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Loki

  • Profile

    The most important thing to know about Loki is that he's a trickster god. A trickster is someone who generally specializes in making trouble for no other reason than his own amusement. That sounds like Loki, all right. He's a total mischief-maker. The humans of Middle-Earth call Loki the fire god. When you think of it, this title seems fitting. Like fire, Loki can be useful. Let fire get out of control, though, and you're in for trouble and destruction – maybe even the end of the world as you know it.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Loki

    Nickname

    Trickster, Lokimotion, Loptr, Loke, Sly One, Sky Traveler

    Sex

    (mostly) male

    Current city

    Asgard

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of Fire
    God of Trouble (not really)
    Proud father of six adorable children

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Giant Farbauti and Giantess Laufey

    Siblings

    My sworn blood-brother (but not biological brother) Odin

    Children

    With Sigyn: Vali and Narvi
    With Angrboda: Hel, Fenrir-Wolf, and Jormungand the Midgard Serpent
    With the stallion Svadilfari: Sleipnir the eight-legged horse

    Friends

    Odin
    Thor (frenemy)

    Enemies

    All of the Aesir gods, but especially Heimdall, whom I kill at the end of time

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Sigyn, an Aesir goddess
    Married to Angrboda, a giantess
    It's complicated with the stallion Svadilfari

    Interested in

    Goddesses
    Giants
    Horses

    Favorites

    Quotations

    "Let them call it mischief. When it is past and prospered 'twill be virtue."
    – Ben Jonson

    "The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year."
    – Voltaire

    "For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies."
    – Laurence Sterne

    "Some say the world will end in fire."
    – Robert Frost

    "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good."
    Harry Potter
    "I can go from zero to hero in the bat of an eyelash."
     – Loki

    Books

    101 Easy-To-Do Magic Tricks by Bill Tarr
    Othello by Shakespeare
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (especially the character Puck)
    The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
    The Harry Potter series (especially Fred and George Weasley)

    Music

    The Flight of the Concords
    Free Fallin' by Tom Petty
    Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone
    Tenacious D
    Thriller by Michael Jackson

    Movies

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Home Alone
    I Love Lucy: The Complete Series
    Anything with Jack Black
    The Big Lebowski
    Bridesmaids
    The Illusionist

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Fire
    My faithful wife, Sigyn
    Fleeing the cops
    Breaking the law
    Saving the day

    Groups

    Tricksters
    Aesir gods
    Giants
    Asgard's Most Wanted (and not in a good way)

  • Spotter's Guide

    Loki is hard to spot because he's a shape-shifter, and a tricky one at that. On Middle-Earth, he's sometimes thought of as a fire god, maybe because of his red hair and his flickering, shape-shifting nature. If you do spot him, watch out – he always has a trick up his sleeve.

    Physical Description

    Sex: Male (usually)
    Age: Often young, but not always
    Build: Fit
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair color: Usually red
    Facial hair: Sometimes he has a full beard, sometimes he's clean-shaven
    Scars/marks/tattoos: A few scars where his lips were once sewn shut. Ouch.
    Jewelry and accessories: Stolen objects
    Clothing: His dress style changes, and he occasionally dresses in drag
    Armor: None
    Type of weapon: His clever brain

    Typical Companions

    • Thor
    • His monstrous children
    • The horse Svaldifari

    Other Notes

    Known hangouts: He could be anywhere. Like, right behind you.

    Known disguises: Loki, a registered shape-shifter, has been seen in the form of a mare, dressed as a bridesmaid, and in many other disguises.

    Escape vehicle: Loki has been known to borrow Freyja's magical feather dress as a form of transportation.

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019

    Marvel Comics

    Dec 20, 1989 - Dec 20, 1996

    The Sandman

    Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series The Sandman has several Norse mythology-inspired characters, including the trickster Loki.

    Dec 20, 1994

    The Mask

    In the movie The Mask, Jim Carrey's character gets into all sorts of trouble when he puts on a mask of Loki's face.

    Dec 20, 2019

    American Gods

    Neil Gaiman didn't leave Loki alone after The Sandman. In 2001 he wrote the novel American Gods, which includes Loki (under the name Low-Key Lyesmith) as a character.

    Dec 20, 2019

    LOKI: Heroes of Mythology

    LOKI is a PC video game that gamespot.com calls "a solid rip-off" of Diablo II.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Loki God of Fire

    Heavy metal band Manowar released a song about the trickster god called "Loki God of Fire." The lyrics actually sum him up kind of well.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Too Human

    In Too Human, an Xbox 360 game, you get to play Balder (called Baldur) and fight against Loki and his army of machines.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Thor

    The movie Thor is based on the Marvel comic books, and you know what that means: Loki is a total villain.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers

    This animated motion comic from Marvel seems to have a less black-and-white take on Loki: "But just why does Loki hate his brother Thor? And could it be that this master of mischief isn’t really the villain he’s been branded? Loki's insatiable lust for power and his feud with Thor take on new meaning in this resonant epic."