Why fans love Loki

March 9, 2014

Loki1Or “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 1454714_580567928681239_603167389_nhim; 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 tumblr_inline_mworykaWmr1rbsqbtnever 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?

tumblr_mao9bvTG6h1r54fm7People 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

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24 Responses to Why fans love Loki

  1. Alexandra on March 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Good one….why do we love Loki(Tom Hiddleston)?….I never asked myself that. I was touched by this article. It made me think more about the character itself. In real life we are the bad guy, the good guy and the victim in same time, it only depens on what situation we are and the point of view of the people around us.

    • Elena Atudosiei on March 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      In the end, it’s all a matter of perspective.

  2. Vlad-Ovidiu on March 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Nice job.I don’t love Loki but I do like him. Why? 1 Tom is British and thus is default a terrfic actor,not just a villain;
    2. As you have mentioned Loki is a complex character not a six year old in a man’s body. In the end Thor is just a spoiled child who is told to behave in a acceptable moral manner by his father and just goes to follow these rules.
    3 In the Avengers movie I laughed more when Iron Man kicked his ass(not entirely “thanks” to Captain America) and when he got punched by Hulk than the time when the Hulk tossed Loki around like a ragdoll. Also I’m sure that if Hulk was bound somehow at that moment Loki’s monologue would’ve been awesome
    Lastly I would like to point out that even though I haven’t researched as much as you have but due to a third party I was able to see Tom’s versatility when it comes to acting and thought that he would have made a great Thor as well.

    • Elena Atudosiei on March 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Yes, Hulk is not someone you want to mess with. I would have loved to hear Loki’s monologue. And yes, Tom is very convincing regardless of the role he plays.

      I look forward to see more of Loki and of Tom.

  3. Mihaela on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Oh dear, this is a tough one. Why do I love Loki? Where do I begin? Most of the reasons you already stated in the article, so I’m not going to repeat those. All I know is that from the moment I saw Thor, Loki interested me on a deeper level. I didn’t care about the other characters, they were bland and boring, Loki had something different. He wasn’t your typical villain and the fact that he was portrayed by such a talented actor really made him even more interesting. I did see a different representation of this character in the Supernatural series and I must admit that I enjoyed him better. He was more mischievous and naughty than the Marvel version, more accurate to the actual northern deity, but…it’s just something about the Tom Hiddleston portrayal that I find so appealing. After he found out who his true parents were, his face was so full of raw emotion that I just wanted the whole movie to be about him and his pain. I wanted to understand what was he feeling and because the other characters seemed to fill the story with boring nonsense I felt like Loki wasn’t properly explored as a character. Maybe is his charm and all of those emotions swiveling together, perhaps it’s just Tom’s incredible talent…all I can say is that I’m hooked. I’m anxiously waiting for a “Why fans love Tom Hiddleston” article. 😀

    • Elena Atudosiei on March 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

      I HAVE to see Loki in “Supernatural”… when does he appear? “Why fans love Tom Hiddleston” will come soon, but I will first write about “Only lovers left alive”. I’ll watch it again today 😀

      • Mihaela on March 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

        He’s known as the Trickster and first makes an appearance in season 2 episode 15, then plays a continuous trick on Dean in season 3 episode 11, he plays yet another funny trick on Sam and Dean in season 5 episode 8(one of my favorite episodes) until finally he’s revealed as Gabriel the archangel(and also Loki). The last episode he makes an appearance is called “Hammer of the Gods” where some gods are having a “family reunion”(season 5 episode 19). I’m curious what are you going to think of him.

        • Elena Atudosiei on March 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

          From what I’ve seen so far, these two Loki are quite different from one another. I haven’t watched many episodes from Supernatural, but there’s still time for me to catch up.

          • Mihaela on March 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

            I suppose they are different in a way and yet, after re-watching the episodes I see a lot of similarities(no spoilers for you!). I’ll let you be the judge on this one. Also, I have to correct myself in the previous post: Sam is being tricked in season 3 episode 11, not Dean.

    • Elena Atudosiei on April 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Mihaela, I remembered one aspect. If, in human years, Loki’s really around 17 and Sleipnir appears briefly in the first Thor movie, does that make him a teen (single?) mom?

      • Mihaela on April 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

        Wow! That’s an interesting question. I suppose he is a teen mom or maybe the producers didn’t know the exact origins of Sleipnir and they just thought it was only Odin’s horse. It’s a good observation though, I didn’t realize it until you pointed it out, thank you.

