8.8: IGN had their individual episode reviews going no higher than a 7, and as low as a 5, for what is so far the most acclaimed Marvel Studios series yet. It got bad enough that the writer of the reviews, Siddhant Adlakha, got all manner of harassment from fans on social media, and the review for episode 4 on YouTube was downvoted to oblivion. Episodes 5 and 6 reviewed at an 8 and 9 respectively, but people quickly took notice that IGN quietly shuffled off Adlakha for another writer who would review it more favourably, which opened a whole new can of worms: What's the point of critic reviews if publications cave in to fans?
Acceptable Targets: The TVA needed an Establishing Character Moment of ruthlessly pruning a variant, but the writers also didn't want viewers to be alienated from them right off the bat. So it's done to a bratty, spoiled trust-fund kid.
The Nexus Event in Episode 4 can cause some this trope to happen. Mobius believes it was due to him falling for Sylvie, and he calls it the ultimate display of narcissism. While Loki doesn't entirely disagree with the narcissism accusations later in the episode, others see his feelings for Sylvie not as narcissism but as an admittedly literal example of a metaphor for selflessness and constructive realization of self-worth, particularly since Loki is already established as having a severe Inferiority Superiority Complex (and thus, overcoming it is the real source of time variance since it also results in him overcoming his supposedly preordained villainous nature). And of course, there's the possibility that there's elements of both in the whole thing. However, the finale provides another alternative to this as it was revealed that He Who Remains led Loki and Sylvie down the road to met him. Could He Who Remains try to make sure that Loki and Sylvie get saved by the TVA by declaring a Nexus Event on them before they died as them dying would otherwise interfere with his plans? This seems likely when you considered the fact that it was previously stated that apocalypses can't cause Nexus Events to happen.
When Ravonna is making small talk with Mobius, she asks him if he could go anywhere in time, where would he go? Is it just a simple conversation between friends, or has Ravonna caught on to the fact that Mobius is growing uneasy, and is actually pulling a Secret Test of Character to see if he's beginning to remember things about his past life? Alternatively, was it down to her own growing questions about their reality after witnessing C-20's breakdown, which included C-20 outing their true nature as Variants, since we see she's as unaware about the true nature of the TVA/Time Keepers as everyone else.
Loki's actions in The Avengers (2012) seemed much more like your bog-standard tyrannical overlord than a goal for the self-proclaimed "God of Chaos and Mischief". This is explicitly called out and discussed by Mobius in the very first episode, and fits nicely into his character development and arc.
Many fans were upset with the MCU's track record of LGBTQ representation, often amounting to little more than teases between heterosexual characters that arent followed up on, or are minor characters who appear in one scene and never show up again. This show has Loki be explicitly identified by the TVA as "fluid" in regards to sex, which not only aligns with his comic book and mythological origins, but also officially makes Loki the MCUs first queer protagonist to be confirmed on-screen. He's explicitly confirmed as bisexual in Episode 3, with him admitting to having had flings with both men and women, which director Kate Herron confirmed was one of her major goals with the show, although he's not given the opportunity to engage in same-gender relationships onscreen.
Shortly before the show's premiere, the producers said that they were well aware that millions of people would spend the week between each episode nitpicking its time travel logic, so they made sure the whole thing made as much sense as they could possibly manage. This includes tweaking the notoriously confusing time travel rules from Avengers: Endgame, with the explanation that Bruce didn't 100% understand how it actually works.
For a while after The Avengers (2012), Marvel included a bit in Loki's bio on their website that he was being influenced by the Mind Stone during the film and thus wasn't fully responsible for easily the worst actions he's done in the franchise. Many fans decried this as an obvious case of Pandering to the Base of fans who'd been giving him the Draco in Leather Pants treatment. In this show, the whole thing is nowhere to be found, with everyone acknowledging he was acting of his own will.
In terms of physical strength, Loki doesn't display any superhuman feats like he did previously, as normal humans are able to fight him. It is possible (but not stated) that this is related to the mechanisms that neutralize Loki's magic in the TVA, as while drunk during "Lamentis" outside of that realm, Loki has little trouble dealing with direct physical blows.
The TVA can count as well, as their elite futuristic troops capable of bending time and space seem surprisingly vulnerable to fire. However, as it's made clear throughout the series, while the tech is advanced enough to bend space and time, the TVA personnel are merely Variants of regular people from across time.
Loki being revealed to have been D.B. Cooper doesn't feature at all in the story after it's seen in a flashback in the first episode, despite the scene being prominently featured in the first trailer.
