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   universe = [[Marvel Universe]]
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| real_name = Loki Laufeyson  
| real_name = Loki Laufeyson  
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| aliases = Scarlet Witch; Gem-Keeper, Walter Lawson, Lester, Loren Olsen, Tyfon, Father Williams, Willie, Tso Zhung; has also impersonated hundreds of others.
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| aliases = Scarlet Witch; Gem-Keeper, Walter Lawson, Lester, Loren Olsen, Tyfon, Father Williams, Willie, Tso Zhung, Satan; has also impersonated hundreds of others.
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| identity = Publicly known to citizens of Asgard. His existence is not known to the general public of Earth.
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| identity = No dual identity; regarded as a mythological character by the general populace of Earth
| occupation = God of evil; former god of mischief and madness
| occupation = God of evil; former god of mischief and madness
| citizenship = Realm of Asgard
| citizenship = Realm of Asgard
| place_of_birth = Jotunheim, Asgard
| place_of_birth = Jotunheim, Asgard
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| relatives = [[Laufey]] (father, deceased), Farbauti (mother, deceased), [[Sigyn]] (wife, deceased), [[Odin]] (foster father, deceased), [[Frigga]] (foster mother, deceased), [[Thor (Thor Odinson)|Thor]], [[Vidar]] (foster brothers, deceased), [[Hela]],[[Fenris (Wolf)]], Jordmungand ([[Midgard Serpent]]) (children, deceased), [[Arkin]] (cousin, deceased)
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| relatives = [[Laufey]] (father, deceased), Farbauti (mother, deceased), [[Sigyn]] (wife, deceased), [[Odin]] (foster father, deceased), [[Frigga]] (foster mother, deceased), [[Thor (Thor Odinson)|Thor]], [[Vidar]] (foster brothers, deceased), [[Hela]],[[Fenris (Wolf)]], Jordmungand ([[Midgard Serpent]]), “Son of Satan”(children, deceased), [[Arkin]] (cousin, deceased)- Note: It is unrevealed if any of the above deceased have been restored to life by Thor in the recent aftermath of Ragnarok
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| groups = [[Cabal]], [[Asgardians]], Sometime ally of [[Karnilla]], the [[Enchantress]], [[Executioner]], [[Absorbing Man]], and [[Lorelei_(Asgardian)|Lorelei]], former ally of [[Dormammu]], manipulator of the "[[Acts of Vengeance]]"
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| groups = [[Cabal]], [[Asgardians]]; formerly Lost Gods, manipulator of the "[[Acts of Vengeance]]" prime movers
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| education = Unrevealed
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| education = Extensive training in the rites of black magic
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| height = 6' 4"
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| height = 6'4"
| weight = 525 lbs
| weight = 525 lbs
| eyes = Green
| eyes = Green
| hair = Black-grey
| hair = Black-grey
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| powers = Loki possesses the normal strength of an Asgardian male of his age, height, and build. He can lift (press) about 30 tons.
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| powers = Loki possesses physical abilities far superior to humans, an increased lifespan, superhuman strength (able to lift up to 50 tons), immune to terrestrial diseases, and resistant to conventional injury.
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Loki possesses the conventional attributes of an Asgardian, as well as certain innate magical powers. Like all Asgardians, Loki is extremely long-lived (though not immortal like the Olympians), superhumanly strong, immune to all diseases, and resistant to conventional injury. (Asgardian flesh and bone is about 3 times denser than similar human tissue, contributing to the Asgardian's superhuman strength and weight.) His Asgardian metabolism gives him superhuman endurance in all physical activities.
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Loki is perhaps the most powerful sorcerer in all of Asgard. His many magical abilities included shape-shifting (able to gain the basic natural abilities inherent in each form), astral projection, molecular rearrangement, eldritch energy blasts, illusion casting, flight (via levitation), telepathy, hypnosis, and teleportation.
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Besides these physical abilities, Loki possesses a host of magical skills. Among these is his ability to transform his shape at will into those of other creatures. He has become such animals as a snake, eagle, mouse, and bee, gaining the basic natural abilities inherent in each form. While he can take on the likeness of another god, giant, or human, he will not necessarily gain the special physical or mental powers of the being he imitates. Loki can also transform external objects into other forms and substances by magic; for instance, he can turn clouds into dragons. He can also bring inanimate objects to life, or mystically imbue objects or beings with specific but temporary powers. He has, for example, augmented the might of such human criminals as the Cobra and Sandu. These magical effects remain only for as long as he maintains the spell that created them.
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Loki is immune to most physical injury, and can reattach severed body parts, including his own head. Loki can mystically imbue objects or beings with specific but temporary powers, and enhance the powers of superhumans. Loki can also magically create rifts between dimensions, allowing him or other objects passage from one universe to another. Most often this rift is between Asgard and Earth.
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Loki can project highly powerful concussive bolts of mystical energy. He can also create magical energy fields, which serve various purposes. With great concentration, Loki can create a field of sufficient resilience to repel Thor's enchanted hammer (though repeated blows would undoubtedly penetrate it) or physical objects such as large caliber projectiles. He can also surround objects in mystical energy to levitate them. He once lifted and supported an entire building off the ground for several minutes. He can also mystically levitate himself and thereby fly at great speed. As with his influence over matter, his magical energy feats only last as long as he maintains them.
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| paraphernalia = Loki occasionally employs certain magical power objects, such as the Norn Stones or rare Asgardian herbs, to augment his own magical powers.
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| debut = Venus #6 (1949), (modern) Journey into Mystery #85 (1962)
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Loki also has a number of mental and extrasensory powers, which are analogous to psionic abilities. He can broadcast his thoughts into other minds as well as plant compelling hypnotic suggestions. These telepathic abilities do not appear to be limited by distance: Loki can even cast his thoughts across dimensions. Loki cannot, however, perceive the thoughts of others. He does have certain extrasensory powers of perception, however, enabling him to see and hear events in distant places simultaneous to their occurrence. He can also mentally project an image of himself, in a manner not unlike astral projection, through which he can communicate with beings in other places.
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Loki can also magically create rifts between dimensions, allowing him or other objects passage from one universe to another. Most often this rift is between Asgard and Earth.
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Loki also has a vast knowledge of spells, which he can use for many magical effects.
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Loki has used his magic to enable him to endure injuries with little or no effect which would kill another Asgardian. He has even been beheaded, and yet he continued to live, magically reattached his head to his body, and was in the same condition as he was in before the beheading.
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| abilities = Unrevealed
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| weapons = Loki occasionally employs certain magical power objects, such as the Norn Stones or rare Asgardian herbs, to augment his own magical powers. These objects or substances are generally used to enhance his immediate personal strength or abilities, or to create a permanent magical transformation, such as that which gave the Absorbing Man his power. He once used the mystical sword of Surtur along with various equipment to transform Thor into a frog while Loki was in Asgard and Thor on Earth. The destruction of the engine drawing power from the sword caused Thor to return to his normal form.
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| paraphernalia = None
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| debut = Venus #6 (1949)
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| origin = Journey Into Mystery #112-113 & 115 (1965)
| origin = Journey Into Mystery #112-113 & 115 (1965)
| significant_issues = Laufey slain, adopted by Odin (Journey Into Mystery #112, 1965); interfered with forging of Mjolnir (Thor Annual #11, 1983); claimed throne of Asgard while Odin was absent, placed Balder within Destroyer, beaten by Odin (Thor #263-266, 1977); learned of Hela's curse on Thor, sent giants, Midgard Serpent & Destroyer to torment him (Thor #375-382, 1987); led armies into Ragnarok (Thor #80-81, 2004); decapitated by Thor, head used for advice in final attack on They Who Sit Above in Shadow, destroyed along with Asgard (Thor #84-85, 2004)
