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Lost Boys by thisisnotwhoyouthink, loki + avengers + mild background canon pairings, pregnant!loki, 59k
    When Loki is captured by Shield, they discover a dark secret between Loki and Odin. A different take on Loki's 'monster' kids.
    Chapter 01-18: I am going to get the caveats out of the way before moving on to the rec proper. With this fic, you have to just accept a few things before you start--this is movieverse, but it draws from mythology. Odin is a collossal dick in this story. And Loki's kids are all ones he was the mother to, rather than just Sleipnir. You just roll with it. That said, holy shit, this fic sucked me in and wouldn't spit me back out, not until I'd read all 18 chapters that were available at the time of the rec, not until it'd consumed me while it had me in its grips. It's a combination of things, but largely that this fic played on my emotions beautifully, where Loki's children are returned to him one by one, and you understand just how deep the loss of them cut him and just how much he truly loves them. The characterization might not work for everyone, but I read between the lines that what was done to his children was a major exacerbation on his sanity and, with lives to care for that he truly wants to protect, his focus is shifted enough to make some major differences. For all that, though, I recognized this Loki very well--he's still acerbic, he's still clever with words, he's still as sharp and cutting as ever. And I am allllll the way onboard with Loki actually being really good with kids and, oh, it is so good to see him interacting with his kids and you can feel what a difference he wants to make in their lives.

I can't lie, I originally picked up this fic with the hope of getting maybe some Thor/Loki implications, but... the more I read, the more it didn't ultimately matter (and I don't think they'll head in that direction here) because Thor obviously cares very deeply about his brother and that emotional connection between them is what I really wanted. But it's more than that, too. Loki and his kids. Loki with the other Avengers, that he's forced to ask for asylum with. Loki's kids with the other Avengers. Loki's kids with each other. Their slowly blossoming individual personalities. All of it is built up gradually and is so good for me, because there were moments when I totally nearly got a little misty-eyed. Yes, I'm weak to kidfic, but the writing of this is really solid once the fic gets going and it played on my emotions in exactly the ways that it was supposed to, it built up this gorgeous story of Loki and his kids and their expanding world, it showed me all these amazing little scenes with the kids being smart little bastards or interacting with Steve and Tony and Natasha and Bruce in really sweet and often heartbreaking ways. It's... one of those fluffy angst stories? Or maybe angsty fluff stories? I'm not sure, but it really, really worked for me and I just could not put it down this afternoon.
    Chapter 19: Oh, this fic continues to be so very good for me. Loki with his kids and the slowly forming relationships with the other Avengers are a delight, especially when Loki and Bruce form a bit of an unlikely friendship and Loki is actually... well, not precisely nice, but this Loki is more caring (now that he's got his kids back, which I can believe was a lot of the reason he was so angry and bitter) and genuine. Loki and Bruce teaming up to dick around with Tony is A+++++ because Tony deserves it and then PEPPER IS AMAZING and I wish she were in the fic more. Not a lot actually happens in this chapter, it's more about the ever-widening scope of their world (including mentions of the Fantastic Four) and the kids starting to relax a bit, but it was still an incredibly welcome update.
    Chapter 20: This chapter... in a lot of ways, this chapter is the epitome of everything I would want to say about this fic. Its main focus is on Thor having a conversation with Loki about everything that's going on with them, about Loki's kids and why they don't seem to like Thor, about Loki's plans for the future, about their past in Asgard. And I look at this chapter and think, goodness, this Loki is so much softer and gentler than the Loki I usually seek out. He's sort of forgiving and in a good mood here! He's settled and balanced and caring. Oh, he still teases and has his secret smiles and only gives away what he wants to, but he is much softer here and yet... it works for me, to the point that this chapter nearly brought tears to my eyes, for how well the author played on my feelings for the character and all the shit he's been through, all the bitterness that he's let go of because he has his children back and where he wants to go in the future. This author somehow sells me on all of this and it might not be for everyone, it's definitely a warmer and fuzzier approach, but the feelings are no less intense for it, especially when, yes, the conversation touches on what assholes all of Asgard were to Loki and gives some satisfying resolution to the events that have led them up to this point. And I say this chapter is the epitome of this fic because I think it's the perfect example of what this fic does to me/my feelings and also it's the perfect chapter for whether or not you vibe with this story. p.s. Loki's kids are the cutest things ever and I looooooove kids, fuck anyone who doesn't understand my love for them. p.p.s. Thor really is a giant sweetheart and I love him, too.
    Chapter 21: Ahhh, this epilogue to this story is so cute! I'm sad to see this fic go, of course, but it was a very satisfying fic overall and it ended well and it was just... pure sunshine and warmth, as Loki finally has his latest kid, a little baby girl, and their family is complete. This chapter is set from Jorgumand's point of view, so it's much cuter and sweeter than even the previous chapters, but it's so darling! And the author even works in a visit from Hela, which I was delighted to see! I enjoyed how there was an almost otherworldly feel to her (given that she's dead and all), I enjoyed the kids starting to learn even more about magic now that Loki's magic was coming back to him, and I just. Enjoyed that this epilogue made me happy.

Control Issues by galaxysoup, avengers + loki, humor, 2.3k
    An archer, a rage monster, and the Norse god of mischief wake up in a field.
    xparrot linked this fic and I found myself pretty well immediately sucked in! I will warn ahead of time that it dismisses a lot of Loki's actions in the movie as being under mind-control, but, whatever, I'm totally fine with that, I think there's a case to be made about that. But that's not the point of this hilarious fic--the point is in Clint, Bruce, and Loki waking up in a trap that Tony's set for them, until they start working some of their shit out. And it's hilarious. I love that Loki is just as catty as ever, Clint is just as much of a dick as ever, and Bruce's life is just as hard as fucking ever. There are so many great lines in the fic, but also some genuine moments of FEELINGS, and it was just a really great, fun ride to go on today.

