LOKI: Tragedy of a Hero Born to Lose, Over and Over and Over and Over | MARVEL Character BREAKDOWN

Published on Jun 4, 2021
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Loki is one of the most complex, layered characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Going back to his origins in Norse mythology, the God of Mischief is ever an agent of CHANGE. In this character breakdown, we examine his role in the MCU, as the brother of Thor, and his own path as a tragic hero. he's the MCU's catalyst of change, but he's trapped in his own, tragic cycle of defeat.

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  • Ren Zone

    Ren Zone

    Day ago

    Honestly Loki is my second favorite MCU character besides pre endgame Hulk

  • Jane Chiu

    Jane Chiu

    3 days ago

    Love your video on Loki!!!

  • Justin Ebanks

    Justin Ebanks

    3 days ago

    Brilliant insight

  • Kaeyra Velez

    Kaeyra Velez

    5 days ago

    But..IS he human though 🤔

  • Michael Baker

    Michael Baker

    5 days ago

    In LOKI 2 I hope they actually make it about the original Loki. LOKI 1 was about everything but the original LOKI. He merely wandered around like a love sick puppy and he let the female Loki, Sylvie, run his life.

  • 𝐆𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧 𝐌𝐜𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐚 𝐓𝐕

    𝐆𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧 𝐌𝐜𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐚 𝐓𝐕

    5 days ago

    I just wanna cry ... :'(

  • Chijaruable


    5 days ago

    Looking back at this video after the finale gives me a better perspective on why some choices were made in the show that at first seemed not in line with his character, but now make sense. Amazing deep dive 🙌🏼 thank you 👏🏼

  • AussieSlashFan


    5 days ago

    "YOUR SAVOUR IS HERE!" is my fave Loki quote

  • Fiona Lovecraft

    Fiona Lovecraft

    6 days ago

    If Loki has the sword Kid loki gave him, he'd have killed Thanos. Dagger was just a bit too short.

  • Takeda.Naruto


    6 days ago

    I said it and I'll say it again , if it weren't for the biggest Loki fan , Tom Hiddleston himself , playing this actor with that much devotion and knowledge about the character, we would never have had such a deep and arguably the best character in the MCU . Thank you Tom

  • Heather Hanes

    Heather Hanes

    6 days ago

    I always enjoy breakdowns of Loki but I never find anyone addressing his initial, profound, traumatic loss. An infant's identity is found in their mother, and to have been removed from her would create a schism. It would be a large part of the reason he struggles with his identity.
    I am regularly disappointed in Loki's arcs that the "happy ending" is always about him fully accepting only his adopted heritage, only his Asgardian identity. Like another lie.

  • amelia delgado

    amelia delgado

    6 days ago

    I swear if this wasn't what Tom Hiddleston talked about in the infamous Loki lecture I'd be very disappointed ifykyk

  • Roswaal Lexus Mathers

    Roswaal Lexus Mathers

    7 days ago

    The moment he broke through the cycle, he was sent back again

  • berriegyu


    7 days ago

    no but the way tom also delivers his lines ,, like you can feel loki through his words

  • Picrust yum yum Ethan

    Picrust yum yum Ethan

    7 days ago

    This is a theory confirmed because the show is over now and Sylie even mentions the exact words, is a loki a loki because they are born to lose/never win

  • Marion Baggins

    Marion Baggins

    7 days ago

    *Starts tearing up...* Who cut up the Onions while I was watching...

  • Ray Morgan

    Ray Morgan

    7 days ago

    good video

  • Noom


    8 days ago

    Loki really does bring change, Loki changed the entire MCU at the end of EP 6..... Just let that sink in for a minuet.

  • Adam G

    Adam G

    9 days ago

    Even crazier that Loki is seen as never being as good as Thor, being adopted and his flaws keep him from being King. And maybe a bit crazier when you realize Tom Hiddleson auditioned for Thor and never got it! Crazy !! 😅

  • W J

    W J

    10 days ago

    Except...he's not a hero....that's why he must lose. LoL The culture is really going too far with this protagonist villain stuff. Loki is narcissistic and homicidal, remember? I'm pretty sure he wanted to enslave all of humanity or something. Those aren't winning traits. If he's predestined to seek that out then that is tragic but...there is no heroism in it. Everything that comes out of him is personal weakness or misdirective pretense.

  • Carmen Choi

    Carmen Choi

    13 days ago

    This video was made before the Loki series was released! By now (ep 5) this theme of Loki breaking out of his loop and seeking an identity has become evident. You got it so right!

  • Nicholas Reynolds

    Nicholas Reynolds

    14 days ago

    My theory is it is the same Loki.

