The Housemates Seriesby Coneycat
Loki falls from the Bifrost to Bristol, and gets taken in by a household consisting of a Vampire, a Werewolf, and a Ghost, who teach him that being a monster doesn't mean you have to be a bad person.
He gets a job as a school janitor, slowly reconciles with his family (everyone admitting to various faults) and befriends the Avengers (after a rocky start), while getting pulled into various extreme circumstances and becoming the lynchpin of over-the-top dramatic events.
It's glorious and I cannot recommend it enough:
Housemates [x fics]
- Content Warnings
- First Fic
- Monsters: Loki joins the cast of Being Human
- One Sequel
- Brother's Keeper: SHIELD's been taken over by something more sinister than even HYDRA
- Another Sequel
- The Wool-White, Bell-Tongued Ball of Holidays: All the fluff -- Tony gathers everyone (including Coulson's mom) for a celebration of every winter holiday they know
- My Fave
- Lonely Way Back Home: Two Lokis trade places, and we get to compare the series Avengers with the slightly-worse-than-canon Avengers
"There was a rhinoceros in the schoolyard," George announced, as though it might have escaped Loki's notice.
"There was indeed," Loki agreed happily.
"Why was there a rhinoceros in the schoolyard?" Mitchell asked, cautiously, as if unsure he really wanted to know. Loki beamed at him.
"I got the idea from your Harry Potter," he explained. "Think of it as a Patronus Charm." He had been most taken with the idea of a magical creature that could protect others from evil, and it had not been terribly difficult for Loki to come up with his own version of the spell.
"Your Patronus is a rhinoceros?" George asked weakly.
"A mother rhinoceros," Loki clarified.
"With a baby tagging along," George said, as if to himself.
"Well, of course there was, George. If there was no baby, how would people know she is a mother rhinoceros?" Loki pointed out reasonably. "She is hidden from the sight of the children, even that of the little ones, and she cannot harm them. Supernatural beings, on the other hand--those, she can harm." Loki's mouth hardened. "But only if they refuse to accept a warning."
Mitchell looked down at the playground again. "What if there's more than one vampire?""Then there will be more than one rhinoceros."
Odin's Son, Tyr's Sonby PeaceHeather
When Odin allows the dwarves to sew Loki's mouth shut in the throne room, Tyr has had enough of this shit, and exercises his right to remove any of his students from an abusive home. Loki must adjust to being taken in by a father figure who actually cares about him and has his back (while also adjusting to some other revelations).
Eventually it comes out that something is affecting Odin, which does make his behavior a little less of a moral failing, although he's not really let off the hook. If you've ever wanted to see someone really lay it out for Odin about what a right bastard he's been, this is the fic. Likewise if you've ever wanted to see Sif get the arrogance slapped out of her (while still allowing her a chance to become a better person).
Gets extreme and a bit gruesome at times, but a lot of characters get their comeuppance, and Loki gets a much, much better future than could have been expected. I find it a most satisfying journey.
Odin's Son, Tyr's Son [x fics]
- Content Warnings
- Odin's Son, Tyr's Son series
- First Fic
- Grievance: Where it all begins
- One Sequel
- Loyalty: Tyr gets captured, and Loki pulls out all the stops to save him
"How dare you claim my father is a man without honor!" demanded Thor, and Tyr frowned at him the way he did in the arena, when the boy was being especially dense.
"Take another look at your brother, and ask me that again."
"Loki brought—""Loki is not fully of age," said Tyr. "He is only barely old enough to legally enter into binding contracts, or place significant wagers. He is not, however, the head of his own household yet, and until he is, any risk to his life or limb outside the battlefield is meant to be taken up by the elders of his family on his behalf—either his father, or you, Thor, once you come of age yourself. Yet I notice neither of you even dreamed of doing so, and you, Thor, even held him still so that those filthy dwarfs could torment him." Brokkr and Eitri, still standing there, no longer looked so smug, but Tyr ignored their shouts of protest. "Meanwhile Odin allowed his own son to be humiliated publicly, mutilated, for a bit of sport."
A Villain State of Mindby Mikkeneko
When SHIELD doesn't know what to do with Loki, they call in Professor Charles Xavier of the X-Men, who quickly figures out several worrisome things. Xavier becomes Loki's advocate and later his therapist and mentor. In the sequel (after the events of TDW occurred offscreen), Loki joins the School for Gifted Youngsters as a professor teaching cosmology, and ends up defending the kids against the forces trying to kidnap them.
This alerts Thor to the fact that he's alive, and Thor comes in guns blazing, thinking he's a villain again. After getting his ass handed to him, Thor's in a bit of a better mindset to realize that Loki's not doing anything wrong, and they do eventually reconcile (after Jane and Darcy hear Thor's epic fauxpology and sit him down to teach him how to do an apology right).
Offers some very interesting thoughts on Loki as the sometimes embodiment of elemental chaos, and the idea that Thor's natural aura is a bit much to bear if you're around it too long.
