Errrr. This was just after he committed false flag terrorism that got both frost giants and Asgardians killed in order to stop Thor’s coronation as heir to Asgard because in his personal assessment Thor would make a weak king.
In my opinion a perfectly justified assessment that was geared towards saving lives and protecting the realm.
Thor on the throne would have been an unmitigated disaster and in all likelihood, Asgard would have been at war with SOMEONE about a month or so after the coronation in order to satisfy Thor’s thirst for glory.
And no, it was pretty clear that NOBODY in Asgard would have been either willing or able to stop Thor’s coronation at that point.
They were pretty much headed for war and blood-shed, and Loki was the only one able to see it and do something about it.
That the guards at the vault got killed?
Probably not intentional.
After all, they were in all likelihood the elite of Odin’s troops, and, in the mind of a young and admittedly also somewhat arrogant Asgardian Prince, should have been able to easily detect and defeat the few brutish, simple-minded monsters that Loki’s tricks led and let into Asgard.
If things had gone as planned, there would have been only a few dead frostgiants…no great loss for someone who had been taught all his life that they were gruesome monsters and deserving of death.
No argument that he loves Thor, but most of his actions in the film are those of a politician committed to the perpetuation of his father’s kingdom despite the great costs that may be incurred.
As are Odin’s. In that, father and adoptive son are quite similar.
There’s even one of the cut scenes where Frigga bitterly berates Odin for banishing Thor, and Odin, quite frustrated, tells her that he’s no more happy about the whole thing than she is…..but as a ruler, it is his duty to think of his people first and that personal needs and wishes must come second.
While Loki is definitely the type to find a way that will simultaneously meet his own needs as well as those of the kingdom, he most definitely pays more attention to the bigger picture, and to the welfare of the kingdom as a whole, than Thor does.
All Thor seems to think of is of his own glory and the heroic, legendary reputation of Asgard….and is hard pressed to care even one whit about the lives of his own friends (see the scene in Jotunheim where Fandral is wounded, but Thor more or less ignores it and keeps on fighting)….let alone about the welfare of the whole kingdom.
Loki might be so selfish as to serve his own needs as well as those of the kingdom….but at this point, Thor is being one big bag of dicks.
In smaller news in one of the deleted scenes he terrifies a servant for laughing at one of Thor’s jokes at his expense.
And BOY, was that warranted. We’re talking about a feudal society here, where rank actually means a LOT. And a mere SERVANT, laughing at a PRINCE?
Hell, if things had degenerated that far, that a servant could laugh at a prince with impunity, then that was a surefire sign that the court as a whole was treating Loki like shit…..because unlike Thor, he wasn’t using brawn and violence to win his battles, but his intelligence and wit (and seeing to it that casualties were a lot lower than they could have been where it came to fighting….see the anecdote he tries to tell where he saved everybodies ass by shrouding them in mist so they could make a getaway….and Thor even steals away that bit of victory, claiming it was all HIS battle-prowess that saved them (also a cut scene).
To have his achievements AND his most worthy abilities causally dismissed as “some do battle, others just do tricks”? Also implying that this kind of dismissal isn’t exactly new?
It’s a wonder that Loki doesn’t turn his back on all of them and tells them to go screw themselves.
But no, he stays.
He keeps on trying to win everybodies’ respect by doing everything he can to protect them and end the war that Thor started (sth. that, btw., he manages to do. And without any major bloodshed to boot.)
We can argue with Machiavelli if his political maneuvering makes him a great king or not, but he is still a giant bag of dicks.
He might be trying to meet his own goals as well as keeping Asgard safe and yeah, in that he is a bit selfish (but hey, is a little bit of respect and acceptance really too much to ask?)…..but where it comes to being a bunch of tremendous assholes, Thor, the Warriors Three (who are, btw, committing high treason, just to get their friend back) and to some extent Odin have him beat hands down.
That line has always fascinated me. The way I interpret it, Loki’s using his brotherly love as a twisted form of personal justification. “I love Thor and I know what a dick he can be. Therefore I have the most right to teach him a lesson even if it hurts him and costs a few lives in the process.
While YOU, Sif and the bumbling Warriors Three, are perfectly content with enabling him and his idiot ways because you’re all blind to his faults.”
Sorry, but Loki is the ONLY ONE WILLING to stop Thor and keep him from the throne until he’s matured enough, so he won’t end up plunging the whole kingdom into one senseless war after another.
And yeah, Sif and the Warriors Three (and even Odin) are enabling Thor’s blood-thirsty, war-mongering ways.
If Odin HADN’T planned to crown Thor King of Asgard, but instead had let Frigga rule while he lay down for the Odin Sleep, I’m pretty sure Loki would have done a gleeful little dance where no one could see him and would then have proceeded to protect his ungrateful brother’s back, while the badly disappointed Thor went off to blow off some steam with some quest or other.
She tells me I'm not capable of what they accuse me. With no remorse I stand and say that guilt is what I plead
“I let the Frost Giants into Asgard”
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I was literally just here talking to the computer trying to tell Tom that he was going to jail, but I couldn’t. Look at that face.