  • GodOfThunder


    18 days ago

    Fun theory :- (Spoilers For Loki series)
    The Loki in the Loki Series (2012 version) saw the whole thing that were "supposed to" happened to him , like him being the reason of his mother's death, his father accepting and loving him and his brother equally before dying, him sacrificing himself for Thor and promising him "the sun wil shine on us again, brother" maybe made him realise that he doesn't always need to be the bad guy (also mobius said something like that to him) so maybe after loki series ends, he finds a way to go back in place of the loki that died in infinity war, and maybe continue as if he didn't actually die

  • Anushka Ahuja

    Anushka Ahuja

    21 day ago

    Marvel saw this and made Loki ep 1 . These were the exact scenes in ep 1

  • LaurenTheorist


    21 day ago

    So much of what was said in this video was reflected in the first episode! I love it. 💗

  • Liberty&Unity


    22 days ago

    *Just off of title, isn't it like Ragnorok , losing over and over is all about perspective. It was thanks to a Loki that Asgard(the people) survived...I guess he does care😏

  • Broken Pictures

    Broken Pictures

    24 days ago

    Once again, amazing content 💚

  • Amber MG

    Amber MG

    24 days ago


  • DarkHydriegon


    29 days ago

    are you sure she grew up in the TVA, because in the episode it shows that she tried to use her powers and failed like she didnt know she couldn't use her powers.

  • Daniel B

    Daniel B

    29 days ago

    Loki was dope before the Comics. The original warcraft player created custom game mod. The one that was before League of Legends. His playstyle was the same as Nightcrawler from the playstation game. As a Chicano I have always felt like Loki.

  • Jeremy D

    Jeremy D

    Month ago

    Great video!

  • GreyFox23


    Month ago

    Well, the 2012 Loki is at a crossroads when you look at it. Like you pointed out his two big pushes towards his ambituses goals of rule both fell through. The Loki that is stuck in cell in Thor 2 and the Loki now running around in time are at the same point of self reflection. One Loki is left to wallow and ponder his self existence while the other has to literally fight and find himself again while trying to prove his self worth to people who rather just erase him from existence.
    It'll be really interesting in the Loki series if there will be more parallels like this. In some ways it already has. Both Lokis change and move forward after learning about their mother's death. Reflecting on their actions and looking beyond their ambitions and what they want, and see the world for what it is and what's going on. Both Lokis fight for a greater purpose and while accomplishing some goals, end up losing out in the end. Movie Loki "dies" and TV Loki fails to stop whatever plan Female Loki has planned. Movie Loki escapes his situation by faking his death while TV Loki escapes by following Female Loki. Already so many parallels but with drastically different tones while still fundamentally resulting in the same thing.
    If that is to be the case then, like the movies, while Loki is reveling in this time as Odin, TV might enjoy his new found freedom. All before being drawn back into the bigger scheme of things. Pursuing small indulgences or purposes before seeing the bigger picture again. Giving up his more selfish desires for more selfless ones.

  • Rhonda Miller

    Rhonda Miller

    Month ago

    This is the best piece on Loki that I have ever seen!

  • Gabriela Sanz

    Gabriela Sanz

    Month ago

    Can someone please remind me which movie is where Loki’s with the helmet am the vote Loki button and says “what did you expect?” Pleaseeee

  • Eddie Torres

    Eddie Torres

    Month ago

    Anyone know the song being used in the middle of the video? I know I've heard plenty of times on other YT videos and would like to know the artist that wrote it. Please and thank you.

  • bebe yoda team

    bebe yoda team

    Month ago

    i think this loky will revevie the loki we now and love

  • James Burkeen

    James Burkeen

    Month ago

    Me: Why does he keep calling her Randy?
    (After 2nd viewing): Ohhhhh

  • captainjacobi


    Month ago

    Y’all just crushing it with the backstory, proving that the solid understanding of what makes their characters tick is what makes the writing of the MCU so fulfillingly rich!

  • Rafael Rivera

    Rafael Rivera

    Month ago

    I'm liking screen crush more and more.
    Most of the breakdowns on yt rn feel dated after every new episode but Ryan has me rewatching his videos and the episodes many times over.
    Keep up the good work guys!

  • GPJ


    Month ago

    another great video Ryan

  • Grant B.

    Grant B.

    Month ago

    The line he gave Thanos right before he got his neck snapped hit hard to. “You will never be a god” Definitely a testament to shedding his former self.

  • Derrick Harper

    Derrick Harper

    Month ago

    👏🏾 this was such a great vid.

