Loki (Marvel Comics)
Fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics
For the Marvel Cinematic Universe character, see Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby, a version of the character first appeared in Venus #6 (August 1949). The modern-day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962). The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian "God of Mischief", the adopted son of Odin and the adoptive brother of the superheroThor. Loki has been portrayed as both a supervillain and antihero.
Loki has appeared in several ongoing series, limited series and alternate reality series, including the 4-issue series Loki in 2004 and 2006, being the main character of Journey into Mystery from issues 622 to 645, appearing in new issues of Young Avengers in 2013 and receiving three more solo series, Loki: Agent of Asgard in 2013, Vote Loki in 2016 and Loki in 2019. The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, movies, video games, clothing, and toys.
In 2009, Loki was ranked as IGN's eighth-greatest comic book villain of all time and in 2014 was ranked again by IGN, this time as the fourth-greatest comic book villain of all time.Tom Hiddleston portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Hiddleston returned to portray alternate timeline versions in the Disney+ live-action series Loki (2021) and animated series What If...? (2021).
A version of Loki made his first Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics' publication Venus No. 6 (August 1949), where Loki was depicted as a member of the Olympian gods exiled to the Underworld, and here resembled the traditional image of the Devil.[original research?] Planning to spread hate, he convinced Jupiter to let him travel to the realm of Earth, using Venus already being allowed onto it as his justification. Venus pledged herself to Loki's service in order to stop his plans, with Jupiter seeing her unselfish act and freeing her from the pledge, with Loki subsequently being sent back to the Underworld. The modern-age Loki made his first official Marvel appearance in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962), where Loki was reintroduced as Thor's sworn enemy. The modern age Loki was introduced by brothers and co-writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and was redesigned by Jack Kirby.
As one of Thor's arch-nemeses, Loki has frequently made appearances in Thor-related titles like Journey into Mystery and Thor, as well as other Marvel Universe titles such as The Avengers and X-Men. As well as brief appearances in the Spider-Man and The Defenders comic series, he was the starring character in two four-issue miniseriesLoki in 2004 and 2010.
Loki played a key role in the 2010s company-wide Siege storyline, in which the character is eventually killed.
Starting with issue #622 the ongoing series Thor reverted to the original title Journey into Mystery and shifted focus to Loki. Under the pen of Kieron Gillen, Loki is resurrected but exists in a child's body, remaining the main character from 2011 to 2012, his final issue as lead being #645.
Gillen, joined by penciller Jamie McKelvie, continued his Loki storyline by introducing Loki, still as Kid Loki, as a main character in the second Young Avengers, which began in 2013. In issue #11, he manipulated Wiccan into restoring him to his teenaged form.
A Loki solo series called Loki: Agent of Asgard was announced for 2014. Writer Al Ewing said that among other things, the series will explore Loki's bisexuality and fluid gender identity, writing "Loki is bi and I'll be touching on that. [He will be] shift[ing] between genders occasionally as well."
Another Loki solo series called Vote Loki started in 2016. In this series Loki decides to run in the US presidential election, but loses seemingly after his tricks are uncovered by the media; he is later revealed to have lost intentionally on behalf of the then-winning candidate.
Fictional character biography
Many years ago, when Bor, ruler of Asgard, was battling frost giants, he followed a wounded giant to a powerful sorcerer that was waiting for him. The sorcerer caught him unaware, turning Bor into snow. Bor's son, Odin, found his father as he was blowing away; Bor begged Odin to find a sorcerer to free him, but Odin made no attempt to save his father. Bor cursed Odin saying that he would take in the son of a fallen king and raise it as his own. Not a week later, Odin himself led the Asgardians into battle against the Frost Giants and killed Laufey, who was the King, in personal combat. After slaying Laufey, Odin found a small Asgardian-sized child hidden within the primary stronghold of the Frost Giants. The child was Loki; Laufey having kept him hidden from the Frost Giant people due to his shame over his son's small size. Odin took the child, out of a combination of pity, to appease the memory of his father, and because he was the child of a worthy adversary slain in honorable combat, and raised as his own alongside his biological son Thor.
Throughout his childhood and into adolescence, Loki was resentful of the differences between how Thor and himself were treated by the citizens of Asgard. The Asgardians valued great strength, tenacity, and bravery in battle above all things, and Loki was clearly inferior to his brother Thor in those areas. What he lacked in size and strength, however, he made up for in power and skill, particularly as a sorcerer. As Loki grew to adulthood, his natural talent for causing mischief would make itself manifest and earned him a nickname as the "God of Mischief"; his mischievousness eventually became malice as his hunger for power and revenge grew stronger. Several times he tried to use tricks to get rid of Thor, such as telling him to guard a hole in the wall that he himself had made. In time, his reputation grew from being a playful and mischievous trickster to the "God of Evil". Over the centuries, Loki attempted on many occasions to seize the rulership of Asgard and to destroy Thor, even helping the Storm Giant Ghan to escape Thor planning to get a debt from him later, and aided other enemies of Asgard, planning to take over. Odin, who had grown weary of Loki's mischief, magically imprisoned him within a tree until someone would shed a tear for his plight. Loki eventually freed himself by causing a leaf to strike Heimdall, the guardian of Bifrost, in the eye, which made him shed a tear. Loki compiled an extensive criminal record in Asgard, and was frequently exiled. He later met the Sorcerer Eldred, who taught him black magic, repaying Eldred by later giving him to the Fire demon Surtur.
Battles with Earth's heroes
Loki's schemes eventually came to include Earth itself, and often fought with Earth's superhuman heroes to take their planet, and often Asgard itself. He first battled Thor on Earth in modern times after escaping from the tree; Loki then manipulated the Hulk into wreaking havoc using an illusion of dynamite on train tracks, while in astral form in an attempt to lure Thor to Earth, which inadvertently led to the formation of the Avengers as several other heroes came to meet the Hulk.
Thor was one of the founding members of this superhuman team, and often led them into battle against Loki. Several times Loki, while not directly battling Thor, caused other threats for Thor to battle, like increasing the mental powers of a carnival fortune teller Sandu, making him powerful enough to lift buildings with his mind, and releasing a Lava Man called Molto by accident when causing a long-dead volcano to explode. When Loki convinced Odin to punish Thor, Odin took away half of Thor's power, after which Loki returned the memory of the 23rd-century villain Zarrko. Zarrko defeated Thor and took him back to help conquer his time period, although the God of Thunder was able to finally capture the villain. Loki even released Mr. Hyde and Cobra by paying their bail, then doubled their powers. Loki told them to kidnap Jane Foster, which he knew would attract Thor's attention, but Hyde and Cobra were again defeated. Loki finally went after Jane Foster himself, sending her to another dimension. However Doctor Strange was able to protect her, and Thor forced Loki to return her.
Among Loki's better-known henchmen was the human criminal Carl "The Crusher" Creel, whom Loki transformed into the superhuman criminal known as the Absorbing Man. Creel would prove to be a formidable adversary to Thor and other Avengers over the years. Loki went so far as to attempt to turn Odin against Thor and to steal Thor's enchanted hammer Mjolnir in an attempt to attain freedom, but his efforts failed. Upon convincing Odin to go to Earth and leave him in charge of Asgard with part of the Odinforce, he released Skagg, the largest Storm Giant, and Surtur, the largest Fire Demon, to try to destroy Odin. However, Thor and Balder helped defeat the monsters, and Loki was sent to serve the Trolls. Loki was responsible for the Destroyer being awakened, by leading a Hunter to the Temple where the Destroyer armor resided using their mental abilities while Thor was nearby, causing the soul of the Hunter to animate the armor, but Thor forced the Hunter to return to his body, then buried the armor under thousands of tons of rock. The Absorbing Man was brought back to Earth by Loki, and battled Thor, but Loki quickly took him to Asgard when Thor was on the verge of defeating them. The Absorbing Man defeated the Asgardians without too much trouble and absorbed Odin's attacks. However Loki and the Absorbing Man were exiled into space due to a trick by Odin, then sending his astral form back to Earth and taking over the Destroyer armor, attempting to take over Asgard; Odin then sent Balder to discover the location of Loki, then using his powers to send Loki out of the Destroyer armor.
Taking over Asgard
Loki's destiny to be the cause of Ragnarök was later recounted. Loki returned from exile in space, but was then stripped of his powers and exiled to Earth by Odin. Loki plotted to gain new powers from Karnilla; however, this accidentally created the Wrecker, who gained Asgardian powers upon being mistaken for Loki after knocking him out and putting on his helmet just before Karnilla appeared in response to Loki's ritual. He almost killed Thor by collapsing a building on him, as Thor had been stripped of all his powers except his strength by Odin. Loki then fomented a battle between Thor and the Destroyer animated by Sif. Loki then took command of Asgard during the Odinsleep, using his right as the 'son' of Odin before Thor could claim it, but fled when Asgard was invaded by Mangog, realizing that this new foe was too powerful.
Loki later usurped the throne of Asgard by taking the Odinring, but fled again when Asgard was invaded by Surtur. Subsequently, he attempted to destroy Thor by switching bodies with him, granting him Thor's raw strength against his own inexperienced use of magic in Thor's hands; regardless, Thor was able to regain his true appearance by tricking Loki into throwing Mjolnir away so that it became stuck in a cliff, causing Thor's (Loki's) body to return to the human form of Donald Blake and allowing Thor to regain control of his true form. Much later, Loki usurped the throne of Asgard again and set the Destroyer against Thor once more. Shortly after that, Loki caused the temporary death of Balder using mistletoe, having conspired with Hela to cause Ragnarök if his last plan had failed. At this time, Loki's estranged wife Sigyn returned to Asgard. When Loki was chained and a viper dripped poison on his face as punishment for killing Balder, Sigyn tried helping him. Loki attempted to bring about Ragnarök, but was foiled by Odin. Alongside Tyr and his forces, Loki stole the golden apples of Idunna and invaded Asgard with help from the Midgard serpent, but then changed sides and aided Odin's forces in defeating Tyr.
Despite Loki's seeming hatred of his adoptive brother and father, Loki helped to defend Asgard from destruction from Surtur and his fire demons. This was because Surtur's goal was to destroy Asgard, whereas Loki sought only to rule it. Alongside Odin and Thor, Loki battled Surtur, and witnessed the seeming demise of Odin. Not long after that, Loki transformed Thor into a frog for a time, using the Twilight Sword. Thor was turned back when Volstagg destroyed one of the machines Loki had used to transform Thor. He then involved the X-Men and Alpha Flight in a plot to gain favor with "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow" by trying to prove that he could do a truly good deed by offering to grant the wishes of the two teams—such as giving Puck a normal body while granting Rogue the ability to touch again—but failed the test after trying to force the gifts on the heroes after they rejected them, the two teams learning that these enhanced powers—and the further powers that Loki would grant to the world—would deprive those who received the gifts of the ability to imagine and create new things, essentially destroying what it meant to be human.
Acts of Vengeance
In disguise, Loki manipulated a group of master villains into engineering the "Acts of Vengeance". With these prime movers, he set into motion a plot against the Avengers and other heroes, sending the Juggernaut against Thor, and casting a spell that caused temporary bouts of weakness in Thor. He then battled the combined forces of the West Coast and East Coast Avengers. His identity and role in the proceedings was ultimately revealed, and he was then defeated by the Avengers. Loki would actually die at the hands of Thor, although manipulation of the time stream would later bring him back. During this time, Loki briefly travelled to the dimension of the Ultraverse to seek out the Infinity Gems.
Morwen, a powerful agent of chaos, was released and took Tessa Black, a daughter of Loki from his female form, as a host. With Doctor Strange unavailable, Loki and Spider-Man work together to free her. Loki proclaims that he owes an as-of-yet unpaid debt to his temporary ally.
A short while later, Loki was prophesized to lead Asgard's enemies into destroying the "Eternal Realm" in a final conflict known as Ragnarök, part of the continuing Asgardian cycle of the birth, life, and death presided over by beings known as "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow" who drew sustenance from the energies expended during these cycles. In the final confrontation between the brothers before that battle, Thor hung Loki's head from his belt so he could watch the final moments of the battle.
After Ragnarök, Loki returned in a female body working with Doctor Doom so Thor would unwittingly resurrect his Asgardian enemies and manipulated Balder to make him the new successor to the throne of Asgard. Secretly, Loki additionally retained his male form, carrying Thor's reborn lover Sif within himself as his daughter. During this period, Hela and Loki used magic to send Loki to the past to cause the events that led to his younger self being adopted by Odin as a means to eliminate Bor, Thor's grandfather.
During the Secret Invasion, Loki goaded the Asgardians into believing Beta Ray Bill was a Skrull, but Thor showed that Loki was lying. After the Skrulls were defeated, he joined the Cabal, consisting of himself, Norman Osborn, Emma Frost, Doctor Doom, Namor, and the Hood, so Osborn could launch his new world order, promising Loki that he could Restore Asgard back to the heavens where it belonged. Loki and Sif are soon restored to their respective bodies and following the Hood's depowerment, Loki offers him a second chance.
The Scarlet Witch appeared in her astral form recruiting a team of Avengers to face the Elder God Chthon. It was soon revealed that Wanda was Loki in disguise. The Avengers, unaware of Loki's trick, followed the false "Wanda's" instructions. Her goal was to throw Norman Osborn off-balance, as shown during the second meeting of the Cabal. After Thor was banished due to her trickery, Loki intended to put "cracks in Osborn's armor" and gradually "widen" these cracks through the Mighty Avengers. Pietro Maximoff, desiring to see and converse with his sister, joined the Mighty Avengers. He raced around the world searching for her, not knowing that his nephews Billy and Tommy had just done so and also failed to find her.
However, Loki had planned on the deaths of Pietro and Cassandra Lang, fearing they may form wedges in his plans. Cutting off communications from the former, they tried to convince Hank Pym to expel Cassie after placing a spell on her to prevent her from saying anything bad about their disguise. The latter, however, invited her fellow Young Avengers into the Infinite Avengers Mansion (an extension of the PymPocket), to prove that the Scarlet Witch was evil. When Wiccan cast a spell to bring Scarlet Witch to them, Loki appeared as Scarlet Witch and stated that Cassandra Lang sealed their fate. Just then, Ronin appeared and ambushed the "Scarlet Witch". He determined that she was not Wanda by kissing her and stating that the real Scarlet Witch would have used her power to revive Cassandra's father. Wiccan then chanted a spell to reveal Loki's true form. Afraid of exposure, Loki was forced to leave, swearing all their deaths. The continued achievements of the Mighty Avengers strained Osborn to the breaking point. Loki decided to play the final card that would break Osborn by unleashing the Absorbing Man, who had absorbed the power of the Cosmic Cube. In the Dark Avengers, Loki secreted himself inside Norman Osborn's office in his female form, manipulating Osborn into becoming the Green Goblin again, as Siege begins.
Main article: Siege (comics)
Loki was present at the Cabal when Norman Osborn denied to bring Namor to Doctor Doom. When the Doombot posing as Doctor Doom unleashed insect-like robots, Loki advised the Hood to take flight. Following Osborn's talk with the President, Loki advised to recreate an incident similar to the Stamford Incident that would bring about the invasion upon Asgard.
He then revealed a plot to Osborn that would take advantage of Volstagg's presence in Chicago. Since Volstagg had gone for adventures like Thor, the U-Foes could attack him and destroy a packed Soldier Field during an American football game, killing thousands while Osborn and he watched in astral form. Loki then warned Balder about Osborn's impending attack on Asgard, claiming that he had tried to convince Osborn not to attack. killing the Asgardian who actually prophesied the attack and sending Heimdall's chamber beneath Asgard so he couldn't warn the Asgardians in time. Loki, when Osborn called out for his aid, sent the Hood and his diminished syndicate as reinforcements to help Osborn's forces against the Avengers. Loki later appeared to Balder, telling him that he would have simply pardoned Thor instead of banishing him if he had not wanted the throne of Asgard for himself. Balder later banished Loki from Asgard.
Sometime after, he magically disguised himself as Osborn's Green Goblin persona to lay siege to Asgard, Loki encountered the Disir (the Valkyries of Bor) after he lured them using several wandering god's souls he imprisoned as bait, revealing that he desired to gain their service as his slaves. The 13 Disir unite and assault him as one, but Loki managed to defeat them using extraordinary swordsmanship skills, thus forcing them to submit to him and declare him the victor. Loki meets with Hela and asks her what she will give him in exchange for a new Hel, to which she answers 'Anything.' She then met with Mephisto, demonstrating the power of the Disir and agreeing to lend him the Disir for a hundred and one days in exchange for the demon lord granting a portion of his netherworld to Hela for one thousand and one years, as her new "Hel", which Mephisto agrees to. In exchange for this, Hela erased Loki from the Books of Hel, thus, he was no longer tied to Hel or Asgard, gaining absolute freedom. Mephisto asked Loki why he had resorted to such schemes, to which Loki replied it was more fun this way.
When the combined forces of the New Avengers, Young Avengers, and the Secret Warriors defeated the Dark Avengers, Thor demanded to know where Loki was. Norman Osborn could only tell him that he was dead, just like "the rest of them" as the true form of the Void appeared. As the creature tore apart the three teams, Loki began to repent, realizing that what had happened to Asgard was not what he wanted, begging his father, Odin, to return to him the Norn Stones (which were previously taken away from the Hood and given to the trickster), using their power to empower the three teams and give the powers of the Hood's gang to them to fight back against the Void. However, the Void sensed Loki's hand in this and attacked him, the stones having not affected the Void directly. As Loki was torn apart by the Void's tendrils in front of a shocked Thor, his last words were to apologize to his brother. Thor resolved to avenge his fallen brother and destroyed the Void and the Sentry with a lightning strike. He took the Sentry's remains into outer space, and released them into the Sun.
