"You should know that deception is my greatest weapon!".
~ Loki Laufeyson
"Such bluster. How very typical. Ever the sheltered son. So many fractured delusions. You know nothing of war. For all these countless millennia -- when it comes to the two of us -- you seem to have avoided the simplest of conclusions. Instead, you feel the incessant need to avenge every wrong you perceive from your position of languid morality...as if it were some sort of game. Quite sad. But if it's a war you truly desire, Thor -- then Loki can happily provide!".
Loki Laufeyson, also known as God of Mischief, the God of Magic and the God of Evil, is one of the main antagonists of the Marvel Comics universe. He is the archenemy of his half-brother, Thor, Avenger and God of Thunder. He is the main antagonist of the Thor franchise and Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers and a major villain in the Avengers comic book series, being the very reason they were formed in the first place. This led to his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the secondary antagonist of the Infinity Saga. In modern times (comics and Cinematic Universe), he has become an anti-hero at times, including with the broadcast of the 2021 Loki live-action limited series, Malekith was later revamped to replaced Loki as the primary antagonist of Thor due to this.
Loki was not born as an Asgardian as Thor was, but rather as a Frost Giant. When his true father, Laufey, died, Asgard's King Odin decided to take the infant Loki in and raise him as his own son. Loki was always more able to survive the cold than anyone else. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Loki was resentful of his brother, as he was physically inferior to him in every way; except sorcery. Loki was a natural when it came to controlling the dark arts, and he put that to his advantage. He hoped to one day defeat his brother and father and become ruler of Asgard.
When into his adulthood, Loki gained the reputation as the God of Mischief. But his tricks increased from mischievous, to downright malicious and evil. He soon became known also as the God of Evil. Loki tried several times to usurp the throne of Asgard and destroy Thor, but failed at each attempt. Odin imprisoned him several times, but each time he escaped.
Loki had already left Asgard, and continued his evil work and plans of revenge on earth. He empowered several normal criminals with supernatural powers in order to help him defeat Thor and complete other schemes, including Absorbing Man, and the Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Thunderball, Piledriver and Bulldozer). Loki also sometimes shared his schemes with The Enchantress and The Executioner, who also sought vengeance on Thor.
Loki has often made deals with or teamed up with various supervillains, most recently and infamously making a pact with Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers and letting them into Asgard to conquer it in the Dark Reign saga. Recently Loki was reincarnated multiple times with Kid Loki,Teen Loki,Old Loki,and the recent male and female incarnations some of them are trying to reform while some are trying revert back into his villainous ways.
Loki is the God of Mischief and an expert liar. Though Loki tries to take over Asgard and Earth, all Loki really wants is the approval of his father and his brother. He is a smart, talented, and intelligent man and he will stop at nothing to fulfill his quest. While he may appear nice, in truth Loki believes he is destined for a "glorious purpose" whether it be ruling Asgard or Earth. Loki is usually considered as a liar and trickster, but this is only because he wanted to be an equal to Thor. Therefore, Loki does have emotion and he does communicate with some people despite his power and arrogance.
Powers and Abilities
Loki is a master sorcerer, and has a wide variety of powers and abilities, including:
Despite being a member of the Frost Giants, Loki possesses similar attributes to those possessed by the Asgardians.
Superhuman Strength: Loki possesses superhuman strength that is substantially superior to that of an average Asgardian female or male.
Superhuman Stamina: Loki's Frost Giant metabolism grants him superhuman levels of physical stamina in practically all activities. He can exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair him. However, much like his physical strength and durability, Loki can temporarily augment his stamina through magical means.
Superhuman Dense Tissue: Like all Asgardians, Loki's bodily tissues have roughly three times the density of the same tissues in a human being. While he has the looks and physical proportions of a much smaller person, the increased density of his body actually makes him several hundred pounds heavier than he appears. This increased density also contributes to his superhuman strength to a limited degree.
Superhuman Durability: The tissues of Loki's body are superhumanly durable and are roughly equal to those possessed by the average Asgardian male. However, at times, Loki had imbued himself with magical abilities that enable him to withstand injuries that would prove fatal to another Asgardian. He is able to withstand high caliber bullets, falls from great heights, powerful impact forces, exposure to temperature extremes and powerful energy blasts without being injured.
Superhuman Longevity: Like all Asgardians, Loki ages at a far slower rate than humans. However, unlike some other god pantheons like the Olympians, who stop aging completely at a certain point, Loki is not fully immune to aging. Although he has recently been "reborn", he still has his memories of his previous life. While he is several millenia old, at least, he has the appearance and vitality of a young Asgardian man in his physical prime. Loki is immune to the effects of all known Earthly diseases and infections.
Sorcery: Loki has the ability to generate and control a great quantity of mystical abilities for a variety of purposes. His known abilities include the ability to fire powerful beams of concussive force, generate highly durable force fields, bestow superhuman attributes to living beings or inanimate objects, teleport across dimensions and augment his physical attributes temporarily. He can also bring inanimate objects to life, or mystically imbue objects or beings with specific but temporary powers. He has, for example, augmented the might of human criminals as the Cobra and Sandu. These magical effects remain only for as long as he maintains the spell that created them. Loki’s power has been said by the Silver Surfer during their early encounters as sufficient to “decimate a planet,” and according to Dormammu, Loki’s magic nearly rivals that of his own.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Like all Asgardians, Loki is still capable of being injured though, also like all Asgardians, his metabolism enables him to rapidly regenerate damaged tissue much faster and more extensively than a human being. However, through the use of his sorcery, Loki's ability to heal himself is far above that of other Asgardians. His magical energies are so imbued into his body that he can reattach severed limbs and, while still a male, even reattached his own head at least once.
