Loki and Thor’s 10 Best Brotherly Moments in the MCU

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While there have been plenty of compelling sibling relationships in media, Loki and Thor undoubtedly remain one of the best duos in recent fiction. When they’re not bickering about trivial matters, the beloved characters are quite the perfect depiction of a relationship between two brothers; when they are, they’re an even more accurate one. It is an undeniable fact, however, that both together and individually these Norse gods have quickly become two of the most interesting Marvel characters.


Loki and Thor’s brotherly relationship, though sometimes highly turbulent, is incredibly nurturing in its own way; it is clear that both characters deeply care for each other no matter how much they try to hide it. Throughout the many films in which Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston starred, beautifully bringing the beloved dynamic duo to life, there have been plenty of times when viewers could not help but empathize with Loki and Thor’s intense bond. From fun tricks to almost hugs, here are some of their best moments.


10 The Childhood Ruse

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

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Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok delivered a handful of Loki and Thor sibling moments, and fans thank him for it. One of the most memorable was when both characters were trying to get past the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) guards and steal a ship to get off of Sakaar.

When Thor suggests putting their childhood trick “Get Help” to use, a reluctant Loki goes along with it (even if he ends up instantly regretting it). What makes this scene even better is that, as Tom Hiddleston told fans during ACE Comic Con, it was improvised. The actor also mentioned that he always loved the fact that it wasn’t just a funny moment, but a way to understand something deeper about the characters’ bond, which ultimately makes it a very special scene.

Thor: Ragnarok

Release Date
November 3, 2017

Director
Taika Waititi

Cast
Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba

Rating
PG-13

Runtime
130 minutes

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9 Loki Turns Thor Into Lady Syf

‘Thor: The Dark World’ (2013)

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: The Dark World
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Among many other memorable moments, Thor: The Dark World provides viewers with a fun shapeshifting scene because fans clearly can’t get enough of these. This time, Thor is the victim. When both characters are escaping from Asgard, Loki can not help putting his playful temper to show and transforms his brother into Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander).

Frankly, there is just no way two siblings wouldn’t do this to each other if they had the chance, and that is what makes this Thor: The Dark World moment so unforgettable (even if The Dark World also features some questionable scenes). Rivalries aside, Loki and Thor’s brotherly bond is just like any other — pranks like these aid make their memorable bond so much more interesting and three-dimensional.

Thor: The Dark World

Release Date
October 30, 2013

Director
Alan Taylor

Cast
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander

Rating
PG-13

Runtime
110

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8 Loki Pretends to Be Odin and Rules Asgard

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Loki smiling mischievously after pretending to be Odin in Thor: Ragnarok
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It is not a shocker to anyone, especially not to his beloved brother with whom he spent his childhood, that Loki likes to impersonate people. When Thor arrives in Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, he is the first one to realize that his father is actually not his father, but his brother instead. Naturally, Thor then decides to bring Loki’s lies to light using Mjolnir.

The God of Thunder’s trick made for a really entertaining moment. Not only did it showcase Loki’s gift for persuasiveness to audiences, but it also shed light on Thor’s authoritative nature as the older brother. Out of all the people the mischievous prankster can fool, the God of Thunder is definitely the one he does not want to mess with.

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7 The Snake Story

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Tom Hiddleston as Loki smirking while hearing Thor tell the snake story in Thor: Ragnarok
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Another scene that makes it easy for audiences to believe that these two have really shared ages of history together is when Thor tells Tessa Thompson‘s badass Valkyrie and Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) about a childhood story that happened early on between the brothers. As Loki would reveal, The God of Thunder has always loved snakes, and the mischievous character couldn’t help turning himself into one only to scare him off when he picked it up to admire it. If that isn’t a classic Loki move, we don’t know what is.

While learning their childhood story makes viewers even more invested in their brotherly relationship, what elevates the whole situation to even higher grounds is Loki’s visible affectionate smirk after witnessing his brother enthusiastically replaying the treasured memory in his head.

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6 Thor Thinks Loki Has Turned Into a Piece of Paper

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki standing by each other's side in Thor: Ragnarok
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When Loki vanished mid-conversation and Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) left a card in his place, Thor couldn’t help being upset. It is only understandable, given that he probably had a flashback of everything Loki had transformed into in the past, taking the possibility that this time his younger brother had shape-shifted into a piece of paper.

