Yes, admittedly, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has a remarkably pretty face. But there is so much to the character, such depths that he plumbs, so many layers that get peeled back throughout the progression of the films, that he deserves to be given the credit for making Loki far, far more than the sum of his parts.
He is a creature with a broken heart and a broken mind, wild in his pain yet full of mischief, a thing of contradictions and confusion from the moment he was born. He is a highly intellectual being who delights in cunning and strategy yet fights like a whirling dervish armed with knives as sharp as his witty tongue; who behaves with arrogance that hides his true lack of validation and self-esteem; who is clearly capable of great love yet buries his sore heart in a snowdrift of jealous, resentful fury; and who, for all his clever brain and fast thinking ability, often refuses to foresee the consequences of his actions, especially when those actions are the result of his blind, insecure wrath.
And that, my friends, is why we love him so much. Not just because he is the most beautiful thing ever to walk onscreen and steal our hearts, but because he is a truly complex character that many of us can on some level relate to. The circumstances may be larger than life, but the emotions are real and human, and they touch us all with empathy. Because while our experiences are what make us who we are, our empathy is what makes us human.