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Loki
Loki is a supervillain that appears in the fictional Marvel Universe and is based on the being of the same name from Norse mythology. The character first appeared in Venus #6 (August 1949) and was created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby.

In 2009, Loki was also ranked as IGN's 8th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time

Loki made his first Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics' publication Venus #6 (August 1949), where Loki was inaccurately featured as a member of the Olympian gods exiled to the Underworld. He made his first official Marvel appearance in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962), where Loki was reintroduced by brothers and co-writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and he was redesigned by Jack Kirby. Loki has appeared in various issues of Journey Into Mystery, Thor, the Avengers and several other Marvel Universe titles.

Marvel eventually found the character popular enough to let Robert Rodi proceed with writing a mini-series, Loki #1-4 (July 2004 - October 2004), that features a different look at the character. The mini-series features painted covers and painted interior pages by artist Esad Ribic.

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After slaying the giant Laufey, Odin found a small Asgardian-sized child hidden within the primary stronghold of the Frost Giants. The child was Loki, and Laufey kept him hidden from his people due to his shame over his son's small size. Odin took the boy because he showed strength when Odin slew his father in combat and raised him as his son alongside his biological son Thor.

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Throughout their childhood and into adolescence, Loki was resentful of the differences in which he and Thor were treated by the citizens of Asgard. The Asgardians valued great strength, tenacity, and bravery in battle above all things and Loki was clearly inferior to his foster brother Thor in these areas. However, Loki's gifts lay in other areas, most notably sorcery. He possessed a natural affinity to command great magical forces and hoped to somehow use these powers to become the most powerful god in all of Asgard and to destroy Thor. As Loki grew to adulthood, his natural talent for causing mischief would manifest itself and earned him a nickname as the God of Lies and Mischief. However, instead of playing harmless pranks, he grew steadily more malicious in his deeds, and his lust for both power and revenge was apparent to all those around him. In time, his nickname grew from being a playful and mischievous trickster god to the "God of Evil". Over the centuries, Loki attempted on many occasions to seize rulership of Asgard and to destroy Thor. Odin, who had long tolerated Loki's attempts, magically imprisoned him within a tree. Loki eventually freed himself from his prison, and his thirst for power and vengeance became even more consuming than it had been. Loki compiled an extensive criminal record in Asgard, and was frequently exiled.

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Loki's schemes eventually came to include Earth itself and these schemes often drew some of Earth's superhuman heroes to defend Earth and, often, Asgard itself. He first battled Thor on Earth in modern times. Loki was then able to manipulate the Hulk into wreaking havoc, which inadvertently led to the formation of the Avengers.

Thor was one of the founding members of this superhuman team, and Loki often found his goals frustrated by them, even when they appeared close to success. Among Loki's better known henchmen was the human criminal Carl "The Crusher" Creel, whom Loki transformed by sorcery into the superhuman criminal known as the Absorbing Man and sent him against Thor. Creel himself would prove to be a formidable adversary to Thor over the years. Loki even went so far as to attempt to turn Odin against Thor and to steal Thor's enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, but all his efforts failed.

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Loki's destiny to be the cause of Ragnarok was later recounted. Loki returned from his exile in space by Odin, and was stripped of his powers and exiled to Earth by Odin. Loki plotted to gain new powers from Karnilla, although this accidentally resulted in the Wrecker gaining Asgardian powers. Loki then fomented a battle between Thor and the Destroyer animated by Sif. Loki then took command of Asgard during the Odinsleep, and fled when Asgard was invaded by Mangog.

Loki later usurped the throne of Asgard, but fled again when Asgard was invaded by Surtur. Much later, Loki usurped the throne of Asgard again, and set the Destroyer against Thor once more. Shortly after that, Loki caused the temporary death of Balder. At this time, Loki's estranged Sigyn returned to Asgard. Loki attempted to bring about Rangnarok, but was foiled by Odin. Alongside Tyr and his forces, Loki invaded Asgard, but then changed sides and aided Odin's forces in defeating Tyr.

However, despite Loki's loathing for half-brother and father, Loki helped to defend Asgard from destruction from Surtur and his fire demons. This was because Surtur's goal was to destroy Asgard, whereas Loki sought only to rule it. Alongside Odin and Thor, Loki battled Surtur, and witnessed the seeming demise of Odin. Not long after that, Loki transformed Thor into a frog for a time. He then involved the X-Men and Alpha Flight in a plot to gain favor with Those Who Sit Above in Shadow.

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In disguise, Loki manipulated a group of master villains into engineering the "Acts of Vengeance". With these prime movers, he set in motion a plot against the Avengers and other heroes. He battled the combined forces of the West Coast and East Coast Avengers. His identity was ultimately revealed, and he was defeated by the Avengers. Loki would actually die at the hands of Thor, although, manipulation of the time stream would later bring him back.

