Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Nine RealmsThe Nine Realms are nine worlds that are connected to each other by the branches of Yggdrasil.
Several millennia ago, Odin and Hela, his firstborn, conquered the Nine Realms in a brutal and bloody war. After Odin's change of heart, Asgard still remains the head of the Nine Realms, as the king of Asgard is the sworn protector of all of them.
- When the Planets Align: Every 5000 years, the Convergence occurs, an alignment of the Nine Realms that causes portals between the worlds to open at random.
MidgardAlso known as the Earth or Terra.
- See the Main Character Index
- Humans Are Flawed: A recurring theme throughout MCU is that, save for few exceptions, humans are flawed but ultimately well-meaning people.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Aliens like Loki and The Other thought that Earth was easily conquered. They are proven wrong.
- Planet Terra: Many alien races refer to humans almost exclusively as Terrans, and to Earth as Terra or the Terran Homeworld. However, Rocket has also been known to call Peter Quill or Scott Lang a "hummie", so they're at least aware of the word humans use for themselves.
- Puny Earthlings:
- Aliens, especially the sufficiently advanced ones, don't think much of the Earthlings in general. Loki thinks they're made to be ruled. A Kree scanner deems a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent's threat level low-to-none while Supreme Intelligence considers Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot, nothing without her cosmic powers.
- Even the more decent aliens but Long-Lived and don't really age as much as humans do, like Professor Randolph and Enoch, tend to be indifferent or insensitive at how limited normal humans' life span really is.
- You Are Number 6: The Kree, or at least those who directly work for the Empire like Starforce and the Accusers, refer to Earth as "C-53".
Appearances: Thor | Thor: The Dark World
Species: Frost Giant
Portrayed By: Colm Feore
Voiced By: Sebastián Llapur (Latin-American Spanish dub), Gonzalo Abril (European Spanish dub)
The King of Jötunheim and a Frost Giant. Over 1,200 years ago, Laufey invaded Earth (Midgard) in an attempt to conquer it, but Odin and the Gods came to Earth's aid and pushed them back to Jötunheim and defeated them, and took the Casket of Ancient Winters, a powerful artifact, from them. Since then, Laufey desires peace first, but if possible, to get the Casket back.
- Abusive Parents: Left his weak and tiny (for a Frost Giant) infant son out in the cold to die. Said son, Loki, was then found by Odin and raised as his own. Said son later kills him in order to gain the approval of his adoptive father.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He's still a villain, but Laufey is far from the sadistic brute that he was depicted in the comics. When reuniting with Loki in the comics, Laufey expresses nothing but open distaste for his son and doesn't hesitate in trying to kill him. Here Laufey never realises that Loki is his son.
- Affably Evil: Almost always calm, even-toned and polite when talking to the Asgardians.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Like all Frost Giants, he has blue skin.
- Artifact of Doom: The Casket of Ancient Winters, a device that can freeze entire landscapes and his old weapon.
- Covered with Scars: His face bears several noticeable scars. The implication is that Odin and the Asgardian army inflicted them on him during the war between Asgard and Jotunheim.
- Creepy Monotone: Laufey always speaks in a calm, steady voice.
- Disc-One Final Boss: While Loki is revealed to be the one who allowed Frost Giants into Asgard, and makes a deal to allow them inside in force, King Laufey is assumed (at least in-universe) to be the primary antagonist of Thor.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: For such a mighty warrior, all it takes is two shots from Loki to disintegrate him. Though those two shots came from Odin All-Father's staff, one of the most powerful weapons in Asgard's general vicinity.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's clearly a malignant character, but even he doesn't want full-out war needlessly, as he has experienced it, and has seen the costs that come from it.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Frost Giants, whether openly violent toward Asgard or not, are always seen as evil when confronted, whether overtly or not.
- Evil Plan: In the Dark Ages, he wanted to plunge Midgard into a new Ice Age. Odin put a quick stop to that, but the results of that plan set the stage for the events of Thor.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Speaks in a low, calm voice that demonstrates both his villainy and his authoritative demeanor.
- Gender Flip: In Norse Mythology, Laufey is Loki's mother, and a Frost Giant called Farbuti is his father, but much like in the source comics, Laufey is the father and a unidentified female the mother.
