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Amateur Theatrics by galaxysoup, thor & loki + avengers, de-aged!loki, sexswap, bodyswap, 26.5k
    In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous.
    I decided to read this fic at random last night, not even knowing what it was about, just picking a title at random on my ereader and you know what I got? THE FIC I HAVE BEEN FUCKING WAITING FOR. It's probably my own fault, I didn't pay attention when the fic was linked to me or whatever, but LOKI ACCIDENTALLY TURNED INTO A KID FIC, yesssss. I have been waiting for this fic. And it's solidly lengthy at over 26k, but more than that, it's perfect. Loki's latest magical thingamadoo goes wrong and the Avengers wind up in various situations (genderswap, bodyswap, age regression, etc.) and with this darling kid Loki who is the most adorable thing ever and, oh, so many feelings as they come to actually care about this Loki, because Loki wasn't always full of rage and venom, he used to be an adorable, sweet, precious kid. The culture clash, the way Clint finds himself falling practically in love with this kid, the sense of humor Loki has even when he's trying so hard to be good, the way he occasionally freaks out that says so much about his childhood, the interaction of the other Avengers, the blend of humor and genuine drama, all of it is perfect, perfect, perfect. Even the lack of Thor, which I was kind of pouty about, was understandable, except that he was so perfect for when he was there that I just could fall over and roll around in my desperation for more of this. I laughed at all the right moments, I got that "ow, fuck you, my heart hurts now" reaction at all the right moments, and certainly, I stayed up far too late to finish this fic because, well, I was hardly going to put it down once I'd started. I hardly need another kidfic with the movieverse now that I have this one. I mean, I'll take more, but this one was perfectly satisfying and, oh, the ending. What I wouldn't do for more of it, even if this fic was wonderfully complete as it was.

The Second Chance or Babies Fix Everything by RunRabbitRun, thor & loki + some thor/jane, de-aged!loki, fluff, 2k
    One of Loki's nefarious spells backfires, turning him into a baby. There's no reversing the spell, and it's not like SHIELD can arrest a one-month-old infant, so Thor finds himself promoted to Daddyhood.
    So, having read a few bb!Loki fics already in this fandom, well, of course I needed more. This time, Loki actually is a baby, rather than just a young kid, but OH MAN THOR AND INFANT!LOKI, that seriously was a "Hey, you didn't need your ovaries anymore, right?" thing. And this fic is so sweet, with Thor just so in love with this little baby and yet worrying that this isn't going to be his Loki and that's just... so perfectly Thor that I could have just about cried. And baby!Loki is adorable and precious and all things wonderful, Jane is lovely and supportive and wonderful as well, and Tony might not be there for more than a handful of mentioned lines but he was pretty hilarious, too. This was adorable.

Supernanny by Ren, thor & loki + avengers, de-aged!thor + de-aged!loki + de-aged!avengers, 2.1k
    The Avengers are turned into kids. Coulson is the only one qualified to handle this.
    So, yeah, I'm pretty much going to read alllllll the suddenly!babies!Avengers fic I can find. Yup. And this fic is really cute and sweet! It's more a telling of everything that happened, rather than feeling like you're in the moment with the events of it, but everything is soooooo cute and adorable and chaotic and charming that I loved it dearly anyway. Plus, I am not unmoved by Phil Coulson as babysitter for this group of superpowered toddlers, because that is seriously pretty hilarious. ALSO BABIES!!!

Iron Mama by thingamawhatsit, tony & loki, de-aged!loki, ~1k
    It happens on a Tuesday.
    This is a short fill (that I hope might have more parts to it later) but totally adorable. Tony winds up with a baby Loki imprinted on him, after a magic battle goes awry and Loki gets himself turned into an egg baby and hatches, and, oh, the ending has a pretty great couple of lines. Short, but delightful.

