valkyrie about her past includes a line about how "it's about time" there was a race of female warriors, reflecting public pressure on Marvel to produce a female-led superhero film.note 
  • Like Brother and Sister: Valkyrie and Hulk, who tease each other on friendly terms, seem to have developed this relationship during the Hulk's time on Sakaar.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The film closes with Thor as the one-eyed (same side, no less) King of Asgard.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Played With, as similar to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok features a sizeable roster of characters, with at least 16 charactersnote  Granted, this is pretty large for any movie, but to put this into perspective, that is over 4/5 the number of characters of Age Of Ultron (which had 21 main characters), and two less main characters than Civil War (which had 18).
  • Logo Joke: The Marvel Studios logo is green (color of both Hela and Hulk) and glows as red-hot as the lava seen in the opening scene's background.
  • Magic Feather: After Thor's trusty hammer Mjölnir is destroyed, he eventually learns from Odin's spirit that while the hammer is indeed a mighty weapon, it was not the source of his lighting powers. It came from within him, and the hammer was actually a Power Limiter to help him focus his powers.
  • Magic Pants: Inevitable in anything featuring Hulk, but there's a subtle lampshade of it: Midway through the film, after de-Hulking, Banner winds up naked and has to wear some of Tony Stark's clothes. Throughout the next few scenes he keeps complaining about how tight the pants are, and is visibly struggling to walk. This serves to highlight the fact that the pants stretch with him when he transforms in the climax.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: At one point, Loki suggests to Thor to forget about Asgard, because they don't stand a chance against Hela anyways, and gain favour with the Grandmaster, until an "accident" befalls him one day, after which they're gonna rule Sakaar.
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    • Valkyrie calls Loki "Lackey" at one point.
    • Thor calls Surtur's crown a tiara to his face.
  • Manifesto-Making Malcontent: Played for Laughs with Korg. He explains that he was exiled to Sakaar for trying to start a revolution against his corrupt government. Unfortunately he didn't make enough pamphlets and the only people who showed up to the first meeting were his mom, his mom's boyfriend, and the cops there to arrest him.
  • Marquee Alter Ego: In the comics, Hela's face is usually half-covered by a mask that is part of her iconic Cool Helmet. Cate Blanchett keeps the headgear, but doesn't usually wear a mask, although her helmet extends further when unleashing her full powers, looking closer to the character's traditional mask.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Twofold, in the same scene. Hela becomes undisputed ruler of Asgard, but since all her subjects have fled, taking the Bifröst Sword with them, all she gets is an empty rock, which Surtur promptly destroys. At the same time, Surtur manages to destroy Asgard, but since it has been evacuated, the only person he manages to kill is a mad Queen her ostensible subjects are glad to be rid of.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Once again, Hulk swings around an Asgardian like he's a ragdoll, even doing nearly the exact same movements as last time. Except this time it's Thor's turn in the gladiatorial arena, to Loki's immense delight.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Subverted. The Grandmaster is discussing Hulk's escape with Loki and Valkyrie. Loki speaks out of turn, which prompts the Grandmaster's henchwoman to hand him the deadly Melting Stick. The Grandmaster is shocked and tells her to stand down.
    The Grandmaster: Why are you handing me the melt stick? He was interrupting. That’s not a capital violation.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Pretty much any scene with Hela in Asgard results in this. While she's not without her humorous moments, Hela is a Knight of Cerebus who takes over Asgard, massacres many of its people, and wants to become a Multiversal Conqueror. Thus her scenes conflict sharply when they're cut in between Thor's adventures on Sakaar, which are more overtly humorous and zany.
    • Thor and Loki's search for Odin begins with Loki remarking, "I left him right here," while they observe an elderly nursing home being torn down, and then they meet Dr. Strange, who has some magical fun with both of them. Then they actually find Odin, he dies after a wistful monologue, and Hela shows up and destroys Mjölnir.
    • Thor and Loki have a discussion in which Thor calmly tells Loki that there was a time he thought the world of him, but their paths diverged a long time ago. Loki somberly agrees that it's best if they never see each other again. The soundtrack is sad and wistful. Cue "Hey, let's do 'Get Help'!"
    • Thor and Loki (as a projected illusion from elsewhere) have a bleak conversation inside the holding cell, which ends with both of them bitter and Loki lamenting that Thor will get himself killed... and as he drops the illusion, Korg charges him and kicks the wall, screaming, "PISS OFF, GHOST!"
    • After the final battle and Surtur has laid waste to Asgard, Korg makes an inspiring speech saying that as long as the foundations remain, there's a chance to rebuild Asgard and create a haven for aliens of all species. Immediately, Asgard explodes to bits. Korg cheerfully says, "Never mind."
  • Muggles Do It Better: Hela's undead mooks can fight on a nearly even keel with most of the Asgardians, but are utterly massacred by Skurge's assault rifles (stolen from Earth). They only get him when he runs out of bullets.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Doctor Strange wears yellow gloves, in-line with the costume the character had in The Silver Age of Comic Books.
    • After reaching Sakaar, Thor wears a helmet based on the winged helm his comic counterpart often sports.
    • The Grandmaster refers to the Hulk with the title "The Incredible," a reference to his original and still ongoing comic series The Incredible Hulk. Interestingly, the MCU films never used "Incredible" to refer to Hulk till that point.note 
    • Valkyrie is known as Scrapper 142, after the issue of ''Incredible Hulk'' in which the character first appeared.
    • Valkyrie's friendship with the Hulk is likely based on their friendship from when they were both in The Defenders.
    • Banner's explanation of the balancing act with him and the Hulk taking turns at "driving a car" are taken from Totally Awesome Hulk.
    • The Grandmaster's gladiatorial games are called the Contest of Champions.
    • Loki's new headpiece is taken from his Loki: Agent of Asgard design.
    • Skurge dual wielding M16s is taken from his last stand at Gjallerbru in The Mighty Thor issue 362, as is his death after mowing down hordes of Hela's forces.
    • Some of the architectural patterns and outfits seen on Sakaar are taken directly from the artwork of Jack Kirby.
    • Thor's largely unadorned armor is based on his design from Jason Aaron's contemporary Thor comics. Thor being stripped of his hammer and forced to rely on other weapons also comes from Aaron's run, though in this case he appears to be using swords and a mace instead of an axe.
