Loki, often known as the God of Mischief, first appeared in Venus #6, a romance comic about the experiences of the Greek Goddess Venus. It wasn’t until his 1962 entry in Journey Into Mystery #85 that he fully began to develop into the Loki that we all know and love. Since then, Loki has teased and deceived his brother, Thor, putting the Avengers’ patience to the test. Tom Hiddleston’s Trickster God has also become a fan favorite in the MCU. With the assistance of Thanos and the Chitauri, he battled the Avengers and almost took over Earth.
Loki has always been sneaky and clever. He even launched a campaign for President of the United States in the comics, demonstrating his unrivaled ambition! Of course, his plans are usually derailed before they can be implemented. The God of Mischief has had to deal with tragedy and has paid the ultimate price in the form of his life. He toes the line between good and evil in both the comics and the MCU. Thus, making his motivations difficult to comprehend, but he is essentially a self-preservation machine. We quietly root for him whether we read him in comic books or watch him on the big screen. He’s strange and fascinating in every way and his physique is no exception. Here are some weird facts about your favorite trickster that we’ve discovered.
Weird facts about Loki
1. Loki can survive without a head
Thor’s half-brother Balder discovers Loki is collaborating with Malekith to plan and carry out a terrible act against the inhabitants of Asgard in Thor #344. During this exchange with Balder, Loki feels cocky. Balder is immediately apprehended by the God of Mischief’s trolls, and he must choose between being imprisoned or battling through the trolls.
Balder chooses the latter, although Loki does not respect him for it. He mocks Balder for his violent reaction, which enrages him even more. He replies immediately, chopping Loki’s head off with a fast slice to the neck. After Loki picks up his head and returns it to his body, he is greeted with a dismissive comment. His lack of a head did not kill him.
2. He can shrink or grow giant
Loki has power in common with Ant-Man and Giant-Man? That’s correct! He has the ability to shrink or extend his body to absurd dimensions. It’s understandable, given that he’s a Frost Giant. Through the application of his powers, he can achieve this accomplishment. In Thor #191, he utilized his ability to transform into a giant against one of Thor’s allies and former romantic interest, Lady Sif.
When he was battling against the cosmic team and mutants in X-Men and Alpha Flight #2, he also grew in size. He stood there, staring at them, while they were taken aback. In Thor #181, his body was likewise reduced to the point that the soul trapped within it could be seen, which was too much for Mephisto to endure. Thor was the guy whose soul was commanding Loki’s body.
3. He can replicate his body
In Thor: The Dark World, we saw Loki’s ability to create illusions that appeared so genuine that Thor assumed his brother had died. These illusions are ideal for someone who has been labeled the God of Mischief, but he hasn’t always constructed illusions of himself. Loki has been known in the comics to be able to duplicate his own body to overwhelm his opponents.
In Thor #353, for example, Loki is attempting to prevent Surtur from igniting the blade Twilight in the Eternal Flame. Surtur immediately figures out the ploy, but Loki decides to prevent Surtur from carrying out his plan by flooding the demon with clones of himself to battle. In Avengers: The Origin #3, he did the same thing to combat his brother Thor.
4. Loki was a woman (for some time)
Loki accomplished his destiny of rallying Asgard’s foes against the kingdom to destroy it once and for all in Thor: Ragnarok (the comics, not the film). Loki’s luck ran out when Thor achieved his destiny of ending the Ragnarok cycle, which caused the deaths of all Asgardians as well as those in the Nine Realms. It was a massive failure, but it put an end to the cycle.
Loki reappeared not long after, although not in the same form as before. He reappeared as a woman, collaborating with Doctor Doom to usurp Asgard’s kingdom. He kept his masculine form. But he made use of the body of Thor’s love Lady Siff to pull out the ruse. It was all a little strange.
5. He is fireproof
Doctor Doom is attempting to ascertain whether Loki is who she claims to be in Loki: Agent of Asgard #7. He decides to put her to the test by asking her over for dinner and placing a Doombot in front of her. Loki understands the food has poison as she begins to consume it and spits it out. What she produces is ablaze that quickly engulfs the entire room.
Her callousness upon witnessing the two servers’ burning demise, as well as her tolerance to pain and poison, provide Doom with all the proof he needs. Loki merely tries to discuss with Doom while safely watching from another room as the flames continue to rage; sadly, the servers burn into nothingness, and Loki remains uninjured.
6. Loki can phase through objects with magic
The Vision isn’t the only Marvel character that can alter his molecular structure to pass through things. Loki, like many other Marvel heroes and villains, possesses this power. Thor and Loki go on a “Trial of the Gods” on Skornheim in Journey Into Mystery #116, where Loki employs his own brand of phasing.
Loki was placed against a dangerous terrain of spiky plants in one of the trials. Loki had little trouble overcoming this challenge since he took the help of his Norn Stones. While the Norn Stones did not affect the plants, they did affect Loki. He utilized them to molecularly transform himself into a “ghostly, white figure” capable of passing straight through the thorny plants in his way. He is also able to affect a similar change without the stones.
7. He is super durable
When you think about it, pitting Peter Parker’s spider-like abilities against a real God isn’t a fair fight. Even though Parker is a great hero in his own right, defeating Loki is no simple undertaking. They teamed up against a wicked witch called Morwen who had possessed Loki’s daughter’s body in Amazing Spider-Man #503 and #504.
Before Spider-Man and Loki pair up, Parker has a lot of doubts about the Trickster God. Spider-Man did his hardest to hit and kick the God of Mischief, but it was in vain. Loki possessed much too much power. Spider-Man’s punches caused no harm to him, who brushed them aside by his magic. They eventually agreed and assisted Loki in freeing his daughter from Morwen’s clutches.