- Genre Blind: Laufey cannot see how Loki is setting him up, even though Loki never makes any provision for Asgard in their agreement once he turns over the Casket. Why would any sensible ruler offer to return their enemy's most feared weapon and not make some kind of assurance that it won't be used against them later unless it's specifically trying to create a false sense of security?
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has many claw-shaped ones across his face.
- Green and Mean: The armor that he wears is metallic green.
- An Ice Person: Though he's more skilled at controlling it than other Frost Giants.
- Karmic Death: The child that Laufey abandoned to die ends up being the one who kills him.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Frost Giants are bigger than Asgardians.
- Parental Abandonment: To infant Loki and later tells Loki that Odin should have left him to die instead of saving and raising him as his own son.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Laufey is evil, but he's not stupid. He knows that Odin's a dangerous enemy, and wants to make sure that the Asgardians fire the first shot so he can have the moral high ground when he starts the war, which sees Loki cleverly manipulate this strategy against him by using it as a setup. Loki allows Laufey and a few Jötunns into Asgard to assassinate Odin (giving Laufey a reason to believe that he has an ally within Asgard and thus not needing an overt reason to kill Odin and maintain his posture) while he sleeps, but only so Loki can then turn the tables on Laufey, kill him, and give himself the moral high ground in order to start a war with Jötunheim.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was prepared to let Thor and his buddies go after they invaded his nation and violated the truce, because he knows that Thor is an immature boy that doesn't understand war.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All Frost Giants have red eyes, but his seem to glow to show the unique threat he poses.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally led the invasion of Midgard during the Dark Ages, wielding the Casket of Ancient Winters.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, he was killed by Odin centuries ago, when Loki was still a baby. In the film, he is left alive, but only temporarily. In the end, Loki kills him.
- Too Dumb to Live: The fact that Loki was offering to let him have the Casket of the Ancient Winters back with no strings attached once Odin was dead should have raised several red flags. Loki's terms never provided for any sort of permanent immunity for Asgard once their plan had been carried out, which should have reeked of "too good to be true". If Loki were serious about the agreement, he would have made Laufey promise to stay out of Asgardian business once he had what he came for but instead Loki implies that Laufey will be free to do as he pleases once he enacts the assassination of Odin and Loki can be installed as ruler of Asgard.
- Unwitting Pawn: Laufey is manipulated by Loki into boosting his reputation at the cost of Laufey's own life.
- Villain Has a Point: He's right and quick to point out that pre-Character Development Thor is just a fight-happy Manchild, and he's also right about how much a war between Asgard and Jötunheim would cost both sides.
- War Is Hell: Tried to stop Thor from bringing on the fight because, unlike Thor, he knows the damage of war.
- Weapon of Choice: Being a frost giant, he prefers a weaponized icicle.
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
Species: Dark Elf
Portrayed By: Christopher Eccleston
Voiced By: René García (Latin-American Spanish dub), Santi Lorenz (European Spanish dub)
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics he's not a great fighter, and is much more prone to use his shapeshifting skills and various schemes than to face his opponents head-on. In the movie, his characterization is changed, probably so that he would make a more impressive Big Bad (in the comics he's merely The Dragon). Another possible reason for the change is that the comic book version of Malekith, whose favourite tactic is to deceive his enemies by pretending to be someone else, would've been too close to the movie Loki.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Traditionally blue-skinned in the comics, he has pale white pigmentation here.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While Malekith in the film is still evil, he comes off as a decent person compared to his comics counterpart, who's even worse by being an Ax-Crazy saidist. Furthermore, Comics Malekith nearly killed Algrim just to get a chance to kill Thor, the film shows him having a genuine Villainous Friendship with Algrim.
- Aliens Speaking English: He can communicate directly and fluently with Asgardians (who seem to speak English since they can converse with Americans). The Dark Elves have their own tongue but he is the only one seen using any language besides that.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Downplayed. He's certainly a great fighter and more badass than in the comics, but Kurse is stronger than him and at one point Frigga gives him a serious fight. Played straight after he gets the Aether.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gets both of his arms cut off by Thor in their final battle, though the Aether has started to reform his arms.
- Badass in Charge: He's The Leader of the Dark Elves and quite skilled, even before he gets powered up by the Aether.
- Bad Boss: He is very ready to throw his own men under the bus, should he need to.
- Big Bad: Serves as the main antagonist of the second film, The Dark World.
