Loki is one of the most polarizing, ambiguous figures in both the MCU and Marvel Comics. He does so much evil but then redeems himself, and you kind of fell for him due to his horribly tough life. That’s why people love him so much, especially after Tom Hiddlestone’s epic portrayal in the MCU.
The God of Mischief, Odinson, Laufeyson, the Puny God, the Prince of Lies, the Trickster of Asgard – there’s no end to the nicknames that are just as iconic as the character himself. I hand-picked the ten Loki nicknames I found to be the most iconic and the ones that you just have to know about! The list is alphabetically ordered instead of being ranked. Enjoy!
Conniving, Craven, Pathetic Worm
This one is more of a hard insult than a nickname, but it’s iconic for Loki in his epic MCU character arc. After Loki gets trapped by the TVA, he’s put into a memory he has to relive over and over again before it mentally breaks him.
In the memory, Lady Sif of Asgard calls him a ‘Conniving, craven, pathetic worm’ because he cut off his hair as a joke. Then, she tells him he’ll always be alone. At first, Loki seems unphased by it, but as Lady Sif repeats the insult in the memory over and over again, it really triggers Loki’s deepest fears, knowing that him being alone forever is an actual possibility.
Ikol is, obviously, Loki spelled backward. The nickname first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #622, and it marked a complete change for the character. He actually gave the nickname Ikol to himself – or his future, evil self, if you will.
I could explain the whole story, but it would require a separate article altogether. So, in short, Kid Loki realized what his future self would become, so he trapped him and called him Ikol, for he wasn’t worthy of the name Loki. Then, he started doing good deeds to redeem himself and gain his brother’s trust back, like saving Asgard from Galactus, etc.
I love this nickname for Loki for several reasons. First, it addresses the fact that Loki is a mischievous guy who loves tricking others in all kinds of ways. Second, the nickname Trick-Skin addresses the fact that Loki is a shapeshifter and that he can take the form of anyone, or anything, at will. Essentially, his skin becomes another trick – hence, the nickname Trick-Skin.
Third, and the deepest for me, is the fact that Loki is actually a Frost Giant, and his skin is actually blue. However, he was adopted by Odin when he was just an infant, and it seems he purposely changed his skin color to look like the Asgardians – perhaps even unwittingly. It’s kind of sad that he couldn’t be himself, even as an infant.
Another similar nickname that’s quite common for Loki that also addresses his ‘tricky’ nature is the Trickster of Asgard (Thor & Hercules Encyclopaedia Mythologica vol. 1 #1-10).
This particular nickname for Loki – or two surnames, if you will – appears both in the MCU and the comics. And the story behind the change is quite similar, too. You see, Loki never knew he was actually adopted and that Odin wasn’t his biological father.
He carried the name Loki Odinson for his entire life, just like his brother, Thor. However, after he had learned that Laufey, the King of Frost Giants, was his real father and that nobody had ever told him that he was the rightful heir to become the King of Frost Giants, Loki was absolutely livid and, as a sign of protest, started calling himself Loki Laufeyson instead of Odinson.
Prince of Lies
I know we all love Loki now because of the MCU version of the character – heck, Loki was one of my favorite Marvel characters even before the live-action portrayal. But, it’s important not to forget that he started off as a villain and was one for the most part of the character’s history.
The Prince of Lies is a nickname that came in Thor Vol. 3 #10 and showcases just that – as thor is the Prince of Asgard, Loki is the Prince of Lies, always plotting, scheming, and doing evil stuff that usually starts with him lying his butt off.
The ‘Puny God’ scene is one of the most replayed scenes from the MCU that quickly became a viral meme. In the first Avengers film, Loki starts telling the Hulk that he is a god and that all of them are beneath him, yadda, yadda…
The Hulk doesn’t take it kindly, and in the middle of Loki’s condescending speech, the ‘dull creature’ picks him up by his leg and slams him all over the floor like a ragdoll before turning away and saying – Puny God. It stuck hard, and now everybody knows Loki as the Puny God.
Take another look at this epic scene below. Thank you, Mr. Hulk!
This one came from the MCU as well, and it was delivered by – you guessed it – the king of awesome nicknames, Tony Stark. As Captain America was Capsicle, Thor was Point Break, Ebony Maw was Squidward, and Hawkeye was Legolas, Loki became Reindeer Games after an altercation with Iron Man.
The nickname came due to Loki’s hilarious horned helmet. Like all the other nicknames Tony tends to give out, Reindeer Games is a pop-cultural reference to the 2000 action movie Reindeer Games starring Ben Affleck.
Rock of Ages
Tony didn’t let Loki off the hook that easily, though. If Reindeer Games wasn’t fun enough for you, then how about Rock of Ages? It’s yet another pop-cultural reference aimed toward Loki’s appearance (Stark can be such a bully, am I right?).
Rock of Ages was a broadway musical revolving around metalheads and rockers with long, messy hair in the 1980s – kind of what Loki was rocking at the moment when Iron Man called him Rock of Ages.
Believe it or not, there was a time in Marvel Comics when Loki was referred to as Satan. Well, at least he referred to himself as that.
During the 1940s and 1950s, Loki repeatedly called himself Satan due to his devilish nature, mischief, and vile intentions. The first time I could find the nickname appearing was in Venus #10. Of course, Loki is nothing like Satan – the nickname better suits Satannish or Mephisto – but I found it interesting and iconic that the parallel was pulled at some point.
The God of Mischief
Lastly, the most iconic nickname/alias/moniker for Loki, other than his actual name, has to be The God of Mischief. The nickname appears in both the MCU and the comics all the time and became a synonym for our favorite trickster. It stems from Loki’s origins in Norse mythology and his mischievous, tricky nature, as well as the use of magic.
Speaking of magic, Loki is also often called the Master of Magic, which goes hand-in-hand with the nickname God of Mischief, as he usually does his mischievous deeds with magic tricks, shapeshifting, projecting, etc.