- "Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel."
- ―Loki to a human crowd.[src]
|Aliases||The God of Mischief|
Thor: The Dark World
|Video games||Thor: God of Thunder|
|Comics||Captain America & Thor: Avengers!|
|Portrayed by||Tom Hiddleston|
Loki was one of several powerful beings from the Asgard, one of the Nine Realms, who have been worshipped as Gods by humanity. Odin, led his subjects in a war against their enemy, the Frost Giants from the land of Jotunheim. Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, was slain in battle and the giants were defeated.
Surveying the spoils of war, the Asgardians discovered a small Asgardian sized baby hidden at the Frost Giants' main fortress. The infant, whom was the son of Laufey, was kept hidden due to his small size.
Odin adopted Loki into his own family, raising Loki like a son along with his biological son, Thor. Despite loving his brother, Loki's extreme jealousy of Thor later contributed to his downfall in later life and lust for power.
Born to Laufey, the King of the Frost Giants, on the planet Jotunheim, Loki was hidden by his father from others due to his small size, a characteristic considered shameful by Laufey. During the Frost Giants' war with the Asgardians, Laufey was eventually defeated by King of the Asgardians, Odin, in battle.
In the aftermath of the battle, Odin discovered a baby Loki. Using sorcery to change Loki's blue skin and give him the appearance of an Asgardian, Odin then adopted him, believing it would bring peace between the Frost Giants and Asgardians permanently.
Growing up aware of his real heritage, Loki was raised by Odin and his wife Frigga alongside Odin's biological son, Thor, in Asgardian royalty. Loki eventually began competing with Thor for Odin's affection. Being smaller than Thor and inferior in strength and bravery, Loki was treated with less respect in Asgardian society and soon grew jealous of his brother, desperately trying prove himself his equal. Loki eventually turned to magic instead and became one of Asgard's strongest sorcerers.
- Thor: "You're not going to let my brother and me take all the glory, are you?"
- Loki: "What?"
- Thor: "Well you are coming with me, aren't you?"
- Loki: "Yes, of course. I won't let my brother march into Jotunheim alone."
- —Thor and Loki deciding to go to Jotunheim.
Years later when reaching adolescence, it was decided Thor would be crowned King of Asgard. Loki, worrying for the future of Asgard under Thor's rule, who was arrogant and violent, devised a plan to postpone the ceremony in which Thor would ascend to the throne. On the day of the ceremony, Loki allowed a small group of Frost Giants to enter Asgard, believing they would disrupt the coronation.
Shortly before Thor's crowning, Loki joined his brother, assuring him that despite his envy he loved him. As Loki planned, the ceremony was interrupted by the Giants, as the alarm went off inside the Asgard weapons vault as the Frost Giants attempted to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters.
Immediately the Destroyer killed the intruders. As Loki, Thor and Odin arrived at the vicinity, Thor and Odin realised it was the Frost Giants. Though Thor suggested they go to Jotunheim and attack the Giants, Odin quickly disagreed and diminished the idea.
Shortly before leaving, Loki informed one of the guards where he and his brother intended to go and ordered him to inform Odin, in case they were overwhelmed at Jotunheim with no means of escape. Arriving at the Bifrost Bridge, the group were confronted by Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge.
Though Heimdall immediately figured out the group's intention, Loki attempted to convince him otherwise. However, Thor immediately interrupted and had Heimdall transport them to Jotunheim immediately. Once there, the group was soon quickly confronted by several Frost Giants, including Laufey.
As Thor demanded to know how the Frost Giants infiltrated Asgard, Laufey merely replied that there were traitors inside the House of Odin. After being provoked, Thor began attacking the Giants, initiating a large battle.
During the course of the battle, a Giant grabbed Loki by the arm. Being able to resist the Giant's freezing touch, it also turned part of his skin blue. Confused, Loki quickly killed the Giant and begun to flee with the others. As the Giants prepared to kill them, Odin arrived at the vicinity and saved the group, returning them back the Asgard.
Ascending to the throneEdit
- Odin: "You're my son... I wanted only to protect you from the truth... "
- Loki: "What, because I... I... I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?"
- Odin: "No, no..."
- Loki: "You know, it all makes sense now, why you favored Thor all these years, because no matter how much you claim to love me, you could never have a Frost Giant sitting on the throne of Asgard! "
- —Loki confronting his father about his true heritage.[src]
Curious about this, Loki later went into the weapons vault and picked up the Casket of Ancient Winters to see how he would react.
Immediately it turned all of Loki's skin blue and his eyes red, the same as a Frost Giant. Interrupted by Odin, Loki quickly confronts his father, asking if his ability to have the appearance of a Frost Giant is a curse. Odin explained to Loki his true heritage and how he adopted him. Horrified, Loki demanded to know why Odin adopted him.
- "Thor is banished, the line of succession falls to you. Until Odin awakens, Asgard is yours. Make your father proud, my king."
- ―Frigga declaring Loki King.[src]
Odin explained that he had hoped to some day bring about an alliance and permanent peace between the Asgardians and Frost Giants through Loki. Loki, confused and infuriated by this revelation, immediately began lashing out on his father, shouting hateful insults on how his father had favoured Thor over him.
Overcome with stress due to Thor's banishment, Loki's discovery, Frigga's rage and the impending war for Jotunheim, Odin quickly collapsed and fell into the deep 'Odinsleep'.
With Odin in a coma and Thor banished, Loki was subsequently offered the position of King by his mother. Accepting, Loki ascending to the throne and became the new King of Asgard.
Reign as KingEdit
While as King, Sif and the Warriors Three hear of Loki's reign as King and plead for him to undo Thor's banishment. Loki refuses, as he believes it would be unjust to undo his father's last command. Loki who heads to Earth and appears at the military base to see if he is worthy enough to lift Thor's hammer, which he failed to do so. He then appears to Thor, who begs Loki to lift his banishment, which Loki refuses to do so. Loki leaves Earth and returns to Jotunheim, where he makes a proposition with Laufey that he will allow him to kill Odin and retrieve the Casket. Loki hears of a plan devised by Sif and the Warriors Three to return Thor to Asgard. Loki then sends the Destroyer to finish off Thor, while the Frost Giants invade Asgard by freezing Heimdall and sneaking into Odin's room. Loki however double crosses them and kill Laufey revealing that his actual plan was to destroy Jotunheim using the Bisfrost Bridge.
- Thor: "Why have you done this!?"
- Loki: "To prove to Father that I am a worthy son! When he wakes, I will have saved his life, I will have destroyed that race of monsters, and I will be true heir to the throne! "
- ―Thor confronting Loki at the Bifrost.[src]
After Thor regains his worthiness by sacrificing himself to the Destroyer, he confronts Loki on the Bifrost bridge. They battle until Thor realizes that the only way to stop Loki's plan from happening is to destroy Bifrost. He shatters it with his hammer, stranding himself in Asgard. Loki falls off the edge but is caught by Thor who saves him from falling into the abyss created by the destruction of Bifrost. Odin awaken from his Odinsleep and arrives to save them. Loki reveals that all he wanted was the approval of Odin. Odin refuses to give it to him as he is dissappointed with what Loki has done. Loki becomes grim, and allows himself to fall, much to the devastation of Thor.
Loki, who is revealed to be alive during the post credit scene of Thor, has been physically bound to Earth. There he meets Dr. Selvig, whom he takes control of and meets with Nick Fury who tells him of an object with untold of power, much to Loki's interest.