First impressions of Loki are never to be trusted and often depend on the time of day or whether you've heard anything about him from anyone else. In a vacuum, it's easy to read Loki as being a soft-spoken sort of cheerful, prone to smiles, easy to get along with... at least until he proves all of that to be simply one of many masks.
Loki's personality has been fundamentally shaped by his sense, always, of being an outsider. Not as good as his elder brother, tolerated rather than respected or loved, perpetually out of step. As a child, he learned magic and made what amounted to playful murder attempts on his elder brother, in between following Thor around on adventures and childish schemes. As an adult, he's graduated to more serious treacheries. Learning that he is a Jotun rather than a true Asgardian shattered his trust in his family and what little sense of belonging he had, and he's been working through that rage and grief, extremely violently at times, since then.
Actually 'winning', spending some time impersonating Odin, and ruling Asgard has blunted most of the edge of that rage and grief, though he has yet to genuinely reach acceptance and anything like real peace or balance.
Skills & Abilities
As a Jotun, adoptively an Asgardian, Loki has abilities beyond that of a human. As the son of King Laufey, raised by Odin and Frigga, Loki's abilities surpass most other Asgardians. Loki has been alive for over a thousand years and has used his time to become a very bad idea. His abilities include:
- Illusions - Loki is a skilled illusionist and trickster. There are reasons he's known as the God of Mischief and Lord of Misrule.
- Sorcery - Loki is referred to as a master of magic by fellow Asgardians, who have nowhere near enough love to see him as better than he is. He's been trained in the arcane arts since early childhood, beginning with lessons from his adopted mother Frigga and continuing with self-study as an adult. (In D&D terms, he is a high-level wizard who specializes in illusion, enchantment, and conjuration. His only directly offensive magical power is a high degree of telekinesis.)
- Superhuman Speed, Agility, Stamina, and Durability - Primarily speed, agility, and durability. Loki also recovers from injuries that don't outright kill him unusually quickly. He is technically superhumanly strong in that he's stronger than he looks, but when compared to other Asgardians, he's weak; Loki has always covered his comparative physical weakness with speed and guile.
- Weapon combat - Daggers, dual-wielded and thrown, as well as polearms. Loki has also been known to use his horned helm as a melee weapon. He has always been the sorcery to Thor's sword, but he's no slouch on the physical battlefield.
- Genius Intellect - Decidedly brains over brawn, Loki gets by on scheme-hatchery that works way more than it doesn't
- lies and tricks
- compulsive liar
Loki was born in Jotunheim to the frost giant King Laufey. Shortly after he was born, he was abandoned and left to die in the frozen wastes. Instead of dying, he was found by Odin and brought back to Asgard, where Odin and his queen Frigga raised Loki as their own child, alongside their birth son Thor. It was in many ways a charmed childhood - Frigga taught him magic when he showed little interest in traditional weapons skills, Thor allowed his little brother to come along on adventures and didn't seem to take periodic murder attempts personally. (Fun pranks are defined differently among Asgardians, apparently.) But the older the brothers got, the more Loki resented his differences and eternal presence in Thor's shadow, and the more jealous he got of the future that was always going to be Thor's.
When Thor was to be crowned King, Loki sabotaged the coronation by letting the Frost Giants attack Asgard, thus leading Thor to seek vengeance on Jotunheim. As a result, Thor was banished to Earth and Loki discovered the truth about his heritage. Loki broke down in rage and upset at Odin, who collapsed into the Odinsleep. Frigga gave Loki the throne, however when the Warriors Three and Sif attempted to return Thor home, Loki was forced to try to stop them. Regardless, Thor returned from his exile on Earth and ended Loki's reign.
Lost in the darkest depths of the universe, Loki made a deal with The Other, a servant of the Mad Titan Thanos, who gave him a powerful Scepter and command over their army of the Chitauri to conquer Earth. Once he came to Midgard, Loki managed to take possession of the mystical Tesseract and used its power to open a portal above New York City and caused the Chitauri Invasion, but all of Loki's schemes were ultimately defeated by a new group of superheroes called the Avengers. Thor returned him to Asgard as his prisoner, where Odin condemned him to spend the rest of his life in the Asgardian Dungeons as punishment for his crimes.
However, when his mother Frigga was killed during the Sacking of Asgard, Loki was freed by Thor in order to defeat the Dark Elves and their leader, Malekith who desired to use the power of the Aether to transform the universe into eternal darkness. During the fight against the Dark Elves in Svartalfheim, Loki faked his death, and, unbeknownst to everyone in the Kingdom, returned to Asgard and successfully removed Odin from the throne, taking his place as King where he remained for several years.
Eventually, the return of Thor forced Loki to reveal his deception as the pair journeyed together to Earth to find Odin, who was not where Loki had left him... because the nursing home was being demolished. (Oops.) Fortunately or unfortunately, Dr. Strange took a hand in the proceedings, because he considered Loki a danger to Earth (rightfully so) and wanted to discuss what it would take to get the brothers off Earth. Loki annoyed him, though, and Strange dropped him in a magical hole so he could talk to Thor alone.
This magical hole - unknown to Strange, probably, eventually dropped Loki onto the road leading to the Madonna Inn.
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