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, )
— 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, ). 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 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 # (Feb. ) 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 (), 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 , another in , and a one-shot during Siege.
- As of #, 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 he's also a member of the Young Avengers.
- In , he got another new solo series, Loki: Agent of Asgard.
- Loki's plans for 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 Versus 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 himand 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 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 , 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 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 () 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 iconic horned helmet.
- 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.
- Disappeared Dad: Discounting his relationship with his iconic children (Jormundgandr, Fenris and Hela), Loki hasn't been a stellar father to the children he sired with human women either.
- 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).
- Pet the Dog: When his mortal daughter Tess Black gets possessed by an ancient sorceress of chaos, Loki goes out of his way to save her, and considers himself indebted to Spider-man for helping him save her.
- Progressively Prettier: When he first debuted, he was drawn as a craven-looking man as a sharp contrast to his stepbrother's good looks.
- Really Gets Around: Implied. When he reveals to Spider-man that he sired a daughter, he simply comments that he's a Norse God; that's basically what he does.
- 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) #
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 #, 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) #
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) for it now. In 's Thor #12, however, they tell Loki that Earth 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 (). 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
Loki (Marvel Comics)
Marvel Comics fictional character
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 ). The modern-day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October ). 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 and , being the main character of Journey into Mystery from issues to , appearing in new issues of Young Avengers in and receiving three more solo series, Loki: Agent of Asgard in , Vote Loki in and Loki in The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, movies, video games, clothing, and toys.
In , Loki was ranked as IGN's eighth-greatest comic book villain of all time and in 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 (), The Avengers (), Thor: The Dark World (), Thor: Ragnarok (), Avengers: Infinity War (), and Avengers: Endgame (). Hiddleston returned to portray alternate timeline versions in the Disney+ live-action series Loki () and animated series What If? ().
A version of Loki made his first Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics' publication Venus No. 6 (August ), 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 ), 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 and 
Loki played a key role in the s company-wide Siege storyline, in which the character is eventually killed.
Starting with issue # 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 to , his final issue as lead being #
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  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 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  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.
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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 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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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&issueneeded]) 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) 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, 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), 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 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, 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 , 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, 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 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 () and reappears in the live-action films The Avengers (), Thor: The Dark World (), Thor: Ragnarok (), Avengers: Infinity War (), and Avengers: Endgame (). 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 fighting gameMarvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.
- Loki appears as a playable character in the 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 .
- 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 
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, , on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Loki appears in the Marvel Universe: LIVE! stage show.
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|Loki||Loki vol. 1 #1–4||February 9,||ISBN|
|Thor and Loki Blood Brothers||Loki vol. 1 #1–4; Journey Into Mystery #85, and material from Journey Into Mystery # (Tales of Asgard)||March 30,||ISBN|
|Thor The Trials of Loki||Loki vol. 2 #1–4||April 27,||ISBN|
|Journey Into Mystery Series|
|1||Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #– and material from Thor Spotlight () and Fear Itself Spotlight ()||February 1,||ISBN|
|2||Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself – Fallout||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #; #–||March 28,||ISBN|
|3||Journey Into Mystery: Terrorism Myth||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #–||July 25,||ISBN|
|Journey into Mystery/New Mutants: Exiled||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #–; Exiled #1 and New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43||November 14,||ISBN|
|4||Journey Into Mystery: Manchester Gods||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #–||December 5,||ISBN|
|The Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery: Everything Burns||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #–; The Mighty Thor #18–22||January 29,||ISBN|
|Journey Into Mystery The Complete Collection 1 by Kieron Gillen||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #– and #||March 4,||ISBN|
|Journey Into Mystery The Complete Collection 2 by Kieron Gillen||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #–; Exiled #1; New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43; The Mighty Thor #18–22||September 9,||ISBN|
|Loki: Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen Omnibus||Journey Into Mystery vol. 3 #– and #; Exiled #1; New Mutants vol. 3 #42–43; The Mighty Thor #18–22||August 15,||ISBN|
|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 () #1||September 2,||ISBN|
|Original Sin: Thor and Loki The Tenth Realm||Original Sin: Thor and Loki The Tenth Realm #–||November 25,||ISBN|
|2||Loki Agent of Asgard: I Cannot Tell a Lie||Loki: Agent of Asgard #6–11||April 22,||ISBN|
|3||Loki Agent of Asgard: Last Days||Loki: Agent of Asgard #12–17||September 23,||ISBN|
|Loki: Agent of Asgard – The Complete Collection||Loki: Agent of Asgard () #, Original Sin () # and material from All-New Marvel NOW! Point One () #1||December 31,||ISBN|
|Vote Loki Series|
|Vote Loki||Vote Loki #1–4, Journey Into Mystery #85 and material from Avengers vol. 1 #||October 18,||ISBN|
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All-Butcher, Butcher of Truths,God Butcher, God of Evil, God of Lies,King Loki (self-proclaimed), Laufey-Son, Loki the All-Butcher, Loki the End, Loki the Necrogod, Old Loki, Old Trickster
Odin (foster father, deceased);
Frigga (foster mother, deceased);
Cul (paternal foster uncle);
Thor (paternal foster brother);
Loki (previous incarnation);
Woden (foster nephew);
Frigg, Ellisiv, Atli (foster grand-nieces);
All-Black (former symbiote)
Deity; God of Mischief
Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
King Thor #4
Similarly to his Earth counterpart, Loki started working for the All-Mother of Asgardia, in order for them to erase one of his past crimes from the records for each job he got done.