Pun gleefully intended and very much Played for Laughs. Why is there an Alligator Loki? Why not? No explanation is given, no rhyme or reason for his being there, and no origin story behind the enigma. Both in and out of universe, as commented on by the characters and series creators, the only reason why he's there is because he is, and he's never seen or mentioned again after the one episode he appears in. Unlike most examples of this trope, this one has been wholly, lovingly embraced by everyone: the characters, the show creators, critics and the fans.
Character Rerailment: With fans disappointed that MCU Loki never got to showcase the full extent of his magic and instead having to heavily depend on weapons (such as his knives or the Chitauri scepter), Classic Loki shows everyone in-universe and out just how powerful the character's sorcery can be had he been given the opportunity to properly wield it.
"Common Knowledge": Some viewers claimed that Marvel prerelease interviews supposedly promised that Loki would have both a male and female onscreen love interest, and therefore engaged in Bait-and-Switch Lesbians when said onscreen same-gender romances failed to materialize. However, official sources never actually said such a thing, and the source of that rumor is an MCU fansite infamous for being highly unreliable with its supposed leaks. However, a scene featuring Loki undergoing a montage in which he had lots of bisexual sex including with aliens before finding himself in the Asgardian throne room as a showcase of the power of the TVA wasconsidered early in development, but never made it to the final product.
Crack Ship: Some fans immediately started it with Miss Minutes and Mr. DNA, due to both being southern-accented cartoon characters who explain nonsense science for both the characters and the audience. Writer Michael Waldron even admitted that Miss Minutes was inspired by Mr. DNA during the writing process for this show.
Critical Research Failure: Loki's D.B. Cooper stunt is shown to have occurred on a clear day in this show's first episode. In Real Life, while Cooper boarded the plane in the afternoon, much of the actual hijacking took place in the middle of the night. Loki also speaks with his natural English accent during the event, whereas the real Cooper spoke in a Midwestern American accent.
Loki seeing another variant getting disintegrated for mouthing off and not having a ticket to be in line? Horrific, and showing that the TVA are not to be trifled with. Loki frantically searching in his prison jumpsuit for his own ticket and urgently holding it up when he finds it, all while Miss Minutes is cheerfully saying 'Don't forget to let us know how we're doin!'? Priceless.
The entire trip to Pompeii. When you remember what happened to the real Pompeii, an event that would've been horrific otherwise is made hilarious by Loki freeing some goats from a cage, telling everyone in the town that they're about to die (in fluent Latin, no less), and just plain taking the piss out of Mobius the entire time. The icing on the cake is Loki striking a pose similar to that of Tony back in the first Iron Manas the volcano is erupting behind him!
Alligator Loki biting off President Loki's hand. Horrific considering how we see the severed hand front and center? Probably. The fact that he Screams Like a Little Girl in response and chaos ensues immediately afterward after he outright insulted Alligator Loki in the first place? Bloody Hilarious!
Why did Alligator Loki get pruned by the TVA? Because he ate the wrong neighbor's cat- which takes things further by implying that there was a correct cat! Which might even be the one we see in episode 1.
Die for Our Ship: Quite a few Lokius (Loki/Mobius) fans began calling for Sylvie's blood after the events of the Season 1 finale in which she shared a kiss with Loki, then sent him away so that she could kill He Who Remains against Loki's wishes. Some go so far as to accuse her of being a devious Manipulative Bitch who was exploiting Loki's feelings the whole time in order to use him to get closer to He Who Remains, and ignore the fact that Mobius initially treated Loki as a resource for the TVA's benefit to destroy Sylvie, which he had discussed with Ravonna in private. What's worse, said fans sent death threats over the matter in Real Life to Tom Hiddleston, the director Kate Herron (who is not set to return for season 2) and other members of the crew.
Miss Minutes has two small scenes between the first two episodes, and is thus a very minor character. She is also quite popular with fans, due to her Dissonant Serenity in explaining the TVA's existence and objectives in her own animated sequence, while also being a Mascot with Attitude. The fact that she's voiced by Tara Strong herself is just icing on the cake. Then the season one finale reveals she's The Dragon to the true founder of the TVA and can be surprisingly sinister for an adorable cartoon clock.
Alligator Loki features in only one of the six episodes of season 1, and he is extremely popular due to being an especially amusing instance of an Alternate Self that comes in the form of a cute animal. He's also a dangerous opponent who doesn't take kindly to insults, and bites the hand off President Loki when he deridingly points him out in the room.
Classic Loki features in a stinger and one episode before his death. He is thought of fondly for being played by Richard E. Grant, for his Narm Charm costume and his glorious Heroic Sacrifice, to the point that fans were praising the casting and Grant's dedication to playing the role.
