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- NOTE: This article is about the variant from the alternate 2012 timeline. For the original Loki Laufeyson, see Loki Laufeyson. For the original comic version, see Loki Laufeyson.
|“||It is adorable that you think you could possibly manipulate me. I'm ten steps ahead of you.||„|
|~ Loki to Mobius.|
|“||I betrayed everyone who ever loved me. I betrayed my father, my brother... my home. I know what I did. And I know why I did it. And that's not who I am anymore.||„|
|~ Loki to Sylvie Laufeydottir.|
|“||I've been where you are. I've felt what you feel. Don't ask me how I know. All I know... is I don't wanna hurt you. I don't want a throne. I just... I just want you to be okay.||„|
|~ Loki to Sylvie, explaining he now only cares about her, while trying to prevent He Who Remains' death, to stop a multiversal war.|
Loki Laufeyson, also known as Loki Odinson and Variant L1130, is a fictional character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe serving as a minor antagonist in the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, and the titular main protagonist of the 2021 Disney+ tv series, Loki.
He is a variant of the original Loki from an alternate 2012 who escaped from confinement after his defeat by the Avengers in the Battle of New York, as the time-traveled Iron Man and Ant-Man indirectly caused his escape. Upon escaping with the Tesseract, he creates a new timeline, so he is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, an organization that prunes branches of the Sacred Timeline and stops variants, and he is categorized as Variant L1130. Though originally taken to trial and meant to be pruned, analyst Mobius decides to have Loki assist the TVA in stopping the trickster's rogue variant, Sylvie Laufeydottir.
However, Loki allies with Sylvie while stranded in the apocalypse on Lamentis and they fall in love. He learns from her that the TVA are full of variants, and the two decide to try to stop the organization and the Time-Keepers. The pair is later pruned and transported the Void, but they manage to meet the TVA's founder, He Who Remains, who reveals that he created the Sacred Timeline after stopping his own variants, including Kang the Conqueror. Sylvie kills He Who Remains, causing the multiverse to be freed, and Loki discovers that Kang became the head of a new version of the TVA.
He is portrayed by Tom Hiddleston, who also portrays original Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, President Loki in the same series, and James Conrad in Kong: Skull Island, and also voiced Kanjigar the Courageous in the Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia episode, Becoming: Part 1.
Chris Evans (who played Captain America in the MCU, Human Torch in the 2000s Fantastic Four films, and Curtis Everett in Snowpiecer, and voiced Buzz Lightyear in the titular animated film) and Alex Van (who played Patrice in Loki) played the character as illusions.
Much of the variant's background is similar to the original Loki, where he is the biological son of the Frost Giant Laufey, who abandoned his child due to him being took weak at birth. The child would be adopted by the Asgardian Odin, who defeated the Frost Giants in the Asgard-Jotunheim War and took Loki in due to feeling pity. Loki was adopted into the Asgardian Royal Family, becoming the adoptive son to Odin's wife Frigga, and the adoptive brother to Odin and Frigga's son, Thor. Like the original counterpart, Loki felt the need to prove himself due to constantly being in Thor's shadow, but found solace with Frigga, whom also taught him how to use magic.
Like the rest of the Asgardians, Loki traveled to Earth where they taught the Norse people language and culture, where he became known as the Norse God of Mischief. Loki would become known for his mischievous ways on Asgard, where he would often trick Thor and even pull prank on other Asgardians. Notably, he pulled a prank on the Norse Goddess Sif by cutting her hair, who then punched him before kicking him in the groin. Despite being attacked by Sif, Loki cared little for this and went to take a bath and drink some wine afterward. During the 1970s, Loki made a bet with Thor and lost, resulting in him having to pull a heist where he hijacked the Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 under the pseudonym "D.B. Cooper". Due to no one knowing of Loki's involvement, the tale of the hijacking would become an unresolved mystery on Earth.