The Great Subconscious Club [5 fics]
- Content Warnings
- The Great Subconscious Club
- First Fic
- A Villain State of Mind: Xavier helps Loki
- Cover Up the Sun: Loki joins Xavier's school
- Laughing As I Pray: Thor learns the art of the apology (eventually)
Loki eyed him up and down, and his face pulled into a sneer; it cracked his lips and made them bleed. "How low Midgard's mightiest heroes have fallen," he said in a rasp, "that they bring cripples and degenerate half-men to do their work for them?"
The thing was about being a telepath, the thing was, you always heard people's intentions along with their words. Charles was quite accustomed to the stinging bile that came along with insults, the seething venom that bubbled behind taunts and slurs and sometimes behind polite smiles. He well knew the flavor of thoughts that hated and despised, and although the words were calculated to hurt, there was no true feeling behind them. They were tests, volleys thrown in the dark to test his reactions.
Instead he heard, a flurry of disjointed thoughts like a swarm of minnows: Who is that? New, never seen before. Not a guard. Not a soldier. What does he want? What does he fear? Not a threat. Man of the mind; scholar, doctor, mage? What does he know? How can I get at him? How can I frighten him? How can I make him want to help me?
It was impossible to feel angry or insulted by someone who was obviously so afraid of him. "Oh, I'm not a superhero," Charles informed him calmly. "I don't even work for SHIELD, really. I'm here as more of a... consultant."
Loki's face stayed a stiff, hostile mask, but his eyes were confused and wary, off-balance. The water had helped somewhat, but he was still swimming with exhaustion, mind and body both ground down by weeks of deprivation. Charles leaned forward and asked him, bluntly, "What else do you need?""I need nothing from you," Loki spat, but his thoughts clearly said otherwise: Food, please, please, anything, I'm so hungry, please. Then over that primal need, forceful and clear, I must not show weakness. I must not give them any openings, for they will show no mercy. I will not beg, not from them.
If Lost, Please Return to Peterby GalaxyThreads
Peter strikes up an unlikely friendship with Loki, which eventually pays off when Loki saves his life (repeatedly). It's really quite an endearing series, and became the inspiration for A Stray Parrot in Queens.
Yet another series where I like the name of the first fic better than the name of the series, so of course that's how I remember this series.
I'm Peter [3 fics]
- Content Warnings
- I'm Peter
- First Fic
- If Lost, Please Return to Peter
- My Fave
- Excerpt (condensed)
He's dying. Oh, gosh, he is actually dying. There's blood in his mouth.
Then suddenly there's a hand on his shoulder and a voice speaking rapidly in his ear. Peter doesn't recognize it, but he looks up to see Loki before the Asgardian shoves him back against the wall and lifts his hands over Peter's chest.
Peter slaps his fingers away. "No!" he exclaims in panic.
Loki grabs at his wrists. "Spider, stop it, I'm trying to help—"
Peter squirms out of his grip and attempts to scramble to his feet, but the pain that ripples through him causes his feet to tangle. He lands in a heap and can't help the choked cry that escapes him. Loki's hands are once again touching him, turning him onto his back, grasping his shoulders and holding him down."Peter, Peter, stop, I swear on my life that I am only trying to help you. You're bleeding, stay still."
Wherein the fic hands Loki over to a Master, helpless but not magically bound to obey (or where that's a minor nuance of the situation).The baseline: Poetic Justice (Limmet) -- given to Tony, troubled by not knowing what Tony intends to do Add a daughter: Butterfly (EndlessStairway) -- bound to Tony, has a daughter How might Steve handle it? Brought to Justice (DictionaryWrites) -- bound to Steve, who mostly lets him live a normal life Odin being an even worse dick, and Fandral an attempted rapist, but at least Loki's befriended a lot of servants: Make me choose (appreciatethevoid)
Forced to Obey
Wherein the fic focuses on a magical effect that forces Loki to follow instructions from the one he's bound to (his Master).The collar forces him to obey orders to the letter, and won't let him do anything else: The Thrall Prince (kuzibah) The collar requires him to be "of service" before he can eat, talk, etc.: Tony's Thrall (EndlessStairway) Similarly, though he's not specifically enslaved to them: Send Me Back (EndlessStariway) -- Grandmaster sends Loki to the Avengers for training He's sworn to follow orders, but the Avengers don't take it seriously: As You Wish (anonymous) -- sworn to obey, and many issues happen because the Avengers don't grasp this Bound to Coulson (unfinished): Reconciliation (Tangerinedream) -- bound to Coulson, severe, but I forget the details; some jerks drove her out of the fandom Variation: Instead of slavery, Loki ends up accidentally getting a slave collar on him, and the Avengers try to help him out: Things Left Buried (Marzipanda)