    • More Jason Aaron; by the end of the film Thor has lost an eye and taken his father's place as ruler of Asgard, just like the Old King Thor from the 2012 Thor: God of Thunder series.
    • The golden mace Thor wields during his gladiator match looks like the one used by his buddy Hercules in the comics.
    • When they first see each other in this movie, Thor refers to Hulk as a friend and is relieved to see him. In Planet Hulk, when Hulk sees the Silver Surfer in the arena, Surfer also refers to Hulk as a friend (something Hulk himself was about to say).
    • The Hulk's casual clothes on Sakaar are the ones he wore while in Tibet during the Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine mini-series.
    • The color scheme of the armor Valkyrie dons for the final battle with Hela is a nod to the white and gold costume Clea made for her in The Defenders #47 back in The '70s.
    • The Grandmaster's tower has sculpted busts of Beta Ray Bill, Man-Thing, the Hulk villain Bi-Beast and the Greek deity Ares.
    • While struggling to come up with a name for his new team that's not "The Avengers", Thor claims they're called "The Revengers", much to Valkyrie's bewilderment. The Revengers is the name of several different teams of evil Avengers from the comics.
    • Thor changes into his Asgardian armor by striking an object into the ground, which becomes Mjölnir, a method used by Donald Blake with his wooden cane to transform into his godly alter ego.
    • At the end, the idea of the Asgardians starting over on Earth after the destruction of their home was the premise of J. Michael Straczynski and Oliver Coipel's iconic 2007 Thor run.
    • In the play within a film, Loki apologizes for the time he turned Thor into a frog, referencing the 1986 Walt Simonson "Frog Thor" storyline.
    • Bruce mentioning his PhDs while complaining that people underestimate him in detriment of Hulk's strength is a reference to a similar line from Giffen and DeMatteis run in the Defenders title, where Bruce mentions having three doctorates, while Hulk could barely write his own name.
    • Thor threatening Loki-disguised-as-Odin by throwing Mjölnir into the distance, then grabbing Loki's head and reminding him that Mjölnir will always return to his hand no matter what is in its way, is taken from a scene in Simonson's run on the comics where he makes the same threat (with a different context).
    • The last Valkyrie Hela kills looks an awful lot like Valkyrie's traditional blonde, blue-eyed comics appearance.
    • Korg, a rock-composed humanoid, calling himself "a thing".
    • Thor's situation at the end is similar to his alien counterpart Beta Ray Bill, flying around in a spaceship with his people looking for a new home after his old one was destroyed by Surtur.
    • Thor quickly identifies Korg as being a member of a species called Kronans, who have the appearance of humanoids made of rock. In the comics the very first Thor story had him defeating a spearhead invasion by these very same aliens.
  • Narnia Time: Time passes weirdly in Sakaar. When Thor and Loki get thrown of the Bifröst by Hela, Loki ends up arriving on Sakaar weeks earlier than Thor despite being thrown seconds earlier. Grandmaster says he would be billions of years old elsewhere in the universe and Valkyrie doesn't seem to have aged at all since first encountering Hela many millenia ago, before Thor and Loki were even born. However, the rest of the film makes clear that whatever is happening in both Sakaar and Asgard is happening in real time, making it either this trope or Timey-Wimey Ball.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome:
    • When Thor and Hulk get ready for a second round, with both combatants primed and ready to take the fight to another level, the Grandmaster shocks him so Hulk can finish the battle right there.
    • Thor stops Hulk's battle with Surtur after just a few seconds, since they need the demon to destroy Asgard and defeat Hela.
      Hulk: But, giant monster!
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Certain scenes in the initial trailers are edited or unfinished, being specifically meant to deceive.
    • Hela doesn't confront Thor and Loki in New York, but rather in Norway, and the shot of her shattering the hammer happens not in an alleyway, but in a green field overlooking the sea. Later previews showed the real version; according to Taika Waititi, this wasn't supposed to be the case, but they changed it last minute because they wanted to set the whole scene, (including the bit with Odin) in a beautiful, peaceful setting.
    • The final trailer shows Thor descending from the sky with his eyes glowing... except in the actual film it's only one eye, with the right one having been torn out during his fight with Hela. The shot where Hela has Thor pinned down during her "goddess of death" speech is also edited to show only light bruising around his right eye instead of a bloody mess.
    • This extends to the print marketing as well. The Comic-Con poster for Avengers: Infinity War cleverly posed Thor in such a way that the spot where his right eye used to be isn't visible. The issue about Thor's eye also applies in the D 23 Trailer for Infinity War, in which it shows him with both eyes. The Official Teaser trailer, however, shows Thor wearing an Eye Patch.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Despite having knowledge of multiple existential threats (including Hela) to Asgard and the universe at large, and having repeatedly been in danger over the course of his rule, Odin never shared this knowledge with anyone else. Thus when Loki steals the throne, he is unable to defend against these threats.
    • Loki's hasty retreat from the initial fight with Hela provides her with access to a Bifröst transport beam, allowing her to return to Asgard.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Loki's lax rule of Asgard soon exposes him to his brother, and his banishing of Odin (unaware of all of Odin's secrets) accidentally allows Hela to escape from her imprisonment, driving Loki to team up with his brother to fight her and save Asgard.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Since she slaughtered the entire army of Asgard for refusing to work for her, Hela raises the soldiers (and Fenris) who were under her employ prior to her imprisonment to serve her once more.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Valkyrie initially tries to "save" Thor from a bunch of scavengers on Sakaar by negotiating with the rabble. When that fails, she unleashes her spaceship's mounted guns on them instead, which—given those cannons are about three times her size and meant to engage other ships—utterly obliterates the squishy human-sized targets in a matter of seconds.
  • No Name Given: Other than her Scrapper identification number, Valkyrie's real name is never stated. We don't even know if it's Brunnhilde like in the comics.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • It is not revealed how Thor was captured by Surtur in the film's opening, although he does mention that he allowed himself to be captured to get answers.
    • As the film opens, Heimdall is not operating the Bifröst, Skurge is. He tells Thor that Heimdall is on the run after Loki, posing as Odin, accused him of treason. We don't see this or get any further context as to how and why.
    • Some passers-by in New York tell Thor they are sorry Jane dumped him. Thor insists to Loki that he wasn't dumped, but doesn't really clarify what actually happened.