| significant_issues = Laufey slain, adopted by Odin (Journey Into Mystery #112, 1965); interfered with forging of Mjolnir (Thor Annual #11, 1983); claimed throne of Asgard while Odin was absent, placed Balder within Destroyer, beaten by Odin (Thor #263-266, 1977); learned of Hela's curse on Thor, sent giants, Midgard Serpent & Destroyer to torment him (Thor #375-382, 1987); led armies into Ragnarok (Thor #80-81, 2004); decapitated by Thor, head used for advice in final attack on They Who Sit Above in Shadow, destroyed along with Asgard (Thor #84-85, 2004)
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bio_text=Loki is the son of [[Laufey]], king of the frost giants of Jotunheim, one of the "Nine Worlds" of the Asgardian cosmology. [[Odin]], ruler of [[Asgard]], led his subjects in a war against the giants. Laufey was slain in battle and the giants were defeated. Surveying the spoils of war, the Asgardians discovered a small god-sized baby hidden at the giants' main fortress. The infant was Loki, whom Laufey had kept hidden due to his shame over his son's diminutive size. Because Loki was the son of a king fallen in battle, Odin elected to adopt him and raise him as a son alongside his blood son [[Thor (Thor Odinson)|Thor]], the future god of thunder.
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bio_text= The Asgardian God of '''Mischief''', '''Madness''' and '''Evil!''' Beware the Treachery of '''Loki!'''
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==Trouble from the Beginning==
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In childhood Loki greatly resented the fact that Odin and the other Asgardians favored the young Thor, who already had a nobility of spirit and excelled in all his endeavors, over himself. As a boy Loki began studying the arts of sorcery, for which he had a natural affinity. He became infamous for his mischievousness, but secretly resented Thor and the love that Odin lavished upon him. When Odin was preparing his greatest gift for Thor, the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, Loki interfered with its creation, causing its handle to be forged too short. Loki was envious that Thor would one day wield Mjolnir, and over the years repeatedly crafted schemes to make Mjolnir's power his own. His hatred of Thor grew, and while still a boy, Loki vowed to become the most powerful god in Asgard and to destroy Thor in order to achieve this end. After achieving adulthood Loki began making alliances with other enemies of Asgard.
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Loki is one of several powerful beings from the magical realm of [[Asgard]], who have been worshipped as gods. [[Odin]], once the ruler of the Asgardian gods, led his subjects in a war against their enemy, the frost giants from the land of Jotunheim (one of the nine worlds of Asgard). Laufey, king of the frost giants, was slain in battle and the giants were defeated. Surveying the spoils of war, the Asgardians discovered a small Asgardian god-sized baby hidden at the giants' main fortress. The infant was Loki, whom Laufey had kept hidden due to his shame over his son's diminutive size. Odin remembered his father [[Bor|Bor’s]] dying words to adopt the son of a father killed by his hands; Odin adopted Loki into his own family, raising Loki like a son along with his biological son, [[Thor (Thor Odinson)|Thor]].
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[[image: LokiInline.jpg|thumb|left]]When Loki and Thor were still young, Thor was attracted to the sword maiden [[Sif]], who had beautiful gold-colored hair. Loki cut of her hair while she slept, but Thor guessed that Loki was responsible and demanded that he restore it. Loki enlisted the dwarves Brokk and Eitri to forge new hair for her, but as he did not pay them anything, they decided to craft the hair from nothing, making black hair from the night itself. However, Thor still loved Sif, even without her golden hair.
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In childhood Loki greatly resented the fact that Odin and the other Asgardians favored the young Thor, who already had a nobility of spirit and excelled in all his endeavors. As a boy Loki began studying the arts of sorcery, for which he had a natural affinity. He became infamous for his mischievousness, but secretly resented Thor and the love that Odin lavished upon him. When Odin was preparing his greatest gift for Thor, the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, Loki interfered with its creation, causing its handle to be forged too short. Loki was envious that Thor would one day wield Mjolnir, and over the years repeatedly crafted schemes to make Mjolnir’s power his own.
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Thor and Loki occasionally adventured together as teenagers, though Loki always searched for an advantage over his brother. When Odin sent Thor, Sif and their friend [[Balder]] to gather elements needed to craft the blade Svadren, Loki secretly followed them, but when he learned that the sorceress [[Karnilla]], queen of the Norns, was planning an attack on Asgard, he refused an offer to join her and instead alerted the others to her scheme. Later on, Loki and Karnilla became occasional allies, although her love for Balder prevented her from aiding Loki in any way that would affect Balder.
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When Loki and Thor were still young, Thor was attracted to the swordmaiden [[Sif]], who had beautiful gold-colored hair. Loki cut off her hair while she slept, but Thor guessed that Loki was responsible and demanded that he restore it. Loki enlisted the dwarves Brokk and Eitri to forge new hair for her, but as he did not pay them anything, they decided to craft the hair from nothing, making black hair from the night itself. However, Thor still loved Sif, even without her golden hair.
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[[image: LokiInline3.jpg|thumb|left]]As Loki grew to adulthood, his inborn propensity for mischief had begun to manifest itself, and he earned the nickname "God of Mischief." Loki attempted many times over the centuries to destroy Thor and seize the throne of Asgard for himself. Finally, Odin magically imprisoned him within a tree as punishment for his many crimes to learn from his actions. Loki, fed up with Asgard, used his magic to escape his cell, and eventually met Eldred the sorcerer, who increased his training in the black arts. Finally, Loki confronted the fire demon [[Surtur]] of [[Muspelheim]] and offered him Eldred's soul in exchange for power. Surtur accepted, and Loki assumed ownership of Eldred's lands and minions. His foray into the black arts earned him the title of "god of evil" among the Asgardians, and he forged alliances with many of the realm's enemies. Loki mated with the goddess [[Angerboda]], who bore him the monstrous offspring Jormungand (the [[Midgard Serpent]]) and the [[Fenris Wolf]], as well as [[Hela]], the goddess of death. Loki also tricked the goddess [[Sigyn]] into marrying him by posing as her true love, Theoric.
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Thor and Loki occasionally adventured together as teenagers, though the competitive Loki always searched for an advantage over his brother. In his youth, he was more apt to aid his Asgardian family. When Loki learned that the sorceress Karnilla (queen of the magical beings called the Norns) was planning an attack on Asgard, he refused an offer to join her and instead alerted his fellow Asgardians to her scheme. Later on, Loki and Karnilla became occasional allies, although her love for the Asgardian [[Balder]] (an enemy of Loki) prevented her from aiding Loki in any way that would hurt her beloved.
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Loki eventually learned of the prophecies of Ragnarok, in which he was fated to bring about Asgard's ruin by slaying Balder, then leading the enemies of Asgard into final battle. Loki ultimately embraced this destiny, and sought the means to bring about Ragnarok on more than one occasion. However, Loki usually crafted his schemes so subtly that Odin and Thor could rarely justify punishing him, and Loki would continue to live in their midst, awaiting his opportunity.
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==God of Mischief – God of Evil ==
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[[image: LokiInline.jpg|right|frame]]As Loki matured into a young man, his antics became more and more pronounced, until Odin finally sent him to jail to learn from his actions. Fed up with Asgard, Loki used his magic to escape his cell, and eventually met Eldred the sorcerer, who increased his training in the black arts. Finally, Loki confronted the 1000-foot tall fire demon Surtur, enemy of the gods from the one of the nine realms of Asgard called Muspelheim, and offered him Eldred’s soul in exchange for power. Surtur accepted, and Loki assumed ownership of Eldred’s lands and minions. His foray into the black arts earned him the title of “god of evil” among the Asgardians, and he forged alliances with many of the realm’s enemies. Loki mated with the goddess Angerboda, who bore him the monstrous offspring Jormungand (the Midgard Serpent) and the Fenris Wolf, as well as Hela, the goddess of death. Loki also tricked the goddess Sigyn into marrying him by posing as her true love, Theoric.