Due to his absence for a chunk of the prologue in Avengers: Infinity War, and the show's time-travel-heavy premise, fans came up with a variant of a He's Just Hiding! theory: that Variant L1130 somehow ends up having a Heroic Sacrifice swapping places with his Sacred Timeline counterpart or otherwise uses magic to fake his death at the hands of Thanos, which ultimately puts Thor on a path to help defeat the Mad Titan for good. Interestingly, Loki takes interest upon hearing that Classic Loki managed to fake his death during that very scenario.
From the first two trailers alone, many fans are convinced that the mysterious redheaded individual sitting on a rock is Black Widow, due to their silhouette looking eerily similar to Natasha's. The fact that the figure is prominently seen in a dark purple and orange area that coincidentally matches up with the color scheme of Vormir adds fuel to the fire.
Episode 4 confirms that the individual is not Natasha - the "redheaded" woman actually has brown-blonde hair, she is a Loki variant named Sylvie, and she and Loki are stranded on a completely different planet named Lamentis-1.
Quite a few people have speculated that this series will somehow tie into Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness alongside its sister show WandaVision, often in a way that has Loki ending up in the MCU's prime timeline after the events of this series. An image floating around on the internet of Loki, Wanda, and Strange fighting alongside each other from the comics further increased the popularity of this theory. Lending even more credence is the fact that Michael Waldron, the head writer of Loki, is also a credited screenwriter of the film, as well as the fact that the show proper reveals that a timeline break is called a "Nexus", the same name used for the antidepressant drug in one of WandaVision's in-universe commercials.
The producers were oddly insistent on not revealing the character names of certain big name actors like Richard E. Grant and Sophia Di Martino, leading plenty of fans to suspect they're playing alternate versions of Loki himself. As of Episode 2, Sophia Di Martino is confirmed to be playing Sylvie, the Loki variant that Loki and Mobius are up against, while Grant - as per Episode 4's Stinger - is revealed to be an older version of Loki, complete with a comics-accurate costume.
Related to the above item about the Doctor Strange sequel, some fans noted that Waldron is close friends with Jeff Loveness, who worked with him on Rick and Morty and is the credited screenwriter of Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, leading to some speculation that it will link up with Loki in some way, especially since that film's Big Bad is famous time-traveling Marvel villain Kang the Conqueror. Waldron eventually alluded to the idea on Vanity Fair's Still Watching podcast but didn't outright confirm a connection between the two.
While Loki is wandering the TVA in an attempt to escape in the first episode, one of the TVA's Hunters can be seen escorting a woman through their establishment in the background. Many fans noted that she looks eerily similar to Peggy Carter, causing many Agent Carter fans to jump at the idea of Peggy being detained by the TVA due to Steve Roger's shenanigans.
With Kang the Conqueror confirmed to appear in Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, many fans suspect he'll show up in this show first, probably as one of the time keepers, due to his love interest Ravonna Renslayer being a major character. With the revelation that the Time-Keepers were merely fakes in Episode 4, it could be safe to assume that he might also make an appearance here, too.
Lo and behold, he (or at least, a Variant of his Immortus incarnation) finally makes his debut in the season one finale, portrayed by Jonathan Majors, no less.
Episode 2 reveals that the rogue Loki the TVA is hunting is Lady Loki—or, it is at least assumed to be Lady Loki. However, fans quickly discovered that while in the English credits, she is simply named "the Variant", in the other language credits, she is named "Sylvie", or Sylvie Lushton, the second Enchantress who was given her powers by Loki. Fans speculate this means that either the two characters were composited, or the variant isn't Loki at all.
After the past several franchise entries and cast announcements went a bit out of their way to build up the Young Avengers, many fans suspect that Kid Loki will somehow be coming out of this show. Sure enough, he finally makes an appearance in The Stinger during "The Nexus Event".
A lot of fans speculated that the second half of Episode 3 after Sylvie falls asleep was All Just a Dream and that she was caught in a reversal of her enchantment spells, due to several things that seemingly didn't add up, such as Loki wielding much more powerful magic than he's ever displayed before, including the ability to reverse the fall of a building. This turned out to not be the case, and everything that took place that episode was indeed real.
Among several countless theories, one of the well known theories is that following the premise of Loki and the emergence of The Void, several fans theorized that most of the Spider-Man villains are actually variants, and it's the reason why Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina are in the MCU Spider-Man.
Many fans believed that Wanda Maximoff caused The Threshhold to happen in the finale since Wanda is described as a Nexus Being (a.k.a. a person who could change the future since they have control over probabilities) in the comics. Additionally, some people synced up the finales for both this show and Wanda's show to notice that around the 27:55 mark, He Who Remains states that they crossed the Threshhold while Wanda becomes the Scarlet Witch, and around the 28:14 mark, He Who Remains drops something to his desk while Agatha drops to the ground. This also provides more context to Agatha's line of "You have no idea what you've done" as well as explaining the entire Nexus commercial in WandaVision. However, the director of Loki explicitly confirmed that this is a mere coincidence.
