“Anger may be kindled in the noblest breast: but in these slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never takes the shape of consistency of enduring hatred.” ~ M. Kathleen Casey
This is the one trait which I personally believe makes Loki a true villain. His inability and flat out refusal to forgive anyone for anything. No matter the slight, perceived or true, Loki is unforgiving.
We’ve all been taught to forgive our enemies, to believe the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. Not Loki. No, he believes in only one cause, himself. He uses those around him as a means to obtain his goals, even his adoptive family.
The shift begins inside Loki in the first film, when Odin tells him the truth of his parentage and his birthright. It’s in that moment we see him close himself off to everyone, including Frigga and Thor. He harbors resentment toward them…all of them, and refuses to let it go.
“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.” ~ Unknown (Found on Google Images)
Loki’s inability to forgive eats away at his heart like a cancer, staining it black and hardening it toward any form of empathy. The heart of a true villain, irredeemable and unlikable. The longer he hangs onto it the more it consumes him and feeds his need for vengeance. Do I think Loki has passed the point of no return? No. Do I think he’ll forgive those who have wronged him? No. But it will be interesting to see his journey forward in the films.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~Louis B. Smedes
Every Villain has the opportunity to be his own Hero.