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Shortly after Blake regained the ability to assume the godly form and power of Thor, Loki succeeded in freeing himself from his mystical imprisonment. There followed a long succession of clashes between Loki and Thor. Sometimes Loki battled Thor directly. Loki sought victory over his brother by exploiting Blake's human weakness, and employed many pawns against him on Earth, including [[Jinku]] the Lava Man, the [[Weather Maker]], Sandu, [[Enchantress|Amora the Enchantress]], [[Executioner (Skurge)|Skurge the Executioner]], Skagg, Surtur, [[King Cobra (Klaus Voorhees)|Cobra]], [[Mister Hyde]], the [[Absorbing Man]], [[Destroyer (construct)|Destroyer]] and the [[Super-Skrull]]. In one attempt to trick Thor into battling the [[Hulk (Bruce Banner)|Hulk]], Loki diverted a distress call intended for the [[Fantastic Four]] to Dr Blake's office, but it was also intercepted by [[Iron Man (Anthony Stark)|Iron Man]], the [[Wasp]] and [[Yellowjacket (Henry Pym)|Ant-Man (Henry Pym)]]. When the four heroes learned of Loki's involvement and banded together with the Hulk to defeat him, they decided to form a team of heroes to face future threats, calling themselves the [[Avengers]]. Loki long regretted having caused their formation.
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Loki eventually learned of the prophecies of Ragnarok, a cataclysmic event in which he was fated to bring about Asgard’s ruin by slaying Balder, then leading the enemies of Asgard into final battle. Loki ultimately embraced this destiny, and sought the means to bring about Ragnarok on more than one occasion. However, Loki usually crafted his schemes so subtly that Odin and Thor could rarely justify punishing him, and Loki would continue to live in their midst, awaiting his next opportunity.
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Loki made several attempts at claiming the throne of Asgard when Odin entered into his "Odinsleep" hibernation, but threats to Asgard such as the [[Mangog]] and Surtur frightened Loki into surrendering the throne. Loki once joined forces with [[Dormammu]] of the Dark Dimension to trick the Avengers and [[Defenders]] into assembling the mystical [[Evil Eye]] for them, but the combined heroes ultimately defeated them both. Loki even unleashed a direct assault upon Earth once, and Thor helped lead Earth's ground forces against his army, finally defeating him. After Loki usurped the throne of Asgard yet again, he was sent to Earth in the guise of a vagrant by Odin as punishment.
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In recent years, Loki finally obtained an advantage over his half-brother when Odin sentenced Thor to Earth in the guise of Dr. Donald Blake, a medical practitioner who would transform into Thor using Mjolnir. Loki sought victory over his brother by exploiting Blake’s human weakness, and employed many pawns against him on Earth, including Jinku the Lava Man, the Weather Maker, [[Sandu]], [[Enchantress_(Amora)|Amora the Enchantress]], [[Executioner_(Skurge)|Skurge the Executioner]], Skagg, [[Surtur]], [[King_Cobra_(Klaus_Voorhees)|Cobra (Klaus Voorhees)]], [[Mister_Hyde|Mr. Hyde]], the [[Absorbing Man]], and the [[Super-Skrull]] (Kl’rt). In one attempt to trick Thor into battling the monstrous [[Hulk (Bruce Banner)]], Loki diverted a distress call intended for the [[Fantastic Four]] to Dr. Blake’s office, but it was also intercepted by the [[Wasp]], [[Yellowjacket (Henry Pym)]], and the armored adventurer [[Iron Man (Tony Stark)]]. When the four heroes learned of Loki’s involvement and banded together with the Hulk to defeat him, they decided to form a team of heroes to face future threats, calling themselves the [[Avengers]]. Loki long regretted having caused their formation.  
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Loki regained his identity due to the presence of Harris Hobbs, a journalist who had been to Asgard but had the memory removed by Thor. Hobbs dreamed of Asgard in his sleep, and his dreams reached Loki, restoring him to normal. Loki finally set Ragnarok in motion when he arranged for Hoder to shoot Balder with an arrow of mistletoe, but Odin preserved Balder and eventually revived him. Loki also caused the mortal [[Thor (Red Norvell)|Red Norvell]] to gain powers similar to Thor's Loki was bound to Sigyn as punishment, but he finally obtained release by blaming Odin himself for his problems, claiming that Odin's favoritism towards Thor was the root of all his misfortunes.
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==Coveting his Father’s Throne==
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Loki made several attempts at claiming the throne of Asgard when Odin entered into his “Odinsleep” hibernation (a time when Odin lay vulnerable while recharging his energy), but outside threats to Asgard such as the vengeful creature of pure hatred, [[Mangog]] and the fire demon [[Surtur]] frightened Loki into surrendering the throne to its rightful ruler. Loki continued his mischief on Earth. He once joined forces with wicked entity [[Dormammu]] of the Dark Dimension to trick the Avengers and another team of super-heroes, the Defenders, into assembling the mystical Evil Eye for them, but the combined heroes ultimately defeated them both. Loki even unleashed a direct assault upon Earth once, but Thor helped lead Earth’s ground forces against his half-brother’s army and defeated him. After Loki usurped the throne of Asgard yet again, he was punished by Odin and banished to Earth in the form of a vagrant.
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[[image: LokiInline4.jpg|thumb|left]]When Surtur prepared to wage war on Asgard in order to complete the forging of his sword [[Twilight (Odin sword)|Twilight]], he had the dark elf [[Malekith]] see that Loki remained out of the conflict by signing a non-aggression pact. However, Loki did not honor his agreement and stood alongside Thor and Odin in Asgard's defense. Odin seemingly sacrificed himself to imprison Surtur, and the realm was left without a ruler. Loki began his machinations to be named as the new ruler of Asgard. As part of his plans he magically transformed Thor into a frog, using power drawn from Surtur's abandoned sword. But Thor was returned to his normal form when the Asgardian [[Volstagg]] destroyed the engine draining power from the sword. Loki was unable to prevent the ascension of Balder to the Asgardian throne after Thor refused the throne himself.
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==Racing towards Ragnarok==
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[[image:MikeFichera--Loki-Ragnarok-attempt.jpg|left|200px]]Loki regained his identity due the presence of a journalist named Harris Hobbs who had been to Asgard but had the memory removed by Thor. After he returned from his fantastic journey, Hobbs dreamed of Asgard in his sleep. These dreams reached Loki, restoring him to normal. Knowing of a prediction that Ragnarok would begin with Balder being shot with an arrow of mistletoe, Loki attempted to set the destructive event in motion when he arranged for [[Hoder]] to shoot such an arrow at Balder. Loki also caused the mortal [[Norvell,_Roger|Roger “Red” Norvell]] to gain powers similar to Thor’s. Red defeated Thor in combat, taking Mjolnir from him. Admitting his treachery, Loki was caught and sentenced to the Place of Judgment where he was chained while a serpent dripped venom on his face. Escaping, he and his daughter [[Hela]] led the Forces of Darkness, an army of giants, trolls, and demons with Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, to attack Asgard. Once Hela realized the Ragnarok prophecies were not being fulfilled, as the Midgard Serpent killed Red instead of Thor, she summoned the Forces of Darkness to retreat. Odin preserved Bald`er’s body and eventually revived him. Knowing Thor’s death was tied to the prophecy of Ragnarok, Odin secretly allowed Red’s empowerment to position him to die in Thor’s place, foiling the attempt at causing the cataclysm. Loki was left manacled to his wife [[Sigyn]] as punishment, but he finally obtained release by blaming Odin himself for his problems, claiming that Odin’s favoritism towards Thor was the root of all his misdeeds.
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After Thor rescued mortal souls from the realm of Hel, Hela laid a curse upon him so that he could not die, but also would not heal from injuries. Learning what his daughter had done, Loki amused himself by sending frost giants, the Midgard Serpent and the Destroyer against Thor. Although Thor's physical body was reduced to paste, his spirit took over the Destroyer armor and forced Hela to undo her curse. Thor broke Loki's arm for his part in the events, knowing that Loki could heal the injury easily.
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==Demons, Elves, and Frogs==
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Meanwhile, the fire demon Surtur also schemed to bring about Ragnarok through igniting his sword “Twilight” in Asgard’s Eternal Flame of Destruction. Surtur ordered his ally [[Malekith|Malekith the Accursed]], ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, to make sure that Loki remained out of the conflict by signing a non-aggression pact. However, Loki did not honor his agreement and stood alongside Thor and Odin in Asgard’s defense. Odin seemingly sacrificed himself to imprison Surtur, and the realm was left without a ruler. Loki attempted to claim the throne himself, but the populace did not trust him. As part of a scheme to prevent Thor from claiming the throne, he cast a spell which turned his brother into a frog, but still possessing the might of Mjolnir, the “frog of thunder” forced Loki to undo his magic.  
