If comic books can start their series with – “Issue # ½” – then so can I! Except, I’m not beginning a comic series; I’m beginning a series of posts. Only four – so don’t get your panties in a bunch. 😉
Okay. So, I recently saw “The Avengers”. Loved it! But that’s not what this post is about. Well, not exactly. Okay, maybe a little, but we’ll get to that.
In both “The Avengers” and “Thor”, the character Loki intrigued me. This got me to thinking (always dangerous). This is the aftermath of said thoughts…
There are tons of different tricksters in mythology, according to different peoples.
- Spider – Lakota
- Crow – Aboriginal Australian
- Rabbit – Cherokee
- Raven – Alaskan
- Kupua – Hawaiian
…and so on and so forth. I could go on for a while, here – seriously – Google it! However, I’m going to stick with four of the more prominent ones. They would be:
- Loki – Norse
- Coyote – Pomo and Miwok
- Kitsune [Fox] – Japanese
- Puka [or Pooka] – Celtic
Four different posts will now follow. One on each of the above Tricksters in mythology. They’ll be interspersed with other posts, so as not to wear you out on one subject. Even though it’s not really one subject. Just a bunch of different spider webs that combine to feed one spider.
Now, how did a psychotic character like Loki intrigue me, you ask?
This would bring us to the movies “Thor” and “The Avengers”, more so “Thor”. In the beginning of “Thor”, Loki is shown as mischievous. Not evil. His brother, Thor is depicted as an arrogant jerk who doesn’t treat Loki as his equal. After all, in the end of “Thor”, while Major Mental Breakdown on isle Loki was taking place, he did express, albeit quite violently, that all he ever wanted was to be Thor’s equal. By the end of the movie, Thor has learned his lesson, been humbled and realized his mistakes. Bringing him to become a better person.
Loki, on the other hand, hasn’t made that moral jump yet. He has lived his whole life with Thor treating him as if he were lesser. That’s all he’s got. Also, he’s just come to the realization that he’s not truly Thor’s brother. Or Odin’s son. He’s a frost giant; a monster hated and feared by Asgardians. Odin destroyed their attempt to murder all of humanity. They are lesser. These really aren’t issues that Loki’s fragile, acceptance and respect seeking mind needed at the time.
I’m really not sure what intrigues me so about Loki. I’m not too good at putting things like this into words. But for those of you who cannot read minds, I’ll try.
Maybe it’s his troubled state. He’s a character with some redeemability (Hawkeye was originally a villain – and how many of you totally love his character?). Loki’s whole purpose for going postal is needing approval and he has a kind of emotional heartbreak beneath all of the crazed, power hungry, anger. His complexity is intriguing. He has a sense of not belonging anywhere, being unloved, and utter abandonment. He’s majorly damaged.
Besides, he’s the god of mischief and chaos. I can’t help but like that.
But, then you know, he went crazy fascist and tried to get respect incorrectly; through the misuse of power.
I also happen to think Loki is a moron. Even a little kid knows world domination never works! Have you ever seen an episode of the Power Puff Girls? I think Loki’s arrogance and self-serving demeanor are his greatest weakness – and obviously, character flaws. He talks about humans like our species is lesser, yet he hasn’t figured out a simple but key lesson that most of us already know. I think the Hulk should have thrown him around a bit longer. 😉
Arrogance always contains the seeds of its own undoing. ~Unknown
Still, I can’t help but wonder if he would have turned out differently if different circumstances were to have arisen. What if Thor hadn’t been the way he was? Would Loki have turned out better?
But what really irks me here, is the fact that Odin didn’t tell him what species he was from the beginning. That’s bloody damaging! Tell people the truth right off the bat. Telling Loki the truth when he was younger would have probably saved him a whole psychosis spat. It would have given him the acceptance he needed. He also needed it for his own self acceptance; which he lost once he realized he was the bastard son of the leader of the very monsters Odin’s species so loathed. And everyone knows that you can’t deal with ANYTHING until you have dealt with yourself and figured out who you are and where you stand.
Overall, I think it’s the depth of Loki. The vulnerability that he hides with bitter anger. The tragedy of his soul. His complexity. Redeemability. How damaged and in pain he is. You just wanna hug him. And shake him – but hey. Everyone’s got their little issues. He just happened to have access to different planets and inhuman powers.
I think I just told you that damaged people intrigue me. Greeeeeat. Take this as you will. Just remember that I’m also a multi-faceted individual, k?