Taika Waititi made a lot of changes to the MCU when he directed Thor: Ragnarok. He turned Thor into a comedic character and made him more interesting than he’d been in years, he brought a uniquely weird tone that has residually carried through to the subsequent films, and he even brought a fan-favorite character to life by putting himself in the movie as the voice of Korg.
Based on the nightclub bouncers Waititi knew in New Zealand, Korg is a gladiator made of rocks who is way more harmless than that would suggest. Here are Korg’s 10 Funniest Quotes In The MCU.
10 “Hey, Doug, could you come over here? Oh, yeah, I forgot. Doug’s dead.”
When Thor arrives on Sakaar and is immediately thrown in with the ranks of the Grandmaster’s gladiators, he hears about the Grandmaster’s personal champion. He asks Korg if anyone has defeated the Grandmaster’s champion and Korg tells him Doug did and calls after him. Then, he remembers that the champion killed Doug.
Still, Thor vows to defeat the Grandmaster’s champion and get off Sakaar, but Korg says that’s what Doug used to say, before assigning Thor the nickname “New Doug.” What we would later discover is that the Grandmaster’s champion was the Hulk, who Thor called “a friend from work.”
9 “Just a little Rock, Paper, Scissors joke for you.”
Characters only get one chance to make a first impression in the MCU. Some great examples of this are Spider-Man stealing Captain America’s shield, or Peter Quill dancing through the Temple of the Power Stone to the sounds of Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love.”
Korg introduced himself in Thor: Ragnarok with a great little monologue that leads into a joke about the fact he’s a rock-based life form: “I’m made of rocks, as you can see, but don’t let that intimidate you. You don’t need to be afraid, unless you’re made of scissors! Just a little Rock, Paper, Scissors joke for you.”
8 “Oof. Now, those foundations are gone. Sorry.”
Thor: Ragnarok ends with the destruction of Asgard at the hands of Hela and Surtur. While Thor, the Hulk, Valkyrie, and the surviving Asgardians manage to defeat the bad guys and prevent the titular apocalyptic event from taking place, Asgard is left in ruins.
Korg tries to make Thor feel better about it by telling him, “The damage is not too bad. As long as the foundations are still strong, we can rebuild this place. It will become a haven for all peoples and aliens of the universe.” But just then, the ruins of Asgard explode and Korg adds, “Oof. Now, those foundations are gone. Sorry.”
7 “Oh, Miek, you’re alive! He’s alive, guys!”
Korg and Miek have a similar relationship to Rocket and Baby Groot. Like Rocket, Korg is hilarious and talks a lot, and like Baby Groot, Miek is his softly spoken friend that Korg carries around on his shoulder.
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, as the Asgardians are trying to determine where they’ll jet off in their ship to set up New Asgard after the destruction of the previous Asgard, Korg asks his little sidekick if he has any ideas. But he thinks Miek is dead. As it turns out, he’s just sleeping, and Korg is overjoyed that he’s still alive.
6 “Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Korg. I’m kind of like the leader in here.”
As soon as Thor shows up anywhere, he makes himself the leader. For example, when he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy, he immediately attempts to take over from Peter Quill. And when he joins his fellow gladiators on Sakaar, Korg tells him he’s “kind of like the leader,” and Thor instantly took over.
He successfully carried out the revolution that Korg had been planning for a while and he took on the Grandmaster’s champion, the Hulk, and talked him back down into Bruce Banner. This quote gets extra points for Korg fans, since it’s the line he used to introduce himself to the moviegoing public.
5 “It sounds like you had a pretty special and intimate relationship with this hammer.”
One of the most shocking twists in Thor: Ragnarok was that the titular god’s long-lost sister Hela was able to crush his magical hammer Mjolnir with her bare hands. As Thor explains this to Korg, Korg says, “It sounds like you had a pretty special and intimate relationship with this hammer and that losing it was almost comparable to losing a loved one.”
Thor calls this explanation of his relationship with Mjolnir “a nice way of putting it.” Thankfully, he’d be able to retrieve Mjolnir in Endgame when he went back in time to Asgard in 2013, circa The Dark World.
4 “P*** off, ghost!”
On a few occasions in the MCU, we’ve been tricked into thinking that Loki was dead, or that Loki had given up villainy in favor of heroism, and on all of those occasions, he turned out to be tricking us. After all, he is “the trickster god.” But the more times this has happened, the more the characters have needed to be refreshingly blunt with him.
Korg is perhaps the bluntest when he simply tells Loki, “P*** off, ghost!” Loki isn’t a ghost, but with all of his spectral projections and shapeshifting, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was one.
3 “Guys, can you clean up the weapons once you finish your fight?”
For an intergalactic gladiator who spends his days bludgeoning other aliens to ensure his own survival, Korg is a pretty mellow and harmless guy. This is shown in Thor: Ragnarok when he’s grossed out by the mess left on the weapons by the other fighters. He picks up one of the weapons and says, “Oh, yuck! There’s still someone's hair and blood all over this. Guys, can you clean up the weapons once you finish your fight? Disgusting slobs.”
This joke is comparable to the werewolf scene in Waititi’s vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, where Rhys Darby’s character tells his fellow werewolves not to wear clothes they don’t want to get ruined when there’s a full moon.
2 “I tried to start a revolution, but didn’t print enough pamphlets, so hardly anyone turned up.”
When Thor first meets Korg, he explains to the God of Thunder how he came to be recruited as a gladiator on Sakaar: “Well, I tried to start a revolution, but didn’t print enough pamphlets, so hardly anyone turned up. Except for my mum and her boyfriend, who I hate. As punishment, I was forced to be in here and become a gladiator. Bit of a promotional disaster, that one, but I’m actually organizing another revolution. I don’t know if you’d be interested in something like that. Do you reckon you’d be interested?”
Poor Korg. He tried his best to overthrow the Grandmaster. With Thor’s help, he would eventually succeed. What makes this entire story even funnier is that Korg, who is made of rock, was defeated by paper, calling back to his rock, paper, scissors line.
1 “Thor, he’s back. That kid on the TV just called me a d******* again.”
Avengers: Endgame differentiated itself from its Infinity War by having a less conventional structure, more humor, and less focus on action. While Infinity War was action-packed from start to finish, Endgame had an action-packed opener, followed by some out-of-the-left-field character development and a trippy and surreal ride through the spacetime continuum, followed by the greatest battle sequence in MCU history.
Somewhere along the way, we got a scene featuring Korg playing Fortnite online with a beer-swilling Thor. Of all the scenes that fans expected to see in the movie, Korg getting bullied by a gamer named Noobmaster69 wasn’t one of them.