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When [[Seth]] of the Heliopians (or Ennead, the Gods of Egypt) led his Demons of Death into conflict with Asgard, Loki refused an alliance with him, and in his astral form discovered that Seth was holding Odin prisoner within the Black Pyramid, the source of Seth's power. Loki secretly helped Thor rescue their father, and Odin repulsed Seth's invasion. Still smarting from the success of the Avengers, Loki concocted a scheme for the enemies of all super-heroes to obtain their revenge. During this "[[Acts of Vengeance]]" conspiracy, Loki appeared to [[Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)|Doctor Doom]], the [[Kingpin]], [[Magneto (Magnus)|Magneto]], the [[Mandarin]], the [[Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)|Red Skull]], and the [[Wizard]] as an anonymous lackey, offering them the power to manipulate Earth's super-villains into conflicts with the heroes who would be unprepared to unfamiliar adversaries. Each of the six "prime movers" was led to believe that he was the one arranging the scheme. Loki's plot was finally uncovered by Thor, and he was defeated. As a final act of vengeance, he merged three [[Sentinels|Sentinel robots]] into the powerful [[Tri-Sentinel]], but it was defeated by [[Spider-Man (Peter Parker)|Spider-Man]], who used the Uni-Power as [[Captain Universe]] to face this threat.
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Sometime later, Thor rescued mortal souls trapped by Hela in her realm of Hel. In retaliation, Hela laid a curse upon him so that he could not die, but also would not heal from injuries. Learning what his daughter had done, Loki amused himself by sending frost giants, the Midgard Serpent and the [[Destroyer (construct)|Destroyer]] (magical animated indestructible armor) against Thor. Although Thor’s physical body was reduced to paste, his spirit took over the Destroyer armor and forced Hela to undo her curse. Thor broke Loki’s arm for his part in the events, knowing that Loki could easily heal the injury.
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Loki assumed the guise of a businessman on Earth, and enlisted [[Ulik]] the rock troll and Amora to aid him in a new plot against Thor, collecting the powers of the [[Wrecking Crew]] along the way to aid them. At this time, Thor was bound to the mortal [[Thunderstrike|Eric Masterson]] so Loki had Eric's son Kevin captured. Thor set Kevin free, but as an act of spite, Loki hurled a blast of energy at Kevin and his mother Marcy. Amora, now acting against Loki, took control of Kevin's babysitter Susan Austin and had her take the blast for Kevin and Marcy. Thor was so furious with this attack that he used Mjolnir to draw Loki's life force from his body, seemingly killing him. As punishment, Thor was banished into the sub consciousness of Eric, and Eric took the place of Thor.
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Loki wasn’t purely an enemy against his own people. When [[Seth]] of the Ennead (Gods of Egypt) led his Demons of Death into conflict with Asgard, Loki refused an alliance with him, and in his spirit form discovered that Seth was holding Odin prisoner within the [[Black Pyramid]], the source of Seth’s power. Loki secretly helped Thor rescue their father, and Odin repulsed Seth’s invasion.
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However, Loki's consciousness had taken over the body of Odin while he was in Odinsleep, and through him took command of Asgard. Eric and Sif eventually found Odin's spirit within the demon Mephisto's realm, and they restored Odin to his body while [[Mephisto]] claimed Loki instead. Although he was now a prisoner in Hell, Loki's spirit continued to wander when Mephisto was distracted. he once schemed with Pluto of Olympus to trade enemies, with Loki arranging the death of [[Hercules (Heracles)|Hercules]] while [[Pluto]] plotted Thor's demise. Loki enlisted the titan Typhon against Hercules, but he failed, and Loki's own minion the Flame aided Pluto, but Loki himself had to save Thor form the Flame when he threatened Sigyn. Loki once imparted some of his power (via a mystical dagger) to Knut Caine, a mad killer who patterned himself after Loki and called himself "Mad Viking." Caine began to create a pseudo-Asgard on Earth, but was defeated by the Hulk, Henry Pym, and the Wasp. The Hulk hurled the dagger into the ocean to prevent it from possessing someone else.
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==Trading Places==
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Still smarting from the success of the Avengers, Loki concocted a scheme for the enemies of all super-heroes to obtain their revenge. During this “Acts of Vengeance” conspiracy, Loki appeared to [[Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)|Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom)]], the [[Kingpin|Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)]], [[Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)]], the [[Mandarin]], the [[Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)]], and the [[Wizard]] as an anonymous lackey, offering them the power to manipulate Earth’s super-villains into conflicts with heroes who would be unprepared for unfamiliar adversaries. Each of the six “prime movers” was led to believe that he was the one arranging the scheme. Loki’s plot was finally uncovered by Thor, and he was defeated. As a final act of vengeance, he merged three mutant-hunting Sentinel robots into the powerful [[Tri-Sentinel]], but it was defeated by [[Spider-Man (Peter Parker)]], who was granted the phenomenal “Uni-Power” and thereby becoming [[Captain Universe]] to face this threat.
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Loki finally escaped Mephisto's realm when Thor reluctantly enlisted him to aid him against the New Immortals. However, Loki's physical form no longer existed, and he had Sigyn temporarily bond him to a suit of armor. He continued to trouble Thor, as well as Eric Masterson (now the hero Thunderstrike), possessing [[War Machine (James Rhodes)|War Machine]] (Jim Rhodes in alternate Iron Man armor) to attack Thor. Loki finally struck a bargain with Seth to have him genetically engineer a new body, and his spirit took possession of it. He sought revenge on Thunderstrike, but when War Machine, [[She-Hulk]] and [[Ant-Man (Scott Lang)]] were drawn into the fray, he was instantly reminded of the Avengers and ended the fight.
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Loki assumed the guise of a businessman on Earth, and enlisted Ulik the rock troll and the manipulative Amora the Enchantress to aid him in a new plot against Thor, collecting the powers of the criminal band, the [[Wrecking Crew]], along the way to aid them. At this time, Thor was bound to the mortal [[Thunderstrike|Eric Masterson]], so Loki had Eric’s son Kevin captured. Thor set Kevin free, but as an act of spite, Loki hurled a blast of energy at Kevin and his mother Marcy. Amora, now acting against Loki, took control of Kevin’s babysitter Susan Austin and had her take the blast for Kevin and Marcy. Thor was so furious with this attack that he used Mjolnir to draw Loki’s life force from his body, seemingly killing him. As punishment for destroying a fellow Asgardian god, Thor was banished into the subconscious mind of Eric, while Eric took the place of Thor.
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[[image: LokiInline2.jpg|thumb|right]]Loki eventually crossed over into the dimension of [[Earth-93060]] (the Ultraverse), where the six [[Infinity Gems]] had been scattered. Loki began to gather the gems together, battling many of the local superhumans ("Ultras") for them. Finally, the [[Grandmaster]] revealed to him that there was a seventh gem, the Ego Gem, and they pitted the local heroes [[Ultraforce (Earth-93060)|Ultraforce]] against the Avengers with the gem as the stakes. However, Loki did not win, and soon lost all six gems, returning to his native reality.
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However, Loki’s consciousness had taken over the body of Odin while he was in Odinsleep, and through him took command of Asgard. Eric and Sif eventually found Odin’s spirit within the realm of the demon [[Mephisto]], and they restored Odin to his body while Mephisto claimed Loki’s spirit instead. Although he was now a prisoner in Hell, Loki’s spirit continued to wander when Mephisto was distracted. He once schemed with [[Pluto]] of Olympus to trade enemies, with Loki arranging the death of the Olympian demi-god, [[Hercules]], while Pluto plotted Thor’s demise. Loki enlisted the titan Typhon against Hercules, but he failed, and Loki’s own minion the Flame aided Pluto, but Loki himself had to save Thor from the Flame when he threatened Sigyn. Loki once imparted some of his power (via a mystical dagger) to Knut Caine, a mad killer who patterned himself after Loki and called himself “Mad Viking.” Caine began to create a pseudo-Asgard on Earth, but was defeated by the Hulk, Henry Pym and the Wasp. The Hulk hurled the dagger into the ocean to prevent it from possessing someone else.
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Attempting to stave off Ragnarok, Odin had allowed the world tree Yggdrasil to think that Ragnarok had already happened, and his the Asgardians on Earth in mortal identities. Loki became the businessman Tso Zhung, with no recollection of his earlier life. He was brought together with the other "Lost Gods" by Red Norvell, and became the first of them to reclaim his true form, confronting Seth, who had taken advantage of the situation to try and eradicate the Asgardians. When the other Asgardians regained their true identities, they defeated Seth.
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==A New Body for New Enemies==
