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Tear Jerker: Journey into Mystery
Are "they" the authors who refuse to accept change in their characters? or are "they" the masses of people who will never give him a chance because they were instructed for years to hate him?

  • An offhand comment by Kid Loki in response to one of Thor's:
    Thor: You are not as wicked as they say.
    Kid!Loki: I would have to try terribly hard to be that bad.
    • It's a tearjerker because it's Kid Loki acknowledging his earlier statement—that the deeds of his past self were more than worthy of execution. He used to be a horrible person and knows it, and in that context the line is heartbreaking.
  • After he helps kid!Loki in his plans to help Thor kill the Serpent in Fear Itself, Volstagg returns home. Once home, he "retells" the events of the battle, where he beats the Serpent and everything is glorious once again. But through-out, he covers up the more horrible details of the war for his children, so that they aren't afraid. However, after the children are put to bed he tells his wife "The world is not always good. I tell the stories to make them feel better. I tell the stories to make myself feel better too. They are children. They are innocents, and innocents I wish them to remain. At least a little while longer. I wish all children could remain so." It's that last sentence that gets this troper every time. Volstagg has been through war after war. He has been forced to help kill Thor for the greater good. And he can't help but worry about kid!Loki, if only because he's a child too. A scared child who he realizes cannot hold out forever.
  • In Journey into the Mystery #629, Loki has just finished executing a brilliant plan to ensure the Serpent's defeat, and Thor's fall. Note that we're talking about Kid!Loki, who loves his brother and does not want to harm him. To do this, he required assistance from many wretched demons and some of Asgard's enemies. The dead Tyr, the Asgardian god of war, asks Kid!Loki "what now".
    Loki: To achieve this, my very self is mortgaged to wicked creatures time and time over. I have freed one of Asgard's greatest enemies and facilitated the death of our greatest protector. My people will still loathe me, and the grave holds the one who protected me. I do not know 'what now.' I think if I thought of it, I would weep for me. But that would be awfully self-centered wouldn't it?
  • Leah fading away after Hela heals herself and it is revealed that she was some sort of incarnation of Hela's hand cut off by the Disir. Her lasts words are words of comfort for Loki, but it does little to alleviate his sadness and anger at seeing his BFF go away like this.
    • Leah again issue 645 due to Old!Loki's conditions of only 3 conversations without telling anyone about his situation, so Kid!Loki barely says anything to Leah and uses his conversations on others. To protect her, he has Hela send her into the past without explanation or a good bye this time as she curses him without knowing why he did what he did.
  • The entirety of issue 645. But special mention should be made of kid Loki's line after old Loki's monologue about what will happen to him after he "dies"
    No, that's a pretty lie. It won't be like that at all. I'll be gone forever.
Incredible HulkTearJerker/Marvel ComicsThe Mighty Thor

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