A Cage To Free You by anonymous, avengers + loki, 1.5k
    These mortals are getting somewhat tiresome. Loki has, for the most part, been enjoying their little games; but it always made for a tedious few hours when he was captured. Even his escapes weren't as fun as they used to be.
    I really liked the idea of this prompt, where Loki's magic can never really be taken away, only ever bound for a time, but sometimes that's going to blow up in the faces of those who try to do so. I definitely have a kink for Loki having held back on the Avengers, because he's more about stirring things up than he is about outright killing them, but sometimes they get a glance at the real power he holds when it's not chained down. And this is just the one moment, the immediate before and after and during of Loki's powers exploding in everyone's faces, which has some really beautiful language to it and, of course bamf!Loki.

Featherling by RoAnshi, loki + avengers + possible steve/loki, pregnant!loki, miscarriage, 27k
    While serving his sentence on Midgard, Loki unexpectedly finds himself in a "family way" - sort of.
    Chapter 01-03: This fic is, as the author's notes say, set in a future time where Loki is working with the Avengers as part of his redemption and is still resentful about it, but not quite hissingly angry about it, which is set up in a previous fic that has yet to be written. But it's not hard at all to navigate this fic, it stands well on its own, so don't let that stop you from reading this one! Especially because... okay, I picked this one up because, oh, hey, Loki finds himself with child while on Midgard and it's a redemption fic. Yes, sign me up for that! Which I definitely enjoyed, but the fic also does the best thing for me in Loki Redemption fics--it balances his various relationships with the other Avengers as well as the personal stuff he's going through. This fic gives me everything I want, from Thor being an important presence in his life that Loki's still working to learn how to re-accept, to the solid friendship he has with Steve, to the bantering snarky friendship he has with Tony, to suddenly finding himself pregnant and it's such a weird one that doesn't follow any rules, not even ones Loki knows, to Loki still having that bite to his character and the sharp edges that I love so much about it.

The characters are all nicely written, this feels like all the characters I recognize, if set a couple of years into the future to give things time to settle a bit. And I love what the author did with Loki's pregnancy, how weird it is and how he himself is just as mystified about it as everyone else, how the author puts in so many little touches of how he handles it. There's a lot of thought given to the different details here, really, from Loki working with Tony on various projects to the kind of magic he is/isn't allowed to use, and it's worked well into the fic. And, oh, Loki with his babies and how being protective of them and loving them so passionately doesn't take away from that he's a smirky little shit who deliberately grates on people's nerves and that is such a good Loki for me. I'm saddened that there are only three chapters as of the time of this rec, I would have liked to have kept reading the whole thing through because it's so delightfully well written, but it's over 15k words at this point and basically EVERYTHING I WANT OUT OF LOKI REDEMPTION + LOKI&KIDS FIC.
    Chapter 04-05: I've been catching up on some of the fics I've been reading and I saw this one had two new chapters and totally did that ridiculous clapping my hands with delight thing because I really enjoy this one and Loki's interaction with the Avengers and his complicated relationship with Thor and his developing friendship with Steve and seeing him as a parent. All of these things were well done in these two chapters and I really enjoy the way this author is writing Loki as a parent and the way he uses magic, but I think I was most especially delighted by Thor being totally territorial over his right as Loki's child's uncle. Yes, give me all the feelings of Thor being an adoring, doting uncle (and doting brother to Loki, when Loki will accept it) and being all NO MINE when Loki asks Steve to look after his daughter as well.

But there are also many other things I loved! There's at least one line that made me giggle out loud, Thor and Loki's reactions to his daughter are perfect, and Pepper is fucking awesome and she makes the world a better place in this fic. I love love loved that Loki's daughter already has a personality going, her interaction with Clint is hilarious (well, less so on Clint's side, who is a real dick to a child here, but I can also see his issues, so I don't entirely hate him, just that he deserves what he gets), though I hope that part is over or that Thor (or Steve) won't put up with any more of it.

Overall, this fic continues to be a really great balance between genuine emotional moments and silly humor that's kind of cracky, but those two elements work together wonderfully here. I'd have loved it just for the Thor&Loki interaction or the Steve&Loki friendship, but getting Loki with a baby just makes it that mucht more delightful. Ugh, I need more of this one soon.

Breakfast of Discordians by Dira Sudis (dsudis), avengers + loki + background hulk/loki, humor, 1.2k
    "Well, Bruce," Tony said. "When a crazy Frost Giant demi-god and a big green rage monster hate each other enough to have frankly alarming penetrative sex...."
    You know what's also fun? BABY FIC. As in, a baby gets dropped in Bruce's lap, that is suspiciously green and strong and kind of... Frost Giant-y, somehow. And I could kiss this author for remembering that, yeah, I'm pretty sure a half-Frost Giant baby would be a lot stronger than a human baby. But also because THIS IS DARLING, the Avengers reacting to having a baby dropped into their midst and realizing it's Loki and the Hulk's kid, with some bonus hilarious lines by Tony. A short, but great little read.

into something rich and strange by Lise, loki + avengers, violence, loki whump, 5.9k
    Change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change, or so goes the saying. Sometimes that takes a lot of pain.
    Well. This fic just put me through the wringer. The author did a masterful job at the off-screen torture, making it almost worse than if it had actually been described. But, instead, we get just enough to know how truly horrible it is and what Loki's been through post-movie, which... usually isn't my thing, but this fic got its hooks in me right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. It's a painful fic, but not hopeless, the ending might actually be considered bittersweet, and I most definitely want more of this. But where it really sings is in Loki's characterization, which is so sharp and jagged and bitter, but so perfect to his mindset at this point in time. The interaction with the other Avengers, especially post-Chitauri came for Loki and fucked him up good, are all perfect, but, oh, the conversations with Thor were heartwrenching and I nearly teared up at one point, because this fic knew exactly what buttons to push for me.