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Loki finally escaped Mephisto’s realm when Thor reluctantly enlisted him to aid him against the New Immortals (beings genetically created by the High Evolutionary using genetic material obtained from Thor). However, Loki’s physical form no longer existed, and he had Sigyn temporarily bond him to a suit of armor. He continued to trouble Thor, as well as Eric Masterson (now the hero Thunderstrike), possessing armored hero War Machine (former Iron Man Jim Rhodes) to attack Thor. Loki finally struck a bargain with Seth to have him genetically engineer a new body, and his spirit took possession of it. He sought revenge on Thunderstrike, but when [[War Machine]], [[She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)]] and [[Ant-Man (Scott Lang)]] were drawn into the fray, he was instantly reminded of the Avengers and ended the fight.
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Thor's most recent mortal identity, Jake Olson, was that of a paramedic slain during a battle, and Thor took on the man's appearance as a new secret identity. Loki reanimated the true Olson's body and began committing crimes so that Thor would be suspected, but Thor eventually bound the true Jake Olson to himself and Loki was trapped in a body identical to Olson, which was named "Loren Olson," Jake's twin brother, who was sent to prison for his crimes.
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Loki eventually crossed over into the dimension called the “Ultraverse” (or Earth-93060 ), where the six ultra-powerful Infinity Gems had been scattered. Loki began to gather the gems together, battling many of the local superhumans (“Ultras”) for them. Finally, the [[Grandmaster]] (an Elder of the Universe) revealed to him that there was a seventh gem, the Ego Gem, and they pitted the local heroes Ultraforce against the Avengers with the gem as the stakes. However, Loki did not win, and soon lost all six gems, returning to his native reality.
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Karnilla released Loki from prison not long before Odin faced Surtur in battle once again, and this time Odin was truly slain. Thor ascended to the throne of Asgard, and Loki found himself surprisingly content under his rule, seeing new opportunities for power, and genuinely pleased as Thor began to impose Asgardian values on the Earth.  
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==A Lost God==
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Attempting to stave off Ragnarok, Odin had allowed the “world tree” Yggdrasil (which connects the nine realms of Asgard together) to think that Ragnarok had already happened, and hid the Asgardians on Earth in mortal identities as the “Lost Gods.” Loki became the businessman Tso Zhung, with no recollection of his earlier life. He was brought together with the other Lost Gods by the revived Red Norvell, and became the first of them to reclaim his true form, confronting Seth, who had taken advantage of the situation to try and eradicate the Asgardians. When the other Asgardians regained their true identities, they defeated Seth. Thor’s most recent mortal identity, Jake Olson, was that of a paramedic slain during a battle, and Thor took on the man’s appearance as a new secret identity. Loki reanimated the true Olson’s body and began committing crimes so that Thor would be suspected, but Thor eventually bound the true Jake Olson to himself and Loki was trapped in a body identical to Olson, which was named “Loren Olson,” Jake’s twin brother, who was sent to prison for his crimes.
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[[image: LokiInline5.jpg|thumb|left]]Loki finally attempted to start [[Ragnarok]] again wielding an uru hammer of his own. However, this time Thor allowed him to play the events out to their conclusion, having realized that Asgard was caught in a repeating time loop of death and rebirth, denying them a true warrior’s death. Thor decapitated Loki, and kept his still-living head with him as he permitted Surtur to unleash the final assault on Asgard. Thor then confronted [[They Who Sit Above In Shadow]], the powers responsible for repeating Ragnaroks, and he saw to their destruction. Loki was apparently consumed in the destruction of Asgard alongside his brother. Loki has been reborn as a woman.
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==Under His Brother’s Reign==
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Karnilla released Loki from prison not long before Odin faced Surtur in battle once again. This time, Odin was truly slain. Thor ascended to the throne of Asgard, and Loki found himself surprisingly content under his rule, seeing new opportunities for power, and genuinely pleased as Thor began to impose Asgardian values on Earth. However, Thor eventually withdrew from Earth after learning of an alternate future reality (named Earth-3515) wherein he became a despot, and he and Loki were left at odds once more.  
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==Permission for Destruction==
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[[image: LokiInline5.jpg|thumb|left]]Now wielding a powerful uru hammer of his own, Loki once again set into motion events to start Ragnarok. However, this time Thor allowed him to play the events out to their conclusion, having realized that Asgard was caught in a repeating loop of death and rebirth, denying his people true warriors’ deaths. Thor decapitated Loki, and kept his still-living head with him as he permitted Surtur to unleash the final assault on Asgard. Thor then confronted the mighty beings called [[Those_Who_Sit_Above_In_Shadow|Those Who Sit Above in Shadow]], the powers responsible for the repeating the Ragnarok cycle throughout history for their own benefit, and he saw to their destruction. Loki was apparently consumed in the destruction of Asgard alongside his brother.
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In actuality, Loki stole the body of Sif as to prevent her resurrection until a time of his choosing. The God of mischief quickly resumed where he left off, wasting no time in committing foul deeds whenever the results would benefit his personal vendetta against his hated half-brother. He underhandedly caused the death of Thor's grandfather, [[Bor]], ensuring Thor would be blamed and banished from the Golden Realm. He mislead Balder into forming an alliance with Doctor Doom which led to several Asgardian deaths in Doom's quest for immortality. Loki deceived a founding member of the Avengers to reform a team while assuming the guise of the [[Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)|Scarlet Witch]] only to be discovered by [[Stature]] and forced out of the [[Infinite Avengers Mansion]] by the [[Young Avengers]] and [[Ronin (Clint Barton)|Ronin]]. In his latest scheme of revenge on all Asgard itself, Loki manipulated [[Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)|Norman Osborn]] to use his resources, as head of [[H.A.M.M.E.R.]], to attack the city with extreme prejudice. The resulting siege of Asgard ended with the destruction of Loki's home and the return of the [[Void]].
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==Loki Looks Like a Lady==
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[[image:MikeFichera--Loki-Female.jpg|left|thumb|Loki in Sif's form]]However, after Thor broke the Ragnarok cycle, the souls of all Asgardians were hidden within mortals on Earth. At some point, Loki took possession of Sif’s body, transferring her spirit into that of an elderly woman. Balder, whose spirit was within the Destroyer armor, gathered numerous Asgardians, including Loki, to protect themselves. Through the “Odinpower” he inherited from his father, Thor restored Asgard on Earth in Broxton, Oklahoma where he discovered and restored the Asgardians gathered by Balder. To all, Loki appeared to be simply reborn as a woman, as the possession of Sif was not apparent. While feigning a new benevolence, Loki wasted no time in causing unrest by revealing to Balder that he is a son of Odin, sowing seeds of tension between Balder and Thor for the right to rule. Afterwards, Loki traveled through time, killed Odin’s father Bor and manipulated his younger self and father to arrange events to be adopted by Odin as a child. During an invasion of Earth by the shape-changing alien Skrulls, many of whom impersonated super-heroes, Loki falsely convinced the other Asgardians that the alien [[Beta Ray Bill]] was a Skrull impostor. Thor learned of Sif’s fate and restored her, returning Loki into his male form. Loki then misled Balder into forming an alliance with Doctor Doom which led to several Asgardian deaths in Doom's quest for immortality, as the dictator experimented upon the Asgardians. Facing his own people turned into cyborgs by Doom, Balder led a contingent of Asgardians to storm Doom’s castle. Loki, assuming the guise of former Avenger the [[Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)|Scarlet Witch]], deceived Hank Pym to reform a new Avengers team which he could manipulate, but was discovered by giant-sized hero [[Stature]] (Cassie Lang) and expelled from the team. In his final scheme of revenge on all Asgard itself, Loki manipulated insane criminal mastermind [[Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)|Norman Osborn]] (who had manipulated the government into becoming the head of the peace-keeping force, H.A.M.M.E.R.), to use his resources to attack the Asgard with extreme prejudice. The resulting siege of Asgard ended with the destruction of Loki at the hands of the [[Void]], the wicked alternate-persona, of the heroic [[Sentry (Robert Reynolds)]].  
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Current revision as of 05:05, 22 July 2010

