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     Giants In General 

The primary enemy of the Norse gods who live in the world of Jotunheim, the land of giants. Ranks includes Frost Giants (including similar ones like Ice Giants or Rime Giants), Storm Giants, Mountain Giants, and even just regular ol' Giants.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Especially in modern depictions. Frost Giants (Loki and descendants excluded) are generally blue and fire giants red for example but other odd skin tones can occur too.
  • Art Evolution: What giants have looked like over the years various from artist to artist and giant to giant. Sometimes they are shown as primitive, large humans to things far more monstrous.
  • Depending on the Artist: Earlier versions of giants are drawn as giant versions of humans, while other artists draw them as more monstrous creatures in order to make them more distinguishable from each other.
  • Dumb Muscle: Most giants are characterised as brutes who are not too bright, though some such as Loki are notable exceptions.
  • Stupid Evil: With rare exception, giants are not that bright. Their magic tends to be weak and their society only as advanced as a hunter-gatherer at best. Their fighting strategies tend to be simplistic as well. Often, they are mean for the sake of being mean, which usually pisses off the gods. It gets to the point where the giants would live a lot longer by just staying home.

Classic Loki
Loki's female form 

Loki is the biological son of Frost Giant chieftain Laufey. After Odin killed Laufey in battle, he adopted Loki and raised him as his own son. It was revealed that Loki engineered his own adoption through means of a Stable Time Loop as part of his plan to destroy the Aesir.

  • Abusive Parents: Laufey was not a good father. In one particularly poignant scene, a time-travelling adult Loki took revenge on a wounded Laufey with a sword, screaming "YOU WILL NEVER STRIKE ME AGAIN!"
  • Affably Evil: Sometimes.
  • Always Someone Better: Thor was this to Loki during their childhood in Asgard. This, coupled with Abusive Parents above, is basically Loki's Freudian Excuse.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He wants to rule Asgard no matter the cost.
  • Archenemy: To Thor.
  • Astral Projection: He has demonstrated the ability to project his thoughts telepathically across great distances as well as potent hypnotic capabilities.
  • Badass Bookworm: While he's mainly known for his skills at magic and guile, he's quite the skilled fighter and an expert battle strategist as well.
  • Big Bad: Of many Thor stories, being Thor's Arch-Enemy, as well as the first Avengers story, and one of the main threats in the Marvel Universe.
  • Black Magic: He uses this often.
  • Body Snatcher: Has made a bad habit of this ever since he came back to life after Ragnarok. First he came back in the body intended for Sif and claimed it was the body intended for him, and later claimed he had inhabited her body by mistake when he returned to his true form. He later forced Kid Loki to allow him to take over his body, eradicating his younger self's mind in the process.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: In comparison to Thor.
  • Breakout Villain: In the movies. In the comics the general consensus was that he was sort of cool sometimes but also one note (almost everything he ever did went back to his Freudian Excuse sooner or later). Until his death and rebirth as Kid!Loki that is.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Thor's Abel.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Rarely touched upon but the fact that he is a small Frost Giant adopted by Asgardians; hated, feared and mistrusted by both, really didn't help their mental state or identity issues. In Thor (2014) as Spoiler Character 2 (probably) denied both. Loki is Loki.
  • Chronic Villainy: No matter how many second chances Thor and Asgard are prepared to give him, Loki simply can't seem to help but play the villain's part.
    • This becomes a plot point in Agent of Asgard. No matter how much he himself wanted to change, because everyone wanted him to be the villain it was the role he would take.
  • Consummate Liar: Loki is the god of this trope, as he is literally the God of Lies (well, occasionally he'll also deny it just for the heck of it). He also manages to play with it — people know they can't trust him, so he simply factors in the not being trusted into what he says. He's literally so good that he can manipulate a person when they know who he is, that he's evil, and that he's probably manipulating them and shouldn't be trusted.
  • Cool Helmet: His reindeer helmet looks awesome.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Loki's early childhood which is littered with implications of neglect and possible physical abuse. Also the fact he's a runt giant, which means he's like 1/5 the size of his kindred. This is often an explanation for his self-loathing and mean behavior.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently, he enjoys trading barbs with others.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Loki bears the dubious honor of being one of the few characters to become his own Distaff Counterpart.
  • Easily Forgiven: Thor and Odin always forgive Loki in the end and give him another chance. Loki is so convinced that they secretly hate him that he never takes it.
    • Though averted with Loki's return as a kid; Odin has apparently run out of patience, with Thor being the only reason Kid Loki has not been banished or killed. The only person who has forgiven Loki is Thor. Everyone else wants to kill him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's all about himself and wants to take the 9 Realms because he wants to one-up Thor; he has also fought to defend to it to prevent its destruction.
  • Evil Chancellor: To Balder, during his tenure as Asgard's king in the JMS run.
  • Evil Mentor: In magic, to his son Vali and later to Wiccan.
  • Evil Is Petty: His main motivation is simply showing up Thor, by any means necessary.
  • The Evil Prince: He is prince by adoption of Asgard and technically prince by birth of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. He has enough clout with the Frost Giants to at least use them as Mooks from time to time and regularly schemes to overthrow his adopted father Odin, take over Asgard and kill his foster brother Thor somewhere along the way.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He is perhaps the most powerful sorcerer in all of Asgard, rivalled only by evil (mostly) sorceress Karnilla. Loki has the ability to generate and control a great quantity of mystical abilities for a variety of purposes, of which can be used to further enhance or augment his physical diagram, like his speed, strength, and stamina, but only temporarily.
  • For the Evulz: Most of his actions, if not trying to one-up his hated brother, is simply for his own amusement.
  • God of Evil: ...and mischief and lies.
  • Hand Blast: One of his main forms of attack.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Loki actually hates himself and has a raging inferiority complex. However, he loves to hide it behind false arrogance and superiority.
    • We see more of the unmasked inferiority complex with Loki as a child, since he's a kid who knows everyone but his big brother hates him... and worse, that the person he used to be means he deserves it.
  • It's All About Me: No matter what he says, just about everything he does is self-serving.
  • Lean and Mean: Often portrayed as lean if not decently built, and certainly very evil.
  • Magic Knight: Most stories focus on his illusions and magic, while occasionally a story comes along that reminds readers that Loki grew up in a warrior culture and was taught the art of the sword. He isn't as good of a fighter or as physically powerful as many others, but he can more than hold his own or make up for it with his magic. Being immortal has given him plenty of times to develop his skills in both areas.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has manipulated pretty much everyone in Asgard at some time or another including himself. Fitting, given that he is the personification of deception.
    • He actually 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 anyways.
  • The Man Behind the Man: A number of Thor's other enemies were created by Loki.
  • Master of Illusion: He loves this, so he uses this to trick his opponent or escape.
  • Memory Gambit / Cloning Gambit: The reason for Kid Loki's existence proved to be this.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Frost Giants are mostly depicted as very big, very stupid, and typically Dumb Muscle. Loki is a brilliant schemer, a powerful sorcerer, and is usually shown as slightly shorter than Thor (the horns on his helmet notwithstanding) and pretty darn skinny. While he is still very strong and durable, that is primarily in comparison to Earth superheroes/villains, not Asgardians and other Frost Giants.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He once schemed to pit Thor in a deadly battle against the Hulk, but some other heroes showed up as well. Loki's plot was soon uncovered, and — much to his later irritation — he ended up inadvertently bringing the Avengers together.
  • The Nth Doctor: Loki erased himself from Hela's books in Dark Reign so no Loki goes to the afterlife since. Which means when a new one arrives after an unfortunate death, which is predictable as Death Is Cheap in comics, he/she/them will be a different person (so the Loki of the past is not the same as Kid or the 3rd despite all being Loki). He wasn't aiming for this effect, but when did Loki's plans ever not involved unexpected consequences?
  • Orc Raised by Elves: Loki was a Frost Giant raised by Odin after (apparently) killing his father Laufey. Loki attempts to conquer and destroy Asgard and in general the universe. He also hates his own race, especially his Abusive Parent (who Loki also killed in one instance).
  • Progressively Prettier: When he first debuted, he was drawn as a craven-looking man as a sharp contrast to his stepbrother's good looks.
  • Redemption Equals Death: During the Siege event, Loki realizes that he's been making a massive mistake: He wanted to make Asgard greater than ever, but let his hatred of Thor get in the way of that. In a last ditch effort to stop the Void, he uses the Norn stones to empower the New Avengers to give them a fighting chance. When this doesn't work, Loki takes the full brunt of the Void, dying while tearfully apologizing to Thor.
    • Back from the Dead: Fortunately, Thor brings him back to life,]] now as a child with no memory of his evil deeds or his previous life beyond the age of twelve, but still has the guilt of what happened. With Thor's encouragement he becomes a kid hero.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In his first Silver Age comic appearance, he had been magically imprisoned inside a tree by Odin as punishment for his antics.
  • Sibling Rivalry: His rivalry with Thor is one of his main motivations for villainy.
  • Third-Person Person: Has a habit of doing this in various comics.
    • Ikol did it as well, but it makes sense since he is no longer Loki, Kid!Loki is. Of course, Ikol also refers to "Loki" in the sense of what Loki means to the world at large and as a being, not directly referencing Kid-Loki.
  • The Unfavorite: He definitely thinks of himself as Odin's least favourite son.
  • Villain Teleportation: Often uses magic as a getaway.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like a number of gods or goddesses, Loki possesses highly developed shape-shifting capabilities. He is able to adopt almost any form imaginable whether it be animals, other humanoid beings, or even inanimate objects.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: When he first appeared, he had one — he couldn't use his powers when wet. Against Thor, who could easily make it rain. No wonder this is ignored now.