- Braids of Action: Keeps his long hair in one.
- Composite Character: Malekith in the MCU bares a heavy resemblance to Knull, a Thor villain and an ancient God of Primordial Darkness that predated the universe with the sole intention of returning the Universe to its pre-lit state. Even Malekith's use of the Aether resembles the nature of the Necrosword and Symbiotes, both of which are Knull's creations.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Very light and piercing, overlapping with Icy Blue Eyes.
- Dark Is Evil: He and his race were born in primordial darkness, and they despise the universe of light it became.
- Death by Looking Up: Had just enough time to see his mothership crash upon him after being teleported back to his homeworld.
- Dirty Coward: Threw his entire invasion fleet under the bus by depowering his ships to crush Asgard's forces when he lost the Aether during their first skirmish and to flee the battle, killing anyone who was on board at the time. He even has the gall to claim Asgard forced his hand and they will be the ones to pay for his own cowardice.
- Establishing Character Moment: The moment he realizes he's going to lose against King Bor, he turns off his own battleships' power, dropping them on the Asgardians and killing absolutely everyone on board (implied to be nearly the entire Dark Elf population) solely to clear his own escape.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Or rather, had. As revealed by Eccleston, Malekith once had a wife and children, though exactly what caused their deaths isn't elaborated upon.
- Evil Albino: He's pale enough to be mistaken for a vampire.
- Evil Overlord: Lord of the Dark Elves that lives in a barren land and seeks to extinguish other civilizations.
- Evil Sorcerer: Of the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens variety. He nearly destroyed the universe at first, and then tries doing it again, using the power of the Aether.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whether he's speaking English or his native tongue, his voice is quite deep.
- Fantastic Racism: To other Asgardians and mortals. He considers them "light based vermin".
- Flat Character: His goals and motivations are relatively unexplored in comparison to other Marvel Cinematic Universe villains.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's out to destroy the universe and return everything to darkness, but his motives for doing so are relatively unexplored. Apparently, they had intended to flesh out Malekith's character through additional scenes (according to Eccleston), but it was excised from the film proper.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It should be obvious what kind he has, but just in case half his face burned by Thor's lightning because he invaded Asgard and killed its queen.
- Hidden Depths: Christopher Eccleston hinted several times in interviews that this is mainly because the movie was cut short by several scenes. The Svartalfar were subject to significant development, and there were reasons why they were all behind their king's plan to destroy the universe. As for Malekith himself, he had a wife and child once, and they were killed.
- Humanoid Abomination: After absorbing the Aether he turns into this freaky looking thing with Combat Tentacles.
- Irony: At the end of the first war with Asgard, he dropped his fleet onto the battling armies, slaughtering both sides to cover his escape. Jane Foster warps his collapsing mothership right on top of him, killing him after he was soundly beaten by Thor.
- Jerkass: Malekith, on the whole, appears to be a rather unpleasant individual, and rude to boot.
- Karmic Death: He sacrificed most of his people by making their ships drop on them and his enemies. He's ultimately defeated by his own ship dropping on top of him.
- Make My Monster Grow: During the climax of the Convergence, when Malekith starts releasing the energies of the Aether, he grows to about three times Thor's height. Though when Thor delivers the final blow on him with Mjölnir, he immediately reverts back to his normal height.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Accursed". If you haven't got the message yet, then you're screwed.
- Omnicidal Maniac: It seems that life and light disgust or "poison" Dark Elves in general, and he seems to treat both as threats that need to be put down.
- One-Winged Angel: After being powered up by the Aether, he transforms into a monstrous humanoid thing.
- Our Elves Are Better: From a race of Sufficiently Advanced Alien demi-gods with Pointy Ears called the "Dark Elves".
- Pet the Dog: Seemed genuinely remorseful when he had to infect Algrim with the darkness to turn him into Kurse.
- Pointy Ears: He's a pointy eared Dark Elf.
- Really 700 Years Old: A god like the Asgardians. Probably older than them, since Loki says that Asgardians live for about five thousand years or so, but to remember "a time before the light" Malekith would need to be at least a few million years old. (See Time Abyss below.)
- Red Baron: Malekith the Accursed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After he absorbs the Aether.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: King of his people and the Big Bad of The Dark World. It's implied in interviews that in regards to his plan for destroying the Universe, his Elves are with him all the way.
- Space Elves: Their king.
