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Do warn when a fanfic may head into incestuous or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.
Writes rich, believable, poetic stories that are both emotionally charged and satisfying. Mostly Loki/Sif, though there are some exceptional gen stories and a bit of Thor/Jane as well. This troper particularly suggests Paper Planes & Playground Games and A Small Thing Worn Thin.
It might seem odd to put an entire RP here, but the players are amazingly good, the plot is well-written, and they aren't afraid to have fun with it. Includes Thor, Loki, Frigga, Jane, Darcy, Dr. Selvig, and a bunch of other Marvel characters.
Synopsis: Loki falls into another realm, and learns there is more than one way to deal with being a monster.
Comments: A crossover between Thor and Being Human. Wait, it's better than it sounds, and the sequels are even better than that. Loki, after letting go of the Bifrost, lands in someone's dustbins. Whose? The cast of Being Human of course. A really touching story about personal growth, acceptance, healing, and rhinos. Everybody is written well and in-character.
Synopsis: When frightened or stressed, Loki transforms into a bunny and sometimes he needs to be cuddled to calm down enough to turn back. Unfortunately, the events of the movie are extremely stressful. Five times he transformed into a rabbit and needed cuddling.
Synopsis: Thor loses Mjolnir to the ice giant Trym, who will only return it in exchange for a bride. Of course Loki knows exactly how to handle this.
Comments: Well written, utilizes Norse mythology effectively, weaves itself into canon smoothly and even enhances it. Not to mention the whole thing is hilarious. An in-character bonding story for the sons of Odin.
Synopsis: An AU where Loki grows up a Prince of Jotunheim.
Comments: An AU which considers what Jotunheim used to be and how it fared after Odin took the Casket of Ancient Winters (referred to in-story as the vetrljós). The world-building here is extremely well done and the relationship between Loki and his father/birth-giver Laufey is tender and heartwarming even as it rounds out Laufey's character as the King of Jotunheim. Please note that as it is written as a fill for a kink meme prompt, it is highly likely to have an eventual pairing of Thor/Loki as the original prompter asks for an arranged marriage between Thor and Loki. The fic is still in progress, but is still worth reading.
Seconded, so much seconded. This should be available at bookstores. The AO3 one is currently a good deal further as the LJ one and easier to read, too.
Synopsis: Loki decides that he wants to join the good side. He just doesn't want to give Thor the satisfaction of knowing that they're now fighting on the same side. Therefore, every time Thor comes over to Loki's place, Loki has to pretend like he's doing something evil to keep up appearances.
Comments: Prompt from the kink meme filled with a fic in style of Good Omens, complete with footnotes. Unsurprisingly, it is hilarious. Check out the sequel underneath, too.
It can also be found on AO 3here. You can also find links to Calculator and the other sequels this fic inspired. It makes for easier reading than on the LJ comment page, if you ask me.
Synopsis: Loki has gotten bored with being an actual villain, so he's taken to playing both sides - causing mayhem and destruction on the one hand, and offering clues and such to help the Avengers stop his evil plots on the other. Unfortunately, one of his evil plots backfires on him and he manages to accidentally assist in creating a robot that is his double in almost every way. Almost, because not only is it clearly not as wonderful and clever as the real Loki, but because it's actually still hell-bent on being an evil mastermind. Oh, and it wants to destroy Loki and take every bit of his magic in order to replace him...
Comments: This is refreshingly funny and incredibly in character, for everyone but especially Loki. The reactions of the Avengers to all of this, and Loki's reactions to those reactions, are wonderful. And with all of the humour, there still manages to be a very clever plot and some very poignant moments. All around an incredible fanfic.
One Troper is convinced that the author is Terry Prattchet in disguise. Also He/She definitively understands what a Trickster is (i.e. NOT a God of Evil)
Can also be found on AO 3 as mentioned in the previous rec. Link.
Synopsis: Odin and Frigga's struggle to raise Loki, a baby from a species they have only know in battle before. Particularly frustrating for Frigga, who is the goddess of motherhood.
Comments: From the same author as the above recommendation, this fic deserves a mention for being not only both sweet and heartwarming but also really funny and faithful to the characters. The parts focusing on Frigga and Loki are adorable and her reactions believable, and the author gets bonus points for doing a portrayal of Odin as a troubled but good father instead of the Ron the Death Eater portrayal fandom likes to use. The ending is also too perfect.