Feathering the Nest by Lunik, thor & loki + avengers, pregnant!loki, nesting!loki, 1.3k
    The Avengers are used to some odd behavior from the local chaos god. But when Thor starts to join in? This is just getting weird.
    Oh, god, my face hurts after reading this fic, because I'm smiling so hard. Nesting!Loki yes yes yes do it do it doooo itttttt, I want ALL THE NESTING FIC, especially when Tony and Steve have no idea wtf to make of Loki's odd behavior and then Thor just starts beaming and joins in the odd behavior and, oh, I could just roll around in this fic forever. It's so good-natured and happy and adorable and fills me with sunshiney and joy.

The Good Father by anonymous, clint & loki, kid!loki, ~1k wip
    As the smoke from the Tesseract's blast cleared, Clint Barton could see a lone figure rising. He could make out dark hair, and light glinting off the skin, damp from sweat. It was also small, childlike in proportions.
    This is just two parts of what I hope will someday be a longer fill because I kind of love the idea of The Avengers movie plot with a kid version of Loki instead of his adult self. One who brainwashes Clint into pretending to be his father and proceeding to be the cutest, most adorable fill ever and playing on all my feeeeeeelings for bb!Loki. I mean, Clint doing all the parental type things that people do for their kids and Loki just soaking up that attention, even when trying to be evil and plot everyone's doom? Give give give giiiiiiiiive--!

Bro-hood and Other Drugs by Lunik, loki + natasha + thor + avengers, humor, 3.4k
    Plenty of people get themselves blackout drunk and wake up with an unexpected husband. It's embarrassing but it happens. Natasha is trying to figure out how she could have woken up with an unexpected brother
    Speaking of fic that, boy, did I need to have! I've been reading too much angsty fic lately and so I needed something happier and I stumbled over this one again and, oh, it was just perfect for me. In my heart of hearts, I sometimes think this is the direction I want the characters to go in--just slightly cracky, in that Natasha and Loki swear to be blood brothers and Loki sort of comes around to being somewhere vaguely between chaotic neutral and chaotic good and so hilarious when Thor gets involved. I love the characterization here, the kind that balances cracky with actually letting me still see them perfect, like this Natasha is still as sharp as a razor, this Loki is still a little shit, and I like to think this is how they'd get along if they didn't have all the bad history between them.

But it's also in little details, like how Loki makes Natasha promise not to tell Thor that they're blood brothers now or other little ways Thor celebrates and/or gets possessive of his brother, just far enough in the background that it doesn't take over the fic (this is a fic about Loki and Natasha) but enough that the relationship is still obviously important. I love when fic does that, like, more than I can can convey with words. Plus, this fic is just straight up hilarious and an absolute must read.


You do not have to walk on your knees by Lise, avengers + loki, 8.8k
    It's not that he's invested in keeping them alive. The idea of someone else killing them first, though, is a bit offensive. Or: a funny pattern starts to emerge between dire situations involving various Avengers. "When you started thinking that Loki might be looking out for them in some kind of weird, possessive, only I may kill you sort of way…that was a sign you’d been in this business too long."
    I intensely love 5+1 fics and, oh, this one was put to great effect, especially for playing on Loki's connections to the Avengers, each of these dynamics different from each other, and the brilliant way the author writes Loki. This is a balance between digging into the more redeemable things of Loki while not giving an inch on his utter viciousness and mixing it all together with how Loki is such a goddamned mess. I love all of this, every scene sparkles and builds up these connections, but, oh, it's when the tables are turned and Steve's genuineness starts to unravel Loki, that's when this fic really got me. Of course it would be Steve who lets him go, who isn't looking for anything beyond this, isn't looking for a favor down the road, isn't doing it just out of pity, but because he's so genuine with Loki and because he sees those complications in Loki. And, oh, this fic is just so sharp, it's practically cutting into my feelings the entire time, just... intese and incredible the whole way through, wow.

Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting by artyartie, loki + oc (daughter) + thor + avengers, fluff (at times), families of choice, 21.3k
    Loki has tried to be a King of Asgard and the conqueror of Midgard. What he hasn't tried to be is a single parent in Manhattan, but the universe has other plans. As Loki tries to get his Captain America-obsessed daughter a lunchbox and an elite education, and juggle parenting and supervillainy, he finds raising a child has challenges and repercussions he could have never imagined. The Avengers, for their part, are just trying to figure out what has their favorite nemesis so distracted.
    Rec #1: I pretty much sat down and read this all in one sitting, with only a brief break because I had to get up and move from one place to another. Otherwise? UGH, I COULD READ THIS ALL DAY LONG, EVERY DAY. The fic is slightly cracky, you have to just roll with Loki having a normal human kid and taking to the role of parent in a human way, as well as the Avengers willing to be a little more forgiving (because this is a lighter-hearted fic, for all that it has so many delicious sharp edges)... which isn't hard to buy because the author is really good at getting the spirit of the characters down and giving everyone enough time to mellow out. And, oh, the entire piece was wonderful. Loki as a parent, Loki actually interacting with his child, these are things that I do not see nearly enough of in fandom! The relationship he has with his daughter here is absolutely charming and delightful, it's wonderful without pushing too hard at it, so instead of making me feel like it's too sticky sweet, instead I'm just deliriously in love with everything here.

And I love that it's actually decently long without being stretched too far out, I love that the Avengers actually notice that Loki seems off and a;sldfkjal;skj the scenes of them arguing about it! With Thor staunchly defending his brother (while not being blind to what and who he is, but just... not being willing to put up with slights against Loki that are undeserved or a lack of respect for who he is) and the occasional moments of Thor being pretty fucking terrifying and how much he loves his brother! Despite that the fic isn't really about them, I was wonderfully satisfied with their relationship here, especially by the end. And I love Tony being insistent that, no, something really, really is weird about Loki here! And I fucking love that Loki is still Loki even when he's mellowed because having a kid does change you. It's cliche, but it's absolutely fucking true. The author uses it to great effect, having an occasional flashback to show Loki first holding her and how it wasn't instant love, how the author lightly touched on what this meant for Loki's own relationships with his family. Oh, I want more from that angle, I would love to see Loki and his daughter actually meeting the rest of his family, I want it so badly. But this was an absolutely fantastic read today and satisfied my need for Loki-with-his-kids that much more.
    Rec #2: Everything I said previously about this fic still holds true--it's such a fantastic read and I decided, eh, sure, I'll settle in to reread the 21k+ words of it which, despite that this is my second time through them, went by practically like they were nothing. This is still one of the most delightful fics I've read in awhile and it still just utterly charmed the pants off me! And I love that it could have been terribly cracky, but actually wound up being much more poignant and humorous than outright cracky, where the flashbacks show that it took time for Loki to mellow out into this version we see, that it took time for this little girl to worm his way into this heart and I really like the way the author framed it--skipping over the angstier parts (with some well-placed flashbacks to show that the journey was there, but that it's not the point of the fic) and instead getting right straight into the good stuff! Loki and a precious darling baby girl! Ahhhhh Loki with kids is one of those things I want to read more and more of forever, when it's so well-written and sharply funny as it is here.