- Time Abyss: He's older than Odin, and possibly older than the universe itself.
- Two-Faced: Due to half of his face being burned off thanks to lightning from Mjölnir.
- We Have Reserves: To escape in the first act, set millennia in the past, he sacrifices reserves of his men, and then escapes with his lieutenant and a skeleton crew of elves.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's a Dark Elf with white hair.
- You Killed My Father: Directly involved in Frigga's death, causing Thor and Loki to have an uneasy alliance. Ironically, cut content, according to Word of God, means that he once lost his own family.
Algrim / Kurse
Species: Dark Elf
Portrayed By: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
Malekith's lieutenant who is one of the few Dark Elves to survive the war against Odin's father Bor, and continues to serve Malekith. Malekith allows him to use an ancient Dangerous Forbidden Technique, transforming him into the nigh-unbeatable Kurse.
- Adaptation Distillation: In the Thor comics, Algrim/Kurse was a minor villain, whose only appearance had been in the same issue where he died, until an omnipotent Cosmic Entity revived him and made him massively powerful as part of a crossover that had nothing to do with the main plot of The Mighty Thor. For understandable reasons, the movie gives him a rather different backstory.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Algrim/Kurse does work for Malekith for a time, but Malekith betrays him and Algrim — a noble soul — swears loyalty to Thor and Asgard, in fact being the one to kill Malekith himself. In The Dark World, Malekith does sacrifice his own people but doesn't betray Algrim personally. Algrim has Undying Loyalty towards his master and becomes Kurse as a result.
- Body Horror: What happens to him (and all other Dark Elves) when transforming into Kurse; as described by the art book, his armor is basically grafted onto his body, with no sign of it being reversible.
- Cool Helmet: He gets one for his transformation, which also obscures his identity during the Trojan Prisoner gambit.
- The Dragon: He's Malekith's most trusted and capable Lieutenant. He was already a great warrior, but when he becomes Kurse, he easily kills scores of Asgardians and Thor is no match for him in pure physical combat. Even Mjölnir causes little harm. Not only that, he completely overpowers Thor in battle, something that his master, even when empowered by the Aether, was unable to do.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He rarely speaks, but when he does, it's in a deep, baritone voice.
- Eye Scream: His eyes are visibly ripped from their sockets by the black hole grenade that Loki set off.
- Hero Killer: As Kurse, he's both incredibly strong and not without a fiendish intelligence. He first kills his share of Einherjars, then is the one to stab Frigga to death, and during his battle with Thor and Loki, he appears to kill the latter.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Loki manages to defeat him by activating the black hole grenade on his belt that the Dark Elves earlier used to great effect against the Asgardians.
- The Juggernaut: As Kurse, he shrugs off everything that's thrown at him. It takes a black hole grenade to finally get rid of him.
- Mighty Glacier: Slower than the Hulk, or Thor, but much stronger and tougher.
- Neck Lift: A signature move once he becomes Kursed.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Kurse is only defeated by being sucked into a miniature black hole. Nothing else so much as puts a dent in him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: All the other Kursed have their doll masks become their faces in the prologue. Since Algrim was disguised as a Marauder, his Kurse form has a more expressive and demonic visage.
- No-Sell: He smacks Mjolnir away like it's nothing into an entire mountain. Alongside Hela and Eternal Flame Surtur, he's one of the strongest villains in the Thor movies.
- Painful Transformation: Algrim's transformation into Kurse has him burning from the inside out and thrashing wildly in his prison cell.
- Scary Black Man: More so as Kurse because he's basically a demon, but also less so because his armor has been grafted on and thus conceals his skin.
- Super Strength: As Kurse, he's more than a match for Thor, being able to beat up the thunder god in single combat.
- Time Abyss: He's older than Odin, and possibly older than the universe itself.
- Touch of Death: As Kurse, he can fry people by grabbing them with a choke-hold.
- Trojan Prisoner: He's sent into Asgard disguised as a marauder prisoner just after being given the Kurse stone, knowing that when the transformation kicks in, he can break out with ease.
- Undying Loyalty: Seems to be a racial trait. They might be evil, but Algrim and the Dark Elves in general are also unyieldingly loyal to Malekith, even after he sacrifices a whole fleet to escape. Taking up the "Kurse" is very much this: a Dark Elf will willingly submit to the painful and eventually deadly transformation into a giant monster, and fight for their people until it kills them.
