“No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place.” ~ Meir Kahane
Lied to and left to deal with the fallout alone. Betrayed and dropped into the void. Enslaved and controlled by the tesseract. Imprisoned and left to rot beneath Asgard.
Do these things justify Loki’s actions? No. However, Loki feels justified enough by his beliefs (caused by those actions I mentioned) to take action in regaining control of his life.
Is he innocent of guilt in taking the lives of hundreds, possibly even thousands of people? No. He believes them to be justified deaths in his quest.
His quest isn’t just to return to Asgard or regain the throne. Loki had his identity stripped from him, several times. The inner drive for survival is too strong inside for him to accept the fate Odin laid before him. He took all the pain, hurt, anger, and betrayal and used it to foster a drive to create his own destiny. It was within his power to take control of his life, and he did.
While his actions may not be justified in the eyes of the Avengers or Shield or even Thor, the only person Loki has any allegiance to is himself. In his mind, he is at peace with his actions, knowing they will ultimately lead him to his destiny.
This is a trait shared by Anti Heroes and Villains. Even Heroes have this pull inside of them to feel the sweet, soothing caress of Lady Justice abating their fears. We all want to know our actions serve a purpose and are justified.
I won’t ask if you think Loki was justified in his actions…but I am curious to know your thoughts on today’s post. Thanks for stopping by.
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I have a hard time saying Loki is wrong in his killing people, as judged by the standards of the Warrior Culture he comes from. Thor has killed thousands in battle; I actually think Loki’s “kill count” may be lower than Thor. Because Loki’s battlefield is entirely different from Thor’s, just like Frigga’s and Odin’s are different, defining enemy kills is more problematic. Paraphrased from a short story “General, you job is to stop wars after they start, mine is to make them not start.”
And besides, Earthers?, they are not even Asgardian. They don’t really count any more than killing Ice Giants counts as murder. The Warriors Three often go off on killing sprees throughout the realms, looking for battles … or making them.
So is Loki justified in his killing? In his culture, justification is not even needed.
They do come from a warrior culture. Justification may not be needed, but Loki is still held accountable for the thousands of lives he took on Earth. So there is a feeling he has to justify his actions, at least in his defense. 🙂 Great thought provoking comment, Erin! Thanks.
Is it bad that I think Loki *is* justified in his vengeance? I think, like a little kid, he does bad things simply for attention, because he’s been conditioned to think – through Odin’s rejection and being constantly put down – that bad things are all he’s good at. He’s obviously tried for attention in Thor’s manner, but hasn’t gained it.
Tom Hiddleston said that every villain is a hero in his own mind, and I think that’s a pretty good sum-up of Loki. He doesn’t see his actions as shameful, so why should he be sorry? It’s a delicate line to tread, but I honestly don’t think his intentions are as malicious or mindlessly cruel as, say, The Joker’s, or Red Skull. Great, thought-provoking post, Jen! 🙂
Thanks, C.E. 🙂 It’s not bad you think Loki is justified in his quest for vengeance. There’s a broken little boy hidden inside of the cold, calculating man. It is in our nature to feel sympathy for him, to even come to his defense.
I love Tom’s thoughts on Loki. I don’t think Loki goes into anything without having a greater plan behind it…at least his film interpretation. (I’m not up to par with his comic appearances or his mythology. On my list of things to read though.)