Relating to this, many fans believed that Wanda's kids from the WandaVision finale's Stinger are just them from an Alternate Universe.
Sylvie has two different IDs in the series - L0852 in the TVA files Loki looks through in episode 2, and L1190 in the script He Who Remains shows in the finale. This lead some fans to believe that there were several Sylvies, and there is a cycle repeating over and over again similar to the one in The Matrix, with He Who Remains being similar to the Architect, and Loki and Sylvie being similar to Neo and Trinity.
President Loki gets a lot of love for his deep, growly voice and his swagger.
Ravonna Renslayer is a strikingly beautiful woman played by Gugu Mbatha Raw, and shes more or less The Heavy for the first season. She is even able to use this status to her advantage a bit In-Universe, as her charm is a big factor in keeping Mobius unquestionably loyal to the TVA before the Lokis interfere.
The Multiversal War. On paper, it has the potential to be an epic on the scale of Secret Wars (2015). On screen, we only got a two seconds mention in Miss Minutes' video and a verbal description from He Who Remains.
Some fans wondered if Steve's decision to stay in the past might've caused the Time Variance Authority to come for him, and if they did, what kind of adventures does the Future Steve run into during his quest to return the Infinity Stones?
It seems everyone has the potential of becoming a time-variant, so how would the individual Avengers react to becoming one at literally any random point in their lives? How would they face the existential dilemma that all of their choices are predetermined?
Episode 2 reveals that the TVA has arrested other Lokis before. Three of them are shown but who knows how many they were and what they did.
Episode 3 reveals that many of the employees of the TVA were once variants themselves; mindwiped, repurposed and given new personalities. Who were they before they 'joined' the TVA?
Episode 5: "Journey Into Mystery" is just absolutely rife with these, thanks to the multitude of Easter Eggs that can be found within The Void, due to the fact that everything that is pruned ends up going there. Questions like how, what, or why did these people or objects come to be? What was the Nexus event that caused them to be pruned by the TVA?
Following the premiere of Episode 4 and 5, several fans begin to wonder if The Void is filled with all the Spider-Man villains who are variants in this timeline, and if they are in The Void, did they manage to return to the original timeline after Sylvie kills He Who Remains?
Another instance is that given how the 2014 Gamora is now in 2023, will she be considered as a variant too?
The first season ends with the Multiverse coming back in full force, opening literally infinite possibilities in the MCU. Additionally, the last we see of Sylvie, she is at the end of time with a TemPad that can take her anywhere and anywhen in the multiverse.
Franchise Original Sin: One of the main criticisms of the show is how Loki isn't as competent as he was in his previous appearances. However, this was something that has been in line with Loki's character in the MCU, who has been noted by comic readers to be one of the more notable cases of Adaptational Wimp in the MCU, being nowhere near as strong a mage nor anywhere near as competent a villain as his counterpart was. The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok in particular treat him like a Butt-Monkey where the heroes often pull the wool over his eyes. But aside from comic readers, fans have been more forgiving of those examples because of how they work in a narrative sense. In The Avengers, Loki is an outright villain we're supposed to root against which makes it all the more cathartic when he gets his comeuppance. In Ragnarok, it's meant to show how much Thor had grown as a character while Loki remained stagnant, which becomes the catalyst for Loki's complete HeelFace Turn. But because Loki is the protagonist here, his portrayal is more noticeable and easier to call out on, especially when he's fighting mooks rather than superheroes. It is even more ironic because the show gives Loki powers that he had never displayed prior, such as the ability to fire hand blasts or telekinetically lifting up a falling building.
Friendly Fandoms: There is a significant overlap between fans who like Loki and Sylvie (Sylki) as a couple and fans who ship Kylo Ren and Rey (Reylo) from Star Wars. It helps that in both cases a male Tall, Dark, and Handsome villain who makes a HeelFace Turn starts off as an enemy of a headstrong Action Girl. In both cases the two characters are linked metaphysically, with Loki and Sylvie being Variants of the same being, and Kylo Ren and Rey being linked by and able to communicate through the Force. The scene of Loki and Sylvie fighting the guards of the Time-Keepers as Back-to-Back Badasses drew a lot of comparison to the similar scene of Kylo Ren and Rey fighting Snoke's guards in The Last Jedi. Both couples eventually share a kiss. And since Reylo's culmination in the sequal trilogy is considered disapponting and unsatisfying, many of its fans stated that "Sylki is what Reylo should have been." Sylki fandom also drew the sympathy of some Reylo fans due to Sylki shippers becoming the target of heavy harassment and Anti-Shipping Goggles from ship rivals since the ship first got legs, which some Reylo fans expressed as relatable.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In episode 2, one of Loki's Variants is shown at the Tour de France. Twelve days later, there was a massive bike crash at the actual Tour de France caused by a single spectator with a sign.
