Loki was my first love in the MCU, so excuse me if any of this sounds a little biased. While the Thor franchise has not been the most popular within the Cinematic Universe, I think it is fair to say that Loki has carried a lot of its burden. Any fan will admit that Marvel falls short when it comes to creating memorable villains. Loki may not be the most intimidating villain, but there's a reason his character keeps being brought back.

Loki has always been one where his loyalties are constantly questioned.

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Even when he is first introduced to us as a soft spoken prince of Asgard, subtle glances from the camera give us room to wonder about him.

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I will be the first to admit that I don't love much outside of Loki in the first Thor movie (and the second one for that matter), and while Loki has never truly been innocent, I can pinpoint the exact moment everything inside him seemed to crack.

One of my favorite things about Loki is how all of his emotion goes into his voice, and in the later films he carries his power there too.

Almost all of my favorite Loki moments involve an amplification of his voice. As his character develops, you notice more and more arrogance and confidence radiating off of him- and in moments when he's especially sure of himself, or his cause, his voice is hard. *swoon*

Example Time!

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- "You know it all makes Sense now, why you favored Thor all these years!" - Thor, after Odin tells him he's the spawn of a frost giant. My heart cracks in sync with his voice every time.

- "The Son of Odin"- Thor The Dark World, Loki mocks Thor about Jane dying.

- "I'm not your brother. I never was." - Thor

AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT:

"I never wanted the throne! All I ever wanted was to be your equal!"

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this is a lie

Like yes, you can tell me that Loki has done some horrible things, and I won't disagree with you, but Odin was an awful creature that probably mistreated Loki in more ways than one.

And Thor fed into the inequality!

Example time again!

1) WHEN LOKI IS TRYING TO TALK THOR INTO LEAVING JOTUNHEIM THOR TELLS LOKI TO "know his place"

LIKE NAH

2) Sif admits that Loki has always been jealous of Thor.

"Lost in the Shadow of a Golden Sun, Suffer the Lies of a Silver Tongue"

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Loki's motive for being a villain might be cliche but I think we can all relate to reaching a snapping point after being continuously taken advantage of. Loki's just on an entirely different scale.

It isn't just envy that drives Loki, its pure hatred for Odin and resentment of Thor, because I think it's safe to say that Thor never bothered to notice the discrepancies between them.

Loki's inferiority complex was only amplified into megalomania after Odin wasn't around anymore to suppress it. And above all Loki is the God of Mischief, and mischief thrives in chaos. He just doesn't have to live in the shadows anymore.

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I've loved this character for so long and I hope we don't have to say goodbye to him in Infinity War.

I've always seen Loki as extremely complex and, if I'm being honest, I've always enjoyed his dark side more than the side that's still loyal to his brother. I kind of wish Ragnarok had dove back into his dark potential, but I get the whole "make them think he's getting a redemption arc".

I'd love to see him reach his full and tragic potential alongside Thanos, only because I think that's the only way he'd meet that potential, rather than on his own.

But unfortunately I don't think Marvel will ever seem him as anything but flighty and flamboyant, and I'm hoping if we do have to lose him, that he gets to make peace with his brother.

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