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It has been prophesied Loki would lead Asgard's enemies into the "Eternal Realm" and aid them in destroying it in a final conflict known as Ragnarök, or sometimes referred to as "The Twilight of the Gods". Loki fulfilled the prophecy of leading the enemies of Asgard against the Asgardians. This battle consumed all who participated in it and it was revealed that the cycle of the birth, lives, and death of the Asgardians was a continuing cycle presided over by beings known only as "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow". Thor, Loki's foster brother and monarch of the Asgardians after Odin perished in battle against Surtur months earlier, was able to put an end to this continuing cycle. All Asgardians perished in this last Ragnarok except for Thor, who would disappear into a deep sleep. But this time, "Those Who Sit Above" followed them in death and were unable to revive them. With Thor's recent return, it was revealed Asgardians now exist on Earth in mortal guises.

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After the Ragnarok, Loki returned in a new female form and was revealed to have been working with Doctor Doom, plotting to manipulate events so Thor unwittingly resurrected his greatest Asgardian enemies.

After Loki's resurrection, she claimed to make a new vow: to never lie again. However, she is now manipulating Balder to make him a new successor to the throne of Asgard, and potentially start a civil war against Thor.

It was revealed that Loki retained his male form after Ragnarok but hid himself inside a female body (which originally belonged to Thor's reborn lover Sif) in order to sell to Thor the idea that he wished to change. Combining his magic with that of Hela, Loki traveled to the past and set into motion the events that led to his younger self being adopted by Odin. His reasons for doing this were later revealed as a means to eliminate Bor, Thor's grandfather.

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In Secret Invasion, Loki was with the Asgardians when she goaded them into believing the injured Beta Ray Bill was a Skrull. Following the Skrulls defeat, she was introduced as a member of the Cabal, consisting of herself, Norman Osborn, Emma Frost, Doctor Doom, Namor, and the Hood.. Osborn gathered them to obtain their support for his plans for his new world order. Osborn offers the Cabal solidarity and the resources to accomplish their own agendas. In return Osborn asks for their public support/registration, as well as cooperation fulfilling any request he may have of them. When asked what she wants, Loki responds she wants Asgard and wants it back in the heavens where it belongs.

In Thor #600, Loki's plans started to bear fruit. It is revealed she traveled to the past to ensure Bor, father of Odin and first king of Asgard, perishes in battle against the Frost Giants. In the present day Loki revives Bor in New York City, but places a spell on him to mistake everything around him as an enemy, therefore attacking everything in sight. Further aggrieved by the belief that his son's failure to resurrect him can only mean he was killed in battle, when Thor arrives on the scene, Loki's enchantment causes Bor to see Thor as a monster. Sensing Odin's power inside what he sees as a demon, Bor attacks Thor, attempting to avenge his son. While Thor and Bor fight Loki makes Balder aware of Bor's identity and the two rush to New York to stop Thor from killing him (Thor never met Bor until now and is unaware of his identity). They arrive too late, as Thor is forced to kill Bor for fear of the entire planet being destroyed in the wake of their battle. In the aftermath of the battle, Loki reminds Balder that the resurrected Bor was technically the king of Asgard when Thor killed him, and the punishment for killing the king is banishment from Asgard. Balder is forced to agree. After Thor's banishment, Loki mentions to some disgruntled Asgardians she made arrangements to have all Asgardians, but not Asgard itself, moved to Latveria at the invitation of Doctor Doom.

Loki attended a dinner hosted by Doctor Doom along with Balder to secure a new home for the Asgardians in Latveria. She was caught off guard by Balder's insistence that since they are leaving Asgard, Thor should be allowed to rejoin them. Loki is able to calm Balder before he offends Doom too much. She later appears before Blake and Thor to tell them that she will be returning to her male form shortly and that he has "just now" come to the realization that his body was meant for Sif. Loki goes on to explain that, after Ragnarok, when the Asgardians were being placed into human hosts Sif's soul was placed into a dying human. When Thor sent out the call for the Asgardians to return, Sif's host was too weak to hear the call. When Thor mass-summoned the Asgardians, Sif's body was created but her soul could not be placed into it, so the body went looking for a soul with no body and found Loki. Loki goes on to say that the transfer from his female form to his male form will probably kill Sif's host and she urges Blake and Thor to find Sif and say goodbye. Following the Hood's depowerment at the hands of Doctor Strange, Brother Voodoo, and the Son of Satan, Loki offers the Hood a second chance.