No doubt, the entire scene makes for a hilarious moment between the two in Ragnarok. What makes it so funny is that it isn’t hard for any viewers who understand Loki to picture the character turning into print as a way out of awkward situations. As such, it wouldn’t even be surprising if that was what had actually happened.

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5 “Loki, I Thought The World of You.”

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Loki standing by each other's side in the elevator in Thor: Ragnarok
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Though short in time, this has to be one of the most touching Loki/Thor scenes in the MCU. Right before performing their top-notch trick “Get Help”, Loki accidentally initiated a heart-to-heart conversation with Thor after asking him if he really thought so little of him. A surprised Thor turned to him and revealed that he actually thought both would fight side by side forever.

A beautiful and mature moment of reflection for both characters created a touching scene for viewers who thoroughly followed Loki and Thor’s different paths; it made audiences wonder what it would’ve been like to watch the two team up from the beginning. While there is a certain sadness to this scene, a sense of understanding is present ― Thor has grown to fully accept Loki and now loves him for who he truly is.

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4 “I’m Listening.”

‘The Avengers’ (2012)

Tom Hiddleston's Loki listening to Thor speak in Avengers
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Generally speaking, sassiness is also a big part of relationships between younger and older brothers, and these two characters are certainly no exception. The mischievous character perfectly embodied this when Thor was sent out in the air by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) during an engaging fight in the first Avengers film.

Before getting dragged by Tony Stark, the older sibling was about to scold his brother on his behavior, saying something along the lines of, “You listen well, brother.” That was when Loki saw the opportunity and rightfully took it, marking one of the most hilarious scenes between the two siblings.

The Avengers

Release Date
May 4, 2012

Director
Joss Whedon

Cast
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

Rating
PG-13

Runtime
143 minutes

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3 That Time They Almost Hugged

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

Chris Hemsworth's Thor looking at Tom Hiddleston's Loki in Thor: Ragnarok after he caught the bottle cap
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“If you’re here, I might even give you a hug,” is the memorable Marvel quote from Thor before throwing the bottle cap at Loki, fully convinced that it wasn’t really him standing there and that his body was a result of his well-crafted illusions instead. He catches it, and Thor immediately realizes that his brother is, indeed, standing before him.

Whether they embraced each other in a loving hug or not, viewers don’t know (though fans like to assume that they did, everyone is still waiting for a deleted scene). Nevertheless, what’s so special about this beautiful sibling moment is essentially Thor’s smile of realization and Loki’s warm tone towards him, which isn’t something audiences are used to seeing. Both characters profoundly care for their relationship and it shows.

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2 “Adopted.”

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017) and ‘The Avengers’ (2012)

Tom Hiddleston's Loki looking at Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok
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This seems to be a recurrent line among the brothers, and it’s actually very on-brand for this sibling relationship. In Avengers, when Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) reminded the crew that Loki had killed 80 people in two days, Thor could not help highlighting that Loki was his brother. However, he also took no time to emphasize the fact that he was adopted.

In Thor: Ragnarok, right after Thor arrives in Saakar and is captured, Loki is quick to deliver the exact same line, making for an unforgettable moment and an impeccable easter egg in the MCU. It is apparent that these brothers, who are seemingly polar opposites, have more in common than one would realize.

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1 “The Sun Will Shine on Us Again.”

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

Tom Hiddleston's Loki looking at Thor in Avengers: Infinity War
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After going through all sorts of things together and right before Loki’s tragic fate (one of the saddest MCU deaths), the frost-giant God hands over the Tesseract to Thanos after glancing at Thor and ultimately reassuring him that everything will be alright in the end. What makes this scene heartbreaking and heartwarming all the same is the way Loki looks at his brother and reluctantly but emotively refers to himself as “Odinson” for the first time, emphasizing the veracity of their strong connection and, consequently, the total acceptance of his Asgardian lineage.

Some people utterly believe that Loki sacrificed himself for his brother’s sake, and the truth is his actions and words alone were very telling: he loves Thor, he always has, and though both have had their disagreements and misadventures, they would without question die for each other in the end.

infinity war

Release Date
April 25, 2018

Director
Anthony Russo, Anthony Russo

Cast
Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen

Rating
PG-13

Runtime
160

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