     Kid Loki

After his death in Siege, Loki was resurrected as a preteen without his adult memories, powers, or emotional baggage. He was the lead character during the run of Kieron Gillen on Journey into Mystery.

  • Adorkable: Is an absolute geek in regards to Midgardian culture and technology.
  • Amnesiacs are Innocent / Amnesiac Dissonance: Loki has no memories of his adult self's evil acts, or his motivations for committing them.
  • Back from the Dead: Inexplicably, he makes a return in Asgardians Of The Galaxy, apparently separated from his older counterpart. In Issue #4, it's revealed that he's actually Ikol's guilt.
  • Big Brother Worship: As far as Loki is concerned, his big brother Thor is the center of the universe. Kid-Loki practically worships Thor and nothing he does can ever be bad. Even if daddy doesn't like it.
    • Kid Loki is justified with this line of thought, as Thor is by that point the only person who likes him at all and is nice to him.
  • Break the Cutie: Things start out bad for him and proceed to get progressively worse.
  • Cessation of Existence: At the end of Kieron Gillen's run on Journey into Mystery, Ikol/adult Loki overrides his mind, annihilating his identity.
  • A Day in the Limelight: After Thor #622, Kid!Loki took over the book, which was renamed Journey in Mystery.
  • Dying as Yourself: He claims that despite accepting to kill his ego for the sake of Mephisto not getting the crown of thorns, as part of Old!Loki's plan, he still wins because he did change.
  • Fake Defector: Loki uses his bad reputation to pretend to betray Asgardia as part of his schemes to help Asgardia on more than more occasion.
  • Guile Hero: As he has very little of his adult self's magical or fighting skills, he relies almost entirely on his wits.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Most of his plans unravel at the end of "Everything Burns", specially the crown of fear, which pretty much forces him to go along with Old!Loki's plan to kill himself.
  • I Hate Past Me: Kid Loki had no love for his evil past self.
  • Keet: Extremely eager and happy, his enthusiasm surprises even Thor.
  • Morality Chain: To Thor. When Thor discovers that Teen!Loki took over Kid Loki's body, he goes absolutely ballistic on him. What stops Thor from bringing himself to kill them was the memory of Kid Loki's final moments with Thor.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A good version of this (he needs to be, since he doesn't have his magic; manipulation is all he's got).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He pitted the Fear Lords in an eternal battle over the Fear Crown, but didn't count on Mephisto intervening and taking the crown for himself. This was all part of the original Loki's plan.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: He becomes fascinated with Midgardian pop culture after discovering the internet.
  • Talking to Themself: Ikol turns out to exist in solely in Loki's mind.
  • The Trickster: Well, he's still Loki. Literally as it turns out; "Kid Loki" is a scam pulled off by Loki to avoid the ignominy of predictability.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The entire run of Journey Into Mystery is just one big "Shaggy Dog" Story for the poor kid. Almost everyone in Asgard still hates him for what his original self did, he loses his best friend Leah, abandoned by Thori, and discovered in the finale that everything he accomplished is nothing more than another of his original self's schemes.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even when his intentions are good, Loki's schemes still lead to disaster.

     The 3rd Loki (Teen Loki etc.)
"I am the echo of a screamnote . I am the magpie who whispersnote . I'm the crime that will not be forgiven."

He/she... or rather they... are the Loki who was born from the death of Kid Loki at the end of Journey into Mystery, who cursed themselves with their first breath, and the world (including the readers) with the second. Oddly they're pretty much neither of their predecessors, but instead take elements from both well still somewhat forming their own identity. "Star" of Young Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard.