Thor, missing his brother, searched for Loki who had returned to life in the form of a young boy; as due to his schemes his name was removed from the Book of Hell, allowing him to permanently cheat death. Now located in Paris, France, Loki was a street hustler going by the name of Serrure (the French word for lock), who feigned simple card tricks in front of an audience while an accomplice pickpocketed them. Thor, in civilian disguise, gave chase, resulting in the restoration of Loki's memory, but not of his past life with the exception of a guilty conscience for things he cannot remember. With nothing to lose, Loki followed Thor, who restored part of his identity to him (though he remained in the form of a child), and asked when precisely Thor got so old, to which Thor smiled. Thor took Loki to the remains of Asgard, where plans were made to help the refugees of the World Tree. With the resurrection of Odin, Loki was frightened away and fled with Thor, who lambasted Odin for scaring him away. Running into Iron Man, Loki was saved by Thor, who defended his own reasons for bringing the trickster back.
Journey into Mystery
With the Asgardian population other than Thor still wary of Loki, Loki revealed to his brother that he was attempting to learn more about Earth and humans, to which Thor approves. When a magpie exploded in his quarters carrying a key, it led to a chain of events where at the end, Loki was contacted by an echo of his former incarnation, who revealed he chose to sacrifice himself fighting the Void as part of a greater plan which would involve his death and return. The child Loki refused to follow this path, wanting to be his own person, and transformed the spirit of his former self into a magpie named Ikol. On returning to Earth, he witnessed Odin striking down Thor.
Odin prepared all of Asgard for an unknown battle and imprisoned Thor for attempting to protect Midgard from being scoured. Loki, who disagreed with Odin's actions, was put to work by Volstagg into cleaning the stables of Thor's goats to keep him out of trouble and danger. Using the wool of one of the goats, Loki descended into the roots of the world tree at the advice of Ikol to ask questions from the Nornish women who live there. After receiving answers, Loki wept but decided to turn to the imprisoned Thor for his opinion before making his final decision. Breaking into the prison by stealth, Loki asked his brother what he would do if he had to let something bad happen in order to prevent something worse from happening, and what if it cost him everything. With Thor's answer, Loki decided to free one of the imprisoned Hel Wolves and bind it to him in servitude using the bridle of Thor's goats, then revealing he would need help from one more 'personage' before heading for the realm of Hela.
Having recovered Thor's hammer after Thor had been killed and erased from memory following the war against the Serpent, Loki was able to work with the Silver Surfer to restore the hammer to its natural state and send it to Thor in the afterlife, restoring his memory and allowing him to fight his way back into the realm of the living. After Thor's return, Ikol would afterward reveal that circumstances had been manipulated to force the young Loki to allow his former personality to subsume him and live again, his former slate wiped clean by the "new" Loki's actions. During his adventures, the young Loki had inadvertently helped create and was tied to a powerful artifact that was about to be used by Mephisto to conquer all the Hells and ultimately everything. However, if the new Loki ceased to be, the artifact would lose all power. Seeing no other option, Loki allowed Ikol to become Loki again, ceasing to be, but warning beforehand that the Ikol personality was incapable of true change and believing this older persona would ultimately be stopped by those who always stopped him before, his brother included, imbuing him with his experiences. Horrified at what he had become and done to his former self, the new Loki breaks down, screaming "I am the crime that will not be forgiven!".
Kid Loki joined the Young Avengers in the 2013 relaunch of the series as part of Marvel NOW!. When Wiccan and Hulkling are captured by an interdimensional parasite known as Mother, Loki comes to their aid and rescues them from the prison that they were being held in. They admit that they need help to defeat the creature, but are wary of trusting Loki, knowing who he is. They go to Asgard, and are met with Loki's father. With the help of Miss America, the team flee to New York City, but are once again met by the parasite, and are captured. They are saved by Kate Bishop and Noh-Varr, but they are then attacked by citizens of New York City who fall under the control of Mother as the team flies by in Noh-Var's ship. The team flees to Central Park in order to minimize the number of civilians in the area. Once there, Loki tells the group that their only choice to save themselves is to either kill Wiccan, or allow Loki to borrow Wiccan's powers for ten minutes so that he can save them. Seeing no other option, Wiccan agrees, and Loki immediately teleports away, seemingly abandoning the group to face the mob of mind-controlled New Yorkers on his own.
While he originally intended to leave them to die, Loki has an internal conversation with his child self (that still exists within him) whom he killed at the end of Journey into Mystery, and is convinced to return to the team. Once there, he defeats the creature, but the team is forced to leave New York, as Wiccan's spell is still intact. While the rest of the team is busy, Loki meets with Mother, revealing that he had planned everything that had happened with the parasite, working in order to gain access to Wiccan's immense power so that he can gain back the abilities he lost when he was reincarnated.
The team is left in a situation where neither Wiccan nor Loki are powerful enough to fight Mother. In order to increase Loki's power, Wiccan ages Loki's body to that of a teenager, increasing his powers. Now able to take on Mother, as well as Leah, who had recruited the exes of the other Young Avengers members, the group goes to Mother's dimension to stop things once and for all. In his confrontation with Leah, she taunts him for destroying his younger self. Realizing that she is merely an illusion created by his own guilty conscience, Loki confesses his part in freeing Mother, as well as for killing his younger self. Now sated, the exes and Leah vanish, allowing the Young Avengers to defeat Mother. When Wiccan turns to introduce his teammate to his parents, he finds that Loki is missing, having fled the scene wracked with guilt over his actions. Later, when the team throws a New Year's party, Prodigy sees Loki watching them and confronts him, only to find out that Loki supplied the money behind the party. Loki admits that if he came back, the team would probably forgive him, and therefore he will not show himself, feeling unworthy of their forgiveness. After briefly making a pass at Prodigy, Loki appears to teleport away. As the party ends and the team leaves, Loki looks on fondly at a photo of himself with the team.
Agent of Asgard
In a mission for the All-Mother, Loki traveled from space to Midgard in order to collect five keys Odin had once forged for him should he be worthy. Using his sorcery and wits, Loki used the keys to claim Gram, the sword of Sigurd, as his own. He also befriended a human, Verity Willis, with the power to always know if she is being lied to. She and Loki develop a great friendship, and through him she develops friendships with Sigurd and Lorelei, while Loki continues to run missions for the All-Mother. He later discovers that he is being manipulated by King Loki, his villainous and depraved future self, who is much the same as the old Loki was before his death and resurrection. While Loki fears one day becoming King Loki, he also knows that his future self is determined to make it happen.
During the AXIS storyline, Loki appears as a member of Magneto's unnamed superhero group during the fight against Red Skull's Red Onslaught form. A spell by Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom inadvertently causes a wave which inverts the moralities of all the heroes and villains present. With his basic morality inverted, Loki becomes romantically involved with Amora the Enchantress, although soon finds that his inverted morality is not as straightforward as for the other villains. While before Loki was devious but likeable, Verity quickly sees the new Loki is pious, priggish, and while 'good', disloyal to a fault; he betrays Lorelei and Sigurd to the returned All-Father, Odin, knowing full well that Odin will punish their small crime with a heinous overblown punishment. Later, in the final battle of AXIS, Loki fights his brother (whose morality is also inverted) on the moon, and to their surprise, Loki is able to lift Thor's hammer and beat him with it. His triumph, and feeling of great power and accomplishment, is short-lived; Scarlet Witch's second inversion wave restores Loki and Thor's original moral 'axes'. The hammer drops from Loki's hand, and the scream of the Kid Loki whom he killed is heard for miles, bellowing 'I am the crime that cannot be forgiven'. The effects of Scarlet Witch's spell are seen again later; Loki can no longer tell a lie. In a heart to heart with Thor, he finds himself compelled to admit what happened: that he, as Ikol, murdered the sweet reborn Loki and took his chance at life away. Thor, now seeing Loki not as his brother but as a murderous creature that stole his brother's shot at life, surrenders Loki to Asgard for justice at the hands of their people.
After Freyja banishes Loki from Asgard, he finds himself on Earth, where King Loki and Verity are. King Loki tells Verity of the awful things Loki did during his time with the Young Avengers, and she flees, not wanting to have to deal with him anymore. King Loki then ties up his younger self and starts telling them why he has done all this. As it turns out, in King Loki's future, Loki did complete his duty as Asgard's agent, clearing all of his horrible deeds from his name. However, he was still viewed as nothing more than the God of Lies, and, being unable to take it anymore, once again became an enemy of Thor; an unknown amount of time later, King Loki destroys the Earth, leaving it a barren wasteland. King Thor confronts King Loki, Loki raising an army of skeletal Avengers, fleeing while Thor fights his undead friends. Realizing that he would never be able to defeat his brother, King Loki goes back in time to a time when Thor was at his weakest, when he lacked the power to wield Mjolnir. By moving the time-table up by only a few years, King Loki could kill Thor while still one day successfully destroying the Earth.
Loki then goes into a metaphorical space, where Old Loki and Kid Loki are, telling him that he will not be able to change his story. Verity then calls him out, telling Loki that because King Loki did not recognize her, an alternate future is already unfolding. Loki now decides to change his destiny, realizing that lies are just stories, and as god of them, he can tell a new one. He then seemingly destroys himself, sending King Loki to the now changed near-future. Eight months pass, and the sky turns red as the Secret Wars is about to begin, when Verity hears a knock on her door, with Loki standing there, claiming to be the "God of Stories".
The "Last Days" part of the Secret Wars storyline picks up directly after the prior events with Verity being unsure if she can trust Loki now that he is a different person. Loki tells Verity that she is important in this end of the world event. Meanwhile, King Loki has set the Midgard Serpent free, and plans on using it to destroy Asgard. As King Loki wages war on Asgard, killing gods and cracking jokes, the younger Loki places Verity Willis's soul in a pretty glowing bracelet to protect her from being annihilated along with her physical form when the Multiverse comes to an end. Just as it seems certain that King Loki will defeat the Asgardians, Freyja sacrificed her life to destroy Jormungandr and Odin blows the fabled Gjallarhorn (the Horn of Heroes) to resurrect the dead gods, as foretold, for their final battle. To King Loki's astonishment, Loki is alive and turns up to join the legion of deceased gods in Asgard's defence. Upon being faced with Loki and all the resurrected gods, King Loki loses his nerve and flees into the ether. Loki is hailed by all as a hero. This is exactly what all previous iterations of Loki would have wanted most: attention, adoration, praise. Odin even proudly compares Loki to Thor and calls him "son", but Loki shakes off Odin's promises insisting that he's done taking "sides". Loki and Verity then survive the incursion, and chase away the gods who sit above the Multiverse, who want Loki to surrender the stories of Asgard, which he is keeping in preservation. They also discover King Loki, another survivor of the incursions, and upon explaining that he understands King Loki's motivations. King Loki breaks down in tears, and Loki places his alternate self in his sceptre as a reminder of his potential to commit great evil. Loki then explains that the universe will be reborn, and invites Verity to follow him, into a new reality by creating a door labelled 'Next', although he unsure as to whether he will change again on the other side.
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Further information: Vote Loki
Following Reed Richards' interference in the multiverse's rebirth, Loki led a presidential campaign called "Vote Loki".
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Taking over from Dr. Stephen Strange, Loki became the Sorcerer Supreme for a short period.
War of the Realms and the God Who Fell to Earth
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Malekith fully began The War of the Realms.
Powers and abilities
Loki is a member of the race of Frost Giants of Jotunheim, although not a giant in stature. He possesses physical attributes equal to a fit member of his race, such as, enhanced strength, stamina (their Frost Giant metabolism grants him superhuman levels of physical stamina in practically all activities), speed, durability (enough to withstand high-caliber bullets without harm) and immunity to all known diseases and toxins as well as resistance to magic and aging.
Loki possesses genius-level intelligence and has extensive training in magic, and possesses the ability to manipulate magical forces for a variety of purposes: energy projection, creation of force fields, temporarily increasing his own physical capabilities, granting superhuman abilities to living beings or inanimate objects, flight, hypnosis, illusion casting and inter-dimensional teleportation.
Loki's magical abilities have been described as equal to those of Karnilla, the most skilled sorceress of Asgard. His illusion casting can fool cities, and powerful entities such as Surtur. He has been able to break free of Celestial technology in the possession of Apocalypse.
Loki possesses extrasensory abilities and is capable of astral projection and casting his thoughts across great distances—even across dimensional barriers, like that between Asgard and Earth—even if he is unable to move. He cannot read the minds of other beings, although he can influence their actions, and once briefly hypnotized Thor, and controlled a flock of birds. However, he could not coerce Thor to give him Mjolnir. If someone has evil thoughts, Loki can influence their actions (even if they are in Asgard and the subject is on Earth), and can influence other events to some degree, such as diverting a missile from its path, or redirecting a radio signal.
Loki is an adept shapeshifter and can change into animals (examples include transmogrification to a salmon, horse, etc.) or impersonate other people, such as Thor or Captain America. However, he does not necessarily gain the abilities of whatever or whoever he turns into, although minor natural abilities such as flight in bird form tend to work. Loki may mimic the abilities of some supernatural beings if they turn into such creatures. Loki has also turned clouds into dragons, and animated trees to attack Thor. After his rebirth, his shapeshifting abilities are more limited. He explained to Lorelei that, "I can turn into anything, as long as it's me", which he demonstrates by transforming into the female Lady Loki and a lupine form.
Loki has imbued himself with magical abilities that enables him to withstand injuries that would prove fatal to another Asgardian, such as being beheaded by Balder. He has also been shown to be immune to the Controller's control disk, the mental influence of the Voice, and the power-sapping abilities of Rogue.
Loki crafted a method of cheating death, being reincarnated upon any "death" through an arrangement with the various incarnations of Death that his name be erased from the books of Hell.
Loki possesses a brilliant intellect, with some knowledge of technology, as illustrated by the time when he created a machine to amplify Iceman's powers, and when he attached devices to the Twilight sword to tap into its powers. Loki is an expert manipulator and schemer, frequently using pawns in his plans. He is sometimes armed with a sword, a whip, or a three-pronged spear and has used magical items (such as the Norn Stones[volume & issue needed]) to enhance his powers.
A 4-issue series simply titled Loki, where Loki has now claimed leadership of Asgard, and all must recognize that fact, even Thor. Finally winning the throne after a long-sought out fight is not as sweet as he thought it would be. The ones that helped him now demand their due and the favors he promised them, including the death goddess Hela and seductress Lorelei. While he goes about his kingdom, Loki continually turns to his prisoners, Thor and Sif. Sif berates Loki for being jealous of her, and of cutting off her golden hair, only to bring about a greater love between her and Thor. While Balder reminds him that they have died and gone to Hell, and while there, he saw that there are parallel dimension incarnations of Thor, Loki, and Balder; some different, yet all play the same roles. And Loki's role is never to rule. Loki then turns to Karnilla, and agrees to free Balder into her care, in exchange for her to peer into a myriad other dimensions. There Loki sees confirmation of Balder's words, all with Thor triumphant. Loki decides that Thor will indeed die at dawn by beheading. While walking out of the dungeons, he runs into Fárbauti, his birth father. Loki decides to go against fate, and spare his brother as well as free him, while Hela is revealed to be a failed illusion cast by another Loki to convince him to kill their brother. Thor decides that when breaking free from his prison, he will defeat his sibling.
In the reality of Heroes Reborn, Loki set forth to return to Asgard where he finds that the Rainbow bridge is missing and, upon searching mystically, realizes that the nine worlds of Asgard are seemingly missing. He goes searching for his brother and finds him frozen in a block of ice in Norway, where he has just been discovered by archeologist Dr. Donald Blake. Loki attempts to destroy Thor then and there and finds that his magic is unable to do so. To his surprise, he found that he had been reborn in this reality. Blake showed the Avengers the frozen Thor and after they work together to free him from the ice, Loki tricked the confused Thor into battling the Avengers. Thor eventually realized his sibling's deception and watched as the Scarlet Witch banished Loki into limbo. They offered Thor a spot on the team and he accepted.
Realizing this universe had no Asgard, and as such no Odin, Loki decided a larger revenge scheme was in order, and sought out Enchantress to help him in this end. He sought to take control of the Scarlet Witch and make her his pawn. In doing so, he incapacitated her teacher Agatha Harkness, trapping her essence in a tree and had the Enchantress pose as her. The Enchantress then put the Scarlet Witch under her spell. Loki meanwhile tricked the Hulk into attacking Avengers Island, causing a breach in the gamma core there; however, an assemblage of the Avengers and Fantastic Four prevented any disaster from happening.
Realizing the foes that some people on this world had a unique energy that Loki could absorb (thereby absorbing their bodies), he sought out these beings and absorbed their power. While keeping the Avengers busy he absorbed the forms of Kang, Mantis, Baron Zemo, MODOK, Executioner, Wonder Man and others; he also tricked the Avengers Hawkeye and Hellcat to join his ranks, transferring Hellcat's essence into Scarlet Witch's body. Thor soon grew tired of the Avengers' morality on killing their foes and left the group, becoming easy prey for the Enchantress to enthrall him to joining Loki's side.