I love Loki balancing having this entire separate life away from his career as a villain, that he arranges playdates and has human friends who aren't completely terrible and throws a Captain America-themed birthday party for his little girl (one of the best additions to the touched up version is a small line about why she's so fixed on her Captain America thing and, oh, my heart), all of which are just ridiculously touching, sweet, and well done. I would have read just for endless Loki&his baby girl scenes, really, but that Loki also has run-ins with the Avengers? Who are beginning to sense that something's not quite on the level here? Oh, yes, good. Especially Thor's relationship with Loki, forever defending him and nearly getting into arguments with the other Avengers when they would try to besmirch his brother's name! That is so wonderfully done, because Thor in Don't Even Think About Saying Shit About My Brother mode is one of my faaaaavorites, especially when it's followed up with Loki's whole host of issues with Thor, when he's obviously still tangled up about his feelings there, and when they're obviously still so important to each other, even when they don't have that many scenes together. The one they do have, though, just utterly makes me want to writhe around in feelings every time I read it, though. Every time Thor asks, when Loki so clearly loves his daughter of choice that he adopted, why would his own family (Odin, Frigga, and Thor) feel any different? RIGHT TO THE GODDAMNED HEART, that line is every time.

Basically, this fic takes what could have been a purely cracky premise and instead turns it into one of those fics that is probably one of my favorites in the fandom, one of those fics that gives me just about everything I could have asked for from it. I wish I could write a better rec for it because, ahhhh, I want everyone to enjoy Loki and his daughter and the sheer joy of this!

Thor's Days by artyartie, loki + oc (daughter) + thor + avengers, fluff (at times), families of choice, 35k
    Sequel to 'Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting,' next installment of the 'water' verse. For a nearly immortal god, a year is nothing. For his little mortal daughter, a year is an eternity. And for the Avengers, a single year might mean a chance, however precarious, to redeem the unredeemable.
    Rec #1: There's only one chapter of this fic so far and that's almost painful for me because, oh, I want to read another ~20k words of this universe right now. Especially when it's already giving me feelings, as Loki sits down to help his daughter learn to read the days of the week, which naturally brings up a lot of feelings as they get to Wednesday (Odin's day) and then Thursday (Thor's Day), which his daughter doesn't really know about. And there's the feelings that that stirs up in me, but also the desperate, clawing need to know where this story is going, what this trial year (which is nothing to someone who's already a thousand years old, but will be forever for his human adopted daughter) is going to deal with, especially how much of his family is going to play into this. But already the author is doing a gorgeous job of how time passes, both too quickly and too slowly, which is always the case with children. Already, I'm fairly certain this is going to be an exercise in not attaching myself to the author's ankles as I wait between updates because, oh, I need more of it right now, please.
    Rec #2: I have a lot of feelings about this fic and how cute it is! This fic is more slice-of-life than the previous one, but that's the point of it, Loki spending time with his daughter, doing mundane things, and watching the time pass by far more quickly than he'd like. When you write a fic like this, you need to make the kid a charmer but without taking away from the reason most pick up the fic in the first place (the canon characters and the situations they find themselves in), which this fic does so well. The Avengers interacting with Loki often mention his daughter, but their connections to him are still about them and the events we've seen in the canon. Mostly. Except with Captain America, but that scene where he was babysitting Loki's daughter was too precious for me to not love it dearly.

At the same time, many scenes are also not about the Avengers at all, yet they're still a presence in the background, just as Loki's adopted daughter is a presence in the background of the scenes he has with the Avengers. These are both aspects of Loki's life, there's no neat ending of one part before starting another, there's only the normal amount of compartmentalizing in his life, which makes it feel more true. Rather than having two sides of his life, even if his daughter doesn't yet know about who he is, there are complicated relationships everywhere. My only complaint would be that we still haven't gotten to the Thor & Loki stuff yet and I'd been hoping for more Thor interaction. He's had a couple of really excellent scenes where he misses Loki dearly and is trying to work through the feelings of not knowing who is brother is anymore, that he's a different person than the one Thor knew, but I want them actually in the same scene together already, dammit! XD
    Rec #3: When I sat down to read this fic, I remembered that the author had put up a more polished version on AO3 (instead of the original draft on norsekink) and decided, you know what would be an awesome decision? To reread that whole thing! And, boy, do I still love the hell out of that story and it reads so well, the kind I just got sucked right into and it felt like hardly any time at all had passed by the time I was finished with it! The sequel is just as lovely and fun to read, still with that lovely balance between Loki being a vicious little shit and a really, genuinely caring father to this girl that's wormed her way into his heart.

This time, the fic is more about exploring something a bit more sprawling, so you'll have Tony's viewpoint on second chances and how he knows they're important and how he got his own (and a second second chance, in a way), then you'll have Loki taking Kara Christmas shopping and snarling at all the other shoppers while still being completely adorable, and the author is fantastic at showing that Loki still does/says inappropriate things, but he makes sure Kara isn't affected or upset by them, and that's just more charming. There's also a flashback to Loki and Thor as children and then, in a scene that just gave me an intense feelings bomb like you wouldn't believe, Bruce talks to Thor about how Loki is changing and what that means for Thor, why he's both glad and disheartened by it.