    • There is still no explanation as to how Loki managed to overthrow, banish and replace Odin. The implication is that Odin was brainwashed with a magic spell, and after he managed to throw it off, he decided not to return and contest Loki's rule, knowing he was near to death anyway.
  • Not Me This Time: When Thor and Loki find Odin, the old man is under Dissonant Serenity and says he hears his late wife calling to him. Thor angrily scolds Loki to lift his enchantment. Loki's look of concern and horror says it all.
  • Not So Different: Thor says that he and the Hulk are both "just a couple of hotheaded fools" after their fight in the gladiator arenas. Hulk disagrees.
    Hulk: Yeah, same. Hulk like fire, Thor like water.
    Thor: Well, we're kind of both like fire.
    Hulk: But Hulk like real fire, like raging fire. Thor like smoldering fire.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: For the context of the Thor sub-franchise. Mjölnir gets destroyed by Hela. Loki's brief reign posing as Odin is exposed. Asgard is wrecked beyond recognition and later destroyed. A bunch of Asgardians die, including the Warriors Three and Odin himself, making Thor king. Oh, and Thor and Jane are no longer dating. The film also closes with Thor having a drastic new look, namely shorter hair and missing right eye.
  • Odd Name Out: On an alien planet where the highest authority is called the Grandmaster and the arena fighters have names like Thor, Hulk, Korg and Miek, there's apparently room for a guy who's just named "Doug."
  • Off-Screen Breakup: While on earth, a fan of Thor mentions in a very brief, casual aside that Jane dumped Thor between movies. ("Actually, it was a mutual dumping.")
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After Hela annihilates the Warriors Three and Asgard's army, it's implied that Heimdall has been holding off Hela's army and rescuing the civilians for months at a time, single-handedly.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Up in the VIP seats, Loki looks visibly distressed to see the Hulk again.
    • Downplayed with Thor, who acts more annoyed that he can't talk his way out of his fight with Hulk, as usual, after getting met with a Death Glare.
      Thor: Oh, come on...
    • When Thor sees Hela catch and then destroy the Mjölnir.
    • After escaping with Thor into the Bifröst, Loki becomes visibly distressed when he turns around to find Hela chasing right behind them.
    • Loki (disguised as Odin) has this reaction when Thor returns from fighting Surtur.
      Loki as Odin: [sees Thor approaching him as he is disguised and enjoying the play] Oh shit.
    • Hela has the mother of all "Oh, Crap!" moments when she realizes that Thor and co have Out-Gambitted her by resurrecting Surtur to destroy Asgard, and then another one after she gamely tries to fight the gigantic fire demon only to see him raise his sword ready to plunge it into the ground...
    • Thor and Loki have a collective one when they're on their way to Earth with the other Asgardians and a ship (confirmed Thanos's Sanctuary II) that dwarfs theirs in size suddenly appears in their view.
  • Ominous Walk: Subverted when Valkyrie emerges from her ship, begins to stride down the landing ramp... and drunkenly stumbles to the ground.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The Stinger from Doctor Strange featuring Thor and Strange is revisited in this film, with the reasons for Thor being with Loki on Earth and how he persuaded Loki to help him find Odin.
  • One-Man Army:
    • Thor as usual. He shows this once at the beginning when taking down Surtur and most of his mooks with Mjölnir, and then again at the climax after he has fully learned to control his lightning powers and zaps down Hela's army of the dead by the dozens. Both scenes are accompanied by Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song."
    • Hela as well. She is shown multiple times to have taken down several squads of Asgardian soldiers single-handedly without breaking a sweat.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Doctor Strange briefly becomes this for Loki. He traps Loki in a dimension where he's constantly falling, and if it weren't for Thor requesting his return, it's implied he could have easily left him there. When Loki gets out and is understandably pissed, Strange simply shoves him and Thor through another portal.

    Tropes P to Z 
  • Palate Propping:
    • Thor puts Mjölnir into the mouth of Surtur's beast, pinning it to the ground.
    • Hulk manages to catch and hold open the jaws of the Fenris Wolf right before they clamp down on him.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Thor's ingenious plan to hide himself in plain sight is to just throw a blanket over his head. Valkyrie rightfully points out that he's not even covering his face.
    Thor: It does when I do this. [drapes a corner of the blanket over his mouth]
  • Pegasus: The Valkyries are seen riding winged horses in a flashback.
  • Percussive Maintenance: The bracers that allow Valkyrie to remote-control the guns of her ship are acting up, and she has to slap her wrists a few times before they deign working.
  • Physical God: This film returns to the comic roots by portraying the Asgardians, or at least the royal family, as gods or godlike beings. Both Hela and Thor insist on going by their godly titles to the point where it is more than a nickname. The royal family is portrayed as being far physically superior to other Asgardians and imbued with special powers other Asgardians tend to lack. The mosaic above the throne room completes the picture by showcasing the royal family with halos straight out of the Sistine Chapel.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Skurge the Executioner performs exactly zero executions over the course of the movie, and is rather hesitant the one time it looks like he might have to (because it's just a random woman out of a crowd refusing to tell Hela where the MacGuffin is).
  • Pistol-Whipping: Skurge uses his guns as bludgeons when they run out of ammo.
  • Planetary Romance: The bulk of the action takes place on Sakaar, a chaotic Landfill Beyond the Stars ruled by a mad Evil Overlord, populated by countless alien species and located at a nexus of wormholes, all constantly dumping the lost junk of the universe onto its surface. Director Taika Waititi has stated that the cult '80s movie Flash Gordon was his biggest influence—though he also mixed in a bit of John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China, namely the "hero enters Snark-to-Snark Combat with the villain while strapped to a wheelchair" scene.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Thor in the opening scene, so he could get Surtur to reveal how to trigger Ragnarok so that he could deny the artifacts needed to do so to the Lord of Muspelheim.
  • Portal Cut: At the end of the cold open, Thor gets beamed up by the Bifröst just as a dragon is about to devour him. The dragon's head comes along for the ride, without the rest of the dragon.
  • Power Limiter: Mjölnir was this all along. It curtailed Thor's real power and allowed him to control and focus it better while he was still growing into adulthood.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • The Ragnarok is a tale from Norse Mythology. But the MCU Thor is a pragmatic adaption of a comic book that is already a pragmatic adaption of the myth, so it goes without saying that the film will not be an accurate adaption of the Ragnarok myth.note  Other details that we already know (Thor and Loki will appear in more films, Hulk appears in the story, Earth will not be destroyed, etc.) also contradict the myth.
