What does it say about me that most of Loki’s “little shit” sass moments strike me as perfectly reasonable?
I mean look here, he’s wearing like eighty pounds of chains and being dragged before a king who’s not exactly known for any sort of mercy, and who has made it pretty clear he has no love left for Loki (if he ever did, which is seriously in question). Mother dear, what do you mean by WORSE? He’s already decided your little boy’s fate. Why does it matter what the Silvertongue says? He could do a little teapot dance at this pathetic excuse for a “trial” and it wouldn’t affect a damn thing.
Loki sass: Honestly the most sensible and realistic reactions of anyone on screen most of the time. Or maybe that’s just how it seems to a cynical sarcastic little bitch like me.
^^^^Reblogging because I choked on my tea at the mental image of Loki doing the ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ dance. But I agree with the rest of it too. ^_^
I felt that Loki was falling back on tried and true defense mechanisms with his sarcasm and wit. Alongside his magic, they have become his forms of coping with injustice that is so socially ingrained into Asgardian society, so absorbed into its norms, that farce is the only real way to respond to them. Concepts such as the “Lokasenna” in which Loki elaborately deconstructs the other gods at their banquet for their hypocrisy and folly certainly play into this charcterization. In my opinion there was nothing out of character about Loki in this film, least of all his use of acerbic verbal repartee. In his never-ending quest to answer the question “Who and what am I?”, he’s decided to fully embrace his core nature as a prankster and use it to challenge anything normative or stable in Asgard’s highly flawed society. And to me it’s frankly a beautiful case of social subversion.
We have to remember that Loki’s VOICE is actually a newly re-appropriated tool of social agency. It’s his power. After all, he IS indeed the “Silvertongue.” And what did people always say to him in the past? “Shut up, Loki, be quiet and know your place Loki.” And after Avengers, how did they contain Loki? They MUZZLED him. In a world where fists rule, words are frighteningly potent weapons. The Aesir get that on some level, and Loki has learned to use it now to its fullest. No more docile deferring to the other party when they get mad and start shouting; Loki shouts back, and using smarter phraseology to boot. Throughout the film, Loki is practically giddy with the power of his own running mouth. Sometimes he uses it for good or benevolent purposes, to voice the feelings of his heart when there is nothing to lose and everything to gain in doing so; other times, one scene in the end in particular, he uses it to deceive very important pawns in his game.
So no, Loki being snarky isn’t ooc. It’s quintessentially ic.
Very much capturing Loki in myth.