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Loki Laufeyson

Aliases
Scarlet Witch; Gem-Keeper, Walter Lawson, Lester, Loren Olsen, Tyfon, Father Williams, Willie, Tso Zhung, Satan; has also impersonated hundreds of others.

Identity
No dual identity; regarded as a mythological character by the general populace of Earth

Citizenship
Realm of Asgard

Place of Birth
Jotunheim, Asgard

First Appearance
Venus #6 (1949), (modern) Journey into Mystery #85 (1962)

Origin
Journey Into Mystery #112-113 & 115 (1965)

The Asgardian God of Mischief, Madness and Evil! Beware the Treachery of Loki!

Contents

Trouble from the Beginning

Loki is one of several powerful beings from the magical realm of Asgard, who have been worshipped as gods. Odin, once the ruler of the Asgardian gods, led his subjects in a war against their enemy, the frost giants from the land of Jotunheim (one of the nine worlds of Asgard). Laufey, king of the frost giants, was slain in battle and the giants were defeated. Surveying the spoils of war, the Asgardians discovered a small Asgardian god-sized baby hidden at the giants' main fortress. The infant was Loki, whom Laufey had kept hidden due to his shame over his son's diminutive size. Odin remembered his father Bor’s dying words to adopt the son of a father killed by his hands; Odin adopted Loki into his own family, raising Loki like a son along with his biological son, Thor.

In childhood Loki greatly resented the fact that Odin and the other Asgardians favored the young Thor, who already had a nobility of spirit and excelled in all his endeavors. As a boy Loki began studying the arts of sorcery, for which he had a natural affinity. He became infamous for his mischievousness, but secretly resented Thor and the love that Odin lavished upon him. When Odin was preparing his greatest gift for Thor, the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, Loki interfered with its creation, causing its handle to be forged too short. Loki was envious that Thor would one day wield Mjolnir, and over the years repeatedly crafted schemes to make Mjolnir’s power his own.

When Loki and Thor were still young, Thor was attracted to the swordmaiden Sif, who had beautiful gold-colored hair. Loki cut off her hair while she slept, but Thor guessed that Loki was responsible and demanded that he restore it. Loki enlisted the dwarves Brokk and Eitri to forge new hair for her, but as he did not pay them anything, they decided to craft the hair from nothing, making black hair from the night itself. However, Thor still loved Sif, even without her golden hair.

