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"It's all of them against me. I am the supervillain. So it's Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury forming a team because I've got so badass."

He is Tom Hiddleston, of Midgard, and he is burdened with glorious purpose.

Thomas William Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor best known for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the movies Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame (a cameo filmed for Avengers: Age of Ultron ended up getting cut from the final movie). From 2008 onward, he played Magnus Martinnson in The BBC Wallander adaptation, and in 2012, he starred in The Hollow Crown, a BBC adaptation of William Shakespeare's, playing Prince Hal in Henry IV parts one and two and the titular role in Henry V. In 2014, his starring turn as Coriolanus in London resulted in all the tickets released on the first day going in that first day—and people camping out for the day release ones.

He has rather a large fanbase on sites like Tumblr, made up mostly of fangirls as well as people who just think he's a terrific actor. They like to call him "Hiddles."

As of 2022, he is engaged to Zawe Ashton, who he met in 2019 while performing opposite each other in Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal". They have a child together.

Selected filmography

Associated Tropes:

  • Ascended Meme: The mustache he sports in his cameo in Muppets Most Wanted is very similar to the one he wore in a sketch for Josh Horowitz's MTV program.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: He enjoys playing Loki so much that he'll appear in comedic promos and make in-character convention appearances if it means he gets to get in character and entertain the fans.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • To the late Leslie Howard due to their physical resemblances, English ethnicities and gentleman-ish acting skills in their roles.
    • He bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Hank Williams (who he played in the 2016 biopic I Saw The Light), Richard E. Grant (which was utilized when Grant played an older version of Loki in a couple episodes of Loki (2021)), and NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney.
  • Dye Hard: His natural hair colour is blond. He's best know for playing Tall, Dark, and Handsome roles with dyed hair.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: From blond curls to Loki's straight black locks. He also did extensive physical preparation for the role; after gaining a great deal of muscle to play Thor, he trimmed down and studied capoeira, among other things, to play Loki.
  • Enforced Method Acting: During the filming of Thor: The Dark World, Natalie Portman was, in her own words, "so bad at pretending to hit him", that it was decided she should hit Hiddleston for real.
  • Evil Brit: Appears in Jaguar's 2014 Super Bowl commercial "British Villains: Good to be Bad" alongside Mark Strong and Ben Kingsley, as a very British supervillain who drinks tea in a flying helicopter without spilling a single drop.
  • Evil Sounds Deep / Evil Sounds Raspy: Both as Loki and as the "British villain" in the Jaguar advert, he slips into a deep, gravelly voice whenever he's being particularly fiendish.
  • Fan Community Nickname: His more dedicated fans call themselves "Hiddlestoners" or "Loki's Army."
  • Large Ham: As seen in some of his more famous roles; he's a classically trained actor.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: While he hasn't done a large amount of strict voice work (only a few voice overs in documentaries and his roles in The Pirate Fairy, Trollhunters, and Early Man), he has been shown in the past to be a pretty adept impressionist, able to imitate almost any voice an interviewer can throw at him, such as Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Owen Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cookie Monster, and several others. For the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light he provided his own singing for the role, and once read a letter from Marlon Brando in Brando's voice. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, he spent several minutes gushing towards Robert De Niro before doing a rendition of De Niro's monologue from Heat that is so spot-on that De Niro himself was impressed. And it was put to good use onscreen in The Hollow Crown, with him eerily seeming to become Jeremy Irons when Prince Hal is imitating his father.
  • Playing a Tree: In a school play, he once played the front-right leg of an elephant Eddie Redmayne was riding.
  • Promoted Fanboy: In the 2012 BAFTAs, he met Miss Piggy for an interview and was visibly excited, claiming he'd been a fan of her since his childhood. Two years later, he has a small role in Muppets Most Wanted.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Once taught Cookie Monster about delayed gratification.
  • Shakespearian Actors: Played Prince Hal in The Hollow Crown. His classical acting background is evident in his performance as Loki, directed by fellow Bard enthusiast Kenneth Branagh.
  • Star-Making Role: Loki in Thor and The Avengers made him famous.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: During an interview for the movie War Horse, director Richard Curtis commented that his eyes are so piercing that Jeremy Irvine started crying in the scene where Nicholls buys Joey just to "distract people from the blueness".
  • What Could Have Been: Hiddleston originally tried out for the role of Thor. He didn't get the part but impressed the casting directors who tapped him for Loki instead and the rest is history.
    Craig Kyle: At first Tom was up for Thor. He trained, he came in, he was ripped, y'know, he was swinging the hammer. He did a tremendous job, but he wasn't Thor. The moment he came in and read though, he was Loki.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Hiddleston once had a very good relationship with his fans, but some of them have gone too far and caused him to at least partially withdraw from social media, with actions including, but not limited to, camping outside his hotel when he's been filming, posing as work colleagues to meet him for their own personal reasons, linking Rule 34 fanart to him (despite his repeated indications that it makes him very uncomfortable), sending death threats to women for being in his proximity, and so on.