Just as his counterpart, this Loki rescued Sigurd from Mephisto, though at a later point than his Earth counterpart. Some months later, Loki became involved in a war between Asgardia and Heven, fighting the Angels on Earth's Moon alongside Odin, and the Earth heroes who had been present there already. According to Loki's testimony, he was responsible for solving that particular dilemma. When Thor was inverted, Loki travelled to Las Vegas to reclaim him, using his command of magic to keep his brother out of trouble. As a result of this deed, Loki was later sent to investigate the mystery of the new Thor. During this investigation, Loki and the new Thor came to blows.
Centuries later, after facing and defeating the Ultron Singularity, Loki's debt was paid, and he no longer had to work for the All-Mother. However, even though he had changed to a better man, he was still remembered as the God of Lies. Within ten years, this fact, and Loki's simmering anger caused him to go back to his old ways and become evil once again, starting with attacking Thor as they talked. More years into the future, and as the result of one of his most evil plans, Loki annihilated the Earth and caused the eradication of humankind. Thor confronted his brother, who used an army of undead heroes to attack Thor but failed. Realizing that the suffering he caused to Thor wasn't enough, Loki decided he wanted to win. He travelled back in time and used his magic form to corrupt a younger version of Thor. King Loki's form was captured by his younger self after using the sword Gram to free Thor from the corruption, as commanded by the All-Mother. The jar possessing the corrupting force, unbeknown to him that it was his future self, was delivered by Loki to the All-Mother.
Once he revealed himself to the All-Mother, he told them about the future he came from, one in which Asgard reigned over the rest of the realms with Thor on the throne, as a consequence of Loki being evil. King Loki started working with the All-Mother to ensure this future came to pass, which included ensuring the young Loki followed his path as a villain. He allied himself with the All-Mother in their plan to bring back to Asgardia every Asgardian who was walking on Earth. When his past self infiltrated Asgardia in order to free Sigurd and discover the All-Mother's secrets, he found himself confronted by the future Loki. King Loki revealed his nature as the future self of the God of Mischief, and his purpose to make his own path and Asgard's happen. Infuriated, Loki quit working for the All-Mother as they desired to embrace the chains of destiny. When he arrived at his apartment, King Loki appeared in the mirror of his bathroom, claiming that bad times were to come.
King Loki spied on his younger counterpart, and even attempted to change the course of history through manipulations, like allowing Angela return to Heven earlier than she did in his timeline, in an attempt to make her kill Thor, or make Thor kill her. However, his plan failed once the younger Loki freed Odin from his self-exile in Asgard. King Loki briefly returned to his future when Doctor Doom visited it, in an attempt to see what was in store for his nation Latveria. Upon finding King Loki in a devastated land where Latveria would've been, Doom was convinced he had to destroy the Loki from the present, an action King Loki expected would help his younger self deviate back to villainy.
When it was revealed the truth that Loki had killed the soul of a better version of him and was inhabiting his body,
Loki variants explained
Loki episode 6 is now streaming on Disney Plus, and the finale of the show's first season (with a second season already confirmed) puts the concept of variants of Marvel characters and concepts in the spotlight - beyond even just variants of Loki himself.
With the season finale also setting up the next chapter of the MCU, which seems to draw heavily on the Multiversal ideas presented in Loki, it's now more relevant than ever to consider how the concept of variants of known characters could play into what's coming up.
Spoilers ahead for Loki season 1.
Loki season 1 wraps up with the Loki and Sylvie meeting the 'man behind the curtain' of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), revealed as He Who Remains, a twist on a Marvel Comics character associated with the TVA whose MCU adaptation has been established as a variant of Kang the Conqueror, the villain of the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
He Who Remains perishes in Loki episode 6, setting off a chain reaction of seemingly infinite branching timelines - at least one of which appears to have a variant TVA already established - and will apparently lead directly to What If?, Disney Plus' upcoming MCU animated series showcasing different 'variant' versions of popular MCU characters and stories in each episode.
And of course, the TVA themselves, including Ravonna and Mobius, are all variants.
But the idea of variants in the MCU all starts with Loki - so many variants of Loki - some of whom have rich comic book histories of their own, and some who likely have a bright future ahead in the MCU.
We'll dig into the Loki variants from comic books whose stories inspired, and will continue to inspire MCU adaptations, as well as his many MCU identities that have already been established.
Loki Variant: Lady Loki
At the same time in the early '00s that the Avengers at large were going through their 'Avengers: Disassembled' break-up and devastation, Thor and the Asgardians went through a cycle of Ragnarok (in the appropriately titled 'Thor: Disassembled'), the recurring process of the death and rebirth of the Asgardians which in comic books often leads to periods of absence from the world or changes in some of the characters.
It's that last bit that is directly related to Loki specifically. Not long after Ragnarok, Thor was reborn as the sole Asgardian around (in a rebooted Thor ongoing title from writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Olivier Coipel). He searched for his kin, realizing that they were hidden in human form, waiting to be awakened as their true selves. With the help of the awakened Heimdall, Thor tracked the human forms of most of the other Asgardians to a place where they were imprisoned, seemingly by the Asgardian Destroyer (a mindless weapon that can be controlled remotely by anyone with the right spell, seen in the original Thor film).
However, it turned out this was all a scheme by Loki (still in human form), who was partially responsible for the Asgardians entering human forms, and who had gathered them to trick Thor into restoring him to full power - something Loki believed Thor would never do if he knew what he was doing.
But this all came with a twist - Loki was reborn as a woman rather than his usual male form. This isn't at all out of the ordinary for Loki on its face - in Norse mythology, Loki often takes the form of people and creatures of many different genders, and his Marvel Comics history involves plenty of shapeshifting and illusions as well.
