I hope you don't mind me asking, do you have any Gen!Thor fic to recommend to people who are new to the fandom too? Thanks :)
Hi! OHO, I DO NOT MIND AT ALL. ♥ As much as I love shippy stuff (BOY DO I), I am a great consumer of genfic as well–sometimes I even prefer it, because sometimes I just want to take the kissing parts out to focus solely on the other stuff. And anyone can always come talk to me about the characters on a gen level and I will always have recs to shove at people. :D
ELEVEN OF THE “HERE’S WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST STARTING WITH” SORT GO:
→ No Such Liberty by Xparrot, thor & loki + other asgardians + avengers + thanos, action fic, redemption fic, 147k
Thor takes Loki back to Asgard in chains, but this does not mean that the god of mischief’s schemes are ended, or that Thor has or ever will give up on his brother. But when Thanos threatens the realm to claim his lost prizes, on which side will Loki fall?
I will love this fic as my #1 in all of the fandom until the end of my days, because it is absolutely everything I wanted. Plot, worldbuilding, and characterization. Set post-Avengers, it’s half a story about Thor&Loki repairing their relationship (and the long road it takes to get them there) and half about Thor continuing his journey of growing up, growing into the great man he’s to become. It also has plot and action and made me cry a bunch of times from feelings! (Majority Rule is also GREAT.)
→ Bargaining by proantagonist, thor & loki & odin & frigga & asgard & avengers, time loop, 110k
Faced with an eternity without his brother, Loki strikes a bargain to change the past. Post TDW.
I cried like three times reading this fic, it’s so beautifully written and so good on the feelings, Loki working to understand himself and come around on accepting that it’s okay to love his family and to accept their love in return, all wrapped up in an epic, sweeping plot and worldbuilding. Between this and No Such Liberty, I was absolutely spoiled for gorgeous fic in the fandom.
→ Postbellum by Shiny_n_new, thor/loki (pre-slash?) + odin & frigga + other thor characters, 22k
While Loki is imprisoned for his attempt at taking over Earth, he discovers Thor is sneaking off to Jotunheim.
The author marks their work as Thor/Loki, but honestly they read like gen to me and they’re really good (both this one and The Weight of Family) do a gorgeous job of characterizing both Thor and Loki, as well as writing good worldbuilding and engaging plot. They’re just really solid in that way
→ You Shouldn’t Have by TheOtherOdinson, thor & tony + thor & steve + thor & clint + thor & natasha + thor & bruce, humor, 2.1k
Thor takes gift-giving very seriously. (aka, Thor trolls the shit out the Avengers with tacky gifts)
Everything TheOtherOdinson writes is one I would love to put on my favorites list–I’m only choosing this one as a place to start with because it’s my very favorite, where Thor trolls the other Avengers with super tacky Asgardian gifs and IT’S SO COMPLETELY TRUE TO CHARACTER. They write fantastic characterization for everyone they touch, so just go through all their Marvel fics and you won’t be disappointed! Personal faves: The Lullaby Singer (Odin is the one to go after Loki during The Avengers, HOLY CRAP SO GOOD), Life of the Party, SUCH GOOD THOR CHARACTERIZATION), and Five Times the Villain’s Weapon Didn’t Work On Thor and the One Time It Did, MORE SUPER FUN STUFF.)
→ “Growing Pains” by AloryShannon, thor & loki + other asgardians, action scenes, mythology elements, 49.2k
Written for a prompt on the Thor Kinkmeme on LJ: “Odin, in this universe, has the foresight to realize that keeping Loki’s origins from him could end up alienating his son. On his tenth birthday, he tells Loki of his Frost Giant heritage, and while it upsets the boy initially, because he is young, he is able to bounce back once reassured of his parents’ general support. Still, Odin urges the young Loki to not tell Thor until he feels that his brother has truly matured to the point where it won’t affect his overall view of Loki. Meanwhile, some odd years later, Loki is going through weird frost giant puberty and Thor is entirely convinced that his brother is ill or mental or some thing or other. Hi-jinx ensue.”
This one is a little rough around the edges (epithets and comes a little close to arrogant!dumb!Thor at times) but those are minor nitpicks in the face of a fic that felt like it was practically twice the length of what it actually was because it crammed so much stuff in there! Plus, I’m a sucker for action scenes. :D
→ let slip the dog of war by dance_at_bougival, thor & loki & asgard, 9.7k
The old ways are done. - the brothers renegotiate.