- World's Strongest Man: He's much stronger than Thor, one of the very strongest beings in the universe.
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
Home to the Fire Demons and Fire Dragons.
Species: Fire Demon
Portrayed By: Taika Waititi (motion-capture)
Voiced By: Clancy Brown (English), Víctor Covarrubias (Latin-American Spanish dub), Benoît Rousseau (Canadian French dub)
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
A giant fire demon and the ruler of Muspelheim who is prophesied to bring about "the end of everything" during Ragnarok.
- Accidental Hero: By plunging his giant sword into the ground (Hela on the other end of it), burning and shattering Asgard, he ironically ends up saving its people from Hela.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, he's basically equal to Odin. Here, he gets effortlessly trounced by Thor at the beginning of the movie. Though this is a justified case, as Surtur walks with a noticeable limp and seems to clutch his side, indicating that he had not yet fully recovered from his previous battle with Odin. After his crown is put on the eternal flame, he's back to the same level as his comic counterpart, treating the Incredible Hulk as a minor annoyance.
- Affably Evil: Aside from bouts of Insistent Terminology, he's remarkably patient with Thor's antics and well-mannered at the beginning of the film.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Surtur already stands at around 30-feet tall in his normal form, but says he grows "as tall as a mountain" when fully empowered. The reality is actually much, much bigger, as he can be seen dwarfing Asgard's mountains when finally unleashed.
- Badass Boast: Even though they fall on deaf ears considering that he's laying waste to an empty city, many of his lines are this.Surtur: Tremble before me, Asgard! I am your reckoning!!
- The Bad Guy Wins: The heroes are forced to allow him to come back and destroy Asgard to stop Hela from getting any stronger. The citizens of Asgard survived due to being evacuated, but he still destroyed their homeworld.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Thor admits he thought his crown were actually giant eyebrows or something.
- Big Red Devil: Well, he's a house sized demon made of magma, so he's pretty much this by default.
- Came Back Strong: Loki resurrects him by putting his skull and crown in the Eternal Flame, which brings him back to his original strength as a skyscraper-sized monster.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After appearing and seemingly being defeated in the opening, he returns to destroy Asgard and kill Hela.
- The Comically Serious: Unlike Hela and the Grandmaster, Surtur never snarks or cracks a joke and is entirely serious, which contrasts with Thor and his light-hearted antics and quips.
- Creator Cameo: Taika Waititi, the film's director, did the mo-cap work for Surtur.
- Crown-Shaped Head: Surtur's Horns of Villainy is also his crown. Despite his serious, threatening demeanor, he gets a little defensive about his crown.Surtur: This is my crown.Thor: Oh, that's a crown? I thought it was a big eyebrow.Surtur: [annoyed] It's a crown!
- Decoy Antagonist: After initially being presented as the villain that will destroy Asgard he's easily trounced by Thor and Hela becomes the major antagonist instead. He only appears again when the heroes actually choose to revive him at his full power in order to stop Hela.
- The Dreaded: At his prime, Surtur's influence is so powerful that even Hela is horrified when he's revived by the Eternal Flame.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: He is a fire demon who desires nothing else but to raze Asgard to cosmic dust.
- Evil Is Hammy: He is normally serious most of the time, but as soon as he is brought back to life and starts laying waste to all of Asgard, he starts hamming it up.Surtur: I AM ASGARD'S DOOM!!!
- Evil Sounds Deep: Fitting his demonic appearance, Surtur speaks in a deep, gravelly voice.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Hela expected his crown to be bigger.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He wants to destroy Asgard because that's what he was prophesied to do, and that's basically it. He doesn't even seem to care if his actions actually end up harming anyone or not or what happens after that, only that the physical place of Asgard is destroyed. This, by the way, is pretty accurate to the original myths, where Surtur gets little mention, and is more or less there to bring the curtain down at the final fate of the gods.
- Godzilla Threshold: The only reason Thor brings him back is because he's the only one who can permanently get rid of Hela.
- Horns of Villainy: He looks like a classic devil and his crown is decorated with two horns. Please, don't mistake them for the eyebrows.
- Horrifying the Horror: The only time Hela loses her smug, confident composure is when she realizes Surtur's full power has been awakened. It's the one time she appears genuinely worried.