  • Acting Your Intellectual Age: As Kid Loki they were prone to some very troubling unchildlike behaviors, like flirting with everybody and drinking, on the other hand their intellectual age was obviously lower than their actual age would suggest. "You're as old as you feel" and they didn't feel like an adult yet either. When they eventually got their teenage body, they started acting more adult or young adult at least.
  • Ambiguous Gender: This Loki can be a woman whenever they feel like, and would do so for no other reason. Odin outright calls them his "child who is both his son and daughter" on at least two occasions.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: They still can't remember why they hated Thor in the first place, despite having most of their memory back.
  • Animal Motif: Look at their quote and guess. Could it be magpies?
  • Batman Gambit: Their entire ploy to reform the Young Avengers had them manipulate Miss America by telling her they plan on killing Wiccan so that she goes to warn him and brings the team back together.
  • Becoming the Mask: Thanks to the nature of gods, this begins to happen to them after they take the place of their younger self.
    "I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me."
  • Beware the Honest Ones: They're not that honest but when they do do honest things, they're quite unpredictable and untrustworthy.
  • Big Bad: Everything bad during their run with the Young Avengers was their fault, with the exception of the fake Patriot. Given all the Character Development, they were a Villain Protagonist too. In their defense at least the League of Evil Exes wasn't intentional.
  • Body Snatcher: They took over the body of kid Loki.
  • Clones Are People, Too: They are a personality copy of the past Loki in the body of the kid, literally created in the process of a Cloning Gambit. They fought very hard to become their own person which reaches its peak when Old Loki tries to push them into accepting the role of the past Loki. They would rather burn virtually everything in themselves that belonged to their previous incarnations, taking a new title, writing a new story, and breaking the timeline.
  • Consummate Liar: They're Loki after all, no matter how they look. This ends up being subverted after AXIS, since they can't lie any more. Until they change to the God of Stories that is.
  • Determinator: They don't know the meaning of giving up. This is also one of their vices, if they got something in their head they won't give up no matter the cost and will need other people to point out if it's counter-productive or self-destructive. Considering their pride, greed and selfishness they generally lack the friends they sourly need when that happens. Until King Loki begins to meddle and accidentally fix this that is.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?:
    • Loki made a deal with a parasite called "Mother" and orchestrated Billy bringing it into the world, then betrayed it and prevented it from consuming Billy. And they did it in such way to not break the magical deal that prevents it from revealing their involvement and escape the consequences. And they did it again later, when they played a game of questions with the parasite. It thought she learned a lot and they learned nothing, but they pointed out how they could afford to answer all its questions with no harm done, while they learned "Mother" knew nothing about what interested them.
    • They trick Mephisto into believing they were gonna get Sigurd's soul in exchange of the Sword of Truth after they both signed Mephisto's contract. Actually, they used many invisible devices to ensure they would be invisible and exchange Mephisto's contract for one of their own that ensured their sword was theirs again, Mephisto vanished and Sigurd delivered to the All-Mothers. All to trick them into believing Loki captured Sigurd when in reality Sigurd was Loki's inside man in the Asgardian jail.
  • Escape Artist: They claim to be the biggest expert in escaping Cool And Unusual Punishments, especially those by Odin, and with their track record we're inclined to believe them. It's anybody's guess why people still try to imprison them, they'll make their inevitable escape sooner or later.
  • Evil All Along: They were this at the beginning of Young Avengers. If we go by his future self, they've gonna be this eventually despite all their good intentions. They do manage to avert that particular evil future self that was plaguing them at least.
  • Faking the Dead: They seemingly annihilate themselves in an attempt to defy the villain's plans in issue #13 of their solo series... it's also a ploy to redefine what being the God of Lies means (Stories not Evil), break the timestream, make their future time displaced, and screw destiny. And it works. They come back to Verity at the last pages (8 months in-universe time) with a Plot-Relevant Age-Up. The villain is still fooled though.
  • Future Me Scares Me: They aren't like the past Loki, but there is a pretty strong possibility that they're going to turn out like that but worse. Said possibility just loves to torture them with this.
  • Get It Over With: After admitting how they replaced kid-Loki and manipulated the Young Avengers, they asks Miss America to kill them before they can talk their way out of it again. She replies that she's not going to make it that easy for them.
  • They're All Grown Up: They took over the body of Kid Loki but later while with the Young Avengers, they become the very attractive Teen Loki thanks to Wiccan.
    Kate: Now he looks like trouble.
  • Guile Hero: While hero might be stretching the term, Loki will use their wit and resources in most situations.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: They plotted to steal Billy's power and drive the boy into suicide but changed their mind and helped the team out of a tight spot at the last minute. They still planned to betray them later but they ended up liking them and decided to leave before they could turn on them again.
  • Helpful Hallucination: During their time with the Young Avengers Kid Loki often appeared in front of them to try to persuade them to do the right thing. They almost never listened to it and ended up paying by having many other physical hallucinations of their teammates manifest and join the parasite Mother.
  • Heroic Vow: This Loki vowed that they will not end up becoming the Loki that has tormented the Marvel Universe for such a long time. They made this at least twice, one before taking over Kid Loki's body and then again when they were talking to Prodigy at the Young Avengers new year's party. So far they hasn't broken their vow.
  • Hometown Nickname: In Ms. Marvel, Bruno (one of Kamala's friends) called them "Hipster Viking" not because he knew they were from Asgard, but because he thought they were from Williamsburg (apparently people from funds dress weird there).
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Their behavior around Verity is always this because she can see through any of their lies, so they always have to either plan ahead or use a different kind of trick with her.