(There's a little more to it in this case - with some typically Loki twists on the way - but we'll get there.)
Not all the Asgardians could be found and revived, but with as many of his people as he could muster in tow, Thor then used his godly power to restore the last piece of the puzzle - Asgard itself, which Thor brought to Earth with the realm's capital city of Asgardia floating high above the plains of the small town of Broxton, Oklahoma.
Though Loki claimed that her rebirth had also come with reformation from lies and mischief, even Loki's female form itself was part of a larger scheme which would spell disaster for Asgard once again, just as the realm and its people recovered from Ragnarok.
First Loki manipulated events through a complicated series of time travel adventures and magic rituals to have Balder installed as king of Asgard, and Thor banished from his home.
Joining a secret Cabal of Marvel villains led by Norman Osborn (then the leader of HAMMER, a kind of more aggro version of SHIELD that arose following Secret Invasion, in which Osborn was critical in repelling an alien invasion), Loki began collaborating with Osborn, Doctor Doom, and the rest of the Cabal to relocate the people of Asgard to Latveria.
With Thor banished and her scheme to take Asgard away from Earth and back into its place in the realms of Norse myth underway, Loki revealed her final insult to injury in her plans against Thor.
As it turns out, Loki's new form was no coincidence - nor was the fact that Thor's longtime paramour Sif was among the Asgardians who could not be restored. Loki's female form was in fact the body that was intended for Sif in the Asgardians' rebirth, which Loki essentially stole.
From here things escalate quickly, with Loki returning to his original male form (seemingly to let Sif die, though she was later rescued), and engaging in a bizarre series of manipulations against Osborn, who was also attempting to manipulate Loki. One of these plans even involved organizing a new squad of Avengers while impersonating the then-missing Wanda Maximoff - an illusion that was broken by Wiccan, her reincarnated son.
(Only comic books have family trees like that!)
It all culminates in Loki leading Norman Osborn and his burgeoning team of Dark Avengers (villains who took on the identities of heroes as Norman's personal enforcers, kinda Thunderbolts style) in attacking Asgard in the event story Siege, with Loki's plan being to use the powerful Asgardian artifacts the Norn Stones to remove Asgard from the Earthly realm of Midgard and become its new ruler.
But Loki, despite all his machinations, underestimates the viciousness of Norman Osborn and his lackeys, particularly the Sentry, who unleashes his villainous dark side the Void to actually destroy Asgard and send it crashing to the ground, much to Loki's own horror. Using the Norn Stones, Loki fights the Void, but the Void totally obliterates him. Rallying around Thor, who grieves his fallen brother, the Avengers defeat the Void, Osborn, and the rest of his forces to save the day.
And much like with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in death, Loki's story was only beginning again.
Loki Variant: Kid Loki
As is the way of the Asgardians, Loki is reborn following his death at the hands of the Void. But this time, things are different - because of the power of the Void, Loki is reborn a fresh soul, with the stains of his past mischief wiped away, in the body of an adolescent child.
Kid Loki (as he's affectionately called) at first has no memories of his previous life, nor access to much of his Asgardian power, though he suffers nightmares fueled by his former life as a villain. Coming under Thor's wing, some of Kid Loki's memories and knowledge are restored, but he remains disconnected from his past, essentially a fully reborn Asgardian.
However, the other Asgardians don't see it this way - his former self was pretty much responsible for the destruction of Asgard, after all - and hold Kid Loki to blame for the acts of his old life. Even Odin, Loki's own adoptive father, holds Kid Loki in great contempt and scorn, leading to a rift between Thor and Odin over Kid Loki's fate.
Despite all this, Kid Loki really does try to turn over a new leaf as a hero, using his natural gifts for trickery to Asgard's advantage even as his family and friends distrust him. When even Thor starts to fear Kid Loki is returning to his old ways, Kid Loki becomes drawn into a mystery of his own which leads him to discover that some essence of his old self still exists, manipulating events behind the scenes in an attempt to be fully reborn in Kid Loki's body.
But Kid Loki rejects his former self entirely, proving he is a different person than his old, villainous self, and uses his own Asgardian sorcery to turn the essence of the evil Loki into a magpie named Ikol, essentially doomed to life as a bird.
Buckle up, cause things aren't getting less weird.
A lot of what happens next is extremely complicated and involves multiple layers of manipulation of Loki and by Loki, with numerous gods and monsters vying for control over Asgard.
First, the Serpent, a lost Asgardian god of fear, arose and created a new, Dark Asgard in the story Fear Itself. At the same time, Odin had rebuilt the original Asgard with the intent of declaring war on Midgard/Earth as part of his plan to defeat the Serpent who was Odin's own brother. Thor is imprisoned by his father for opposing the plan.
Working with Leah, a young sorceress with connections to Hela (whose history is incredibly complicated on its own), Loki frees Thor and begins a web of manipulation that ropes in Hela, Mephisto, Surtur the Fire Giant, and many others - all with a plan to stop the Serpent by rewriting his history.
Loki's plan ultimately works, although his secrets and manipulations once again put him at odds with the other Asgardians, including Thor. As a result, Loki and Leah return to Earth where they encounter Doctor Strange's arch-enemy Nightmare, a psychic being of fear who is collecting the magical fear power of the Serpent to create what Nightmare calls a "Fear Crown," an artifact that will give him immense power and make him the lord of fear - a position that would threaten the safety of reality.
Though Loki and Leah are initially able to defeat Nightmare and the other beings of fear who are fighting over the crown, it surfaces again later, leading to Kid Loki's downfall.
In between Kid Loki's encounter with Nightmare and his eventual end (we'll get there), Kid Loki and Leah encounter Mephisto, the New Mutants, and even a group of ancient British deities known as the Manchester Gods who have connections to the mysterious Otherworld.