  • Jacob Antwine

    Jacob Antwine

    Month ago

    Yo ur voice sounds so nice when u were breaking down Norse mythology I could listen to you lecture me about this for like an hour bro

  • David M. Cabal Inés

    David M. Cabal Inés

    Month ago

    Probably Loki is elder but Frank Castle was the first antihero to have his own series.

  • dan schriver

    dan schriver

    Month ago

    Steve Rogers and Loki have by far the best character arcs in all of the MCU

  • Gabby Parr

    Gabby Parr

    Month ago

    This is one of your best videos I’ve seen. Great work, Ryan. Thank you for this breakdown!

  • NeverTooBossy


    Month ago

    This is absurd. How could you possibly have produced a video this insightful and though provoking before episode one premiered?! I’m impressed. Verily.

  • mynameisdrpat


    Month ago

    no matter how hard you try, you are destined to be a loser. oh sounds like real life

  • AretnaP 3

    AretnaP 3

    Month ago

    54 Idiots...So Far.

  • Imrose Nayem

    Imrose Nayem

    Month ago

    Loki Has a DARKSEID

  • Carda Oakler

    Carda Oakler

    Month ago

    I'm not crying... YOU'RE crying!

  • kasi raju nallaparaju

    kasi raju nallaparaju

    Month ago

    What if Loki's death was actually real but the Loki from the present series takes the place of odin and returning the stone at Asgard to correct the timeline. Since he knew he was dying, he built statues of himself so people could remember him.

  • Kim Heng

    Kim Heng

    Month ago

    "It was a cruel and elaborate trick conjured by the weak....to inspire fear."

  • Victoria McCauley

    Victoria McCauley

    Month ago

    "No, your Honor! The Mind Stone made me do it!"
    Nat: "YOu kILLed EiGHty-eIghT PeOPle."

  • Steve Ness

    Steve Ness

    Month ago

    This is probably my favorite "break down" video to date including other YT channels. Absolutely love the story telling and character study. Just excellent. Thank you.

  • Rob McLauchlan

    Rob McLauchlan

    Month ago

    New (old 2012) Loki had the benefit of seeing how his life would play out. He saw that he would be able to reconnect with Thor (The scene from Ragnarok) and how he would have redeemed himself and be accepted. Thats all he ever wanted. He saw that he sacrificed himself to save his brother. I think he will turn out different than the Loki we have known, but close to it. I think just him knowing that he can be accepted like that will push him to strive to be that guy. Loki is a character who can't see the good in himself unless it's shoved in his own face.

  • Dustin McDowell

    Dustin McDowell

    Month ago

    “Here I am once again” 🎶

  • Gmotion EDC

    Gmotion EDC

    Month ago

    Please don’t turn him into a good guy. How lazy!!! And boring !!!!!

  • C VW

    C VW

    Month ago

    One of the dopest videos so far

  • Rick Woodward

    Rick Woodward

    Month ago

    Loki's the one character that's changed the most but everyone keeps saying, "Nah, he didn't." Meanwhile, they're the ones that's stayed the same. From what I can tell most of the Avengers were selfish at one point and were stubborn enough to cost the potential collapse of the original timeline. Loki's primal in that he's helping the Avengers complete their task in restoring it in by always changing, to make the Avengers stay the same. In a sense, Loki's his own worst enemy.

  • John McMurray

    John McMurray

    Month ago

    Awesome video. Tom Hiddleston's Loki is easily one of the best parts of the MCU.

  • Angel Negron Velazquez

    Angel Negron Velazquez

    Month ago

    Well, this aged finely!

  • Jonathan LaRiviere

    Jonathan LaRiviere

    Month ago

    Dang, episode 1 confirmed that you are EXACTLY right, and he’s just there to create positive change in everyone around him. Now it’s HIS turn.

  • Jonoab69


    Month ago

    Not sure if anyone has seen Loki episode 1 by now but it seems that they are trying to skip all the time it took for loki's character development and make him similar to how he was later in the movies in just 1 episode, not sure how i feel about that.

  • J.A. C

    J.A. C

    Month ago

    how is loki a hero? an anti-hero maybe.

  • Jeremy White

    Jeremy White

    Month ago

    This makes me want to go watch all the movies with Loki in them.

  • Sean Welch

    Sean Welch

    Month ago

    Pavel and Ryan are crushing it. It's like you can see inside my hobby muscles.

  • leslievelvy


    Month ago

    This video make me cryyy 😭😭

  • Dolores Medina

    Dolores Medina

    Month ago

    Loved this. I always loved loki but this made me realize why. ♥️

  • Adnan


    Month ago

    this hit me like a bag of bricks mannn....who's cutting onions in here!😭😭😭

  • Red Panda

    Red Panda

    Month ago

    Snuck in that lil Mobius cameo there towards the end, I see you in there!