        • Elena Atudosiei on April 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

          When I first saw Sleipnir, I thought “isn’t that Loki’s son?”, but brushed it off because I didn’t know Loki’s age. And the other day I saw a picture with Loki carrying a baby Sleipnir and holding a mug (no1 mum) and then it hit me… I’m still shocked!

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  5. Mumzy on April 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    You’ve hit the nail on the head (with Mjolnir)! Tom is a very talented actor and certainly gave us a multidemensional Loki to be intreagued by, feel sympathy/empathy for, and find so attractively charming we wouldn’t hesitate to kneel!

    Rarely in films of this genre are villains anything more than crazed, power-mad loons hellbent on revenge. With the range of emotion and the way we were given insight into Loki’s psychology, it is clear that his villainy comes from a very real place which can’t be easily explained… yet he expresses through his eyes; in every muscle in his face; in the slightest gesture of his hand and his body language. Expressing it in each and every frame of the movie(s) Loki appears in. Tom is a truly gifted actor!

    Despite being a pained, broken and vindictive soul, he carries himself with such confidence and as the king he wishes to be (that’s a trait known to lead to success!). His air of power, charisma and flair is undeniably attractive. It is therefore no wonder that I for one, along with many others, would gladly surrender to him.

    • Elena Atudosiei on April 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Hm… I guess that means I am also worthy to handle Mjolnir 😀 I love the way (some) films nowadays present villains: complex, not just mindless brutes. Or the heroes who are not quite what you’d expect. And it’s wonderful that you are given some information on the character, and then you’re allowed to fill in the blanks based on the hints you’ve received. And fandoms love that! I think I’ll write reviews for the three films (Thor, The Avengers, Thor 2) as well. I liked them too much.

      Thank you for the wonderful comment! I hope you will enjoy the other articles as well :)

  6. Kassidy on April 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I absolutely love this article. Wonderful job. I never questioned why I love Loki until now, and I didn’t have to wait for answers, as I am on the same page you are. Especially when it comes to relating to him. This is very well written. :) (an of course if he wants the world, he can take it :3)

    • Elena Atudosiei on April 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you for your wonderful words! :) I noticed that we (myself included) don’t usually question why we like something or someone. This is the beginning of a series of articles “Why fans love…”, the second one being “Why fans love Tom Hiddleston”. I hope you’ll enjoy that one as well. As for the world, absolutely; we can put a bow (tie) on it too :))

  7. Glorianna on January 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Well said, Elena! I have been mulling over this for the same time and have come to the same theory, more or less. Loki represents a side no one likes to admit to: familial jealousy, painful betrayal, and fearing of failure or nonsignificance. Those are the qualities that make characters “breathe” and become real. A lot of people don’t want to admit that, given similar situations, he or she would act the same way an antagonist would, yet many psychological and sociological research have proven otherwise. Tom Hiddleston has learned his skill well from the master playwrights and actors. He makes us see and somehow feel sympathetic with our own human weaknesses.

    • Elena Atudosiei on January 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      “I would never do that” rings fake to me in a lot of situations. People are capable of great and terrifying things. Good or bad, you don’t know until you actually find yourself in a certain situation. With Loki and other characters like him… well, I think that it’s all about perspective. How far are the viewers willing to go? What will they see? Will they turn a blind eye to certain aspects? I don’t know who came with the idea to have Tom Hiddleston play Loki, but it was the perfect choice. We need to thank that person! :)

  8. Devika on December 12, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I agree with all of it. And maybe we find Loki so wonderful because he impersonates the wild side we all hide inside, the one that doesn’t care, that is a little crazy, that breaks limits and rules and does whatever it wants.

    • Elena Atudosiei on December 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Personally, I enjoy (even love) characters that show a more hidden side of our personality.

      • Devika on December 15, 2015 at 7:23 am

        Me too. And I like writing such characters too, I gave it a try with Kyle – the sort of villain in my FIRE Trilogy (paranormal romance) – who was inspired a bit by Loki.

  9. Esther on November 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Some good points – but I think you missed an important one.

    Even though he is hurt and angry – all in all he ENJOYS what he’s doing. And it’s so refreshing to see that. No remorse, no guilt-ridden pain. He just likes being himself, and more than that, he’s EXCITED about it. It’s this ecxitement, that gets me. If we see a character truly enjoying what he’s doing (not because of some twisted need or shortcoming, just because of real, “innocent” joy), it somehow stops to matter wether it’s bad or good.

    • Elena Atudosiei on November 16, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I might have missed more than one point, but we have the comment section to make the list longer. Just one tiny aspect I’d like to highlight: as much as I love a character, I can’t look his actions and not see them as good or bad. But I always pay attention to the context as well and that shapes the way I perceive the characters and the film as a whole.

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