The TVA shares its acronym with the real-life Tennessee Valley Authority. The real life TVA is tasked in part with controlling the flow of the Tennessee River (not unlike the flow of time here), has its own dedicated police force, and was often criticized as one of the biggest expansions of the US bureaucracy. After the series premiere, the organization made several jokes about Loki on Twitter, such as this one.
The episode where Loki confirms that he's bisexual is drenched in the colors of the bi flag (blue, pink and purple).
Loki cutting off Sif's hair as a prank is also straight from the Norse myths.
Classic Loki creating an illusion of Asgard is accompanied by a piece of music taking obvious inspiration from "Ride of the Valkyries", from an opera based on Norse myths.
The ship that gets sucked into the Void in episode 5 is the USS Eldridge, the subject of the Philadelphia Experiment where, according to Urban Legends and conspiracy theories, it was supposedly made invisible, with wilder theories claiming that the government was studying time travel (a subject explored in the film The Philadelphia Experiment)In reality The Eldridge was nowhere near Philadelphia at the time the purported experiment took place. She was eventually transferred to the Hellenic Navy and served until 1992 before being decommissioned and sold as scrap in 1999. Apparently, in one branch of the timeline, it worked, and the TVA noticed and pruned the entire ship.
Overlaps with Bilingual Bonus. The Romans had no concept of a volcano and no word for it, so instead of just saying "volcano" as the English subtitles suggest Loki explains to his unwilling listeners in Latin that the mountain has been accumulating fire for a while and is now going to spill it on them.
There are several active volcanos in Greece and Italy. Classical culture did obviously have the concept of volcanoes; they simply did not use that particular word. In fact the Greek historian Strabo speculated that mount Vesuvius might have had at one time "craters of fire" decades before it's eruption
The chalk board in the room of He Who Remains hosts the Dyson-Schwinger equation for the Green's function used to find the correlations between two points in a quantum field. The solution is usually found by plugging in a suitable guess for the Green's function, then plugging that solution as the new Green's function, and reiterating until the solution falls within the desired margin of error. An exact answer would provide a stable loop.
The line in the opening credits of the finale, "we think of time as a one way motion from the past through the present and on into the future" is taken from the philosopher Alan Watts' lecture on the nature of time and causality. According to Michael Waldron, in the show time is non-linear and everything is happenning at once, which ties in nicely with the lecture.
Loki and Mobius find Sylvie in Roxxcart on March 15, 2050. 15 March is the day when Julius Caesar was killed, and through Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar and its Arc Words "beware the Ides of March" it became famously associated with betrayal. In Roxxcart, one of the TVA minutemen remarks that Mobius's favourite Loki has betrayed him, and Hunter C-20 confesses that she betrayed the Time-Keepers by giving their location away.
Harsher in Hindsight: In episode 1, Loki is told by Mobius that he exists so that others can be their best versions, to be a villain for others to jump over and better themselves, and one of the major parts of Loki as a character is that he can never change enough to change this. Episode 5 reveals that Loki does his best to change, but is always pruned by TVA for it, thus making that major and so tragic part of his character one that has been forced on him.
Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the variants of Loki shown in the TVA's briefing of the Norse God and his dangerousness shown in second episode has a version of Loki that remains in his Frost Giant form 24/7. What If...? shows us that exact variant (or at least one who also looks like a Frost Giant) appearing in the seventh episode...who is one of the goofiest and most fun-loving variant of Loki we've seen yet.
Ho Yay: Although the showrunner stated that Loki and Mobius' bond was not intended to be romantic in nature, some fans have interpreted Mobius' affection and interest towards Loki as romantic anyway, especially considering that Loki is bisexual and how willing Mobius is to stick it out through difficult situations for him. Owen Wilson himself referred to the relationship between Mobius and Loki as a "courtship", and one of the tracks on the official soundtrack album is called "Lokius".
Jerkass Woobie: Sylvie. While she may seem to be another dubious variant of Loki, her backstory is really horrifying and tragic, as she was arrested/kidnapped by the TVA as a little girl (while innocently playing with her toys on Asgard), not even understanding why. Then shortly after, she watched a man get tortured and pruned before her eyes (while begging the TVA to let him go), and has never been able to find her way back home.