Loki soon learned that the source of the power he was absorbing came from the gamma core on Avengers Island, which was a rift in time and space that was seemingly creating villains for the Avengers to fight. He sent his minions to attack the remaining Avengers (now teamed with the true Thor of Earth-616) while he absorbed this power. When Loki absorbed the power from the gamma core, he was given untold power and grew to gigantic proportions. When Thor and Enchantress attempted to join him, he betrayed them. Realizing this betrayal, Hawkeye, Thor, Enchantress and Hellcat go over to the heroes side and Enchantress, Agatha Harkness and Scarlet Witch pool their magical powers to turn one of the Thors into a giant replica of Odin to battle Loki while the other Avengers work to build a device that will reverse Loki's newly obtained powers. Captain America goes toe-to-toe against Loki buying the others enough time to hit Loki with their power reversal cannon and allowing Thor to strike him with his hammer. The resulting combination causes Loki to suddenly disburse into the energy that he absorbed, seemingly destroying him and ending his threat.
In the reality of Earth-9997, Loki duped Odin into transforming Thor into a woman, saying he needed to learn humility in the form of a female. He later cast a spell on the Bifrost that if Thor would return to Asgard, he would get free rein on Earth. In this reality, Loki figured out that Asgardians aren't actually gods, but are instead long-lived mutants of incredible power who are mentally mind-locked by the Celestials into believing that they are immortal, never-changing gods so that they won't evolve further as mutants and potentially become a threat to their plans for Earth in the future. He tells Odin and the others of their true origin but they refuse to believe them. In order to make them see the truth, he stabs himself in the heart and is cast into Hela's realm of the dead. He then convince them to oppose the Celestials' attack on Earth, but when fighting the Celestials, they make the Asgardians think that they are nothing and already dead, all except Loki.
Years later, Odin sent Thor to Earth as a champion to battle Loki, but Loki convinced Thor of Odin's manipulation over the Asgardians and the two team up to battle him. After Odin was defeated and Earth was safe, Thor reverted to his form of Donald Blake and Loki transformed himself into a new Thor, and with Ransak the Reject and Ahura, son of Black Bolt, they became a new incarnation of the Avengers.
Guardians of the Galaxy
In the Guardians of the Galaxy timeline (Earth-691), Loki is alive and well in the 31st Century, living on the moon. He leads an attack on Asgard with his squad of Inhuman Assassins for Composite's sonic diffusion muzzle when he is stopped by Woden Thorson, his nephew. With the help of Talon and Aleta, they imprison Loki. Woden, Thor and Odin stand together to decide Loki's punishment and all three grasp Mjolnir and banish Loki and his Inhuman Assassin Squad to the Black Canyon.
In the Marvel 2099 line of series, the original Asgardians were no more but the belief in them had grown into a full-fledged religion with many followers. Seeking to take advantage of this, a corporation called "Alchemax" decided to create their own Valhalla. One of the company's scientists, Jordan Boone, decided that he wanted to have powers and snuck into the program where he became Loki but still maintained his own personality. Boone (Loki) helps Doom, Krystalin, Bloodhawk, Timothy Fitzgerald and Meanstreak fight Alchemax's versions of Thor and Heimdall. After Heimdall is defeated, Loki watches as Doom defeats Thor, gloating about his plan to pit Alchemax and heroes against each other to gain enough superpower to shapeshift out of it. He transforms into a bird and flies away.
When Loki is next seen, he appears as the villainous Halloween Jack after being tortured by Desdemona and her brother Lytton after they accuse him of cheating in their casino. Loki seeks revenge on them for turning him "into a monster" and with the help of Meanstreak, he heads to Las Vegas and finds Desdemona alone in her office. He attack her, revealing to her his true form (Loki) and hacks into her accounts planning to 'make Vegas fun again'.
In the alternate Marvel Zombies universe, Loki is shown dead, having been eaten by the Zombie Avengers.
In the reality of Earth-982, Loki kidnaps several major superheroes including Thunderstrike (Kevin Masterson), the Stinger, Jolt, Jubilation Lee, Speedball, J2 and Mainframe after sending a fake distress call from the former Avengers mansion. He ties them up and takes them to Asgard, where he wants to use Thunderstrike's mace's powers for himself, but Kevin disrupts the spell, absorbing the mace into himself and transforming into a new Thunderstrike in the process. Loki and his army of Trolls are forced into retreat by the heroes, with help from Thor, now the King of Asgard. Thunderstrike, Stinger, J2 and Mainframe decide to stay together as the new Avengers. The adult heroes decline to stay with the reformed team because of personal reasons.
Years later, Loki is bitter about the fact that he was the cause of the Avengers' formation and wants to get his revenge. They start kidnapping heroes, holding them prisoner in life-sized crystals when Captain America, J2, Thunderstrike, Spider-Girl and Wild Thing show up through a portal they found in another universe. The heroes are quickly outnumbered by Loki's robots and they vow to end The Age of Heroes.
J2 and Spider-Girl escape but Captain America and Thunderstrike are chained and Loki plans to brainwash the heroes to send them back to Earth where they will become violent and turn against each so they will eventually destroy all the heroes. His plan is ruined by Thor when he shows up after figuring out why certain superheroes are acting so much differently. Together, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Spider-Girl get Loki to surrender. Captain America notices a gem hanging on Loki's neck, and smashes it with his shield. Loki was using this gem to help turn the heroes evil but once the gem is destroyed, the heroes revert to normal. A furious Loki releases a deadly blast on Captain America, killing him. Thor uses his hammer and sends Loki into Limbo forever and the Hulk decides to join him to make sure that Loki remains there. After Captain America dies, Thor uses his hammer to grant Captain America's soul immortality. His soul floats into the skies, and creates a shiny new, bright star in the sky in the form of Captain America's shield, meant to always inspire the heroes and future generations to come.
In this universe, Loki has a daughter, Sylene. She seeks revenge on the Avengers especially Thor for Loki.
In the Mutant X universe, when Loki tampered with Iceman's powers, he left Iceman unable to touch other humans without ending their lives.
Old Man Logan
In this alternate reality, Loki is allegedly killed (while giant-size) when the Baxter Building is dropped on them. All that remains as proof is a giant skeleton.
Loki appears in The Ultimates 2 as the evil half-sibling of Thor. The Ultimate version of Loki has the ability to "shuffle time and space", and in his first appearance, causes a ripple during Thor's conversation with Volstagg. In the restaurant, Loki is apparently in the background, which would mark his first "appearance" (he is mentioned and his powers apparently used, but they are only briefly seen). Loki comes to Earth after escaping from the Room Without Doors and begins to cause havoc, especially for Thor and the United States after assisting the Liberators (multinational group of superpowered villains representing Syria, China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and France). Through his power he creates the persona for himself of "Gunnar Golmen", the head scientist of the Norwegian extension of the "European Defense Initiative", the European counterpart to The Ultimates, and turns Thor into "Thorlief", Gunnar's brother, a former mental patient who stole the technology that Gunnar created for the Initiative.
Later in the story, he confronts the captive Thor and gloats that it is all just another one of his games, and informs him that there is a traitor in the ranks of the Ultimates. When Thor requests assistance from the guards, Loki is nowhere to be seen, though he appears as a snake around Thor's neck after they leave (most likely a nod to the real Loki in Norse mythology). At the end of Ultimates 2 No. 9, Loki states that the reason he joined the Liberators was because "They had a Norse god on their side. It's only fair you should get one too", and that "Odin sent his son to bring the world peace. I couldn't resist the opportunity to mess that up." However, he is hesitant to use his abilities overtly as he claims Odin will then be able to find them. Yet once all The Liberators are defeated, he decides to do things himself. After revealing to the Ultimates who he truly is, he rises into the air and change the color of the sky. At that moment—thanks to the Scarlet Witch 'calculating the odds' of someone showing up to defeat them—the sky opens and Thor, his brother, appears for revenge.
Issue 13 shows further demonstrations of his powers by attempting to trap Thor in an illusion and withstanding a direct blow from Thor's hammer uninjured, claiming it cannot hurt him. During this battle, Thor mentions that Loki's powers have weakened for an unexplained reason. After Loki summons an army of monsters to battle the Ultimates and nearly kills Thor, the thunder god then proceeds to summon allies from Asgard while he strikes Loki with his hammer, sending him back to Asgard where Odin awaits.
Loki's motivations for his actions are not completely revealed. He mentions several motivations, from a desire to cause World War III to Odin favoring Thor over him and attempting to gain Odin's favor. Throughout the whole ordeal, Loki regards humans as mere playthings for his pranks. In addition to creating a Norwegian super-soldier program that was supposedly part of an EU initiative and making people believe it was real, even though Norway is not part of the European Union, he claimed to have been the one who framed Captain America for treason and murdering Hawkeye's family, regarding the failure of humans to realize the problems with these assertions as humorous.
Loki is freed from his "punishment" in New Ultimates, playing an integral part in the re-appearance of the Defenders, now super-powered, as well the invasion of trolls to New York with the help of Amora the Enchantress. He is later revealed to be the one behind Valkyrie's powers manifesting after the invasion forces attacked America. In revenge against Thor, Loki impales Valkyrie with a sword, to which she is restored by Hela as a real Valkyrie and takes vengeance on Loki, banishing him to Hel. Loki and every other Asgardian, excluding Thor, were killed by the Children of Tomorrow (led by Reed Richards) when Asgard was destroyed.
Ultimate Comics: Thor elaborates Loki's backstory. Loki is the child of Odin and the giantess Laufey, who procreated him as part of a peace settlement between Asgard and Jotunheim. Loki was always jealous of his older brother Thor for having been given Mjolnir and rebelled against Asgard by stealing the sacred Norn Stones (relic extensions of Odin's power) and killing their half-brother Balder with their favoured bow. Banished from Asgard, Loki (going under the disguise of Nazi supervillain Baron Zemo) waged an attack on the kingdom eons later, in 1939, with a coalition army of Frost Giants and Nazi soldiers, killing every Asgardian in sight. Loki attempted a battle with Odin, only to be forced into the Room Without Doors while Asgard was destroyed. Using the Stones, Loki is later summoned by an older Nazi, Helmut Zemo (around the time The Hulk was fighting the Ultimates in Manhattan during Ultimates vol. 1). For his loyalty, Loki kills him.
Goddess of Thunder
Reality on Earth-1026, Thor has met and fallen in love with Ororo Munroe from the X-Men. Loki casts a spell on Tarene, who is insanely jealous of Ororo because she too has feelings for Thor. Maddened by Loki's spell, Tarene goes after Ororo and is killed by Thor when he steps in to protect her. With Tarene's death, her hammer goes to Ororo, making her Goddess of Thunder.
Thor rules over the entire Earth with Loki as his chief adviser and head of security in a 2003 storyarc of Thor volume 2. Loki now wears Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. Loki releases their secret weapon, the Destroyer with the spirit of Tarene animating it, hoping to solidify their grip on Earth forever.Desak releases Tarene's spirit from the Destroyer and possesses the armor himself and attacks Thor and Loki. The siblings have words before Desak attacks again and this time kills Loki.
Throughout the Loki: Agent of Asgard series, the main villain was thought to be Loki of the past, when in reality it was revealed to be King Loki of the future, where Loki will inevitably turn evil once again. This Loki came about when, after completing his duties as Asgard's agent, he was still looked down upon as the God of Lies. After not being able to take it anymore, he stabbed Thor and proceeded to destroy the Earth, killing everyone on it. King Thor comes to seek revenge, but King Loki raises the undead Avengers to attack him. Knowing he cannot defeat his brother, King Loki retreats to the past, where he plans to kill the Odinson while he cannot wield Mjolnir. This future was ultimately avoided when the present Loki changes his fate, but King Loki is still at large.
During the "Last Days" part of the Secret Wars storyline, King Loki devises a plan that involves traveling to Hel to free a monster that will destroy Asgard. The Asgardians later gather to witness King Loki on the back of the Midgard Serpent where they believe that this will be their end. However, the real Loki appears and wards them off, just as the universe ends. As Loki is now the God of Stories, he saves a memory of the universe in the form of a story. After everything in existence is gone, Loki confronts a crying King Loki. As Loki would not be here without him, he embraces his no-longer future self. King Loki disappears, and Loki and his friend Verity await to see what the universe's next story will bring.
After the timeline is restored, it was revealed that Loki was seeking All-Black the Necrosword, the first symbiote. After killing Ego the Living Planet for the weapon, Loki stabs King Thor, only to realize he himself was then stabbed by a returned Gorr.
In other media
- Loki appears in the "Thor" segment of The Marvel Super Heroes animated series.
- Loki appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animated series episode "The Vengeance of Loki", voiced by John Stephenson.
- Loki appears in The Super Hero Squad Show animated series episode "Oh Brother", voiced by Ted Biaselli.
- Loki appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series, voiced by Graham McTavish. In the episode "Thor the Mighty", he manipulates a group of Frost Giants into attacking Asgard while Thor is on Earth, but they are all defeated by Thor while Odin banishes Loki to the Isle of Silence. After the Enchantress frees him in the episode "Masters of Evil", Loki returns in the episodes "This Hostage Earth", "The Fall of Asgard", and "A Day Unlike Any Other" to conquer Asgard and eight of the nine realms by using the Masters of Evil to invade Earth using Karnilla's Norn Stones. While the Avengers manage to destroy the stones, they accidentally transport themselves to each of the eight realms. When Thor is captured, Loki reveals he had a hand in much of the series' events, such as the Avengers and Masters of Evil's formations, and that his initial attack and exile were part of a diversion. Eventually, Loki engages the Avengers and numerous Asgardian warriors in a final showdown, but he is defeated by Ant-Man and re-banished by Odin to a swamp-like realm where he is tortured by the Midgard Serpent.
- Loki appears in the Disney XD-produced animated Marvel shows, voiced by Troy Baker.
- Loki appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series episodes "Field Trip", "Run Pig Run", and the two-part episode "The Avenging Spider-Man".
- Loki appears in the Avengers Assemble episodes "The Doomstroyer", "Valhalla Can Wait", "Back to the Learning Hall", and "Spectrums". After making a minor appearance in the third season, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, he returns in a central role in the fourth season, Avengers: Secret Wars, wherein he uses the Cabal and the Casket of Ancient Winters to take control of Earth while the Avengers and the New Avengers were unavailable. He temporarily aligns himself with the two hero groups to stop the Beyonder before betraying them after stealing Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto, but he is defeated by Thor and Thunderstrike.
- Loki appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episodes "For Asgard" and "Days of Future Smash, Part 2: Smashgard".
- Loki appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy episodes "Stuck in the Metal with You", "We Are The World Tree", "Come and Gut your Love", "Asgard War Part One: Lightnin' Strikes", "Asgard War Part Two: Rescue Me", and "Symbiote War, Part 3: Thunder Road".
- Loki appears in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload miniseries, voiced again by Troy Baker.
- Loki appears in the anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, voiced by Tadashi Muto in Japanese and Crispin Freeman in English. In the series' pilot episode, he and his forces imprison several superheroes and supervillains in D.I.S.K.s and spends the rest of the series working to prevent the Avengers and their allies from finding and retaking them.
- Loki appears in the animated Christmas TV special Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!, voiced again by Troy Baker.
- Loki appears in the anime series Marvel Future Avengers, voiced by Tadashi Muto in Japanese and Trevor Devall in English. He initially allies himself with the Masters of Evil, but after being betrayed and imprisoned by Kang the Conqueror, he defects and assists the Avengers in stopping Kang's plans.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Main article: Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Tom Hiddleston portrays Loki in media set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios. Loki first appears in the live-action film Thor (2011) and reappears in the live-action films The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Hiddleston also filmed scenes for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but his scenes were omitted from the theatrical cut. Though Loki is killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, alternate versions appear in Avengers: Endgame in scenes taking place during the events of Thor: The Dark World and The Avengers.
- Loki appears as a recurring character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series:
- Loki appears in both Marvel Super Hero Squad games, voiced again by Ted Biaselli.:
- Loki appears in Thor: God of Thunder, voiced by Tom Hiddleston.
- Loki appears as a boss and unlockable playable character in the Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance.
- Loki appears as a playable character in the 2012 fighting gameMarvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.
- Loki appears as a playable character in the 2013 action role-playing gameMarvel Heroes, voiced by Crispin Freeman (original form) and by Amy Pemberton (female form).
- Loki appears as a playable character in the Lego Marvel games:
- Loki appears as an unlockable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics.
- Loki appears as a playable character in the action-adventuresandbox video games Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Troy Baker. He also appears in Disney Infinity 3.0.
- Loki appears as a playable character in Marvel Contest of Champions.
- Loki appears as a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight.
- Loki appears in the mobile game, Marvel Avengers Academy, voiced by Tom Cassell.
- Loki appeared as an outfit in Fortnite Battle Royale's "Fortnite Crew" Subscription service for July 2021.
