Loki could manage to bring in multiple Jotuns into Asgard with magic. Then after he stole the throne, why did he simply not continue with these methods, and choose to force himself upon the Bifrost and made an enemy of Heimdall?

This question is regarding the 2011 movie Thor.


As Pyrodante says, Loki has an inferiority complex - he's never been able to live up to his father's expectations (by his own measure), he lives overshadowed by Thor, and he's generally considered weak.

He doesn't just want power, Loki wants everyone to KNOW that he has power. Loki isn't mad, insane, or anything of the sort - Loki is a mastermind. His flaw is his crippling inferiority complex colored by his desire to do things in roundabout ways (which is also a way of overcompensating for his inferiority complex, he wants people to respect his genius).

Loki is arrogant, power-hungry, and defiant. Sneaking frost giants in through the hidden ways wouldn't appeal to his needs. Once he has made his power grab, everyone is supposed to know. Tormenting Heimdall is part of that - He wanted to show Heimdall that he, Loki, was in charge now.

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  • Wow, you and Pyrodante made it quite hard to choose the accepted answer :) But, you wrote it in a simpler, better formatted way. So you get the badge :) – Aditya M P Feb 1 '12 at 18:34
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    I'll accept that, although to be fair, he used mine as a launching point. Shoulders of giants and all that :P – Ashterothi Feb 1 '12 at 22:54
  • @Pyrodante: True, you did give me a launching point, but I do disagree about Loki being like the Joker. The Joker is less a trickster and more an anarchist, depending on the writer. Loki is many things, but mad is seldom one of them. – Jeff Feb 2 '12 at 12:47
  • That's fair, I would not say "mad" as much as "nontraditional motivations" – Ashterothi Feb 2 '12 at 16:33

One possible explanation is that Loki is not designed to be a completely evil, calculating, well adjusted villain. He was modeled off of the trickster god and is more chaotic then truly evil. Although much of his efforts went "according to plan" Loki is incapable of just "accepting his victory". Combine that with the fact that is primary motivation was an inferiority complex and you have a recipe for someone who will go to great lengths, including screwing up his own success, to try and make others see him as he tries to see himself.

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  • Does your answer mean that Loki just wanted to prove that he can kick Heimdall's a**? – Aditya M P Feb 1 '12 at 18:05
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    I mean that Loki, like the Joker can not be seen as having typical motivations. In a lot of ways he is simply a dog chasing a car (or driving one off a cliff) – Ashterothi Feb 1 '12 at 18:06

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