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I've seen a lot of you writing stories and drawing pictures about Loki, and are unsure if your version of Loki is accurate to the movie's portrayal of him. So to help you guys out, I'm going to give you a brief outline of his character using my own character analysis method, starting from his most obvious attributes to those that can be associated with someone like him.
Here's how it goes:
I present something that Loki does quite often (such as looking down on others). Then I present the reason that he does this (he's always been looked down to). Lastly, I give the solution HE used to solve this (to see himself as above, if not equal, to others).

Get the idea? Alright. Let's start with the obvious ones.


- Caused By: lack of attention in his childhood
- Solution: commits reckless and risky acts to gain it

- Caused By: being overlooked in his childhood
- Solution: gain power and respect to prove his worthiness

- Caused By: his emotional needs not being met when he was younger
- Solution: bottling up his emotions and detaching himself from others

- Caused By: identifying himself as a monster; feelings of betrayal from his false family; never seen to have emotion; receiving little to no sympathy
- Solution: creating an emotional wall to protect himself; inflicting pain to show his power and strength

- Caused By: being overlooked as a child; never taken seriously because of his lack of importance to others; never getting his way; bottled up emotions cause negative judgements of others
- Solution: getting his way through trickery and lies

- Caused By: sudden realization that his family isn't real; discovering he is the son of the king of a monstrous enemy race; receiving no emotional stimulation as a child; realizing what he once thought he was is not actually true (not a brother to Thor or heir to the throne, but an adopted son)
Solution: separating himself from others physically and emotionally


1. He craves power. This is caused by being overlooked and underestimated by others. He tries to gain power to prove his worth.

2. He separates himself from others. This is caused by his sudden new identity as the son of a monster, thus being a monster himself.

3. He doesn't care about how others feel. This is caused by his emotions and thoughts never being taken seriously or recognised. He bottles his emotions and has a "me against the world" outlook.

4. He likes to use trickery and lies to get his way. This is caused by never getting his way with others and no one siding with him. He gets his way by leading them through lies and trickery.

Emotional Stability: 2 (extremely unstable)
Mental Stability: 5 (some stimulation brought on by power)
Possible Mental/Emotional Disorders: Sociopathy, Low/Fragile Self-Esteem, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder

Things that cannot be identified in the movies, but can be assumed in his character:
- He is apathetic. He doesn't care for the welfare or feelings of others. "They didn't care for me, so I don't care about them."

- He sees himself as the better man over others. Because he feels his potential is never seen, he proves himself. "You don't see me as worthy? I'll MAKE you see me as worthy!"

- He HAS to get HIS way. Lack of attention, of course. "This WILL go my way, no matter what you do!"

- He's elusive and prefers to tackle problems at a side angle. Instead of using strength and skill to fight the enemy/overcome the obstacle, he uses wit and power. "There's a better solution to this that can get me the maximum I want out of it."

- He is the foil of his brother. So if Thor is loving, Loki is hateful. If Thor is strong, Loki uses brains. If Thor tackles head-on, Loki uses your strength and fatal flaw to defeat yourself. "I refuse to be my brother!"

- He holds grudges - against himself and others. He hates who he is, but hates others even more because he feels they don't understand or underestimate him. "You could never understand me!"

- He hates family value. If there's the chance that two of his enemies are in love/related, or he falls for one of them/is related to them, he'll try to destroy them to show them how he feels. "They should be punished for what I've been through!"

- He prefers solitude over interaction. This is probably a result of never being seen or taken seriously, or being overlooked in his past. Because of the lack of attention, he was left to himself - thus, he prefers to be alone. "I enjoy to be alone with my thoughts."

- He's a thinker. He had a lot of time to himself, with no one to notice him unless he did something incredibly outrageous, so he had to entertain himself. He used his mind to develop his strengths and keep his mind open, which unfortunately also resulted in some complicated plots and high levels of irritability towards others. "I have knowledge, and it has granted me power."

- He becomes jealous easily. Also a likely result of his lack of attention as a child, and never getting a chance to prove himself because of being in Thor's shadow. If someone has something he wants, or reminds him of something he hates, he destroys them for it. "You don't deserve to have that - I DO!"


This is for the people who wish to write a good suitor/romantic partner that will compliment him and themself.

- To bring him out of his emotional wall, the partner would probably need to be sympathetic to his lifestyle and past and understand the hardships he's gone through. The best way for this is to have the partner go through a similar situation to his.

- To earn his trust without his deceit and lies, the partner would probably need to defend him. The best way for this is to have the partner support his ideas and actions enough to be trusted to listen to him without being forced to.

