Why are so many women and men supporting (or in love) with Loki? What makes him so hot? In this video, we are presented with a very “simple” and “stereotyped” answer on why Loki is so hot. Reality however, is much more complicated than that. (If you are a woman, and have seen this video, odds are that you got enraged by some of the comments. We’ll get to it.)
Loki is a multifaceted character. Multifaceted characters are more prone to have a huge amount of fans and usually earn their privileged status thanks to their complexity. In this case we are in front of a very unusual and yet familiar character.
Loki is very intelligent and complex.
Multifaceted characters are more prone to have more fans than those who are too simple. Loki is a very complex character, with many layers, which echoes what a troubled soul would be. His complexity makes of him a good target for having lots of fans. People who like to discover new aspects of his personality, or fans who would like to know more about his psyche might also like other complex characters in other movies or comics.
He is also very intelligent, so he knows how to find his way out of things. Intelligence, in a world of technology, along with class, is a good point in getting lots of fans. Smart is sexy now.
Loki is the *Geek God of Mischief*
I added the word *geek* because he does represent the *geek* in front of the *jock* (a role played by Thor). In Thor, the first movie, we encounter a doomed Loki, a shadow struggling to get a place into Asgardian society. Asgardian society bases itself more on *strength* than on *intelligence*. We can see that Frigga, Loki’s mother, struggles too in this society. Women are more considered if they take “male roles,” as in the case of Sif. Frigga, expert in magic, has a secondary role. It is Odin who decides what it’s best. But it does seem that he does it more by feelings and brute force, than from logic or intelligence. He rules because he is king, whatever the costs. And this implies to decide, arbitrarily, what will happen on his subjects.
Loki has learnt magic. But magic seems to be *a thing for women*, not a thing for real warriors. He is not as athletic as other Asgardians are, thus he needs to rely on his brains more than his muscles. He is seen as *weak*, more like Frigga is and not as close to the King as he would like to be. Remember that he wants to please his father, the male example of the house, but he is doomed from the beginning. It is not only that he is an adopted child with no real rights to the throne, it is also that he does not fit in the family: he is the weirdo, he seems weak, and he is too smart. No one understands him!
So… guess what happens with geeks and nerds. How many Hollywood films and TV dramas have you seen about High School life? I bet: a lot of them. Through teen life the dichotomy of *jock versus geek* is presented to the public creating stereotypes. Geeks are usually pale, have dark hair, are the weirdos of the community, and usually are the shadows of the school. They can only use their brains to safe the day (or the movie). Have you seen “The revenge of the Nerds“? (I know, quite old and “stereotyped,” but it can be used as an example.)
Jocks are usually portrayed as muscular, brainless, and blonde. Geeks and nerds are portrayed as slim, with lots of brains, and with dark hair. This image has gone from negative to slightly more positive as years have passed by. Geeks/Nerds have not a clear social status, plainly because they don’t fit to the mainstream stereotype. They are looked as suspicious, negative and almost like villains. Jocks, on their part, are more like “heroes”. Geeks/Nerds are more “machine like,” they look aloof, and hard to predict, whereas jocks are true members of society.
Loki versus Thor is a modern way of representing the Geek and the Jock. However, the Geek this time ended up having an army! He is clearly misunderstood, we can grasp that from the films, he has been bullied upon during years (Thor 1), then he wanted revenge (Avengers, take him here as a member of the “revenge of the Nerds,” but with caution please), and then he grows up (Thor 2). Thor is the prodigal son, the one who gets the girlfriend, the one who is unconditionally loved (whatever he does). Loki is the one without a clear social status, the shadow, the one with the brains, and the one who is evil.
The funny thing here is that how Loki was portrayed by Tom Hiddleston, and his lines are so smart, that he got the attention of a bunch of public, getting more fans than the hero himself. A geek like Loki is no longer a negative member of society, he has turned into the desired character of a herd of fans who think he is not only cool, attractive and sexy, but also someone to imitate. Even if he fails to take over the world, it takes the Avengers to take him down! Is he really weak? Nope.
Loki is gender flexible.
Marvel made of Loki a bisexual and gender flexible character. Norse mythology made of him gender flexible, too (even more than Marvel did). We have someone who can be a man or a woman when he wants. He can be even an animal if we wishes that, and he can have kids, if he wants that too. This makes of him someone many can relate to. This characteristics also make him appealing for anyone, really.