All of this author’s Marvel fics are really good and worth reading! They’re often mistagged, so what looks like pairing fics are actually entirely gen relationships, so don’t let that put you off! The author gives a lot of sharpness and weight to their characters and interactions and everything is just really solid and good here.
→ Road to Nowhere by Lise, thor & loki + frigga + other thor characters, thor 2 spoilers, action fic, quest fic, 27.2k
When Loki turns up demanding Thor’s help on a quest to retrieve the All-Mother from Valhalla, Thor isn’t about to say no. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten anything, and what better time than a road trip through the backwaters of the universe for trying to talk things out?
Lise aksi writes a lot of Loki whump if you’re into that kind of thing, though, this one is more of a “sullen worldbuilding-laden road trip that has feeeeelings” and I really enjoyed it and it’s a trip to go get Frigga back and I LOVE QUESTS TO REVIVE CHARACTERS. :D :D :D (I also really like Exsanguination a lot!)
→ Cultural Differences + The Road to Redemption is Pitted with Potholes by Sheyrena Wyrsabane, thor & loki & avengers, 80k
Thor brings Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard and returns to Earth only after promising to return for Loki’s trial when the time comes. In the meantime he tries to navigate Earth’s foreign customs and not kill his teammates who insist on treating him like a small child rather than the god and prince that he is.
I haven’t reread these in awhile, so I’m not sure how they hold up (and I remember Steve’s characterization being off) but they’re older ones (from around the time of The Avengers) and what they do get into is how Thor was often treated as an idiot when he really wasn’t. Add in a plot with Loki’s redemption that was one of the early ones I read that I loved, and you have a collection that I really enjoyed a lot.
→ Everything’s Better With Bunnies by khilari, Persephone_Kore, thor & loki & odin & frigga, crack treated seriously, 12.7k
When frightened or stressed, Loki transforms into a bunny and sometimes he needs to be cuddled to calm down enough to turn back. Unfortunately, the events of the movie are extremely stressful. Five times he transformed into a rabbit and needed cuddling and one time he didn’t and got cuddled anyway.
It’s a cracky premise, I know! But it’s really a great fic that has some great character moments and allows for some new understanding to happen, when Loki can’t hide how stressed out he is and so there’s a more visible sign for his family to pick up on. But also BUNNY LOKI IT’S SO MUCH FUN. (I also liked Overlapping Space, which is mostly Loki & Jane gen interaction, but a lot of Loki’s family really loving him.)
→ Godchild by griseldajane, thor & loki, de-aged!thor, some child in peril, 39.5k
When Loki finds a de-aged Thor wandering alone on the battlefield, Loki takes the five year old child in and resolves to figure out how Thor was transformed and why…
SUCH A WONDERFUL FIC. Thor is de-aged and so Loki takes care of him, which allows for some breathing room in their relationship and Loki to find it a little easier to accept the affection from his family again. A blend of SUPER CUTE with OH NO FEELINGS that’s really a great read.
→ Freefall + Landing by galaxysoup, thor & loki + other mcu characters, depression/suicide ideation, 28k
Loki falls. Thor catches him. This does not solve as many problems as Thor thought it would.
I haven’t reread these in ages, but I remember eagerly snatching them up and enjoying them a ton!
- If you want more Loki-centric fic (I tried to stick to fics that had an equal balance of Thor and Loki in this set), Mikkeneko’s The Great Subconscious Club is a stellar crossover with the X-Men, where Thanos’ manipulations on Loki are painstakingly worked through. (Also I loved The Sweetest Ride a lot.)
- If you don’t mind comics-based fic, Road Trip into Mystery by Mythtaken Identity is one of my absolute favorites. Thor and kid Loki go on a road trip to see kitschy American stuff, now that Asgardia is based in the US and there’s mythology and comics plots and tons of brotherly bonding and it’s SO GOOD. (I also love their MCU-based stuff No More Than a Goat and The White Boar and God in the Machine are favorites.
- Ask Me No Questions by Alex51324 is a very fun Loki Redemption story (his main relationships are with Thor, Tony, and Bruce) where he’s punished with a truth spell and sent to Earth to learn to get along with friends and maybe it’ll work and maybe it won’t.
- Beneath by ninepen is a massive Loki & Jane fic, where he’s sent down to Earth and has to try to figure out a way back, which means using Jane Foster to help build a new Bifrost of sorts. It’s very focused on these two, though, I’m not sure if it’s meant to be friendship or ultimately romance, as I never got far enough to find out. But it’s very well-written if you’re into these characters! But warning: It’s 1.3 million words long, so clear your schedule or be prepared to be reading for weeks!