- To have Loki see them as an equal, the partner would probably need to be extremely powerful in one form or another. The best way for this is for the partner to have a skill or power that Loki craves/values highly (magic or mental power could be some ideas).

- To have Loki see them as valuable, the partner should have emotional sympathies like his. The "I'm a monster" and low self-esteem comes into play here. But don't have them beating each other down or saying "yeah, we're both monsters" because that leads to more of a Joker/Harley Quinn pairing. They can be despicable together, but they shouldn't make each other more monstrous.

- To have Loki enjoy their company and see them as important, the partner should be able to give him their (almost) undivided or devoted attention. Because he lacked this when he was younger, the partner is likely to win his favor if they show him that they hold him in high respects.
All in all, Loki would probably prefer a woman who is: Sympathetic, has a dark tragic past, agrees with his outlook, fears and/or respects him, gives him much-needed attention, balances his jealousy and hatred, deep-thinking, and is willing to help him.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO MAKE HIS SPOUSE EXACTLY LIKE THIS. A good writer can make any couple work. Loki's partner could be deceptive, dominative and narcissistic. If you can find a way for the couple to benefit each other, then there's not much to worry about.
Of course, there's always "the degenerative couple" where they seriously do NOT match together, and probably hate each other in some way...but seriously canNOT get away from each other. If you do it right, that works very well and has a good chance of interesting the reader better than the "we benefit each other/soulmate" deal.


EDITED ON JUNE 7TH 2012: List of possible mental disorders extended and explained.

EDITED ON JUNE 6TH 2012: New attributes added, new description for "best pairing". New symptoms added.

I decided since I've seen a lot of writers struggling to make their Lokis as close to the movie ones as possible, I'd make it easier on them by supplying them with my character analysis.

NOTE: Check back OFTEN. I'm constantly adding new info as my analysis deepens.

Also, if you think I overlooked something, let me know. Chances hare, I probably have.
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Calucifer13 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My God, I am Loki.
Xenos-of-the-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Oh my goodness, I've been looking for something like this. I love Loki's character to death, but he is just so hard keep IN character in a fanfiction. You can bet I will be referring back to this often when I write my own stories. Thank you for this! ^_^
13AuraDragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree with you! This is what has been bugging me, all those fanfics don't quite get Loki's personality right and/or the story drags too long with unneeded scenes.
But is it just me or do most of the users on this website happen to be girls?
fictiondemon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013

I've also noticed that Loki's personality lines up fairly well with the astrology sign of the Scorpio. Mostly in regards to how he keeps his turbulent emotions well hidden even though they dictate his actions, is willing to do anything to accomplish his goals, and is incredibly intuitive about other people and how to manipulate them in order to get what he wants. In consideration to how Loki would change if he should fall in love, Loki (as a Scorpio) would be able to distance himself from others in regards to carnal pursuits, but if Loki should find that one person and fall in love, needless to say it would be passionate, all consuming, possessive, and incredibly intense. Attempting to piece together Loki from the movies, comics and Norse mythology is just frustrating (and time consuming) and I am very glad to have found this in-depth analysis of his personality from the films. Excellent work!

Zeokria Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Thanks for posting this!

You know, they say you identify with your favourite characters…. Generally I see why I can identify with Loki now.
LeticiaGForster Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've been searching the whole web for this Analysis! Thank you so much!
XxNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
omfg.. the last part reminds me so much of me ;~;
TheQueenofTheNorth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
This is great, Thank you.
hollycecelia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
can you create a list of what it'd be like for him to love or be loved? what effects it'd have on him?
Utterfanatic Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Ahhhaha...It's nice to see how close I was in my fanfic to the character analysis although I may need to rethink a few things.  e7e I love this.

I am using this strategy more often for characters and OCs.  Thank you for your brilliance.

disastrousPorcelain Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Writer
You are simply the most amazing person the planet for the simple fact of having this posted. orz I've been looking for something like this for my cosplay- I need this kind of information. Thank you *^* /Randomascrap.
Ludwig-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He also might have Borderline Personality Disorder. :) This is very awesome and I want to thank you for making this!
Ludwig-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Never mind, I just realized that you had that in there! 
JadynLaufeyson Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is helpful, very helpful, will go back on this when writing loki fic's... :)
missjulia1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Writer
This was very helpful! Thank you very much!
toughchild Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Obsessed much.
siss-sz Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I loved your analysis, it is very helpful, thank you very much!
naytab Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Is it weird I think Black Widow would be a suitable partner for him?? (They're my crack ship) I could see them together, but then again I'm not so sure
challock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
just asking um trying to find out a couple of things about Loki can you tell me if he's mentally stable or if he's just F*CKED out of his mind because one of his major plans for killing spiderman and thor was turning them into animals to be fare hes clearly not mentally stable
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's far from "mentally stable". In fact, by standard psychological studies, he's off the map.
fantasticEverything Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now I understand why I've always respected the way Loki was crafted as a character and found myself relating to him on some deeper level...This is a great reference to know when writing from Loki's perspective!
HeptaOfSerpentsGate Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Wh-why, when I read this, I feel as if I'm reading about my own traits?

