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?
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!
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.
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!