All of this culminates in the return of the Fear Crown - this time in Mephisto's possession.
With Mephisto now threatening the fundamental order of reality through the power of the Fear Crown, Kid Loki encounters his older self - seemingly freed from his form as Ikol - who tells Kid Loki that to defeat the Fear Crown he must cease to exist, giving himself over to rebirth with his old self. With one more trick up his sleeve, Kid Loki eats Ikol, absorbing his essence and creating yet another new incarnation of Loki, this time somewhere in between his old self and his younger self.
Loki Variant: Loki the Avenger
Still in the body of a child, but with some of the memories, powers, and even attitudes of his older self now restored, Loki finds himself embroiled in a new team of Young Avengers including America Chavez, Wiccan, Hulkling, Hawkeye, Noh-Varr, and more - all of whom Loki begins manipulating and lying to, with his deceptive nature even more prevalent now.
Loki helps guide the team, especially Wiccan, in fighting off several high-level magical threats - a process that includes both Wiccan aging Loki into a teen, and Loki activating the magic in Wiccan that will eventually turn him into the Demiurge, a being of pure magical power.
With the team saved from the magical threats against them, Loki's guilty conscience manifests as physical representations of people he wronged in his past, including Leah and his former kid self. Loki eventually confesses his manipulations, including the way he eliminated the previous Kid Loki and lied to the Young Avengers, dispelling the attacking manifestations of his guilt.
Though he feels changed by his experiences with the team, he departs their company, realizing that being Loki - a manipulator and liar - is in his nature, an unavoidable part of his personality that he can only work with, not against, to become the best version of Loki he can.
Loki Variant: King Loki
Leaving the Young Avengers behind, Loki returns to Asgard where he takes on a job as a kind of secret agent for the All-Mother, the three-in-one goddess who was ruling Asgard at the time. As Loki: Agent of Asgard, Loki embarks on several missions for the All-Mother that shake his confidence in Asgard and put him at odds with his family and friends once again.
When Loki, during his time as Agent of Asgard, finds himself totally unable to lie, he accidentally confesses all his crimes to Odin, including destroying his younger self. As a result, Odin banishes Loki from Asgard.
Back on Earth, Loki encounters yet another version of himself, a much older villain who wishes to turn the young Loki into himself, ensuring his villainous future. Instead, Loki once again turns the tables, allowing the older Loki (known as King Loki) to destroy him, which leads Loki to be reborn not as the god of lies, but as the god of stories - a slightly different idea that once again pushes Loki away from his dastardly past.
King Loki isn't done yet though, teaming up with the enemies of Asgard to destroy the vaunted realm and seize his place as King. But Loki the younger is undeterred, arriving in Asgard to chase off his older self - a return that wins him favor among the Asgardians who once despised him. However, burned by their previous actions, Loki leaves Asgard, letting its enemies destroy it, using his magic to collect the essence of the Asgardians so they can be reborn.
Things get a little funky here as the Marvel Universe underwent a period of destruction and rebirth in 's Secret Wars, which rebuilt Marvel's Multiverse. But thanks to his future knowledge and magical power, Loki is aware of what's coming in the Multiverse and excuses himself to a void of darkness alongside the essence of the Asgardians to ride out the changes to the multiverse.
There, Loki confronts King Loki, and the pair seemingly reconcile with young Loki telling King Loki that his influence has allowed him to transcend his dark fate and make a new path. Loki absorbs the essence of his older self and awaits the return of the Marvel Universe.
On the other side of Secret Wars, Loki returns to the Marvel Universe and, first getting once again embroiled in a complex web of politics as Malekith the Accursed attempts to conquer the Ten Realms, Loki eventually returns to Earth to pursue a totally different path - human politics, as told in the story Vote Loki.
Staging an attack on the two leading candidates for president of the United States, Loki ingratiates himself to the public, rising through the polls and becoming a frontrunner for office (though it's not exactly clear how he'll skirt the constitutional requirement that US presidents be born citizens of the U.S.).
Unsurprisingly, it's eventually revealed that Loki has been playing all sides of the election, and even working with his opponents to sow discord and chaos, which leads to Loki conceding the race and essentially helping install a new president.
Loki then goes to outer space to help corral the Infinity Stones - an adventure that leads to his only brief comic book encounter with the Time Variance Authority.
Loki Variant: Sorcerer Supreme
After this, Loki briefly tricks Doctor Strange into giving up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, taking it for himself before a battle with the Void, the dark side of the Sentry that previously killed Loki, forces Loki to return the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to Strange.
Loki then returns to Asgard just in time to get caught up in the War of the Realms, Malekith's invasion of the Ten Realms. Having convinced Malekith that he's on his side, Loki eventually betrays Malekith on behalf of Asgard, a choice that leads Loki to kill his biological father Laufey and briefly assuming rulership of Jotunheim, realm of the frost giants.
Bored of his rulership, Loki ventures to a place called the House of Ideas (yes, it's a meta in-joke based on Marvel Comics' nickname for itself) where the histories of many heroes are stored. Using his magic, Loki makes a deal to have his story rewritten to that of a hero, which comes at the cost of knowing he will eventually die a hero's death.
Returning to Earth, Loki confronts Nightmare again - a battle that leads to his imprisonment on the Raft. However, true to his nature, Loki escapes imprisonment and decides that he is now the god of outcasts.
And that pretty much brings things up to speed with where Loki is now - though given his nature as a shapeshifter and trickster, his status quo rarely stays in place for long.