  • I Meant to Do That: To truly ridiculous degrees at times. For example when they were still Ikol they claimed to Kid that Loki's whole death, resurrection and so forth was totally part of the plan and nothing backfired at all, which is blatantly untrue if you read these tropes. The "ghost" of past Loki downright denied later that he intended to die.
  • Impossible Thief: Once managed to steal an item from the telepathic Red Skull's person with him not noticing until Loki was long gone.
  • The Jinx: If you can be certain about one thing around Loki at all that'll be things won't go as you expect them, how bad that's to the people around them is as erratic as they are. (Yes. They can cause mischief by standing still.)
  • Loophole Abuse: They cannot avert being the God of Lies, but that way lies evil, so they decide to go around that by becoming the God of Stories instead, because that sounds a lot nicer while meaning basically the same, and it works.
  • Mad God: Loki was never particularly sane to begin with, dying and sundering, killing, remaking, etc. themself didn't help their mental state at all, which combined with being a Reality Warper makes them very dangerous even if they don't mean harm. Basically when they can't tell fantasy from reality, neither will anybody else.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being the Norse god of mischief.
  • The Mentor: Was one to Billy in magic.
  • Meta Guy: Loki was always kind of Medium Aware, but this version of them is an outright in-universe Fourth-Wall Observer (gods being trope based entities, which they're keenly aware of), who occasionally also wreaks havoc on the real fourth wall, but when not can still lecture on about the Theory of Narrative Causality.
  • Mood Whiplash: They're a master of slipping disturbing remarks between jokes.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: They're pretty much every sin personified (except envy, they lost most of that) but special mentions go to greed and sloth, they want to better themselves for personal gain (wanting everything includes friends) and more comfort.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: They're still so wrought over their guilt that at one point it manifested itself as Leah and plotted to destroy reality.
  • My Greatest Failure: The murder of Kid Loki.
  • Mythology Gag: Loki's involvement helped to bring a group of misfit heroes together to save the world. Kinda like the original Avengers except this time they joined them (itself a callback to Pym realizing this and offering Loki a seat on his team—ironically causing his team to disband in the process).
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood:
    • Invokes this Trope by comparing themselves to Tyrion Lannister to convince the Young Avengers to trust them.
    • A more dark example is when they desperately try to convince Thor and the Asgardians of this after the Asgardians learn about what they did with Kid Loki.
  • Our Gods Are Different: As a pagan deity ("Evil Mischief God") they feel entitled to critique Wiccan's religiously insensitive alias.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up:
    • They get one from Wiccan in their time with the Young Avengers. (From child to late teen early twenty~ish)
    • And then another one in their solo series when they rebrand themselves. (To adult.)
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: They'll quote The Princess Bride at you, or reference Game of Thrones, or casually admit writing Slash Fic. They're as much of a technophile as the kid was, the only things they've issues with are guns.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Kid Loki already had shades of this, but they bring it to brand new levels. In a twist what people expect from them is good old predictable villainy. Nope!
    Loki: I am my own, and I will not sit long in any box built for me.
  • Real Men Cook: They're surprisingly talented at cooking, due to their love for Midgardian cuisine.
  • Screw Destiny: We don't know to what extent but they actually manage to derail the story.
  • Skewed Priorities: We're not even talking about their vices. Loki's priorities can seem very strange because they tend to ignore (apparent) danger entirely. A cosmic horror tries to kill us? Since when is that an excuse to not take a joke? (And by the way your alias sucks!) The world is ending? Big deal. Tell me about yourself!
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In their "Young Avengers Wanted" ad, they describe themself as "One mischievous and lovable godling who is not at all evil and definitely not manipulating everyone."
  • Take a Third Option: Is given the option to accept being Old!Loki or cease to exist like Kid!Loki. Decides to reinvent himself instead.
  • Talking to Himself: They've Kid!Loki's "spirit" in their head who personifies their guilt and acts as a conscience.
  • The Tease: Loki flirts with everybody. It's a bit harder to notice when they look like a kid because most people have Anti-Shipping Goggles for that sort of thing. But yes, they do it with almost everybody, guys, gals, it's the same for them.
  • Technopath: Generally speaking Loki is a highly versatile magic user, which they acknowledge to mean Reality Warper, but this application of their powers is unique to the third. They admitted finding technomancy easy and low risk, because technology is very gullible.
  • That Man Is Dead: They're pretty adamant on claiming that past Loki died in the Siege, and they aren't him. Which can also read as a toned down version of Never My Fault in this case. Meaning they say that they're not the murderer, but the weapon, and insist that they didn't really have any choice in how Loki's last gambit would play out. Issue 13 of Agent of Asgard proves this is, for all intents and purposes, true.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the Young Avengers, albeit their level of evil is up to debate. Were more evil than they claimed to, but also less evil than they thought themselves to be. Even after leaving the team at least Miss America considers them her frenemy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Milkshake, a legacy from Journey into Mystery. And bacon, it really is magic.
  • Villainous Rescue: They stopped Billy from going through with his suicide and bought the team enough time to escape the parasite.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of a limited kind. Loki can turn into anything, so long as it's them. Meaning they can't turn into a fly, because they're not that sort of god, but they can turn into a humanoid fox, or in one instance a unicorn.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Oddly enough, they're less of this than the previous two incarnations of Loki, since Odin seems to have a fairly ambivalent attitude towards them, at a contrast to previous hostility.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: For their own surprise. They're at least strictly against child murder, as the Angels of Heven (yes, that is the actual spelling the comic uses for the place) learned the hard way.

