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->''"No. Mischief is a small thing, a toy I've well used and discarded. This isn't mischief. This is '''mayhem'''. Just watch."''
-->-- '''Loki''', ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}: Loki Vol. 1'' #1

Loki is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Creator/MarvelComics. He is the adoptive brother and ArchEnemy of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. He is based on the being of the same name from Myth/NorseMythology. The character first appeared in ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' #85 (October, 1962). The character was created by writer Creator/StanLee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Creator/JackKirby.

Loki was born of Laufey, King of the Frost Giants. Laufey was [[AbusiveParents a brute of a father]], ashamed of his son's comparatively non-giant size, but as luck– [[TimeyWimeyBall 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– [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy 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 power 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 ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, he made new mortal enemies when ComicBook/TheAvengers 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 the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok]].

Loki was shaken, as [[EvenEvilHasStandards he did not seek something so terrible as the destruction of Asgard]], but Thor's actions freed them from the tyranny of [[AbusivePrecursors 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 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 ComicBook/YoungAvengers, he discovered that his heart just wasn't in it anymore.

Loki became more appreciative of his brother Thor, who still 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. And he now works for the good of Asgard, too, in the All-Mother's secret service.

Read in his own voice [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} here]].

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[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery''
* ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}''
* ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers Vol. 2''
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard''
* ''ComicBook/VoteLoki''

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* ''Anime/MarvelDiskWarsTheAvengers''

[[AC:{{Film}} – Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThorTalesOfAsgard''

[[AC:{{Film}} – Live-Action]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** ''Film/{{Thor}}''
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok''

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/SuperHeroSquadOnline''
* ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame LEGO Marvel Super Heroes]]''

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''