Loki Variants in the MCU
Loki season 1 featured a whole host of variant versions of the Asgardian trickster, starting with Tom Hiddleston's leading man, himself a variant of the main MCU Loki. It's easy to forget that Hiddleston's lead Loki is actually a variant, whose history diverges from the core version we saw die in Avengers: Infinity War - but with this main Loki variant arriving in an alt-universe TVA in the show's final scenes, that idea may come back into stark focus in Loki season 2, if not before.
Then there's Sylvie, the MCU's adaptation of Lady Loki, who was somewhat merged with the Marvel Comics character Sylvie Lushton, AKA the Enchantress, shown mostly in her alias of 'Sylvie' and her powerful skills of mesmerism and illusion. Sylvie's fate is left unseen in the finale of Loki season 1, with her last seen in the wake of killing He Who Remains. But Sophia Di Martino's breakout character seems to have a major role yet to play in the MCU - one that could potentially go on to bring in more of Lady Loki and Sylvie Lushton's comic book context as part of the fall of Asgard in the story Siege.
Speaking of which, Siege is the story in which Loki is killed by the villain known as The Void, leading to his rebirth as Kid Loki. Oddly enough, the MCU's version of Kid Loki is identified as the 'king' of the realm known as The Void by his fellow variants, and the wreckage of a fallen Asgard is shown, potentially indicating the MCU Kid Loki's story isn't all that different from the comic book version.
On that note, Kid Loki is a key player in one incarnation of the Young Avengers, whose members such as Stature, Wiccan, Speed, and Patriot have made it into the MCU in their civilian identities, with more Young Avengers including Kate Bishop, America Chavez, and Riri Williams already planned to appear in upcoming shows and films. Could Kid Loki's MCU future lie in a Young Avengers franchise?
Classic Loki (played by Richard E. Grant), who bears a striking resemblance to the Silver Age comic book Loki and whose story seems to be a variant continuation of the main MCU Loki, is the last major MCU Loki variant who could potentially play a big role moving forward. As a master of illusion, there's nothing but possibilities for how he could return, or have even never actually died when he was shown being devoured by Alioth. Considering his story apparently branches off directly from the main Loki, as does Hiddleston's lead variant Loki on the show, Classic Loki could play a part in resolving the concept of multiple Lokis in the MCU.
There are other Lokis to consider, as well. Few fans would not be delighted by the return of the enigmatic Lokigator, perhaps squaring off with Frog Thor who was glimpsed in a Loki Easter egg. And Boastful Loki has tremendous potential as a character created for the MCU, a blank slate for a potential future tale. Then there's Vote Loki, who may have died, and his army (some of whom may have been Lokis themselves), any of whom who could come back, given the nature of the story at hand.
With Loki now directly leading to What If…?, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the idea of MCU variants looks like it is about to be a driving factor in the next phase.
Of course, several of these variants appear in the Newsarama's list of the best Loki stories of all time.
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Who Is Richard E. Grants Variant? Classic Loki Explained
Loki episode 4 reveals four new Loki variants — here is Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki variant and his Marvel comics background, explained.
WARNING: Spoilers for Loki episode 4, "The Nexus Event"
Lokihas introduced the concept of Loki variants, but who is Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki variant? The end of Loki episode 4 introduced several new variants including Classic Loki, who dons Loki's vintage comic costume. While very little has been revealed about Classic Loki in the universe of Loki so far — he's only had one line at this point — Grant's variant has its basis in Marvel comics lore.
In Loki episode 4, Loki and Sylvie have once again been captured by the TVA after their presence on Lamentis-1 created a previously unseen branch from the Sacred Timeline. Upon their return, the pair are separated and interrogated. Mobius begins to grow suspicious of the TVA after he learns that the TVA pruned Agent C for discovering the truth about her past. Mobius’s suspicions result in him also getting pruned, and Loki and Sylvie are dragged in front of the Time-Keepers. Instead of peacefully accepting their punishment, they clear the room of agents and Judge Renslayer to discover that the Time-Keepers are nothing but robots. At that moment, Ravonna Renslayer comes to and prunes Loki.
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In the end credits scene, however, it’s revealed that pruning isn’t exactly as it’s made out to be. Loki wakes from what is supposed to be certain death into another world and sees variants of himself, some of which comic book fans might recognize: Kid Loki, Alligator Loki, Boastful Loki, and Classic Loki. These introductions bring the Loki variant count up to six total, with the potential to discover more. But who is Classic Loki? Here’s a breakdown of the Classic Loki variant and what his appearance means for the MCU.
Classic Loki In Marvel Comics (Origins & Powers)
In the very early Marvel comics, Loki had a slightly different origin story than the one shared in the MCU. In his first comic appearance, Venus No. 6 in , Loki was a member of the Olympian gods who had been banished to the Underworld. Classic Loki planned on traveling to Earth in order to spread hate, tricking Jupiter into allowing him to step foot on Earth when he had previously been forbidden from leaving the Underworld. The Underworld is Loki's domain, where he reigns as King — King of the Underworld, God of Evil, and Lord of Hate — surrounded by an army of demonic minions. Classic Loki had the ability to enter the bodies of humans, cover the city in dark clouds of hate, and astral projection. Loki was reintroduced in his modern form in Journey into Mystery No. 85 as Thor's greatest nemesis,and he can be seen wearing the costume Grant dons in Loki episode 4. In the Marvel comics, the reintroduced Loki has a similar origin story to his origin in the MCU; he was born to Queen Farbauti and King Laufey, the leaders of the Giants of Jotunheim. While he no longer has demonic dwarves at his beck and call, he has his traditional powers of astral projection, hypnosis, and more.
