It's not quite a respect thread, but still, I felt like something needed to be done to expose the deviousness of the greatest most magnificent bastard in the marvel universe
I will simplify the story so that it's easier to be explained
This is the simplified version.
He's a bad guy. A really bad guy. Everybody says so!
But what has he done to be considered the greatest troll in a world that has Ultron in it?
A million years ago there was this big guy, named Bor
He was pretty much Odin's Odin.
He led the asgardians, a pantheon of viking gods in glorious murder and battle throughout the nine realms,as such was the way of things back then, when the world was new and violent.
War was violent in his day. Terrible things like his Valkyries, called the Dsir, were turned to abominable acts by the cirumnstances, such as the eating of fallen gods flesh.
Bor was just as terrible however, and as punishment, turned them into god eating zombies, and then banished them to places where there would never be any gods so that they may forever starve.
Life went on for Bor and his army, until once upon a time, while he was fighting frost giants in jotunheim, he met a wizard who he took for an enemy and charged.
He did not expect for the jotun to have wizards so he didn't guard himself, as all gods can do against magic, and let the wizard turn him into snow.
That doesn't kill a god mind you, so when Odin came to his side, Bor told him as he crumbled into the winds, to find another wizard to simply undo the curse so that he could proceed with war, as such inconveniences as being transfigurated into mush is generally something beneath the all grand-father
Odin thought about and decided eeeeh. Maybe later.
Bor was kind of a dick sometimes, and as it turns out being the new king of Asgard was pretty damned sweet, so he meant to do it, but kinda "forgot about it".
They're gods. It's not like time is too much of a factor to them
So one day, when Thor is born, Odin sees bor's eyes in his eyes and begins to think about daddy and what he did to him, which lets a door in his mind regarding the nature of what parents will suffer from their children
Soon enough, thanks to this door, the spirit of bor started bitching and crying and hating on Odin's mind, but because bor knows enough to respect a player, he tells odin he will leave the matter be, if he redeems himself and Bor by taking in a child of his enemies, and break the cycle.
Odin decides this is a wonderful idea. A brother will only strengthen his bonds of love with thor, so he keeps an eye for it.
And so one day soon after, while facing and killing lauffey in of those usual battles with the silly jotun, a child rushes drenched in grief with his father sword to attack him.
Meet Loki, lauffeyson.
Thus, loki is raised in asgard in the companionship and brotherhood of Thor and love of Odin, and while he's young everything is fine, but in time, his status and the scorn that the aesir, some of it due to the fact there's a feel he doesn't belong, some of it because he's in thor's shadow, some of it just bad luck of the world, causes him to be willing to do a little mischief once in a while
Which the gods blow out of proportion and little by little it escalates into Ragnarok. Or so that's how he tells it.
There may have been a couple of brainwashed hulks and decapitated war heroes here and there.
Ragnarok, also known as the fall of the gods, the end of the world, the twilight of all living things
So yeah, Loki brought down apocalypse.
But all this is not where Loki's magnificent bastardy kicks in.
Victor Von Doom is fucking shit up in hell, (yes, that Hell, the one with the fire and the satan) after the Fantastic Four kinda dumped him there during one of their usual adventures, unaware that inescapable eternal torment is really a very half assed way to entertain the king of Latveria, when he sees the mjolnir of the dead fallen god, Thor, flying through dimensions as one of the side effects of ragnarok.
Doom grasps for it, which causes the hammer of the Worthy to freak the fuck out, but in an attempt to reject him, Doom piggybacks the hammer back to midgard where they both land.
The return of the hammer prompts Donald Blake, (Thor's alter ego) to go to broxton, Oklahoma to pick it up, and therefore bringing Thor, God of thunder back from the void.
Thor, inheritor of Odin and now the one true king of Asgard, feeling that Gods should be brought back to life given the option, because that's the thing that I suppose monarchs do when they have the power to ressurect gods and nothing else but a kingdom of dead gods, and so he starts chopping away at his task
When all you got is a hammer, and all..
One by one, thor, now the "new Odin", begins to recall all the gods from the void.
He does this carefully and measuredly, until he meets a huge group of gods who are being held hostage by the Destroyer armor, one of Odin's most powerful weapons.
Fearing for his friends, and more specifically a woman he believes to be sif reincarnated, (no natalie portman for our man) Thor, who was selecting all the good gods he wanted back, and leaving behind more shady people, sees himself forced to bring back everyone
at once, lest he risk loosing all these people to the destroyer in the crossfire
The destroyer turned out to be Balder, who was kidnapping reincarnated asgardians in a misguided atempt to protect them
And as it turns out, that woman is not Sif
She is Loki
As a frost giant, instead of a full god, Loki reveals his cycle of ragnarok will force him to live things around differently.
He swears now that he is a woman with a second lease on life, that he will never tell another lie, binding his life on the fulfillment of that bargain and demands the right of freedom from their past, to which Thor claims to be the purpose behind his own actions, blaming his role on the ragnarok cycle.
Because Thor cannot raise his hand against Loki without turning back on his word, and because there was always in asgard an understanding that part of Loki's role in ragnarok really isn't his fault because of the gravity of the norn's prophecy, such subterfuge turns out to be barely enough to keep the wrath of Asgard from falling against him
Which for what is worth by the way, Loki never does lie again. He really does live up to his oath.