By 2010, Loki plotted to take the throne of Asgard by letting the Frost Giants into the kingdom, which resulted in Thor attacking the race on Jotunheim. After Thor was exiled to Earth, Loki learned of his true origins and claimed the throne of Asgard after Odin went into Odinsleep. The trickster would be defeated by Thor upon his return, and met with Thanos and his army after allowing himself to fall into a wormhole. Deciding to work for the Mad Titan, Loki was tasked with lead the Chitauri into invading Earth to collect the Tesseract, which was the space stone for the Infinity Gauntlet. He would be defeated by Thor and the Avengers, a superhero team formed by Nick Fury, during the battle of New York.
Upon being defeated by the Avengers in the Battle of New York, Loki was escorted to the lobby of Stark Tower, where he was greeted by Alexander Pierce. While 2012 Tony and 2012 Thor spoke with Pierce on negotiating for the custody of Loki and the Tesseract, the trickster realized that there were two Tony Starks present there due to the scent of cologne. Loki's speculation was correct, as one Tony Stark time-traveled from the year 2023 along with Scott Lang to collect the Tesseract to undo the decimation caused by Thanos. 2023 Tony and Scott failed at collecting the Tesseract due to the 2012 Hulk knocking 2023 Tony down. During the commotion, Loki picks up the Tesseract when it slides over to his feet and opens a portal to escape confinement.
Using the Tesseract, Loki teleported to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, where he attempted to use his superiority on a couple of locals that didn't understand him. During his speech, he was confronted by the Time Variance Authority, an organization tasked with stopping variants that broke away from the Sacred Timeline. Hunter B-15 incapacitated Loki with a time deceleration baton when he refused to surrender, and was taken to the TVA where he went through processing and signing everything he said. While waiting in the waiting hall, Loki saw an advertisement that spoke of the Time-Keepers, beings that restored the multiverse by creating the Sacred Timeline and how variants create nexus event by veering off. At his trial, judge Ravonna Renslayer read Loki's crime of violating the Sacred Timeline, and also informed the trickster that the Avengers' time heist was meant to happen, but he wasn't suppose to escape.
Loki attempted to use his magic, but was informed by Renslayer that his magic didn't work in the TVA, thus making his attempt to escape fruitless. Before he could be prunned or reset, TVA analyst Mobius intervened and suggested to take in Loki for questioning. During the interview, Mobius asked Loki's question so he could get to know more about the variant, and showed the trickster footage of his previous actions. In the tape of his main self, Loki was confused when he saw the death of Frigga, but was unable to get more as Mobius was informed that a variant was killing minutemen. While left alone in the room, Loki attempted to escape with the Tesseract, but saw a dress drawer full of Infinity Stones, with the TVA employee Casey telling him that they used them as paperweights.
While questioning the power of the TVA, Loki was attacked by Hunter B-15, but he managed to escape from her by using the time twister. Returning to the room where he was interrogated, Loki scrolled through his main's self timeline, and saw him reconciling with his adoptive family, Odin's death, and Thanos killing him. Attacked by Hunter B-15 once again, Loki used the time twister to teleport her elsewhere, but stayed in the room where he admitted his true thoughts to Mobius. The analyst then asked for Loki assistance in stopping a rogue variant, which was a rogue version of Loki himself. Loki was then assigned as a new agent for the TVA, where he went through TVA training, learning how the agency worked, their rules, and how to use their technology.
After a sometime, Loki continued investigating the attacks of the rogue variant, and deduced that the variant was going to times where times where everything ended. He was able to prove his theory to Mobius by traveling to Pompeii, Italy moments before it was destroyed, where the analyst realized that there was no nexus points emerging there. Mobius was also able to deduce that the variant was hiding in the year 2050 from chewing gum he found from a young boy, and Loki participated in the mission to track the variant down.
In Alabama, Loki confronted the variant, who possessed Hunter B-15 and other individuals during their encounter, and the two battled in Roxxcart superstore. The rogue variant then revealed herself and set off the reset charges, which caused the sacred timeline to become in disarray. The female variant then escaped through a Time Door, and Loki decided to follow her despite Mobius and the minutemen being right behind him. Loki then briefly battled the variant at the TVA headquarters, and then took a TemPad from her to teleport them to Lamentis-1 in 2077.