Thor and Loki occasionally adventured together as teenagers, though the competitive Loki always searched for an advantage over his brother. In his youth, he was more apt to aid his Asgardian family. When Loki learned that the sorceress Karnilla (queen of the magical beings called the Norns) was planning an attack on Asgard, he refused an offer to join her and instead alerted his fellow Asgardians to her scheme. Later on, Loki and Karnilla became occasional allies, although her love for the Asgardian Balder (an enemy of Loki) prevented her from aiding Loki in any way that would hurt her beloved.

God of Mischief – God of Evil

As Loki matured into a young man, his antics became more and more pronounced, until Odin finally sent him to jail to learn from his actions. Fed up with Asgard, Loki used his magic to escape his cell, and eventually met Eldred the sorcerer, who increased his training in the black arts. Finally, Loki confronted the 1000-foot tall fire demon Surtur, enemy of the gods from the one of the nine realms of Asgard called Muspelheim, and offered him Eldred’s soul in exchange for power. Surtur accepted, and Loki assumed ownership of Eldred’s lands and minions. His foray into the black arts earned him the title of “god of evil” among the Asgardians, and he forged alliances with many of the realm’s enemies. Loki mated with the goddess Angerboda, who bore him the monstrous offspring Jormungand (the Midgard Serpent) and the Fenris Wolf, as well as Hela, the goddess of death. Loki also tricked the goddess Sigyn into marrying him by posing as her true love, Theoric.

Loki eventually learned of the prophecies of Ragnarok, a cataclysmic event in which he was fated to bring about Asgard’s ruin by slaying Balder, then leading the enemies of Asgard into final battle. Loki ultimately embraced this destiny, and sought the means to bring about Ragnarok on more than one occasion. However, Loki usually crafted his schemes so subtly that Odin and Thor could rarely justify punishing him, and Loki would continue to live in their midst, awaiting his next opportunity.

In recent years, Loki finally obtained an advantage over his half-brother when Odin sentenced Thor to Earth in the guise of Dr. Donald Blake, a medical practitioner who would transform into Thor using Mjolnir. Loki sought victory over his brother by exploiting Blake’s human weakness, and employed many pawns against him on Earth, including Jinku the Lava Man, the Weather Maker, Sandu, Amora the Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, Skagg, Surtur, Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Mr. Hyde, the Absorbing Man, and the Super-Skrull (Kl’rt). In one attempt to trick Thor into battling the monstrous Hulk (Bruce Banner), Loki diverted a distress call intended for the Fantastic Four to Dr. Blake’s office, but it was also intercepted by the Wasp, Yellowjacket (Henry Pym), and the armored adventurer Iron Man (Tony Stark). When the four heroes learned of Loki’s involvement and banded together with the Hulk to defeat him, they decided to form a team of heroes to face future threats, calling themselves the Avengers. Loki long regretted having caused their formation.

Coveting his Father’s Throne

Loki made several attempts at claiming the throne of Asgard when Odin entered into his “Odinsleep” hibernation (a time when Odin lay vulnerable while recharging his energy), but outside threats to Asgard such as the vengeful creature of pure hatred, Mangog and the fire demon Surtur frightened Loki into surrendering the throne to its rightful ruler. Loki continued his mischief on Earth. He once joined forces with wicked entity Dormammu of the Dark Dimension to trick the Avengers and another team of super-heroes, the Defenders, into assembling the mystical Evil Eye for them, but the combined heroes ultimately defeated them both. Loki even unleashed a direct assault upon Earth once, but Thor helped lead Earth’s ground forces against his half-brother’s army and defeated him. After Loki usurped the throne of Asgard yet again, he was punished by Odin and banished to Earth in the form of a vagrant.

Racing towards Ragnarok

Loki regained his identity due the presence of a journalist named Harris Hobbs who had been to Asgard but had the memory removed by Thor. After he returned from his fantastic journey, Hobbs dreamed of Asgard in his sleep. These dreams reached Loki, restoring him to normal. Knowing of a prediction that Ragnarok would begin with Balder being shot with an arrow of mistletoe, Loki attempted to set the destructive event in motion when he arranged for Hoder to shoot such an arrow at Balder. Loki also caused the mortal Roger “Red” Norvell to gain powers similar to Thor’s. Red defeated Thor in combat, taking Mjolnir from him. Admitting his treachery, Loki was caught and sentenced to the Place of Judgment where he was chained while a serpent dripped venom on his face. Escaping, he and his daughter Hela led the Forces of Darkness, an army of giants, trolls, and demons with Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, to attack Asgard. Once Hela realized the Ragnarok prophecies were not being fulfilled, as the Midgard Serpent killed Red instead of Thor, she summoned the Forces of Darkness to retreat. Odin preserved Bald`er’s body and eventually revived him. Knowing Thor’s death was tied to the prophecy of Ragnarok, Odin secretly allowed Red’s empowerment to position him to die in Thor’s place, foiling the attempt at causing the cataclysm. Loki was left manacled to his wife Sigyn as punishment, but he finally obtained release by blaming Odin himself for his problems, claiming that Odin’s favoritism towards Thor was the root of all his misdeeds.

Demons, Elves, and Frogs

Meanwhile, the fire demon Surtur also schemed to bring about Ragnarok through igniting his sword “Twilight” in Asgard’s Eternal Flame of Destruction. Surtur ordered his ally Malekith the Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, to make sure that Loki remained out of the conflict by signing a non-aggression pact. However, Loki did not honor his agreement and stood alongside Thor and Odin in Asgard’s defense. Odin seemingly sacrificed himself to imprison Surtur, and the realm was left without a ruler. Loki attempted to claim the throne himself, but the populace did not trust him. As part of a scheme to prevent Thor from claiming the throne, he cast a spell which turned his brother into a frog, but still possessing the might of Mjolnir, the “frog of thunder” forced Loki to undo his magic.

Sometime later, Thor rescued mortal souls trapped by Hela in her realm of Hel. In retaliation, Hela laid a curse upon him so that he could not die, but also would not heal from injuries. Learning what his daughter had done, Loki amused himself by sending frost giants, the Midgard Serpent and the Destroyer (magical animated indestructible armor) against Thor. Although Thor’s physical body was reduced to paste, his spirit took over the Destroyer armor and forced Hela to undo her curse. Thor broke Loki’s arm for his part in the events, knowing that Loki could easily heal the injury.

Loki wasn’t purely an enemy against his own people. When Seth of the Ennead (Gods of Egypt) led his Demons of Death into conflict with Asgard, Loki refused an alliance with him, and in his spirit form discovered that Seth was holding Odin prisoner within the Black Pyramid, the source of Seth’s power. Loki secretly helped Thor rescue their father, and Odin repulsed Seth’s invasion.

Trading Places

Still smarting from the success of the Avengers, Loki concocted a scheme for the enemies of all super-heroes to obtain their revenge. During this “Acts of Vengeance” conspiracy, Loki appeared to Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom), the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), the Mandarin, the Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), and the Wizard as an anonymous lackey, offering them the power to manipulate Earth’s super-villains into conflicts with heroes who would be unprepared for unfamiliar adversaries. Each of the six “prime movers” was led to believe that he was the one arranging the scheme. Loki’s plot was finally uncovered by Thor, and he was defeated. As a final act of vengeance, he merged three mutant-hunting Sentinel robots into the powerful Tri-Sentinel, but it was defeated by Spider-Man (Peter Parker), who was granted the phenomenal “Uni-Power” and thereby becoming Captain Universe to face this threat.