Snapshots by zodgory, thor & loki + avengers, de-aged!loki, 1.6k
    Loki feigns innocence while looking up at him from between his brother and Natasha. "I do not see how that can be as I did not see your name engraved anywhere." He looks around at the cushion before giving Clint a big shit-eating grin.
    Yesssss. Snapshots of bb!Loki with the Avengers! I think this is, for the most part, more like taking the Journey into Mystery concept of bb!Loki and putting that spin on the movieverse, but it's probably a bit of a blend of both. Whatever it is, it works super well for me because OMG ALL THE NORSE BRO FEELINGS IN THE WORLD. It starts with Avengers movie night and Loki stealing Tony's candy and Thor just plunks the kid down in his lap and Loki is the most adorable little shit you could ever want to love and it only gets better from there. Especially because the whole point of most of the snapshots of scenes is that Thor is pretty doting on bb!Loki, which means HUGS ALL AROUND. The writing is fantastic and does a lovely job of bringing out all the Norse bros hugging feels you could ask for. Perfect.

Kid Loki and the Avengers by Katsuko, loki + avengers, de-aged!loki, 4.7k
    Loki's punishment for leading the Chitauri invasion of Earth was the loss of his memories and being de-aged to two centuries old. Or eight, depending on your unit of measure.
    I am recommending all four of these fics together, since they're part of a larger series and should be read in order.
    Apparently, the last few days were all about finding a bunch of bb!Loki fic and reading all of it to make myself feel better. This is another series where movieverse!Loki is age regressed ala Journey into Mystery's bb!Loki and given a second chance. These fics actually have almost zero Thor in them (he's in the background), so I'm reading them just for the pure cuteness of bb!Loki having a different childhood this time around and so you just have to kind of roll with the premise and accept that Loki spends more time with the others than with Thor. The first one is suuuuuper cute with the Hulk actually taking a liking to the precious adorable baby godling and it's just everyone's protective instincts going into overdrive from there and it's SO GODDAMNED CUTE that I adored all of it.

As To Thy Friends by eavis, avengers + loki, brief mentions of tony/pepper way in the background, de-aged fic, 10k
    Five things Tony gave his teammates and one thing they gave him.
    For all that this fic is structured around Tony, it's actually not really that much about him over being more of a team fic and, boy, was this a fic I just absolutely tore through. It's pretty much everything I want! Loki is regressed to about half his age and comes to live with the Avengers, who are wary of him at first, but eventually you can't resist the precious little eight year old (as a Midgard equivalent, that is) who is an adorable little shit, and they all slowly wind their way towards becoming a family. And, sure, there are a lot of serious moments in the fic, but it's really more of a light-hearted story, it's about getting things to be better a step at a time and it was about just making me really happy.

For all that the scenes are themed around Tony, it's also kid!Loki who is a focus of the story--his relationship with Thor in the background, the scenes where we see him slowly repairing a relationship with Clint over their mutual love of pranks and then actually getting to know each other, his surprisingly sweet relationship with Natasha, the pranks they level at/do with Tony, and just... the warm feeling of a slice of life type of story that's perfectly done. The characterization is absolutely wonderful, the balance of a team is very well done, and it's utterly charming, one of those fics that I could have read another 100k of and been perfectly happy with it.

The Monster Within by EverAnon, loki + thor + clint + frigga + other avengers, de-aged loki, suicide ideation, 5.3k
    Thanks to magic gone wrong, both Loki and Clint find themselves significantly younger than before, with no memories from their missing years. Odin's willing to restore Clint, but thinks that remaining younger might be the perfect way to give Loki a second chance. Determined not to make the same mistakes twice, Odin and Frigga carefully explain Loki's heritage, and that they're going to leave him on Midgard for a bit while they convince Asgard of his innocence. This does not at all go as planned.
    This fic focuses a bit too much on saying kid Loki and adult Loki aren't the same person for my tastes, but otherwise this is everything I want from suddenly de-aged Loki fic that made me cry by the end of it. What a precious child who hated himself and was sent into such a tail spin with the revelation of his true biology and then had it followed up with Frigga hugging him and making peace with Clint. It's a thoroughly enjoyable fic that manipulated my emotions but in the way that I love, the way that it intended and does so openly, the way that makes it a cathartic as hell read.