Sorry, I don't mean to sound self-centered and to be off topic, its just...its kinda scaring me.
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That may be why so many people can relate to Loki. He goes through many of the same problems and feelings others do.
MarySunderlandplz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
How scary is it that I see most of myself in what you have said?
immasweetslovinggirl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks! This helps a lot because I want to get more into the Thor comic book series and this helped flush his character out A LOT!
TheRossu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OH my gosh giiirl. Like honestly, you have so much talents.. What on earth you're going to be?
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anything I want to be.

Thank you so much! <3
Dragony234 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, amazing character study!
I love Loki, and reading through your suitable partner section made me think of Tony - but then again, I AM a FostIron shipper...
Anyway, well done!
Piezelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, my.... this is really thought through. I can relate to some characteristics of Loki....
You could major in English when you go to college :la:
something--sweet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ffff okay I really love Loki. I decided to write my paper on him for English class. and i just wanted to say thank you, because this really helped me. Loved your analysis! :la:
CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is a fanastic idea, not just for analysing Loki but for any character. When next I work on my own stories I will definitley think in a more 'cause and effect' kind of way. I'm definitley guilty of guiding my characters through actions simply to advance the plot without giving any solid understanding of the individual.
PhoenixWormwood137 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! Ehehe, I kind of wish I had a dark past and was really powerful somehow now.
Oh gosh. I'm so messed up.

But this is great! thanks for doing it!
DarthxErik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, nicely thought-out, and very useful to refer back to!! I love Loki, poor guy is so messed up.
Noryardj Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
It's interrting, not only in the way of writing a romance. Just because it give an idea (an other idea) of the character... I've to read this once again, because some of of the words are unknow to me in english but I've basically understood od course. Thank you^^
thehatbearer15 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish i read this before i wrote this one fan fic, where i made an OC. she had some similar attributes, like being a loner, intelligent, among others.
anyway, i really like how very concise this is. its very to-the-point and accurate. really excellent job!
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :3
thehatbearer15 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
youre welcome!
DrekkiHawke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very impressive :3
SolrSurfr3 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! :wow: I'm extremely impressed by the amount of effort you put into this. Looks like you have this guy down to a science! C:

...And is it weird that Tony Stark kept popping into my head when I was reading the suitable partners requirements? Romantic or platonic, I'd say there's a potential relationship there.
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft, his ego would get in the way. And his lack of support.
But I can see it. That's why he and Loki are my favorite pairing - they just fit so well together, turmoil and all.
SolrSurfr3 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, well, nobody's perfect. XD
Yep, just a couple of genius egomaniacs with daddy issues and god complexes. If that doesn't spell love, I don't know what does. :D
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Where once was light
now darkness falls
Where once was love
love is no more
Don't say goodbye
Don't say I didn't try

These tears we cry
are falling rain
for all the lies you told us
the hurt, the blame
And we will weep to be so alone
we can never go home

So in the end
I'll be what I will be
No loyal friend
was ever there for me
Now we say goodbye
we say you didn't try

These tears you cry
have come too late
Take back the lies
the hurt, the blame
And you will weep
when you face the end alone
You are lost, you can never go home
you are lost, you can never go home.

These are the lyrics of Gollum's Song from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, and whenever I hear them, I can't help but find that they fit Loki perfectly. Actually, when I read this fantastic character analysis, I was listening to the same soundtrack...and what should start playing but Gollum's song.
LamoniWolf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Nicely done!
DraculasInk Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 I very much like this~
fallen-lights Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really good character analysis, glad to see someone does it without bias due to the fact they are a fangirl. . . Not that I am not a fangirl.
AlbinoEisbaer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This is truly amazing!

Is this based on Freud's Psychoanalysis?
Because I see a lot of similarities
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does have some, yes. I've done some advanced studies of psychology of my own, so Freud's influence is bound to show up a couple times.
AlbinoEisbaer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love Freud's psychoanalysis.
Had it in school (I'm an educator)and used it to analyze the development of children (from the age of 1 to 12 years). It was also part of my exams.

So when I was reading your analysis I was like "Holy shit! Freud!" :iconiloveyouplz: It's just amazing how much of this fits Loki. I'm almost about to dig up my old notes xD Thank you for this!
AmericanAngel117 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
I'd sure hope it fits Loki. >> Otherwise I failed my job.
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