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!! Tropes associated with Loki:
* AbusiveParents:
** 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 know their reunion was anything but happy - he literally tried to ''eat him''!
* AbortedArc: Franchise/SpiderMan once aided him in subduing his wayward daughter, leaving Loki with [[http://arousinggrammardotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/spiderloki12.jpg a debt to pay.]] Due to the Siege, and other [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay events]], it's doubtful he'll ever have the chance.
* AffablyEvil: Depending on his mood, but just because he's [[ManipulativeBastard a ruthless manipulator]] doesn't mean he can't be ''civil'' about it.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: His apparent death in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' had everyone, including Thor, shaken by it. Except he survived.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Because of Frost Giant heritage, in Asgard Loki was always overlooked for his adoptive brother, Thor. This, coupled with AbusiveParents above, seems to have played a role in his nature.
* AmbitionIsEvil: One of his main ambitions is to take the throne of Asgard, and he'll stop to nothing to take it.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Norn Stones are his most prominent, though he has a collection of these.
* AmnesiacDissonance: The point of the ''New Journey into Mystery'' 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 [[BigBrotherWorship adores him]]. [[spoiler: Eventually he came to remember him, but his feelings towards him have been quite warmed all the same.]]
* AntiAntichrist: 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.)
* ArchEnemy: He's Thor's greatest and most personal enemy.
* ArrowCatch: In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', he briefly managed this with Hawkeye's arrow. Right up until it ''literally'' blew up in his face, anyway.
* AstralProjection: One of his numerous skills is to project his spirit.
* BaconAddiction: After turning young again, Loki learned to appreciate Midgardian cuisine, considering it vastly more exciting than the Asgardian one. So many different breakfast meats... especially bacon, which he apparently considers really ''is'' magic.
* TheBadGuyWins: 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 [[http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/scans13/T191_Mouth.jpg removing his mouth]]. Of course, such conquests rarely last more than a few issues.
* BadassBookworm: 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 ComicBook/TheMightyThor without being ''good'' at it.
* BalefulPolymorph: 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''.
* BatmanGambit: He has been playing Thor, the Avengers and all of Asgard like a fiddle with a high sucess rate since time immemorial.
* BecomingTheMask: 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 [[SplitPersonalityMerge in-between]]? For what it's worth Loki himself is hoping for a solution that makes him [[ScrewDestiny less predictable]]. But the [[Creator/MarvelComics house]] almost [[StatusQuoIsGod always wins]]. [[spoiler:And it won. But too late for Loki's tastes, which prompted him, well, the King!Loki him, to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight (or was it the other way around?). What happened? Let's just say Loki must really hate {{butterfl|yOfDoom}}ies.]]
* BeingEvilSucks: He has been plagued by a guilty conscience, taking the form of [[spoiler: the so-called "Kid Loki", whose soul he destroyed when he took over his body as part of his ploy to make his comeback]]. ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' [[ShoutOutToShakespeare figures prominently]] [[OutDamnedSpot in his accusations]].
* BiTheWay: As revealed to Prodigy, Asgardians don't really have sexualities, so much as a variety of sex acts, many that he's somehow responsible or connected to, so with the likes of him, everything goes. Fortunately avoided being a DepravedBisexual, as he never expressed any of this until his current incarnation turned good-ish.
* BigBad:
** Of many ''Thor'' stories, as well as both the first [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] story and the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 film]] (though, admittedly in the latter he was in an alliance with [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Thanos}}]], but he stayed [[TheManBehindTheMan in the shadows]] the entire time, leaving him to be TheHeavy). [[spoiler:He's also the true villain of ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' and ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', despite being the hero of both; Loki is truly complicated.]]
** He also served as this during the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
** He's also, surprisingly enough, [[spoiler: the villain of ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', as he struck an [[BigBadDuumvirate alliance with Mother]] in order to gain control of Wiccan and his powers.]] Well, until he changed his mind at least.
* BigBrotherWorship:
** 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 [[CallingTheOldManOut 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 SadisticChoice of dying or [[spoiler: becoming like his past self]], young Loki and [[spoiler: his past self]] [[TakingAThirdOption solved it]] by destroying themselves almost completely so that Loki could remake himself, but what they chose to hang on to was their {{only friend}}ship, their self-determination, and ''their love for Thor''.
* BlackMagic: One of the many branches of power available to him and another contrast with his muscle bound brother.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Loki is intellectual and evil, whereas Thor has physical might and is good.
* BuffySpeak: 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?
* CainAndAbel: Well, duh. He's in the role of Cain while his brother is the Abel.
* CardCarryingVillain: He ''is'' the God of Mischief and Evil, after all. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ChickMagnet: While one would think this only applied to him after the success of the movies, in his [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150109193248/http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/goofythor-9.jpg 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.
* ChildOfTwoWorlds: 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 loath him, albeit for different reasons.
* ChronicVillainy: [[spoiler:Right before allowing himself to be overwritten by his memories]], his child self called him out on it.
* ClassicVillain: {{Pride}} and Ambition are his principal traits, and he also possesses {{Envy}}.
* CleverCrows: Ikol, the magpie containing the memories of what Loki was before he died. Since then his new incarnation developed [[AnimalMotifs quite an association]] with these birds... some might even suggest for some [[MagpiesAsPortents other]] [[ThievingMagpie reasons]].
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: For his adventures performing tasks in Midgard for the All-Mother (tales told in his own series, ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'') and also when later troll... visiting his brother's... um replacement's book, ''ComicBook/{{Thor 2014}}'', upon seeing the reaction Mr. Creator/TomHiddleston got in films, artists have modeled his [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png new face]] on his likeness. It isn't without its difficulties, however, as he had to move his apartment once after being [[http://67.media.tumblr.com/a5200c9f110de258c7d2ececc5de342b/tumblr_njxuqnY49F1sajkn0o1_500.png repeatedly confused]] for some Midgardian named [[Music/OneDirection Harry Styles]].
* ConsummateLiar: As the God of Lies, he's extremely skilled at lying.
* CoolHelmet: Complete with horns, although it looks better on his live action incarnation.
* CoolSword: 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 [[TimeyWimeyBall small part in its' complicated origins]]. Alas, his brother destroyed it.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', 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.
* DaddysLittleVillain: {{Averted|Trope}}. His [[SarcasmMode dear]] ComicBook/{{Hela}} is neither little -- thrice his size, in fact; apparently giantism skips a generation -- nor particularly fond of his. 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 him 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. [[spoiler:Though the fact that she's not really his daughter at all might have something to do with it.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His early childhood was littered with neglect and physical abuse. Also, the fact that he's a runt for 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 PhysicalGod he is.
* DatingCatwoman: He once had a prolonged relationship with ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ComicBook/XMen, when she and the ComicBook/NewMutants were stranded in Asgard -- he even gave her back her ElementalPowers, 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.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** As of #622, Loki- in his younger form- has taken over the main Thor books as the protagonist (Thor is the protagonist in another one) and they have been renamed ''Journey '''in''' Mystery'', to great critical acclaim. Along with his solo adventures, as of October 2012 he's also a member of the Young Avengers.
** In 2014, he got another new solo series, ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard''.
** Loki's plans for 2016 include running for president of the US, so don't forget to ''ComicBook/VoteLoki''!
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so. His live action incarnation has some moments of this that are likely the funniest moments in the ''Avengers'' film.
* DealWithTheDevil: He has been pressed-ganged into deals with actual devils at times, such as his forced alliance with [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange 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 [[SuperEmpowering special gifts]] courtesy of him.
* DistaffCounterpart: So unmatched is Loki that he is his ''own'' DistaffCounterpart. [[ComicBook/EarthX Not for the first time, either.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: He pulled this once on ComicBook/{{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 AntiMagic tech...
* DoppelgangerSpin: He had this power since the first Avengers story, though he uses it more frequently in the movies.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', he managed to slay Kurse after Thor proved no match for him before Kurse fatally wounded him in turn. Subverted in that he survived]].
* EasilyForgiven:
** 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.
** Averted with his Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse 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.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: He has dark hair and pale skin and is definitely eerie.
* EnemyMine:
** 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 ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. 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 [[ComicBook/XMen Mr. Sinister]] into stealing his genetic material from Doctor Doom, whose AntiMagic 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 [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and to get Morwen to stop hitting on him.]]
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: Leah of Hel and the former lovers of 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.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** 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.
* EvilChancellor: Prince Balder could not have had [[BlatantLies a more trustworthy adviser...]]
* EvilIsPetty: The other main motivation of Loki, besides ruling Asgard, is showing up his brother by any means necessary.
* TheEvilPrince: He's the Prince of Asgard and Jotunheim and ''very'' good at being evil.
* EvilPlan: He sets his sights on Odin's throne or otherwise see how he can make Thor suffer.
* EvilSorcerer: His knowledge of the mystic arts is unparalleled in all of Asgard, even though many mighty sorcerers and sorceresses make it their home.
* EvilVersusOblivion: 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.
* TheFightingNarcissist: He maintains a [[SarcasmMode 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.
* ForTheEvulz: Comicbook/NormanOsborn was an amusing toy for him... for a while.
* GenderBender: 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).
* GodOfEvil: 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 [[spoiler:push it more and become the God of Mischief and ''Stories'']].
* GoodOldFisticuffs:
** 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 [[CurbStompBattle beat them into submission]] with his bare hands.
** He also has [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/15/150339/2970747-5647122265-Loki_.jpg slapped]] Eric Masterson to the brink of unconsciousness.
* HandBlast: Just in case you start thinking he's all guile and manipulation, he can certainly take care of himself in battle with these.
* IdiotBall: Even he admitted that allowing himself to be deceived by the Midgardian Spider-Man in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' was not one of his finer moments.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: His newest incarnation seems to be developing an attachment to a certain Miss [[MeaningfulName Verity]] Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore very hard for him to fool.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Sometimes he's a haughty sorcerer who thinks Asgard rightfully belongs to him...and sometimes he's TheUnfavorite brother of the Mighty Thor who can never be an adequate Jotunn or Aesir.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Odin fights for Asgard, Thor fights for Midgard, and Loki fights for himself.
* KickTheDog: [[https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/i/4086/8795/4d9cb7145821a.jpg?h=dd60ac78ce18512a49eb6ee95cdc5975 When confronting the Power Pack]], he used the fact that their grandmother was dying to his advantage and taunted them about it.
* KneelBeforeZod: Loki will often demand to whom he considers lesser beings to bow to him.
* LackOfEmpathy: He thinks himself above any others and will be ready to admit it.
* LargeHam: He seems to enjoy myself while displaying his superiority to ''those pathetic Midgardians!''
* LeanAndMean: Loki is probably the skinniest male in Asgard. He is also one of Thor's meanest villains.
* LevelAte: One of his [[EvilIsPetty more frivolous]] acts of mischief was to change buildings and cars into candy.
* MagicKnight: He much prefers to manipulate things from afar or use magic than to resort to what he considers barbarian methods... but if he [[CombatPragmatist needs to fight]], [[LetsGetDangerous he]] ''[[LetsGetDangerous will]]'' [[LetsGetDangerous fight]]. The Disir learned ''the hard way'' [[CurbStompBattle what happens to those who underestimate his battle prowess]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: On several occasions, the villains Thor defeats were Loki's stooges.
* ManipulativeBastard: And an excellent one at that.
** He has manipulated everyone in Asgard at some time or another. Fitting, given that he is [[Myth/NorseMythology 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 [[spoiler:incarnations of ''himself'']] either.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: When he travels to the mortal realm, at least in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the good old days]], he dresses his best- he looks [[BadassInANiceSuit good in a suit, after all]].
* MasterOfIllusion: His film incarnation in particular is fond of this, but the Loki of Earth-616 is more than his equal in his own right.
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:"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.
* MesACrowd: In his most serialised adventures, there are no less than [[spoiler: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.]]
* MindControl: He has used this on the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk and various others, mortal and otherwise, with varying degrees of success. As an EvilSorcerer, he can do it any time, but how effective it is depends on the mind.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: As Franchise/SpiderMan was once surprised to learn, [[ReallyGetsAround 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.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Knowing he would in all likelihood die at some point, he planned ahead. Which came in useful when he did eventually die.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Frost Giants are very big, very stupid, and typically DumbMuscle. 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.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: An elderly German man implicitly accused him of this in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', when he refused to [[KneelBeforeZod kneel to him]]:
-->'''Old German:''' Not to men like you.\\
'''Loki:''' There are no men like me.\\
'''Old German:''' ''[with contempt]'' There are always [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler men like you]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: 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 ComicBook/DoctorStrange since the writers still need Thor to be able to defeat him.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against the Hulk, but [[ComicBook/IronMan some]] [[ComicBook/AntMan other]] [[ComicBook/TheWasp heroes]] 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, [[spoiler:or at least ''was'' until he killed his better self]].
* NighInvulnerability: 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 ''super''natural 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.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: He is not so easily swayed by a pretty face and body, but on occasion he has been distracted by [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman both Lorelei and her sister Amora the Enchantress]].
* OddFriendship: 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 [[DeadpanSnarker wit]]. By the end he was grateful enough that Loki told Spidey he could get a favor from him in the future, which never amounted to anything despite the number of fans wishing for Spider-Man to use it to get Loki to undo ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: His younger self [[spoiler: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.
* PapaWolf: His relationship with his children can be strained ''at best'', but as it became evident with his (temporary) partnership with Spider-Man, he ''does'' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes care for his progeny]], and as Morwen [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown painfully learned]], [[RoaringRampageOfRescue he does not take lightly anyone possessing them]].
* PhysicalGod: As he is of Asgard/Jotunheim; his power, his age, his strength are all godlike.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Loki can safely say that this is [[AvertedTrope not the case.]] It looks like [[spoiler: assimilating his child self]] has given him knowledge of Internet culture and popular media such as ''Series/GameOfThrones'', despite being of a species and from a culture vastly different from that of Midgard.
* PopCulturedBadass: 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".
* PrettyBoy: His ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' and Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse incarnations certainly typify this trope.
* ProgressivelyPrettier:
** While Loki has always maintained a certain "''je ne sais quoi''," there is no arguing that, as Kid Loki, his design grew from "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/aa9fc8169b4895e08882fc8a311ad34a/tumblr_mfz3hyvR2u1r2mzigo1_1280.png eyebrowless goblin child]]" to "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/ad42603b2281d19d805600fc55302987/tumblr_mf4kfw9xp61rxd4cao5_250.png handsome young lad]]."
** Having now [[spoiler:been granted an older body through Wiccan's magic,]] he now has the appearance of [[spoiler:a young adult in their late teens/early twenties.]] The reaction from the internet seems to be, [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140525170600/http://24.media.tumblr.com/b4c27dbd8d2b17b3eb7c05445d188cca/tumblr_mv4ob7twpf1rt6kpxo1_r2_500.png "Oh no he's hot."]]
* PsychopathicManchild: He's an ages-old PhysicalGod 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 [[spoiler: replacing child Loki]]. It's sort of inevitable that a self-proclaimed God of Mischief isn't a paragon of maturity.
* PsychicPowers: He can enter the minds of hapless victims, such as the Hulk to turn him on Thor.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: It's hard not to read the entirety of [[spoiler: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 ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', 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 [[spoiler: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:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} Better to die as good fiction than live as bad.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The first time he took responsibility for his deeds and sided with heroes, he got torn apart by an eldritch horror.
* SadlyMythtaken:
** 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.
** His Ultimate incarnation does, however, hew more true to the original myth, though he's still Thor's adoptive brother.
* SayMyName: He once commanded a legion of fans to do so in the "Hall H" of the San Diego Comic-Con.
* ScrewDestiny:
** His core motivation approximately since the events of ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}'', when he realized that his role as the [[CardCarryingVillain God of Evil]] clashes with his role as the [[TheTrickster God of Mischief and Chaos]] by making his actions... [[ChronicVillainy a little more predictable than he'd prefer]].
** This became more difficult in the Autumn 2014 event ''Comicbook/{{Axis}}'', due to the Comicbook/RedSkull tampering with the brain of Charles Xavier and letting himself be possessed by ComicBook/{{Onslaught}}. Not to mention Doctor Doom trying to kill him to prevent him from what he'll become afterward. [[spoiler:Loki simply broke the timeline and freed himself from that particular future for good.]]
* SealedEvilInACan:
** 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 [[WhenTreesAttack 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.
* SiblingRivalry: With Thor, of course. ''Film/{{Thor}}'' highlighted his conflict with him and what it was like growing up in his shadow.
* SmugSnake: 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 PhysicalGod and master of sorcery with a genius level intellect, you'd be high on yourself too.
* SorcerousOverlord: On the occasions he managed to ascend to the throne of Asgard.
* SquishyWizard: Downplayed in that he's this ''only'' in comparation to Thor. To any normal human, he's a KungFuWizard.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Deep down he will always be Loki. [[spoiler: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.]]
* SuperEmpowering:
** He turned Crusher Creel into the Absorbing Man and have given powers to several other less known villains.
** He also gave The Hood some [[AmplifierArtifact 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 [[ComicBook/TheSentry the Void]]. After all, he wouldn't let somebody keep something like those even if he needed them himself.
* SuperpowerLottery: When you are from a race of {{Physical God}}s that can lift tons above one's head and has mastery over sorcery, this isn't really surprising. [[http://www.killermovies.com/forums/f98/t551221.html This website]] recounts his powers and abilities.
* SuperStrength: 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 [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/15/150339/2970747-5647122265-Loki_.jpg the hard way]].
* TakeOverTheWorld: Loki seeks the become the lord of all creation and someday make [[KneelBeforeZod all bow before him]].
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Loki (played by his MCU actor, Tom Hiddleston) appeared in front of the audience.
* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: 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 [[spoiler:God of Stories]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Loki has a habit of doing this in various comics.
* ThoseWackyNazis: His Ultimate Universe's incarnation utilized Nazis to attack Asgard, and bring about Ragnarok.
* TimeTravel: 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!
* TookALevelInBadass: In his earliest appearances, he was more of a nuisance than a major threat, but it wasn't long before Loki became ''truly'' menacing.
* TrashLanding: His confrontation with Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) resulted in them falling into a pile of trash. The rest of that confrontation... [[CurbStompBattle did not go well for Loki]]. Loki still managed to acquire 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 "[[ForTheEvulz funsies]]".
* UglyGuyHotWife: Loki used to be ugly, yet his wife was the beautiful Sigyn. He also had love affairs with Lorelei.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', he's not only alive, but disguised as Odin. You'll have to wait to find out how he survived as WordOfGod is he won't be appearing again for a while to avoid overexposure.]]
* TheUnfavorite: He considers himself Odin's least-favourite son and wants to make him regret what he considers as having [[WellDoneSonGuy underestimated him]] by making all of Asgard bow at him feet. Or, as his [[spoiler:God of Stories incarnation]] decided, [[StoppedCaring screw them]]; he won't sacrifice himself for their acceptance anymore. [[spoiler:He refused Odin's "SoProudOfYou" and mocked his King!Loki incarnation for wanting it in the first place]]. [[CueTheFlyingPigs Well yes]]. It '''was''' the [[Comicbook/SecretWars2015 end of the world]].
* TheUnfettered: Whether he's opposed to Thor or working towards some mutual end, he's always willing to go further than his brother.
* VillainTeamUp: He will sometimes work with other villlains if needed to be. He once led almost every mortal villain to perform [[TitleDrop Acts of Vengeance]].
* VillainTeleportation: He'd be a poor master of BlackMagic if he could not teleport at will.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: When disguises are called for, mostly.
* WeaksauceWeakness: 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?
* WellIntentionedExtremist: 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.
* WhichMe: Loki can confuse even himself by talking about himself, like how it took a long time for [[spoiler:little Loki]] to realize who [[spoiler: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 MesACrowd, or abstracts like the [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality story]], [[TheTrickster archetype]], [[ManipulativeBastard general]] [[GuileHero role]] or ideal of Loki. When Loki say "I" that means explicitly him personally, if you were wondering.
* WouldHurtAChild: He admits to never having cared much for other people's children, and gladly uses them to gain advantage over their parents.
* WouldntHurtAChild: At least until his new incarnation came around. Turns out existentially scarring himself by [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:[[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack unwillingness to complete the plan]] of [[DrivenToSuicide tricking him into committing suicide]]]], even if he endangered the world by doing so.
* YouCantFightFate: 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.
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[[caption-width-right:250:"[[ManipulativeBastard Why do people always presume I'm lying?]]"]]

