Or “why is Loki so hot?” These are two questions people can easily find on the internet. I’m not saying that what I am about to write is the ultimate truth, but it might give you an idea as to why fans absolutely adore Loki.
I imagine that you know who Loki is… otherwise, how and why did you come here? I “met” him last year, when I went with a friend of mine to see Thor 2. I was curious, not to see Thor himself, but to see Tom Hiddleston, an actor unknown to me at the time. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I got addicted after that film, I went and saw Thor and The Avengers and spent a lot of hours (… days) on the internet looking for deleted scenes, interviews, fan art, anything remotely related to this side of the Marvel universe. It is fascinating. The actors and the fans deserve nothing but respect. So, during my… quest, one question kept appearing: why do fans love Loki? I don’t know why all of them love him, but I can tell you why I do. Perhaps our reasons, at least some of them, are the same.
Tom Hiddleston. I needed to see him act and I hope to someday see him on stage. I saw the movies mentioned above because of him; I was curious if someone who received so many praises actually deserved them. He did, he does and he always will. There are actors that simply must play a certain character and do so beautifully. Can you imagine Captain Jack Sparrow not being played by Johnny Depp? Well, it’s pretty much the same here. This man simply has what it takes to bring Loki to life and make you love him despite any rational arguments that might poke around your mind, trying to tell you that it’s not exactly alright that you would kneel for him without a second thought. But what does reason know? It’s mind-blowing how much emotion he can put in the simplest gestures, how he makes you realize that there is so much more than meets the eye with his character. But Tom has his own fan base and I would need to write another article to speak about the reason fans love Tom Hiddleston. Suffice to say that he makes us look at Loki and understand that he is so much more than just another villain.
Here’s Tom/ Loki at Comic-Con 2013. Yes, he does have an army.
That smile/ smirk/ evil grin, whatever. It can be confident or happy or pained. It’s hot. It melts your heart, it makes it difficult for you to breathe and think straight. It makes you love him regardless of what he does. Now add those gorgeous eyes and you are sold. You want the world? Take it, we don’t need it anyway! Too bad he didn’t fully understand human psychology, the ending of The Avengers might have been different. But… he is so much more than just a pretty face (and body).
Tom is handsome and so is Loki, I don’t care what others have to say on this subject. And also highly educated (again, hot!). He could call everyone a “mewling quim” and no one would be bothered, even though he’d deserve a slap. If Thor’s voice seemed forced, it was always a pleasure to hear Loki speak. His voice carries such emotion (defeat, pain, despair, rage) that’s impossible to remain unaffected by it.
He is strong and weak, confident and afraid. He kicks ass and gets his ass kicked quite a few times. He is never boring. You never really know what to expect from him or if his actions and reactions are genuine. We know he is capable of feeling love, but hatred is no stranger to him. Loki is one complex bastard and we understand why he is like that. Shame on you, Odin! Of course, we know that we shouldn’t excuse Loki’s actions, but you can’t help but feel sorry for him and understand his motivations.
And here’s probably the most important reason why fans love him: even if he is a god, we can easily put ourselves in his shoes. We can relate to him. He was hurt and decided to strike back. It’s what people do. Is it right? No, it isn’t (says reason). Emotions speak a whole different language. We see that he is not evil, definitely not in the first movie. We see his fall, we feel his grief and yes, we want to comfort him. Loki is not beyond redemption, but we don’t want to see him “good”, we just don’t want him to be hurt. He’s the type of villain you cannot hate, mostly because he reminds you of yourself. He is both good and evil (he’s the trickster, it’s his job to stay in the grey area), there are moments when he’s vulnerable, when sentiment gets the best of the viewers and we find ourselves thinking: what would I do, how would I react?
People are not good or bad, they are good and bad. And a character as beautifully built as Loki speaks more to us than someone with flawless morals. He is fascinating, he’s both the bad guy and the victim… it’s a treat to sit and try to understand what’s going on underneath that horny helmet of his. We love him, we love Tom Hiddleston and we want to see more of him. We can’t wrap our minds around the fact that others don’t look at the God of Mischief the same way we do. Because when the film (Thor 2) ended and I saw that I was right and that Loki was very much alive, I could barely stop myself from screaming “FUCK YEAH!” at the top of my lungs. And it was refreshing to see that the others were more vocal than me.
Now, would I like to meet Loki? I don’t know, maybe when he’s not so hell-bent on claiming his right to the throne. But I would like to tell him this: darling, you have your army. And nothing stands in its way.
Why do you love Loki? And if you don’t… why not?
by Elena Atudosiei