Stereotypes can be a good way to portray a fictional character in a comic, but they can also be negative in the real life. While stereotyping is a widely used technique in comics and movies to quickly introduce a character so that the audience can quickly grasp his/her personality, reality is that stereotypes in real life can end up with negative effects on a certain community.
There is a hidden stereotype in the Loki Meme above. According to it, when a woman says that she likes the Avengers, she is actually stating that she likes the villain (that’s Loki, hence, Tom Hiddleston). But this is a negative stereotyped vision of fangirls who like Tom Hiddleston portraying Loki. It assumes that girls cannot like the Avengers as men do. It also assumes that Loki’s fangirls are only so because of the celebrity and not because of other reasons like Marvel movies, or the comics. This stereotype is misleading and clearly misogynistic.
We’ll start analyzing a little bit the psychology of Loki. He is a very complex character, and he does look like he is crazy. However, he is more complex than that. What if he got that way just by his environment and just using his survival skills? What if he was too sensitive and the Asgardian environment was the soup to make him that way?
We’ll start with the first Thor movie where we can see Loki as a baby, kid, and youngster. Let’s take a look to the baby Loki.
Loki was a tiny baby, for being a giant, and was left to freeze till death. However, Odin found him. The baby reacted to Odin, appealing, not to be thrown away. This “appeal” is inherent to all babies. They cry out in distress (and their cries make you mad, really, so mad that you have to do something to please them). Odin, brought the baby back to Asgard from Jotunheim, and decided to adopt it. So, him and his wife, Frigga, would be Loki’s new parents.