Loki assumed the guise of a businessman on Earth, and enlisted Ulik the rock troll and the manipulative Amora the Enchantress to aid him in a new plot against Thor, collecting the powers of the criminal band, the Wrecking Crew, along the way to aid them. At this time, Thor was bound to the mortal Eric Masterson, so Loki had Eric’s son Kevin captured. Thor set Kevin free, but as an act of spite, Loki hurled a blast of energy at Kevin and his mother Marcy. Amora, now acting against Loki, took control of Kevin’s babysitter Susan Austin and had her take the blast for Kevin and Marcy. Thor was so furious with this attack that he used Mjolnir to draw Loki’s life force from his body, seemingly killing him. As punishment for destroying a fellow Asgardian god, Thor was banished into the subconscious mind of Eric, while Eric took the place of Thor.

However, Loki’s consciousness had taken over the body of Odin while he was in Odinsleep, and through him took command of Asgard. Eric and Sif eventually found Odin’s spirit within the realm of the demon Mephisto, and they restored Odin to his body while Mephisto claimed Loki’s spirit instead. Although he was now a prisoner in Hell, Loki’s spirit continued to wander when Mephisto was distracted. He once schemed with Pluto of Olympus to trade enemies, with Loki arranging the death of the Olympian demi-god, Hercules, while Pluto plotted Thor’s demise. Loki enlisted the titan Typhon against Hercules, but he failed, and Loki’s own minion the Flame aided Pluto, but Loki himself had to save Thor from the Flame when he threatened Sigyn. Loki once imparted some of his power (via a mystical dagger) to Knut Caine, a mad killer who patterned himself after Loki and called himself “Mad Viking.” Caine began to create a pseudo-Asgard on Earth, but was defeated by the Hulk, Henry Pym and the Wasp. The Hulk hurled the dagger into the ocean to prevent it from possessing someone else.

A New Body for New Enemies

Loki finally escaped Mephisto’s realm when Thor reluctantly enlisted him to aid him against the New Immortals (beings genetically created by the High Evolutionary using genetic material obtained from Thor). However, Loki’s physical form no longer existed, and he had Sigyn temporarily bond him to a suit of armor. He continued to trouble Thor, as well as Eric Masterson (now the hero Thunderstrike), possessing armored hero War Machine (former Iron Man Jim Rhodes) to attack Thor. Loki finally struck a bargain with Seth to have him genetically engineer a new body, and his spirit took possession of it. He sought revenge on Thunderstrike, but when War Machine, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) and Ant-Man (Scott Lang) were drawn into the fray, he was instantly reminded of the Avengers and ended the fight.

Loki eventually crossed over into the dimension called the “Ultraverse” (or Earth-93060 ), where the six ultra-powerful Infinity Gems had been scattered. Loki began to gather the gems together, battling many of the local superhumans (“Ultras”) for them. Finally, the Grandmaster (an Elder of the Universe) revealed to him that there was a seventh gem, the Ego Gem, and they pitted the local heroes Ultraforce against the Avengers with the gem as the stakes. However, Loki did not win, and soon lost all six gems, returning to his native reality.

A Lost God

Attempting to stave off Ragnarok, Odin had allowed the “world tree” Yggdrasil (which connects the nine realms of Asgard together) to think that Ragnarok had already happened, and hid the Asgardians on Earth in mortal identities as the “Lost Gods.” Loki became the businessman Tso Zhung, with no recollection of his earlier life. He was brought together with the other Lost Gods by the revived Red Norvell, and became the first of them to reclaim his true form, confronting Seth, who had taken advantage of the situation to try and eradicate the Asgardians. When the other Asgardians regained their true identities, they defeated Seth. Thor’s most recent mortal identity, Jake Olson, was that of a paramedic slain during a battle, and Thor took on the man’s appearance as a new secret identity. Loki reanimated the true Olson’s body and began committing crimes so that Thor would be suspected, but Thor eventually bound the true Jake Olson to himself and Loki was trapped in a body identical to Olson, which was named “Loren Olson,” Jake’s twin brother, who was sent to prison for his crimes.

Under His Brother’s Reign

Karnilla released Loki from prison not long before Odin faced Surtur in battle once again. This time, Odin was truly slain. Thor ascended to the throne of Asgard, and Loki found himself surprisingly content under his rule, seeing new opportunities for power, and genuinely pleased as Thor began to impose Asgardian values on Earth. However, Thor eventually withdrew from Earth after learning of an alternate future reality (named Earth-3515) wherein he became a despot, and he and Loki were left at odds once more.

Permission for Destruction

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Now wielding a powerful uru hammer of his own, Loki once again set into motion events to start Ragnarok. However, this time Thor allowed him to play the events out to their conclusion, having realized that Asgard was caught in a repeating loop of death and rebirth, denying his people true warriors’ deaths. Thor decapitated Loki, and kept his still-living head with him as he permitted Surtur to unleash the final assault on Asgard. Thor then confronted the mighty beings called Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, the powers responsible for the repeating the Ragnarok cycle throughout history for their own benefit, and he saw to their destruction. Loki was apparently consumed in the destruction of Asgard alongside his brother.

Loki Looks Like a Lady

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Loki in Sif's form
However, after Thor broke the Ragnarok cycle, the souls of all Asgardians were hidden within mortals on Earth. At some point, Loki took possession of Sif’s body, transferring her spirit into that of an elderly woman. Balder, whose spirit was within the Destroyer armor, gathered numerous Asgardians, including Loki, to protect themselves. Through the “Odinpower” he inherited from his father, Thor restored Asgard on Earth in Broxton, Oklahoma where he discovered and restored the Asgardians gathered by Balder. To all, Loki appeared to be simply reborn as a woman, as the possession of Sif was not apparent. While feigning a new benevolence, Loki wasted no time in causing unrest by revealing to Balder that he is a son of Odin, sowing seeds of tension between Balder and Thor for the right to rule. Afterwards, Loki traveled through time, killed Odin’s father Bor and manipulated his younger self and father to arrange events to be adopted by Odin as a child. During an invasion of Earth by the shape-changing alien Skrulls, many of whom impersonated super-heroes, Loki falsely convinced the other Asgardians that the alien Beta Ray Bill was a Skrull impostor. Thor learned of Sif’s fate and restored her, returning Loki into his male form. Loki then misled Balder into forming an alliance with Doctor Doom which led to several Asgardian deaths in Doom's quest for immortality, as the dictator experimented upon the Asgardians. Facing his own people turned into cyborgs by Doom, Balder led a contingent of Asgardians to storm Doom’s castle. Loki, assuming the guise of former Avenger the Scarlet Witch, deceived Hank Pym to reform a new Avengers team which he could manipulate, but was discovered by giant-sized hero Stature (Cassie Lang) and expelled from the team. In his final scheme of revenge on all Asgard itself, Loki manipulated insane criminal mastermind Norman Osborn (who had manipulated the government into becoming the head of the peace-keeping force, H.A.M.M.E.R.), to use his resources to attack the Asgard with extreme prejudice. The resulting siege of Asgard ended with the destruction of Loki at the hands of the Void, the wicked alternate-persona, of the heroic Sentry (Robert Reynolds).



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