A four-episode motion comic titled Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, based on the graphic novel, Loki by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribić, was released on March 28, 2011, on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Loki appears in the Marvel Universe: LIVE! stage show.
|#||Title||Material Collected||Pages||Publication Date||ISBN|
|Loki||Loki vol. 1 #1–4||104||February 9, 2005||ISBN 978-0785116523|
|Thor and Loki Blood Brothers||Loki vol. 1 #1–4; Journey Into Mystery #85, and material from Journey Into Mystery #112 (Tales of Asgard)||152||March 30, 2011||ISBN 978-0785149682|
|Thor The Trials of Loki||Loki vol. 2 #1–4||112||April 27, 2011||ISBN 978-0785151654|
|Journey Into Mystery Series|
|1||Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #622–626 and material from Thor Spotlight (2011) and Fear Itself Spotlight (2011)||136||February 1, 2012||ISBN 978-0785148418|
|2||Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself – Fallout||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #626.1; #627–631||142||March 28, 2012||ISBN 978-0785152620|
|3||Journey Into Mystery: Terrorism Myth||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #632–636||120||July 25, 2012||ISBN 978-0785161066|
|Journey into Mystery/New Mutants: Exiled||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #637–638; Exiled #1 and New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43||120||November 14, 2012||ISBN 978-0785165408|
|4||Journey Into Mystery: Manchester Gods||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #639–641||104||December 5, 2012||ISBN 978-0785161073|
|The Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery: Everything Burns||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #642–645; The Mighty Thor #18–22||216||January 29, 2013||ISBN 978-0785161684|
|Journey Into Mystery The Complete Collection 1 by Kieron Gillen||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #622–636 and #626.1||392||March 4, 2014||ISBN 978-0785185574|
|Journey Into Mystery The Complete Collection 2 by Kieron Gillen||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #637–645; Exiled #1; New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43; The Mighty Thor #18–22||456||September 9, 2014||ISBN 978-0785185741|
|Loki: Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen Omnibus||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #622–645 and #626.1; Exiled #1; New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43; The Mighty Thor #18–22||752||August 15, 2017||ISBN 978-1302908645|
|Loki: Agent of Asgard Series|
|1||Loki Agent of Asgard: Trust Me||Loki: Agent of Asgard #1–5 and material from All New Marvel Now Point One (2014) #1||120||September 2, 2014||ISBN 978-0785189312|
|Original Sin: Thor and Loki The Tenth Realm||Original Sin: Thor and Loki The Tenth Realm #5.1–5.5||112||November 25, 2014||ISBN 978-0785191698|
|2||Loki Agent of Asgard: I Cannot Tell a Lie||Loki: Agent of Asgard #6–11||136||April 22, 2015||ISBN 978-0785193319|
|3||Loki Agent of Asgard: Last Days||Loki: Agent of Asgard #12–17||136||September 23, 2015||ISBN 978-0785188193|
|Loki: Agent of Asgard – The Complete Collection||Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014) #1-17, Original Sin (2014) #5.1-5.5 and material from All-New Marvel NOW! Point One (2014) #1||504||December 31, 2019||ISBN 978-1302920739|
|Vote Loki Series|
|Vote Loki||Vote Loki #1–4, Journey Into Mystery #85 and material from Avengers vol. 1 #300||120||October 18, 2016||ISBN 978-1302902629|
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Alligator Loki? Comics and mythology explain Episode 4’s weirdest twist
What makes a Loki a Loki? The Marvel show’s much-repeated question just got a whole lot trickier thanks to the introduction of four new Loki variants in the post-credits scene from Episode 4.
To be fair, we were expecting Kid Loki and Classic Loki, both of whom are well-known in the comics and were already rumored for the Marvel Cinematic Universe show, but it gets a lot more complicated from there. We’ve got “Boastful Loki,” though it’s still unclear if he’s based on a comics character or is purely a creation of the show. Weirder still is Alligator Loki, a small reptile perched in Kid Loki’s arms with the Asgardian’s signature horned crown on its head.
But is it really possible that this alligator is a Loki variant? Believe it or not, there’s a precedent for this, both in the comics and in the character’s mythological roots. That’s right, it’s time to talk about Horse Loki!
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Loki and animals in Marvel Comics
Loki is a shapeshifter, as Agent Mobius informs the Time Variance Authority officers way back in Episode 2. He can change his image to suit any purpose, even if that purpose is just annoying his brother by pretending to be Captain America like in Thor: The Dark World.
In the comics, Loki uses this power all the time to get his way, though his purposes don’t always require a human visage. For example, in the recent storyline Thor & Loki: Double Trouble, Loki turns himself into both a horse and a snake.
It’s a lot of fun to see a horse and snake version of Loki running through the streets of Asgard, but these moments have a much more ancient origin, and it’s one that changes everything we know about Loki.
Loki and animals in Norse Mythology
Most of Norse mythology can be traced to two sources, the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda. The Prose Edda covers the birth of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse. It recounts how Loki transformed himself into a mare as a way to escape the consequences of his trickery against a local craftsman. When the craftsman went to find Loki on a stallion named Svadilfari, the two horses became enamored with each other.
According to the Prose Edda:
“Loki had such dealings with Svadilfari, that somewhat later he gave birth to a foal, which was gray and had eight feet; and this horse is the best among gods and men.”
Not only was Loki an actual horse, he was a female horse that gave birth to this great steed. But this wasn’t Loki’s only mythological foray into motherhood. In fact, he had three animal babies but not in the form of an animal.
The Prose Edda states:
“Loke had yet more children. A giantess in Jotunheim, hight Angerboda. With her he begat three children. The first was the Fenris−wolf; the second, Jormungand, that is, the Midgard−serpent, and the third, Hel.”
While these animals were not born of Loki shifting into animals, it goes to show how Loki has a history of being related to animals. Could Alligator Loki be the result of one of these strange unions within the MCU? Or is it simply just an animal variant from another part of the multiverse, like Spider-Ham? Loki Episode 5 will hopefully hold the answer.
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The best Loki stories of all time
Loki took a major spotlight in the MCU with his recently-wrapped Disney Plus streaming show, which established the Multiverse and the concept of 'variants' of popular Marvel heroes and ideas as one of the main story beats for the current phase of the MCU.
In comic books, Loki has played the villain for many heroes and played the antitypical hero for his own stories, as well as forming his own version of the Avengers. In the past few years, the idea of Loki variants has become a key component of Loki's comic book stories - including, but not limited to, Lady Loki, AKA Sylvie.
Given Disney Plus's now-concluded Loki season 1 ventured into the many lives and adventures of Loki, now is a perfect time to also look back at the Asgardian trickster's best comic book stories ever - some of which may wind up influencing future seasons of the show. We've listed the best Loki comics stories below, including links where you can buy them.
Thor & Loki: Double Trouble
The crux of this god of mischief in many great Loki stories has been the relative contrast he's had against his more heroic brother Thor. That being said, comic fans have never really had many chances to see much of that brotherhood before it turned sour. That's where Thor & Loki: Double Trouble comes in.
This recent limited series goes right into that sweet spot with Thor and Loki acting like brothers would, daring each other to do something that their parents definitely wouldn't like. Thor dares, Loki accepts, and that's where the trouble begins.
As Loki dives a little too willingly into mischief, his brother Thor tags along to keep him out of the worst of it - even if it involves giant serpents, trolls, time travel, and even - yikes - cleaning chores.
Thor & Loki: Double Trouble really helps show they're loving brothers first and hated adversaries second - or even both at the same time.
In the best Loki stories, he has found ways to achieve power through magic, trickery, and evil deeds. But in the political comedy Vote Loki, he finds he can get it by winning over the hearts and minds of voters.... using magic, trickery, and evil deeds.
Created in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidental election, Vote Loki by writer Christopher Hastings and artist Langdon Foss (based on a concept by Tom King) takes the classic conceit of political demagogues and filters it through the lens of a superhero on the campaign trail, resulting in a surprisingly biting political satire that may have you second-guessing that Marvel would publish something so relatively risque.
Like a twisted version of the last season of NBC's The West Wing, Vote Loki touches on the ideas of sensationalized candidates, media circuses, and campaigning on real policy (or not) - but it's also a great character study to remind us just who Loki is, against a unique backdrop we'd never expect from him - or Marvel.
X-Men: The Asgardian Wars
At first glance, you might find the X-Men and Asgard an odd mix, but it's that off-beat dynamic that has made their rare crossings memorable.
In these four issues collected as X-Men: The Asgardian Wars, a short-sighted attempt by Loki to gain extra powers to take over Asgard leads to him creating a magic mountain in Canada that gives normal humans powers (but with some side effects). Some of the X-Men get caught up in the scheme and rebuff the god of mischief.
Loki, not one to take defeat lightly, lashes out and kidnaps Storm in an even more fraught plan - to use her and her weather abilities to replace Thor as God of Thunder. That doesn't go too well, as both the X-Men and New Mutants come to Asgard, making a few friends along the way and defeating him once more.
The unique contrast of Loki and mutants makes this a potent story - especially for X-Men fans who rarely see the mutants get involved with this brand of magic. Chris Claremont, Paul Smith, and Arthur Adams meanwhile show how resourceful Loki is - and how quickly he can turn others into pawns in his larger schemes.
The Trials of Loki
Loki's more than a bad guy, and the inner workings of the Asgardian god of mischief are explored in the limited series The Trials of Loki.
Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Sebastian Fiumara created a taut retelling of Loki's origins and path to villainy, while also showing that he's much more than a one-note bad guy.
This four-issue series puts Loki's origin story squarely into the formula of Marvel heroes, while at the same time showing how one wrong choice can lead to other wrong choices and, well, you know the rest. It's that idea of choices vs. destiny that's at the heart of The Trials of Loki, as he and the other gods, who are aware of the mythological prophecies of their lives, question whether someone like Loki can become more than what he's 'destined' to be.
In addition to acting as a road map to better understand Loki and be one of Loki's best stories, The Trials of Loki is also soaked in various Norse legends that lend mythical credibility to the tale, focusing on the lore of the Asgardian gods.
Diversions & Misdirections
How much can you accomplish in just one 22-page comic book? If you're Loki (or creators J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel) you can rewrite history and change your future. (Loki might even have this on top of his personal list of 'best Loki stories'.)
A good example of this idea is the duo's Thor #12; a mostly one-off story that shows off the depths of Loki's power and the intricacy of the Asgardian trickster's schemes.
Set in the overarching plotline of JMS and Coipel's longer Thor run, Thor #12 serves as a great reminder of Loki's key moments and as a character study of who Loki is in comic books while it brings in even more aspects of Norse mythology, such as Loki's sometimes fluid gender and willingness to change forms to suit his needs.
In this issue, Loki (living as a woman in Sif's body) teams up with Hela, who in comic books as in mythology is Loki's daughter, to rewrite portions of their own past. Loki and Hela's scheme is complex, but it revolves around using illusion and time travel to resurrect Thor's grandfather Bor, blaming Thor for his second death, and getting Thor banished from Asgard.
While not a perfect standalone story, it's a great snapshot from a larger reel showing the complex, Machiavellian nature of Loki's machinations.
Loki: Agent of Asgard
What if Loki became... a good guy? The devilish Norse demi-god does just that (and does a good job at it) in Loki: Agent of Asgard.
This is the teen Loki, trying to make amends for what he's done - and what was done by the classic, adult version of him that came before. For absolution, Loki makes a deal with his adoptive mother Freya to become a James Bond-style secret agent for Asgard, with every mission he completes overwriting the history of one of his previous misdeeds - essentially turning all the "red in his ledger" to black.
Writer Al Ewing and artist Lee Garbett take the conceit of Loki: Agent of Asgard and run wild, subbing the classic mythological fantasy you come to expect from a Loki story with some cloak-and-dagger espionage - all in and around the storied concepts of the Marvel U. And this isn't Loki going against his thieving and mischievous ways; it's simply him doing that thieving and mischief for a greater good.
It's a great run and only escalates when the now 'good guy' Loki comes across his classic, evil, adult version who springs back to life amidst the larger Secret Wars event that permeates the last issues of the run.
Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
Several of the best Loki stories have explored the idea of the god of mischief turning over a new leaf and becoming a good guy, but few have explored what might happen if one of Loki's villainous schemes came to fruition and he actually won.
That's exactly what happens in the limited series Loki by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, later collected as Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers.
In this alt-reality tale, Loki does it: he dethrones Odin, imprisons Thor, and takes over as the ruler of Asgard and the Nine Realms. But when he finally attains what he was looking for since childhood, what does he actually do with it? Through the course of this series, a bitter Loki discovers that the unscrupulous tactics it took to make it this far might be outmatched by what's asked of him to keep his proverbial high ground.
Loki keeps his brother Thor enchained and under his thumb while he's king, but when Hela comes to Asgard and asks for the hammer-wielding god to be put to death, everything changes. For all the bitterness Loki has soaked in, Thor is still part of the family that took him in and forgave him time and time again. But after the bloody path he took to become the King of Asgard, can he spare his brother Thor without undermining all he sought to gain and finally achieved?
The epic twists of the story are matched by the equally epic painterly artwork of Esad Ribic. Years before the artist took on the biggest gig in the Marvel Universe with the crossover Secret Wars, Ribic helped define his Frazzeta-esque style with this Loki tale, giving a godly weight to every action in every panel, no matter how small.
Young Avengers: Style > Substance
The Avengers were first founded to stop the threat of Loki, but we'd argue the better story is the time Loki recruited his own team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes - the Young Avengers.
In 2013's Young Avengers: Style > Substance by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie, Loki (first in the guise of Kid Loki, and later as a teen) recruits a team of young heroes to unknowingly do his bidding, under the pretense of being the good guys. The story follows Kid Loki's subversion by the memories and powers of the original, evil Loki. And though it starts with Loki manipulating his new team, he's quickly shown to have held onto much of the heart and heroism he developed while in his Kid Loki form.
This era of Young Avengers really blossoms around the idea of 'found family,' and the idea of random people becoming friends and a family unto themselves despite learning they were recruited for ulterior motives. By the end, even Loki himself has grown (literally, having aged into a teenager), confessing his manipulations to save his friends, and in doing so finally proving himself worthy of their trust.
Thor #364 - #366
Witness Loki at his most conniving with Thor #364 - #366 by writer/artist Walter Simonson (collected in Thor by Walter Simonson Volume 4).
In his latest attempt to best Thor and take the throne of Asgard, the god of mischief comes up with the most brother-on-brother of schemes: he turns Thor into a frog. Frog Thor, as he's become known, is left to his own devices while Loki goes off to conquer Asgard.
This classic arc exemplifies the dark and unusual ways Loki's machinations would manifest themselves, but also how different of an adversary he is to Thor compared to the villains without the compunction to simply maim or kill the thunder god.
As for Frog Thor, he's somewhat lived on in a new incarnation (affectionately known as Throg), an amphibian who becomes empowered by a tiny sliver of Mjolnir.
Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself
Adult-sized mischief is a bad thing, but when childish mischief can often be endearing, in a Dennis the Menace kinda way.
That's the case with Kid Loki and his debut in Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself. Writer Kieron Gillen, with artists Doug Braithwaite and Whilce Portacio, finds a new, more likable side of Loki by turning back the clock and reincarnating him as a young teen after dying previously in the Marvel event Siege.
In this storyline, Kid Loki musters all of the trickery and subterfuge his adult self became reviled for, but this time his schemes are in the pursuit of turning over a new leaf as a hero. Sure he has to lie, cheat, and steal from his father Odin - but the Allfather only has himself to blame, as he refuses to believe Loki can change and spurns his attempts at redemption.
Through it all, Kid Loki manages to learn many lessons about what it truly means to be a hero and the kind of things he's capable of when he turns his gifts to good use. He even wins over his brother Thor, who comes to understand and love the reborn Kid Loki.
Though Kid Loki's debut tale arrives in the wake of Siege, and technically ties into Marvel's Fear Itself event, the story is refreshingly standalone with no other required reading, focusing specifically on Kid Loki and his new place in Asgard.
Loki's path to redemption in the Marvel Universe - and stardom in the MCU as a beloved anti-hero - all starts right here.
Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.
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Characters / Marvel Comics Loki
Alter Ego: Loki Laufeyson
Notable Aliases: Loki Odinson, God of Mischief, God of Stories, Scarlet Witch, Lady Loki, Serrure, Ikol, Loren Olson, William Lawson
Team Affiliations:Astonishing Avengers, Cosmic Avengers
First Appearance:Journey into Mystery #85 (October, 1962)
— Loki, Siege: Loki Vol. 1 #1
Loki is the adoptive brother and Arch-Enemy of Thor. He is based on the being of the same name from Norse Mythology. The character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October, 1962). The character was created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby.
Loki was born of Laufey, King of the Frost Giants. Laufey was a brute of a father, ashamed of his son's comparatively non-giant size, but as luck — and Loki's own hand — would have it, Laufey would be slain in battle with the All-Father Odin, Lord of Asgard. Out of pity, Odin took the boy from Jottunheim and raised him as his own son alongside his biological son Thor.
Throughout their childhood and into adolescence, Loki was resentful of the differences in which he and Thor were treated by the citizens of Asgard. The Asgardians, a race of proud warrior deities, loved Thor for his courage, his might, tenacity, and bravery in battle, and Loki was clearly inferior to his foster brother Thor in those areas. What he lacked in size and strength, however, he made up for in intelligence and skill, particularly as a sorcerer. And thus Loki came to detest Thor.
He arranged for Thor to be exiled to Earth in mortal form, and plotted his death, unleashing scores of monsters and mayhem upon him and the world in pursuit of that goal, whilst in Asgard he schemed on many occasions to seize rulership of Asgard. His plots against Thor were thwarted time and again, and when he pitted him against the Incredible Hulk, he made new mortal enemies when The Avengers united for the first time to oppose him.