Psionics: Loki has demonstrated powerful psionic capabilities, the full limits of which are unknown. He has demonstrated the ability to project his thoughts telepathically across great distances as well as potent hypnotic capabilities. He is able to communicate with beings telepathically, though his ability to do so is greater with beings that serve him.
Shapeshifting: Like a number of gods or goddesses, Loki possesses highly developed shapeshifting capabilities. He is able to adopt almost any form imaginable whether it be animals, other humanoid beings, or even inanimate objects. The thought has been raised that his current form is merely a shape Loki has decided to remain in. Despite this well-known ability of Loki's, he has commented to himself, as he struggled to escape from Dormammu's mystic cage, that this is his "most soul-draining" power, apparently meaning it is more taxing than his other magical abilities. He has become such animals such as a snake, eagle, mouse and bee, gaining the basic natural abilities inherent in each form. While he can take on the likeness of another god, giant or human, he will not necessarily gain the special physical or mental powers of the being he imitates. Loki can also transform external objects into other forms and substances by magic; for instance, he has turned clouds into dragons.
Loki also wields a magical sword and staff, both of which he can use with great skill.
In Other Media
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Loki appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode, "The Vengeance of Loki".
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
Loki appears in Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers as the main antagonist of the show, where he leads the group of five masked human villians called the Celebrity Five.
He was voiced by Tadashi Mutou in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Crispin Freeman in the English version of the anime.
Loki appears in the TV show, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, as one of the main antagonists. He was the one responsible for creating the Masters of Evil through the Enchantress in order to distract Thor and the Avengers while he could use the Odinforce to take over Asgard and seven of the other nine realms.
In the Ultimate Marvel Universe/Earth-1610, Loki is still the adopted brother of Thor and is the primary villain of the Ultimates 2 comic series. During the events of the series, Loki disguises himself as "Gunnar Golmen" and manipulates the entire world and the Ultimates into believing that Thor was his delusional brother who had stolen an experimental harness and hammer made in the Thunder God's likeliness, causing Thor's teammates to turn on him and eventually arrest him. Loki then assembles his own group of villains known as the Liberators in an attempt to take over the United States and ignite WWIII before Thor and the Ultimates eventually defeat him, his army, and the Liberators while also stopping his invasion.
This version of Loki has powers similar to his Earth-616 counterpart like his illusion casting and his sorcery skills. However, the Ultimate version of Loki also has the power to shape reality to his own end to a solid extent. This means that he could retcon history into anything he desired by either creating events that never happened, such as his mortal identity, or erasing events as if they never happened. He could also create copies of himself, change the color of the skies, render himself near impervious to harm even from Thor's hammer, and summon armies of monsters to aid in battle.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Loki appears in the videogame Marvel: Ultimate Alliance where he joins forces with Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil in his own plan to overthrow Odin and rule Asgard forever.
Lego Marvel Superheroes
Loki is the main antagonist of the game Lego Marvel Superheroes. Loki plans to take revenge on Thor, Asgard and the Earth while aiding Dr. Doom in finding the Cosmic Bricks that would help them build a 'Doom Ray of Doom', which Doom believes will make him Earth's savior from universal threats. But Loki reluctantly later on allies himself with Galactus and sets out to destroy the world. He faces defeat when Galactus insists on eating him alive.
Lego Marvel's Avengers
Loki appears in the video game Lego Marvel's Avengers as the main antagonist of the Avengers segment and the anti-hero of the Thor: The Dark World segment. His role in the game is similar to that of his movie appearances. His dialogue is done by archive footage from the movie.
Marvel Universe Live
Loki plays as the main antagonist in the live action theatre, Marvel Universe Live.
Loki narrates at the beginning of the play about heroes and villains and then mentions about the Cosmic Cube. His brother Thor appeared before the audience, telling them not to be alarmed as he had the Cosmic Cube and destroyed it to prevent anyone from using it. Thor then vowed to the audience that he will scatter its pieces to the corners of the Earth. As Thor soon departed, Loki appeared, vowing to take over the world as he brings forth a scatter of the Cosmic Cube's dust to create a small piece of it before he flies away.
Loki dispatches his Chitauri army to capture Nick Fury and Maria Hill. As they bring them before Loki, Loki shows them a device draining the power from the X-Men members Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm and feeding it to the piece of Cosmic Cube. Spider-Man and Iron Man soon arrived and fought off the Chitauri army and freed Wolverine. However, Loki managed to get away with the cosmic piece and the other two X-Men members.
Loki appears before the Avengers after they claim all the pieces of the Cosmic Cube and then sarcastically praises Captain America for his believed death. Thor charges at Loki for mocking his comrade, but Loki shoves Thor with his power, as he claims that the Cosmic Cube is making him stronger. He then unleashes his army of supervillains upon the heroes and a battle soon occur between them. During the climax of the battle, Loki unleashes the power of the Cosmic Cube upon the heroes, making them weak as they lay across the floor. Luckily, Iron Man manages to revive everyone once he unleashes electricity upon them. Hulk then appeared and attacked Loki with ease, allowing the heroes to subdue him and Thor to send him to an Asgardian prison. As Loki is casted away, he vows to return.
This version of the mythological Loki was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby.
Loki was originally going to make an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, however, he was cut.
In the scene of Thor: The Dark World where Loki masquerades as Captain America, when they were filming, Tom Hiddleston put on the Captain America suit and did an impression of Captain America.
Loki has played both the role of both villain and anti-hero.