This fic definitely made me thoughtful in the way that... this is a do-over for everyone involved here, especially Loki and his parents, that everyone has the best of intentions with, but still some of the same mistakes seemed to be happening because people involved just didn't understand. There's no malicious intent here, there's all the care in the world, everyone is genuinely trying, but it illustrates how none of these people are very good at truly communicating, no matter that they all love each other greatly. And I'm so glad there were no suddenly evil people here, but instead heartbreak all the way around, which feels very true to the spirit of the characters. This fic is definitely designed to do the maximum amount of tugging on your heartstrings, but in such a way that it was an incredibly emotionally satisfying thing to read, even as it brought tears to my eyes and was a heart-crushing experience for awhile. But, ultimately, it's trending in a better direction, even if it's getting there kicking and screaming. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

Age Gap by Lovelet, thor + loki + odin, fluff, humor, de-aged!loki, ~1k
    Loki got caught by a jötunn sorcerer nosing around Jotunheim. He is waaay more experienced with magic and soon enough manages to subdue Loki. Not particularly hateful towards Asgard, but not particularly fond of it either, the sorcerer de-ages Loki as punishment (to either Loki or Odin), only to discover the boy's a jötunn, and then world-walks to drop off the now infant prince in Asgard.
    This is very short, but it's de0aged Loki and Odin cooing over the baby while Thor goes wtf wtf wtf a lot and it's completely darling which, as you know, I will read this for hours if at all possible. This is really more of a quick sketch of things than anything, but it's pretty charming and cute, so I adored it a lot!

Sætta by StarsInTheRiver, thor & loki + avengers, kid!loki, 3.1k
    Loki was killed in the battle of new york, and reincarnated as a young boy. Although he remembers nothing but a few blurred memories at first, the arrival of old enemies seeking revenge awakens the worst of them. Now, in order to keep his life, he must earn the trust of the Avengers, his brother, and himself. Some graphic violence and language. Avengers all living in Stark Tower. I'm going to tell you now, its going to be very long.
    This is one of those fics that has a lot of potential but is rough around the edges and could use some cleaning. But I'm a sucker for de-aged amnesiac Loki fic and this one hooked me in with how adorable he is and how already I'm antsy for revelations to happen. It's only the beginning so far, but I know a fic has promise when I want to just get to the reveal already!!, because build-up is an important thing!

Childhood of Rebellion by BeesKnees, thor & loki + other marvel characters, de-aged!thor, minor background canon pairings, 3.5k
    After Thor tries to introduce Jane to Odin and Frigga as his future wife, he is banished, stripped of his powers, and de-aged as punishment. At the same time, Frigga is pregnant with Baldr, leaving Thor with little chance to return. Loki comes looking for his brother.
    This is a rather short story, it sort of drops you in the middle of the setup (Loki's brought in when Thor's been de-aged as a punishment by Odin, for bringing Jane home to Asgard and intending to wed a mortal woman) but that makes it work even better, because it's not about the set-up, it's about Loki being face to face with his brother from a time when things were still good between them. The writing of this is gorgeous, it never tries too hard, instead it seems to just let things happen, like Thor worming his way back under Loki's skin or little Thor finding out about Loki being the "bad guy" and it's just. It accomplishes a surprising amount for less than 4k words and, oh, what I wouldn't have given for more of it, even though it was pretty perfect as it was.

Triumph + Fidelity + Guidance by anonymous, thor & loki, de-aged!thor, 3.5k
    The explosion is so great that at first Loki is sure that he has finally killed his brother. He tries to ignore the bile that rises in his throat at that thought and makes his way through smoke and ash to check the crater for Thor’s corpse. What he finds at the bottom is not his erstwhile brother’s dead body.
    One thing I definitely have not gotten enough of in this fandom is suddenly-a-kid-again!fic, so when I saw a cute fill for this prompt, with a spell of Loki's having unintended consequences and suddenly Thor is a kid again, yes, I dove all over that. And this is totally adorable, I love that, yes, Loki is actually pretty good with kids, but also there's a smidge of a creep factor because this is Thor and Loki has issues with Thor and can't just let Thor go home. But mostly it's sweet. And I am allllll over Loki taking care of Thor and playing games with him and showing him magic and just. Ugh. Feelings all over this.