Synopsis: Sequel to Abaddon. Loki enlists the Avengers' help in destroying everything to do with Abaddon.
Comments: Slightly more implications of Thor/Loki, but done in such a way that it feels less like a pairing and more like a manifestation of Loki's rage and unstable mental state after being tortured. A good followup to the first fic.
Synopsis: Before his adoption by Odin, Loki was abused by an Asgardian warrior. This warrior was subsequently banished for war crimes. Many years later, the warrior is pardoned and returns. Loki remembers.
Comments: I wasn't expecting this story to be so awesome. Believable, angsty with moments of levity to balance it out, thought provoking, predominantly from Thor's perspective, and... really, really packs a punch. Both the culprit and a related character (canon) are represented in a horrifying way, but given their behavior in comics and the presentation of abuse I wouldn't call it OOC so much as artistic interpretation. The relationship between Thor and Loki is particularly stunning.
It also has a sequel (which can be read on the same thread), and in this Troper's opinon the sequel is even better than the original fic.
Seconded. Thor and Loki's relationship in both fics is great- the first shows it more from Thor's side, the second more from Loki's. It's wonderful, and they both seem like themselves even though the circumstances end up very different from canon. -Sheliak.
Synopsis: After all these years, Loki realized, he was still nothing more than a frightened little boy.
Comments: The prompt was found from the kinkmeme, but the author mixes real Norse mythology with movie canon and has created one of the most heart-wrenching fics out there. Has Loki/Thor in the beginning, but mostly centers around Loki’s relationships with others.
Synopisis: An AU oneshot based off of Doctor Doom's canon experimentation on Loki clones. Loki, reincarnated as a boy after Seige, dreams over and over of being ripped apart on an operating table.
Comments: I honestly feel like it would be a crime not to list this here. Sad, horrifying, touching, and sweet—this is one of (if not the) best hurt/comfort fics I've read in a long time. The heroes are in-character and actually DO what heroes are supposed to do, Doom is terrifying and believable as a villain, Loki doesn't lose his mischievous streak or personality despite being utterly traumatized, and the whole thing is just a vivid, stunning, and thoroughly satisfying piece of fiction.
Synopsis: Loki dials the wrong number by accident, and then decides to keep doing it for fun.
Comments: Amazing characterisation, well-balanced writing and absolute hilarity.
Seconded. This fic is non-stop hilarity with a few heartfelt, very touching moments thrown in. Loki's texts to Steve are hysterical and it feels only natural that the God of Chaos has mastered text-speak. Great for a good laugh!
Synopsis: Jormungandr seems to enjoy encircling, unsettling, and threatening to swallow Thor a little too much. And Thor finds himself almost hypnotized every time he has to face Jormungandr, drawn into a twisted predator/prey dynamic he doesn't quite understand.
Comments: This feels authentically mythological, Jormungandr is unsettling in a very eldritch abomination sort of way, the characterization is spot on everywhere, descriptions are amazing, and...yep, pretty kickass. There's a hint of sexual tension in the foe yay flavor but nothing explicit.
Synopsis: Loki gets a therapist and finds Earth hobbies that he enjoys in between bothering his brother and his friends.
Comments: Hilarity Ensues. So do spot-on characterisation, heart-wrenching emotional outbursts, and drama-laden interactions with the Avengers. The author initially posted it on LiveJournal; it can be found here. Now complete.
Synopsis: Post-Avengers. Thor and Loki never get back to Asgard. Now S.H.I.E.L.D. is stuck with the world's most hated war criminal on their hands and everyone wants a piece - unless they can find a way to get rid of him for good.
Comments: Currently a WIP that gets updated regularly. Will apparently be a Loki/Jane/Thor triangle later on, but for now it's an amazingly written story that keeps Loki very much in character as his dangerous and unhinged self while simultanously covering questions of morality, loyalty - and the risks of tempting "fate" in quite a literal sense.