The final promo before the show's release featured a Freeze-Frame Bonus confirming that Loki's physical sex is fluid (which makes perfect sense for a shapeshifter) and implies that, like his comic counterpart, he might also identify as genderfluid, causing his legions of fans to go nuts over him canonically being the franchises first major queer character to get confirmed onscreen.
Similarly, Episode 3 reveals that Loki is bisexual, much to the delight of fans all around, especially LGBTQ+ ones. Both examples, however, led to some disappointment from the community when the first season ended with neither revelation having a noticeable influence on the character's portrayal and storyline, with him spending the season in a straight-passing romance; this led some to treat Loki as yet another of Disney's longlineof "first gaycharacters".
Like You Would Really Do It: Episode 3 ends with Loki and Sylvie stranded on a planet about to be destroyed. Even if it weren't the halfway point of the series, it would be a very undignified way to send out a beloved character. The same applies to his unexpected pruning at the end of Episode 4: The Stinger of the same episode confirms he wasn't killed, only sent someplace else.
Magnificent Bastard: He Who Remains and Miss Minutes are the masterminds behind the Time Variance Agency (TVA), created to prevent multiversal wars between timelines, preserving a single Sacred Timeline. Filling the TVA with time variants kidnapped and brainwashed into servitude, these agents would be sent into alternate timelines, resetting events back to the Sacred Timeline while arresting, judging, and executing the variants causing the divergences. Both tracking the actions of Loki Odinson Variant L1130 and Sylvie Laufeydottir, Miss Minutes confronts the duo with the the proposal to live in their ideal world before allowing them to pass when they refuse. Upon being confronted, He Who Remains gives the two the option of either taking over the TVA to ensure the stability of the timeline or killing him and allowing his own variants to wage war across timelines, which would invariably lead to one of them running the TVA all over again.
Memetic Badass: Casey has become one to the fanbase when it's revealed he has dozens of Infinity Stones stashed in his drawer, while Thanos only ever had 6. A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the season 1 finale shows that Casey has become a Hunter in Kang the Conqueror's TVA, meaning he could be on his way to being this.
Many French social media comments under the first trailer joked that "Loki is fleeing/gets arrested because he wants to evade taxes".note In France, T.V.A. is the acronym for "Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée" ("Value-added Tax").
"No ticket."Explanation The scene where another variant is immediately disintegrated for not having a ticket, causing Loki to frantically display his own, naturally got a ton of comparisons to the similar scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Loki crying at sad movies.Explanation Loki tears up while he watches his main timeline counterpart's life play out in the Time Theatre, leading to viewers inserting sad scenes from other films (or alternatively events they find sad) he's crying to.
Loki and Mobius watching events/movies/memes.Explanation Related to the above meme, there's quite a few edits of the Time Theater scene to make it look like Mobius and Loki are observing things related to their actors, or other bizarre things.
Mobius' fascination with jet skis have become this with fans, some of them jokingly begging Marvel Studios to end the series with Mobius riding into the ocean on a jet ski of his own.
Onceler 2 Explanation The reveal that Loki fell in love with his alternate self led to people (mainly on Tumblr) drawing comparisons to the infamous Onceler fandom from 2012, known for shipping the Onceler with alternate versions of himself.
Mobius meeting characters played by Owen Wilson.Explanation After getting pruned, Loki met other versions of himself. Many fans immediately began making jokes that the same thing happened to Mobius, but he instead met the different roles Owen Wilson has portrayed, with the one most commonly talked about being Lightning McQueen.
Into the Loki-VerseExplanation A joke that's been on people's lips since the reveal of a second Loki in Episode one, which only got funnier at the end of Episode 4, when Loki runs into three more very different Variants of himself.
There are also many jokes with the "low key" pun.
Do you really want another One More Day story? Explanation Due to the spiraling Mephisto theories which range from WandaVision to Loki, some fans wondered if everyone wants to repeat the infamous and controversial One More Day storyline for Spider-Man 3.
Thanos-copter is canon Explanation The infamous and oft-memed Thanos-copter makes an appearance in the Void
In Brazil, Alligator Loki is jokingly said to come from a timeline where Loki "took the jab" Explanation President Jair Bolsonaro, that has supported anti-Vaxx views, had infamously claimed that Covid vaccination, particularly Chinese-made vaccines, would turn people into alligators
"You're my favorite" Explanation In episode 5 Mobius gives Loki a long goodbye hug but whispers to Sylvie watching them that she's his favorite Loki variant. This is followed by users inserting pictures of any of their favorite things.
