Thor: The Dark World (liveblog) [x]
THOSE LAST TWO CAPS.
That might possibly be one of my very favorite moments in the entirety of the movie because seriously look at Loki’s face. It’s better in full view, where you can see that that is the face of someone who was often spoiled when they were a child.
That is the face of someone who was entirely precious and precocious when they were young and they knew how to use their adorable “I’m a stinker, but you love me, right? :3” face to melt hearts. And that is exactly how I see Loki as a child and why he has a lot of the problem he has later in life.
Namely, that he was spoiled rotten, that he never had really solid boundaries set up for him in the way he needed, that his parents saw him as such a precious little squish that they couldn’t hardly ever say no to him. Add in that Odin was not a very communicative sort, while Frigga probably had her heart bleeding every time she picked her little snuggle bunny up, remembering that he’d been abandoned and unwanted, she loved him so much and wanted to give him everything.
Thor is spoiled as well, of course, but in a different way. He was also a charmer, someone who was used to getting his way through sheer force of personality, will, and determination. He was like a dog with a bone when he wanted something, completely tunnel-visioned and bull-headed about it. While Loki was the kind who tried attacking from every angle, always a new argument for what he wanted, always a new wheedling tactic, until his parents finally gave in, because they loved that little pumpkin.
I think his parents went the opposite way, they didn’t starve him for affection, but instead overfed him. They praised every little thing (always remembering that he’d been abandoned, unwanted, so they unconsciously made up for that), they built him up and up and up, never really giving him the tools to deal with something major falling apart under his hands.
He still felt overshadowed by Thor, of course, largely because Thor’s strengths seemed effortless to Loki, because Thor’s strengths were ones that won him friends and approval of everyone in Asgard, because Thor was the type who could make friends anywhere, while Loki sniped and snapped and was jealous.
And because of that, because I don’t think Loki dealt with much hardship at all, he was woefully unprepared when real hardship hit him and that mixed together with all the other shit going on with him (ie, I think he has some fucked up brain chemistry going on—possibly depression or bipolar) and you get… everything we see.
But that precocious look, that “I’m a little shit, I’m a cute little shit, right? :3” look remained, because that’s how Loki was used to getting his way and winning people over.
(I’m pretty sure he did it with Thor as well. ”Thor, don’t you want to give me your new hunting knife?” ”No, Loki, you’re just going to break it trying to crush those dragon scales again!” ”But it’s really important to me, Thor, I’ll get you a new one (no he won’t) next month when we go to Nidadvellir. :3 :3 :3” ”……okay, fine.”)