A – Z Blog Challenge Day 1

I’ve decided at the last possible second to join the A-Z Blog Challenge.

I’m in lust/love with Loki as a character.  I find that he influences a lot of my writing, so I decided to discuss some of the reasons why by addressing his characteristics.  The more I watch Thor, Thor 2, and Avengers, the more I discover about him as a character and his development in the Marvel series of films.  Now, I’ve not read the comic books, so bear with me.  The greatest thing I’ve noticed when it comes to Loki is his complexity.

Our gut instinct is to brand him as the villain, because every story needs one and in many cases, he fits that description.  But as Tom Hiddleston said of Loki, “Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”  That being said, I’ve decided to compile a list of character traits for Loki, one for each day this month, showcasing the traits that can be inherent in both a villain and an anti hero.

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Anti Hero is defined as: a central character in a story, movie, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes.

Villain is defined as: a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot.

By these definitions alone, Loki is both an Anti Hero and a Villain.

For Day One:

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“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” ~ Salvador Dali

If you’ve seen the films, then you really don’t need me to go into great detail about how ambitious Loki is and how his ambitions only grow with every passing film. His character is multifaceted, intricate, and deceptive.  In the beginning we believe him to be the bad guy, a man without conscience, and while this is true, Loki is merely following the path of his own ambitious nature.  He knows what he wants and he invests everything to obtain it. Is not that true ambition?

Time to sound off. What do you think?

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