Are porgs from Star Wars capable of causing fatal harm to a human or humanoid alien? This is a highly-debated topic in one of my circles and we cannot reach a conclusive answer.
Deadly is defined as capable of causing death, which means practically anything is deadly, which would imply a “yes.” However, in a realistic circumstance, I would say no.
While Porgs have sharp teeth, and are able to kill fish, a humanoid creature should have no issue punting them like a bag of flour.
Here is one of my conversations I had with Jake Lunt Davies, the designer of Porgs. I asked a few questions, and this was his response.
Me: “Could a Porg contract rabies? (Or space rabies)
Roughly how many Porgs exist? (Used to estimate how many you could have to face)
And in your personal opinion, could a group of Porgs ever mobilize an army of themselves?
Thank you again…”
Jake: “Rabies. I’m no disease expert but on Earth, rabies affects only mammals. Not sure what Porgs are but they are slightly more avian or monotreme. But maybe they could get space rabies…who knows!?”
Also from Jake:
There are thousands of Porgs on the island alone. Presumably there are other islands in the vicinity, so thousands upon thousands. But like the thousands of puffins upon which they are based, I don’t think they have the capacity to group together for a fatal attack.
That all being said, in the infinite world of possibilities, if 1000 Porgs were dropped on you, you very well could be crushed. However, it would be exceedingly rare to find yourself in that situation. Therefore, in a realistic circumstance, Porgs pose little to no threat whatsoever.
In my opinion: Porgs are not deadly.
This is something I talked about with my friends a while ago, so we reached out to the man who designed the Porgs for The Last Jedi, Jake Lunt Davies.
Q. Hey Jake, me and my friends are having an argument I was hoping you could settle. Do you think enough porgs could kill a person?
A. [That's] a crazy argument! They are carnivores and have very sharp pointed teeth for catching and eating fish. So technically yes, a rabidly deranged flock probably could tear you to pieces. But I don't imagine they hunt in packs so temperamentally I don't think they would ever would get it together to bring down a larger animal or human. I hope that helps!
I think it’s safe to say that if a group of porgs could kill someone that would make them theoretically deadly, but this would not be typical behavior from them.