    King Loki

"You think I am the Loki that was?! Dolt! Simpleton! I am what will be!"

King Loki (or Old Loki, if you prefer) is a representation of everything the Teen Loki hates and fears: Themself drawn back into the ways of evil and insanity. The main villain of Loki: Agent of Asgard.

  • Authority in Name Only: Calls themselves a king of Midgard, after having killed everyone and everything on the entire planet, meaning there's no-one for them to be king of.
  • Ax-Crazy: Completely out of their gourd, prone to mad laughter and histrionics.
  • Beneath the Mask: God(dess) of Stories Loki literally/metaphorically (for gods or at least Loki that's kind of the same) Dramatic Unmask them to show that under the ancient evil there is also a very sad Teen!Loki, as the only acceptance they thought they could get was as this.
  • Berserk Button: Odin finally managing to get over the Cannot Spit It Out sent them into a rage fit as apparently in King Loki's timeline he never did. For comparison the freaking Incursion only got a "Well, that's new." out of them. We did say that the old man could've saved people a lot of trouble with occasionally admitting that he loves his children, didn't we?
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Acts like (and is) a raving nutjob, but is no less dangerous for it. Just ask Doctor Doom, or Balder...
  • Break Them by Talking: As demonstrated on Ego the Living Planet, now Ego the Necroworld. It took 99 years of constant whispering, but eventually he quite literally talked Ego to death.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: This one's just an outright psychopath. And they're quite happy about it.
  • The Chessmaster: Effortlessly manages to rewrite history, in a scheme which involves the odd spot of murder, and lying to a younger Odin.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Neither Loki redefining their own purpose, or the imminent end of all existence were something this Loki prepared for.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Teen!Loki, which makes sense since they are basically a future version of Teen!Loki turned evil.
  • Evil Is Petty: Massacred everyone on Earth simply to spite Thor.
  • Fallen Hero: Was actually heroic in their past. But in the end, they couldn't take everyone calling and treating them as the God of Lies, and snapped. If you ask them, it was the Asgardians playing All the Other Reindeer and them being Reformed, but Rejected; but it's perfectly natural to feel that their Redemption Failure is at least partially caused by them being His Own Worst Enemy (they never ever stopped to ponder what God of Lies means for one).
  • For the Evulz: When asked by King Thor as to how they could kill off everyone on Earth, their response was that because they could was all the reason Thor needed.
  • For Want of a Nail: Their presence and meddling unwittingly derailed the timeline quite a bit. Them possessing Thor made the All-Mother ask Loki to become Asgard's agent, and their continued presence worked wonders on Loki's "human" connections (with Lorelei, Verity, Sigurd, and Odin). And when they wanted to see Thor and Angela fight he averted a bloody war (and caused the whole Angela series). etc. In Loki: Agent of Asgard #6 their future still qualified as a Close-Enough Timeline, but that was before the current Loki decided to break it entirely. Also there is an official alternate universe number (Earth-14412) for it now. In 2019's Thor #12, however, they tell Loki that Earth-14412 is inevitable. Bare in mind, though, that that issue is a dream sequence full of out of character moments and general nonsense, and the Venom!Loki in it isn't much like the version from Loki: Agent of Asgard this entry is about. What this implies is up to the reader.
  • Future Me Scares Me: The teen Loki is horrified at the thought of becoming this person, and quite rightly. King Loki's well aware of this, and enjoys it, since they're convinced that they're inevitable.
  • Gender Bender: Averted. Unlike their younger self, they stick solely to a male form, and even identify as male on several occasions. It's not from lack of ability, since they've been shown turning into a magpie on at least one occasion.
  • Genre Savvy: They've still got a talent at it. For example, when telling a younger Odin to make the box to contain Gram, they inform him he'll eventually forget who told him to and why, dryly noting "I know how these stories go".
  • Hero Killer: Murders Balder and cuts off his head. For fun. And because for a proper Ragnarök Balder needs to die.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: At the heart of it all, they just want to be loved and accepted, and are completely mad that they aren't. Though they'll deny it, unless there's a Living Lie Detector around.
  • It's All About Me: Even young Loki's apparent death only concerned them as far how it might affect them and their future. How dared the runt just die on them?! Now they have to destroy Asgardia all alone!
  • It Amused Me: Decided to go mess with Bucky Barnes just 'cause. It wasn't part of their grand plan, they just had time to kill.
  • Large Ham: When they get going, they're prone to ranting, shouting, mad laughter and more ranting. Lampshaded, after a particularly long bout of rambling.
    King Loki: And I am dreadfully prone to histrionics. Do excuse me.
  • Laughably Evil: Believe more in quantity than quality when it comes to jokes, but they're this trope, by basically subjecting people to the cruelest type of trolling.
  • Manipulative Bastard: At one point manages to manipulate an entire family into killing one another, and nearly gets a young Odin killed for it, just so that Odin will owe a debt to them.
  • Medium Awareness: Once walked right off-panel. And later jumped out of a panel and sat around between panels for a while. Generally this is how their "time" travel magic looks like, some even suggested that they might Intrepid Fictioneering the comic itself.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In their timeline they're the King of Midgard meaning they killed off every living being on Earth and ruled on the rubble. They claim it was a Mercy Kill (ala Humans Are the Real Monsters), but as they plan to do this to Asgard too they aren't that convincing. And all this just to spite Thor. After obtaining the All-Black symbiote, they declare they're going to destroy everything in existence.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Ludicrously powerful, skilled and dangerous, but they're quite content to kick back in a cell in Asgardia and watch events unfold... until the urge to meddle hits them.
  • Planet Destroyer: After bonding to All-Black, they effortlessly rip Ego the Living Planet to shreds.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Do you remember the shiny thingy on Loki's sceptre in The Avengers? In the comics that's not an infinity stone, but King Loki's soul/story, because Teen Loki felt that forgetting the cautionary tale about them would be a bad thing. Verity has to ask if this is a good idea or might become a Leaking Can of Evil later, but Teen Loki assures her that it wont be a bad influence on them.
  • Shadow Archetype: King Loki represents everything that both Kid and Teen Loki fear and want to avoid becoming. He is essentially what they could have become had their bitterness towards the people's treatment of them got the better of them.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: The reason for their descent back into villainy like the original was that they came to the conclusion that they can never change who they are or rather what people think of them.
  • Troll: Very much so. It just makes them that much more unpleasant.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes a massive one when Teen Loki arrives. Story!Loki's presence alone drives them over the edge as it essentially means that Story!Loki has succeeded in what King!Loki had tried and failed long ago.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is difficult to talk about Agent of Asgard without mentioning this one in the slightest, given their impact on the plot.

    Loki the God(dess) of Stories

"Me? I'm the God of Stories. I'm Loki."