Godchild by griseldajane, thor & loki, de-aged!thor, some child in peril, 39.5k
    When Loki finds a de-aged Thor wandering alone on the battlefield, Loki takes the five year old child in and resolves to figure out how Thor was transformed and why...
    Chapters 1-3: Ahhhhh, de-aged Thor fic! I have been complaining for ages about the lack of it in fandom and, yessss, finally I have found a nice, long one to satisfy everything I wanted out of this concept! Only three chapters out of five have been posted at the time of this rec and I think it's a fair amount of time between updates, but the fic is already almost 20k words and has a truly satisfying amount of interaction between Loki and kid!Thor. I mean, sure, I want resolution and I'm clawing at the walls a bit for it, but you read this kind of fic for the interaction between Loki and a younger version of his brother, one that he can't help falling in love with, because they don't have the same animosity and history between them. Which is exactly what this fic provides in an immensely satisfying way. So, what you're picking up the fic for is already here in the absolutely charming interaction between Loki and his suddenly little brother.

The author does a fantastic job of not drawing anything out too far, there's always progress in each chapter, whether it's settling into this new life on Midgard while Loki tries to figure out how to undo this spell or if it's Loki working on this different kind of magic that's tangled up in Thor or if it's dealing with the issues that come from taking a thousand year old battle-hardened warrior and turning him into a child. This is woven together with Loki's slowly worn-away plans for manipulating this child Thor into being what Loki wants, so well done that you don't really even realize where it precisely happens, instead it's just... one moment you suddenly know that he loves this little brother, that he doesn't want to let go of him, doesn't want to lose him, doesn't want to hurt him. It's built towards with Loki being genuinely good with children, providing structure and encouragement and affection, especially with a child like Thor, whom he can't help but love.

And, oh, it's so good. It gave me all the family feelings I was hoping for, as they played together or learned how to cook together or Thor had a nightmare and Loki took care of him through it. I always love fics with Loki taking care of children, it's one of my favorite things in fandom, but here it's wound together with his complicated relationship with Thor and ahhhhh, I love it. Especially because you can tell that this is still Thor, who would have been such a little charmer and so good-hearted and a little mischievous and well. Clearly, I love him, too. This is in addition to the worldbuilding of magic and spells and how this is different from Loki's, how there's a thread in the story of Loki enjoying studying this magic almost purely for its own sake, which makes the story just that much more richly done.

At it's heart, it's a story about the cuteness of the brothers, about Loki learning to let go of some of his anger and coming to care for other people again, about the impact this will have on both their lives. But it comes with so many warm-hearted moments and plot shenanigans that it's just wonderful for what I wanted. I'm just going to go wallow around in feelings over this for awhile now, okay.
    Chapter 4: I deliberately sat on this update for awhile, because I knew it ended on a cliffhanger and I didn't want to get stuck clawing at the walls too badly after it. But I thought it was a surprisingly tolerable cliffhanger, actually! It's still interesting enough that I'm anxious for the next (and, sadly, final) chapter, but not so much that it's painful and would keep me from suggesting this chapter be read. Because this is the de-aged Thor kidfic that I've been waiting for and this chapter does a lovely job of letting me revel in more of Big Brother Loki (who is similar to Parent Loki, which is something I treasure in fandom) and the sweetness of that, while still moving the plot forward, with Thor's nightmares/half-memories still creeping in the background.