    • In the comics, Hela is Loki's daughter. Instead, in this film she's conflated with Angela, Thor and Loki's long-lost sister. No doubt this in part because it makes more sense for Odin to have a secret child, and partly because the audience subconsciously wouldn't be able to accept Lokinote  having a fully grown daughternote .
  • Prophecy Twist: Ragnarok is the cataclysmic event which will utterly destroy Asgard, and our heroes have to stop Hela from making it happen... or so it seems. It turns out that Ragnarok is the only thing that can stop Hela, and our heroes have to initiate it to prevent her from conquering other realms.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Played for Laughs. Thor thinks fighting Alien Invasions and Killer Robots with Hulk makes them "friends from work."
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Skurge is basically a follower of whomever appears to be in charge and never does anything particularly evil.
  • Put on a Bus: Jane Foster does not return, with a brief dialogue exchange establishing that she and Thor had an Offscreen Breakup. Darcy Lewis and Erik Selvig are not even mentioned. Sif is also absent, with the Word of God explanation from Kevin Feige being that Loki likely banished her to keep her from discovering that he had replaced Odin.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: To take on Hela, Thor reunites several former allies who seemingly left him and/or Asgard permanently, including Bruce Banner/The Hulk, who went into permanent hiding after Age of Ultron, Loki, whom Thor thought was dead since Dark World, and Valkyrie, a former ally of Asgard who's been in exile for centuries. Thor himself also lampshades it.
    Thor: I'm putting together a team, like the old days!
  • Race Lift:
    • Valkyrie, who is a white blonde in the comics, is played by Afro-Latina Tessa Thompson here.
    • Idris Elba returns as Heimdall, the all-seeing Guardian of Asgard, who upholds his sentry even when stripped of his official station.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Loki had finally accomplished his goal of claiming the throne of Asgard for himself. By the events of this movie, however, he has become a rather lax ruler due to spending his entire life as the Black Sheep of Asgardian society in general and of the Royal Family in particular, and therefore never gaining the training or experience to actually rule the realm. Furthermore, Loki has had to keep up his charade as Odin, with whom Loki has always had a frosty relationship. These factors indirectly cause Hela's escape from her imprisonment, setting in motion the events of Ragnarok. There's also the fact that Odin was protecting Asgard from more threats than anyone knew about (which included Hela), none of which Loki knew about.
    • Thor and Jane broke up between the events of The Dark World and Ragnarok. Even if you are an Asgardian prince and an Avenger, if you promise your significant other that you will return, you better fulfill that vow.
    • As a result of being forced NOT to transform into Banner for two years due to being kept as a gladiator on Sakaar, the Hulk has managed to expand his vocabulary (well, somewhat). Doubles as a Mythology Gag to how recent versions of the Hulk have matured due to spending too much time as Hulk, to the extent that he can speak better and Mode Lock Banner into submission.
    • Banner suggests he disguise himself to avoid being noticed by the Grandmaster's henchmen. Thor points out that he needs none since nobody on Sakaar has ever seen Banner or knows that he's the Hulk. Even Valkyrie, who's good pals with Big Green, only gets an odd feeling they've met before.
    • When Loki attempts to betray Thor to claim the reward for his capture set out by the Grandmaster, Thor saw it coming and takes him out. You can only fool someone with tricks and illusions a certain number of times before they eventually catch on. Thor even notes that it has become predictable with Loki.
    • Thor tosses a weighted training ball at a window to break it at a dramatically appropriate time. It's a window high up in a skyscraper, so it's armored. The ball just dents the window, bounces off it, and hits Thor in the head. He has to jump through it himself to finish breaking it.
    • When Thor is hanging on a chain before Surtur, the chain does not stay still, resulting in him having to keep asking Surtur to pause his villainous monologue until Thor spins around to face him again.
    • Skurge expects Thor to remember him because they were both fighting on the same side at Vanaheim. That is about as likely as William the Conqueror having known the name of one random foot soldier who fought under him at the Battle of Hastings.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: When breaking down the planning of an action scene Taika Waititi pointed out that Chris Hemsworth's muscles had to be digitally reduced because they were so huge in real life at the time it was filmed that he was afraid audiences wouldn't believe he could actually look like that.
  • Recoil Boost: During their escape from Sakaar, Thor directs a laser gun pointed at Loki to the ground, and the laser beam sends the guard several meters up in the air. It helps that the power pack likely exploded.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Skurge was never entirely happy with Hela's rule, but went along with it to save his own skin. Finally at the end, he makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save the escaping Asgardians, leaping onto the bridge and slaughtering many of Hela's forces to keep them away from the ship. When Hela realises what's going on, she impales him.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted with Hela, who is not Loki's daughter in this movie, but played straight when it turns out that she's Thor's long-lost sister.
  • Remember the New Guy: Pointedly averted.
    • The first time Thor runs into Skurge, he has no idea who he is. Skurge is put out, claiming to have fought alongside Thor at Vanaheim, which Thor doesn't recall.
    • Likewise, Hela is annoyed that no-one seems to remember her when she invades Asgard. Justified, however, because Odin scrubbed her from Asgard's history.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin appears on the soundtrack in two different fight scenes when Thor is cutting loose. Its lyrics also roughly mirror the fights with "The hammer of the gods" (Thor) showing up "to fight the horde" of Muspelheim's demons and later Hela's undead forces.
  • Restraining Bolt: When Thor is made to fight in the Grandmaster's gladiatorial games, a device is implanted into his neck to shock him into unconsciousness if he isn't cooperative. Other gladiators have the same device stuck on various parts of their bodies.
  • Ridiculously Difficult Route: The rather distinctively named Devil's Anus, the largest wormhole near Sakaar. In addition to all the debris it drops, it's also more powerful and destructive than the other smaller wormholes that dot the planet. The heroes need to go through it to get back to Asgard in time to stop Hela.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: Korg is an alien made of rock, and he introduces himself with a line about not wanting to hurt anyone — unless you're scissors, in a rock-paper-scissors joke. Later turns into a Brick Joke: at the end of the film, he mistakenly thinks he has killed his friend Miek — an insectoid alien who fights with a pair of knifes mounted on bionic arms — by accidentally stepping on him. Hence, that "rock" has defeated "scissors".
