Loki Season 1: A Look at Self Love

Amanda Bussman
4 min readMar 13, 2022
Disney+ and Marvel Studios

It’s astonishing to me. The number of individuals I’ve seen lately complaining about the Loki/Sylvie interactions. I’m starting to wonder if any of you actually know who Loki is.

I think it might be time for a discussion.

Or at least for you to reflect on who Loki (and any incarnation of him) is.

Might I first remind you that Loki is the same Loki from the Avengers? The selfish and arrogant asshole who will do anything in his power to protect himself.

A Loki’s first priority is himself.

This is where people find it in them to not like Loki.

To only see the negative in this perspective isn’t to see the full picture. Those who are of this mindset have never had to put themselves first. They’ve never had to stop and realize that watching their own back is also a priority.

Yes. In many ways, Loki had two parents who loved him. At least, as much as Odin was able to show that affection to his adopted son. He had a brother who meant the world to him (in his own way).

But Loki was also alone.

You need to take a step away from the family argument for a moment. I urge you to think past it.

Sometimes you don’t fit.

That’s the simplest way to put some of the most complicated feelings. There are people who are not the puzzle piece that is missing from a family. People who just don’t belong.

You can pose the argument and say that this stretches back to Loki being an orphan. He was taken away from Laufey and Jotunheim and everything he should have known. Raised by imposters… you can raise your points. But they don’t necessarily need to be agreed with.

The bottom line is, Odin and Frigga loved their son as fully as they did Thor. Sure. But there was always something missing when it came to Loki.

The honesty factor was never part of Loki’s life

It does, however, have to do with the fact that Loki has a personality that opposes his family’s. He doesn’t fit into that perfect royal box. (Arguably, Hela and Loki seemed like they could have been siblings before Hela and Thor. That is a point for a different day.)

Amanda Bussman

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