I love fics that can make me laugh or make my face hurt from all the smiling by the time I'm finished, that can be that perfect balance between cracky humor and still being true to the characters. It's a difficult thing to describe what I mean by that, but when an author nails it, it's so wonderful.
    Rec #4: This fic was lovely to sink into when I was in a funk, because it was good-hearted and cheerful and feel-good without being too sugary. I do recommend some time between the previous fic and this one because you want the Thor stuff immediately and that doesn't come until the end, as this is more of an ensemble piece. What the fic's focus on is the slow process of Loki learning to care about others in a healthy way again, starting with his adopted daughter and slowly warming towards the other Avengers. Well, some of them. This is done without making Loki a victim or evil, even as some of teh things he teaches Kara are not good or they're pretty biased (and unreliable) as all get out.

It's not a sugary Loki, but it's not soul-crushing at all, either. It's a story about the slow process of healing, the way kids change things and how it's not any one thing or event that makes that change. It's a Loki-centric fic, but the others have lives in the background and it's one where I love all of their characters! It will have a sequel and I'm looking forward to that because I enjoy the way Kara is written here, that she's a child but not baby-ish and hs'es a bit of a brat because Loki's kid totally would be and just a to total charmer all the way around, again, as of course Loki's kid would be!

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.

It's all in the details by anonymous, loki + avengers, humor, ~1k
    When Loki comes to, the first thing he sees Agent Barton standing over him with an arrow pointed between his eyes.
    This was a quick kinkmeme fill, short and cracky, where Loki forgets the details of whatever plan it was that he was concocting and it was totally cute and fun. I liked that, even when he can't remember the shit he was in the middle of pulling, Loki's still a delightfully chaotic dick who you can barely ever pin down.

The legend of Mittens by Lunik, loki + other avengers + thor & loki, crack, humor, 10.7k
    The story of how an abandoned kitten in an alleyway derailed an impending alien invasion and changed the course of the Midgard-Chitauri war. And looked damn cute doing it. Also, the story of Nick Fury's Worst Headache Ever (tm).
    I've been reading this fic on the kinkmeme for awhile, gathering up links to write a rec when, oh, hey, AO3 that's super handy for me! And this story is COMPLETE CRACK, where Loki never really felt empathy for any living thing before, until he ran across an abandoned kitten and was suddenly overcome with feelings and his box-of-cats brain became fixated on taking care of all of them and rehoming them instead of taking over Midgard. Which is a great concept, I would read Loki + cats by just about anyone, but with this author? They do crack so very well and this fic is no exception. It's over 10k words, which you wouldn't think would be possible, not without stretching it too far beyond its premise, but the beautiful thing is in all the different stories to be told here, all the different characters who suddenly have cats dumped in their laps by Loki, each of them having cats tailored to them. Like Coulson's cats are pretty much sentient and help him do paperwork and keep organized, Tony's cats are hellions, etc. It's utterly delightful to see what the author comes up with each time, but also how this Loki is just completely off the deep end and SHEER DELIGHT because he's still dangerous as hell, just... almost pleasant so long as you're talking to him about how to take care of a cat. There's even some bonus Thor&Loki moments in there, sometimes in the way that Loki deliberately rebuffs Thor (which is obviously because of the intesnity of the history there) or just shows up at Thor's place because of the same reasons. It's like. Loki and the Avengers and Thor&Loki and hilarity and CAAAATS. I really couldn't ask for much more from crack fic.

Your Fists Were Not Part of this Plan by tawabids, avengers + loki, humor, past pregnant!loki, 3.7k
    During the battle against the Chitauri, Hulk walks in on a vitally important piece of information: Loki set this whole invasion up because his newborn kid is being held hostage by an even bigger bad. Hulk remedies this. The Chitauri drop as soon as the kid's in Loki's arms. And that's when the rest of the Avengers discover them.
    So, the prompt for this fic was amazing, but then OH MY LORD this was just FANTASTIC. I want all the fic in the world where Loki was trying to take over Midgard because his baby was kidnapped and being held for duress, then he gets the baby back and fuck all of this shit. Especially when the Hulk practically looms over Loki protectively even as Loki complains about it and Hulk doesn't appreciate him not being thankful! AND THEN LOKI WITH A KID. AND UTTER HILARITY. I was practically crying at some of the lines in this fic, because Loki is so beautifully unrepentent about being a dick and his baby grows up to be the most delightful little shit and Thor's overjoyed and Bruce's life is difficult but Clint's is even worse and just. It's perfect. The writer has a gift for a beautifully timed comedic line, but also in creating a scenario that I would read 100k of words of and still come running back for more, because there's not enough fic out there with Loki actually raising the kid or letting the kid have enough of a personality. And, oh, this kid is a total fucking keeper. I cried so many tears at that perfect, precious child.

This Is Your Badness Level by LulaMadison, avengers + loki, fluff, lilo and stitch fusion, 10.1k
    Loki is the rather reluctant imaginary friend of a 6 year old girl, and even though he has important tasks to attend to, such as letting the frost giants into the weapons vault, and trying to take over Midgard, he keeps getting dragged back into her world.
    I did kind of want to stomp off with Loki at the beginning of this fic, for the others being jerks to him, but I don't think they actually meant any harm and that's the point of the scene, that Loki had to stomp off and then get sucked away to Midgard where he meets a little girl and becomes her imaginary friend. It's really cute at first, then it's kind of awkward because she calls him back at a really bad time and he can't not do what she says and Loki's kind of a jerk and NOOOOO THE AUTHOR NEEDS TO FIX IT NOW. I'm not sure if this is heading for cuteness territory or heartbreak territory or something in between, but I'm hoping for something positive, because this author writes a lot of feel good after the angst sort of stuff. Plus, Loki bonding with a young girl who feels ostracized for the things she likes? Surprisingly really good.