  • David Abernathy

    David Abernathy

    Month ago

    What if as a thank you the TVA allow variant Loki to live out his days in the mcu timeline.

  • Jubernack


    Month ago

    Nope! Loki will always be a mischief. That's why we love him.

  • matthewJ142


    Month ago

    What doesn't make sense is he should have just ruled Yotunheim...

  • matthewJ142


    Month ago

    No. Loki is important because he sets things in motion. If they wanted to be cruel they would have let Odin ignore the baby and just have him die there.

    • matthewJ142


      Month ago

      They did his backstory so well.

  • Its boyaknow

    Its boyaknow

    Month ago

    Red Skull was actually the first step to the Infinity Saga.

  • bradpara


    Month ago

    Read an article that called him the Daffy Duck 🦆 of the MCU

  • I Love Loki♡

    I Love Loki♡

    Month ago

    I have always said that Loki wasn't a villain. But there were still these stupid people who wanted to believe otherwise. Its so good to see that I was right all the time lol.

  • Building on a Budget Models

    Building on a Budget Models

    Month ago

    This is what happens when your writers plan really well - consistent characters with engaging arcs.
    Star Wars could learn something from this - what studio owns those films again? 🤔

  • rahmat 88

    rahmat 88

    Month ago

    Booorn too lose!!
    Living to wiiinn!!

  • nairagar


    Month ago

    yoooooo I just watched Loki and I'm like this video literally called the first episode lol

  • Kuro myou

    Kuro myou

    Month ago

    14:56 No! Ok, maybe a little.

  • Kuro myou

    Kuro myou

    Month ago

    So Loki is on a loop. But then he gets asked if he is a robot...*Westworld reference???*

  • Al R

    Al R

    Month ago

    You know, Thanos is kind of born to lose in the books too. He can only ever go so far before he sabotages himself.

    • RiskyWorks Music

      RiskyWorks Music

      Month ago

      Thanos literally got arrested by the local police in a comic… Yeah, they did him justice in the movies

  • folvenson


    Month ago

    I predict he will break his own loop as well as the time loop of the timeline.

  • S. V

    S. V

    Month ago

    yoo this is one of your best videos!! was a amazing watch loved it!

  • Greg Dorsainville

    Greg Dorsainville

    Month ago

    Dude screen crush essays are at the top of their game.

  • Greg Dorsainville

    Greg Dorsainville

    Month ago

    Oh I see what you did there, Scarlett witch is definitely a villain.

  • Trans Normal Life

    Trans Normal Life

    Month ago

    oh no.. im a reincarnation.ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that explains everything.. lol

  • Cyberjack Παλ

    Cyberjack Παλ

    Month ago

    Am I the only one who nearly cried??

  • Mook Manatwisanwong

    Mook Manatwisanwong

    Month ago

    Loki should also change by the end of this series. Actually, just in the first episode we can see that Loki in the beginning of the episode isn't the same as Loki in the end of the episode in terms of mentality.
    Just like Wanda in WandaVision who has come to cope with Vision's death and accepting her new identity as Scarlet Witch and Falcon in tFnWS who has accepted the shield and the legacy of Captain America, Loki will have found the finalization of self-acceptance and change too.

  • Charles Bourgoigne

    Charles Bourgoigne

    Month ago

    Your essays are so good. This not only explains marvel; when you understand what it means, you see stories/ literature/ mythology etc in another way.
    Never thought there was so much wisdom in them.

  • Ryan Gillego

    Ryan Gillego

    Month ago

    Amazing essay on Loki! ❤👏👏👏

  • Yvonne Roberts New Creation Jewlery Designs

    Yvonne Roberts New Creation Jewlery Designs

    Month ago

    Alright so..let me get this correct: so after all this are you saying Loki can never change that he will forever be a God of Mischief? That he will never achieve change in his life? And #2 What is his fate if he can never go back to his original timeline?

  • Joseph Kalaivanar

    Joseph Kalaivanar

    Month ago

    Masterful video and analysis. Nailed it from start to finish!

  • TheRealVivia


    Month ago

    Dope analysis Ryan 👌🏽

  • chilllzone


    Month ago

    I love this video, Loki is the best character in the MCU

  • b g

    b g

    Month ago

    For some reason I always seen it as the opposite, Loki always in the end manages to come out on top or at least make it out of the mess he gets himself in

  • Heyrold junior Cambry

    Heyrold junior Cambry

    Month ago

    Genius !

  • lenore johnson

    lenore johnson

    Month ago

    The "say my name" thing is the biggest hint that someone has an identity crisis.