->''I desired the chest for my own use, [[TheMightyThor Thor]]. Still, if I was able to sow doubt and unrest amongst thy subjects, the day was a good one for Loki, the Trickster!''
-->'''-- Loki'''

Welcome, Midgardian, or whichever other insignificant being you might be. (The internet's becoming quite popular, after all.)

'''[[IncomingHam BEHOLD]]''' [[IncomingHam the majesty of Loki Laufeyson]], Prince of Asgard and Jotunheim, God of Mischief and Evil, the universe's rightful king and ArchEnemy of TheMightyThor, your hero and [[SiblingRivalry my dear, weak, softhearted sibling.]]

(Or, you know, hi. I'm flexible that way.)

I was born of Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, in an age long since past, but of course, my ''true'' beginnings lie with a [[StanLee man with a typewriter]], [[JackKirby and his partner]], who brought me, my world, and the rest of the [[MarvelUniverse cosmos]] into existence in [[TheSixties 1960s]], the so-called [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]. Rest assured, mortal, I know the truth of my reality, and I can even claim credit for sharing it with [[{{Deadpool}} a well-known other]] and [[NoFourthWall destroying his already fragile grasp on our fake reality.]] Readers were introduced to me in ''"JourneyIntoMystery''" vol. 1 #85 (October, 1962)

Laufey was [[AbusiveParents a brute of a father]], ashamed as he was of my comparatively non-giant size, but as luck- [[TimeyWimeyBall and mine own hand]]- would have it, Laufey would be slain in battle with the All-Father Odin, Lord of Asgard, and thanks to his love and pity I was taken from Jottunheim and raised as his own son as an Aesir, the giant who became a god, alongside his bloodson Thor.

But as Thor and I aged so did my happiness fade. The Asgardians- [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a race of proud warrior deities]], loved Thor for his courage, his might, his reckless buffoonery, whilst my talents lay in cunning and sorcery.

And like a true brother, I came to detest him.

I arranged for Thor to be exiled to your puny world of Midgard in mortal form, and plotted his death, unleashing scores of monsters and mayhem upon your world in pursuit of that goal, whilst in Asgard I schemed to realize my destiny and take my rightful place on the Allfathers' throne. My plots against Thor were thwarted time and again, and when I pitted him against SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk I made new mortal enemies when [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes]] united for the first time, in opposition of me.

But Loki cannot be humbled. I bartered with other mortals and gave them power to fight this new team; I schemed with other villains- [[CardCarryingVillain for what am I if not a villain?]]- and sought to defeat Thor and his allies with their aid; and I worked, tirelessly still, to one day claim Odin's crown which looks so much better on my noble head than it does my feeble brother's.

And after decades and centuries of planning and plots, I finally achieved my goal- and for my troubles, Thor brought about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok.]]

I did not seek the destruction of Asgard; I have ''never'' sought something [[EvenEvilHasStandards so terrible]], but Thor's actions freed us from the tyranny of [[AbusivePrecursors the Shadow gods]], and we were reborn.

I returned as a woman, but regained my masculinity in short order, and once again worked for the good of Asgard ... and the defeat of Thor. But I paid a heavy price for my actions and I died once again, only to rise once more this time as a child - innocent, trusting, but still wily as Mischief must be.

Unfortunately- or fortunately, one supposes, depending upon how you choose to look at it, I managed to rather... sunder myself in the process. Or rather, the ''old'' me did. You see, I'm not the Loki I once was- literally. The child-Loki was a copy, but I- the one destined to guide him and then take over his body after he had earned back the love and trust of my dear idiot of a brother am ''not'' the one who made the copy. I'm a bit of a copy myself now, actually- seems my skill at mischief is great enough that I was able to successfully [[IPulledAWeirdAl Loki ''myself'']]. And sure, while I did end up nearly causing the meltdown of reality as we know it during my stint with those inperturbable YoungAvengers, I discovered my heart just wasn't in it anymore.

I have become more ... appreciative, of Thor my brother, for at least he, alone among the Aesir, treats me with trust and love. I now put my mind towards more ... benevolent ends, and have assisted Thor and his friends in their hours of need- even if I am still more savvy about [[TheUnfettered how their principles sometimes get in the way of their own good.]] And still I work for the good of Asgard, the only true home I have ever known, and in the All-Mother's secret service. After all, sometimes it takes a little ''bad'' to do ''good''...



A series of films tells the tales of [[Film/{{Thor}} Thor and me]], as well as [[Film/TheAvengers his allies]]. The lofty task of portraying my glorious likeness was given to one Creator/TomHiddleston. One cannot imagine how delighted I was to see that he performed his role masterfully. The fact that he has also [[DracoInLeatherPants caught the desires of many a mortal woman]] as myself is an especially delicious triumph over my half-brother. [[spoiler:And if not for [[SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk that green beast of few words]], the outcome of the second film would have been far more enjoyable...]] At any rate, I also appear [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld in the sequel]], where I'm up to my old tricks again which [[spoiler:has a most satisfying ending where I now sit on the throne of Asgard]]. And such an ''handsome'' man he is too- so much that I modeled [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png my new face]] on his portrayal. Life imitating art and whatnot. (Or is it [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall art imitating art]])? I would presume that the majority of you are reading my page in his alluring voice at this very moment. (Or possibly that of Graham [=McTavish=], for those of you who are more animation-inclined.)

For some of my more recent exploits can be found [[JourneyIntoMystery here]], [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers here]] and [[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard here]].

[[AC:{{Comics}}]]
* ''Loki''
* ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}''
* ''JourneyIntoMystery''
* ''YoungAvengers'' Vol. 2
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard''

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* ''Anime/MarvelDiscWarsTheAvengers''

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''HulkVs''
* ''Film/{{Thor}}''
* ''[[ThorTalesOfAsgard Thor: Tales of Asgard]]''
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''MarvelUltimateAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/SuperHeroSquadOnline''
* ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Marvel Super Heroes]]''

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends}}''
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''
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!! Tropes associated with Loki:

* AbusiveParents: Laufey was ''not'' a good father, but he suffered for his transgressions. As a time-travelling adult I took revenge on my wounded progenitor with a sword, screaming "YOU WILL NEVER STRIKE ME AGAIN!"
** That bastard briefly came back to life during my misadventures with YoungAvengers. Let it be know our reunion was anything but happy - he literally tried to ''eat me''!
* AbortedArc: The mortal known as [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] once aided me in subduing my wayward daughter, [[http://arousinggrammardotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/spiderloki12.jpg leaving a debt I've yet to pay.]] Due to the Siege, and other [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay events]] I doubt I'll ever have the chance.
* AdaptationalWimp: My incarnation in the ''MarvelCinematicUniverse'' removes most the power I have in the comics, likely since writers found me too difficult to write since I'm one of those characters whose [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands magic powers can often do whatever the plot needs them to]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: There are some who see Loki as the hero that he is and as of #622, I- in my younger form- have taken over the main Thor books as the protagonist (Thor is the protagonist in another one) and they have been renamed Journey in Mystery, to great critical acclaim. Along with my solo adventures as of October 2012 I am also a member of the Young Avengers.
** And in 2014, I trust you'll all go scurrying off to your local comic vendors in order to get your little mortal paws on my new solo series, ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]''.
* AffablyEvil: Depending on my mood, but just because I'm [[ManipulativeBastard a ruthless manipulator]] doesn't mean I can't be ''civil'' about it.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: My apparent death in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' had everyone, including Thor shaken by it. Except I survived.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: '''LIES!!!!''' Loki has NO EQUAL, much less a superior. Nevertheless in Asgard, because of my giant heritage, I was always overlooked for my accursed brother, Thor. This, coupled with AbusiveParents above, is what lesser beings say is the source of my nature but truly I simply am who I am.
* AmbitionIsEvil: ''My'' ambitions are, or so Thor and the fools of Asgard seem to believe.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Norn Stones are my most prominent though I have a collection of these.
* AmnesiacDissonance: The point of the New Journey into Mystery Arc-I was a preteen again, with no memories from before my preteen years (except for in my nightmares). I therefore do not remember my hatred of Thor, which started when we were teens. Instead, I [[BigBrotherWorship adore him]].
** [[spoiler: I certainly remember the big oaf now, but my feelings toward him have been quite warmed all the same.]]
* ArchEnemy: I am Thor's greatest and most personal enemy.
* AstralProjection: One of my numerous skills is to project my spirit.
* {{Badass}}: I play ArchEnemy to one to of the most powerful heroes in Marvel, of course I am.
** BadassBookworm: My intelligence is without question and I may be an unusually scholarly Asgardian, but I am still a Norse god, and one does not grow up amongst the Aesir without learning how to fight, nor have a blood feud with TheMightyThor without being ''good'' at it.
* BalefulPolymorph: Amongst other things, I have transmogrified Thor into a frog and my own grandfather into the snow- yes, '''the''' snow, as in, all snow ''everywhere.''
* BatmanGambit: Why does the Caped Crusader get this named after him when I have been playing Thor, the Avengers and all of Asgard like a fiddle since time immemorial?
* BeingEvilSucks: I have recently been plagued by a guilty conscience, taking the form of [[spoiler: the so-called "Kid Loki", whose soul I destroyed when I took over his body as part of my ploy to avoid the ignominy of predictability]]. {{Hamlet}} [[ShoutOutToShakespeare figures prominently]] [[OutDamnedSpot in his accusations]].
* BiTheWay: As revealed to Prodigy recently, Asgardians don't really have sexualities, so much as a variety of sex acts, [[MemeticSexGod many that I'm somehow responsible or connected to]], so with the likes of me, everything goes. Fortunately avoided being a DepravedBisexual, as I never expressed any of this until my current incarnation turned good.
* BigBad: Of many ''Thor'' stories, as well as both the first ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story and the [[Film/TheAvengers film]] (though, admittedly in the latter I was in an alliance with [[spoiler: {{Thanos}}]], but he stayed [[TheManBehindTheMan in the shadows]] the entire time, leaving me to be TheHeavy). [[spoiler:I am also the true villain of ''JourneyIntoMystery'' and ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard.]]
** I also served as this during the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
** I am also, surprisingly enough, [[spoiler: the villain of ''YoungAvengers'', as I struck an [[BigBadDuumvirate alliance with Mother]] in order to gain control of Wiccan and his powers.]]
* BigBrotherWorship:
** Perhaps I might be a little ... dishonest with myself, insofar as how much I truly detest Thor, and I might begrudgingly admit there are some things I might admire about him, at least now that I have forgotten that I ever hated him in the first place. Even if [[CallingTheOldManOut daddy doesn't like it]].
** As "Kid Loki" at least, I'm justified with this line of thought, as Thor is currently the only person who likes me at all and is nice to me.
* BlackMagic: One of the many branches of power avaliable to me and another contrast with my muscle bound brute of a brother.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: So Thor's sycophants would have you believe, but intellect is always superior to physical might.
* BuffySpeak: I'm approximately equivalent to a human of about twenty-one years of age now that I've gotten a fresh start in this new body of mine, and have become quite fond of your Western pop culture. Is it any wonder I sometimes do the... adjective fail thingy?
* BulletCatch: In ''Film/TheAvengers'', I briefly managed this with an arrow. Right up until it ''literally'' blew up in my face, anyway. (What I wouldn't give to wipe that smug smile off of [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Ozymandias}} Veidt's]] face...)
* CainAndAbel: Well, duh! I am in the role of Cain while my brother is the Abel!
* CardCarryingVillain: I ''am'' the God of Mischief and Evil, after all ...
* ChronicVillainy: [[spoiler:Right before allowing himself to be overwritten by my memories]], my child self called me out on it.
* ClassicVillain: {{Pride}} and Ambition are my principal traits and liars would have you believe that I also possess {{Envy}}.
* CleverCrows: Ikol, the magpie containing the memories of what Loki was before he died.
* ConsummateLiar: I would say that I do not lie nearly so often as everyone else seems to believe; then again, I am so ''good'' at it, aren't I?
* CoolHelmet: I admit it looks better on my live action incarnation.
* CoolSword: I am the current owner of Gram, sword of Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious). My older self plays no [[TimeyWimeyBall small part in its' complicated origins]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', after my defeat at the end of the first season, Odin locked me in a prison wherein a giant snake dripped poison into my eyes. A punishment copied from the original mythology, no less. But if you call that "cool" again, I'll put you through it, and see how "cool" you think it is.
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[AvertedTrope If only.]] My [[SarcasmMode dear]] Hela is neither little -- thrice my size, in fact; apparently giantism skips a generation -- nor particularly fond of me. Our relationships are rather ... strained, at best, and though we sometimes co-operate most of the time, the ungrateful wretch wants nothing to do with me. Unfortunately, as the Goddess of the Dead she is much more powerful than me as well, and worse I may even be destined to someday end up in her custody. Apparently, the insolent fool thinks me rather ... childish, but I am the God of Mischief after all, so I do have a reputation to live up to.
** [[spoiler:Though the fact that she's not really my daughter at all might have something to do with it. Girls, am I right?]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: My early childhood was littered with neglect and physical abuse. Also the fact I'm a runt giant, 1/5 the size of my kindred however if my oaf of a father had not abandoned me in the ice, Odin would not have taken me in and I might not have evolved into the god I am.
* DatingCatwoman: I once had a prolonged relationship with ComicBook/{{Storm}}, of the ComicBook/XMen, when she and the ComicBook/NewMutants were stranded in Asgard -- I even gave her back her ElementalPowers, as she had been depowered at the time. When I was... persuaded... to send them all back to Midgard, I offered her a chance to stay with me as my queen, and even had to admit to myself that having her as my own might have been worth losing the throne. While she turned down my generous offer, and I have scorned her ever since, I did sentimentally take the molten remains of the thunder-hammer I had used to empower her and reshape it into a statue of her to keep as a momento.
** Some people have not let go of the fact that when I empowered Storm, I did so by giving her a hammer very much like Mjolnir. Or of the fact her outfit was basically a feminized version of my brother's...
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so. My live action incarnation has some moments this that are likely the funniest moments in the Avengers film.
* DealWithTheDevil: I have been pressed-ganged into deals with actual devils at times, such as my forced alliance with [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange the dread Dormammu]], but I have 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 [[SuperEmpowering special gifts]] courtesy of myself. If I may be so modest, I am rather more honorable in my dealings than others that might be mentioned...
* DistaffCounterpart: So unmatched is Loki that I am my ''own'' DistaffCounterpart. [[EarthX Not for the first time, either.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet / HauntedTechnology: I pulled this once on [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Apocalypse]], appearing on one 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 me prisoner with his AntiMagic tech...
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', I managed to an Akursed after Thor proved no match for it before it fatally wounded me in turn. Subverted as I survived]].
* EasilyForgiven:
** Thor and Odin ''always'' forgive me in the end and give me another chance, but I refuse to accept their mercy.
** Averted with my return as a child. Odin has apparently run out of patience with Thor being the only reason I have not been banished or killed. The ''only'' person who has forgiven me is Thor. Everyone else wants to kill me.
** Averted with my ''MarvelCinematicUniverse'' incarnation. Thor and Odin do not forgive me after my attempted invasion of Migard, and Thor only releases me since he expected me to help deal with Malekith.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Though really, I prefer ''striking''.
* EnemyMine: Surtur once attempted to destroy Asgard. Odin and Thor stood in his way. I temporarily put aside my differences with my father and brother to fight Surtur at their side, because...
** My role in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. Malekith killed our mother, and Thor convinced me to go along with a plan of his for revenge.
** I once tried to manipulate [[XMen Mr. Sinister]] into stealing my genetic material from DoctorDoom, whose AntiMagic prevented me from doing it myself. Situation forcued us to fight our way out together.
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: Leah of Hel and former lovers of YoungAvengers, who joined Mother against the group, all turned out to be just creations of my guilty conscience, I subconciously brought to life to punish myself for killing Kid Loki.]] And [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Thanos}} that titan]] thinks ''he'' is his own greatest enemy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: I seek to rule Asgard; I do ''not'' seek to destroy it.
* EvilChancellor: Prince Balder could not have had [[BlatantLies a more trustworthy adviser...]]
* EvilIsPetty: Loki is never petty! Admittedly, my main motivation is showing up my pathetic brother, by any means necessary but then, I'd say he had it coming.
* TheEvilPrince: Well I am a Prince, rightfully a king and I am ''very'' good at being evil.
* EvilPlan: I set my sights on Odin's throne or otherwise see how I can make Thor suffer.
* EvilSorcerer: My knowledge of the mystic arts is unparalled in all of Asgard, even though many mighty sorcerers and sorceresses make it their home.
* EvilVersusOblivion: I already have stated as much my aim is conquest, not destruction. I stated this simply during a fight with Surtur, there's is no point in my ruling all that I survey if all I survey is burned to a cinder.
* [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Father Of A Thousand Young]]: As [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] was once surprised to learn, [[ReallyGetsAround Norse gods have a lot of time on their hands.]] While most of my children, are normal enough and mortal, I do have a few that are either immortal, such as Hela and Vali Halfling, or have... not inherited my handsome looks, such as Fenrir and the Midgard Serpent.
* TheFightingNarcissist: If you must use such a loaded term, Loki would say that merely maintains a healthy and realistic awareness of his own greatness but I can certainly fight and my style is far more based on grace and agility than brute strength.
* ForTheEvulz: [[Comicbook/DarkReign Norman]] [[{{Siege}} Osborn]] was an amusing toy... for a while.
* GenderBender: I have been know to take on feminine form, in particular that of my brothers lover Lady Sif, why Sif? ....to torment him of course.
* [[GodOfEvil God of Mischief and Evil]]
* {{Hand Blast}}s: Just in case you start thinking I'm all guile and manipulation, I can certainly take care of myself in battle.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: My newest incarnation seems to be developing an attachment to a certain Miss [[MeaningfulName Verity]] Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore impossible for me to fool.
* [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Inferiority Superiority Com...]] '''LIES!!!!''' No doubt spawned by my brother. I am entirely secure in my superiority and '''DO NOT OVERCOMPENSATE!!!'''
* InkSuitActor: For my most recent adventures performing tasks in Midgard for the All-Mother (tales I'm allowing to be told in my new series, ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]'') upon seeing the reaction Mr. Creator/TomHiddleston got in recent films, I decided to model my [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png new face]] on his likeness. It isn't without its difficulties, however, as I've had to move my apartment once after being [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/a5200c9f110de258c7d2ececc5de342b/tumblr_n21d7jnim41qaiv1xo2_500.png repeatedly confused]] for some Midgardian named [[Music/OneDirection Harry Styles.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** "[[Film/TheAvengers There are no men like me]]."
** Odin might fight for Asgard, and Thor may fight for Midgard, but [[TheMightyThor I fight for myself]].
* KickTheDog: [[https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/i/4086/8795/4d9cb7145821a.jpg?h=dd60ac78ce18512a49eb6ee95cdc5975 When confronting the Power Pack]], I used the fact that their grandmother was dying to my advantage and taunted them about it.
* LackOfEmpathy: I think myself above you? Well yes.
* LargeHam: I need to enjoy myself while displaying my superiority to those pathetic Midgardians!
* LeanAndMean: Watch out, here I come, I'm a fighting machine!
* LevelAte: One of my ... [[EvilIsPetty more frivolous]] acts of mischief was to change buildings and cars into candy.
* MagicKnight:
** I much prefer to manipulate things from afar or use magic than to resort to barbarian methods... But if I [[CombatPragmatist need to fight]], [[LetsGetDangerous I WILL fight]]!
** The Disir learned ''the hard way'' [[CurbStompBattle what happens to those who underestimate my battle prowess]].
* ManipulativeBastard:
** I've manipulated everyone in Asgard at some time or another. Fitting, given that I am [[NorseMythology the god of deception]]. Oh and in this case, "bastard" is meant literally. I insist that I'm not really the "God of Lies", just mischief. Of course, I'm such a good liar anyway, who could ever tell?
** I am so good that even when people know not to trust me (which has been Status Quo for fifteen real time years), I still end up manipulating them anyway.
** My younger self needs to be this since I don't have my magic, only my brains and my silver tongue.
** I am not above manipulating [[spoiler:incarnations of ''myself'']] either.
* TheManBehindTheMan: On several occasions the villains Thor defeats were my stooges.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: When I travel to the mortal realm, at least in [[SilverAge the good old days]], I try to dress my best- I look [[BadassInANiceSuit good in a suit, after all]].
* ManipulativeBastard: And an excellent one at that.
* MasterOfIllusion: My film incarnation in particular is fond of this, but I of the 616th universe am more than his equal in my own right.
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:"Kid" Loki]] was a scheme to let me return from death with a new lease on life and a better reputation.
* MindControl: I have used this on SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk and various others, mortal and otherwise, with varying degrees of success. As an EvilSorcerer, I can do it anytime, but how effective it is depends on the mind.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Frost Giants are very big, very stupid, and typically DumbMuscle. I am a brilliant schemer, a powerful sorcerer, and slightly shorter than Thor (the horns on my helmet notwithstanding) and very slender. While I am still very strong and durable, that is primarily in comparison to the so called superheroes and villains of Earth, not Asgardians or other Frost Giants.
* NewPowersAsPlotDemands: As is common for characters whose skill lies in magic, I'm often capable doing whatever the plot needs me to with it, though not to the level of ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' since the writers still need Thor to be able to defeat me.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: I once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against the Hulk, but [[IronMan some]] [[AntMan other]] [[TheWasp heroes]] showed up as well. My plot was soon uncovered, and - much to my later irritation - I ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together. Indeed, this incident is my single greatest regret in life.
* NighInvulnerability: As a small Frost giant I am as durable and strong as any average Aesir, though I am not naturally as durable as that muscle-bound moron, Thor. Fortunately, as a sorcerer, I have ''super''natural durability as I have granted myself a range of advantages no other Aesir has- most Asgardians would be more bothered than I at the prospect of decapitation, for a start.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: As much as I hate to admit it, I am a runt by Asgardian standards. On Earth, I am unstoppable.
* NorseMythology: Once, the mighty warriors of the north venerated Loki Laufeyson!
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: I am not so swayed by a pretty face and body. On occasion, I have been distracted by [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman both Lorelei and her sister Amora The Enchantress]].
* PapaWolf: My relationship with my children can be strained ''at best'', but as it became evident with my (temporary) partnership with [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]], I ''DO'' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes care for my progeny]], and as Morwen [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown painfully learned]] , [[RoaringRampageOfRescue I do not take lightly anyone possessing them]].
* PhysicalGod: I am of Asgard; my power, my age, my strength are all godlike.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: I would like to safely say that this is [[AvertedTrope not the case.]] It looks like [[spoiler:assimilating my child self]] has given me knowledge of Internet culture and popular media such as Series/GameOfThrones, despite being of a species and from a culture vastly different from that of Midgard.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: While Loki has always maintained a certain "je ne sais quoi," there is no arguing that, as Kid!Loki, my design grew from "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/aa9fc8169b4895e08882fc8a311ad34a/tumblr_mfz3hyvR2u1r2mzigo1_1280.png eyebrowless goblin child]]" to "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/ad42603b2281d19d805600fc55302987/tumblr_mf4kfw9xp61rxd4cao5_250.png handsome young lad]]."
** Having now [[spoiler: been granted an older body through Wiccan's magic,]] I now have the appearance of [[spoiler: a young adult in their late teens/early twenties.]] The reaction from the denizens of the internet seems to be, and I quote, [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/b4c27dbd8d2b17b3eb7c05445d188cca/tumblr_mv4ob7twpf1rt6kpxo1_r2_500.png "Oh no he's hot."]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Type C, if you think, as some do, that this applied to me. God of Mischief and all that- I suppose I can understand.
* PsychicPowers: I can enter the minds of hapless victims, such as the Hulk to turn him on Thor.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: It's hard not the read the entirety of [[spoiler:my younger self's sacrifice]] without seeing a touch of... aggravation at the fact that, because of the Editors and my new found popularity as the villain of the [[Film/TheAvengers Avenger's]], no matter what this was only a temporary arrangement. He even looks at the viewer while describing how it's beyond either of our power to make the story have a happy ending. (He declares that an unspecified "they" won't let me change, the imprudent brat). 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 [[spoiler:is for my younger self to be entirely erased from existence.]] This is admittedly something that can be undone if someone has the gall to.
-->'''Leah:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} Better to die as good fiction than live as bad.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The first time I took responsibility for my deeds and sided with heroes, I got torn apart by an eldritch horror.
* SadlyMythtaken: Originally Laufey was my mother, and I was the blood-brother of Odin. Meaning: I'm Thor's adopted uncle, not his adopted brother. Don't tell him. He would be so disappointed.
* SayMyName: I once commanded an army of mortals to do so, in the meager palace they call "Hall H".
* SealedEvilInACan: Odin once imprisoned me in a tree. I would become free only if my plight caused someone to shed a tear. No one missed me strongly enough to want to cry, so I resorted to [[WhenTreesAttack poking Heimdall in the eye with a leaf]].
* SiblingRivalry: With Thor, of course. [[Film/{{Thor}} A movie named after the brute]] highlighted my conflict with him and what it was like growing up in his shadow.
* SmugSnake: I admit that sometimes I am a little ... overconfident, and my plans don't go ''quite'' the way I want them to, and that I might, on the odd occasion, be somewhat responsible for my own failures, and maybe not take them as well as I could. But if you were a PhysicalGod and master of sorcery with a genius level intellect, you'd be high on yourself too.
* SorcerousOverlord: On the occasions I managed to ascend to my rightful place as King of Asgard.
* SquishyWizard: ''Only'' by Asgardian standards. I am a far superior physical specimen and warrior than any mortal.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Deep down I know I will always be Loki. [[spoiler:And I wouldn't have it any other way.]]
* SuperEmpowering: I turned Crusher Creel into the Absorbing Man and have given powers to several other less known villains; I also gave The Hood some [[AmplifierArtifact Norn Stones]] when his arrangement with Dormammu [[GenreSavvy predictably]] took a bad turn. I'm quite fond of this. And I'm so generous that I allow them to keep their powers even if they fail me.
** Correction, I didn't let The Hood keep the Norn Stones since I found the Avengers needed them to fight [[TheSentry the Void]]. What, you thought I let somebody keep something like those even if I needed them myself?
* SuperpowerLottery: When you are from a race of [[PhysicalGod gods]] that can lift tons above one's head and has mastery over sorcery, this isn't really surprising.
** [[http://www.killermovies.com/forums/f98/t551221.html This website]] ''does'' gave me the proper respect that I [[BlatantLies deserve]].
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Nine Worlds]]: Loki is the rightful lord of all creation and someday [[KneelBeforeZod all will bow before him]]!
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: As Hall H learned the hard way at Comic Con 2013.
* ThirdPersonPerson: [[SelfDeprecation Loki has a habit of doing this in various comics.]]
* TimeTravel: I can do this more or less at will; it gives me a distinct advantage when carrying out my {{Plan}}s. Even I cannot guess how much of Asgardian history was shaped by me until I decide to go back and affect it- the disappearance of my foster grandfather, my own adoption and the death of Laufey, and who knows what else? All me, and I didn't even know it!
* TrashLanding: My confrontation with the wayward Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) resulted in our falling into a pile of mortal refuse. The rest of that confrontation... [[CurbStompBattle did not go well for Loki]]. I still managed to acquire the last laugh on him, though.
* UglyGuyHotWife: I was ugly, but my wife was the beatiful Sigyn, and had love affairs with Lorelei.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: At the end of ''ThorTheDarkWorld'', I not only alive, but disguised as Odin. You'll have to wait to find out how I survived as WordOfGod is I won't be appearing again for a while to avoid overexposure.]]
* TheUnfavorite: It has long been obvious to me that I am Odin's least-favourite son but he will regret so contemptuously underestimating me when all of Asgard bows at my feet!
* TheUnfettered: Whether I am opposed to Thor or working towards some mutual end, I am always willing to go further than my spineless brother.
* VillainTeamUp: Well Loki is incomparable, I will sometimes work with my inferiors if need be; I don't see why all the other miscreants aren't as pragmatic as I am. Why, once I led almost every mortal villain to perform [[TitleDrop Acts of Vengeance]]..
* VillainTeleportation: I'd be a poor master of BlackMagic if I could not teleport at will....
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: When disguises are called for, mostly.
* WeaksauceWeakness: When I first appeared, I had one- I couldn't use my powers ''when wet.'' Against Thor, who could easily make it rain. Do you wonder why this is ignored now?
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Do not imagine that all my ambitions are selfish in nature; I have worked for the good of Asgard when it needed me, and the universe on occasion, and often I see the answers more clearly than the so-called "heroes" who are held back by too many ethics.
* YouCantFightFate: As long as the tales of my prior activities exist, I shall be drawn back to my old habits. Given that I would rather die than be so predictable, efforts are underway to erase them.