How Classic Loki Is Different To Hiddleston’s Loki
There are some stark differences between Classic Loki and Hiddleston's Loki. Hiddleston's Loki is not the God of Evil, nor does he rule over the Underworld; instead, Hiddleston portrays the God of Mischief. In the comics, Loki's bitter anger and antics frequently led him to be exiled from Asgard and punished by Odin in strange ways derived from the original Norse myths, including being trapped inside of a tree until another wept for Loki's fate. Comic Loki has a few powers that haven't presented in Hiddleston's Loki, including the ability to control animals, animating inanimate objects, and reincarnation. Classic Loki is from Earth, the main universe in Marvel comics; Hiddleston's Loki is from Earth, the MCU. Loki's personality differs between the original classic comic book Loki and the MCU Loki, too. Comic Loki is more of a true villain, while MCU Loki lands more in antihero territory. Hiddleston's Loki is more charming — a side effect of being played by Hiddleston — who has a more complicated relationship with Thor instead of the pure hatred he displays in the comics. Hiddleston's Loki is a misunderstood, hurting man with a hidden soft spot for his brother with a desperate need for attention. Classic Loki is a bitter man who wants to spread mayhem and hatred until everyone is as unhappy as he is; starting with the downfall of his brother. Though the comics have made Loki more of an antihero in recent years to bring him in line with the MCU version, the Classic Loki that Richard E. Grant plays is an iteration of Loki that was far more of a villain, at least in the comics.
Richard E. Grant Plays The Classic Variant In Loki
The Classic Loki variant is played by actor Richard E. Grant. Grant is a Liswati-English actor who made his debut in the film Withnail and I in Since then, Grant has played roles in films like Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Gosford Park. Grant is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, either; he’s made appearances in Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Logan. With all of this experience, Grant is a perfect choice to play Classic Loki beyond the fact that he pulls the look off perfectly. Grant's casting in Loki has long been known, and fans have been making new theories weekly about where he might show up, but it wasn't until Loki episode 4 that his role was finally revealed as Classic Loki. Grant's Classic Loki looks like a no-nonsense kind of guy; his long face and scowl say he likely isn't going to be amused by Hiddleston's mischievous antics.
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What Classic Loki Means For The MCU
Every new variant opens doors for the MCU to explore Loki's character. Loki episode 4 isn't the first nod the MCU has given to classic comic book costumes, either; both Wanda and Vision donned their classic costumes for Halloween in WandaVision. But what does Classic Loki's appearance mean for the MCU? One common theory is that the character King Loki will be tied into Grant's Classic Loki. King Loki was first introduced in Loki: Agent of Asgardas an enemy of Loki. King Loki is an entity from the future, a Loki who has turned back to evil. King Loki has returned from the future to kill Thor while he cannot wield Mjolnir and he is at his weakest. If King Loki is rolled into Grant's variant, it would provide an intriguing avenue for Loki to grapple with his inner demons, a repeating theme in Loki. Classic Loki also provides another connection between the separate universes of Earth and Earth besides small references to Earth in Avengers: Endgameand Spider-Man: Far From Home. The MCU has been slowly building towards the idea of the MCU multiverse, but this connection would allow Marvel to explore the idea of multiverses further leading up to the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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Loki releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
Key Release Dates
- Black Widow ()Release date: Jul 09,
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ()Release date: Sep 03,
- Eternals ()Release date: Nov 05,
- Spider-Man: No Way Home ()Release date: Dec 17,
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ()Release date: Mar 25,
- Thor: Love and Thunder ()Release date: May 06,
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 ()Release date: Jul 08,
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 ()Release date: Nov 11,
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ()Release date: Feb 17,
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ()Release date: May 05,
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10 Things Only Comic Book Fans Know About Thor & Lokis Rivalry
Thor and Loki have been bitter enemies since childhood, and their rivalry has literally reshaped worlds. Though the two brothers seem to have come to a kind of peace in the MCU, their age-old rivalry in the comics continues, even after some of their worst battles have left one or the other dead, at least for a while.
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Though the two Asgardians have found common ground on occasion, they are more often at each other's throats. Their feud spans not just Earth, but across the multiverse into other timelines and realities. Some of their comic book rivalry could yet end up in the MCU, thanks to the introduction of the multiverse in the franchise.
10 Imprisoned In A Tree
One aspect of the rivalry fans haven't seen in the MCU, at least so far, is its very beginnings in the comics. When fans first met Loki in Journey Into Mystery #85, he's imprisoned in a tree in Asgard. This punishment came about because of Loki's sustained efforts to either get rid of Thor and even kill him.
What had started off as pranks became cruel and evil, and Odin trapped Loki in the tree. Loki caused a leaf to fall from hit Heimdall in the eye. His tears freed Loki and he then began his villainous campaign against Thor, who was now living on Earth.
9 Scheming With Dormammu
Fans likely know that Loki is responsible for the formation of the first and one of the best Avengers rosters, including Thor. They may not know that Loki struck back at the team while in league with Dormammu, the leader of the Dark Dimension.
The two powerful villains took on the Avengers and the Defenders together in Avengers # and The Defenders # During the crossover, Loki tries to turn Thor into his civilian alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake, to rob him of his power. This failed and Loki was captured by Thor.
8 Loki Turned Thor Into A Frog
Comic fans know Disney+'s Loki contained lots of Easter eggs and one of the best was Throg, a frog version of Thor. This amphibian version of the character is the product of one of the funniest moments in the rivalry.
In Thor #, Loki uses his powerful magic to turn Thor into a frog, but like most of Loki's tricks, it doesn't work out the way he thought it would. Thor ends up maintaining his worthiness to lift the mystical hammer Mjolnir and leads a group of frogs into battle against the rats that are threatening their habitat.