He can be whoever he wants. Meaning that there are no limits on what he can and wants to become. Regardless of his gender, or the shape he chooses to have, he represents the opportunity and the freedom to become what he pleases in life. This characteristics also make him really hot and appealing. Thor, however, must comply with all the burdens set upon him: he is the heir of the throne, he must do as told, he must be in a certain way, he cannot change shape, he has to bring a heir to the throne (and to do that he needs a Queen), etc.
Therefore, you have someone who has the freedom to choose what he wants to do. He *literally* does what he wants. In the psyche of many, this means that he is representative of the freedom you have, as a teen, and also later in life, to become that what you want to become, not what others want you to become. Even if you fail, even if you have no success, it was your decision, not society’s decision. And this makes him damn hot too.
Loki is just like Casanova.
Let’s face it: a womaniser has more appealing than someone who is faithful. Casanova was an Italian womaniser who lived in Venice during the 18th century. He was reknown by his affairs with women. Another heart trickster was Don Juan, a fictional character who stole women’s hearts in Spain. You can also find womanizers in Shakespeare’s works (Much Ado About Nothing).
Why does someone who looks like won’t be able to keep his promise be the one all women are dreaming of? Well, it goes with the female brain actually. (Sorry for the poetry and the romantic views, but mother nature wired us in this way.) Women are programed to look for the best genes available. This will change with times. Before a strong man could do, but in our society, someone with brains and highly demanded by other women does the job. When someone is desired by many women, or has the reputation, odds are that your brain will signal you to like him. Reality is that your brain is searching for the best genes for your offspring! So, the more experience the male seems to have, or the more prepared for survival he might seem, the more desirable he will become.
Being mischievous means that you will know how to survive (apart from being good and funny in bed). Being intelligent is also attractive, at least in our society. More and more technology means that survival will depend on how intelligent you are. So, the genes of the intelligent are more desirable than those who are less intelligent.
You have to add something to the equation. Something that has been there all along since the dawn of times: when something seems *forbidden* or *out of reach*, it becomes even more attractive. Loki looks forbidden: he is a God. Hence, he becomes very desirable. Plus, he has all the traits of someone with good genes. So, female brains are sending telling us *he is the one with the genes*. If you want cool offspring, the one that can survive, you need Loki.
Loki needs nurturing.
Again: it is our instincts, our female brains that are giving the flags here. He is clearly broken, and he needs help. Frigga, his mom, is willing to do whatever for taking care of him. We do have the same wiring. So, in a way, we become Friggas. We see him in pain, and we become the fiercest warriors on Earth.
Women tend to nurture. And Loki needs to be nurtured. He has been neglected, bullied, and misunderstood all along. This awakens in our psyches the will of nurturing him. This is why, when we see him sad, or see pictures in which he looks devastated, we feel the urge to *hug* him.
This has been described as being a whoobie. He is obviously not weak, he is not pathetic and you don’t really feel sorry for him. Hence, the word used here is plainly wrong. We have the feeling of wanting to give him a hug because the mother in us needs to nurture someone we love. He represents the genes of our potential future offspring. He represents also the companion. Hence, the feelings of nurturing appear automatically in our brains.
Loki is played by Tom Hiddleston.
Tom Hiddleston did a fine job here: he was able to combine antagonistic feelings, and portray a villain who is representative of so many. He is sweet, sarcastic, bad, good, strong, at times weak, god-like, arrogant, accessible, mischievous, close to us and yet so far away from us.
The actor is funny, playful and seems open to his fandom. If you add the character of the real person to the fictional character of Loki, you get the right mixture to have an Army. He is sweet, he is funny and he is patient (with his army). It is obvious that he enjoys his job. It is when you love what you do, when you really shine. And it is here where he shows its best. Loki is, thus, the sparks of a great actor.
Both the actor and the fictional character are intelligent, both share the traits of nurture, and both seem playful. It has been Tom who has finally created a Loki very hard to replace. In fact, you cannot think about Loki without picturing Tom. This peculiar symbiosis is what makes the recipe extremely successful.
And you: Why do you think Loki is so *hot*?
Some recommended reads:
- “Why men want sex and women need love: solving the mystery of attraction”, by Barbara Pease and Allan Peace.
- “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus: the classic guide to understanding the opposite sex”, by John Gray, phD.
- “The Emotion Machine. Commonsense thinking, artificial intelligence, and the future of the human mind”, by Marvin Minsky.
Some recommended movies and TV dramas:
- The Revenge of the Nerds.
- Freaks and Geeks.
- The Big Bang Theory.
- The Social Network.
- Pirates of Silicon Valley.
- Office Space.