- Identical Stranger: More like Identical Sounding Stranger, as Surtur's voice actor Clancy Brown had previously played Colonel Ray Schoonover in Season Two of Daredevil.
- Insistent Terminology: He is rather picky with wording. First off, his magnificent crown is not a "big eyebrow" — it's a CROWN! Secondly, when said crown is placed into the Eternal Flame, he'll grow as big as a MOUNTAIN! Not as big as a house. It's all very important.
- Invincible Villain: In the brief scene where he's shown at full power he swats away the Hulk like an annoying flea and he barely reacts when Hela (who herself trounced Thor, Valkyrie and Loki like it was nothing) hits him in the chest with multiple skyscraper-sized spears.
- Magma Man: He seems to be made of eternally burning lava and rocks.
- Make My Monster Grow: He starts off several times Thor's size, but once he's exposed to the Eternal Flame he grows to Kaiju-sized proportions.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: He gets to destroy Asgard, like he always wanted... after everyone but Hela has already evacuated. Then he explodes, and, because Asgard is destroyed, his Purpose-Driven Immortality goes with it. The most he could possibly get from it is peace of mind from finally getting to fulfill his singular purpose in life.
- No-Sell: Hela hits him with skyscraper-sized spears, and he barely reacts.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his serious, threatening demeanor, he gets a little defensive about his crown.Surtur: This is my crown.
Thor: Oh, thats a crown? I thought it was a big eyebrow.
Surtur: [annoyed] It's a crown!
- Off with His Head!: Thor kills Surtur early in the movie by knocking his block off. Ultimately, it doesnt stick.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Becomes this at the end when his helmet is thrown into the eternal flame and he destroys Asgard.
- Playing with Fire: He's literally a giant made of fire.
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: Surtur claims that he cannot die until he destroys Asgard. He succeeds in this goal at the end of the movie, annihilating both Asgard and himself.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": He starts enjoying himself a little too much when he begins his destruction of Asgard.
- Resurrective Immortality: Surtur can be killed, but its implied that he will eventually come back to life after a long time if Thors comment about Odin killing Surtur "half a million years ago" is accurate. Also, he cannot truly die until he brings about Ragnarok and destroys Asgard. Putting his skull into the Eternal Flame allows him to come back immediately.
- Serkis Folk: He is rendered in CGI. Who performs the motion capture? Why, Taika Waititi (the director of the movie) himself!
- 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 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.Hela: You can't defeat me.
Thor: No, I know. But he can!
- Super Toughness: Hela throws spears at him that rival the size of Asgard's buildings, and he doesn't even flinch after the first one.
- Sword Beam: He can shoot streams of fire from the tip of his sword.
- Sword Drag: Drags his sword behind him as he's about to execute Thor as the latter is his prisoner at the beginning of the film.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Stabs Hela with the tip of his flaming sword through her platform down into the planets core, unleashing a pyroclasm that engulfs the city, instigating a wildfire that quickly spreads throughout the world, before breaking Asgard in half, and then having the burning planet explode shortly after, with Hela in the direct center of it all.
- Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the film, Thor apparently kills him. By the end, the Hulk is swatted aside like a pest after getting in a good hit, and although Hela manages to get in some good stabs, she's clearly outmatched.
- The Worf Effect: At full size and power, he tosses Hulk away with one hand like a rag doll and easily defeats even Hela. This demonstrates that how powerful he truly is, and underscores his Worf Had the Flu claim.
- Worf Had the Flu: His swift defeat at Thor's hand at the start of the film is justified, given that he was deprived of his power source and thus nowhere near his prime. He's also walking with a noticeable limp, indicating that he has yet to fully recover from his battle with Odin.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He could potentially live forever as he is fated to never die unless he brings about Ragnarok, but he just hates Asgard that much.
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War
- Artistic License Physics: Nidavellir was built with a neutron star at its center, which sounds cool but in reality would make its existence impossible. Neutron stars pack the mass of our Sun or two into a ball the size of a city. This incredible density means they exert extreme gravitational force at its surface only a few kilometers away from its center; more than a hundred billion times the gravity of Earth. At that range, the entire forge would just instantly collapse right into the star, with everyone on it flattened like a pancake.