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[[caption-width-right:250:"[[ManipulativeBastard Why do people always presume I'm lying?]]"]]

->''I desired the chest for my own use, [[TheMightyThor Thor]]. Still, if I was able to sow doubt and unrest amongst thy subjects, the day was a good one for Loki, the Trickster!''
-->'''-- Loki'''

Welcome, Midgardian, or whichever other insignificant being you might be. (The internet's becoming quite popular, after all.)

'''[[IncomingHam BEHOLD]]''' [[IncomingHam the majesty of Loki Laufeyson]], Prince of Asgard and Jotunheim, God of Mischief and Evil, the universe's rightful king and ArchEnemy of TheMightyThor, your hero and [[SiblingRivalry my dear, weak, softhearted sibling.]]

(Or, you know, hi. I'm flexible that way.)

I was born of Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, in an age long since past, but of course, my ''true'' beginnings lie with a [[StanLee man with a typewriter]], [[JackKirby and his partner]], who brought me, my world, and the rest of the [[MarvelUniverse cosmos]] into existence in [[TheSixties 1960s]], the so-called [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]. Rest assured, mortal, I know the truth of my reality, and I can even claim credit for sharing it with [[{{Deadpool}} a well-known other]] and [[NoFourthWall destroying his already fragile grasp on our fake reality.]] Readers were introduced to me in ''"JourneyIntoMystery''" vol. 1 #85 (October, 1962)

Laufey was [[AbusiveParents a brute of a father]], ashamed as he was of my comparatively non-giant size, but as luck- [[TimeyWimeyBall and mine own hand]]- would have it, Laufey would be slain in battle with the All-Father Odin, Lord of Asgard, and thanks to his love and pity I was taken from Jottunheim and raised as his own son as an Aesir, the giant who became a god, alongside his bloodson Thor.

But as Thor and I aged so did my happiness fade. The Asgardians- [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a race of proud warrior deities]], loved Thor for his courage, his might, his reckless buffoonery, whilst my talents lay in cunning and sorcery.

And like a true brother, I came to detest him.