The God of Stories (or Goddess of Stories; they're not fussed), is the latest of Loki's reincarnations, who so far appears to be something of an aged up version of Teen Loki. This Loki is still new, so their full personality is yet to be fleshed out (and they're still catching up with everything), but has decided to escape the inherent evil associated with being the God of Lies by rechristening themselves the God Of Stories, which is essentially the same thing but far nicer, and with more importance, given the Gods' nature as creatures of story.Note: Unmarked Spoilers for Loki: Agent of Asgard #13 onward.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Their Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies show that they're definitely not in the right state of mind.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Doesn't really care for which form they assume, and so changes gender whenever they feel like it, even mid sentence. As they see it, as they're the God of Stories, they have to be more than one thing in order to personify all stories.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: They served as a temporary replacement to Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme, and are more unscrupulous than the doctor was.
  • Art Evolution: In later appearances, they're drawn somewhat older with longer hair and more modestly dressed in contrast to his earlier Carpet of Virility.
  • Break Them by Talking: Somewhat ambiguous; since becoming the God of Stories, Loki has been able to effectively talk is way out of many situations, by weaving a story to the listeners. Just after the collapse of the multiverse, Loki was able to make the Those Who Sit Above in Shadow flee by forcing them to question own existence by telling a story that implied that they were made by the Asgardians so they had something to believe in.
    • Later during the buildup for the War of the Realms, when his actual father Laufey attempted to have him killed by a gang of frost giants, Loki told them a story. We aren't told what he said, but the results had all the giants except one killed each other and/or themselves, and that sole survivor was maiming himself in an attempt get the story out of his head.
  • Carpet of Virility: His Male form has this, something he's pretty happy with.
  • Characterization Marches On: Compared to when he first appeared at the finale of Agent of Asgard, Story Loki has a completely different personality after Secret Wars (2015). A lot of his Creepy Good and introspective tendencies are gone and he seemingly reverts back to when he was Teen Loki - though hints of the God/Goddess of Stories sometimes emerge...
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Has No Social Skills and has very odd priorities. World ending? Not a big deal, let's talk about your life story! Oh, and I hope you don't mind that I turned your true being into a bracelet to save you. At that point they legitimately crossed over to Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant. We could say they are still Mad God, just got from a depressed and kind of schizophrenic phase to a manic one.
  • Cryptic Conversation: This Loki is not prone to outright lying but good luck getting a direct answer from them. They talk almost exclusively in "might"s, "maybe"s, metaphors, terms open to interpretation, with possibly important bits left out. If you get a direct answer that's probably either important or you somehow made them angry.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Basically just talked smack to "Those Who Sit Above In Shadow", and it worked.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: At least in their introduction, they're barefooted. They've also lost their gloves and wear much shorter sleeves and pants-legs, though its possibly the result of their recent creation or their sudden growth/height gain (according to Verity they're half a foot taller than Teen!Loki was).
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Trying to figure out their allegiances likely to result in headache. Dark council (Laufey, Malekith, or who)? Asgard (Odin or Freyja)? Hel? Themselves?
    • At the very least, they're keeping their options open, with Cul (who has a certain insight on the evil point of view) noting that their stabbing Freyja in the back with a poisoned dagger without killing her meant that they were either a very bad poisoner or a very, very good one.
    • Cul seems to be right on the money with this one, with Loki later telling the comatose Freyja that it was the only option they had that wouldn't have resulted in one of Malekith's allies killing her.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her female form looks like this, giving her something of a Perky Goth type look
  • Fanservice: Walks around shirtless when first introduced, though puts on a shirt when they turn female. Really, what did you expect given their last form?
  • Ignored Aesop: Under Jason Aaron's run, Story Loki has completely forgotten the Character Development that they had undergone throughout Agent of Asgard and has resumed playing the role as the villain/Anti-Hero. Or just chose to play that role to keep the story going.
  • Magic Staff: Gained one in the last issues of Agent of Asgard. Technically it's Freyja's Staff of Authority transformed by King Loki into the shape known from The Avengers (2012). Later completed by Story!Loki who added the jewel to it... as in the soul (story) of King Loki.
  • Medium Awareness: They survive the incursion by effectively telling themselves out of the story. They also just love to lean on the fourth wall.
  • Me's a Crowd: By channelling their previous selves no less. Given how Loki normally relates to themself the wisdom of this was quite questionable.
  • Losing Your Head: When the new Thor smacks his head off, his expression is more 'unimpressed' and 'slightly bored' than anything else.
  • Paradox Person: Outside of the next two contradicting tropes, they were also born out of a Temporal Paradox. They would not exist without the meddling of King Loki but also their existence means that Teen Loki never becomes King Loki in this universe.
  • Perma-Stubble: They have one in the new Thor's book, where they primarily stick with a male form.
  • Really 700 Years Old AND Really Was Born Yesterday: Technically both and lampshaded. As Loki, they're a being who has existed for centuries, but in different forms. The latest form was only recently created so they're essentially new. As they put it:
    Loki: Oh, I don't know! I'm either half an Eon old or half an Hour old! Or Both! Or Neither!
  • Stopped Caring: They claim that they won't ever become like King Loki because for Then Let Me Be Evil to happen they should care what anybody in Asgard thinks and they stopped doing that.
    King Loki: Nothing's changed, carpet stain! Nothing that matters! They'll always hate you! You can change however they want and it'll never be enough! You'll always be the liar! The trickster! The villain! Never accepted! Never wanted! Never—
    God of Stories!Loki: If you say so. So I probably shouldn't care what they think, then, should I? I mean, "King Loki"? Come on. Who wants to be king? I'm done with that. No more ego games. No more jealousy games and revenge games and "make me king" games. I don't need the whole of Asgard to love me—
  • Wild Card: Sort of. As they put it, "I don't do sides." They do seem to be semi-consistently inclined to help the heroes, helping Thor in his new book and as T'Challa points out when Tony Stark assumes they've gone bad again (after the "emo anti-hero phase"), he actually orchestrated the formation of a new Avengers team (and destruction of the Final Host in the process) by playing the villain. Even still, you'd best be on your guard, because you can never really quite tell what they're going to do next...


"Thunder God... accept your fate. None may challenge Hela's will."'
Thor Vol 1 #186

Hela is the daughter of Loki and sorcerer-giantess Angerboda, or according to other stories Loki's accidental brain-child. She is the goddess and ruler of the spirits of the dead, but not of the souls of Valhalla, which Odin alone has dominion over. She receives those who for whatever reason were not admitted into Valhalla. Her realm, Helnote , tends to be neutral with rewards or punishments based on the individual.

See her tropes in her own character page

     Leah of Hel
To understand Leah we should first clarify that there were several of her (by end of 2015 at least four), and most if not all constructs of either Loki or Hela.

The first appearing one was Hela's handmaiden, who had a psychic connection with her mistress. Hela charged her with keeping an eye on Loki to ensure he repaid his debts to Hel during Journey into Mystery. It turned out that she was actually the manifestation of Hela's severed hand, making her a literal handmaiden. She was finally reabsorbed into Hela.

The second one (also known as Herald!Leah) was accidentally created by Kid Loki when he forged Culs biography using the first Leah's blood (so her personality and experiences serve as the basis for this one)... but she was not happy with Loki's authorial powers and sided with Surtur in the Everything Burns crossover. Loki out of guilt and hope for gaining back his friend travelled to the past and amended the text to grant her the freedom to change, grow, and become her own person. She was last seen when Kid Loki sent her into the past in an attempt to protect her from his former self. It's implied that she eventually grew up to be Hela. She may or may not appeared in the Young Avengers when the team was dimension hopping.

The third Leah was the therapist Teddy went to with his relationship problems in Young Avengers who turned out to be working with the series' main villain the interdimensional parasite known as Mother. She was the physical manifestation of Loki's conscience (yes, he has one) and when he came clean of his sins she disappeared.

The fourth Leah we meet when Angela and Sera meet her the in worst part of Hel (and later save her from there) in Angela: Queen of Hel. She is a version of the first one by way of the Siege tie-in of Secret Wars (2015) who somehow found her way to the new main Marvel Universe.