7 The Absorbing Man Attacks
Loki's attacks on Thor are sometimes direct and sometimes not. He would often send other villains to do his work for him, as was the case with Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man. Loki transformed Creel into the Absorbing Man specifically to set a powerful opponent against his Asgardian brother.
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Creel and Thor first squared off in Journey Into Mystery #, but Creel failed to steal Mjolnir away from Thor as Loki intended. Loki would continue to unleash other villains against Thor, including a Lava Man and Sandu.
6 The Surtur Saga
Loki and Thor's interests sometimes align, as they did during The Surtur Saga in the mids. Though he never abandoned his deep hatred of Thor, Loki put aside his differences when Surtur attacked Asgard during the legendary run by writer and artist Walt Simonson.
Loki's ambition was always the throne, and in order to realize it, he needed a throne to exist. The two were able to fend off Surtur along with their father, Odin, but it wasn't long before Thor and Loki were back at each other's throats.
5 The Acts Of Vengeance Arc
One of Loki's biggest gambits was during the Acts Of Vengeance storyline in the early 90s. He creates a spell to weaken Thor and then sends one of the most powerful villains in Marvel Comics, the Juggernaut, to fight him.
This was part of a broader plan that involved nearly all of Marvel's major supervillains, including Doctor Doom, Magneto, and Kingpin. In Thor #, Thor actually kills Loki for his actions. Loki would eventually return thanks to time travel, but Thor would be banished for Asgard for killing his brother.
4 Their Siege Storyline
As in the MCU, Loki's deaths are never really permanent. They are often affecting, as was the case during the Siege storyline. Loki dies at the end of the crossover, sacrificing his life to save Asgard from an invasion by the Dark Avengers, but it's actually his actions that led to the crisis.
Loki and Thor's rivalry experiences some of its biggest moments in this story as the two fight each other for Asgard, and then side by side against the forces of Norman Osborn, and finally, Thor kills Sentry to avenge the murder of Loki.
3 The King Loki Conflict
Thor and Loki's rivalry extends throughout time and space. With King Loki in the alternate reality of Earth, he achieves perhaps his greatest victory against Thor. In the future, Loki becomes King Loki when he savagely injured Thor and took over Asgard. He then destroyed Earth, killing all of humanity.
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This shocking act wasn't the end. Loki resurrected the Avengers into zombies and set them against Thor. Thor would defeat King Loki, but he fled into the past, where he remains one of a number of variants of the characters in Marvel Comics.
2 The Heroes Reborn Crossover
The original Heroes Reborn comic book crossover features a major example of how far Loki and Thor's rivalry will go. After Thor and the other Avengers are booted to another universe by Franklin Richards, Loki emerges as a creation of Franklin in that pocket universe, but with all of Earth Loki's memories.
Furious that he can't access Asgard or realize his ambitions, he begins an evil campaign to get back at his brother, which included absorbing the energy of a number of villains like Kang The Conqueror to try and destroy Thor and the Avengers.
1 Marvel Zombies Attack
Fans of the new What If..? animated series know that zombie Avengers are a scary thing. Loki knows first hand. In Marvel Zombies Return #5, the rivalry between Thor and Loki takes on perhaps its most frightening aspect when the zombie Avengers eat Loki.
Despite his magical abilities and considerable intellect, the God of Mischief wasn't able to escape his undead brother or his teammates. He was one of the countless people killed in the gory rampage throughout the various Marvel Zombies titles over the years.
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DARBY HARN is the author of the novels Ever The Hero, The Judgment Of Valene, and A Country Of Eternal Light. His short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Shimmer, and other venues.
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The 7 best Loki comics of all time
Loki may have been charming and cheating superhero movie fans from Thor all the way to his very own Loki TV series on Disney Plus, but he’s been causing comic book chaos for far longer.
Like many of Marvel’s most famous characters, Loki sprung from the brains of Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and — in this case — Lee’s brother, Larry Lieber. Of course, the villain turned anti-hero turned supervillain turned (anti-)hero is not an original creation. Just like his half-brother Thor, Kirby and co. plucked him from the icy fjords of Norse mythology, where he had long been the trickster god that we know and love.
But this Loki was the adopted brother of Thor and son of Odin, a significant change that has become a key part of what makes Loki such a timeless comics character, and so much fun to both read and watch. Who doesn’t occasionally want to root for the non-blonde bombshell, to cheer for the least favorite son?
Loki’s arrival also set up a long running streak of emotionally driven humanity revolving around the two godlike brothers and their place in the Marvel Universe — but he wouldn’t be much of a trickster god if his stories were all about high emotions. He’s been trapped in an anthill by Ant-Man and turned his long-suffering brother into a frog. And those are some of his best stories, too.
Avengers #1 ()
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Dick Ayers, Stan Goldberg, and Sam Rosen
You can’t have the Avengers without Loki. Literally. In the first issue of the flagship Marvel team series, the Avengers assemble to fight none other than the horned terror himself. Kind of.
This wonderfully out there issue sees Loki frame the Hulk for a train crash, and the heroes of the world assemble against the beast sometimes known as Bruce Banner. Eventually his plan is revealed and the heroes turn on their true foe, but not before we see Hulk as an elephant-juggling clown and multiple Lokis beating up Thor.
This issue is Kirby at his greatest. Beautiful, often blunt linework depicting the majestic Rainbow Bridge of Asgard. The powerful profile of Loki in one of the strongest opening pages of the Silver Age. Kirby also has fun with strange manifestations of Loki’s abilities, like a delightful recurring motif of his disembodied eyes spying on the heroes.
