Function Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Loki is the ultimate survivalist. How he accomplishes this is by appealing to other people on an emotional level and making them like him. In Loki, even though he has nefarious plans for the TVA (that form almost the instant he finds himself there – it’s the same ambition he always has, to “take over and rule” … which he also had for Asgard, Earth, and eventually the Galaxy), he makes Mobius like him and becomes useful to him, as a scheme to get closer to the Time Keepers, so he can destroy and replace them. In Thor: Ragnarok, when he lands on the trash planet, he becomes a valued member of the Grand Master’s inner circle without even trying. Loki goes to great lengths to emotionally manipulate people and wound other people, by targeting what he assumes will be most hurtful to him (such as when he inadvertently clues Black Widow into his ultimate evil design). He often appeals to his brother’s emotions, by pretending to be what Thor wants from him, all so that he can (sometimes literally) stab him in the back and/or fake his own death to assume their father’s throne. When Thor turns up having figured this out, he finds Loki has commissioned plays and theatrics that play up his own selfless behaviors, in order to make the people like him more. Loki is devastated at the thought that Odin does not see him as “equal” to Thor, when he knows he has a much higher intelligence level, simply because he is adopted. In Loki, he engages Syvlie in conversation intended to get her to open up and confide in him, is charming and attractive, and easily connects to her. When they need somewhere to charge up their temp pad, Loki adopts the persona of a woman’s dead husband in order to appeal to her, but then is knocked on his butt, because he went in too heavy-handed with sentimental language to appeal to her. Even though he can be selfish and immature, Loki is touched by emotional appeals, somewhat horrified to see people dying all around him at one point, and wants to stop Slyvie from killing the Time Keeper, because of the bigger picture involved and all the lives they might destroy in their revenge scheme. He’s far better than she is at keeping the big picture in mind; when they’re told that their actions might fracture the time line and expose them to many different versions of the same threat, he wants to take a beat and think about what might happen, so they can make an informed decision. He doesn’t believe “burning it all down” is the solution anymore, now that he knows more about what they’re dealing with. He figures out ahead of anyone else that Sylvie is hiding in apocalypses, since nothing she does there will matter. He has no proof of this, so he and Mobius go to Pompeii a few minutes before the eruption to test his theory, which is correct. He says, “I see a scheme, and in that scheme, I see myself.” He knows when Sylvie is setting a trap, because “I’m ten steps ahead of you.” Nexus events allow for Sylvie to creep in and out of reality whenever she wants, without being tracked, and also allows him to escape. He engages in routine abstract conversations with Sylvie, and uses metaphors to explain his meaning to Mobius (ruining his salad in the process). Loki is excellent at reading other people, seeing their true potential, and twisting that to his advantage. He rarely enters into something before he has worked it all out in advance, however he can also leap recklessly onto greater opportunities, seizing the advantages of the moment, which sometimes turn out badly (him “aiding” the escaped prisoners, which end in the death of his mother, and challenging Valkyrie to a fight). Whenever he attempts to do anything impressive in Loki, he usually winds up losing, being beaten up, or clobbered across the face. His stupid need to be the center of attention and show off on the train by making everyone like him, while he drinks and has a grand old time to relax, gets them noticed and thrown off the train, thus potentially trapping them at the end of a nexus event with no way out. He pompously, recklessly and arrogantly challenges and lectures the Hulk, which … in hindsight was a bad idea. Though a thoughtful schemer, Loki is so quick to engage Black Widow that he foolishly reveals his intentions before he wanted to; he can become so consumed by emotion that all reason flies out the window and he cannot rationalize away any of his feelings, although he has clearly analyzed his adversaries in order to find and exploit their weaknesses. He also self-analyzes so infrequently, he has no idea that he loves Sylvie until Mobius points it out to him, and then he’s shocked to find out it’s true. Though Sylvie believes there’s no hope, and no way off an exploding planet, Loki insists there must be some way to survive, that with two geniuses like themselves around, they will figure something out once they get there, but then he expects her to come up with the way to escape.
Enneagram: 3w4 so/sp
Loki is a shape shifter who shows you whatever persona he thinks will most appeal to you, at any given time, in order to fulfill his ambition. He’s a deceiver of the highest order, but also… deceives himself on a regular basis. He’s oblivious to his own feelings for Sylvia and somewhat insecure about confessing them, he doesn’t realize how much his adopted mother means to him until she’s gone, and he suffers a lot of anguish over his adopted father’s rejection of him as not being good enough to rule, when he knows damn well that he’s ten times smarter than Thor and deserves that throne. To fulfill his ego, Loki goes out of his way to impress people by demanding they be impressed by him and worship him. He sets up plays on his home world to praise his memory and sacrifice, so people won’t know he’s still alive, while singing praises about Dead Loki in his ear. In Loki, he’s ambitious and scheming, instantly putting up with all kinds of humiliations in order to position himself to escape and take down the Time Keepers. His 4 wing is broody and broken and angry about the injustices he has faced. Loki focuses on how life has wronged him—his abandonment as a child, his stepfather not treating him as equal to Thor, him being denied a throne he believes is his by right, because he is more intelligent than his brother. He has a duel sense of feeling neglected, unwanted, and persecuted, and at the same time feeling superior in all ways to Thor and wanting to humiliate him. He suffers from a terrible envy that drives most of his major decisions, including his egomaniacal need to create chaos and benefit from it, when he seeks ultimate power on earth.