  • Adaptational Sexuality: The fourth one is a lesbian, who in her original story was in a relationship with a (version of) Magik.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her explanation for liking Daimon Hellstrom. And despite her denials, she also has feelings for the mischievous Kid Loki.
  • Born as an Adult: Well, generally born as a teen or young adult. Comes from being a construct.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Kid Loki has Hela send the second Leah back in time away from her, prompting Leah to declare that she hates him. Ikol in Kid Loki's body explains to the Young Avengers that the reason he did so was to save her from him.
  • Cessation of Existence: Implied about the first. When she is reabsorbed by Hela and turns back into her hand, there is nothing to imply that Leah as an individual continues existing as a soul or in any other sense. However, her memories live on in the second Leah, who was created based on the first. Happened to the third too but that was part of the plan.
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: The second was created by and accident (or at least Loki not thinking it through).
  • Cute Witch: Adorable as a child.
  • The Dreaded: A highly specific version, but Loki is terrified at seeing her again in Young Avengers.
  • Enemy Without: The third is Loki's runaway conscience conspiring against him.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Often teased about having feelings for Kid Loki, but she furiously denies it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The second Leah was an agent of Surtur, but defects when she saw Kid Loki's willingness to sacrifice Asgardia so she could be happy, and was genuinely touched.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's basically a kid version of the Defrosting Ice Queen. While she's often aloof and standoffish, she still cares for Kid Loki's well-being.
  • The Lancer: To Kid Loki in Journey into Mystery.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's proficient in magic and super strong.
  • Little Miss Snarker: In spades! Practically every scene that she shares with Kid Loki is filled with snark.
  • The Needless: She doesn't sleep.
  • The Lost Lenore: The first one was one to Kid Loki.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She has the appearance of a kid younger than thirteen, yet she's sufficiently strong enough to effortlessly hurl a grown man out of a window.
  • Psychic Link: She receives psychic messages allowing her to provide updates on the situation in Hel, and Hela can speak through her in a pretty horrifying manner.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The third and fourth versions show that they definitely grow up to be quite the lookers. And if the second one really is indeed Hela, she counts as well.
  • Ship Tease: With Kid Loki.
  • Significant Anagram: Rearrange the letters of her name and you get "Hela".
  • Stable Time Loop: The existence of the first two Leahs are a result of this. The first Leah was created from Hela's hand as her handmaiden. The second Leah was created by Kid Loki, based on the first. Then, it turns out that the second Leah is heavily implied to be a young Hela sent to the past, meaning that she would eventually grow up to create the first Leah.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Considers milkshakes "satisfactory".
  • Tsundere: Of the type A variety towards Kid Loki.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kid Loki, who once figured out when someone was impersonating her due to the fake Leah being too nice.
  • Yandere: The third one's general behaviour mostly towards Loki.
  • You Cannot Fight Fate: The 2nd appears briefly in one issue of Young Avengers (maybe) trapped in a volcanic wasteland with nothing to do, and refuses the offer of leaving, since she has "an eternity to be getting on with".


Laufey is the former chieftain of the Frost Giants and the father of Loki. He was killed in battle by Odin when Loki was an infant. But we all know how death is in comicbooks.

  • Art Evolution: Along with most of the Frost Giants. Was originally depicted by Jack Kirby as large, but essentially human, with vaguely Asian features and traditional-looking armor. He is now depicted as gray-skinned and orcish, with primitive clothing and a necklace of fangs and teeth. Possibly Justified by Ragnarok.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to Malekith he finally returned to life in Thor (2014).
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Played straight and inverted. He believes in the superiority of brawn but as a leader of an Always Chaotic Evil race that means he thinks that true evil can only be achieved through raw strength, destruction, and murder; while holding mischief and trickery in sneering contempt.
  • Daddy Didn't Raise No Criminal: In case of Loki, well, technically he did, just preferred murderer to conman. That kid is so full of disappointments. How could he go this wrong? Behind Loki's back he is not above claiming "I Have No Son!" either.
    • After Loki stabs and poisons Freyja nigh unto death, he seems to warm up to him. Since it is heavily implied that Loki was very careful not to kill her in the process, thereby inveigling himself deeper into the Dark Council, gaining their trust - such as it is this is unwise.
  • Gender Flip: In the original myths, Laufey is the name of Loki's mother, not his father. In fact, Laufey is still a somewhat common exclusively feminine name in a few parts of Scandinavia, which can make any reference to this character rather difficult to take seriously. note 
  • Gutted Like a Fish: At the end of War of the Realms, Loki (whom he had eaten) slices him open from the inside.
  • Offing the Offspring: Laufey kills Loki in the first issue of War of the Realms by biting him in half and eating him in front of the gathered heroes... or at least he tries. It turns out Loki survived and handily inverts the trope.
  • Skewed Priorities: You would think he is mad at Loki because of the whole "killing him" thing. But actually no, he is mad at him because then he didn't take the Klingon Promotion.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Laufey is for all intents and purposes a brute, but also one of the very few characters ever to took one look at (the adult) Loki and go: "That guy is not to be trusted."

     Skurge the Executioner

Half Asgardian-Half Giant, Skurge was a long-time associate of Amora the Enchanter, even being a founding member of the Masters of Evil. However, when Amora one day abandoned him, feeling despondent, he offered to join Thor and some friends through Helheim on a rescue mission, and sacrifices himself to ensure their escape. Honoring his noble deed, eventually his soul finds refuge in Valhalla.

  • Anti-Villain: Skurge himself is an honorable fellow who is genuinely in love with Amora, but will enforce the will of his lady which requires him to come with blows against the God of Thunder and the Avengers.
  • An Axe to Grind: His Bloodaxe that is very similar to other Asgardian weapons, it is mystically enchanted and is nearly indestructible.
  • Bald of Evil: He has no hair.
  • Battle Butler / The Dragon: To Amora.
  • The Brute: Among the Masters of Evil.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: His last stand against the forces of Hela in Thor # 362. Though his after-death exploits eventually moved him from Hel to Valhalla.
    "They sing no songs in Hel, nor do they celebrate heroes...
    ...For silent is that dismal realm and cheerless...
    ...But the story of the Gjallerbru and the god who defended it is whispered across the nine worlds...
    ...And when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head...
    ...The answer is always the same...
    He stood alone at Gjallerbru...
    ...And that answer is enough."
  • Elemental Powers: His Axe gave him some control over Fire and Ice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice / Redemption Equals Death: After feeling toyed with by Amora for too long, he teamed up with the Einherjar, Balder, and Thor to rescue stolen souls from Hel that had been taken by Hela. After they had retrieved the human souls, the band was pursued by a huge army of the dead. When Thor volunteered to buy time for the other's escape, Skurge knocked him out from behind, and volunteered to hold the bridge of Gjallerbru in his stead. Skurge defended the bridge with a pair of M16's from Earth and unbreakable courage, and none of his opponents set foot on Gjallerbru. He stood alone and died at Gjallerbru, allowing not one of the almost numberless hoard to set foot upon the bridge for as long as he could fight. For this heroic last stand, Skurge found a place among the warriors residing in Valhalla, and to the surprise of many, Amora found herself torn with remorse upon hearing of his demise.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: To Amora. He eventually despairs of ever receiving a sign of her respect, let alone love, and volunteers for a Heroic Sacrifice; she's been paying so little attention to him that she doesn't find out he's dead for another four issues. When she did find out, she burst into tears and mourned him, much to everybody's surprise.
  • Killed Off for Real: In fact, later stories established that if he's brought back, the entire universe will collapse.
  • Lady and Knight: He is the Black Knight to Amora's Dark Lady.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He fights the Avengers only to please his beloved Enchantress.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-Frost Giant, Half-Skornheimian (A place in Asgard).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Executioner.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: He'll never attack anyone who isn't his target. This trait was Thor's clue that another Executioner he faced wasn't Skurge.
  • Super Strength: Skurge possessed superhuman strength greater than that of most other Asgardians.