    • He also says he tried to start a revolution, but didn't make enough pamphlets. Paper defeats rock.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The Asgardian Royal family is revealed to have been this. While it was already known that it was home to suspect parenting, people who thought killing people of a rival species would gain them their father's approval, and people who liked fighting a little too much, it was revealed in this movie that they were even more messed up than previously suspected. It turns out that Odin became ruler of the nine realms in a bloody war of conquest, and that he made his own daughter, Hela, his Executioner and enforcer, before presumably having an attack of conscience and trying to rule benevolently instead. This means that all of the members of the Asgardian royal family except possibly for Frigga went through a phase when they thought mass murder was an acceptable solution to their problems, even Thor.
    Hela: Where do you think all the gold came from?
  • Rule of Three: Thor throwing things at Loki to check if he's actually there or just projecting an illusion. The first time he's an illusion; the second time he's really there and gets hit in the head. The third time, Thor naturally assumes he isn't really there and throws something out of habit — and Loki catches it.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Grandmaster calling Thor "Lord of Thunder".
    • Thor tossing things at Loki to test if he's an illusion or not. Doubles as Character Development on Thor's part.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Hela being Odin's daughter is consistent with neither Norse myth nor Marvel Comics. This change was probably an attempt to get as close as possible to adapting Fear Itself or Original Sin (both of which feature the reveal of secret relatives of Thor not recorded in myth) while still using Hela, a fairly popular and well-known classic Thor villain.
  • Savage Wolves: The Fenris Wolf, the wolf-looking savage creature loosely based on Fenrir/Fenrisulfr from Norse mythology, appears as Hela's faithful canine companion.
  • Saving the World: Like many other MCU movies, Ragnarok ends with a climactic showdown and huge battle where the heroes try to save the world from the villain. Subverted. Thor eventually realizes that destroying the world is the only way to stop Hela, who draws her power from Asgard. Although, as several people say, Thor saved the important part of Asgard when he rescued its people.
  • Scenery Dissonance: Thor's first confrontation with Hela occurs in a pleasant Norwegian meadow overlooking the sea.
  • Screaming Warrior: In their fight, Hulk responds to the giant wolf Fenris howling at him with an inhuman roar of his own.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Thor, the physically imposing, Badass Baritone God of Thunder, lets out an unmanly, high-pitched scream when faced with something terrifying. Examples include: being bound to a chair that's speeding down a dark tunnel only to have the lights turn up as a voice announces that he's about to meet "the Grandmaster," having a man being liquefied next to him, and getting a haircut.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Skurge does this when he realizes that he seems to be a part of the losing side of a battle, quickly hiding amongst a crowd of escaping refugees. Later, when the refugees' escape is threatened, he pulls a full-fledged Heel–Face Turn, performing a Heroic Sacrifice in the process.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Big Bad Hela has been imprisoned for millennia until Loki inadvertently caused her release through having exiled Odin to Earth, which contributed to him dying of old age. The only thing keeping Hela sealed away was the force of Odin's will, which disappeared with his death.
  • Seen It All: Loki is barely bothered by being used by Thor as a blunt object to throw at people, implying that the "Get Help" plan has been utilized many times before with the same results.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: Downplayed with the Hulk fearlessly and pointlessly jumping at a gigantic Surtur destroying Asgard. Valkyrie and Thor tell him they need to leave because that's suicidal and Surtur's playing into their hands anyway.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Played with. At the beginning, Surtur tells Thor that he can only die after bringing Ragnarok to Asgard, which will happen when his crown is put into the Eternal Flames, which will cause him to grow tall as a mountain as a result. Thor then quips that he'll only have to remove that crown to prevent it from happening and does exactly that, bringing the crown to Asgard and locking it away in the vault. When Thor realizes at the end that the only way to stop Hela is to cause Ragnarok, he remembers Surtur's words and tells Loki what he has to do.
  • Sequel Hook: The mid-credits sequence has Thor and Loki heading off to find a new world for the surviving Asgardians, only for Thanos's ship to materialize, setting up the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Also, earlier in the movie, Loki was seen eyeing the Tesseract (a.k.a. the Space Stone), indicating he likely took it with him before Asgard was destroyed.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Sif (played by Jaimie Alexander) doesn't appear in the film, despite having a significant role in its predecessors, due to scheduling issues. As she isn't seen killed during Hela's takeover unlike her comrades, this leaves the door open for her to appear in later sequels. A producer has suggested that she was exiled from Asgard by Loki in order to keep her from discovering his secret, but nothing that counts as Word of God yet.
  • Series Continuity Error: Hela comments that Thor reminds her of Odin after she rips out his eye, but, as seen in the first film, Odin didn't lose his eye until just before he found Loki, long after Hela had been sealed away.
  • Serkis Folk: The Hulk, Korg and Surtur were played by various actors and stunt men on set, but are rendered entirely with CGI in the finished film.
  • Shirtless Scene: At this point, it wouldn't be a Thor movie without one.
  • Shock Collar: The slaves — sorry, "prisoners with jobs" on Sakaar are kept in line with a remote-controlled implant that shocks the wearer when they step out of line.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bruce Banner's T-shirt (one of Tony's that was left in the Quinjet) has Duran Duran album cover art on it. Which is appropriate, since Duran Duran took their name from a character in an over-the-top sci-fi movie.
    • While Thor's tied to a chair, he's presented with a holographic backstory of Sakaar, with "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory playing at the background.
    • After Odin's death, Thor recites the "In the Halls of Valhalla" funeral prayer from The 13th Warrior.
    • The ceiling artwork in Odin's throne-room displaying multiple scenes from Asgard's mythology is a clear Homage to the famous Sistine Chapel murals depicting scenes from Christian scripture by Michelangelo.
    • Possibly unintentional, but when Thor channels his lightning powers, his eyes glow like Raiden's, and the second time he does it, he starts by diving into a crowd of enemies, similar to Raiden's Superman attack.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Enforced. Doctor Strange was largely absent from promotional materials and trailers, due to Strange being a relatively minor character in the film and his living Badass Cape requiring CGI work to animate. As such, finishing post-production work on Doctor Strange's scenes were deemed of lower priority, and thus he couldn't even appear in trailers until two months before the film's release.
  • Slapstick: It's everywhere in the movie. Nearly every major character gets injured or humiliated in an amusing way at least once, usually self-caused and by accident.