But Loki couldn't be humbled. He bartered with other mortals and gave them power to fight this new team; he schemed with other villains and sought to defeat Thor and his allies with their aid; while still working towards one day claim Odin's crown.
And after decades and centuries of planning and plots, he finally achieved his goal - and for his troubles, Thor brought about Ragnarok.
Loki was shaken, as he did not seek something so terrible as the destruction of Asgard, but Thor's actions freed them from the tyranny of the Shadow gods, and they were reborn.
Loki returned as a woman, but regained his masculinity in short order, and once again worked towards taking over Asgard and the defeat of Thor. But Loki paid a heavy price for his actions and he died once again, only to rise once more, this time as a child; as he had schemed to manipulate Hela into having his name removed from the Book of Hel, thus when he died, he would be reborn instead of truly dying. Kid Loki was innocent and trusting, but still as wily as the God of Mischief was.
Thor found Kid Loki on Earth, restored part of his identity (though he remained in the form of a child and lost almost all his memories and powers) and brought him back to Asgard, where he found an echo of his elder self, whom Kid Loki reduced into the form of a magpie, condemned to a lifetime as "Ikol," his opposite. Determined not to become like his past self, Kid Loki went on several adventures to gain Thor's and everyone else's trust and affection, but eventually found himself in a situation that required his mind to be destroyed by letting Ikol overwrite it and take his body. So, the Loki seen now is a bit of a copy of himself, but while he did end up nearly causing the meltdown of reality as we know it during his stint with the Young Avengers, he discovered that his heart just wasn't in it anymore - the fact that Kid Loki's memory functioned as a sort of conscience ("I am the crime that will not be forgiven") and his absorption of Kid Loki's memories and, to an extent, his nature, didn't hurt.
Loki became more appreciative of his brother Thor, who still (rocky periods aside) treats him with trust and love. Now he puts his mind towards more benevolent ends, and has assisted Thor and his friends in their hours of need — even if he's still as cunning as before. He even worked for the good of Asgard, too, in the All-Mother's secret service, if partly to expunge one crime, one story, from his past so he wouldn't be bound by it and turn back into his old evil self. Then, after a stint as the All-Mother's spy on Malekith's Dark Council, he appeared to betray her by stabbing Freyja in the back with a poison blade. However, as Cul, Odin's currently semi-evil older brother and right-hand, accurately noted, failing to kill Freyja with a poisoned knife from that range would make Loki either "a very bad poisoner, or a very, very good one."
It turned out to be the latter, both to get him in closer to the Dark Council, and to protect Freyja (if he hadn't done it, Malekith would have sent someone who would have succeeded). During this time, he also arranged the reformation of the Avengers because, as he put it in Young Avengers, "Assembling the Avengers - it's Loki's greatest trick". This time, it was sincere motives, as he pretended to be the herald of the corrupted Celestials, leading to the formation of the 2018 Avengers team by playing the villain (which Black Panther - and possibly Thor - noticed, even if no one else did). However, the Dark Council didn't trust him, and the resurrected Laufey killed him by eating him in War of the Realms... or rather, he tried.
Thanks to Matt Murdock as 'the God Without Fear' knowing he was alive and pulling off an impossible ricochet throw of Heimdall's sword down Laufey's throat, Loki cut his way out, and claimed the throne of Jotunheim, of which he is now the somewhat reluctant King.
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Tropes associated with Loki and his various incarnations:
- Abusive Parents:
- Laufey was not a good father. As a time-travelling adult, Loki took revenge on his wounded progenitor with a sword, screaming "YOU WILL NEVER STRIKE ME AGAIN!"
- Laufey briefly came back to life during Loki's misadventures with the Young Avengers. Let it be known their reunion was anything but happy - he literally tried to eat him!
- During the War of the Realms, Laufey tolerates Loki's presence since they're allies, but clearly does not like his son in the slightest. After Loki betrays Malekith, Laufey states that the frost giants consume their shame and eats Loki, who proceeds to carve his way out of his father's stomach, killing him.
- Aborted Arc: Subverted. Spider-Man once aided him in subduing his wayward daughter, leaving Loki with a debt to pay.◊ Due to the Siege, and other events, it seemed doubtful he'd ever have the chance, but in Amazing Spider-Man #795 (Feb. 2018) Loki finally pays it.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brunette in the comics, redhead in the original myths.
- Affably Evil: Depending on his mood, but just because he's a ruthless manipulator doesn't mean he can't be civil about it.
- Always Someone Better: Because of Frost Giant heritage, in Asgard Loki was always compared unfavorably to his adoptive brother, Thor. This, coupled with Abusive Parents above, seems to have played a role in his nature.
- Ambition Is Evil: One of his main ambitions is to take the throne of Asgard, and he'll stop at nothing to take it.
- Amplifier Artifact: The Norn Stones are his most prominent, though he has a collection of these.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: The point of the "Kid Loki" arc he was a preteen again, with no memories from before his preteen years (except for in his nightmares). Therefore he does not remember his hatred of Thor, which started when they were teens. Instead, he adores him. Eventually he came to remember him, but his feelings towards him remained warm.
- Anti-Antichrist: Ancient prophecies tell that it's Loki's destiny to bring forth Ragnarök, but even at his most vile, Loki's main determination is only to rule the Nine (or Ten) Realms, not destroy them. (Yes, in the countless repetitions of the cycle he always did so at the end, but it was rarely his original intention.)
- Arch-Enemy: He's Thor's greatest and most personal enemy.
- Arrow Catch: In The Avengers, he briefly managed this with Hawkeye's arrow... until it literally blew up in his face, proving even the Trickster God can be tricked.
- Astral Projection: One of his numerous skills is to project his spirit.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Several times, he has succeeded in his quest to rule Asgard. In early issues, this was done by stealing his adoptive father's Odin-ring, which made him supreme ruler. When Thor tried to protest, their father responded by removing his mouth◊. Of course, such conquests rarely last more than a few issues.
- Badass Bookworm: His intelligence is without question and he's an unusually scholarly Asgardian, but he's also still a Norse god, and one does not grow up amongst the Aesir without learning how to fight, nor have a blood feud with The Mighty Thor without being good at it.
- Baleful Polymorph: Amongst other things, he has transmogrified Thor into a frog and his own grandfather into the snow - yes, the snow, as in, all snow everywhere.
- Batman Gambit: He has been playing Thor, the Avengers and all of Asgard like a fiddle with a high success rate since time immemorial.
- Becoming the Mask: Loki may insist that Loki is always Loki (and only fights for Loki), but which can be quite the question. For example, after Kid Loki merged with Ikol, is the young Loki that resulted the kid version, whose body he inhabits, and part he plays; or the old, whose memories and personality he possesses, but part tries to avoid; or maybe somehow in-between? For what it's worth Loki himself is hoping for a solution that makes him less predictable. But the house almost always wins. And it won. But too late for Loki's tastes, which prompted him, well, the King!Loki him, to Make Wrong What Once Went Right (or was it the other way around?). What happened? Let's just say Loki must really hate butterflies.
- Being Evil Sucks: He has been plagued by a guilty conscience, taking the form of the so-called "Kid Loki", whose soul he destroyed when he took over his body as part of his ploy to make his comeback. Hamletfigures prominentlyin his accusations.
- Big Bad:
- Of many Thor stories, as well as both the first Avengers story and the film (though, admittedly in the latter he was in an alliance with Thanos, but he stayed in the shadows the entire time). He's also the true villain of Journey into Mystery and Loki: Agent of Asgard, despite being the hero of both; Loki is truly complicated.
- Of the Dark Reign and its finale event Comic Book/Siege. Norman Osborn, as director of HAMMER, is the new face of the Superhero Registration Act that has been an obstacle for Earth's heroes since Comic Book/Civil War. However, Loki began engineering events such as re-establishing the Mighty Avengers to undermine Osborn's authority and thus his already-fragile sanity, winning The Hood to his side by giving him the Norn Stones after the latter had been stripped from Dormammu's control, and colluding with Dr Doom to house the Asgardians in Latveria in exchange for the secrets to the Asgardians' immortality so he could ingratiate himself with Asgard's new king Balder. Loki then plays on Osborn's Sanity Slippage to convince him to invade Asgard.
- He also served as this during the first season of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
- He's also, surprisingly enough, the villain of Young Avengers, as he struck an alliance with Mother in order to gain control of Wiccan and his powers. Well, until he changed his mind at least.
- Big Brother Worship:
- As much as Loki seems to detest Thor, he might begrudgingly admit there are some things he might admire about him, at least after he forgot that he ever hated him in the first place. Even if his dad doesn't like it.
- As "Kid Loki" at least, he's justified with this line of thought, as Thor is currently the only person who likes him at all and is nice to him.
- How deep does his love for his brother go? When young Loki faced a Sadistic Choice of dying or becoming like his past self, young Loki and his past selfsolved it by destroying themselves almost completely so that Loki could remake himself, but what they chose to hang on to was their only friendship, their self-determination, and their love for Thor.
- Black Magic: One of the many branches of power available to him and another contrast with his muscle bound brother.
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Loki is intellectual and evil, whereas Thor has physical might and is good.
- Buffy Speak: He's approximately equivalent to a human of about twenty-one years of age now that he's gotten a fresh start in a new body, and has become quite fond of Western pop culture. Is it any wonder he sometimes does the... adjective fail thingy?
- Cain and Abel: Well, duh. He's in the role of Cain while his brother is the Abel.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He is the God of Mischief and Evil, after all. His future self, King Loki, laughs his ass off at the assumption that a magic sword, which forces anyone stabbed by it to face the whole truth about himself can have any effect on him - he knows exactly what a villain he is and loves every moment of it.
- Characterization Marches On: His original incarnation was evil, hated Thor and wanted nothing more than to rule Asgard. Since his subsequent rebirths, he's more neutral than evil, is on semi-good terms with Thor and doesn't have any interest in ruling Asgard.
- Characters as Device: Since he's explicitly a chaotic evil character Loki can be of use to authors as an out to undo any retcons to a character's legacy as some lie he concocted to mess with them. The revelation that the Beaubier twins are half-elf and that Hank Pym is the Scientist Supreme are both prime examples.
- Chick Magnet: While one would think this only applied to him after the success of the movies, in his very first appearance◊ he wooed his brother's lover, Jane Foster, just by challenging Thor to a fight. He also had the Enchantress, Lorelei, and Lady Sif interested in him.
- Child of Two Worlds: Born as son of the Frost Giant King, but adopted and raised by the Asgardian royal family, he can truly say he's one. Not that he ever really felt he belonged to either society, as both equally loathe him, albeit for different reasons.
- Chronic Villainy: Right before allowing himself to be overwritten by his memories, his child self called him out on it.
- Classic Villain: Pride and Ambition are his principal traits, and he also possesses Envy.
- Clever Crows: Ikol, the magpie containing the memories of what Loki was before he died. Since then his new incarnation developed quite an association with these birds... some might even suggest for some otherreasons.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: For his adventures performing tasks in Midgard for the All-Mother (tales told in his own series, Loki: Agent of Asgard) and also when later troll... visiting his brother's... um replacement's book, Thor (2014), upon seeing the reaction Mr. Tom Hiddleston got in films, artists have modeled his new face◊ on his likeness. It isn't without its difficulties, however, as he had to move his apartment once after being repeatedly confused◊ for some Midgardian named Harry Styles.
- Consummate Liar: As the God of Lies, he's extremely skilled at lying.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, after his defeat at the end of the first season, Odin locked him in a prison wherein a giant snake dripped poison into his eyes. A punishment copied from the original mythology, no less.
- Cool Helmet: Complete with horns, although it looks better on his live action incarnation.
- Cool Sword: He was, for a time, owner of Gram, sword of Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious), a sword that forces all injured by it to face the truth. Time-travel plays no small part in its complicated origins. Alas, his brother destroyed it.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Averted. His dearHela is neither little — thrice his size, in fact (apparently giantism skips a generation) — nor particularly fond of him. Their relationship is rather ... strained, at best, and though they sometimes co-operate most of the time, she wants nothing to do with him. Unfortunately for him, as the Goddess of the Dead she is much more powerful than he is as well, and worse, he may even be destined to someday end up in her custody. Apparently, she thinks him rather ... childish; he's the God of Mischief, after all. Though the fact that she's not really his daughter at all might have something to do with it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His early childhood was littered with neglect and physical abuse. Also, the fact that he's a runt by Frost Giants' standards (1/5 the size of his kindred) led his father to abandon him in the ice, although if he hadn't done so, Odin would not have taken him in and he might not have evolved into the Physical God he is.
- Dating Catwoman: He once had a prolonged relationship with Storm of the X-Men, when she and the New Mutants were stranded in Asgard — he even gave her back her Elemental Powers, as she had been depowered at the time. When he was... persuaded... to send them all back to Midgard, he offered her a chance to stay with him as his queen, and even admitted that being with her might have been worth losing the throne. While she turned down his offer, he sentimentally took the molten remains of the thunder-hammer he had used to empower her and reshape it into a statue of her to keep as a memento.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Got a four-issue miniseries in 2004, another in 2010, and a one-shot during Siege.
- As of #622, Loki - in his younger form - has taken over the main Thor books as the protagonist (Thor is the protagonist in another one) and they have been renamed Journey into Mystery, to great critical acclaim. Along with his solo adventures, as of October 2012 he's also a member of the Young Avengers.
- In 2014, he got another new solo series, Loki: Agent of Asgard.
- Loki's plans for 2016 include running for president of the US, so don't forget to Vote Loki!
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so. His live action incarnation has some moments of this that are likely the funniest moments in the Avengers film.
- Deal with the Devil: He has been pressed-ganged into deals with actual devils at times, such as his forced alliance with the dreaded Dormammu, but he has been on the better end of this more often than not; Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man, is just one of many mortals who have gained special gifts courtesy of him.
- Distaff Counterpart: So unmatched is Loki that he is his ownDistaff Counterpart. Not for the first time, either.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: He pulled this once on Apocalypse, appearing on one of his television monitoring screens and then having a chat with him from it, then popping out of it to have a proper conversation. It was fun until he took him prisoner with his Anti-Magic tech...
- Doppelgänger Spin: He had this power since the first Avengers story, though he uses it more frequently in the movies.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In Thor: The Dark World, he managed to slay Kurse after Thor proved no match for him, before Kurse fatally wounded him in turn. Subverted in that he survived.
- Easily Forgiven:
- Thor and Odin always forgive him in the end and give him another chance, but he refuses to accept their mercy.
- Averted with his return as a child. Odin has apparently run out of patience, with Thor being the only reason he has not been banished or killed. The only person who has forgiven him is Thor. Everyone else wants to kill him.
- Initially averted with his Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation. Thor and Odin do not forgive him after his attempted invasion of Migard, and Thor only releases him since he expected him to help deal with Malekith. But eventually played straight in Thor: Ragnarok, where Odin declares his love and even praises Loki for managing to enchant him before dying, and Thor and Loki finally reconcile after Loki returns in a Big Damn Heroes moment to evacuate Asgard.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has dark hair and pale skin and is definitely eerie.
- Enemy Mine:
- Surtur once attempted to destroy Asgard. Odin and Thor stood in his way. Loki temporarily put aside his differences with his father and brother to fight Surtur at their side.
- Loki's role in Thor: The Dark World. Malekith killed his and Thor's mother Frigga, and Thor convinced him to go along with a plan of his for revenge.
- He once tried to manipulate Mr. Sinister into stealing his genetic material from Doctor Doom, whose Anti-Magic prevented him from doing it himself. Circumstances forced them to fight their way out together.
- He once teamed up with Spider-Man. Loki wanted to save one of his children from being possessed by Morwen, and Spider-Man wanted to save the world and to get Morwen to stop hitting on him.
- Enemy Without: Leah of Hel and the former lovers of the Young Avengers, who joined Mother's side, all turned out to be creations of his guilty conscience that he subconsciously brought to life to punish himself for killing Kid Loki.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Loki will always make clear that he seeks to rule Asgard, not to destroy it.
- When the time came for his younger self to make an inspiring speech to the Angels of the Tenth Realm, he felt it prudent to address the pressing fact that they would be killing babies. At length, at that.
- Evil Chancellor: Prince Balder could not have had a more trustworthy adviser...
- Evil Is Petty: The other main motivation of Loki, besides ruling Asgard, is showing up his brother by any means necessary.
- The Evil Prince: He's the Prince of Asgard and Jotunheim and very good at being evil.
- Evil Plan: He sets his sights on Odin's throne or otherwise sees how he can make Thor suffer.
- Evil Sorcerer: His knowledge of the mystic arts is unparalleled in all of Asgard, even though many mighty sorcerers and sorceresses make it their home.
- Evil vs. Oblivion: He has stated as much his aim is conquest, not destruction. He stated this during a fight with Surtur: there is no point in his ruling all that he surveys if all he surveys is burned to a cinder.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He maintains a perfectly healthy and realistic awareness of his own handsomeness, and he can certainly fight. His fighting style is in fact far more based on grace and agility than brute strength.
- For the Evulz: Norman Osborn was an amusing toy for him... for a while.
- Gender Bender: He has been known to take on feminine form, in particular that of his brother's lover, Lady Sif. Why Sif? To torment him, of course. Not that that actually affected his gender (he still referred to himself as Odin's son, Thor's brother, generally he and so forth).