Greta Thunberg is in the MCU. Explanation The Season 1 finale opens with several real life sound bites interspersed with clips from the MCU, and people especially latched onto Greta Thunberg saying "How dare they," speculating on what the context of her saying that within the MCU could be. Some even figured she might be fighting Thanos, showing him what true environmental activism is about.
Pray for Doctor Strange. Explanation Fans portray Doctor Strange as the Only Sane Man who has to fix the multiversal shenanigans that Loki has caused, not to mention whatever was alluded to in WandaVision and Kangs involvement in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Safe to say it's going to be a lot of work for him. However, memes of this very quickly died out after the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home showcases Strange also botching up a spell that is implied to be the start of said chaos, with characters from previouslive-action Spider-Man films appearing in the MCU.
Sylvie is a variant of Star-Lord. Explanation Fans compare Sylvie's killing of He Who Remains as similar to Star-Lord's outburst in Infinity War in being an emotional outburst that directly results in the universe / multiverse going to Hell, and thus declaring that she is a variant of him and not Loki. It helps that they are both blonde and have a backstory of being taken by strangers at a young age.
Am I dead? Explanation The first panel has any character waking up like Loki did in the Void, the second panel shows a group of characters played by the same actor replying "not yet, but you will be unless you come with us". Alternatively, the first panel has a character who was Killed Off for Real, and the second one has a group of dead characters replying "yep, you are"
Old man yells at cloud. Explanation Episode 5 ends with Classic Loki, an old man who spends his final moments yelling defiantly before Alioth, which is essentially a doglike Cumulonemesis. Fans noticed the amusing similarity to the classic The Simpsons meme.
Miss Minutes jump scare Explanation From the season 1 finale, when Miss Minutes suddenly appears before Loki and Sylvie in the castle and says "hey y'all!" Completely unexpected, fans took it and began adding it in their videos to scare others.
Where are Classic Loki's muscles? Explanation In an interview with Variety, Richard E. Grant jokes about how dismayed he was that his costume lacked the muscle suit-like qualities that the 60s comics, especially since Grant isn't exactly the most buff man in the world. This caused fans to clamor Marvel for Classic Loki to have muscles should Grant return to the role.
The TVA is a black owned business. Explanation Given that He Who Remains, the leader of the TVA, is played by Jonathan Majors, most fans like to state that the character is the most successful black businessman in fiction who did a good job running it. Because of what happened at the end, people joke that Sylvie is a Karen who couldn't stand him being successful.
This is the first time. For. Me. In. The Marvel. Universe. Explanation A poorly edited sentence within this behind-the-scenes video that Owen Wilson "states".
What was your Nexus Event? Explanation First panel - Loki asking this question in the Void. Second panel - the shot of Kid Loki answering it, with a random person inserted instead of him and saying something atrocious.
A massive number of memes and jokes comparing COVID-19 Variants to Variants of Loki or He Who Remains.
What? Haow? Explanation Due to Owen Wilson and his Catchphrase wow (often spelled waow due to the way he says it), many fans were disappointed that Mobius, Owen Wilsons character, never once says wow. So they latched onto the next best thing: Mobius saying how?/haow toward the beginning of the shows fourth episode.
Its breaking my reality right naow!
Narm Charm: Classic Loki's outfit. Does it look absolutely ridiculous and cheap? Absolutely. But it is also a love-letter to the 60s era of comics when Loki had donned this outfit, not to mention the cheapness makes it endearing in a So Bad, It's Good way. And it does not detract Classic Loki's Heroic Sacrifice in any way.
No Yay: Some fans had this reaction to Loki being romantically in love with Sylvie and sharing a kiss with her in the Season 1 finale, since the Screw Yourself aspect makes some see it as akin to incest. Though Word of God has tried to clarify how this worked in a way that inferred they weren't ever the same Loki, alternate universe versions of one-another is still, to some, comparable to dating a long-lost twin.
Older Than They Think: Loki being both sex-fluid and bisexual goes all the way back to the original Norse myths, where among other things he's the mother of Odin's horse, Sleipnir.
One-Scene Wonder: More like One-Episode Wonder, but Jonathan Majors acted his ass off as He Who Remains, drawing a compelling tale of who he is and what he's capable of in a relatively short appearance.
Paranoia Fuel: The timeline has been predetermined by a trio of beings that enforce their will absolutely through the TVA. At any moment, without even understanding why, a person can suddenly find themselves being arrested by the TVA for the crime of deviating from a path they never knew they were supposed to be on. And as Episode 4 shows, you can be a merechild (as Sylvie can attest) and the TVA can and will take you in for even the most minor offense against the Sacred Timeline, even subjecting them to a Kangaroo Court as they would an adult.