  • The So-Called Coward: Skurge, with shades of What You Are in the Dark. Heimdall's hedonistic Sketchy Successor turned Hela's conflicted right hand jumps into the battlefield Guns Akimbo in order to protect the Asgardian refugees.
  • Skewed Priorities: During their gladiator fight, when Hulk is trying to smash Thor's face in, Thor seems more worried about it making him look like a liar than anything, yelling "You're embarrassing me! I told them we were friends!"
  • Sole Survivor: Valkyrie was the only one to survive when Hela slaughtered all the other Valkyries.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: When Thor tries to leave the Hulk's abode, despite the latter's warning that he's going nowhere, he walks straight into a invisible force field that blocks the hallway. The force field flashes with red intricate motifs similar to those of the rest of the room, and gives Thor a shock strong enough to stun the Asgardian.
  • Smug Super: Played for Laughs a few times with Thor, like when Thor attempts to answer the voice recognition system with the words "The Strongest Avenger" which fails (and then it calls Bruce Banner that when Bruce successfully answers it), or when he lies to Bruce that Thor won their previous gladiator fight which Bruce doesn't remember at all.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • In the actual myth, Thor, Loki, and Heimdall all didn't survive Ragnarok. Nor did most of "humanity", though an Adam and Eve Plot still happens (and there's definitely a lot more Asgardians than two).
    • Likewise, while there have been several attempted Ragnaroks in the comics, the one seen as part of Avengers Disassembled (which seems to have influenced the film) ended with all of the Asgardians dying, including Loki, Valkyrie, Heimdall, and even Thor himself.
  • Spikes of Villainy:
    • The Big Bad, Hela, has a black helm with multiple spikes coming out of it, like the comics, in her "powered up" form. Her Weapon of Choice is similarly a short sword with a spiked blade.
    • Surtur's helmet also contains prominent spikes.
  • Spirit Advisor: Odin serves as this to Thor in the climax, revealing how Mjölnir was a Power Limiter for his true power while the latter is having the life choked out of him by Hela.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: An article from Forbes has called Ragnarok "the yin to Civil War's yang", a sentiment shared by Waititi himself. At their most basic level, both films involve the leads turning to superheroes outside of their franchise to help with the conflict, but there the similarities end and you begin to notice a number of interesting contrasts:
    • While Civil War was a realistic, serious Earth-based Thriller involving former friends and allies becoming rivals and enemies, Ragnarok is an over-the-top Science Fantasy Buddy Picture that involves The Mighty Thor, The Incredible Hulk and even their former enemy Loki working together to fight against a common enemy.
    • While Civil War was a Crisis Crossover movie that featured Loads and Loads of Characters from outside Cap's franchise, Ragnarok mainly focuses on Thor and his allies from his films (with two major exceptions). Just for the sake of comparison, while Civil War features only eight firmly Captain America charactersnote  out of a cast of about 18 characters, Ragnarok only uses about 4-5 non-Thor charactersnote  in a film with about 17 characters.
    • While the ending of Civil War establishes that the titular conflict between Iron Man and Captain America was engineered by Zemo, it is made clear from the beginning that Thor and the Hulk's conflict was caused purely by coincidence. Later on, Thor and the Hulk decide to form a quasi-Avengers team to stop Hela.
    • Even the Big Bads of both films contrast each other. Whereas Helmut Zemo in Civil War was a Villainous Underdog with no powers or costume who relied on strategy and patience, Hela is a one-woman apocalypse. Furthermore, while Zemo was motivated by vengeance against the Avengers due to his family dying during the Battle of Sokovia, Hela is vengeful against her family, the Asgardian Royal Family, for rejecting and imprisoning her due to her violent impulses, and had existed long before the rise of superheroes in the MCU.
  • Spiritual Sequel: The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor had previously teamed up in the 1988 Made-for-TV Movie The Incredible Hulk Returns.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The time spent on Sakaar has been pleasing to Hulk, to the point where he refuses to let Banner's presence emerge. When Bruce does resurface, he's under the impression he just left Sokovia and is horrified to learn how much time he's lost; much of Banner's arc onwards focuses on his concern that if he does hulk out again, the change will become permanent.
  • Starting a New Life: All of the people of Asgard must do this, due to Surtur destroying Asgard and Hela along with it. Odin told Thor that Asgard could be anywhere, so long as the Asgardian people make their home there. Thor chooses Earth.
  • Start X to Stop X: Hela will destroy Asgard and its people, and no one seems powerful enough to challenge her. How does Thor solve this conundrum? Summon Surtur to destroy Asgard and kill Hela, while evacuating the people of Asgard by spaceship. Asgard the place is destroyed, but Asgard will continue exist through its people.
  • Stealth Sequel:
  • The Stinger:
    • Pre-credits stinger: On the vessel containing the surviving Asgardians, Thor and Loki discuss the possibility of their people living life on Midgard. Thor asks, "What could go wrong?" before a spaceship dwarfing theirs in size emerges.
    • Post-credits stinger: The Grandmaster returns to the surface of Sakaar and finds the population still in the middle of the revolution, trying to placate them by calling it a draw.
  • Stylistic Suck: In contrast to the rest of the costumes, the Grandmaster wears hideously garish robes in rather deliberately cheap and tacky-looking fabric, and his melting stick has an almost charmingly retro 60's "generic sci-fi staff" look to it.
  • Subverted Catch-Phrase: Towards the end of the film, while Thor is trying to get the Hulk to back down from fighting Surtur, he drops this line:
    Thor: Hulk, stop, you moron! Just for once in your life, don't smash!
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Volstagg and Fandral are killed by Hela immediately upon her arrival on Asgard, and Hogun shortly afterwards. Fandral doesn't even get a full sentence out before being offed. Hogun at least puts up a fight and gets a more dramatic death.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Downplayed in that while Hulk has been capable of speech and did drop two lines in his prior appearances, Ragnarok sees him becoming more verbose and forming full sentences and carrying conversations with Thor. The film justifies this by explaining that Hulk hasn't turned back into Banner in over two years, and thus has had time to become a bit more sociable.
  • Summon 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 gets revived, grows "as tall as a mountain," and ends up destroying Asgard with his gigantic sword, defeating Hela after an epic fight with her.
  • Super Mode: Thor's true power manifests as this. While previously channeling the lightning through Mjölnir was powerful, here he is essentially lightning incarnate, with glowing white eyes, thunder-infused punches, and lightning-infused weapons.