- God of Evil: God of Mischief and Evil. Albeit it was later changed and he became the God of Mischief and Lies instead for a while, at which point his destiny split: Either go back to the previous title, because "lies are evil, right?", or push it more and become the God of Mischief and Stories.
- Good Old Fisticuffs:
- While plotting out his far-reaching plans before the Siege event, he realized he needed control of the Dsir, the dreaded undead Valkyries that eat souls. So naturally the best option was to beat them into submission with his bare hands.
- He also has slapped◊ Eric Masterson to the brink of unconsciousness.
- Hand Blast: Just in case you start thinking he's all guile and manipulation, he can certainly take care of himself in battle with these.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: His Agents of Asgard incarnation seems to be developing an attachment to a certain Miss Verity Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore very hard for him to fool.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Sometimes he's a haughty sorcerer who thinks Asgard rightfully belongs to him...and sometimes he's The Unfavorite brother of the Mighty Thor who can never be an adequate Jotunn or Aesir.
- It's All About Me: Odin fights for Asgard, Thor fights for Midgard, and Loki fights for himself.
- Kick the Dog: When confronting the Power Pack, he used the fact that their grandmother was dying to his advantage and taunted them about it.
- Killed Off for Real: As revealed in Agent of Asgard, any Loki that came after him is a different Loki, meaning that the original Loki who died in Siege was gone for good.
- Kneel Before Zod: Loki will often demand to whom he considers lesser beings to bow to him.
- Lack of Empathy: He thinks himself above any others and will be ready to admit it.
- Large Ham: He seems to enjoy himself while displaying his superiority to those pathetic Midgardians!
- Lean and Mean: Loki is probably the skinniest male in Asgard. He is also one of Thor's meanest villains.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Since becoming the god of stories, he's started doing this rather frequently. He often references his own character arc and what role he's supposed to play in relation to a plot line, whether he's the villain, hero or something else.
- Level Ate: One of his more frivolous acts of mischief was to change buildings and cars into candy.
- Magic Knight: He much prefers to manipulate things from afar or use magic than to resort to what he considers barbarian methods... but if he needs to fight, hewillfight. The Disir learned the hard waywhat happens to those who underestimate his battle prowess.
- The Man Behind the Man: On several occasions, the villains Thor defeats were Loki's stooges.
- Manipulative Bastard: And an excellent one at that.
- He has manipulated everyone in Asgard at some time or another. Fitting, given that he is the god of deception. Oh and in this case, "bastard" is meant literally. He insists that he's not really the "God of Lies", just mischief. Of course, he's such a good liar anyway, who could ever tell?
- He's so good that even when people know not to trust him (which has been Status Quo for fifteen real time years), he still ends up manipulating them anyway.
- His younger self needs to be this since he doesn't have any magic, only his brains and his silver tongue.
- He's not above manipulating incarnations of himself either.
- Loki is known for his manipulative tendencies and even spins this reputation in his favor to get people to do what he wants. Later incarnations of him often have more benign goals, but given his schemes have a tendency to cause a lot of harm regardless of the intentions, he is not well-liked.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: When he travels to the mortal realm, at least in the good old days, he dresses his best - he looks good in a suit, after all.
- Master of Illusion: His film incarnation in particular is fond of this, but the Loki of Earth-616 is more than his equal in his own right.
- Memory Gambit: "Kid" Loki was a scheme to let him return from death with a new lease on life and a better reputation. It did not go entirely according to plan, but Loki is nothing if not adaptable.
- Me's a Crowd: In his most serialised adventures, there are no less than four distinctly separate versions of him; his original self (the original Loki), the younger version of himself's ghost or spirit (Kid!Loki), the current version, taking traits from both while being distinctly separate from either, with notions of redemption and... heroism (Teen!Loki), and an older version of that one, who has gone back to standard villainy (Old or King!Loki). But Teen!Loki decided to become Story!Loki instead.
- Mind Control: He has used this on the Incredible Hulk and various others, mortal and otherwise, with varying degrees of success. As an Evil Sorcerer, he can do it any time, but how effective it is depends on the mind.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: As Spider-Man was once surprised to learn, Norse gods have a lot of time on their hands. While most of Loki's children are normal enough and mortal, he does have a few that are either immortal, such as Hela and Vali Halfling, or have... not inherited his handsome looks, such as Fenrir and the Midgard Serpent.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Knowing he would in all likelihood die at some point, he planned ahead. Which came in useful when he did eventually die.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Frost Giants are very big, very stupid, and typically Dumb Muscle. Loki is a brilliant schemer, a powerful sorcerer, and slightly shorter than Thor (the horns on Loki's helmet notwithstanding) and very slender. While Loki is still very strong and durable, that is primarily in comparison to the superheroes and villains of Earth, not Asgardians or other Frost Giants.
- Never Bareheaded: Some runs of The Mighty Thor have depicted Loki this way, though as with many comic book characters it's Depending on the Artist (it's fairly established that his hair is short — shorter than in the film version, black, and pomaded back). The J. Michael Straczynski/Kieron Gillen era took this trope to heart, however, by depicting a Loki who wore his horned helmet and cowl even when shirtless and hammering at a sword à la The Blacksmith. Current/Teen!Loki averts the trope, he pretty much only wears a circlet thingy, and even that only on missions; however his (possible) evil, future self was shown to wear the classic helmet.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: As is common for characters whose skill lies in magic, he's often capable of doing whatever the plot needs him to with it, though not to the level of Doctor Strange since the writers still need Thor to be able to defeat him.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against the Hulk, but someotherheroes showed up as well. His plot was soon uncovered, and - much to Loki's later irritation - he ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together. Indeed, this incident is his single greatest regret in life, or at least was until he killed his better self.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: As a small Frost Giant he is as durable and strong as any average Aesir, though he is not naturally as durable as the muscle-bound Thor. Fortunately, as a sorcerer, he has supernatural durability, as he has granted himself a range of advantages no other Aesir has; most Asgardians would be more bothered than him at the prospect of decapitation, for a start.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: He is not so easily swayed by a pretty face and body, but on occasion he has been distracted by both Lorelei and her sister Amora the Enchantress.
- Odd Friendship: Spider-Man and he had a short lived one during their brief team-up. It was certainly entertaining, everyone can agree on that, given their wit. By the end he was grateful enough that Loki told Spidey he could get a favor from him in the future, which he eventually did in 2018, although despite the number of fans wishing for Spider-Man to use it to get Loki to undo One More Day he used it for something else.
- Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: His younger self and also his later God(dess) of Stories incarnate would change gender for no reason other that he could (and he only could like he was thanks to some limitations placed on his shapeshifting those days), and would also identify accordingly. Yes. That's Goddess, or Mistress or generally she when Loki is a woman. Thank you very much.
- Papa Wolf: His relationship with his children can be strained at best, but as it became evident with his (temporary) partnership with Spider-Man, he doescare for his progeny, and as Morwen painfully learned, he does not take lightly anyone possessing them.
- Patricide: Laufey violently eats Loki for betraying Malekith's army, proclaiming that frost giants eat their shame and weakness. Unfortunately for Laufey, Loki takes the opportunity to cut his way out of his father's stomach, killing him and subsequently making Loki the new king of Jotunheim.
- Pet the Dog:
- After his plan to lure the X-Men and New Mutants to Asgard led with him having to return them all to Earth, while he deprived most of them of the new powers or gifts they had acquired, he specifically stated that he wouldn't be so cruel as to subject Karma to regaining the excess weight she'd lost during her time there (prior to her coming to Asgard, Karma had been possessed by the Shadow King and her body had put on weight in the process, only slimming down due to the strain of her time in the deserts around Asgard).
- When he becomes king of Jotunheim, he comes across another runt frost giant about to be killed by some of his kin for stealing the lid to a pot. Loki empathizes with the giant and protects him, even giving him a special position so the other giants will not harm him.
- Physical God: As he is of Asgard/Jotunheim, his power, his age, and his strength are all godlike.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Loki can safely say that this is not the case. It looks like assimilating his child self has given him knowledge of Internet culture and popular media such as Game of Thrones, despite being of a species and from a culture vastly different from that of Midgard.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Though for much of his history he had a disdain for anything mortal, he became this after he was resurrected in the body of a child and discovered the internet. He's now one of the very few Asgardians who carry a cell phone (he even boosts the reception with magic), will use the internet to accomplish his goals, play video games, and constantly make pop culture references, having apparently become quite the fan of many movies and TV shows which he gets via "torrents of bits".
- Pretty Boy: His Loki: Agent of Asgard and Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnations certainly typify this trope.
- Progressively Prettier:
- While Loki has always maintained a certain "je ne sais quoi," there is no arguing that, as Kid Loki, his design grew from "eyebrowless goblin child◊" to "handsome young lad◊."
- Having now been granted an older body through Wiccan's magic, he now has the appearance of a young adult in their late teens/early twenties. The reaction from the internet seems to be, "Oh no he's hot."◊
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's an ages-old Physical God with incredible intellect, cunning, magical might... and the emotional maturity of a spoiled toddler. His entire motivation for everything he has ever done is that his Dad likes big brother Thor more than him and lashing out in response. In a conversation between his child incarnation and a copy of his former self, the child Loki actually comes across as the wiser and more mature of the two. Teen!Loki also has a bit more maturity due to his guilt over replacing child Loki. It's sort of inevitable that a self-proclaimed God of Mischief isn't a paragon of maturity.
- Psychic Powers: He can enter the minds of hapless victims, such as the Hulk to turn him on Thor.
- Rage Against the Author: It's hard not to read the entirety of his younger self's sacrifice without seeing a touch of... aggravation at the fact that, because of the Editors and his newfound popularity as the villain of The Avengers, no matter what, this was only a temporary arrangement. He even looks at the viewer while describing how it's beyond either of them's power to make the story have a happy ending. (He even declares that an unspecified "they" won't let him change.) The only way for the new Loki to be allowed to change without being forced to become evil at some point in the future under a new writer is for his younger self to be entirely erased from existence. This is admittedly something that can be undone if someone has the gall to.
Leah:Better to die as good fiction than live as bad.
- Redemption Demotion: After his death in Siege, the subsequent Lokis that came after the original were far less capable in their sorcery than the original. However, it's justified for both Kid and Teen Loki. For the former, being reborn meant that his young body is incapable of handling of such magicks. As for the latter, it's simply because he's too lazy to bother himself from learning the advanced stuff.
- Redemption Equals Death: The first time he took responsibility for his deeds and sided with heroes, he got torn apart by an eldritch horror.
- Retcanon: As alluded to in the Progressively Prettier section, Loki was redesigned to be much more conventionally attractive thanks to the popularity of Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of him in the movies.
- Reluctant Ruler: After becoming king of Jotunheim, Loki is not exactly happy about his new position. His people -the frost giants- hate him, and the job is so boring he often sneaks out to have some action. To be fair, he wasn't really aiming for the throne to begin with.
- Sadly Mythtaken:
- Originally in the Norse myth, Laufey was his mother, and he was the blood-brother of Odin, meaning that he's Thor's adopted uncle, not his adopted brother.
- In Blood Brothers, he seems unaware that he is the father of Hela.
- His Ultimate incarnation does, however, hew more true to the original myth, though he's still Thor's adoptive brother.
- Say My Name: He once commanded a legion of fans to do so in the "Hall H" of the San Diego Comic-Con.
- Screw Destiny:
- His core motivation approximately since the events of Siege, when he realized that his role as the God of Evil clashes with his role as the God of Mischief and Chaos by making his actions... a little more predictable than he'd prefer.
- This became more difficult in the Autumn 2014 event AXIS, due to the Red Skull tampering with the brain of Charles Xavier and letting himself be possessed by Onslaught. Not to mention Doctor Doom trying to kill him to prevent him from what he'll become afterward. Loki simply broke the timeline and freed himself from that particular future for good.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- Odin once imprisoned Loki in a tree. He would become free only if his plight caused someone to shed a tear. No one missed him strongly enough to want to cry, so he resorted to poking Heimdall in the eye with a leaf.
- Something similar happened to his Ultimate incarnation, imprisoned in "The Room Without Doors" for causing Ragnarok, though he was eventually freed by a human accomplice.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Thor, of course. Thor highlighted his conflict with him and what it was like growing up in his shadow.
- Smug Snake: He's extremely overconfident, and his plans don't go quite the way he wants them to, including occasions in which he's the one responsible for his own failures, and does not take them as well as he could. But if you were a Physical God and master of sorcery with a genius level intellect, you'd be high on yourself too.
- Sorcerous Overlord: On the occasions he managed to ascend to the throne of Asgard.
- Squishy Wizard: Downplayed in that he's this only in comparison to Thor and other beings of incalculable strength. To any normal human, he's a Kung-Fu Wizard.
- Status Quo Is God: Deep down he will always be Loki. And he wouldn't have it any other way. But he would totally rules lawyer what and/or who Loki is when given a chance, and he would die and/or kill for that chance. You've been warned.
- Super Empowering:
- He turned Crusher Creel into the Absorbing Man and has given powers to several other less known villains.
- He also gave The Hood some Norn Stones when his arrangement with Dormammu predictably took a bad turn. He's quite fond of this. He didn't let The Hood keep the Norn Stones since he found the Avengers needed them to fight the Void. After all, he wouldn't let somebody keep something like those even if he needed them himself.
- Superpower Lottery: When you are from a race of Physical Gods that can lift tons above one's head and has mastery over sorcery, this isn't really surprising. This website recounts his powers and abilities.
- Super Strength: While not on the level of Thor, he still is a Frost Giant, and much stronger than humans by far. Eric Masterson found this out the hard way◊.
- Take Over the World: Loki seeks to become the lord of all creation and someday make all bow before him.
- Theory of Narrative Causality: Not that he was ever averse to playing with the fourth wall occasionally, but his young incarnations are especially strong believers in the power of the narrative. Not only have they something against the authors, but they also had at least three plans involving rewriting the story, be it their own or that of his uncle, Cul Borson. It's no wonder they became the God of Stories.
- Third-Person Person: Loki has a habit of doing this in various comics.
- Those Wacky Nazis: His Ultimate Universe's incarnation utilized Nazis to attack Asgard, and bring about Ragnarok.
- Time Travel: He can do this more or less at will; it gives him a distinct advantage when carrying out his plans. Even he cannot guess how much of Asgardian history was shaped by him until he decides to go back and affect it - the disappearance of his foster grandfather, his own adoption and the death of Laufey, and who knows what else? All him, and he didn't even know it!
- Took a Level in Badass: In his earliest appearances, he was more of a nuisance than a major threat, but it wasn't long before Loki became truly menacing.
- Trash Landing: His confrontation with Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) resulted in them falling into a pile of trash. The rest of that confrontation... did not go well for Loki. Loki still managed to get the last laugh on him, though.
- Troll: Ironically for a guy who comes from a race named "Frost Giants," he does occasionally scheme, manipulate, annoy or outright hurt people just for "funsies".
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Loki used to be ugly, yet his wife was the beautiful Sigyn. He also had love affairs with Lorelei.
- Unexplained Recovery: At the end of Thor: The Dark World, he's not only alive, but disguised as Odin. It is still not clear how exactly he pulled that off.
- The Unfavorite: He considers himself Odin's least-favourite son and wants to make him regret what he considers as having underestimated him by making all of Asgard bow at him feet. Or, as his God of Stories incarnation decided, screw them; he won't sacrifice himself for their acceptance anymore. He refused Odin's "So Proud of You" and mocked his King!Loki incarnation for wanting it in the first place. Well yes. It was the end of the world.
- The Unfettered: Whether he's opposed to Thor or working towards some mutual end, he's always willing to go further than his brother.
- Villain Team-Up: He will sometimes work with other villlains if needed. He once led almost every mortal villain to perform Acts of Vengeance.
- Villain Teleportation: He'd be a poor master of Black Magic if he could not teleport at will.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: When disguises are called for, mostly.
- Weaksauce Weakness: When he first appeared, he had one - he couldn't use his powers when wet. Against Thor, who as God of Thunder can easily make it rain. Do you wonder why this is ignored now?
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He considers most of his plans regarding Asgard as being for the good of Asgard, and the universe on occasion, and he considers himself to often see the answers more clearly than the heroes because they are held back by too many ethics.
- Which Me?: Loki can confuse even himself by talking about himself, like how it took a long time for little Loki to realize who old Loki's spirit talked about, when mentioning Loki only dying for Loki. In theory, when he says Loki that can mean any iteration of Loki mentioned under Me's a Crowd, or abstracts like the story, Trickster God, generalrole or ideal of Loki. When Loki says "I" that means explicitly him personally, if you were wondering.
- Would Hurt a Child: He admits to never having cared much for other people's children, and gladly uses them to gain advantage over their parents.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: At least until his teen incarnation came around. Turns out existentially scarring himself by destroying and assimilating his child self got him slightly fond of them, so he's at least against child murder, as the Angels of Heven can attest. Wiccan owes his life to his unwillingness to complete the plan of tricking him into committing suicide, even if he endangered the world by doing so.
- You Can't Fight Fate: As long as the tales of his prior activities exist, Loki shall be drawn back to his old habits. Given that he would rather die than be predictable, efforts are underway to erase them.
