Inspired by that one popular Deadpool post from forever ago! (I may be cheating because I’m technically including multiple incarnations, but they all “count” as him in some way- no alternate universes or timelines- so shaddup. The distinctions between them obviously matter, but not for the purposes of this list.)
He was in the Marvel universe 13 years before Thor was
He has “put a terrible slash on the internet” (Yes, that kind)
He likes Daft Punk
He likes Wicked
He got to use Mjolnir once. Against Thor. For the good side.
He identifies as both male and female, is clear about it, and other characters acknowledge it
He’s the patron god of certain sex acts
He basically killed himself twice to escape his evil baggage from the past (and then his mind to escape future evil baggage)
He wore the Guy Fawkes mask once
He’s also worn the X-Men uniform
He goes by the “God(dess) of Stories” now
He wasn’t evil enough to be elected president
Really, to sabotage his own campaign, he just called people lighting cars on fire over him idiots, clarified that he wasn’t “evil” anymore, and said he planned to basically play by the rules if elected
While “trying” to become president (he actually wasn’t), he made sure to face off against a woman whose life he’d ruined in the past so that she’d look like a hero when everyone realized she was right about him, which did great things for her career
When he was forced to erase his memories and “change,” he only made sure to remember that he loved Thor and his one friend, Verity, who believed in him
He used to secretly hire Deadpool and Gambit to run cons for him, then would trick them into thinking they’d betrayed each other to get himself off the hook
He named his hellhound puppy after Thor when he died
He’s totally a selfie person
He hates the word “smooch”
When he was trapped on earth with false memories (due to his own spell), he was a friendless, nerdy child. When others explained to him what was going on, he quickly regained his memories, led them through a convoluted set of steps create a second spell to free everyone else from their own fake memories, and then…. turned out to have not regained his memories at all. He thought they were role-playing with him. The new “spell” failed at a critical moment.
He was the protagonist, antagonist, and “innocent victim that died at the beginning to kick the story off” of one series, all at the same time.
He was once locked in a tree by Odin. The only way to escape was if someone cried because of his situation (the joke being that no one ever would, since everyone hated him). After a long time, he finally built up enough willpower to fling a leaf into someone’s eye, /technically/ drawing a tear that existed because of his situation.
Sleipnir, Loki’s 8-legged horse child from the original mythology, technically does exist somewhere in the universe. Other canon children include the Fenris Wolf and the Midgard Serpent. He’s even rumored to be the father of Hela, Queen of the Dead, but neither of them have any idea if that’s true or not, especially since she has existed longer than he has
He actually time-traveled and tricked Odin into adopting him
He once dramatically took the form of a unicorn
“Loki’s the bad guy! Sauron multiplied by that antiDumbledore guy cubed! His alignment is totally chaotic evil! He sends misogynist abuse for the lulz!” - His playful description of his more evil past self
Top 5 Loki angst/feels moments from both the MCU and the comics?
ffffff. okay I guess I’ll break this down into two separate categories because I’m pretty sure I can come up with five from each, easy.
1. from Journey Into Mystery: Loki’s I TRIED moment in Everything Burns.
The shit has hit the fan for Loki on a number of fronts at this point - basically somehow everything he’s tried to do has gone somehow awry, despite the best of intentions.
Fortunately, the panel after this one sees one of the great Thor and Loki hugs of this run. Unfortunately, things only get worse from here.
2. from Journey Into Mystery: the entirety of #645 but especially kid!Loki’s last three conversations. These are, in order:
A question to the Disir looking for a last ditch solution to the need to dissolve himself to save the world, because Loki would take having his soul devoured rather than having himself supplanted by his old, eviler self.
Sending Leah, his best friend, away, presumably to protect her from said old, eviler self.
Asking Thor to kill him if he ever goes bad.
Right at the end, facing the annihilation of his entire self, Loki spends his last three conversations on trying to protect others. Because however unorthodox, whatever his methods, in the end kid!Loki was what he tried to be: a hero.
3. from The Mighty Thor:
I metaed about this here, but the basic context of this moment is that Loki steals something called the World Seed from Asgard and hides it to keep Galactus away from Asgard, and when it comes out that Loki was the one behind the theft Thor attacks him, accusing him of betraying Asgard and threatening to break Loki’s neck. Thor does later apologize, but the moment itself is still heartbreaking, and exemplifies everything about the tragedy that is kid!Loki’s life on Asgard. Even when he tries to do good, it comes back on him - here, from his one and only protector, and the person he most wants to please. And, in this case, save.
4. from Agent of Asgard: Loki finding out he’s been played by the All-Mothers and they intend him to end up as his evil self after all.
It’s just such a painful moment of betrayal, and underlines one of the major themes of this series about the expectations of others, the weight of story, and the pressure to stay the same - especially as it exerts itself on Loki.
5. from Agent of Asgard: ”It’s all right.”
This isn’t angst, but it is feelsy.
I’ve talked about it before, I’ll probably talk about it again, but just…guh. The theme, about forgiveness of the self, is one that’s really personally powerful to me, and the execution of it is beautiful. The way it culminates the whole story about being able to choose what you are, and the way it brings Loki around from his earlier rejection of his older self to the ability to understand, to empathize, and to accept, even while saying definitively: “this isn’t what I am.”
But it’s a part of him, and Loki recognizes that and takes it in, but turns his back on the potentially crippling weight of guilt, instead choosing to move forward.
I will probably never read another series that speaks to me quite as much, or in the same way, as Agent of Asgard did.
1. The scene in the vault. I mean, this one is obvious. Everything about it from start to finish is painful - seeing Loki absolutely break and fall apart, the failure of communication between him and Odin, his panic and fear and horror. It’s Loki’s breaking point and part of the strength of Thor is that you see it happen, and it happens so fast.
