Fandom Characters: Loki of Asgard

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Today we start a new section: fandom characters that explain a lot about us! And we start with Loki of Asgard [of course it had to be him!] Have you ever wondered why you like more a character than other, or why you get hooked with them, or even want to date them? Fandom characters that we like explain volumes about us. In fact, stating out loud who your favorite characters are is quite tricky since you’re giving a lot of information away about you and your personality. That I have written a book about Loki explains volumes about me, but how? What does have Loki that makes him give away part of my personality? What do we have in common? Why do I like this villain? Is it just chemistry on the works or is there more playing in my subconscious?

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Let’s start talking about villains, shall we? Have you ever wondered why you might sympathise with certain villains? Or why you are more sympathetic to them? Or why you like them in the first place? Villains are cool because they represent freedom from all types of norms and rules dictated by society. They break and bend the rules while they appear as appealing being. Not only they look as free beings with no attachment to the daily routines that heroes have to stand, but they also seem to do whatever they want. On the sexual point of view, they are free from stereotypes, so they don’t need to keep on with a good image. Said in other words, they can be naughty, open about it and laugh at you if you try to lecture them on the subject. Seen from another perspective, heroes seem to be boring for our subconscious mind and villains super fun. [Or at least, that’s what our brains translate. Villains are perfect for sex and parties; heroes are perfect to be at home and take care of children.]

Villains are fun and unexpected. If they’re members of the dark triad, they might appear even more appealing to us. Despite being Machiavellic, narcissistic and quite psychopathic, villains are well positioned out of society: they kneel to no one, they do what they want, and they can be as naughty as they wish. And it seems that we love that. Why? Daily routines and rules bore us to hell. Falling for the villain or the anti-hero of a show just feels so good. We can imagine fanfic with us in it, but we can also empathise with them!

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Loki walks the line that separates good and evil: he is mischievous. This makes of him a friend and a foe depending on the situation. He is a shapeshifter, an outsider that is needed when things are too weird for heroes or rulers to comprehend. He bends the rules and pushes boundaries further away making you think. This is a character that enjoys many different closures, ways to understand him. Depending on the fan, he will shapeshift to accommodate its closure. However, there are certain characteristics that Loki offers to his fans for them to adore him, mirror themselves into him or want to be his loves or night stands. [I’ll name just a few, but there are many more than these.]

  • He is the Geek of Asgard. He is quite of a weirdo who is a master of magic. In the Marvel Universe, magic and science are but the same thing. The only difference between them is that magic is just unknown science. This bogus definition is all over the MCU and the comics. So, Loki is the geek who has to suffer a world of jocks: Asgard. [Being the geek surrounded by jocks makes him also an outsider within Asgardian society. People will only come to him for help when they have messed things up. Think about your computer wonderful skills and your cousin popping up only when he needs you to fix his computer!]
  • He was bullied by friends and family (basically Thor). It’s not well seen in the movies, but insinuated. In the comics, this is confessed by Thor (Loki Agent of Asgard) when he realizes that he might have been quite of a bully to his brother. Loki himself starts to bully so that he doesn’t get bullied against. This rings a bell to many geeks who have suffered bullying at school and high-school.
  • He bends the rules. Being an eternal outsider, feeling different and rejected most of the times, makes him bend the rules further. If he had been just accepted as is, he might have blended in without challenging any rules. As a woman, many times I feel like bending the rules of outdated stereotypes that don’t fit me. So, it’s not surprising I like Loki so much. He just does what I do on a daily basis: pushing on boundaries that are outdated!
  • He is genderfluid and bisexual according to Marvel Comics. He can actually shape shift to whatever he wants [including a Unicorn], but it is him changing from male to female with ease, and naturally that makes him perfect. He does what he wants, and he expresses himself as he wishes, including his sexuality without needing validation nor any approval from anyone.
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(C) Marvel, Loki Agent of Asgard. Loki says: It’s me, first, last and always. This is a strong statement. Whatever happens Loki will always be Loki. Whatever he turns into or whatever he does, Loki will be always Loki.

So, if you like Loki, what does this say about you? You might like to bend the rules, enjoy being yourself without giving explanations to anyone. You might be a geek and/or someone who has been bullied and survived proudly. You might like to dress up in whatever fashion you like without needing the approval or validation of anyone. You might like reading books, challenges and freedom everywhere in your life. Mischief is not managed: you’re mischief!

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  • Danielle Knapp

    Very interesting and this rings true for me – it is more fun to like villains in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yes yes yes! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a villain girl 3:)

  • Woot! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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  • Mariana Sertic

    This is very true!

    I’d also like to say that I, too, have daddy issues and can relate. Relatable villains are the best!

    • Thanks! Yes, villains are certainly very relatable!

  • Angrboda Ironwood

    I always find these sorts of discussions interesting. I must point out, though, that they never really reflect what I like about Loki–or they only peripherally touch on it.