  • Superhero Movie Villains Die: When Surtur destroys Asgard, both he and Big Bad Hela are (presumably) destroyed along with it.
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: Like Captain America: Civil War, this movie averts this trope by having Thor not only seeking the help of characters tied with his franchise such as Valkyrie, but also that of the Hulk and Doctor Strange, who offers Thor his help so that he and Loki can leave Earth as soon as possible.
  • Super Sargasso Sea: In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, any Blind Jump will add you to the endless stream of junk falling from the myriad portals hovering above Sakaar.
  • Super Window Jump: Thor jumps through a skyscraper window at one point.
  • Survival Mantra: After Hulk turns back to Bruce Banner, Thor takes to muttering Hulk's lullaby on a loop in order to try and keep him from hulking out in public. Banner finds it annoying.
  • Sword Drag: Surtur drags his fire sword along the ground when he gets up from his throne and walks towards Thor at the beginning.
  • Tainted Veins: Banner, finding himself on an alien planet after two years as the Hulk, rants to Thor about how stressful this is to him. While he does, the veins of his face and neck briefly flush green.
  • Take It to the Bridge: The final battle is centered almost entirely around holding the Bifröst Bridge from Hela and her forces while evacuating Asgardian civilians.
  • Taking the Bullet: In a flashback, it's shown that Valkyrie survived Hela's onslaught because a comrade jumped in the way of a sword that was coming for her.
  • Teleportation Misfire: Loki and Thor are travelling by Bifröst when they're attacked by Hela, who followed them. The ensuing fight has first Loki and then Thor pushed out of the rainbow tunnel and plummeting through the space-time continuum. Thor ends up on Sakaar and later finds Loki there too, although he landed weeks before (the Grandmaster mentions that time works weirdly there). It is implied that, thanks to the multitude of portals opening over the sky of Sakaar, most teleportation/hyperspace mishaps result in people being stranded on this planet.
  • Teleport Spam: Used by Doctor Strange in the New York Sanctum Santorum. He teleports himself and Thor so much that Thor spills his beer and breaks shelves trying to regain his balance.
  • Tempting Fate: In the Mid-Credits scene, Thor tells Loki that there's nothing to worry about, and everything will work out fine when they get to Earth. Then a large ship (presumably Thanos's) looms over them.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Thor tries to reason with Hulk in the gladiator arena:
    Thor: Banner! Hey, Banner!
    Hulk: No Banner. Only Hulk!
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Similar to Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, here Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is used in the trailer and near the opening (signifying it as the film's theme song) and then later during the hero's Heroic Second Wind in the climax.
  • There Was a Door: Hulk gets angry waiting for the door to rise on his way into the gladiator ring, and so elects to smash the entire door and its frame a few seconds before it would have been open enough for him to just walk through it.
  • This Cannot Be!: Thor's reaction to Hela catching and restraining Mjölnir.
    Thor: It's... not possible.
    Hela: Darling, you have no idea what's possible. [shatters Mjölnir]
  • Token Evil Teammate: Loki could fit this description among the team that Thor puts together on Saakar, though he probably only distinguishes himself as such among this particular team because he is the most likely to betray Thor.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After Valkyrie's No Kill Like Overkill treatment of two dozen of his buddies, the sole surviving scavenger on Sakaar actually believes it a good idea to charge into close combat with the badass Action Girl all by his lonesome. She might've been drunk off her ass at the time, but that still doesn't make it any less suicidal. Predictably, she handily kicks him into the sky without a second thought.
  • Took a Level in Badass: This movie takes place about a year after Doctor Strange and the titular character is much more competent, easily taking care of a Trickster God.
  • Touch Telepathy: Loki does something like this to Valkyrie during their fight to find out why she let Thor and Hulk escape.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Even though the film tried to keep the identity of the Grandmaster's champion a surprise, anyone who saw the trailers and commercials knew that it was the Hulk.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Thor is mortified when his locks are about to be chopped as part of his induction as a gladiator, though his screams of terror would more likely have been because the sadistically grinning barber was using a device that looks like the Satanic-love-child of a screaming-lawnmower, growling wheat-thresher crossed with a rusty meat-grinder, rather than the actual cutting itself.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Doctor Strange wears magical yellow gloves this time around.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • Unlike the first two Thor movies, Ragnarok disposes of Thor's human supporting cast (who, aside from Jane Foster, were Canon Foreigners to begin with) and focuses more on his adventures in the Nine Realms. In addition, Thor gets a helmet similar to the one his comics counterpart often wears. Furthermore, the visuals borrow greatly from the art of Thor co-creator Jack Kirby.
    • Likewise, this is the truest version of Hulk ever, even more so than the Kenneth Johnson series, let alone the movie versions, as he finally speaks in the distinct patterns of his comics counterpart and has the same "big baby" personality and sweetness.
  • Un-person: Hela is rather unhappy to learn that she had been purged from Asgardian history by Odin during her millennia of imprisonment.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Played for laughs in an exchange between Loki and Korg.
    Korg: Hey man, I'm Korg. We’re about to jump on that ginormous spaceship. You wanna come?
    Loki: Well, it does seem you are in dire need of leadership.
    Korg: Why thank you!
  • Use Your Head: During the climax, Skurge the Executioner headbutts a zombie so hard its body crumbles apart.
  • Video Credits: The pre-Stinger credits feature a silhouette of each main character accompanying their respective actors' names.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Meta-example on character development. While Thor has evolved past his boisterous Thud and Blunder ways and learned the virtues of guile in being a hero, Loki has not evolved his perspective, and ultimately has become... predictable. This enables Thor to handily escape a backstab attempt he saw coming a mile away when they put their escape from Sakaar into motion.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Korg doesn't have the deep bass tones normally befitting a rock monster in fiction, instead speaking in Taika Waititi's much higher-pitched voice.
  • The Voiceless: Miek communicates with his scissor limbs and attacks while his partner does the talking.
  • Waiting Skeleton: In the cold opening, Thor is narrating his story of how he ended up in a cage in Surtur's world to a skeleton that is in the same cage with him.
  • War Refugees: The movie ends with Thor leading a ship full of huddled, shell-shocked Asgardian refugees from the shattered dust that was their homeworld to a new home on Earth. Much of the film cuts back and forth between Thor trying to escape Sakaar and the refugees' initial flight from their homes to escape their new conqueror-queen.