A fire giant and Lord of Muspelheim, the land of fire and master of a race of fire demons. Seeks to start Ragnarok and cleanse the universe of all life save for his kind.

  • Abusive Parents: According to his daughter, Sindr's, backstory when his children turn three years old, they're forced to endure a test where they're starved for thirteen days. Afterwards, Surtur will present them two things: a pile of food and a fiery cauldron of screaming souls. If the child chooses the latter, they become Surtur's heir apparent.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Odin and Beta Ray Bill.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: At his largest, Surtur can exceed more then 1,000 feet tall.
  • BFS: Surtur possesses the giant sword Twilight, also known as the Sword of Doom, composed of an unknown metal. The sword is magic, capable of manipulating vast amounts of mystical energy, such as shattering dimensional barriers and inhibiting Odin's powers.
  • Big Bad: Rivals Loki for the series overall spot. On a few occasions Loki has allied with Thor to stop Surtur. It's perfectly logical too as Surtur's goal tends to be destruction for destruction's sake which generally isn't good for Loki's conquest (or other conman) business.
  • Big Red Devil: Like the rest of the Demons of Muspelheim
  • The Chessmaster: Contrary to most giants, demons, and trolls, Surtur has shown himself to be quite cunning. He has carried out several well-planned attacks on Asgard and tends to have backup plans for his backup plans. Odin has been impressed with his ability to plan ahead in case of failure.
  • Depending on the Writer: Some versions describe Surtur and the Sons of Muspel as Demons rather then Fire Giants. However, because they were Giants in the original myths, and because Surtur is very, very big, there is always some confusion.
  • The Dreaded: He is the most feared enemy of Asgard. Even Odin is somewhat afraid of him.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Loki and other villains will sometimes oppose him to save their own skins.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Omnicidal tendencies aside, he can be fairly affable. This is best shown in the Ragnarok saga, when he was pretty affable and polite to Thor, agreeing to fix Mjolnir in exchange for Thor blasting a path to Asgard for him. Since Thor knew that Ragnarok had to play out anyway, right up to a certain point where he could change things, he was perfectly happy to comply.
  • Flaming Sword: When his sword is bonded with the Eternal Flame, its powers are further increased to an unknown level.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Oldest living thing in the Nine Worlds who seeks to destroy all life alien to his own.
  • Immortality: Surtur is considered to be long-living entity.
  • Logical Weakness: Surtur is vulnerable to intense coldness.
  • Meaningful Name: Not Surtur ("The Black One" in Norse) himself, but his sword, Twilight: as in Twilight of the Gods.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill everything that's not his kin, and is responsible for the death of the Burning Galaxy and the Korbinite race.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroyed a GALAXY as part of the process to reforge Twilight.
  • Physical God: Enough that Thor and Odin have to bring out the big guns to take him on.
  • Playing with Fire: Fitting for a fire giant. He can produce and control virtually unlimited amounts of fire in amounts greater than stars when at his peak.
  • Satanic Archetype: Contrary to mythology, where he is a neutral force who merely fulfills a cosmic role, in the comics he actively tries to bring about Ragnarok instead of waiting. The whole devil look and feud with Odin are exclusive to the comics.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Mentioned in The Dreaded that everyone in Asgard, even Odin, is afraid of him. Well, a big part of why is because he's damn powerful, having taken on Odin and actually BEATEN him on occasion.
  • Super Strength: Surtur is rated at 100 tons plus by Marvel, which is basically their code for 'this person blows the scale'. His strength is said to be equal to Odin.
  • Time Abyss: Predates the giants and gods. No one, save perhaps himself and Those Who Sit Above In Shadow, know where he comes from.
  • Your Size May Vary: Mentioned above, his size varies, sometimes he's only about 20 feet and others he's over 1000.


The first frost giant and source of all other frost giants if not all giants. According to myth in real world and the comics myth, Odin and his brothers slew him and made the Earth from his body. He periodically returns from the dead and is one of the few beings that can challenge Odin with a strong chance of winning.

  • An Ice Person: Can create snowstorms and blizzards with enough force to plunge the entire Earth into a new ice age aside from freezing the air around him.
  • Badass in Distress: During War of the Realms, Laufey imprisons him and uses Ymir to produce primordial Ice Giants, until he's freed by Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Atlas, Goliath and Stinger after convincing Moonstone to break the spell that was holding him down.
  • Deity of Human Origin: According to Thor in X-Men: First Class Vol. 1 #5, at least according to legend, Ymir was a human with powers of a similar nature to Iceman before he became the primordial god-beast that he is now. At the end of the story, Thor and the X-Men are being observed by a group of mortals called the Vanir who overhear Thor's warning that Iceman could become a new Ymir and they make plans to turn Bobby into a new Ice-Giant if Ymir is unable to be controlled or bargained with. In X-Men: First Class Vol. 2 #8, the X-Men and the Man-Thing travel to some alternate-universes and in one of them they come across Thor battling Iceman, now calling himself Ice-Giant, in a frozen tundra-world telling him that he had warned him that this could happen.
  • Immortality: A combination of Types I and III. Ymir doesn't age and it is very difficult to harm him. Should his body be shattered, he can usually reform within moments. It usually takes banishing him for very, very powerful magics to kill him.
  • Monster Progenitor: Frost Giants are descendants of his children, the Ice Giants, who themselves are literally chips off his block.

A small frost giant who became Loki's right hand when he became king of Jotunheim.


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