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The Scarlet Witch appears in her astral form recruiting a team of Avengers to face the Elder God Chthon. It is soon revealed that Wanda hasn't actually returned, and is in fact Loki in disguise. The Avengers are unaware of Loki's trick, and follow this false "Wanda's" instructions, which evidently is Loki's dirty work. Her goal in using these Avengers is to throw Norman Osborn off balance, as shown during the second meeting of the Cabal, after Thor was banished due to her trickery, when Loki intended to put "cracks in Osborn's armor" and gradually "widen" these cracks through the Mighty Avengers. Pietro Maximoff, though desiring to see and converse with his sister, joins the Mighty Avengers after he races around the world searching for her, not knowing that his nephews Billy and Tommy have just done so and failed to find her either.

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Loki is a member of the race of Frost Giants of Jotunheim, although not a giant in stature. He possesses physical attributes equal to those of the race of superbeings known as Asgardians, such as enhanced strength; stamina (his Frost Giant metabolism grants him superhuman levels of physical stamina in practically all activities); durability (at times he imbues himself with magical abilities that enable him to withstand injuries that would prove fatal to another Asgardian, such as being beheaded) and immunity to all known diseases and toxins.

Loki has extensive training in the rites of black magic, and possesses the ability to manipulate great quantities of magical forces for a variety of purposes: energy projection, creation of force fields, temporarily increasing his own physical strength, grant superhuman abilities to living beings or inanimate objects, flight, hypnotism, illusion casting, and inter-dimensional teleportation. Apparently, Loki possesses some extrasensory abilities and is capable of astral projection and casting his thoughts across great distances, even across dimensional barriers. However, he cannot read the minds of other beings, though he can control their actions. He has been referred to as a master of magic with power exceeding Earth's Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange, armed with millennia of magical knowledge compared to Strange's decade. Loki is also an adept shape-shifter with the ability to change both form (examples include transmogrification to a salmon, horse, etc.) and person, framing some heroes including Thor and Captain America. His shape-shifting ability does not necessarily include all the powers of other superhumans.

Loki is extremely difficult to harm or be killed. It is unknown how much of this is natural and how much stems from magical enhancement. He has proven resistant to the Controller's controller disk, immune to the mental influence of Voice, and immune to the power sapping abilities of Rogue. He has been able to break free of a Celestial device in the possession of Apocalypse. He was also totally unaffected from having his head severed, quickly reattaching it with no ill effects (though this was due to Thor using the Odinpower and the magic of the Runes).

Aside from his mystical abilities, Loki possesses a brilliant intellect. However, his passionate hatred of Thor, lust for power, and tendency to alienate others by his ignoble actions greatly impeded his ability to bring his well-laid plans to fruition. He is an expert manipulator and schemer.

Loki is sometimes armed with a sword and has made use of various magic items.

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Loki appears in the second volume of The Ultimates as the evil stepbrother of Thor. The Ultimate version of Loki has the ability to "shuffle time and space", and in his first appearance, causes a ripple during Thor's conversation with Volstagg. In the restaurant, Loki is apparently in the background, which would mark his first "appearance" (he is mentioned and his powers apparently used, but he is only briefly seen). Loki comes to Earth after escaping from the Room Without Doors and begins to cause havoc, especially for Thor and the United States after assisting the Liberators. Through his power he creates the persona for himself of "Gunnar Golmen," the head scientist of the Norwegian extension of the "European Defense Initiative," the European counterpart to The Ultimates, and turns Thor into "Thorlief," Gunnar's brother, a former mental patient who stole the technology that Gunnar created for the Initiative.

Later in the story, he confronts the captive Thor and gloats that it is all just another one of their games, and informs him that there is a traitor in the ranks of the Ultimates. When Thor requests assistance from the guards, Loki is nowhere to be seen, though he appears as a snake around Thor's neck after they leave (most likely a nod to the real Loki in Norse mythology). Most recently (at the end of Ultimates 2 #9), Loki has stated that the reason he joined the Liberators was that "They had a Norse god on their side. It's only fair you should get one too", and that "Odin sent his son to bring the world peace. I couldn't resist the opportunity to mess that up." However, he is hesitant to use his abilities overtly as he claims Odin will then be able to find him. Yet once all The Liberators are defeated, he decides to do things himself. After revealing to the Ultimates who he is, he rises into the air and changes the color of the sky. At that moment, the sky opens and Thor, his brother, appears for revenge.

Issue 13 shows further demonstrations of his power by attempting to trap Thor in an illusion and withstanding a direct blow from Thor's hammer uninjured, claiming it cannot hurt him. During this battle, Thor mentions that Loki's powers have weakened for an unexplained reason. After Loki summons an army of monsters to battle the Ultimates and nearly kills Thor, the thunder god then proceeds to summon allies from Asgard while he strikes Loki with his hammer, sending him back to Asgard where Odin awaits him.