This chapter is all about prodding Loki into realizing his feelings and the ways he's changed in a more active way, in a way that he can't deny, instead of clinging to his hatred of Thor. Enough time has passed that it's justified here, that Loki is more comfortable with admitting just how far he's come, and the fic has done an absolutely lovely job of using Thor as a vulnerable child to capitalize on the foundation that was already there with the character, bringing it further into focus for the reader and the character. This chapter is all about giving the reader a lot of feelings as Thor and Loki work through a lot of the tangles in their relationship (as much as they can with Thor not really remembering himself) so that, when Thor does return to himself, things can't just go back to the way they were. And, oh, you combine that with the concept of de-aged fic in the first place (and all the adorable, heartwarming trappings of it, like protective cuddling and snowball fights and special pancakes for breakfast!!), and it's such a good read for me.
    Chapter 5: I know I read chapter 5 and I was certain I wrote a rec for it, but I cannot find it... well, suffice to say, it was a really fantastic ending and did justice to everything built up before this. As soon as I can find it, I'll ammend this post or else I'll write a better single rec when I do a reread sometime.

Let the Father's Sins be Unbroken by falsechaos, thor & loki, de-aged!thor, ~1k
    Loki would take the child before him and forge him into a weapon.
    This is a short piece, but so interesting that I loved it anyway. It's just a quick scene that's part of a larger idea that lets you imagine how this would all go, when Loki winds up with a de-aged Thor and all the potential that could hold for them. The writing is lovely and evokes so many things, all the tangled history they have and just what Loki would do, how he would raise this child, how it might work out for the better, how it might all end in tears. Plus, I have a weakness for de-aged fic and this was a nice treat for me.

in the morning it will all be better by joanses, tony + avengers, de-aged!tony, emotional abuse/neglect issues, child abuse issues, 8.9k wip
    It starts with a routine mission with the current villain of the week. It ends with a de-aged Tony, which is more worrisome than it should be.
    This fic does drop you into the middle of the story, but it works fine that way, and stories like this are why in medias res fics work for me, because I just want to get to the good stuff already. The chapters are each rather short (about 1k words per chapter) but there are seven chapters (as of the time of this rec, of course) and the author uses them well. The implications of abuse are subtle and are about neglect and emotional abuse, rather than physical abuse, heartbreaking for all that the author touches on so many different issues all the Avengers have, but not needing to delve too deeply into them. I, of course, love de-aged fic in general, but where this one really sings for me is in the way that the author really does include the whole group, everyone has a point to being there. Including Loki! I can't lie, while I absolutely would have wanted to recommend this fic even if he hadn't been in it, Loki's scenes were definitely my favorite.

The subtle writing there works just as well as it does through the rest of the fic--so much is said in just a few lines, there's so much anger and hurt under the surfaces of all of them, but, oh, that Loki holds Tony gently and actually reaches out to him in a way that only Bruce had managed previously, the way Thor tries to handle the whole situation... ugh, so many feelings. Sooooooo many feeeeeelings. And I do love that it's not just Loki, but Bruce has his moments and that Tony starts to react to him, that baby Tony isn't quite what you expect, but once you understand more... it's pretty perfect. It's a heartbreaker of a fic, but it doesn't feel like it's going downhill and I'm very interested to see where it goes in the future.

The Loki Sitters Club by zgory, thor & loki, loki & avengers, kid!loki, child endangerment themes, referenced pedophilia, 27.6k
    Due to the overwhelmingly hostile attitude in Asgard, Thor takes his newly reincarnated brother to Avengers Tower. Irritation turns to a grudging fondness which comes in handy when one of Loki's internet friends turns out to be quite dangerous.
    This fic is a mix of comics de-aging with movie Avengers, but that doesn't really slow the story down and it's really pretty easy to just roll with it. The writing is rough in places, it could use some polishing, and there are too many epithets, but the heart of the fic is abosolutely here. The characterizations are lovely, especially Thor and Loki, but seeing a kid!Loki with all of the Avengers is a delight! The first half is pure fluff and that's definitely the half that works better, but I'm easy for kidnapped characters and Thor ready to level a city to get him back and the comfort that comes after, which this fic delivered on in a way that made it absolutely worthwhile for me to read. Overall, it's light-hearted fare, but it was engaging as all get out, where I just kept reading "a few more pages" until I'd finished the entire fic and found myself willing to have kept going if I could have.