Portmanteau Couple Name: "Sylki" for Sylvie/Loki, "Lokius" for Loki/Mobius, and "Sylkius" for Sylvie/Loki/Mobius together.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between Loki/Mobius and Loki/Sylvie fans. Fans of the former accuse the latter of being BrotherSister Incest due to being alternate-universe timeline copies, and homophobic due to happening so soon after the reveal that both characters are bisexual, thus coming off as But Not Too Bi. Fans of the latter argue that treating a fantastical (and implausible) case of Screw Yourself to real-life sibling incest is false equivalence, that acting like Loki stopped being queer just because he's attracted to a woman is bisexual erasure, that Lokius fans' accusations towards the show of queerbaiting is dishonest due to prerelease Word of God overtly shutting the possibility down beforehand and that the rest merely came from Shipping Goggles, and finally that it's hypocritical to single Loki/Sylvie out as abusive when Loki/Mobius isn't without its own problematic elements due to some of the cruel things that Mobius has done to Loki in service of the TVA.
From Episode 4: Either Mobius proclaiming how he'll return to his time and ride a jet ski seconds before he was pruned or Loki meeting with his other variants.
Episode 5: Classic Loki's Heroic Sacrifice via his illusion of Asgard and facing his death as he screams "Glorious Purpose!" or Loki giving Mobius a Man Hug.
Episode 6: The ending, particularly Loki realizing that Mobius doesn't remember him and seeing the statue in the TVA now showing Kang the Conqueror.
Special Effect Failure: Some viewers believe that the climax of Lamentis, while a pretty good The Oner, is a bit obviously shot against a greenscreen throughout the whole sequence. However, as revealed in the official BTS video ("Assembled: The Making of Loki") apart from the sky the entire set was practical and 360 degrees photographable, and they even used practical effects for falling debris and explosions. The unusual lighting is a result of them painting walls with a special paint that glows in the dark and shooting the entire thing at night.
Loki falling for his opposite-gender variant Sylvie gets this reaction from some fans, even if it is such a narcissistic thing to do. In-universe, Mobius calls him "an incredible seismic narcissist".
While Loki getting his clothes vaporized was very much Played for Laughs with his visible embarrassment, the same thing happening to Sylvie when she was a little girl being arrested by the TVA, while obviously not shown on screen, is extremely horrifying and creepy to think about.
Strangled by the Red String: Loki in episode 4 developing feelings for Sylvie after they've only known each other for less than a day. They do not acknowledge them or share a kiss until the season 1 finale, though.
Too Cool to Live: Classic Loki, who shows himself to be the most powerful Loki variant thus far, sacrifices himself to enable Loki and Sylvie to enchant Alioth and get to the real power behind the TVA.
While she is confirmed to return in Thor: Love and Thunder, one can't help but to be surprised at seeing Lady Sif make a return here in Episode 4.
Remember how Richard E. Grant was mentioned to be in the cast list prior to release? He just so happens to play an older version of Loki, as per The Stinger of Episode 4. In addition, he's even shown wearing Loki's 60s costume!
Frog Thor aka "Throg" manages to make an appearance trapped in a jar in episode 5.
Meanwhile the infamous memetic Thanos Copter can also be spotted among the rubbish.
Alioth is actually from the comics, but is very, very obscure with only a small handful of appearances.
With her short hair bun and stocky build, one wouldn't be at fault for thinking Hunter B-15 is a man at first glance, at least until she begins speaking.
Many also thought the young French child in the church was a girl due to his long hair and outfit that vaguely resembles a feminine skirt.
What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Lamentis portrays wealthy citizens receiving preferential treatment at the expense of the poor majority, during what is supposed to be a planetary evacuation, while Loki and Sylvie try to find a way off of the planet before it gets completely destroyed. Given 2021's economic and political climate, it's easy to take the point.
Although Loki as a character came close to wearing out his welcome with some fans through overexposure, even people who aren't enthused about the character came around on the show upon seeing its classic-comic-book-bizarre premise and offbeat sense of humor in its first two trailers. And then the series was released and acclaimed by critics and fans.
After the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, some fans believed that MCU has nothing new to offer to them. The dawn of the multiverse and the reveal of Kang the Conqueror as the next MCU's Greater-Scope Villain in episode 6 reignited the interest in the MCU franchise as a whole.
The Woobie: Sylvie, big time. After she escaped from the TVA, she had to spend her entire childhood on the run from them. She figured out how to stay hidden by jumping between Nexus events, nearly all of which were disastrous apocalypses she had to watch unfold. Shortly before Loki was arrested; she started her Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the TVA, killing thousands of minutemen before she ended up on Lamentis with Loki.