I arranged for Thor to be exiled to your puny world of Midgard in mortal form, and plotted his death, unleashing scores of monsters and mayhem upon your world in pursuit of that goal, whilst in Asgard I schemed to realize my destiny and take my rightful place on the Allfathers' throne. My plots against Thor were thwarted time and again, and when I pitted him against SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk I made new mortal enemies when [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes]] united for the first time, in opposition of me.

But Loki cannot be humbled. I bartered with other mortals and gave them power to fight this new team; I schemed with other villains- [[CardCarryingVillain for what am I if not a villain?]]- and sought to defeat Thor and his allies with their aid; and I worked, tirelessly still, to one day claim Odin's crown which looks so much better on my noble head than it does my feeble brother's.

And after decades and centuries of planning and plots, I finally achieved my goal- and for my troubles, Thor brought about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok.]]

I did not seek the destruction of Asgard; I have ''never'' sought something [[EvenEvilHasStandards so terrible]], but Thor's actions freed us from the tyranny of [[AbusivePrecursors the Shadow gods]], and we were reborn.

I returned as a woman, but regained my masculinity in short order, and once again worked for the good of Asgard ... and the defeat of Thor. But I paid a heavy price for my actions and I died once again, only to rise once more this time as a child - innocent, trusting, but still wily as Mischief must be.

Unfortunately- or fortunately, one supposes, depending upon how you choose to look at it, I managed to rather... sunder myself in the process. Or rather, the ''old'' me did. You see, I'm not the Loki I once was- literally. The child-Loki was a copy, but I- the one destined to guide him and then take over his body after he had earned back the love and trust of my dear idiot of a brother am ''not'' the one who made the copy. I'm a bit of a copy myself now, actually- seems my skill at mischief is great enough that I was able to successfully [[IPulledAWeirdAl Loki ''myself'']]. And sure, while I did end up nearly causing the meltdown of reality as we know it during my stint with those inperturbable YoungAvengers, I discovered my heart just wasn't in it anymore.

I have become more ... appreciative, of Thor my brother, for at least he, alone among the Aesir, treats me with trust and love. I now put my mind towards more ... benevolent ends, and have assisted Thor and his friends in their hours of need- even if I am still more savvy about [[TheUnfettered how their principles sometimes get in the way of their own good.]] And still I work for the good of Asgard, the only true home I have ever known, and in the All-Mother's secret service. After all, sometimes it takes a little ''bad'' to do ''good''...



A series of films tells the tales of [[Film/{{Thor}} Thor and me]], as well as [[Film/TheAvengers his allies]]. The lofty task of portraying my glorious likeness was given to one Creator/TomHiddleston. One cannot imagine how delighted I was to see that he performed his role masterfully. The fact that he has also [[DracoInLeatherPants caught the desires of many a mortal woman]] as myself is an especially delicious triumph over my half-brother. [[spoiler:And if not for [[SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk that green beast of few words]], the outcome of the second film would have been far more enjoyable...]] At any rate, I also appear [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld in the sequel]], where I'm up to my old tricks again which [[spoiler:has a most satisfying ending where I now sit on the throne of Asgard]]. And such an ''handsome'' man he is too- so much that I modeled [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png my new face]] on his portrayal. Life imitating art and whatnot. (Or is it [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall art imitating art]])? I would presume that the majority of you are reading my page in his alluring voice at this very moment. (Or possibly that of Graham [=McTavish=], for those of you who are more animation-inclined.)

For some of my more recent exploits can be found [[JourneyIntoMystery here]], [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers here]] and [[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard here]].

[[AC:{{Comics}}]]
* ''Loki''
* ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}''
* ''JourneyIntoMystery''
* ''YoungAvengers'' Vol. 2
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard''

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* ''Anime/MarvelDiscWarsTheAvengers''

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''HulkVs''
* ''Film/{{Thor}}''
* ''[[ThorTalesOfAsgard Thor: Tales of Asgard]]''
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''MarvelUltimateAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
* ''VideoGame/SuperHeroSquadOnline''
* ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Marvel Super Heroes]]''

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends}}''
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''
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!! Tropes associated with Loki:

* AbusiveParents: Laufey was ''not'' a good father, but he suffered for his transgressions. As a time-travelling adult I took revenge on my wounded progenitor with a sword, screaming "YOU WILL NEVER STRIKE ME AGAIN!"
** That bastard briefly came back to life during my misadventures with YoungAvengers. Let it be know our reunion was anything but happy - he literally tried to ''eat me''!
* AbortedArc: The mortal known as [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] once aided me in subduing my wayward daughter, [[http://arousinggrammardotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/spiderloki12.jpg leaving a debt I've yet to pay.]] Due to the Siege, and other [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay events]] I doubt I'll ever have the chance.
* AdaptationalWimp: My incarnation in the ''MarvelCinematicUniverse'' removes most the power I have in the comics, likely since writers found me too difficult to write since I'm one of those characters whose [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands magic powers can often do whatever the plot needs them to]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: There are some who see Loki as the hero that he is and as of #622, I- in my younger form- have taken over the main Thor books as the protagonist (Thor is the protagonist in another one) and they have been renamed Journey in Mystery, to great critical acclaim. Along with my solo adventures as of October 2012 I am also a member of the Young Avengers.
** And in 2014, I trust you'll all go scurrying off to your local comic vendors in order to get your little mortal paws on my new solo series, ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]''.
* AffablyEvil: Depending on my mood, but just because I'm [[ManipulativeBastard a ruthless manipulator]] doesn't mean I can't be ''civil'' about it.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: My apparent death in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' had everyone, including Thor shaken by it. Except I survived.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: '''LIES!!!!''' Loki has NO EQUAL, much less a superior. Nevertheless in Asgard, because of my giant heritage, I was always overlooked for my accursed brother, Thor. This, coupled with AbusiveParents above, is what lesser beings say is the source of my nature but truly I simply am who I am.
* AmbitionIsEvil: ''My'' ambitions are, or so Thor and the fools of Asgard seem to believe.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Norn Stones are my most prominent though I have a collection of these.
* AmnesiacDissonance: The point of the New Journey into Mystery Arc-I was a preteen again, with no memories from before my preteen years (except for in my nightmares). I therefore do not remember my hatred of Thor, which started when we were teens. Instead, I [[BigBrotherWorship adore him]].
** [[spoiler: I certainly remember the big oaf now, but my feelings toward him have been quite warmed all the same.]]
* ArchEnemy: I am Thor's greatest and most personal enemy.
* AstralProjection: One of my numerous skills is to project my spirit.
* {{Badass}}: I play ArchEnemy to one to of the most powerful heroes in Marvel, of course I am.
** BadassBookworm: My intelligence is without question and I may be an unusually scholarly Asgardian, but I am still a Norse god, and one does not grow up amongst the Aesir without learning how to fight, nor have a blood feud with TheMightyThor without being ''good'' at it.
* BalefulPolymorph: Amongst other things, I have transmogrified Thor into a frog and my own grandfather into the snow- yes, '''the''' snow, as in, all snow ''everywhere.''
* BatmanGambit: Why does the Caped Crusader get this named after him when I have been playing Thor, the Avengers and all of Asgard like a fiddle since time immemorial?
* BeingEvilSucks: I have recently been plagued by a guilty conscience, taking the form of [[spoiler: the so-called "Kid Loki", whose soul I destroyed when I took over his body as part of my ploy to avoid the ignominy of predictability]]. {{Hamlet}} [[ShoutOutToShakespeare figures prominently]] [[OutDamnedSpot in his accusations]].
* BiTheWay: As revealed to Prodigy recently, Asgardians don't really have sexualities, so much as a variety of sex acts, [[MemeticSexGod many that I'm somehow responsible or connected to]], so with the likes of me, everything goes. Fortunately avoided being a DepravedBisexual, as I never expressed any of this until my current incarnation turned good.
* BigBad: Of many ''Thor'' stories, as well as both the first ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story and the [[Film/TheAvengers film]] (though, admittedly in the latter I was in an alliance with [[spoiler: {{Thanos}}]], but he stayed [[TheManBehindTheMan in the shadows]] the entire time, leaving me to be TheHeavy). [[spoiler:I am also the true villain of ''JourneyIntoMystery'' and ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard.]]
** I also served as this during the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
** I am also, surprisingly enough, [[spoiler: the villain of ''YoungAvengers'', as I struck an [[BigBadDuumvirate alliance with Mother]] in order to gain control of Wiccan and his powers.]]
* BigBrotherWorship:
** Perhaps I might be a little ... dishonest with myself, insofar as how much I truly detest Thor, and I might begrudgingly admit there are some things I might admire about him, at least now that I have forgotten that I ever hated him in the first place. Even if [[CallingTheOldManOut daddy doesn't like it]].
** As "Kid Loki" at least, I'm justified with this line of thought, as Thor is currently the only person who likes me at all and is nice to me.
* BlackMagic: One of the many branches of power avaliable to me and another contrast with my muscle bound brute of a brother.
* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: So Thor's sycophants would have you believe, but intellect is always superior to physical might.
* BuffySpeak: I'm approximately equivalent to a human of about twenty-one years of age now that I've gotten a fresh start in this new body of mine, and have become quite fond of your Western pop culture. Is it any wonder I sometimes do the... adjective fail thingy?
* BulletCatch: In ''Film/TheAvengers'', I briefly managed this with an arrow. Right up until it ''literally'' blew up in my face, anyway. (What I wouldn't give to wipe that smug smile off of [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Ozymandias}} Veidt's]] face...)
* CainAndAbel: Well, duh! I am in the role of Cain while my brother is the Abel!
* CardCarryingVillain: I ''am'' the God of Mischief and Evil, after all ...
* ChronicVillainy: [[spoiler:Right before allowing himself to be overwritten by my memories]], my child self called me out on it.
* ClassicVillain: {{Pride}} and Ambition are my principal traits and liars would have you believe that I also possess {{Envy}}.
* CleverCrows: Ikol, the magpie containing the memories of what Loki was before he died.
* ConsummateLiar: I would say that I do not lie nearly so often as everyone else seems to believe; then again, I am so ''good'' at it, aren't I?
* CoolHelmet: I admit it looks better on my live action incarnation.
* CoolSword: I am the current owner of Gram, sword of Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious). My older self plays no [[TimeyWimeyBall small part in its' complicated origins]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', after my defeat at the end of the first season, Odin locked me in a prison wherein a giant snake dripped poison into my eyes. A punishment copied from the original mythology, no less. But if you call that "cool" again, I'll put you through it, and see how "cool" you think it is.
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[AvertedTrope If only.]] My [[SarcasmMode dear]] Hela is neither little -- thrice my size, in fact; apparently giantism skips a generation -- nor particularly fond of me. Our relationships are rather ... strained, at best, and though we sometimes co-operate most of the time, the ungrateful wretch wants nothing to do with me. Unfortunately, as the Goddess of the Dead she is much more powerful than me as well, and worse I may even be destined to someday end up in her custody. Apparently, the insolent fool thinks me rather ... childish, but I am the God of Mischief after all, so I do have a reputation to live up to.
** [[spoiler:Though the fact that she's not really my daughter at all might have something to do with it. Girls, am I right?]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: My early childhood was littered with neglect and physical abuse. Also the fact I'm a runt giant, 1/5 the size of my kindred however if my oaf of a father had not abandoned me in the ice, Odin would not have taken me in and I might not have evolved into the god I am.
* DatingCatwoman: I once had a prolonged relationship with ComicBook/{{Storm}}, of the ComicBook/XMen, when she and the ComicBook/NewMutants were stranded in Asgard -- I even gave her back her ElementalPowers, as she had been depowered at the time. When I was... persuaded... to send them all back to Midgard, I offered her a chance to stay with me as my queen, and even had to admit to myself that having her as my own might have been worth losing the throne. While she turned down my generous offer, and I have scorned her ever since, I did sentimentally take the molten remains of the thunder-hammer I had used to empower her and reshape it into a statue of her to keep as a momento.
** Some people have not let go of the fact that when I empowered Storm, I did so by giving her a hammer very much like Mjolnir. Or of the fact her outfit was basically a feminized version of my brother's...
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so. My live action incarnation has some moments this that are likely the funniest moments in the Avengers film.
* DealWithTheDevil: I have been pressed-ganged into deals with actual devils at times, such as my forced alliance with [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange the dread Dormammu]], but I have 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 [[SuperEmpowering special gifts]] courtesy of myself. If I may be so modest, I am rather more honorable in my dealings than others that might be mentioned...
* DistaffCounterpart: So unmatched is Loki that I am my ''own'' DistaffCounterpart. [[EarthX Not for the first time, either.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet / HauntedTechnology: I pulled this once on [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Apocalypse]], appearing on one 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 me prisoner with his AntiMagic tech...
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', I managed to an Akursed after Thor proved no match for it before it fatally wounded me in turn. Subverted as I survived]].
* EasilyForgiven:
** Thor and Odin ''always'' forgive me in the end and give me another chance, but I refuse to accept their mercy.
** Averted with my return as a child. Odin has apparently run out of patience with Thor being the only reason I have not been banished or killed. The ''only'' person who has forgiven me is Thor. Everyone else wants to kill me.
** Averted with my ''MarvelCinematicUniverse'' incarnation. Thor and Odin do not forgive me after my attempted invasion of Migard, and Thor only releases me since he expected me to help deal with Malekith.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Though really, I prefer ''striking''.
* EnemyMine: Surtur once attempted to destroy Asgard. Odin and Thor stood in his way. I temporarily put aside my differences with my father and brother to fight Surtur at their side, because...
** My role in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. Malekith killed our mother, and Thor convinced me to go along with a plan of his for revenge.
** I once tried to manipulate [[XMen Mr. Sinister]] into stealing my genetic material from DoctorDoom, whose AntiMagic prevented me from doing it myself. Situation forcued us to fight our way out together.
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: Leah of Hel and former lovers of YoungAvengers, who joined Mother against the group, all turned out to be just creations of my guilty conscience, I subconciously brought to life to punish myself for killing Kid Loki.]] And [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Thanos}} that titan]] thinks ''he'' is his own greatest enemy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: I seek to rule Asgard; I do ''not'' seek to destroy it.
* EvilChancellor: Prince Balder could not have had [[BlatantLies a more trustworthy adviser...]]
* EvilIsPetty: Loki is never petty! Admittedly, my main motivation is showing up my pathetic brother, by any means necessary but then, I'd say he had it coming.
* TheEvilPrince: Well I am a Prince, rightfully a king and I am ''very'' good at being evil.
* EvilPlan: I set my sights on Odin's throne or otherwise see how I can make Thor suffer.
* EvilSorcerer: My knowledge of the mystic arts is unparalled in all of Asgard, even though many mighty sorcerers and sorceresses make it their home.
* EvilVersusOblivion: I already have stated as much my aim is conquest, not destruction. I stated this simply during a fight with Surtur, there's is no point in my ruling all that I survey if all I survey is burned to a cinder.
* [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Father Of A Thousand Young]]: As [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] was once surprised to learn, [[ReallyGetsAround Norse gods have a lot of time on their hands.]] While most of my children, are normal enough and mortal, I do have a few that are either immortal, such as Hela and Vali Halfling, or have... not inherited my handsome looks, such as Fenrir and the Midgard Serpent.
* TheFightingNarcissist: If you must use such a loaded term, Loki would say that merely maintains a healthy and realistic awareness of his own greatness but I can certainly fight and my style is far more based on grace and agility than brute strength.
* ForTheEvulz: [[Comicbook/DarkReign Norman]] [[{{Siege}} Osborn]] was an amusing toy... for a while.
* GenderBender: I have been know to take on feminine form, in particular that of my brothers lover Lady Sif, why Sif? ....to torment him of course.
* [[GodOfEvil God of Mischief and Evil]]
* {{Hand Blast}}s: Just in case you start thinking I'm all guile and manipulation, I can certainly take care of myself in battle.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: My newest incarnation seems to be developing an attachment to a certain Miss [[MeaningfulName Verity]] Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore impossible for me to fool.
* [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Inferiority Superiority Com...]] '''LIES!!!!''' No doubt spawned by my brother. I am entirely secure in my superiority and '''DO NOT OVERCOMPENSATE!!!'''
* InkSuitActor: For my most recent adventures performing tasks in Midgard for the All-Mother (tales I'm allowing to be told in my new series, ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]'') upon seeing the reaction Mr. Creator/TomHiddleston got in recent films, I decided to model my [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png new face]] on his likeness. It isn't without its difficulties, however, as I've had to move my apartment once after being [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/a5200c9f110de258c7d2ececc5de342b/tumblr_n21d7jnim41qaiv1xo2_500.png repeatedly confused]] for some Midgardian named [[Music/OneDirection Harry Styles.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** "[[Film/TheAvengers There are no men like me]]."
** Odin might fight for Asgard, and Thor may fight for Midgard, but [[TheMightyThor I fight for myself]].
* KickTheDog: [[https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/i/4086/8795/4d9cb7145821a.jpg?h=dd60ac78ce18512a49eb6ee95cdc5975 When confronting the Power Pack]], I used the fact that their grandmother was dying to my advantage and taunted them about it.
* LackOfEmpathy: I think myself above you? Well yes.
* LargeHam: I need to enjoy myself while displaying my superiority to those pathetic Midgardians!
* LeanAndMean: Watch out, here I come, I'm a fighting machine!
* LevelAte: One of my ... [[EvilIsPetty more frivolous]] acts of mischief was to change buildings and cars into candy.
* MagicKnight:
** I much prefer to manipulate things from afar or use magic than to resort to barbarian methods... But if I [[CombatPragmatist need to fight]], [[LetsGetDangerous I WILL fight]]!
** The Disir learned ''the hard way'' [[CurbStompBattle what happens to those who underestimate my battle prowess]].
* ManipulativeBastard:
** I've manipulated everyone in Asgard at some time or another. Fitting, given that I am [[NorseMythology the god of deception]]. Oh and in this case, "bastard" is meant literally. I insist that I'm not really the "God of Lies", just mischief. Of course, I'm such a good liar anyway, who could ever tell?
** I am so good that even when people know not to trust me (which has been Status Quo for fifteen real time years), I still end up manipulating them anyway.
** My younger self needs to be this since I don't have my magic, only my brains and my silver tongue.
** I am not above manipulating [[spoiler:incarnations of ''myself'']] either.
* TheManBehindTheMan: On several occasions the villains Thor defeats were my stooges.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: When I travel to the mortal realm, at least in [[SilverAge the good old days]], I try to dress my best- I look [[BadassInANiceSuit good in a suit, after all]].
* ManipulativeBastard: And an excellent one at that.
* MasterOfIllusion: My film incarnation in particular is fond of this, but I of the 616th universe am more than his equal in my own right.
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:"Kid" Loki]] was a scheme to let me return from death with a new lease on life and a better reputation.
* MindControl: I have used this on SelfDemonstrating/TheIncredibleHulk and various others, mortal and otherwise, with varying degrees of success. As an EvilSorcerer, I can do it anytime, but how effective it is depends on the mind.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Frost Giants are very big, very stupid, and typically DumbMuscle. I am a brilliant schemer, a powerful sorcerer, and slightly shorter than Thor (the horns on my helmet notwithstanding) and very slender. While I am still very strong and durable, that is primarily in comparison to the so called superheroes and villains of Earth, not Asgardians or other Frost Giants.
* NewPowersAsPlotDemands: As is common for characters whose skill lies in magic, I'm often capable doing whatever the plot needs me to with it, though not to the level of ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' since the writers still need Thor to be able to defeat me.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: I once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against the Hulk, but [[IronMan some]] [[AntMan other]] [[TheWasp heroes]] showed up as well. My plot was soon uncovered, and - much to my later irritation - I ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together. Indeed, this incident is my single greatest regret in life.
* NighInvulnerability: As a small Frost giant I am as durable and strong as any average Aesir, though I am not naturally as durable as that muscle-bound moron, Thor. Fortunately, as a sorcerer, I have ''super''natural durability as I have granted myself a range of advantages no other Aesir has- most Asgardians would be more bothered than I at the prospect of decapitation, for a start.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: As much as I hate to admit it, I am a runt by Asgardian standards. On Earth, I am unstoppable.
* NorseMythology: Once, the mighty warriors of the north venerated Loki Laufeyson!
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: I am not so swayed by a pretty face and body. On occasion, I have been distracted by [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman both Lorelei and her sister Amora The Enchantress]].
* PapaWolf: My relationship with my children can be strained ''at best'', but as it became evident with my (temporary) partnership with [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]], I ''DO'' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes care for my progeny]], and as Morwen [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown painfully learned]] , [[RoaringRampageOfRescue I do not take lightly anyone possessing them]].
* PhysicalGod: I am of Asgard; my power, my age, my strength are all godlike.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: I would like to safely say that this is [[AvertedTrope not the case.]] It looks like [[spoiler:assimilating my child self]] has given me knowledge of Internet culture and popular media such as Series/GameOfThrones, despite being of a species and from a culture vastly different from that of Midgard.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: While Loki has always maintained a certain "je ne sais quoi," there is no arguing that, as Kid!Loki, my design grew from "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/aa9fc8169b4895e08882fc8a311ad34a/tumblr_mfz3hyvR2u1r2mzigo1_1280.png eyebrowless goblin child]]" to "[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/ad42603b2281d19d805600fc55302987/tumblr_mf4kfw9xp61rxd4cao5_250.png handsome young lad]]."
** Having now [[spoiler: been granted an older body through Wiccan's magic,]] I now have the appearance of [[spoiler: a young adult in their late teens/early twenties.]] The reaction from the denizens of the internet seems to be, and I quote, [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/b4c27dbd8d2b17b3eb7c05445d188cca/tumblr_mv4ob7twpf1rt6kpxo1_r2_500.png "Oh no he's hot."]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Type C, if you think, as some do, that this applied to me. God of Mischief and all that- I suppose I can understand.
* PsychicPowers: I can enter the minds of hapless victims, such as the Hulk to turn him on Thor.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: It's hard not the read the entirety of [[spoiler:my younger self's sacrifice]] without seeing a touch of... aggravation at the fact that, because of the Editors and my new found popularity as the villain of the [[Film/TheAvengers Avenger's]], no matter what this was only a temporary arrangement. He even looks at the viewer while describing how it's beyond either of our power to make the story have a happy ending. (He declares that an unspecified "they" won't let me change, the imprudent brat). 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 [[spoiler:is for my younger self to be entirely erased from existence.]] This is admittedly something that can be undone if someone has the gall to.
-->'''Leah:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} Better to die as good fiction than live as bad.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The first time I took responsibility for my deeds and sided with heroes, I got torn apart by an eldritch horror.
* SadlyMythtaken: Originally Laufey was my mother, and I was the blood-brother of Odin. Meaning: I'm Thor's adopted uncle, not his adopted brother. Don't tell him. He would be so disappointed.
* SayMyName: I once commanded an army of mortals to do so, in the meager palace they call "Hall H".
* SealedEvilInACan: Odin once imprisoned me in a tree. I would become free only if my plight caused someone to shed a tear. No one missed me strongly enough to want to cry, so I resorted to [[WhenTreesAttack poking Heimdall in the eye with a leaf]].
* SiblingRivalry: With Thor, of course. [[Film/{{Thor}} A movie named after the brute]] highlighted my conflict with him and what it was like growing up in his shadow.
* SmugSnake: I admit that sometimes I am a little ... overconfident, and my plans don't go ''quite'' the way I want them to, and that I might, on the odd occasion, be somewhat responsible for my own failures, and maybe not take them as well as I could. But if you were a PhysicalGod and master of sorcery with a genius level intellect, you'd be high on yourself too.
* SorcerousOverlord: On the occasions I managed to ascend to my rightful place as King of Asgard.
* SquishyWizard: ''Only'' by Asgardian standards. I am a far superior physical specimen and warrior than any mortal.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Deep down I know I will always be Loki. [[spoiler:And I wouldn't have it any other way.]]
* SuperEmpowering: I turned Crusher Creel into the Absorbing Man and have given powers to several other less known villains; I also gave The Hood some [[AmplifierArtifact Norn Stones]] when his arrangement with Dormammu [[GenreSavvy predictably]] took a bad turn. I'm quite fond of this. And I'm so generous that I allow them to keep their powers even if they fail me.
** Correction, I didn't let The Hood keep the Norn Stones since I found the Avengers needed them to fight [[TheSentry the Void]]. What, you thought I let somebody keep something like those even if I needed them myself?
* SuperpowerLottery: When you are from a race of [[PhysicalGod gods]] that can lift tons above one's head and has mastery over sorcery, this isn't really surprising.
** [[http://www.killermovies.com/forums/f98/t551221.html This website]] ''does'' gave me the proper respect that I [[BlatantLies deserve]].
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Nine Worlds]]: Loki is the rightful lord of all creation and someday [[KneelBeforeZod all will bow before him]]!
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: As Hall H learned the hard way at Comic Con 2013.
* ThirdPersonPerson: [[SelfDeprecation Loki has a habit of doing this in various comics.]]
* TimeTravel: I can do this more or less at will; it gives me a distinct advantage when carrying out my {{Plan}}s. Even I cannot guess how much of Asgardian history was shaped by me until I decide to go back and affect it- the disappearance of my foster grandfather, my own adoption and the death of Laufey, and who knows what else? All me, and I didn't even know it!
* TrashLanding: My confrontation with the wayward Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) resulted in our falling into a pile of mortal refuse. The rest of that confrontation... [[CurbStompBattle did not go well for Loki]]. I still managed to acquire the last laugh on him, though.
* UglyGuyHotWife: I was ugly, but my wife was the beatiful Sigyn, and had love affairs with Lorelei.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: At the end of ''ThorTheDarkWorld'', I not only alive, but disguised as Odin. You'll have to wait to find out how I survived as WordOfGod is I won't be appearing again for a while to avoid overexposure.]]
* TheUnfavorite: It has long been obvious to me that I am Odin's least-favourite son but he will regret so contemptuously underestimating me when all of Asgard bows at my feet!
* TheUnfettered: Whether I am opposed to Thor or working towards some mutual end, I am always willing to go further than my spineless brother.
* VillainTeamUp: Well Loki is incomparable, I will sometimes work with my inferiors if need be; I don't see why all the other miscreants aren't as pragmatic as I am. Why, once I led almost every mortal villain to perform [[TitleDrop Acts of Vengeance]]..
* VillainTeleportation: I'd be a poor master of BlackMagic if I could not teleport at will....
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: When disguises are called for, mostly.
* WeaksauceWeakness: When I first appeared, I had one- I couldn't use my powers ''when wet.'' Against Thor, who could easily make it rain. Do you wonder why this is ignored now?
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Do not imagine that all my ambitions are selfish in nature; I have worked for the good of Asgard when it needed me, and the universe on occasion, and often I see the answers more clearly than the so-called "heroes" who are held back by too many ethics.
* YouCantFightFate: As long as the tales of my prior activities exist, I shall be drawn back to my old habits. Given that I would rather die than be so predictable, efforts are underway to erase them.