    The part that gets it right in this one is: “This is a character that enjoys many different closures, ways to understand him. Depending on the fan, he will shapeshift to accommodate its closure.”

    The wording is a bit odd, but I think what this means is that he shapes into any mold you like. I find this to be very true with Loki, and is one of the reasons I love him; he is very mold-able. Other than that, though, other than a general attitude Loki has that I find sorta fun, none of these things appeal to me directly. The thing that’s almost universally off-base is that I never connect with Loki on a personal level, ie I never see myself in him. If anything, his attraction comes from being my opposite. I have a more Thor-like personality (I also love Thor, almost equally).

    The other thing that is often wrong is that I don’t find Loki “sexy” because he rejects cultural mores or societal rules. I actually like situations that correct that behavior, in essence, “punishing” him for being that way. I don’t mind the prankster in him, it’s sort of fun, but in the same way that I might excuse a child for being immature–he can’t help it. The funny thing is, it’s this “childish” nature that I find cute, not the “bad boy” that a lot of women seem to like. I don’t care for the scene where Loki struts down the steps in Germany with all the swagger he can muster, but I do like it when he tries (and fails) to talk Heimdall into letting them use the Bifrost. I don’t like it when he calls Nat a “mewling quim” (wash your mouth out with soap, boy), but I do like it when he yells at his father to tell him the truth. I would never kneel to him, and I would never want to. He’s selfish, damaged, dangerous, and I won’t excuse his behavior. BUT (of course there’s a but) that’s why I love him. He’s a flawed character that needs fixing. I don’t want to date him, or have sex with him, and I certainly don’t want to marry him. I have no illusions about it, the guy’s got issues. What I would like to see is Thor or somebody helping him get back to his better self, the Loki that we glimpsed at the beginning of ‘Thor’.

    That’s the Loki I like: innocent but intelligent, clever but quiet, cool but not cold, a prankster without spite. I like seeing him break down and cry, not control a crowd of people by yelling at them to kneel–and if he does, then he should be punished for doing so (thank you for that, Cap and Tony).

    So, to get back to my first point: Yes, I love that Loki can be anything you want! That’s what I’d prefer him to say, not, “I do what I want!” but rather, “I’ll be anything you want!” At the end of the day, that’s what makes Loki such an awesome character for me. It takes almost no effort to push him into the mold that I prefer: the broken trickster who needs a hand to hold, even if he never gets it or even wants it. Oh the complexities of our Loki! No wonder everyone loves him so much.

    • xDDD Wow, you did write a post under my post! First of all, thanks for taking such a long time to write your opinion here!

      Okay, maybe you’re confused by the wording that’s used in comics. CLOSURE in comics means the interpretation that the reader does when reading the comics (when you finish it all you interpret it according to your personal background). So, the same story can have unlimited interpretations, unlimited closures. And all of them are valid. There is no right or wrong.

      In closing (interpreting) comics and movies we will create an idea into our heads about what happened, and we might share everything with others or just parts of it. When you state that some closure/interpretation is wrong, you are not giving value to the other person’s background, not only to their interpretation of the character, comic, book or movie. They are all valid, because they are based on personal experiences that will color the closure different people do.

      Your closure is very interesting, and one among endless (I’d say it’s endless, because despite writing a long list in my book, reality is that there might be many more than those). However, some closures seem canon and others look like fic. Why? Just because more people share them ๐Ÿ™‚

      Again, thank you for taking your time and writing such a long comment and leaving here your opinion. Loki is such a multilayered character that there’s no surprise in finding such an amount of fans around him ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • This is all so true and valid. I’m considering purchasing all the volumes of the comics because my local library does not have the 3rd volume. I began to feel really terrible for Loki at the end of the 2nd volume, where he clearly wants to change so badly and does so many things in order to do so, and yet fails to be anyone but who he is. I wanted him to change, but at the same time I feel that it notes that you can’t escape your true nature and you have to be who you are. So what if you don’t fit the norms of society. I think that’s why (although he is a cutie) that Loki really resonates with me. Because he can’t be anyone but Loki and he begins to embrace that and realize that after he has failed so many times to change. So sad and beautiful at the same time.

    • ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The library does not have the 3rd volume? Oh! Boomer! That’s not fair! You are about to finish reading Loki AoA and the third volume is really [no spoilers] a bombshell. I loved it all!!!!
      Your closure of Loki is really nice and also sad in both ways. He does resonate a lot. I don’t really fit the norms myself, and it kind of makes you tear appart. Just like poor Loki.
      Lee Garbett drew a very cute Loki (all the versions are really cute). He is a nice artist (I like how he draws a LOT).
      Hmmm you could try thebookdepository.com to find the comics (shipment free!!) or maybe go for the digital copy? (I like paperbacks so… hmmm but it could be an option).
      Again: that library! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • I think I’m going to buy them outright just because I like them so much.

        • Yaaay! I love it too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to re-read it ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy to know that you like it <3