Synopsis: Post-Avengers AU. (Pulled from prompt) "After the Avengers capture Loki at the end of the movie, they lock him up as a precaution before shipping him off to Asgard. And being the good guys, they decide to give him the chance to bath and dress in clean cloths instead of sleeping in his own dirty rags. The problem is, without the whole battle gear and the drawn and mean look, Loki looks surprisingly young, which prompts the Avengers to ask Thor just how old Loki really is. Of course Loki is centuries old, but Thor tells them that in human standard, Loki would still be considered underage! Cue to horrified Avengers who wants to know exactly what sort of crappy home life Loki must have had to end up like this before even reaching adulthood.
Comments: Currently a WIP, and the prompt for the story makes it seem much more lighthearted than it is. What starts out as a simple AU and maybe a twinge of unease on the Avengers' part starts getting more and more twisted the more the layers of both the movies and myths get pulled back. It is also extremely well-written and both character development and the slow exploration of ideas are spot-on.
Synopsis:For years, Loki had served his father as an agent of stealth and silence, cunning and trickery. Thor was his father's right hand, serving him at court and at battle, but Loki was his left hand, the one that lingered behind, darting swiftly to strike when the enemy's attention was elsewhere.
Comments: Kink meme fic, basically about Spy!Loki and his heartbreaking exploits. He believes that the way for him to serve Odin is to take all the subtle damage directed towards the royal family upon himself, and they way Loki thinks of himself in this fic is full of all the sadness. Then ending made me cry, and trust me, I do not cry easily. Plus the writing is magnificent. Everyone should read this, but especially if you like hurt comfort.
Synopsis: When no one comes to their rescue on Jötunheimr, Loki is forced to lead Thor, Sif, Hogun, Volstagg and Fandral through his secret paths between worlds. To the surprise of his friends: it's a lot more dangerous than they ever suspected. Loki's either very brave or very crazy to travel the Underworld and the Dreamlands.
Comments: Deviates from the events of the Thor movie right after the disastrous Jotunheim encounter. Basically, Thor and company's only hope for surviving an unfamiliar land is mid-Jotun-identity-crisis Loki. Highlights include epic world building, Lovecraftian horror and interesting use of Norse myth elements, particularly the characters Sigyn and Angrboda.
Synopsis: Asgard expects Sif, an admired warrior who possesses all qualities they hold dear, to be Thor's lover. The truth isn't always so neat.
Comments: Very, very in-character. This story is stylistically beautiful, well-paced, provocative, and shows so much not only with what characters say or do, but what they DON'T say or do. The whole piece feels incredibly honest and is highly recommended.
Synopsis: Loki would never call Sif easily offended, but he had spent no small portion of his life practicing the fine art of stoking her ire. The only problem he saw was the fact that, this once, he hadn't actually done anything.
Synopsis: Loki is cast out instead of Thor, and manages to get by with the humans on Midgard much less conspicuously than Thor ever did. As he struggles to come to terms with his banishment and the growing suspicion that he's not truly Odin's son, Thor insists on visiting him and making everything more difficult than it could have been.
Comments: Very in-character. One of very few stories in the Thor film fandom that manages a perfect balance between Loki's jealousy and loneliness. I actually don't like this pairing, but the author manages to write it in a very believable and convincing way. Definitely worth reading.
Synopsis: Darcy thinks of the sharp curve of Loki's smile, of his long pale fingers and his eyes like chips of ice. Some things are much more amazing and important than photosynthesis and Youtube and the ability to eat a whole box of Pop Tarts.
Comments: What we see of Darcy, Loki, Jane, and Thor are incredibly in-character and Darcy's inner voice pulls off quirky and funny and pop-culture-savvy without sounding dumb. The dialogue manages to be funny and perfectly serious at points and the writing is also fantastic. The relationship is very realistic - exactly how a relationship between someone like Darcy and someone like Loki should play out - and at the end there is a callback to one of the more familiar Loki myths and something of a Mood Whiplash. There is also a sequel titled Ragnarok (release tips the balance) which is also amazing and somewhat sweet and mythological.
Synopsis: From the moment Loki strikes the earth onward, he desires revenge on his family. The strange Cube SHIELD has found may be his key. But when he hides his identity to get info from Jane Foster, something inside him begins to shift. And when a mysterious villain steals the Cube, Loki is forced to choose between vengeance and the life of the woman who loves his brother.