  • The War to End All Wars: Ragnarok is a war meant to bring an end to all that is in the nine realms. True to form, the Infinity War begins soon after this one ends.
  • We Can Rule Together: At one point, Loki suggests he and Thor forget about Asgard and become Grandmaster's Co-Dragons until they can arrange a convenient accident for him. Thor isn't interested.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: Subverted. Loki, who had gained the Grandmaster's favor, pretends not to know Thor when the latter first arrives on Sakaar, but Thor's not having any of that.
    Thor: He's my brother!
    Loki: Adopted.
  • Wham Episode: Odin dies, Mjölnir is destroyed, Thor and Loki learn they have a sister, Asgard the realm is no more (though Asgard the people survive), Thor loses an eye and becomes king of his people, and a sinister-looking spaceship (possibly containing Thanos) finds him.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Hela catching and destroying Mjölnir with one hand.
    • Hulk smashing out of a gate and revealing himself to be Thor's opponent in the alien Gladiator Games.
    • Thor landing on the Bifröst and summoning lightning without the aid of Mjölnir.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Sif doesn't appear in the movie and it's unknown if she was among the Asgardians that evacuated their homeworld before Surtur destroyed it, leaving her fate unknown. A producer has suggested she might have been banished before the events of the movie, but nothing concrete has been laid down.
    • Likewise it is unknown if Lorelei from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. evacuated Asgard or if she was still locked up when Asgard was destroyed.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Upon running out of solutions to stop Hela, Thor decides to unleash Ragnarok on his own world, by ordering Loki to revive the fire demon Surtur. Surtur grows giant, fights Hela in an epic battle and shatters Asgard, rendering the Asgardians homeless.
  • White Shirt of Death: The Valkyrie squadron (except Tessa Thompson's character) was killed wearing their elegant white uniforms.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Subverted. Thor starts telling a story about a childhood trauma where Loki turned into a snake, only to reveal it was because Thor loves snakes, and it was actually Loki turning back into himself after Thor picked the snake up and then stabbing him with a knife that traumatized Thor.
    • Played straight with Loki and the Hulk. Loki almost craps his pants when he sees the green monster and again when Thor points Loki out to Hulk.
      Loki: I have to get off this planet.
  • Wizards from Outer Space: Reinforced. On top of the alien gods, demons and sorcerers we've previously had, Korg, a rock space alien, mentions a number of all new fantasy concepts over the film. For instance, when Loki's illusion shows up to get Thor in on his Evil Plan, Korg eventually runs over shouting "Piss off, ghost!" at it. In another scene, Korg mentions to Thor a pointy wooden stick weapon he's holding is probably only good for killing huddled together vampires.
  • Worf Barrage: In the first Thor movie, Odin refers to Mjölnir as "a weapon without equal." Here, Hela casually catches the weapon and destroys it with one hand.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Hela proves that she really means business when she catches and shatters Mjölnir with one hand and what appears to be minimal effort, depriving Thor of his most powerful weapon and main means of transportation. Previous enemies of Thor either couldn't lift it (Loki) or were killed using it (Malekith). And this is before she powers up. This could be because, as the hidden murals on the ceiling of Odin's palace reveal, Mjölnir was originally her weapon.
    • The Warriors Three have all been shown to be formidable fighters in the previous two Thor films. Hela kills all three of them in her first two scenes on Asgard, two of them with zero effort, and the third, while he gets to fight back and does well, simply doesn't have what it takes to even come close to harming her.
    • Hela brutally beats Thor in one-on-one combat, even removing an eye in the process. Not even Hulk was able to land such damage in any of the films. Even his superpowered Thunder God form could only slow her down, not defeat her, most likely due to Hela drawing power from Asgard itself.
    • Hulk jumps onto Surtur's face and is casually picked up and tossed to the ground in order to show just how insanely powerful Surtur is.
    • A downplayed one, but in first Thor movie it took Thor several blows with Mjölnir to shatter Bifröst. Fenrir casually gouges Bifröst with his claws as he runs, and a bolt of lightning Thor unleashes on Hela on the bridge shatters part of Bifröst with ease.
  • World of Snark: Loki, Hela, the Grandmaster and many others have extremely dry, sarcastic wits in this film.
    • While walking through the vault, Hela arrogantly dismisses most of the artifacts.
      Hela: [looks at Casket of Ancient Winters] Weak! [pushes over the Infinity Gauntlet] Fake!
    • Loki, true to form, has some moments:
      Thor: Hey, listen, we should talk.
      Loki: I disagree. Open communication was never our family's forte.
    • The Grandmaster responds to watching Thor repeatedly trying to escape the magnetic chair he's stuck in with a dry, "He's a fighter."
    • Even Hulk gets in on the action, sarcastically saying him and Thor are the same before comparing their "similarity" to fire and water.
    • Thor himself has taken several levels in snarkiness, compared to his previous appearances, where he was nearly always one of the more dramatically serious characters. For example, when spinning around on a chain while trying to talk to Card-Carrying Villain Surtur.
      Thor: I’ll be back around shortly. I really feel like we were connecting there
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Played for laughs with the "get help" strategy, where Loki feigns injury and clings to Thor for support, letting down their attackers' guard, before Thor hurles Loki at them.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Hela demonstrates that she means business by destroying Mjölnir.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: A couple wrestling moves can be seen during the fight between Thor and Hulk, but the most notable is when Hulk suplexes Fenris!
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Time on Sakaar works... differently. Valkyrie has been there for what, on Asgard, has been millennia, judging from the fact that she fought in a battle that took place before Thor was born and has since become mere legend (helped by Odin wiping their opponent from history), yet they appear roughly the same age. Loki, on the other hand, gets a little bit of the opposite, being pushed from the Bifröst tunnel seconds before Thor but landing ahead of him by weeks. Strangely enough, Hulk has somehow been on Sakaar for two years, both by Sakaar time and by Earth time.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Asgard is destroyed in the end, leaving its citizens searching for a new home.
  • You Shall Not Pass: While the final battle is centred around holding the Bifröst Bridge to allow the Asgardians to escape, it is a repentant Skurge who sacrifices himself to prevent Hela's undead army from entering the ship carrying the refugees, and allow it to escape when Hela has it pinned down.

"Don't worry brother, I'm sure everything will be fine."