He Ain't Heavy (He's Our Villain) by goodboots, avengers + loki, darcy & loki, background pairings, 11k
    In which Thor is foolishly loyal, Darcy still wants her iPod back, and Loki redeems himself, or something.
    The pairings labeled on this fic made me hesitate and nearly pass it by, but I decided to give it a shot anyway because "in which Thor is foolishly loyal" immediately intrigues in a Loki redemption fic. And I'm glad I did give this one a shot! The pairings are largely background, they're not really the point of the fic, so I encourage those who don't mind them to read anyway. Because this is a fic that has a lot of delightful stuff in it! The ending does descend into fluff in the last third of the fic (but you're kind of reading for that anyway), but the first parts of the fic are so sharp and so funny that I was completely charmed, having to stop a couple of times just to giggle for awhile

The fic also brought me onboard with the Darcy & Loki friendship, which is something that has to be carefully done for me, but the sharpness the author shows when setting the situation up is absolutely fantastic and the pacing is such that, even if it doesn't necessarily show you all of it, you feel the passage of enough time that it's understandable how Loki could go from so viciously angry to joining the second string of Avengers. In addition to this, it's a fic where Asgard loves him and I got the impression that one day he would regain all of that, even if he may consider Earth his home now, but also THOR LEARNING MIDGARD WAYS AND REFUSING TO LET HIS BROTHER NOT GET A FAIR SHAKE, omg bless.

Joyous Motherhood by Tricksterburd, avengers + loki + loki's kids, 1.4k
    Written for anon-prompt: Avengers seeing Loki and his kids celebrating mother's day. It's a bit hard to swallow, seeing a huge snake sucking on its tail.
    This was pure cute fluff with the Avengers barging in on Loki's Mother's Day meal with his kids and being kind of rude about it, even as they're kind of stupefied by what they see before them. Plus, there's Thor who understands all of this and easily comforts Hela when Tony upsets her and I'm weak to cute kids and good!Uncle Thor. It's just... pure adorableness and indulgance in things that make me smile. ♥

untitled by jj_apples, avengers & loki, fluff, loki + kittens, 1.1k
    “I recall you fondness for pets, when we were children, and as I inadvertently killed their mother,” he sighed, setting the box on the counter and pulling out another kitten, jet black this time.
    Okay, the thing this fandom needs more of? The Avengers + Loki + small, cute animals! Always, always needs more of this. So, Loki showing up to hand Thor a small, cute animal and then magicking himself away? Yes, give me that right now. And I loved this one because Loki was absolutely still a little shit the entire time, but you could tell he cared about the kittens in his own way, plus so many cute little moments of Thor naming them or feeding them and you can just tell it's because Loki gave them to him. Just... so happy and fluffy! I needed that today.

Underground by Margo_Kim, avengers + loki, steve/tony + clint/natasha, tony & loki, some thor & loki, dark!thor, post-apocalypse, avengers!loki, 60k
    Five years ago, Thor's Chitauri army decimated the Earth. Now what's left of humanity lives in bases under the Earth's surface, safe from the toxic atmosphere. Tony likes to think that humanity's adapted pretty well. After all, they have movie nights and dances; they're doing better than could be expected. But when he learns that the little world of safety and stability they've carved out is about to be slowly but surely destroyed, the New York Underground is left with only two options--fight or flight. Tony knows which one he wants. If only Steve weren't on the exact opposite side. Meanwhile, Natasha wants whatever option will save Clint, Pepper wants whatever option will save the base, Maria Hill wants whatever option will save everybody, and nobody's exactly sure who Loki's trying to save, but everyone's hoping it's more than just himself.
    Xparrot recommended this fic to me, which I would have passed over as I thought it was primarily Steve/Tony-focused, and there wouldn't be enough Loki for me. And, perhaps, for those that really don't care for Tony-centric fic or really hate the pairing may still yet want to skip this one, I admit that I skimmed any scenes that were just about the relationship, but it was less central to the story than I'd originally feared it would be. I still read 95% of this story, as the majority of it is about the world they're living in here, this different and horrible world that they don't know any different from, and it's utterly engrossing. I could not stop reading! The author has a brilliant Tony voice, absolutely everything about the way he spoke and the way he approached situations, the level of disaffection vs genuine care was perfectly balanced, and every scene he had with Loki was utter fucking perfection.

This Loki was incredible all the way around, there was nothing taken away from the sharpness or the jagged edges to the character even when he was on the good guys' side here, so many lines that had just nearly putting down my reader because I was giggling (his scenes with Tony are seriously a thing of perfection) one moment, but then having to step away for awhile just out of sheer feelings for the bitter weight he carries. The scenes after Sif arrive were incredibly hard to read, but in the way the author intended, especially given how this was all set from Tony's point of view, yet the author never made it feel limiting or like the narrative was cheating to get in all that it did. I was so pleased with how vital Loki was to everything here without the fic feeling like it was playing fanservice to the character or even dismissing Thor's importance to the story.

I was a little afraid while reading, I admit, but it was overwhelmed by how much I loved how fucking terrifying this Thor was, one who did not hold himself back, one who razed worlds and used a fuller scope of his powers. They were right to be terrified sometimes just of his name, the author really made that work. So, my fears of how I wouldn't believe this Thor was possible were put to the side for awhile... until the backstory started unfolding and then, oh, I was hooked, because the full story just punched me in the feelings like you wouldn't believe. The points where this fic made me cry were the ones between Thor and Loki, the resolution so satisfying but so wrenching all the same. While I might not recommend it solely for their interaction, as it's brief in the overall scope of the fic, I do count it as one of the major reasons I so enjoyed this fic.

At its heart, though, it's a fic about Tony Stark and the relationships he has with everyone around him and their struggle to survive this world they find themselves in. The author does brilliant things with Maria Hill, possibly one of the best versions of her I've read in a fic like this, and I actually really loved the remnents of the Tony/Pepper relationship, one that was real, but I understood why it didn't survive into this new world, and their something-like-friendship was still felt. She was still important and that delighted me. The horror of the world they inhabit, the scope of the background world that was built here, the details that worked seamlessly into the narrative, all the epic shit that happened, both on-screen and off, the incredible final battle scenes, all of it was breathtakingly so good. Especially the ending. I don't think I was making coherent noises by the time I was finishing this fic.