- Ultimate Forge: Nidavellir is a Ring World Planet surrounding a neutron star. By drawing power from this star, the Dwarves are able to forge the strongest weapons in all of existence, including but not limited to Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Before Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos forced the Dwarves to create his Infinity Gauntlet under the threat of death, and then froze Nidavellir's star to prevent anyone from creating any weapons to counter it. Thor, Rocket, and Groot, however, are able to revive the star long enough to forge Stormbreaker, an axe powerful enough to kill Thanos.
Portrayed By: Peter Dinklage
Voiced By: Santos Alberto (Latin-American Spanish dub), Katsuhiro Kitagawa (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War
King of the Dwarves, an ancient people that are close allies to the Asgardians.
- An Arm and a Leg: Eitri has had his hands plunged into metal by Thanos, and they are encased in solidified chunks of it.
- Casting Gag: A man with dwarfism cast as a Dwarf...and he's the tallest character in the movie. Especially since Peter Dinklage's dwarfism was a core part of his other most notable role. This isn't even the first time he's done this.
- Fiery Redhead: The King has bright red hair.
- Irony: In spite of being a dwarf, Eitri is twice as tall as Thor, who is well over six feet in height.
- It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: His name is pronounced ee-tree instead of eye-tree.
- Last of His Kind: By the time Thor, Rocket and Groot reach his realm, he is the last remaining dwarf after Thanos exterminated his entire people.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Zig-zagged. Certainly has the surly personality and smithing skills of your average Dwarf, but other than his Badass Beard he couldn't look more different. Apparently MCU dwarves are giants, but with the proportions of a human with dwarfism.
- The Perils of Being the Best: Thanos forced him and his people to make the Infinity Gauntlet for him so he could better manipulate the Infinity Stones, and how does Thanos reward them? He slaughters his entire race, leaving Eitri the only survivor. But, in a literally classic example of the trope, Thanos merely takes Eitri's hands.Eitri: "Your life is yours," he said. "But your hands... Your hands are mine alone."
- Really 700 Years Old: He's very old, or at least enough to call the 1,000-year plus old Thor "boy" by comparison.
- Shoot the Builder: Played with; Thanos destroys Eitri's hands to prevent him forging weapons against him. It's his knowledge that's important however. Others can always provide the hands.
- Shown Their Work: He is a giant dwarf. This might sound oxymoronic at first, but in Real Life it's theorized that dwarves weren't supposed to be short in the original myths, and it was a mistranslation brought on by Christianization. Any references to the Dwarves being "small" were supposed to mean "lesser", to indicate that they were beneath the gods in power. In Avengers: Infinity War we find out that the Dwarves are essentially a client state to Asgard, relying on them for protection and supplying them with weapons in exchange. Eitri's massive appearance implies that this theory is true in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: He was the one who forged Mjolnir and the Infinity Gauntlet. He makes Stormbreaker for Thor in order to defeat Thanos.
- Uncertain Doom: It's unknown if he turned to dust following Thanos's finger snap or if he survived. Although considering the snap was undone in Endgame, it may be a moot point if he did.
- You Will Be Spared: His life was his in return for building the Infinity Gauntlet. But the rest of his people wouldn't be.
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
The home of Vanir.
Appearances: Thor: Ragnarok
Niflheim is one of the Nine Realms and also the location of Hel, where Hela was banished by Odin.
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
A band of ragtag invaders from many races that begin raiding along the Nine Realms after the destruction of the Bifrost Bridge.
- Canon Foreigner: In the mainstream comics, there are no space pirates named "Marauders". Instead, the Marauders are the lackeys of X-Men villain Mister Sinister. There was also a villainous gang of outlawds called the Marauders in the first volume of The Outlaw Kid comics.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: The Marauders recruit individuals from many races.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Their standard tactic is to attack the weak and engage in savage destruction.
- Space Pirates: They raid and kill along the worlds that form the Nine Realms.
The Kronan Maraunder
Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Thor: The Dark World
A Kronan and a member of the Marauders.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He seems to be a leader among the Marauders.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After he's killed, his entire army surrenders.
- Mythology Gag: The Kronans were the first villains Thor ever encountered in the original Silver Age Journey Into Mystery comics.
- No Name Given: We never get a name for him. Originally, he was suggested to be the MCU's version of Korg, and then Thor: Ragnarok came along.
- Rock Monster: He's seemingly constructed of rocks, and is blasted apart by a blow from Mjölnir.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in a Curb-Stomp Battle by Thor.