Here's where the truly bad stuff kicks in. You have been warned!Horrific punishment for disobeying: Screaming Mute and Seeing Blind (Nonymos) Horrific punishment for thoughtless or contradictory orders (to the point where Loki prefers death): Tear My Castle Down (Lise) Evil Tony broke Loki, then good Tony rescued him: Downward Facing Dog (EndlessStairway) -- SERIOUSLY NSFW; highly disturbing content The darker version of Tony's Thrall, wherein Tony ends up the villain due to an outside effect, and Loki suffers for it: The Prince in the Tower (EndlessStairway) Loki already horribly traumatized from previous slavery, and still being hurt by the effect: As You Say (LilyAnson)
Just a Captive
If there's no magical compulsion involved, and no real slavery duties or anything, then it goes here:Drag the Past Out Into the Light (Coneycat) -- Loki bound to Frigga Laying New Foundations (series by Marzipanda) -- Hvergelmir sets the idea up, and Idavollr explores it: Loki gives himself over to the care of the Avengers as the best of many bad options. This is him being a prisoner, because, for example, they're able (and willing, if unhappy) to bind him and cause him pain to take his weapons away from him, and it's not something he can say no to (coercion/duress). True Love's First Kiss (Coneycat) -- Odin puts Loki in the treasure vault; Thor makes long-term plans to save him
Wounded or Maimed Loki
BlindFollow the Blind (StarScreamLoki) Stygian (GalaxyThreads)
BraindamagedPiece by Piece (Kairyn) -- Loki's braindamaged and Clint looks after his recovery The High Price of Mind Control Removal (jalendavi_lady) Freefall (galaxysoup) -- Thor catches Loki, but Loki's mind is gone
Amnesiac LokiQueens Grace (RenneMichaels) -- Loki's memories erased, given to Tony; clever prince Tabula rasa (boleyn13) Seven Mighty Warriors (CloudyDay) Porcelain (GalaxyThreads) -- Loki saves Hela, and the ship is not a great place
Loki's KidsLife Is Never Gentle (Cip) (?) Wandering Child (wanderingchild) -- Loki's a child soldier; his kids
Fury or CoulsonThe Blood of My Enemy Stains My Hands Now (GalaxyThreads) -- Fury gets Loki on his payroll (and punches Odin in the face)
Serious Depression LokiOne Step Away (JaggedCliffs)
Traumatized LokiLygari (kaigee) I Am Yours, And All – Or The Arduous Emancipation Of One Loki Odinson (black_feather_fiction) Darkness, Flooded in Light (galaxysoup) -- Loki falls to Midgard, gets taken in by a small town, recalls horrific memories of what Odin does to those who step outside the norm
Forced MarriageMy Skin (Niori) -- Thor's a rapist, forced marriage/concubine, story told in flashbacks Under Calico Skies (Coneycat) -- after forced breeding, Loki lives on Midgard and falls for Pepper Compassion (Coneycat) -- LINK TO MINE; Thor's a rapist, Steve arranges for a mercy death for Loki
Loki VindicatedFate's Guardian (PeaceHeather) What you are in the dark (is beautiful) (PeaceHeather)
Thanos TormentsWe Drown Together (GalaxyThreads) -- Thor and Loki both fall, later Peter finds them We're a Mess Now, Huh? (GalaxyThreads) -- Thor falls instead of Loki, and gets brainwashed by Thanos
Loki in HidingFix You (ZappyTiel)
Other/UnsortedA Seed in Barren Lands (Lizardbeth) No Place to Hide (Storyteller_of_the_Forest) -- Thor dies, Loki rules? Face hell and walk backwards into the light (ravenbringslight) -- ghost Loki eventually recovered It's an Institute You Can't Disparage (Coneycat) -- child bride, but Thor waits until Loki wants it too Allfather Knows Best (Not That Anyone Listens to Him) (Coneycat) -- longsuffering Odin in the wake of Loki's lipsewing Like Lab Rats (GalaxyThreads) -- Loki, Wanda, and Doctor Strange captured long-term and no one looks for them until Peter Vertigo (GalaxyThreads) -- Peter in abusive homelife, tries to hide it I Need a Favor (EndlessStairway) -- Tony begs Loki to heal Pepper Few So Generous (galaxysoup) -- how Frigga handles the throne Tea with the Hatter (TGIF) (theorytale) The Prestige (black_feather_fiction) Return of Hug Fortress (theorytale) Seven Days (Liraeyn) -- Odin forces Thor to kill Loki Deception, Fear and Redemption (Anchanee) -- Loki claims that Tony's the father of his kid () () () () () I Get Under Your Skin (theorytale) -- soulbonds can hear each other's earworms () () () () Yet to read: Amateur Theatrics (galaxysoup) -- Loki turned into a kid by accident () () () () () () () () () () Schism (bitofageek) -- Loki takes the Tesseract and runs off to hide in a Midgard library or some such (then meets Tony) A Mother's Choice (LokasennaHiddleston) The Several Heirs of Loki Odinson, Prince of the Realm of Asgard (theorytale) -- Loki keeps passing off random monsters as his kids No Barren Moon (theorytale) -- Loki's really in a bad way () () Wings (astolat) () () () Escape (Pinky_Wisteria) -- nice art, and also a comic () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () ()
Loki's Point of View
Loki and Asgard
Loki and the Avengers
Loki vs. Villains
Thor's Point of View
Tony and Pepper
Tony's Point of View
Pepper's Point of View
Clint's Point of View
Peter's Point of View
If they're not an Avenger, but still have at least one significant POV piece, they go here.
Bucky's Point of View
Darcy's Point of View
If more than two characters share the spotlight in roughly equal focus, it goes here.
Now, for fics that focus on some level of group dynamic: