Based on a TON of people that i have talked with, I have come to a clear decision:
Many people (not all) like Loki for the sole reason that Tom Hiddleston is attractive.
I’m serious, though. Many of the people that I have talked to cannot distinguish between Loki and Tom, therefore meshing them as the same person. While they are in some sense, they’re two very different beings.
Tom is gentlemanly, kind, humorous, and the list could go on.
Loki is (basically) a homicidal maniac with no compassion for anyone, no sense of understanding, and definitely no kindness. Clearly, a very different person from Tom.
I am really curious if people would still love and obsess over Loki had he been portrayed by another person who is less attractive.
As mental as it sounds, I fucking love Loki’s homicidal maniac insanity. It makes me oddly pleased.
Honestly, it was Tom that led me to see Thor after watching The Avengers, but it all took on a different meaning afterward. Loki is cunning, and all this other stuff after Thor was banished. It’s not Tom’s looks that makes Loki, but how he plays him. I am able to separate the two personalities, seeing that there’s a bit of Tom in Loki before they went to Jotunheim and everything changed, and that there seems to be nothing left of Tom’s personality in any film featuring Loki since. I seem to find Loki’s ruthlessness appealing, and I didn’t find Tom attractive until he played Loki. Truthfully, I am drawn to dark characters, and if Loki were played by someone else, I would likely find that person attractive as well.