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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.

After the return of Hela, a ruthless, ancient being who had been imprisoned millennia 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.

Tropes used in Thor: Ragnarok include:
  • Absentee Actor: This is the first Thor film that doesn't include Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgard. In Alexander's case, her commitments to Blindspot prevented her from returning. As for Portman, she simply just didn't want to do the role anymore.
  • AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: According to Skurge, Texas is "Tex-ass" and Asgard is known as "Ass-gard."
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • The Grandmaster was a Physical God/Reality Warper in the comics. Here he appears to be nothing more than a mortal with slowed aging, enhanced durability, and political influence. He does laugh off Thor threatening him but it's not clear if that's due to any natural fighting ability or just the Restraining Bolt that's on Thor.
    • Mjølnir's status as such is complete when it's revealed to be nothing more than Thor's Magic Feather. It can still bestow his power onto those who are worthy but to Thor, it was only ever a hammer.
    • In-Universe, Lady Sif in Loki's retelling of Dark World.
  • Affably Evil: The Grandmaster is very friendly and upbeat for a tyrant. He has no problem enslaving people and forcing them to fight to the death for his amusement, but objects to people being insulting around his throne room and dislikes the word "slave." Loki even summarizes him as "a lunatic but amenable."
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's never made clear who Hela's mother was. Thor would later call her his half-sister while Word of God would state that Frigga was her mother, thereby making her Thor's full sister.
  • An Aesop: According to Taika Waititi, the moral of the film is "talking is better than fighting."
  • Aw, Look -- They Really Do Love Each Other: To Loki's visible surprise, Odin and Thor do in fact still love him.
  • Badass Decay: Loki. His three years of ruling Asgard have given him a sense of complacency.
  • 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 No: Thor when:
    • Loki is dumb enough to call for a Bifrost portal back to Asgard right in front of Hela, whom Odin just told them draws power from Asgard.
    • Stan Lee is cutting his hair.
  • Blood Knight: In order to save the day, Asgard has to be by Surtur. Otherwise, Hela will become unstoppable and conquer The Nine Realms. As soon as Surtur gets done warming up, right on cue, Hulk leaps and tries to defeat him. He fails and gets flicked away. Getting ready for another round, Thor intervenes with the following:

Thor: Hulk, stop! Just for once in your life, don't smash!
Hulk: [whining] Big monster!
Valkyrie: Let's go!
Hulk: [dejectedly] Fine...