It might be decades old, but this issue establishes the duality of Loki that is so key to his modern adaptations: He is powerful enough to be a threat, and clever enough to be fun.
Frog Thor: Thor ## ()
Walter Simonson, Christie Scheele, Paul Becton, and John Workman
Not every great Loki story leans into his innate weirdness, but this one certainly does — and is all the better for it. This completely wild three issue arc from legendary Thor creator Walt Simonson is a great example of his brilliance.
It begins as so many Loki stories do: with a prank-filled plan to best his brother. Loki simply turns Thor into a frog, and heads off to taking over Asgard. But as with most of Loki’s plans, it goes awry, leaving Frog Thor living in a lovely yet dangerous animal-scale world and introducing an imposter in place of the true heir to Asgard.
Loki is more an antagonist than a secondary character in this tale, but Frog Thor is a great microcosm of his conflict with his brother. At his heart, Loki is more interested in annoying Thor than getting the throne, so when his plan becomes a true threat to Asgard, he begins to rethink. Aside from the engrossing and utterly unique story, Simonson is at his best here, as he mixes Kirby-esque Asgardian intrigue with a Redwall-style nature tale that comes together in a stunningly silly finale.
Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers ()
Rob Rodi, Esad Ribic, Cory Petit, and Randy Gentile
Esad Ribic’s breathtaking style is a perfect fit for this classical story of Loki and Thor, told from the perspective of the God of Mischief. Alongside writer Rob Rodi, Ribic creates an epic world stuffed with lore and myth and dense with emotion and gravitas all in a four-issue miniseries. With Loki taking the Throne of Asgard by force, Blood Brothers offers up an intense exploration of his connection with Thor and the Asgardian royal family.
While Loki tries to control his newly gained realm, he must reckon both with Hela and his own love for his brother when she demands Thor’s soul. Like most of the best Loki stories, this is one that’s very concerned with the relationship between the heirs of Asgard. If you’ve always longed to see the myth through the eyes of another, this is a great starting point to understand Loki and his relationship with the gods who raised him.
Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself ()
Kieron Gillen, Doug Braithwaite, Ulises Arreola, and Clayton Cowles
I’m not here to definitively say that Kid Loki is the best Loki but you know, maybe he is. Kieron Gillen and co. make a great argument for the younger iteration as Thor returns his newly reincarnated younger brother to Asgard and the pair must find a new path in the wake of the original Loki’s heinous acts. This epic tale begins when Thor follows his love for the brother he misses so dearly to a new version of him. The fact that this new version is a sulky teen with a Stark phone just happens to make this story even better.
Without spoiling too many of its secrets, this is a tale that throws Loki into the unenviable position of savior, giving the reader plenty to chew on in regards to whether or not we can trust our young protagonist. Gillen understands the dynamic duality of Loki that makes the character so engaging, while Braithwaite, Arreola, and Cowles craft a visual landscape that always feels like you’re delving into a forgotten Norse fable.
The awesome events of this series also set up our next pick — a timely read for anyone invested in the current MCU.
Young Avengers: Style > Substance ()
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
Loki’s biggest hit wasn’t putting together the Avengers — it was putting together the Young Avengers. Young Avengers stands as one of the most fun Marvel Comics of the last decade, and much of that is down to Kid Loki and his definitely-not-maniacal plans.
McKelvie showcases an eye for superhero storytelling that has made him a star at Marvel, flexing a talent for layouts that would see full fruition in The Wicked + The Divine. Gillen gives Loki a magnificent voice that makes him equally frustrating and entertaining.
There’s so much to love about this story and so many characters to lose yourself in, but at its center is the mystery of Loki. Can he be trusted? Do we even want him to be? Isn’t the joy of the character just how little we know what to expect from him? The infinitely re-readable Young Avengers is a high point in Loki’s comic book career.
Loki: Agent of Asgard ()
Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Nolan Woodard, and Clayton Cowles
The genius of Loki: Agent of Asgard is that it places Young Loki into a caper of the week setup, making for a super fun series.
With his older self thought to be dead (and trapped that way, because in the Marvel Universe you really have to make sure), Young Loki is off doing his thing. That is, until he’s called upon by the All-Mother to take on a new role as an Agent of Asgard. There’s even something in it for him: For each mystery Loki solves or problem he fixes, Asgard will erase one of his previous sins.
Garbett and Woodward bring a fun and lightness to the art that perfectly matches the awesome tone of Ewing’s storytelling. If the heaviness of Norse law and Frank Frazetta-inspired art puts you off diving into the world of Loki, then Agent of Asgard is a great middle ground. It feels contemporary, but never strays from the magic and mythos that makes the character so timeless. Plus, we get naked Loki in the shower singing “The Wizard and I” from Wicked in the first issue. What more could you want?
Vote Loki ()
Christopher Hastings, Langdon Foss, Paul McCaffrey, Chris Chuckry, and Rachelle Rosenberg
If you like a little political satire with your superheroes, then this miniseries is the perfect fit. Taking on the danger of demagogues through the lens of Loki, we join the Son of Laufey as he embarks on a quest to become the President of the United States. Langdon Foss brings his delightfully unique aesthetic to the tale, which, along with Hastings’ more grounded story makes it feel far more like an Image book than something that would usually be published by Marvel.
While the message of Vote Loki might seem simple at first, this is an interesting and layered character study that never relies on easy answers or an on-the-nose analogy. This series will also clearly be an influence on the upcoming Loki show, as we saw him seemingly running for President in the first trailer. So if you want to get an idea of what his motivations and machinations might be when he heads to Disney+, it’s a great time to pick this one up.