Comments: Gorgeous storytelling and romance. Brings out so much of the emotion present in the cut scenes and adds a bit of backstory to the myths that the Asgardians have about them on Earth, like why Sif's hair is black. It's not a couple I thought I'd like, but it surprised me how much I want to see more.
Seconded. The author does a fantastic job of weaving Norse Mythology and legend into Loki's backstory, making his character all the more layered and sympathetic given what he's endured throughout his life. I also never really cared for Jane, but she and Loki really do fit perfectly with one another, thanks to some very compelling storytelling.
Synopsis: Thor and his esteem issues and his magical sentient hammer go hunting for tricksters in Jotunheim. (I'll add some warnings in here because the author uses Choose Not to Warn: mentions of rape, abuse, and of course explicit incest and BDSM, as well as cannibalism)
Comments: The summary makes it sound a lot more silly than it is. There are definitely moments of humour in this fic, quite a few in fact, but it's also a dark, quite interesting take on the characters, notable especially for the way Thor is characterized. Very well done.
Synopsis: Heimdall has watched Loki all through his life, and he alone knows his secret crimes and hurts. (Author's summary: This is where the story becomes a lie, Heimdall thinks.)
Comments: An interesting blend of the comic-verse (particularly the Ragnarok cycle) with the movie-verse and the original Norse Mythology. Particularly interesting for its characterization of Loki and his reactions to those who love him.
Status: Mendacity and Discord are finished and the ongoing Kismet is in progress.
Synopsis Another Asgardian has fallen to Earth, leaving Jane hopeful of Thor's return. But her hopes are dashed when the visitor is revealed to be someone else entirely: Loki. In-character, canon excepting post-credits scene.
Comments: Considered to be some of the best Loki/Darcy fics out there, labyrinthinemelange does a great job with the characters and introducing little future plot points as off-hand comments. It's hard to say anything without giving away spoilers, but the fics are well written and full of surprises. Seeing Loki deal with his main neurosis (that he thinks he's definitely evil but doesn't want to be) in his head is a lot of fun, especially in the sequel. Darcy comes off as fun and enjoying the fact that she and Jane have been dragged into the gods affairs with all the enthusiasm or a kid going to Disneyland.
The sequel includes other pantheons and royal groups, like Hermes, Oberon, and Titania.
YMMV, of course. Mendacity and the "Kinkmeme made them do it" prompt linked below converted me to a Loki/Darcy shipper, but I found Discord less engaging, and didn't finish what there was of Kismet. - ranmouri
Synopsis: It was never easy to find Loki when he wanted to hide, but he wasn't doing a particularly good job of it at the moment. Probably he didn't think anyone from Asgard would be wasting their time hunting for him while the shining ones churned their way steadily through all the realm. (warning for dubious consent and collaring)
Comments: Epic. Not just in length but in scope. The plot is exciting and intriguing. It has an episodic feel to it that makes me wish that it was the plot of the Thor sequel. Loki and Thor's characterizations are wonderful, and their pairing is built up to with the latter working through the former's issues without either giving in to angst. The pairing works into the plot, and it's just great all around.
Synopsis: Thor is a mischievous seidrmadr, Loki is a respected warrior prince.
Comments: It's perfect. Great writing, the characters are very identifiable within their new roles, there's all sorts of conflict brought about by the role reversal and it's just an incredible fic on the whole. Also, the setting is brilliant. All of it is brilliant.
Was originally listed under General Fics, was moved here because the pairing is quite unambiguously Thor/Loki. Still an amazing read, and worth checking out even if this isn't your ship of choice.
Synopsis: "OKAY, normally I pull a line from the story as a summary, but I can't find a good one that summarizes SUPERVILLAINS IN LOVE, WAIT, IS LOVE THE RIGHT WORD? YES? PROBABLY? That's what this is about. Also mortality! Monsters! Armor! Asexuality! Gender! Violence! TRUE SUPERVILLAIN LOVE, YES."
Comments: Bizarrely sweet. There isn't really a better way to describe this - it really is TRUE SUPERVILLAIN LOVE. The progression of Doom's and Loki's relationship is perfectly entertaining and understandable without having any familiarity with Doom's backstory and canon. Warning for some violence and references to abuse, since author used "Choose not to warn".
