An Avengers fanfiction series by Ao3 user katsu, in which Loki has grown tired of always being the bad guy.
Of course, this by no means requires him to be the good guy either, and that's exactly as he likes it- playing other villains and the Avengers against one another in order to keep himself amused and maintaining at least the appearance of Cain and Abel when really he'd just prefer to stay home with his shiny appliances and the occasional Chaotic Neutral plan of his own. For Science!, of course. The problem is, he's not very good at knowing where to stop with the meddling, and karma eventually comes to bite him in the butt. Big time. The writing style and general tone of the story (as well as the Footnote Fever it contains) owes a great deal to Good Omens, enough so to count as something of a supervillains-and-superheroes themed Spiritual Successor.
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This series contains examples of the following tropes:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Make an AI with the help of a Wild Card Norse god with a long history of failed villainy behind him and the AI just might decide to take on that god's persona... and succeed.
- Ambiguously Gay / Camp Straight: Who knows what Loki's into? But his interests once he decided to stop trying to take over Midgard definitely have a rather metrosexual leaning, nonetheless:Between finding a constructive way to express his anger and making some lovely friends that he still had tea with every Wednesday afternoon while they chatted manicures, fashion, and lap dogs, he felt much more comfortable in his own skin these days. All it had really taken was escaping the poisonously macho atmosphere of Asgard, which according to Kevin was something like living in Omaha and not being interested in football.
- Badass Decay: Loki undergoes this more or less by choice, leading the Lokibot to try to fill in the gap...
- Being Evil Sucks: Another reason to move on from the tiresome game of supervillainy.
- Brought Down to Normal: Loki, after the nascent Lokibot steals his magic.
- The Comically Serious: Thor, whose noble gravitas tends to get in the way of his understanding jokes or sarcasm. And when he does make a joke, he acts sternly honored that it was recognized as one rather than seeming pleased with himself.
- Companion Cube: Loki's waffle iron. Became something of an Ascended Meme in the MCU fandom for a while.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh, where to begin. Loki, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff, Tony Stark... basically everyone except Thor and Steve Rogers (and the latter still has his moments).
- Disney Death: Loki. Twice.
- Dramatic Wind: Both Thor and Loki prefer capes for this reason. It's noted that, as gods, they are inherently safe from things like accidents with revolving doors.
- Evil Laugh: Loki is mentioned to have one. It's one of the few things Daniel Sorres doesn't miss about him later on.
- Evil Twin: The Lokibot, in a manner of speaking. The actual Loki isn't exactly what you'd call good, either, but he's no longer interested in going full villain like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper, so it counts.
- Humanity Is Infectious: See the opening page quote.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Implied when Clint responds to Thor's offer to carry him while flying with "Do I look like fucking Lois Lane to you?" and Thor retorts that he's seen pictures of Lois and finds her to be a lovely woman whom Clint is far uglier than.
- Insufferable Genius: Loki.
- Noodle Incident: For some reason, being surrounded by a pool of his own blood makes Loki's mind drift back to the last time he was in Starbucks.
- He also apparently did something to enrage Queen Elizabeth II herself pretty badly.
- Not Me This Time
- Lemony Narrator
- Louis Cypher: "Laurence Laufson".
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*: After Thor pulls an arrow from Loki's shoulder:The result was also Loki cracking one eye open and giving Thor an unfocused, almost drunken sneer. "I," he said, carefully enunciating each word, "asked for cream with my shot." Then his eyes rolled back in his head and he went limp again. note
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Loki. Goes along with the Tall, Dark, and Snarky territory.
- Straight Gay: Daniel Sorres. He's a pretty typical overweight computer hacker character, and the only reference we get to his being attracted to anyone at all is Loki (to the point of possible Single-Target Sexuality).
- There Are No Therapists: Averted; it's a big part of why Loki's doing so much better (in a matter of speaking, anyway) than in the MCU.[Y]es, he had filled several little leather-bound diaries with childish scrawls of red ink that read things like, Die Thor and You never really accepted me! And then he'd attended a few sessions of primal scream therapy and taken a modern dance course at the local community college.
- Unfamiliar Ceiling