But what does he do?
He starts tricking people without ever telling a lie. Omissions and selected editing, but never an outright lie.
First, he foments distrust in Asgard by revealing a secret. As it turns out Balder, the god of Bravery, a valiant, if less than genius warrior, is also an Odinson, forcing Thor, ever the righteous, to also recognize him as an heir and prince of asgard with equal standing, lest he raise the ugly affair of bastardry into the court.
Then he tricks Asgard to focus on their boredom, since so many of them are gods of battle, with subtle manipulations.
For example, in time, it really becomes obvious that as it turns out, being planted in the midlle of a desert in Oklaholma is great to get god shenanigans out of the way of being midgardians populated areas, it also does nothing but vain self indulgences, that can be bothersome for story-bound viking war gods.
So he starts doing stuff like inviting people of broxton for silly little games, full of modern rules and aversion to breaks in their quaint sensibilities, and tries having them think of their irony with aloof jokes and self depricating rules.
His next move, is to get his power plays into move, so he goes back to hela, where it is revealed Loki was actually the one tricking Balder into using the destroyer guarding the hostages to trick thor into bringing back all asgardians including hela. Alas, hela, an "evil" godess of death, is in vegas, and she has no hel dimension to rule over, that was gone with Ragnarok, but she still has enough power to do a couple of tricks, and Loki persuades her that it has come the time for him to move his last power plays for world domination
Here is revealed loki is truly still a man. He is using Sif's body to trick asgard into taking it easy on him, for being a woman, 'cuz a medieval pantheon with delusions of chivalry would be vulnerable to that, while he keeps Sif's reincarnation hostage, inside the body of a dying old woman.
So, as conspires with Hela, they combine their power to allow him to go back in time to put forth his plan, with a weight that is significant enough to repay the huge favor Hela owes him when he got Thor to ressurect her.
How far back? Well, a few eons back. More specifically to the age of Bor. He goes back and convinces the jotun to rise against asgard. He then cloaks himself and faces bor in battle where it is revealed he is the wizard that turned him into snow.
Then he goes to odin using illusionary magic, and makes him think he's seeing Bor's spirit and talks him into redeeming himself for neglecting Bor by adopting a young child
Then he goes to his child self, and instructs his younger self on the exact actions and words he needs to do in order to cash in on his father's death and for Odin to adopt him.
Then he goes back to the present and when Thor, suspecting he's up to no good, confronts him to why he was gone, Loki explains to him
"oh dear Thor, I was only resolving a horrible confusion. I found your love sif"
And he tricks asgard into thinking he's a proper hero by saving sif's host body from death's door "at the cost of his own femininity".
Enter the secret invasion.
The Skrulls invade, and send god killers to asgard which Loki bands with the asgardians to protect his home.
Norman Osborn rises to power when he manipulates information in a way that allows him to come off as a global hero of the invasion, when he publicly shoots the skrull queen and Loki makes sure he's in on this.
Osborn forms a cabal of villains, that in theory will always cover each other's backs as they try to further their goals in world domination.
In this cabal you have Doom, the Hood, Namor, Emma Frost, Norman Osborn and Loki.
All villains have something they want that norman promises will help achieve, and Loki reveals that for some reason he wants Asgard back in heaven where it belongs, and we're lead to believe it is because of some sort of self righteous whim, and ego. A superiority complex that has sickened him of all this midgardian company
It is also here that he began making secret deals with Von Doom
This new consolidation of power and acess to the inner workings of the super powered illuminati compel him to his next power move
He goes to new york, where it is snowing and releases Bor, aka snow grampa, from his curse.
He does so in the middle of Manhattan, and uses a confusion spell on him, making him think he's surrounded by demons, instead of just strange modern machines.
I repeat, he casts an illusionary confusion spell on a time displaced viking war god in the middle of new york
But without wasting a second he then runs to Asgard and to thor to warn him of Bor's rampage
At the same time, little did Thor know that loki also went to Norman and his "dark avengers" and warns him of Thor
At this point it's worth nothing letting you know that Loki has been fucking with Norman.
It was to be expected.
Disguised as Scarlet Witch, he assembled a new team of good guy Avengers, to null a threat of this other upstart chaos god who would compromise his power and plans.
This team conquered victory, but once their adventure was done, they were about to disband, so Loki began conveniently creating threats, to keep them together, long enough to save the entire universe from some legitimate threats along the way, and to make Norman's avengers look bad in comparison to the public's eye.
Norman, ever the pompous maniac takes humiliations as fuel to slowly become a little madder
So, back to Bor
While Bor is going on a rampage against NY, he comes to heads with Thor, he senses his son is dead and is wondering he's fighting a demon with his son's power, while thor is too busy being heckled by the dark avengers to find a reasonable way out of this. Bor begins to say "fuck it" and is about to blow up the planet.
When thor sees that, he is forced to kill bor, breaking Mjolnir ( and much of this power) in the process.
Loki however, is not done.
He takes his sweet ass time before he warns Balder at the last minute, who arrives only to see the scene out of context. Thor has killed a king of asgard. This is against God law, and Loki forces Balder in front of asgard to show no mercy, lest he show nepotism for the liege, and as such Balder exiles Thor from Asgard.