Ask Me No Questions by Alex51324, thor & loki + bruce & loki + tony + other avengers, depression, 55k
    When Thor returns from Asgard to rejoin the Avengers, he brings Loki in tow--stripped of his magic and bound with a geas that allows him to speak only in response to direct questions. AKA, yet another "Loki lives with the Avengers; chaos ensues" story.
    I very nearly made an entire recs post just for this fic alone because, oh, man, if you ever want to know what my perfect genfic is, this is it. Loki with his magic stripped away, a truth spell placed on him, Thor takes him to live with the Avengers, and slowly they all learn to take small steps towards something better, until shit hits the fan and maybe Loki has come far enough to actually do some good again. I could hardly bring myself to finish this one, because once I did I would have no more and this was my happy place for several days in a row. I will warn ahead of time, the Thor characterization is a little Dumb Jock and things have a touch of crack to them in the early parts, but it's easily dismissed as how we're seeing Thor mostly through Loki's point of view, so of course he's going to come off as dumb, because Loki is not a reliable narrator. But, by the end of the fic? Oh, man, was I ever all the way onboard with this Thor.

Because this is a story that balances all the things I wanted from it--Thor, who genuinely loves and wants to believe in Loki, but also understands that his brother is not the same as he once was, that he will still do terrible things. It's a story that doesn't have Loki immediately settling back into sanity, but each step is a slow, slow crawl towards and there are set-backs along the way. This Loki is still angry by the end, but in a better place and they all can see it and, oh, that is so good for me. It's also fantastic the way he interacts with several of the Avengers, especially having a strong dynamic with Bruce. They're not friends, they're not kindred spirits, but they have an understanding, the fic playing beautifully on the idea of each of them being a monster and what that means to them, what they do with it. This Bruce & Loki dynamic is one of the highlights of the fic--though, the constant presence of Thor being in Loki's life, not quite suffocating, it's a good presence, but it also makes Loki furious at times. Perfect.

The fic is also perfect because it doesn't try to make Loki suddenly perfect, he's still a dick and they're still right not to trust him and Thor is a hero and he's not perfect but he's genuinely trying and just. as;dlfkjalskj I could keyboard mash for pages about how this fic hit all the right notes for these characters for me. But! It's not just characterization! This fic is clever, because TRUTH SPELL PLACED ON LOKI oh man and how he can't speak unless he's answering a direction question and the way the fic actually plays with that, both in terms of plot and detail. Then there's the comparison of Loki's magic to mortal science and I was just utterly fucking charmed by the way Loki describes things and the cultural differences, especially since we know so little of Asgard that we have to make things up wholecloth. But Loki trying to describe the ingredients necessary for a compound they're making? Sharp and clever and neat.

The dialogue is really good, especially once things settle down a bit and they sort of get into a routine, which is when Tony gets some great lines, but everyone in the fic is lovely. It's also a fic that deals with Loki's depression, in a way that felt very natural and organic to the story, the bursts of anger and restlessness and just... everything being distant and cold, in a way that felt really spot on to me. The sense of time that passes (as well as is shown, given that the fic is well over 50k words) also works really well for this, the use of so many different characters to show the various povs, the lack of neat resolutions or easy paths to walk, the clever use of details, the action scenes, the point of Loki finally taking some tentative steps forward again, the balance of damaged!Loki vs dick!Loki, the use of the truth spell, the complications on the way Loki communicated with others, the addressing of Loki's Jotunn nature, the addressing of all that internalized racism, the lack of neatly tied up endings, ALL OF IT, this fic was incredibly well-written and so emotionally satisfying. I can't recommend it enough, whether you're looking for Loki fic, Avengers team fic, or Thor & Loki fic.

4 People Who Thought This Shape-shifting Stuff was Weird and the 1 Person Who Wasn't Even Fazed by Katsuko, loki + avengers, crack, 2.7k
    Loki shape-shifts for fun on a regular basis. The central Avengers are used to this. The fringe members... aren't.
    I was searching around for more Avengers + Loki fic this morning, which brought me to this fic on norsekink originally and then I found it on AO3 and settled in to read. It's a light-hearted and very cute story, where the various Avengers are weirded out by Loki constantly changing his shape into various different things, whether to be a dick or just because he's an oddball, and I enjoyed it for that sense of... it's very fluffy and has that sense of the Avengers being a family. It's not for everyone, that tone of fic, but I enjoy it when I'm in the right mood for it, and this hit me right today. Super cute!

we're not friends, we're strangers with memories by Lise, clint & loki + some clint/natasha, some violence, angst, 12.8k wip
    Clint's life has been varying degrees of weird since he made the potentially questionable decision to join the Avengers Initiative. This is setting a new standard, though. And by 'this' we mean 'guess who's sitting in his apartment when Clint gets home.' It's not the Tooth Fairy.
    This is like the most vicious sitcom ever. The anger between them is nearly exhausting to read, like it should be! Don't get me wrong, I read pretty much all of this in one sitting, but I was tired afterwards and that's exactly what Lise was going for here and that's why I'm recommending it, rather than my usual making of a caveat of it. Some authors can just do that kind of thing for me, to make that the highlight of the fic, when they find the right circumstances and characters for it--Loki and Clint being unwilling roommates is definitely one of those circumstances! It's also got the lovely bonus of how this Clint feels right to me. I mean, I see Loki very similarly to how Lise does, so I pretty much automatically trust her Loki (which I'm not disappointed on here!), but it's rare for me to find a Clint that feels right to me, but here? Yeah, I definitely felt him. It's also in how I believed the set-up for the characters, why they would find themselves in this position, and Lise pulls that off brilliantly, too. Everything is so sharp and jagged here, everything is a fight here, every shot wounds, and it's a heavy read at times, but so good when you're ready for it.

