Ah, Loki; the god of mischief is certainly popular thanks to Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adopted brother of the legendary god of thunder, Thor, this relatable villain has a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
Whether you look at Norse mythology, Marvel comics or the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, Loki is constantly up to something. Scheming, manipulation, and playing the field are a staple of any Loki plotline, old or new. His physical and mental prowess is nothing to sneeze at, but Loki’s magical ability is what truly gives him an edge on the battlefield. However, there is more to the god of mischief than magic or schemes. Let’s break down those misconceptions and check out what people get wrong about Loki.
20 Loki Is Married
Sorry, folks – this god is taken. In the original Norse myths, Loki is married to the goddess Sigyn and they have two children together, Narfi and Váli. In the old myths, Loki is chained to a rock and fed snake venom until Ragnarok. Sigyn holds a bowl under the dripping venom every day and night to protect Loki.
19 Loki Is Not Always Male
According to various Norse tales, Loki does not always appear as a male figure. With his powerful shapeshifting abilities, Loki can become anything he wants, from a hawk to a snake to a human woman. He even possessed Sif’s body at one point to mess with Thor – pretty rude.
18 Loki Is A Mother
Yes, you did read that right. Thanks to his shapeshifting abilities, Loki became a mare made the eight-legged horse Sleipnir with a powerful stallion. According to the old myths, Sleipnir became Odin’s personal mount and would aid him in his travels. Forget the Greek myths – Norse myths are wild.
17 Loki Has Multiple Children
Along with Narfi and Váli, Loki has two other children with another woman, Angrboða. With the frost giant, Loki fathered the serpent Jörmungandr, the wolf Fenrir, and the goddess Hel. Fenrir is also meant to devour the world and attack Odin during Ragnarok – talk about a troubled child.
16 Hela Is His Daughter, Not Sister
One potential mistake made by the Marvel Cinematic Universe occurred during Thor: Ragnarok. Hela was introduced as Loki and Thor’s sister, but this is incorrect. In Norse mythology, Hel is actually Loki’s daughter. This would explain why she and Loki look so alike, but this is not MCU canon.
15 He Ended A God And Was Severely Punished
Attacking and ending another god is not something that is taken lightly in Asgard. While Loki did have a generally good relationship with many of the gods, this ended when he orchestrated the end of the god Baldr, which caused Loki to be chained to a rock and fed venom, as we mentioned earlier.
14 His Father Is His Mother
In the Marvel comics, Laufey is a powerful male frost giant bent on kicking butt, who abandoned Loki. In Norse myth, however, Laufey is Loki’s mother, not his father. Her nickname was ‘the needle’ because she was so thin and weak – what a weird nickname to give someone.
13 Loki Should Not Have Been Beaten By Hulk
A classic Marvel moment came at the end of The Avengers, Hulk smashes Loki around like he is a sack of potatoes. However, Loki is much more powerful than he appears in this scene. Loki could have used his strength or caused some sort of illusion, or even just stepped out of the way.
12 Helped Take Down Surtur In The Comics
In the opening of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is seen fighting the mighty being Surtur and his hordes. However, in the original comic, it was Odin who ended Surtur using Loki and Thor’s combined powers. Talk about taking all the credit for yourself! Too bad Loki did not help this time.
11 Not Always Straight
In the classic myths, Loki is not exactly the pickiest lover in the world. From Sigyn to Angrboða to Svaðilfari, Loki has had varied and unique partners throughout history that cannot be ignored. Whether we will meet any of these figures in the MCU remains to be seen.
10 He Should Be Bigger
Being six foot one inch, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is not a short man. Ironically, Loki was abandoned by Laufey for being the runt of the litter. Considering how huge frost giants are, Loki should be around ten feet tall and have bright blue skin. With Loki's abilities, he chooses to present himself a certain way.
9 Thor Helped Make Loki So Bad
Parents having a favorite child never goes well. With Thor being given seemingly whatever he wants, Loki was often ignored in favor of Odin’s true son. Whether it was some rough fighting, taunts, or simply existing, Thor really rubbed Loki the wrong way while they were growing up.
8 He's Just Like Us
Everyone just wants to be happy. Whether it is finding success, happiness, or a place to belong, people crave security and satisfaction. Despite being a god, Loki also wants these things. Why else would he constantly hatch new schemes and try to conquer worlds? It’s twisted but mostly the same.
7 His Mother Taught Him Magic
Having frost giant blood among the Asgardian gods made Loki an outcast; his mischievous nature did not help. However, Frigga, Thor’s mother, taught Loki magic in order to give him an edge in society and to protect him from his new adopted brother, Thor. Best mum ever!
6 Loki Will Never Achieve His Goals
During his comic and movie appearances, Loki always wants something new. Whether it is to conquer a world or save it, Loki is always shifting his goals without ever truly completing them. This indecision means that Loki will never achieve his goals and is doomed to always falling short.
5 He's Not Just A Trickster In The Comics
Loki can often be underestimated thanks to his facades and seeming lack of strength when compared to Thor. However, in the comics, Loki is truly an evil villain. He is a conqueror bent on ruling his own worlds with an iron fist. Luckily, Hiddleston’s Loki is a little more laid back than his comic counterpart.
4 Loki Should Not Have Fooled Asgard So Easily
When Thor returns to Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, he finds that Loki has been impersonating Odin and doing some self-indulgent ruling in his absence. However, Loki’s reputation as a trickster and his infamy as a shapeshifter along with ‘Odin’s’ orders should have made the Asgardians put two and two together.
3 He Got His Butt Kicked By A Better Magician
It is easy to think that Loki is one of the most powerful magicians out there. However, in a crossover comic with Strange Tales, Loki got completely defeated by Doctor Strange’s enemy Dormammu. It seems that Loki’s ego may have been brought down a peg or two after that battle.
2 He Is Way Stronger Than We Think
It is easy to assume that Loki is not a physical threat despite his tall height. When standing next to someone as strong as Thor, anyone can seem weak. However, Loki is a lot stronger than people give him credit for. He can hold his own in a fight with many adversaries and give Thor a run for his money.
1 His Magic Is His Greatest Weapon
Thanks to Frigga, Loki has a penchant for charms, tricks, and illusions. While being surrounded by beings of incredibly physical and mental strength, it is hard to have an edge on the playing field. Loki’s magical abilities are what allow him to survive in such a harsh and brutal universe.