“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.” ~ George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
When I think of this trait in regards to Loki, I can relate to Tyrion Lannister from the book Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, mass murderer of feels. Tyrion makes the comment at one point he has a “tender spot for bastards, cripples, and broken things.”
Is that not Loki? A cast off: unwanted, broken, crippled with insecurity and doubt?
He covers it well, with his confidence and ego shielding his heart, burying the pain deep inside himself. But the truth is, Loki is a lost little boy inside.
The power play, the defensive posture, the snarky, sarcastic comments, the hatred he bears toward everyone…all of these are walls he’s constructed to protect the lost boy he’s buried so deep, no one can touch him. Frigga tries, but he pushes even her away.
How can your heart not break knowing this? *sigh*
I’m reminded of another character who blurred the lines between villain and anti hero:
Loki: A lost soul who knows deep in his heart nothing will ever fill the void.