->''"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]].



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery''
* ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}''
* ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers Vol. 2''
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard''
* ''ComicBook/VoteLoki''


[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/MarvelDiskWarsTheAvengers''


[[folder: Film – Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThorTalesOfAsgard''


[[folder: Film – Live-Action ]]

* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] in Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** ''Film/{{Thor}}''
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok''
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

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


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''


!! 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 "Kid Loki" arc – he was a preteen again, with no memories from before his preteen years (except for in his nightmares). Therefore he does not remember his hatred of Thor, which started when they were teens. Instead, he [[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... until it ''literally'' blew up in his face, proving even the Trickster God can be tricked.
* AstralProjection: One of his numerous skills is to project his spirit.
* 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/HarryStyles.
* ConsummateLiar: As the God of Lies, he's extremely skilled at lying.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 into Mystery'', to great critical acclaim. Along with his solo adventures, as of October 2012 he's also a member of the Young Avengers.
** In 2014, he got another new solo series, ''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.
** Initially 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. But eventually played straight in ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', where [[spoiler:Odin declares his love and even praises Loki for managing to enchant him before dying, and Thor and Loki finally reconcile after Loki returns in a BigDamnHeroes moment to evacuate Asgard.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Retcanon}}: As alluded to in the Progressively Prettier section, Loki was redesigned to be much more conventionally attractive thanks to the popularity of Creator/TomHiddleston's portrayal of him in the movies.
* 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.
** In ''Blood Brothers'', he seems unaware that he is the father of Hela.
** His Ultimate incarnation does, however, hew more true to the original myth, though he's still Thor's adoptive brother.
* 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.
* {{Squick}}: Daia, the concubine sent by the norn-queen, mentions offhandedly that she started as a child.
* 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]].
* 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. It is still not clear how exactly he pulled that off.]]
* 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.