  • Book Ends: The Thor trilogy begins and ends with the eponymous hero's crowning. The same music is reused.
  • Breather Episode: Like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which were also released in 2017, this is a Lighter and Softer comedy. That said, this one does lead into the next big event.
  • Butt Monkey: Loki is the victim of a lot of slapstick comedy.
  • The Cameo:
  • Character Development: After losing Mjølnir, Thor evolves into more of a Guile Hero, becoming clever enough to outsmart Loki.
  • Composite Character:
    • The Grandmaster fills the role that the Red King filled in Planet Hulk. Also, his role as the one who kidnaps superheroes and makes them fight for the amusement of the people in his planet makes him the movie's version of Mojo (with Topaz as his Spiral).
    • Thor fills the role Silver Surfer filled in Planet Hulk.
    • Hela has the characterization and motives of the comic version of Loki. She's also Thor and Loki's long lost sister, making her similar to the Marvel version of Angela.
    • The Revengers have the lineup of the comic version of the Defenders. Justified because Netflix called dibs on the "Defenders" name.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Grandmaster pays Valkyrie in units, the same currency that his brother paid the Guardians with in their first film.
    • Thor tries to calm Hulk down using Natasha's melody from Age of Ultron. He later informs Banner that Ultron is now dead.
    • Hulk smashes Thor in the same way that he smashed Loki in Avengers much to the latter's glee.
  • Curb Stomp Battle:
    • Hela vs Asgard's guard.
    • Surtur vs Hela.
  • Denser and Wackier/Lighter and Softer: Compared to the Darker and Edgier Thor: The Dark World, this film is more colorful, lighthearted, and has more moments of overt comedy.
  • Depending on the Writer: The first two films portrayed the Asgardians as Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. This one portrays them, or at least the royal family, as Physical Gods.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Immediately after being told that Hela draws power from Asgard, Loki decides to call for a portal to Asgard. By Thor's Big No, he's aware of how stupid this was.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Thor mentions in the opening act that he's been having nightmares of Asgard in ruins.
  • Enemy Mine: Thor looks like he's seconds away from killing Loki after Odin dies before Hela appears.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Throughout the whole MCU, Odin has been vilified by the fangirls as a warmongering tyrant. As this film shows, the alternative to that was to have the whole of the Nine Realms descend into utter chaos and anarchy without Asgard's constant military presence. Odin's methods, while harsh, ended up bringing peace and stability to many planets.
  • Flat What: The Grandmaster when Thor cheers at seeing the Hulk.
  • Five Second Foreshadowing: Before the champion arrives in the arena, green smoke erupts and the Grandmaster hypes him up as "Incredible." Or at least, it would've been this were it not for Trailers Always Spoil.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Hela needs Hofund to open the Bifrost and transport her armies to other worlds. This is even when she has the Space Stone (the embodiment of Casual Interstellar Travel) in her basement.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • When the Grandmaster introduces himself to Thor, you can see an out-of-focus, happily chatting Loki in the background for several seconds between cuts before Thor notices him and the camera focuses on Loki.
    • At several points throughout the movie, Miek is training (waving about his knife-arms) by himself in the background.
    • Hulk doing a Double Take when he first sees Surtur destroying Asgard.
  • Hand Wave: How Hulk got to Sakaar beyond "Quinjet" is never really explained. One assumes his plane was pulled into one of the many wormholes that led to Sakaar but the specifics are never delved into.
  • Heel Face Turn: Loki finally pulls his long awaited one.
  • Her Codename Was Mary Sue: The Tragedy of Loki of Asgard, how Loki remembers the events of Thor: The Dark World.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Loki is not amused when Hela asks that he and Thor "kneel."
  • Hidden Depths: As he, Banner, and Valkyrie are discussing going through the Devil's Anus, Thor shows off some decent knowledge about wormholes.
  • Hubworld: Several wormholes have gateways on Sakaar.
  • Hulk Speak: That said, he's a good deal more coherent than in previous movies.
  • I Call Her "Vera": Skurge has named his pair of M18 rifles "Des" and "Troy."
  • Insistent Terminology: Thor is the "God of Thunder", not the "Lord of Thunder."
  • Knight of Cerebus: Subverted. 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.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: Sakaar.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: More alien species appear in this film than in the Guardians films.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Thor takes losing an eye remarkably well. Loki and Hela, the one who actually gouged it out, are more shaken up about it than he is.
  • Mood Whiplash: Constantly. The dramatic music swells and builds to a crescendo... then it veers into a comedy as the characters question what their next move should be.
  • Mythology Gag: Beta Ray Bill and Ares appear as stone carvings adorning the Grandmaster's palace.
  • Oh Crap:
    • Loki when Thor returns to Asgard. Technically, he says "Oh shit."
      • This coming from Anthony freaking Hopkins!
    • Thor and Loki when Hela destroys Mjolnir.
    • Loki when he sees the Hulk. It's enough for him to try and immediately leave the planet.
    • The Grandmaster when it looks like Thor might actually win his fight with the Hulk and thus earn his freedom.
    • Hela when Thor calls down "the biggest lightning blast in the history of lightning."
    • Hela when she sees Surtur.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Chris Hemsworth got tired of doing a British RP accent for Thor and simply began using his natural Australian one.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As Valkyrie points out, Thor's "disguise" is a hood he's thrown over his head. It doesn't even cover his face.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Essentially what caused the plot. Odin's penchant for keeping secrets.
  • Prophecy Twist: As Thor lampshades, this was never about stopping Raganarok, it was about causing it.
  • Race Lift: Valkyrie was white in the comics, making her the second Asgardian (the first being Heimdall) who gets Race Lifted from white to black.
  • Reality Ensues: Played for Laughs and for Drama.
    • As Thor lampshades, a dangling chain with a heavy weight attached to it is not going to stay still.
    • Loki was never groomed for Asgard's throne. Combine that with being a Fish Out of Water in Asgard and he has no real idea on how to run the place. The conditions under which he usurped the throne also means he has no idea about any state secrets that Odin hadn't yet told his sons.
      • A lesser point is that while Loki may look and sound like Odin, he still acts like Loki. His act doesn't even fool Thor for a minute.
    • Loki having absolute power for three years has given him a sense of complacency. Thor even mocks that Loki has become predictable.
    • If you leave someone somewhere, and then don't keep tabs on them, then they're not necessarily there three years later.
    • Whispering doesn't work if the person you're trying to conceal the conversation from is less than two feet away.
    • Asgard's empire was born in the same way every empire was born. Through merciless conquest.
    • After Hela killed all the soldiers, the people of Asgard aren't exactly eager to follow her.
    • A window on the upper floors of a high rise is reinforced to prevent accidental breaking.
    • Related to Thor and Banner's disguises, throwing on a hood is not a good disguise if people can still see your face, and Banner does not need a disguise since he's already Hulk's disguise.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Hela is Odin's firstborn child, making her related to him and Thor...
  • Replacement Goldfish: Given Hela's appearance and personality, Loki may have, to some extent, been one to her in Odin's eyes.
  • Static Character: Thor pegs Loki as one during their escape from Sakaar. Everyone else has changed and grown since 2011 but he's still the exact same person that he was back then. Though hearing this denouncement is what finally causes Loki to undergo Character Development.
  • Tempting Fate: In the mid-credits scene, Thor feels everything is going to be fine. Cue the Sanctuary II dwarfing the Statesman.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • In what was likely a case of Wolverine Publicity, the trailers casually revealed that Hulk is Sakaar's champion.
    • An interesting take on it. In this case, it's the Infinity War trailer that spoils the fact that Loki smuggled the Tesseract off of Asgard.
  • Unperson: Hela after Odin banished her.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Both Odin and Hela can come off at this with regards to Asgard's past, both twisting the story to paint them as the hero. Thor eventually decides that he doesn't really care.
    • Loki has somehow managed to reinterpret the events of Thor as a comedy that casts him as the hero.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As Thor lampshades in his cell, Loki's machinations were what allowed Hela to escape, listing off a laundry list of screwups that make up the past two days.