On Lamentis-1, the two variants briefly battled before stopping, as the female variant decided to work with him since he had hidden the TemPad. While looking for a charge for the tempad, the female variant revealed that her name was "Sylvie", which Loki told her was not "Loki-like" by having an alias. Seeing that she needed the tempad to escape Lamentis-1, Sylvie reluctantly agreed to work with Loki so they could leave. After battling Hicks on a train, the tempad was destroyed, thus resulting Loki and Sylvie to be stuck on Lamentis-1. While consoling Sylvie, they decided to travel to the city of Sharoo, and she revealed to Loki that the minutemen were variants themselves. In Sharoo, Loki and Sylvie witnessed the destruction of the Ark, their last hope of getting off Lamentis-1, and the two variants decided to wait at the outskirts.
While waiting in the outskirts, Sylvie revealed her past being abducted by the TVA after she caused a nexus event, but managed to escape and has been on the run since. She also revealed that when she was taken by Ravonna, who was just a minutemen at the time, her entire reality with the Asgardian Royal Family was destroyed by a reset charge. After speaking with one another, the two variants prepared for their demise before two Time Doors opened, and were apprehended by the TVA. Loki attempted to tell Mobius the truth about the TVA, but the analyst shrugged it off and sent him to a Time Cell. In the Time Cell, Loki saw his past saw being confronted by Sif for his prank, and realized that he was in a time loop to re-live the moment. He apologized to Sif for his actions, revealing that he did things just to get attention.
He was then taken out of the time cell and interrogated by Mobius, who informed him that Sylvie had been pruned, causing Loki to be heartbroken. Loki was then told that Mobius was lying and wanted to know his feelings for Sylvie, seeing that he has fallen in love with his alternate self. Loki then told Mobius the truth about the TVA, who scoffed him at first, but realized he was telling the truth. Before he could leave the TVA, Loki and Mobius were confronted by Renslayer, and the former witnessed Mobius be pruned after telling Ravonna he wanted to live his life before working for the organization. Loki and Sylvie were then taken to the Time-Keepers' chambers, where they battled minutemen and realized that the Time-Keepers were actually androids. Loki attempted to reveal his feelings to Sylvie, but he was pruned by Ravonna before he could tell her. Loki then awoke in the void, a place where het met his alternate selves - Classic, Kid, Boastful and Alligator Loki.
The variants informed the variant of how they caused nexus events in their timelines, and how they were prosecuted and pruned to the Void. While evading the creature, Loki learns that the Void is mostly a landscape where variants are left to be eaten by Alioth, and Kid Loki is the king of the Void. During his journey with the variants, they are captured by another variant, President Loki, who was aided by Boastful Loki, who made a deal with the president variant. During the commotion, President Loki betrayed Boastful Loki before he was betrayed by his own army, much to his annoyance. Alligator Loki then bit off President Loki's hand, which started a brawl against the army variants while Loki, Kid Loki, Classic Loki and Kid Loki left. In the void, he reunited with Sylvie and Mobius, and assisted Sylvie in enthralling Alioth as Classic Loki sacrificed himself to help them. After enchanting Alioth, a portal opened, and Loki and Sylvie decided to enter to see who was heading the Time Variance Authority.
Entering into the Citadel at the End of Time, Loki and Sylvie were confronted by Miss Minutes, who informed them that "He Who Remains" was willing to propose a deal to have them stay together in the sacred timeline. The two variants confronted He Who Remains, who revealed that he participated in the multiverse war to stop his variants, and after winning, he decided to create organize the multiverse into the Sacred Timeline to keep peace. Listening to He Who Remains, Loki attempted to stop Sylvie from killing him, but failed after she pushed him into a Time Door that led to the TVA's office. At the TVA, Loki attempted to tell Mobius and Hunter B-15 of what was happening, but found that he was in a new timeline where He Who Remains' variant; Kang the Conqueror, had risen and created a new TVA.
- A promotional video for the Loki series confirmed that the character is gender-fluid in the MCU.
- Relating the the previous trivia fact, Loki has been officially confirmed as being bisexual in the episode Lamentis, thus making him the first bisexual title character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- This version of Loki is similar to the "Ikol" version of Loki, which is the second reincarnated version of Loki from Marvel comics.
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