Loki's motivation for his actions is not completely revealed. He mentions several motivations from a desire to cause World War III to Odin favoring Thor over him and attempting to gain Odin's favor. Throughout the whole ordeal Loki regards humans as mere playthings for his pranks. In addition to creating a Norwegian super-soldier program that was supposedly part of an EU initiative and making people believe it was real, even though Norway is not part of the European Union, he claimed to have been the one who framed Captain America for treason, regarding the failure of humans to realize the problems with these assertions as humorous.

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In the reality of Earth-982, Loki decides to bring an end to the "Age of Heroes", still regretting the fact that his actions led to the creation of the Avengers. In the series Last Hero Standing, he kidnaps several major superheroes, brainwashes them so that they are more violent, and returns them to Earth so that they will destroy their reputations, knowing that his spell will be permanent the moment they shed innocent blood. Eventually this plot is foiled by the superheroes of Earth, especially that reality's Captain America, who shatters the gem Loki was using to create the spell before any innocents can be killed. In battle, Loki badly injures Captain America, but, because of his actions, Loki is banished to the limbo realm and is joined by the Hulk, who intends to punish him for affecting the Hulk with his spell and driving him to attack the other heroes.

Within the Avengers Next miniseries, it is revealed that Loki's daughter {within the MC2 universe}, Sylene, is on a mission to restore Asgard as a way to honor her father and to prove herself to the Asgardians. Unfortunately, her plan is not only to transform Midgard/Earth into a version of Asgard but also to eliminate the Avengers, since Loki was blaming himself for his part of indirectly creating the team.

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In the Marvel 2099 line of series, the original Asgardians were no more. However, belief in them had grown into a full-fledged religion with many followers. Seeking to take advantage of this, a corporation called Alchemax decided to create their own pantheon. One of the company's scientists, Jordan Boone, decided that he wanted to have powers and sneaked himself into the program. He ensured that he avoided the receiving of a computer chip implant which would give him falsified memories of his godhood. Jordan became the Loki of the program, but fled before the program and their floating fortress were destroyed. He later reappeared and remade himself as the villainous Halloween Jack who went about trying to warp the entire world with a Virtual Unreality Projector. His plan would have succeeded if not for President Doom stepping in with the help of the X-Men Meanstreak and Krystalin. Halloween Jack was supposedly killed in 2099 World of Tomorrow #2, but made an unexpected cameo in X-Force #92. He was somehow pulled from the time-stream before his death and re-deposited in the present where he pestered Domino. Since then his resident time period and/or location have been unknown.

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In the reality of Earth-9997, Loki duped Odin into transforming Thor into a woman and he cast a spell across Bifrost that would prevent Thor from returning to Earth if he ever returned to Asgard. Among several heroes, in this reality, he opposed the Celestials due to finding out the falsehood of the Asgardians' origins. Realizing that his form was actually solely dependent on his convictions (as that of all Asgardians), he became an angelic being with a very ambiguous appearance. With his new state, he was instrumental in defeating the Absorbing Man and he later formed the new Avengers and became the new Thor.

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In the Guardians of the Galaxy timeline (Earth-691), Loki is alive and well in the 31st Century.

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  • Loki appears in the Thor segment of The Marvel Superheroes.
  • Loki appears in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, episode "The Vengeance of Loki" voiced by John Stephenson.
  • Loki was planned to appear in an unproduced episode of Avengers: United They Stand.

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  • Loki is the antagonist in the animated direct-to-video film Hulk vs. Thor voiced by Graham McTavish.. Aided by Amora, he tries to bring about a new Ragnarök by transporting the Hulk to Asgard.
  • Loki will again appear in the upcoming Thor: Tales of Asgard animated direct-to-video. In this, he and Thor do not start as enemies as the movie is about the early adventures of Thor and Loki before they become arch-enemies.
  • Tom Hiddleston will portray Loki in the upcoming live-action Marvel Studios film Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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  • Loki appears in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Larry Cedar. He is an important member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil, first appearing disguised as The Mandarin, then as one of Doom's council alongside Enchantress, Baron Mordo, and Ultron. Loki takes an army of Super Soldier Serum enhanced soldiers and smashes the gates of Asgard, taking over the realm, imprisoning Tyr, Heimdall, Balder, and delivering Odin to Doctor Doom. Loki battles the heroes at Raven's Spire, then tricks them into releasing the Destroyer armor by disguising himself as Nick Fury, only to be defeated when the heroes trick the Destroyer armor into shooting a blast at Loki's trapped body. When Doctor Doom is defeated, he and Loki are reported to be tortured by Odin