Synopsis: The author's description: "In the wake of a treaty, Prince Loki of Jotunheimr travels to Asgard for the first time, where he meets the woman warrior-in-training, Sif. The volatile and intense bond stuck between them will alter the relationship between the two realms forever. AU."
Comments: A very great version of the "What if Loki hadn't been taken by Odin?" AU storyline. The author is great at keeping Thor, Loki, and Sif all in character, and is particularly adept at the characterization of the Jotunns, making them complex real characters and not "monsters." And since this is a romance, it must be said that the romantic tension between Sif and Loki is very truthful and beautiful.
Synopsis: The timeline starts in a fall of glass. There’s a staggering loss of gravity as Tony stares up at the suddenly blue sky.
Comments: A beautifully written, compelling story. It's funny, witty, and keeps you on your toes the entire way through. The characterization is spot-on and I have yet to read another frostiron fic that has taken hold of me as much as this one.
Synopsis: "Prompt: When the Avengers RPF kinkmeme happens, Darcy is all over that shit. So, it turns out, is Loki. They bond over the crack and the pr0n and somehow, end up meeting up - epic WTF and hot metatextual sex ensues.
Comments: This is a brilliant fic, screamingly funny, with levels of meta that will make your head spin. Converted many people, including this troper, to the Loki/Darcy ship. WIP, but absolutely worth it. Note: Had an entry on this page for some time, but it seems to have been zapped.
Synopsis: It started with a message, a late-night visit, and a God of Mischief in Tony’s bed. A story of trust, trickery, unwilling aid and inevitable attraction.
Comments: Compelling in its adherence to MCU canon with added Comic-verse elements that don't detract from either. One of the few Loki-centric fics that don't try to excuse or forgive his actions, and present his relationship with Tony as believable and paced. Masterfully showcases the ups and downs of the Dating Catwoman trope. Seven chapters in, and we still don't know whose side Loki is on but his own.
Synopsis: Magic is for children and cruel, cowardly adults. This is what Thor and all Asgardians are taught and know is true.
Comments: This fic is based off two different prompts. One, that in Asgard, magic can only be used until one falls in love (but not so on Jotunheim), and two, an AU where Loki was taken as an actual stolen relic, and kept in Odin's vault until a suitable use had been found for him. The combination of these two is gorgeous, the story sucks you in immediately and the characterization is spot on. It's an amazing story recommended to everyone.
Synopsis: Being involved with the Avengers can be exciting during the fighting but like the rest of life, there are always boring necessities. Fury's meetings are one of them. A Loki/Darcy Oneshot. Set in the post Avengers movieverse.
Comments: A very amusing oneshot, and Loki is surprisingly in character.
Synopsis: After he is taken back to Asgard, Loki escapes his prison and decides to return to Midgard. How can an angry and hurting god pass the time? Oh look, there’s Thor’s woman. He did promise to pay her a visit, right?
Comments: Absolutely fantastic and wonderfully written series of BDSM smut fics. Loki and Jane's relationship, though based primarily in sex, has gone through real development without glossing over all the horrible crimes Loki has committed. As previously mentioned, there is BDSM in this fic, so expect to see a lot of kinky stuff. Currently incomplete and consists of: Just A Bit Of Fun, Embracing the Dark, The Calm Before The Storm, and The God Who Cried Wolf.
Synopsis: Thor 2 AU. He had always longed to be wanted by someone. His mother, his father, his brother, said brother's friends... He never would have guessed he would be wanted by a once insignificant Midgardian girl. And somehow, he didn't seem to mind.
Comments: This is only a oneshot, but what a wonderful oneshot it is. Loki's feelings are described in-depth and in character, making him sympathetic but also making you aware that he's still done bad things. While it is AU, it's only minor, as the changes it makes to the second movie is that Loki lives while it's Sif who dies instead. Placed in the pairing section because the pairing is what the story builds up to.
UPDATE: The story now has a second chapter from Darcy's POV.
One of the few fanvids that completely, succinctly captures the complexity of Thor and Loki's relationship. Suitable for both Thor/Loki slash shippers and those who prefer them as brothers, even though the vidmaker was only going for the "angsty brotherly love" angle.