Loki is very Shakespearian. He has a lean and hungry look, like Cassius. He’s a plotter, like Iago. He’s ambitious like Macbeth.

—Tom Hiddleston. Source

This made me think about which Shakespeare characters I think Loki resembles. The answer is, none. One thing about Shakespeare, and why like Shaw I am not a bardolater, is that he never created heroes. He didn’t create characters we should admire or aspire to be like.

(Years ago I said that to my father as a criticism of Shakespeare. He said, “That’s not what fiction is for.” Taken aback, I said, “Yes, it is.” That kind of sums up everything.)

Loki, of course, is exceedingly heroic, and that’s part of the reason his story is so tragic: he’s an ideal hero trapped in a world full of flawed Shakespearean douchebags.


“The strangely admirable thing about Loki is that he doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. I’ve always found that quality really sexy in women. Self-possession. Quiet confidence. An acceptance of difference. A certain… mischief. A sense that things could be a little “exciting”. I think I should stop there!”- TH


Tom Hiddleston for Shortlist (October 2015)

“When you meet children and they have that really authentic response, that’s really cool. They are so generally enthusiastic and you realise they love these characters unashamedly. The enthusiasm is so genuine and so infectious. I am continuously amazed at how people like Loki.”