2. The scene after Frigga’s death. I loved this scene - Thor coming down to get help from Loki, the initial attempt to fend him off with an illusion of certainty and confidence and sharp edges - and then how quickly it melts away to reveal the devastation underneath. Not only does it hurt because of how much it says about Loki’s grief, but also because of the way it’s a microcosm of the way Loki operates as a whole: the shell of confidence and mockery, and the wreck within.
I also love that Loki isn’t very visibly emotional other than the leftover wreckage in his cell - he’s burned out, just tired. There’s nothing left.
3. The opening scene in The Dark World. I come back to this scene all the time because it’s so dense in what it says about Loki and especially his relationship to Odin. The way his carelessness and insouciance melts away the second it becomes clear that Odin doesn’t intend to kill him indicates a lot, to me, about the reasons behind Loki’s behavior in the first half of the scene: he’s expecting it to be a chance to spit in Odin’s face one more time. But instead Odin does the one thing that really, really hurts: buries Loki, dismisses him to be forgotten. And you can see it dawn on Loki that this is it - he’s going to spend the rest of his life alone.
And god, “your birthright was to die” still makes me want to scream.
4. Loki’s death in The Dark World. I don’t care what Marvel says, this scene was Real and you can’t tell me otherwise. Loki believed he’d die, and whatever happened afterward was a surprise to him. Everything about this, from the moment you can see Loki turn toward Thor being beaten by Kurse to “I didn’t do it for him” makes me want to sob. And I did. Do.
e v e r y t h i n g. Loki using his moment of closeness even as he’s mortally wounded to kill Kurse. “See you in hell, monster.” The babbled apologies, the fact that it’s the first time Loki’s been held, or even touched in gentleness, since he embraced Frigga at the end of Thor. Thor crying because he just lost his mother and now he’s losing his brother too. And what I’ve talked about before, too, about Loki recognizing that this is the best possible ending for him: he’s never going to be a hero, but at least he can die like one.
Regardless of what comes after, it’s a damn painful scene. I love it.
5. Loki and Thor on top of Stark Tower in The Avengers. The entire thing is so painful, but my favorite part is when Thor finally gets the chance to address Loki, telling him to stop, trying to get him to see sense, and Loki’s “It’s too late. It’s too late to stop it.”
It says so much about Loki’s fatalism, his belief that he can’t turn back, that his bridges are burned and that the outcome of everything going forward is inevitable. It’s not just that there’s no resisting Thanos, but that there’s no resisting the inevitable course of his own existence and what he’s meant to be.
And yet he comes so close, for a moment, to turning around. Teetering on the edge.
Only to turn his back on that in the (literally) sharpest way he can - by stabbing Thor and throwing himself off the building. (Onto a flying alien motorcycle, but still.)
Top 5 favorite Loki moments/quotes from the comics
All of these but one ended up being from Journey Into Mystery or Agent of Asgard, haha. I mean, probably predictable, as far as I’m concerned those are the best series for Loki that have happened possibly ever, but.
1. All of Journey Into Mystery #645, which remains one of the single most heartbreaking comics I have read ever, but especially:
2. From Agent of Asgard #17 (it’s my header):
3. The “for myself!” moment in the Surtur Saga (Thor #353).
4. The moment in Agent of Asgard #13 when Loki chooses, not his past self or his child self - not evil or oblivion - but something else.
5. The end of Agent of Asgard #17. All of it, down to the last panel with Loki drawing the door in blank space that says “next”, but especially:
It’s such a powerful mission statement for the series as a whole, and a concluding note to end on - especially how it echoes Loki’s words in Siege: Loki (which was really the issue that opened up his modern era as a character): “this isn’t mischief, this is mayhem.” This isn’t that Loki. He’s changed, evolved, and this set of panels underlines that.
“The void took me. I died forever. but I died as myself, not as worthless copy, I won an ending. I am done. I am gone. I win.”
the story of kid loki is so tragic because the kid was stuck between who he wanted to be and what he would become. he had no choice, from the beginning he had no choice, and he fought so hard and he won his ending but not the ending he wanted to have nor the ending he deserved. but dying as himself was the best he could get.
“Honestly, it was really tragic. Everybody was crying. Actually no one was because no one knows and no one will ever know.”
remember when Kid Loki cried because he saved everyone and he was told he could save thor. remember when thor threw him down and remember how broken and destroyed and sad kid loki looked because thor was just like the rest. nobody believed in loki, nobody, because kid loki is still loki right? you can never trust loki. nobody loved loki, nobody mourned him. kid loki died unloved and nobody knows.
“I’m dead, remember?”
Kid Loki died. forever. he was the best version of loki. the most innocent of all and it makes his death sadder. i have so much kid loki feels. i miss him. i loved him.
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #646-650 “Stronger Then Monster”
An all-new journey begins with Sif: The Berzerker! When the latest crop of beasties beset Asgard, Sif leads the battle charge-but that no-holds-barred zeal for glory may be the very thing that brings the realm down around her winged helm! Newly minted with an ancient version of the Berzerker spell, Sif returns to an unsuspecting Midgard…and with no patience for relative peace, she starts putting out fires with gasoline..! There’s no lady like SIF! Spoiling for a fight since the day she was born, Sif makes her OWN action!Exiled to a forgotten island, things heat up when our heroine falls in with a group of brutal Asgardian savages! Guest starring the Superior Spider-Man + a collection of superstars from the MU firmament. Sif battles to contain one of her Berserker pals’ murderous rampage..!Can she come to terms with her new abilities and serve Asgard…?