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** I am not above manipulating [[spoiler:incarnations of ''myself'']] either.


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* StatusQuoIsGod: Deep down I know I will always be Loki. [[spoiler:And I wouldn't have it any other way.]]
6th Jun '14 6:22:07 AM Scorntex
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** And in 2014, I trust you'll all go scurrying off to your local comic vendors in order to get your little mortal paws on my new solo series, ''Loki: Agent of Asgard''.

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** And in 2014, I trust you'll all go scurrying off to your local comic vendors in order to get your little mortal paws on my new solo series, ''Loki: ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard''.Asgard]]''.



* AmnesiacDissonance: The point of the New Journey into Mystery Arc-I was a preteen again, with no memories form before my preteen years (except for in my nightmares). I therefore do not remember my hatred of Thor, which started when we were teens. Instead, I [[BigBrotherWorship adore him]].

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* AmnesiacDissonance: The point of the New Journey into Mystery Arc-I was a preteen again, with no memories form from before my preteen years (except for in my nightmares). I therefore do not remember my hatred of Thor, which started when we were teens. Instead, I [[BigBrotherWorship adore him]].



* BigBad: Of many ''Thor'' stories, as well as both the first ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story and the [[Film/TheAvengers film]] (though, admittedly in the latter I was in an alliance with [[spoiler: {{Thanos}}]], but he stayed [[TheManBehindTheMan in the shadows]] the entire time, leaving me to be TheHeavy). [[spoiler:I am also the true villain of ''JourneyIntoMystery''.]]

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* BigBad: Of many ''Thor'' stories, as well as both the first ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story and the [[Film/TheAvengers film]] (though, admittedly in the latter I was in an alliance with [[spoiler: {{Thanos}}]], but he stayed [[TheManBehindTheMan in the shadows]] the entire time, leaving me to be TheHeavy). [[spoiler:I am also the true villain of ''JourneyIntoMystery''.''JourneyIntoMystery'' and ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard.]]



* InkSuitActor: For my most recent adventures performing tasks in Midgard for the All-Mother (tales I'm allowing to be told in my new series, ''Loki: Agent of Asgard,'') upon seeing the reaction Mr. Creator/TomHiddleston got in recent films, I decided to model my [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png new face]] on his likeness. It isn't without its difficulties, however, as I've had to move my apartment once after being [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/a5200c9f110de258c7d2ececc5de342b/tumblr_n21d7jnim41qaiv1xo2_500.png repeatedly confused]] for some Midgardian named [[Music/OneDirection Harry Styles.]]

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* InkSuitActor: For my most recent adventures performing tasks in Midgard for the All-Mother (tales I'm allowing to be told in my new series, ''Loki: ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard,'') Asgard]]'') upon seeing the reaction Mr. Creator/TomHiddleston got in recent films, I decided to model my [[http://media.tumblr.com/0ed5b9ca9df753f8420b259990abd168/tumblr_inline_mxel5kDsaL1rn7obi.png new face]] on his likeness. It isn't without its difficulties, however, as I've had to move my apartment once after being [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/a5200c9f110de258c7d2ececc5de342b/tumblr_n21d7jnim41qaiv1xo2_500.png repeatedly confused]] for some Midgardian named [[Music/OneDirection Harry Styles.]]
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For some of my more recent exploits can be found [[JourneyIntoMystery here]] and [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers here]].

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For some of my more recent exploits can be found [[JourneyIntoMystery here]] and here]], [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers here]] and [[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard here]].
4th Jun '14 5:20:38 PM Scorntex
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* ''Loki: Agent of Asgard''

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* ''Loki: Agent of Asgard''
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2nd Jun '14 10:29:23 AM Scorntex
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* CoolSword: I am the current owner of Gram, sword of Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious). My older self plays no [[TimeyWimeyBall small part in its' complicated origins]].



* TrashLanding: My confrontation with the wayward Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) resulted in our falling into a pile of mortal refuse. The rest of that confrontation... [[CurbStompBattle did not go well for Loki]]. I still managed to acquire the last laugh on him, though.




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* YouCantFightFate: As long as the tales of my prior activities exist, I shall be drawn back to my old habits. Given that I would rather die than be so predictable, efforts are underway to erase them.
11th May '14 2:23:34 AM MianPi
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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: My newest incarnation seems to be developing a platonic sort of attachment to a certain Miss [[MeaningfulName Verity]] Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore impossible for me to fool.

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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: My newest incarnation seems to be developing a platonic sort of an attachment to a certain Miss [[MeaningfulName Verity]] Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore impossible for me to fool.
11th May '14 12:36:59 AM MianPi
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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: My newest incarnation seems to be developing a platonic sort of attachment to a certain Miss [[MeaningfulName Verity]] Willis because she can see through any sort of lies and illusions, and is therefore impossible for me to fool.
10th May '14 1:18:03 AM cristancho
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* UglyGuyHotWife: I was ugly, but my wife was the beatiful Sigyn, and had love affairs with Lorelei.
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