As To Thy Friends by eavis, avengers + loki, brief mentions of tony/pepper way in the background, de-aged fic, 10k
    Five things Tony gave his teammates and one thing they gave him.
    For all that this fic is structured around Tony, it's actually not really that much about him over being more of a team fic and, boy, was this a fic I just absolutely tore through. It's pretty much everything I want! Loki is regressed to about half his age and comes to live with the Avengers, who are wary of him at first, but eventually you can't resist the precious little eight year old (as a Midgard equivalent, that is) who is an adorable little shit, and they all slowly wind their way towards becoming a family. And, sure, there are a lot of serious moments in the fic, but it's really more of a light-hearted story, it's about getting things to be better a step at a time and it was about just making me really happy.

For all that the scenes are themed around Tony, it's also kid!Loki who is a focus of the story--his relationship with Thor in the background, the scenes where we see him slowly repairing a relationship with Clint over their mutual love of pranks and then actually getting to know each other, his surprisingly sweet relationship with Natasha, the pranks they level at/do with Tony, and just... the warm feeling of a slice of life type of story that's perfectly done. The characterization is absolutely wonderful, the balance of a team is very well done, and it's utterly charming, one of those fics that I could have read another 100k of and been perfectly happy with it.

The Monster Within by EverAnon, loki + thor + clint + frigga + other avengers, de-aged loki, suicide ideation, 5.3k
    Thanks to magic gone wrong, both Loki and Clint find themselves significantly younger than before, with no memories from their missing years. Odin's willing to restore Clint, but thinks that remaining younger might be the perfect way to give Loki a second chance. Determined not to make the same mistakes twice, Odin and Frigga carefully explain Loki's heritage, and that they're going to leave him on Midgard for a bit while they convince Asgard of his innocence. This does not at all go as planned.
    This fic focuses a bit too much on saying kid Loki and adult Loki aren't the same person for my tastes, but otherwise this is everything I want from suddenly de-aged Loki fic that made me cry by the end of it. What a precious child who hated himself and was sent into such a tail spin with the revelation of his true biology and then had it followed up with Frigga hugging him and making peace with Clint. It's a thoroughly enjoyable fic that manipulated my emotions but in the way that I love, the way that it intended and does so openly, the way that makes it a cathartic as hell read.

This fic definitely made me thoughtful in the way that... this is a do-over for everyone involved here, especially Loki and his parents, that everyone has the best of intentions with, but still some of the same mistakes seemed to be happening because people involved just didn't understand. There's no malicious intent here, there's all the care in the world, everyone is genuinely trying, but it illustrates how none of these people are very good at truly communicating, no matter that they all love each other greatly. And I'm so glad there were no suddenly evil people here, but instead heartbreak all the way around, which feels very true to the spirit of the characters. This fic is definitely designed to do the maximum amount of tugging on your heartstrings, but in such a way that it was an incredibly emotionally satisfying thing to read, even as it brought tears to my eyes and was a heart-crushing experience for awhile. But, ultimately, it's trending in a better direction, even if it's getting there kicking and screaming. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

Magic by Tonys_Loki, thor & loki + brief tony & loki + some frigga & loki, de-aged!loki, fluff, 4.3k
    Thor takes care of his new baby brother.
    I'm recommending these together because I read them all in a row and they're fairly short, so it makes things eaiser. Loki has been de-aged down to a baby (aside from the first one, which is from when they were both kids) and they are pure fluff and joy as Thor takes care of him or has Tony babysit. The baby is absolutely precious and cute as hell, especially when his magic starts coming in! Or when he starts learning to talk! And saying things to Thor! It's so wonderfully sweet that I melted into goo and fucking loved it. Absolutely worth reading when you want some happiness! (It's labeled Thor/Loki, but I found it entirely gen.)

My Younger Brother by tinkr_tailr, thor & loki + avengers, de-aged!loki, fluff, 1.5k
    Sif showed up unexpectedly with an even more unexpected package to be delivered. Thor is unbelievably happy, then confused, then jealous. And adorable throughout it all.
    I am super weak to de-aged bb!Loki being dropped in Thor's arms and the resulting fluff from it! This is a short fic but it's pure cute and I"m charmed by the idea of it and the imagery presented here! Fluff that's good for my heart is what this is. :D

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