The Original Loki
Notable Aliases: The God of Mischief
First Appearance:Venus (vol. 1) #6 (Golden Age), Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #85 (Silver Age)
Loki is the biological son of Frost Giant chieftain Laufey. After Odin killed Laufey in battle, he adopted Loki and raised him as his own son. It was revealed that Loki engineered his own adoption through means of a Stable Time Loop as part of his plan to destroy the Aesir.
- Abusive Parents: Laufey was not a good father. In one particularly poignant scene, a time-travelling adult Loki took revenge on a wounded Laufey with a sword, screaming "YOU WILL NEVER STRIKE ME AGAIN!"
- Affably Evil: Sometimes.
- Always Someone Better: Thor was this to Loki during their childhood in Asgard. This, coupled with Abusive Parents above, is basically Loki's Freudian Excuse.
- Ambition Is Evil: He wants to rule Asgard no matter the cost.
- Archenemy: To Thor.
- Astral Projection: He has demonstrated the ability to project his thoughts telepathically across great distances as well as potent hypnotic capabilities.
- Badass Bookworm: While he's mainly known for his skills at magic and guile, he's quite the skilled fighter and an expert battle strategist as well.
- Big Bad: Of many Thor stories, being Thor's Arch-Enemy, as well as the first Avengers story, and one of the main threats in the Marvel Universe.
- Black Magic: He uses this often.
- Body Snatcher: Has made a bad habit of this ever since he came back to life after Ragnarok. First he came back in the body intended for Sif and claimed it was the body intended for him, and later claimed he had inhabited her body by mistake when he returned to his true form. He later forced Kid Loki to allow him to take over his body, eradicating his younger self's mind in the process.
- Brains Evil, Brawn Good: In comparison to Thor.
- Breakout Villain: In the movies. In the comics the general consensus was that he was sort of cool sometimes but also one note (almost everything he ever did went back to his Freudian Excuse sooner or later). Until his death and rebirth as Kid!Loki that is.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Thor's Abel.
- Child of Two Worlds: Rarely touched upon but the fact that he is a small Frost Giant adopted by Asgardians; hated, feared and mistrusted by both, really didn't help their mental state or identity issues. In Thor (2014) as Spoiler Character 2 (probably) denied both. Loki is Loki.
- Chronic Villainy: No matter how many second chances Thor and Asgard are prepared to give him, Loki simply can't seem to help but play the villain's part.
- This becomes a plot point in Agent of Asgard. No matter how much he himself wanted to change, because everyone wanted him to be the villain it was the role he would take.
- Consummate Liar: Loki is the god of this trope, as he is literally the God of Lies (well, occasionally he'll also deny it just for the heck of it). He also manages to play with it — people know they can't trust him, so he simply factors in the not being trusted into what he says. He's literally so good that he can manipulate a person when they know who he is, that he's evil, and that he's probably manipulating them and shouldn't be trusted.
- Cool Helmet: His reindeer helmet looks awesome.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Loki's early childhood which is littered with implications of neglect and possible physical abuse. Also the fact he's a runt giant, which means he's like 1/5 the size of his kindred. This is often an explanation for his self-loathing and mean behavior.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frequently, he enjoys trading barbs with others.
- Depending on the Writer: His relationship with wife Sigyn tended to vary between writers. While Loki was never a good husband some stories showed him viewing his marriage as nothing but an unwanted burden while others had him saying that Sigyn was the only person he truly loved and was genuinely appreciative of her loyalty towards him.
- Distaff Counterpart: Loki bears the dubious honor of being one of the few characters to become his ownDistaff Counterpart.
- Easily Forgiven: Thor and Odin always forgive Loki in the end and give him another chance. Loki is so convinced that they secretly hate him that he never takes it.
- Though averted with Loki's return as a kid; Odin has apparently run out of patience, with Thor being the only reason Kid Loki has not been banished or killed. The only person who has forgiven Loki is Thor. Everyone else wants to kill him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's all about himself and wants to take the 9 Realms because he wants to one-up Thor; he has also fought to defend to it to prevent its destruction.
- Evil Chancellor: To Balder, during his tenure as Asgard's king in the JMS run.
- Evil Mentor: In magic, to his son Vali and later to Wiccan.
- Evil Is Petty: His main motivation is simply showing up Thor, by any means necessary.
- The Evil Prince: He is prince by adoption of Asgard and technically prince by birth of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. He has enough clout with the Frost Giants to at least use them as Mooks from time to time and regularly schemes to overthrow his adopted father Odin, take over Asgard and kill his foster brother Thor somewhere along the way.
- Evil Sorcerer: He is perhaps the most powerful sorcerer in all of Asgard, rivalled only by evil (mostly) sorceress Karnilla. Loki has the ability to generate and control a great quantity of mystical abilities for a variety of purposes, of which can be used to further enhance or augment his physical diagram, like his speed, strength, and stamina, but only temporarily.
- For the Evulz: Most of his actions, if not trying to one-up his hated brother, is simply for his own amusement.
- God of Evil: ...and mischief and lies.
- Hand Blast: One of his main forms of attack.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Loki actually hates himself and has a raging inferiority complex. However, he loves to hide it behind false arrogance and superiority.
- We see more of the unmasked inferiority complex with Loki as a child, since he's a kid who knows everyone but his big brother hates him... and worse, that the person he used to be means he deserves it.
- It's All About Me: No matter what he says, just about everything he does is self-serving.
- Lean and Mean: Often portrayed as lean if not decently built, and certainly very evil.
- Magic Knight: Most stories focus on his illusions and magic, while occasionally a story comes along that reminds readers that Loki grew up in a warrior culture and was taught the art of the sword. He isn't as good of a fighter or as physically powerful as many others, but he can more than hold his own or make up for it with his magic. Being immortal has given him plenty of times to develop his skills in both areas.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has manipulated pretty much everyone in Asgard at some time or another including himself. Fitting, given that he is the personification of deception.
- He actually insists that he's not really the "God of Lies", just mischief. Of course, he's such a good liar anyway, who could ever tell?
- He's so good that even when people know not to trust him (which has been Status Quo for fifteen real time years), he still ends up manipulating them anyways.
- The Man Behind the Man: A number of Thor's other enemies were created by Loki.
- Master of Illusion: He loves this, so he uses this to trick his opponent or escape.
- Memory Gambit / Cloning Gambit: The reason for Kid Loki's existence proved to be this.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Frost Giants are mostly depicted as very big, very stupid, and typically Dumb Muscle. Loki is a brilliant schemer, a powerful sorcerer, and is usually shown as slightly shorter than Thor (the horns on his helmet notwithstanding) and pretty darn skinny. While he is still very strong and durable, that is primarily in comparison to Earth superheroes/villains, not Asgardians and other Frost Giants. In a conversation with his child self, they both reveal their contempt for their kind and their endless cycle of violence.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against The Hulk, but someotherheroes showed up as well. Loki's plot was soon uncovered, and — much to his later irritation — he ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together.
- The Nth Doctor: Loki erased himself from Hela's books in Dark Reign so no Loki goes to the afterlife since. Which means when a new one arrives after an unfortunate death, which is predictable as Death Is Cheap in comics, he/she/them will be a different person (so the Loki of the past is not the same as Kid or the 3rd despite all being Loki). He wasn't aiming for this effect, but when did Loki's plans ever not involved unexpected consequences?
- Orc Raised by Elves: Loki was a Frost Giant raised by Odin after (apparently) killing his father Laufey. Loki attempts to conquer and destroy Asgard and in general the universe. He also hates his own race, especially his Abusive Parent (who Loki also killed in one instance).
- Progressively Prettier: When he first debuted, he was drawn as a craven-looking man as a sharp contrast to his stepbrother's good looks.
- Redemption Equals Death: During the Siege event, Loki realizes that he's been making a massive mistake: He wanted to make Asgard greater than ever, but let his hatred of Thor get in the way of that. In a last ditch effort to stop the Void, he uses the Norn stones to empower the New Avengers to give them a fighting chance. When this doesn't work, Loki takes the full brunt of the Void, dying while tearfully apologizing to Thor.
- Back from the Dead: Fortunately, Thor brings him back to life, now as a child with no memory of his evil deeds or his previous life beyond the age of twelve, but still has the guilt of what happened. With Thor's encouragement he becomes a kid hero.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In his first Silver Age comic appearance, he had been magically imprisoned inside a tree by Odin as punishment for his antics.
- Sibling Rivalry: His rivalry with Thor is one of his main motivations for villainy.
- Third-Person Person: Has a habit of doing this in various comics.
- Ikol did it as well, but it makes sense since he is no longer Loki, Kid!Loki is. Of course, Ikol also refers to "Loki" in the sense of what Loki means to the world at large and as a being, not directly referencing Kid-Loki.
- The Unfavorite: He definitely thinks of himself as Odin's least favourite son.
- Villain Teleportation: Often uses magic as a getaway.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like a number of gods or goddesses, Loki possesses highly developed shape-shifting capabilities. He is able to adopt almost any form imaginable whether it be animals, other humanoid beings, or even inanimate objects.
- Weaksauce Weakness: When he first appeared, he had one — he couldn't use his powers when wet. Against Thor, who could easily make it rain. No wonder this is ignored now.
First Appearance:Thor (vol. 1) #617
After his death in Siege, Loki was resurrected as a preteen without his adult memories, powers, or emotional baggage. He was the lead character during the run of Kieron Gillen on Journey into Mystery.
- Amnesiacs are Innocent / Amnesiac Dissonance: Loki has no memories of his adult self's evil acts, or his motivations for committing them.
- Back from the Dead: Inexplicably, he makes a return in Asgardians Of The Galaxy, apparently separated from his older counterpart. In Issue #4, it's revealed that he's actually Ikol's guilt.
- Big Brother Worship: As far as Loki is concerned, his big brother Thor is the center of the universe. Kid-Loki practically worships Thor and nothing he does can ever be bad. Even if daddy doesn't like it.
- Kid Loki is justified with this line of thought, as Thor is by that point the only person who likes him at all and is nice to him.
- Break the Cutie: Things start out bad for him and proceed to get progressively worse.
- Cessation of Existence: At the end of Kieron Gillen's run on Journey into Mystery, Ikol/adult Loki overrides his mind, annihilating his identity.
- A Day in the Limelight: After Thor #622, Kid!Loki took over the book, which was renamed Journey in Mystery.
- Dying as Yourself: He claims that despite accepting to kill his ego for the sake of Mephisto not getting the crown of thorns, as part of Old!Loki's plan, he still wins because he did change.
- Fake Defector: Loki uses his bad reputation to pretend to betray Asgardia as part of his schemes to help Asgardia on more than more occasion.
- Geek: Is an absolute geek in regards to Midgardian culture and technology.
- Guile Hero: As he has very little of his adult self's magical or fighting skills, he relies almost entirely on his wits.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Most of his plans unravel at the end of "Everything Burns", specially the crown of fear, which pretty much forces him to go along with Old!Loki's plan to kill himself.
- I Hate Past Me: Kid Loki had no love for his evil past self.
- Keet: Extremely eager and happy, his enthusiasm surprises even Thor.
- Morality Chain: To Thor. When Thor discovers that Teen!Loki took over Kid Loki's body, he goes absolutely ballistic on him. What stops Thor from bringing himself to kill them was the memory of Kid Loki's final moments with Thor.
- Manipulative Bastard: A good version of this (he needs to be, since he doesn't have his magic; manipulation is all he's got).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He pitted the Fear Lords in an eternal battle over the Fear Crown, but didn't count on Mephisto intervening and taking the crown for himself. This was all part of the original Loki's plan.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He becomes fascinated with Midgardian pop culture after discovering the internet.
- Talking to Themself: Ikol turns out to exist in solely in Loki's mind.
- Trickster God: Well, he's still Loki. Literally as it turns out; "Kid Loki" is a scam pulled off by Loki to avoid the ignominy of predictability.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire run of Journey Into Mystery is just one big "Shaggy Dog" Story for the poor kid. Almost everyone in Asgard still hates him for what his original self did, he loses his best friend Leah, abandoned by Thori, and discovered in the finale that everything he accomplished is nothing more than another of his original self's schemes.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even when his intentions are good, Loki's schemes still lead to disaster.
The 3rd Loki (Teen Loki/Ikol etc.)
The 3rd Loki (Teen Loki/Ikol etc.)
"I am the echo of a screamnote They're a copy of the old Loki. I am the magpie who whispersnote They're mostly the consciousness that Ikol was. I'm the crime that will not be forgiven."
First Appearance:Journey into Mystery (vol. 1) #622
He/she... or rather they... are the Loki who was born from the death of Kid Loki at the end of Journey into Mystery, who cursed themselves with their first breath, and the world (including the readers) with the second. Oddly they're pretty much neither of their predecessors, but instead take elements from both well still somewhat forming their own identity. "Star" of Young Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard.
- Acting Your Intellectual Age: As Kid Loki they were prone to some very troubling unchildlike behaviour. On the other hand, their intellectual age was obviously lower than their actual age would suggest. "You're as old as you feel" and they didn't feel like an adult yet either. When they eventually got their teenage body, they started acting more adult or young adult at least.
- Ambiguous Gender: This Loki can be a woman whenever they feel like, and would do so for no other reason. Odin outright calls them his "child who is both his son and daughter" on at least two occasions.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: They still can't remember why they hated Thor in the first place, despite having most of their memory back.
- Animal Motif: Look at their quote and guess. Could it be magpies?
- Batman Gambit: Their entire ploy to reform the Young Avengers had them manipulate Miss America by telling her they plan on killing Wiccan so that she goes to warn him and brings the team back together.
- Becoming the Mask: Thanks to the nature of gods, this begins to happen to them after they take the place of their younger self.
"I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me."
- Beware the Honest Ones: They're not that honest but when they do do honest things, they're quite unpredictable and untrustworthy.
- Big Bad: Everything bad during their run with the Young Avengers was their fault, with the exception of the fake Patriot. Given all the Character Development, they were a Villain Protagonist too. In their defense at least the League of Evil Exeswasn't intentional.
- Body Snatcher: They took over the body of kid Loki.
- Clones Are People, Too: They are a personality copy of the past Loki in the body of the kid, literally created in the process of a Cloning Gambit. They fought very hard to become their own person which reaches its peak when Old Loki tries to push them into accepting the role of the past Loki. They would rather burn virtually everything in themselves that belonged to their previous incarnations, taking a new title, writing a new story, and breaking the timeline.
- Consummate Liar: They're Loki after all, no matter how they look. This ends up being subverted after AXIS, since they can't lie any more. Until they change to the God of Stories that is.
- Determinator: They don't know the meaning of giving up. This is also one of their vices, if they got something in their head they won't give up no matter the cost and will need other people to point out if it's counter-productive or self-destructive. Considering their pride, greed and selfishness they generally lack the friends they sourly need when that happens. Until King Loki begins to meddle and accidentally fix this that is.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?:
- Loki made a deal with a parasite called "Mother" and orchestrated Billy bringing it into the world, then betrayed it and prevented it from consuming Billy. And they did it in such way to not break the magical deal that prevents it from revealing their involvement and escape the consequences. And they did it again later, when they played a game of questions with the parasite. It thought she learned a lot and they learned nothing, but they pointed out how they could afford to answer all its questions with no harm done, while they learned "Mother" knew nothing about what interested them.
- They trick Mephisto into believing they were gonna get Sigurd's soul in exchange of the Sword of Truth after they both signed Mephisto's contract. Actually, they used many invisible devices to ensure they would be invisible and exchange Mephisto's contract for one of their own that ensured their sword was theirs again, Mephisto vanished and Sigurd delivered to the All-Mothers. All to trick them into believing Loki captured Sigurd when in reality Sigurd was Loki's inside man in the Asgardian jail.
- Escape Artist: They claim to be the biggest expert in escaping Cool And Unusual Punishments, especially those by Odin, and with their track record we're inclined to believe them. It's anybody's guess why people still try to imprison them, they'll make their inevitable escape sooner or later.
- Evil All Along: They were this at the beginning of Young Avengers. If we go by his future self, they've gonna be this eventually despite all their good intentions. They do manage to avert that particular evil future self that was plaguing them at least.
- Faking the Dead: They seemingly annihilate themselves in an attempt to defy the villain's plans in issue #13 of their solo series... it's also a ploy to redefine what being the God of Lies means (Stories not Evil), break the timestream, make their future time displaced, and screw destiny. And it works. They come back to Verity at the last pages (8 months in-universe time) with a Plot-Relevant Age-Up. The villain is still fooled though.
- Future Me Scares Me: They aren't like the past Loki, but there is a pretty strong possibility that they're going to turn out like that but worse. Said possibility just loves to torture them with this.
- Get It Over With: After admitting how they replaced kid-Loki and manipulated the Young Avengers, they asks Miss America to kill them before they can talk their way out of it again. She replies that she's not going to make it that easy for them.
- They're All Grown Up: They took over the body of Kid Loki but later while with the Young Avengers, they become the very attractive Teen Loki thanks to Wiccan.
Kate: Now he looks like trouble.
- Guile Hero: While hero might be stretching the term, Loki will use their wit and resources in most situations.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: They plotted to steal Billy's power and drive the boy into suicide but changed their mind and helped the team out of a tight spot at the last minute. They still planned to betray them later but they ended up liking them and decided to leave before they could turn on them again.
- Helpful Hallucination: During their time with the Young Avengers Kid Loki often appeared in front of them to try to persuade them to do the right thing. They almost never listened to it and ended up paying by having many other physical hallucinations of their teammates manifest and join the parasite Mother.
- Heroic Vow: This Loki vowed that they will not end up becoming the Loki that has tormented the Marvel Universe for such a long time. They made this at least twice, one before taking over Kid Loki's body and then again when they were talking to Prodigy at the Young Avengers new year's party. So far they hasn't broken their vow.
- Hometown Nickname: In Ms. Marvel, Bruno (one of Kamala's friends) called them "Hipster Viking" not because he knew they were from Asgard, but because he thought they were from Williamsburg (apparently people from funds dress weird there).
- Honesty Is the Best Policy: Their behavior around Verity is always this because she can see through any of their lies, so they always have to either plan ahead or use a different kind of trick with her.
- I Meant to Do That: To truly ridiculous degrees at times. For example when they were still Ikol they claimed to Kid that Loki's whole death, resurrection and so forth was totally part of the plan and nothing backfired at all, which is blatantly untrue if you read these tropes. The "ghost" of past Loki downright denied later that he intended to die.
- Impossible Thief: Once managed to steal an item from the telepathic Red Skull's person with him not noticing until Loki was long gone.
- The Jinx: If you can be certain about one thing around Loki at all that'll be things won't go as you expect them, how bad that's to the people around them is as erratic as they are. (Yes. They can cause mischief by standing still.)
- Loophole Abuse: They cannot avert being the God of Lies, but that way lies evil, so they decide to go around that by becoming the God of Stories instead, because that sounds a lot nicer while meaning basically the same, and it works.
- Mad God: Loki was never particularly sane to begin with, dying and sundering, killing, remaking, etc. themself didn't help their mental state at all, which combined with being a Reality Warper makes them very dangerous even if they don't mean harm. Basically when they can't tell fantasy from reality, neither will anybody else.
- Magic is Feminine: Loki is a sorcerer and has been depicted as being just as comfortable in a female body as he is in a male one. His younger self and also his later God(dess) of Stories incarnate would change gender for no reason other than that he could.
- Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being the Norse god of mischief.
- The Mentor: Was one to Billy in magic.
- Meta Guy: Loki was always kind of Medium Aware, but this version of them is an outright in-universe Fourth-Wall Observer (gods being trope based entities, which they're keenly aware of), who occasionally also wreaks havoc on the real fourth wall, but when not can still lecture on about the Theory of Narrative Causality.
- Mood Whiplash: They're a master of slipping disturbing remarks between jokes.
- Mr. Vice Guy: They're pretty much every sin personified (except envy, they lost most of that) but special mentions go to greed and sloth, they want to better themselves for personal gain (wanting everything includes friends) and more comfort.
- My God, What Have I Done?: They're still so wrought over their guilt that at one point it manifested itself as Leah and plotted to destroy reality.
- My Greatest Failure: The murder of Kid Loki.
- Mythology Gag: Loki's involvement helped to bring a group of misfit heroes together to save the world. Kinda like the original Avengers except this time they joined them (itself a callback to Pym realizing this and offering Loki a seat on his team—ironically causing his team to disband in the process).
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood:
- Invokes this Trope by comparing themselves to Tyrion Lannister to convince the Young Avengers to trust them.
- A more dark example is when they desperately try to convince Thor and the Asgardians of this after the Asgardians learn about what they did with Kid Loki.
- Our Gods Are Different: As a pagan deity ("Evil Mischief God") they feel entitled to critique Wiccan's religiously insensitive alias.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up:
- They get one from Wiccan in their time with the Young Avengers. (From child to late teen early twenty~ish)
- And then another one in their solo series when they rebrand themselves. (To adult.)
- Pop-Cultured Badass: They'll quote The Princess Bride at you, or reference Game of Thrones, or casually admit writing Slash Fic. They're as much of a technophile as the kid was, the only things they've issues with are guns.
- Rebellious Spirit: Kid Loki already had shades of this, but they bring it to brand new levels. In a twist what people expect from them is good old predictable villainy. Nope!
Loki: I am my own, and I will not sit long in any box built for me.
- Real Men Cook: They're surprisingly talented at cooking, due to their love for Midgardian cuisine.
- Screw Destiny: We don't know to what extent but they actually manage to derail the story.
- Skewed Priorities: We're not even talking about their vices. Loki's priorities can seem very strange because they tend to ignore (apparent) danger entirely. A cosmic horror tries to kill us? Since when is that an excuse to not take a joke? (And by the way your alias sucks!) The world is ending? Big deal. Tell me about yourself!
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In their "Young Avengers Wanted" ad, they describe themself as "One mischievous and lovable godling who is not at all evil and definitely not manipulating everyone."
- Take a Third Option: Is given the option to accept being Old!Loki or cease to exist like Kid!Loki. Decides to reinvent himself instead.
- Talking to Himself: They've Kid!Loki's "spirit" in their head who personifies their guilt and acts as a conscience.
- The Tease: Loki flirts with everybody. It's a bit harder to notice when they look like a kid because most people have Anti-Shipping Goggles for that sort of thing. But yes, they do it with almost everybody, guys, gals, it's the same for them.
- Technopath: Generally speaking Loki is a highly versatile magic user, which they acknowledge to mean Reality Warper, but this application of their powers is unique to the third. They admitted finding technomancy easy and low risk, because technology is very gullible.
- That Man Is Dead: They're pretty adamant on claiming that past Loki died in the Siege, and they aren't him. Which can also read as a toned down version of Never My Fault in this case. Meaning they say that they're not the murderer, but the weapon, and insist that they didn't really have any choice in how Loki's last gambit would play out. Issue 13 of Agent of Asgard proves this is, for all intents and purposes, true.
- Token Evil Teammate: Of the Young Avengers, albeit their level of evil is up to debate. Were more evil than they claimed to, but also less evil than they thought themselves to be. Even after leaving the team at least Miss America considers them her frenemy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Milkshake, a legacy from Journey into Mystery. And bacon, it really is magic.
- Villainous Rescue: They stopped Billy from going through with his suicide and bought the team enough time to escape the parasite.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of a limited kind. Loki can turn into anything, so long as it's them. Meaning they can't turn into a fly, because they're not that sort of god, but they can turn into a humanoid fox, or in one instance a unicorn.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Oddly enough, they're less of this than the previous two incarnations of Loki, since Odin seems to have a fairly ambivalent attitude towards them, at a contrast to previous hostility.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: For their own surprise. They're at least strictly against child murder, as the Angels of Heven (yes, that is the actual spelling the comic uses for the place) learned the hard way.
First Appearance:Loki: Agent of Asgard (vol. 1) #1
"You think I am the Loki that was?! Dolt! Simpleton! I am what will be!"
King Loki (or Old Loki, if you prefer) is a representation of everything the Teen Loki hates and fears: Themself drawn back into the ways of evil and insanity. The main villain of Loki: Agent of Asgard.
- Authority in Name Only: Calls themselves a king of Midgard, after having killed everyone and everything on the entire planet, meaning there's no-one for them to be king of.
- Ax-Crazy: Completely out of their gourd, prone to mad laughter and histrionics.
- Beneath the Mask: God(dess) of Stories Loki literally/metaphorically (for gods or at least Loki that's kind of the same) Dramatic Unmask them to show that under the ancient evil there is also a very sad Teen!Loki, as the only acceptance they thought they could get was as this.
- Berserk Button: Odin finally managing to get over the Cannot Spit It Out sent them into a rage fit as apparently in King Loki's timeline he never did. For comparison the freaking Incursion only got a "Well, that's new." out of them. We did say that the old man could've saved people a lot of trouble with occasionally admitting that he loves his children, didn't we?
- Beware the Silly Ones: Acts like (and is) a raving nutjob, but is no less dangerous for it. Just ask Doctor Doom, or Balder...
- Break Them by Talking: As demonstrated on Ego the Living Planet, now Ego the Necroworld. It took 99 years of constant whispering, but eventually he quite literally talked Ego to death.
- Card-Carrying Villain: This one's just an outright psychopath. And they're quite happy about it.
- The Chessmaster: Effortlessly manages to rewrite history, in a scheme which involves the odd spot of murder, and lying to a younger Odin.
- Didn't See That Coming: Neither Loki redefining their own purpose, or the imminent end of all existence were something this Loki prepared for.
- Evil Counterpart: To Teen!Loki, which makes sense since they are basically a future version of Teen!Loki turned evil.
- Evil Is Petty: Massacred everyone on Earth simply to spite Thor.
- Fallen Hero: Was actually heroic in their past. But in the end, they couldn't take everyone calling and treating them as the God of Lies, and snapped. If you ask them, it was the Asgardians playing All the Other Reindeer and them being Reformed, but Rejected; but it's perfectly natural to feel that their Redemption Failure is at least partially caused by them being His Own Worst Enemy (they never ever stopped to ponder what God of Lies means for one).
- For the Evulz: When asked by King Thor as to how they could kill off everyone on Earth, their response was that because they could was all the reason Thor needed.
- For Want of a Nail: Their presence and meddling unwittingly derailed the timeline quite a bit. Them possessing Thor made the All-Mother ask Loki to become Asgard's agent, and their continued presence worked wonders on Loki's "human" connections (with Lorelei, Verity, Sigurd, and Odin). And when they wanted to see Thor and Angela fight he averted a bloody war (and caused the whole Angela series). etc. In Loki: Agent of Asgard #6 their future still qualified as a Close-Enough Timeline, but that was before the current Loki decided to break it entirely. Also there is an official alternate universe number (Earth-14412) for it now. In 2019's Thor #12, however, they tell Loki that Earth-14412 is inevitable. Bare in mind, though, that that issue is a dream sequence full of out of character moments and general nonsense, and the Venom!Loki in it isn't much like the version from Loki: Agent of Asgard this entry is about. What this implies is up to the reader.
- Future Me Scares Me: The teen Loki is horrified at the thought of becoming this person, and quite rightly. King Loki's well aware of this, and enjoys it, since they're convinced that they're inevitable.
- Gender Bender: Averted. Unlike their younger self, they stick solely to a male form, and even identify as male on several occasions. It's not from lack of ability, since they've been shown turning into a magpie on at least one occasion.
- Genre Savvy: They've still got a talent at it. For example, when telling a younger Odin to make the box to contain Gram, they inform him he'll eventually forget who told him to and why, dryly noting "I know how these stories go".
- Hero Killer: Murders Balder and cuts off his head. For fun. And because for a proper Ragnarök Balder needs to die.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: At the heart of it all, they just want to be loved and accepted, and are completely mad that they aren't. Though they'll deny it, unless there's a Living Lie Detector around.
- It's All About Me: Even young Loki's apparent death only concerned them as far how it might affect them and their future. How dared the runt just die on them?! Now they have to destroy Asgardia all alone!
- It Amused Me: Decided to go mess with Bucky Barnes just 'cause. It wasn't part of their grand plan, they just had time to kill.
- Large Ham: When they get going, they're prone to ranting, shouting, mad laughter and more ranting. Lampshaded, after a particularly long bout of rambling.
King Loki: And I am dreadfully prone to histrionics. Do excuse me.
- Laughably Evil: Believe more in quantity than quality when it comes to jokes, but they're this trope, by basically subjecting people to the cruelest type of trolling.
- Manipulative Bastard: At one point manages to manipulate an entire family into killing one another, and nearly gets a young Odin killed for it, just so that Odin will owe a debt to them.
- Medium Awareness: Once walked right off-panel. And later jumped out of a panel and sat around between panels for a while. Generally this is how their "time" travel magic looks like, some even suggested that they might Intrepid Fictioneering the comic itself.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In their timeline they're the King of Midgard meaning they killed off every living being on Earth and ruled on the rubble. They claim it was a Mercy Kill (ala Humans Are the Real Monsters), but as they plan to do this to Asgard too they aren't that convincing. And all this just to spite Thor. After obtaining the All-Black symbiote, they declare they're going to destroy everything in existence.
- Orcus on His Throne: Ludicrously powerful, skilled and dangerous, but they're quite content to kick back in a cell in Asgardia and watch events unfold... until the urge to meddle hits them.
- Planet Destroyer: After bonding to All-Black, they effortlessly rip Ego the Living Planet to shreds.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Do you remember the shiny thingy on Loki's sceptre in The Avengers? In the comics that's not an infinity stone, but King Loki's soul/story, because Teen Loki felt that forgetting the cautionary tale about them would be a bad thing. Verity has to ask if this is a good idea or might become a Leaking Can of Evil later, but Teen Loki assures her that it wont be a bad influence on them.
- Shadow Archetype: King Loki represents everything that both Kid and Teen Loki fear and want to avoid becoming. He is essentially what they could have become had their bitterness towards the people's treatment of them got the better of them.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: The reason for their descent back into villainy like the original was that they came to the conclusion that they can never change who they are or rather what people think of them.
- Troll: Very much so. It just makes them that much more unpleasant.
- Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes a massive one when Teen Loki arrives. Story!Loki's presence alone drives them over the edge as it essentially means that Story!Loki has succeeded in what King!Loki had tried and failed long ago.
- Walking Spoiler: It is difficult to talk about Agent of Asgard without mentioning this one in the slightest, given their impact on the plot.
Loki the God(dess) of Stories
Loki the God(dess) of Stories
First Appearance:Loki: Agent of Asgard (vol. 1) #13
"Me? I'm the God of Stories. I'm Loki."
The God of Stories (or Goddess of Stories; they're not fussed), is the latest of Loki's reincarnations, who so far appears to be something of an aged up version of Teen Loki. This Loki is still new, so their full personality is yet to be fleshed out (and they're still catching up with everything), but has decided to escape the inherent evil associated with being the God of Lies by rechristening themselves the God Of Stories, which is essentially the same thing but far nicer, and with more importance, given the Gods' nature as creatures of story.Note: Unmarked Spoilers for Loki: Agent of Asgard #13 onward.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Their Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies show that they're definitely not in the right state of mind.
- Ambiguous Gender: Doesn't really care for which form they assume, and so changes gender whenever they feel like it, even mid sentence. As they see it, as they're the God of Stories, they have to be more than one thing in order to personify all stories.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: They served as a temporary replacement to Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme, and are more unscrupulous than the doctor was.
- Art Evolution: In later appearances, they're drawn somewhat older with longer hair and more modestly dressed in contrast to his earlier Carpet of Virility.
- Break Them by Talking: Somewhat ambiguous; since becoming the God of Stories, Loki has been able to effectively talk is way out of many situations, by weaving a story to the listeners. Just after the collapse of the multiverse, Loki was able to make the Those Who Sit Above in Shadow flee by forcing them to question own existence by telling a story that implied that they were made by the Asgardians so they had something to believe in.
- Later during the buildup for the War of the Realms, when his actual father Laufey attempted to have him killed by a gang of frost giants, Loki told them a story. We aren't told what he said, but the results had all the giants except one killed each other and/or themselves, and that sole survivor was maiming himself in an attempt get the story out of his head.
- Carpet of Virility: His Male form has this, something he's pretty happy with.
- Characterization Marches On: Compared to when he first appeared at the finale of Agent of Asgard, Story Loki has a completely different personality after Secret Wars (2015). A lot of his Creepy Good and introspective tendencies are gone and he seemingly reverts back to when he was Teen Loki - though hints of the God/Goddess of Stories sometimes emerge...
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Has No Social Skills and has very odd priorities. World ending? Not a big deal, let's talk about your life story! Oh, and I hope you don't mind that I turned your true being into a bracelet to save you. At that point they legitimately crossed over to Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. We could say they are still Mad God, just got from a depressed and kind of schizophrenic phase to a manic one.
- Cryptic Conversation: This Loki is not prone to outright lying but good luck getting a direct answer from them. They talk almost exclusively in "might"s, "maybe"s, metaphors, terms open to interpretation, with possibly important bits left out. If you get a direct answer that's probably either important or you somehow made them angry.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Basically just talked smack to "Those Who Sit Above In Shadow", and it worked.
- Does Not Like Shoes: At least in their introduction, they're barefooted. They've also lost their gloves and wear much shorter sleeves and pants-legs, though its possibly the result of their recent creation or their sudden growth/height gain (according to Verity they're half a foot taller than Teen!Loki was).
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Trying to figure out their allegiances likely to result in headache. Dark council (Laufey, Malekith, or who)? Asgard (Odin or Freyja)? Hel? Themselves?
- At the very least, they're keeping their options open, with Cul (who has a certain insight on the evil point of view) noting that their stabbing Freyja in the back with a poisoned dagger without killing her meant that they were either a very bad poisoner or a very, very good one.
- Cul seems to be right on the money with this one, with Loki later telling the comatose Freyja that it was the only option they had that wouldn't have resulted in one of Malekith's allies killing her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her female form looks like this, giving her something of a Perky Goth type look
- Fanservice: Walks around shirtless when first introduced, though puts on a shirt when they turn female. Really, what did you expect given their last form?
- Ignored Aesop: Under Jason Aaron's run, Story Loki has completely forgotten the Character Development that they had undergone throughout Agent of Asgard and has resumed playing the role as the villain/Anti-Hero. Or just chose to play that role to keep the story going.
- Magic Staff: Gained one in the last issues of Agent of Asgard. Technically it's Freyja's Staff of Authority transformed by King Loki into the shape known from The Avengers (2012). Later completed by Story!Loki who added the jewel to it... as in the soul (story) of King Loki.
- Medium Awareness: They survive the incursion by effectively telling themselves out of the story. They also just love to
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