“Sadism is all right in it’s place, but it should be directed to proper ends.” ~ Sigmund Freud
A sadist is a person who gets pleasure from inflicting pain on others. Yes, Loki is a sadist. The quote does fit perfectly, because Loki does use sadism to what he believes is the proper end…his goal. Chess player, remember? 🙂
The screenshot I chose from the Avengers shows Loki’s sadistic nature perfectly. When he goes to “gather” the information from the eyeball, you see Loki give a little smirk, almost a joyful up-welling of excitement. He’s taking pleasure in his mission. He has no qualms about harming another person to further his agenda. He enjoys chaos and fear; he thrives on it. When the guests start running and he herds them like cattle to the slaughter, he feeds off their subjugation while taking pleasure in their suffering.
Another scene where Loki displays this delight in inflicting pain and suffering is when Black Widow goes to him pleading for Clint’s release. He plays on her emotions, twists them to find her weakness and then digs his talons in, pressing on her most vulnerable point, making her bleed. Although we all know she was really interrogating him, probing him for information, the words he spoke to her must have hit her somewhere deep inside. She’s a warrior, trained to keep her emotions contained and controlled, allowing her to focus on her mission. But Loki had to have touched a sore spot…cause we’ve all seen how Clint and Natasha look at each other. (I totally ship BlackHawk/Clintasha, for the record.) As we’ve established before, Loki is a master manipulator, his interaction with Black Widow in this scene is exactly that, a manipulation…and he delights in her pain. Especially when he tells her how he’s going to have Clint kill her, slowly, intimately. *shivers* That’s sadistic.
He does this with all the Avengers, reveling in his ability to make them uncomfortable. Whether is physically or emotionally inflicting pain, Loki just can’t help but indulge in his sadistic impulse. He enjoys the suffering too much, because it must match his own. If he must suffer, then everyone else must join him in his pain.
*Images were found on Google images. No copyright infringement intended. Merely used as illustration points.
14 thoughts on “A-Z Blog Challenge Day 19”
I was hoping for more of a response from you. *grins*
I am on my phone, need to get to a lap top. Cheers!
ahhh…makes sense. Looking forward to your thoughts. 🙂
I feel like reading this should be a turn off, but it just makes me love Loki more. He’s such a dynamic character. Instead of just being evil, we see hints of his pain. Sure, he’s still a sadistic villain, but he has depth.
TK, I feel the same way. It should be a turn off, but with all the pain you know lies inside, it just makes us love him more. *sigh* He’s such a complex character, I love him. Thanks for the comment. 🙂
God. Now I have to watch it again. And again.
Awww…enjoy, Heather! I never get sick of watching Loki 🙂
My ovaries….gone. Just gone!
Your welcome. *hugs and kisses*
What’s wrong with me that I even love Sadistic Loki? Am I crazy? I think I might be crazy. I think I can justify *some* of his awful behaviour in The Avengers – particularly his treatment of Natasha – on the influence of the Tesseract, because I can’t see his threat as anything more than that – a threat.
I honestly don’t think he’d ever be happy whilst causing someone extreme pain, because there’d be that niggling like Thor voice in his head reminding him that he’s not a bad person. OH THE FEELS, JEN! Why do you do this to me!? 😉
*hugs* I’m sorry, darlin. We are fangirls…and we are burdened with the glorious feels. 🙂 Tis our curse. I wonder how far he’d actually go acting on his threat…*ponders*
I agree with the sadistic part of Loki, but I think he is more sociopathic than sadistic. But he oozes charisma. I was watching Gatsby and they have a line about having a smile you only see 3-4 times in your life. A smile that believes in you. If this was fried green tomatoes he would be classified as a bee charmer.
He is a bit of a sociopath. A charmer, a rogue…and utterly irresistible. Damn him. Can I put him and Sherlock in a room together? Sherloki’d. *grins*