Who Are the Time Keepers in ‘Loki’? Explained

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From the moment Miss Minutes informed Loki about the existence of the Sacred Timeline and the Time Keepers, everyone eagerly awaited their identity to be revealed. The God of Mischief also wanted to meet them as soon as possible, but their identity remained a mystery for some time. In this article, you can find out who the Time Keepers in ‘Loki’ are as we explain their existence and creation.

The Time Keepers were first introduced as the all-knowing creatures that created the Sacred Timeline after a multiversal war. Their job was to oversee everything the TVA does and ensure the proper time flow. However, it is later revealed that they were mindless androids created by He Who Remains – the real Time Keeper.

Further in the article, we will discuss who the Time Keepers are in more detail, why Loki wants to meet them so badly, and their purpose in the TVA. You can also learn about He Who Remains and why he is important. So, keep reading to find out everything about it!

Why does Loki want to see the Time Keepers?

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When the TVA captured Loki, he had no idea where he was and what was happening around him. Everything seemed chaotic and unfamiliar. However, one of the first things he learns about is the existence of the Time Keepers. Miss Minutes also informs Loki about the history of the Sacred Timeline.

Long ago, there was a vast multiversal war where countless unique timelines existed and battled each other for supremacy. That nearly resulted in total destruction of the whole existence. Then, the all-knowing Time Keepers emerged. They reorganized the multiverse into a single timeline, the Sacred Timeline. And ever since, the Time Keepers protect and preserve the proper flow of time.

However, there are many instances where Variants meddle with the Sacred Timeline and create events that don’t fit into the timeline the Time Keepers had in mind. Those events are called the Nexus Events, and it is the Time Variance Authority’s job to fix those mistakes and set the time on its predetermined path.


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At first, Loki wanted to see the Time Keepers to explain that it was all a mistake and that he should not even be removed from the timeline and captured by the TVA. Later on, he realized the TVA was a place far more powerful than anything he had ever imagined, as they used Infinity Stones as toys. So, he decided to meet the Time Keepers and overthrow them so he could rule over TVA.

Who is really behind the TVA in ‘Loki’?

After defeating Alioth and finding their way out of The Void, Loki and Sylvie went to The Citadel at the End of Time. There, they learned who was behind the TVA’s creation and basically everything that was and will be. His name was He Who Remains.

He Who Remains studied Alioth and his capabilities. He learned that the creature was created from all the tears in reality and could consume time and space itself. Then, he harnessed the beast’s power and began experimenting on it. After that, He Who Remains weaponized Alioth and ended the Multiversal War conducted between his Variants. He then isolated the single timeline and managed the flow of time. To prevent further branches, he created the TVA, which will keep everything in check.

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As the years passed, He Who Remains became tired of keeping the timeline in check. That’s why he decided to find his replacement and concluded that Loki and Sylvie would be perfect for the job. The Lokis had two choices: to accept the offer and rule over the TVA or to kill He Who Remains and risk starting the Multiversal War Again.

Is Kang the Time Keeper from ‘Loki’?

Even though there are some misconceptions and confusion regarding Variants, it is important to note that Kang the Conqueror is not the Time Keeper from ‘Loki,’- He Who Remains is. However, Kang is mentioned in the show. He Who Remains said that Kang was his Variant and a scientist who lived on Earth in the 31st century. Kang discovered the existence of the multiverse. Other Variants learned the same thing, and in the beginning, they made contact with each other and preserved peace.

However, that peace ended. The Variants started to be power-hungry and wanted to destroy other timelines to preserve theirs. Multiversal War broke down, and Kang was the one who started it. He wanted to conquer as many timelines as possible but was eventually banished to the Quantum Realm.


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So, Kang was never about keeping the peace and preserving the timeline. He was oriented toward destroying the Multiverse and conquering different worlds. The Variant who ended the Multiversal War created TVA, and kept the Sacred Timeline in check was He Who Remains.

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