Best Laid Plans by LulaMadison, clint & loki, humor, 1.6k
    A short, one scene fill for this prompt on Norsekink: It's always been my head canon that Loki is terrible at planning. Or rather that he comes up with awesome plans and then halfway through sees more opportunities for mischief and he just can't help himself from taking them, but on Midgard he's got Clint. And Clint is efficient, disciplined and smart and he'll do whatever it takes to keep his boss on track.

Clint and Loki discuss the plan for the invasion of Earth on the way to Stuttgart.

    I loved two things about this fic. One, that Clint was efficient and put-upon and basically told Loki everything to avoid and what should be done instead, but was totally only half-listened to, and who doesn't find fictional characters' lives being dififcult to be hilarious? Second, this characterization of Loki who was only half-listening, who was more focused on himself, really came off as a total spoiled rotten little brat and that was just. It was the best thing for me. I practically could have hugged this fic to my chest and beamed at the author for it, because spoiled little shit!Loki is one of my favorite things ever, especially when it's humorous and just makes me love the little rotter even more. This was an absolute joy to read and so funny.

Calculated Insanities by Mollz, avengers + loki, tony & loki, tony & bruce, 23k wip
    Most people take calculated risks. Tony Stark takes calculated insanities. Like telling the God-King Odin to shut up. Like trying to find warmth in a spy with a heart colder than Russia in winter. Like trying to learn magic when no human's learned it in god knows how long. ...Like finding the God of Chaos in a crater in Russia, and deciding to help him out.
    There are two chapters left to this fic, but it hasn't been updated in two and a half weeks (at the time of this rec), so I have faith that it eventually will be finished, especially as it's at 13/15 right now, but I definitely considered waiting for those final chapters because this fic has the potential to really hurt me. In the beginning, Thor's character is off in order to make him a dick towards humans, but I could handle it because it wasn't abusive!Thor and he's not around for most of the story and it was sort of necessary to set up the circumstances with Loki. I am a little wary, because Loki is an unreliable narrator, but the narrative and the characters around him don't contradict him, so it borders on Loki apologia or outright victimization in a way that lacks self-awareness, which I bring up more strongly than usual here because otherwise this fic is so good.

It's got a fantastic Tony voice and his friendship with Bruce is an absolute scream, it's a real highlight of the fic! At least once I burst out laughing irl and there were so many scenes where I found myself smiling from how delightful their banter was. Plus, I love Loki with the Avengers and I love them beginning to work as a real team and then there's Tony learning magic! I love that this Tony is frighteningly brilliant, that the norms of everyone else in the universe are ones that he breaks routinely, he figures things out faster than anyone, which works for me because he's... Tony Stark. That's part of who the character is, both good and bad, that he figures things out so quickly, once he has the basic building blocks for it. The humor is such a great selling point for this fic, not just from Tony, but from all of them. Steve going along with the batshit things his team asks of him and his, "Why is this my life?" attitude (that is somehow still so very Steve-like) is great and, oh, the slow progression of Loki working towards connecting with people again, with learning to trust again, possibly becoming part of the team, yes, give me that.

Thor's Days by artyartie, loki + avengers, parent!loki, 25k, wip
    Sequel to 'Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting,' next installment of the 'water' verse. For a nearly immortal god, a year is nothing. For his little mortal daughter, a year is an eternity. And for the Avengers, a single year might mean a chance, however precarious, to redeem the unredeemable.
    I have a lot of feelings about this fic and how cute it is! This fic is more slice-of-life than the previous one, but that's the point of it, Loki spending time with his daughter, doing mundane things, and watching the time pass by far more quickly than he'd like. When you write a fic like this, you need to make the kid a charmer but without taking away from the reason most pick up the fic in the first place (the canon characters and the situations they find themselves in), which this fic does so well. The Avengers interacting with Loki often mention his daughter, but their connections to him are still about them and the events we've seen in the canon. Mostly. Except with Captain America, but that scene where he was babysitting Loki's daughter was too precious for me to not love it dearly.

At the same time, many scenes are also not about the Avengers at all, yet they're still a presence in the background, just as Loki's adopted daughter is a presence in the background of the scenes he has with the Avengers. These are both aspects of Loki's life, there's no neat ending of one part before starting another, there's only the normal amount of compartmentalizing in his life, which makes it feel more true. Rather than having two sides of his life, even if his daughter doesn't yet know about who he is, there are complicated relationships everywhere. My only complaint would be that we still haven't gotten to the Thor & Loki stuff yet and I'd been hoping for more Thor interaction. He's had a couple of really excellent scenes where he misses Loki dearly and is trying to work through the feelings of not knowing who is brother is anymore, that he's a different person than the one Thor knew, but I want them actually in the same scene together already, dammit! XD

AVENGERS/THOR: the water's dark and deep, inside this ancient heart by artyartie NOTE: This fic is also being posted on FFNET as well but is not complete as of the time of this rec. SUMMARY: Loki has been a Prince of Asgard and a would-be conqueror of Midgard. Years after the movie, he's now trying to navigate the most challenging role he's undertaken yet: a single parent in Manhattan. Juggling play dates, elite preschools, and defeating the Avengers in time to pick up his little girl, Loki finds parenting has endless challenges - and unintended effects. REC: I pretty much sat down and read this all in one sitting, with only a brief break because I had to get up and move from one place to another. Otherwise? UGH, I COULD READ THIS ALL DAY LONG, EVERY DAY. The fic is slightly cracky, you have to just roll with Loki having a normal human kid and taking to the role of parent in a human way, as well as the Avengers willing to be a little more forgiving (because this is a lighter-hearted fic, for all that it has so many delicious sharp edges)... which isn't hard to buy because the author is really good at getting the spirit of the characters down and giving everyone enough time to mellow out. And, oh, the entire piece was wonderful. Loki as a parent, Loki actually interacting with his child, these are things that I do not see nearly enough of in fandom! The relationship he has with his daughter here is absolutely charming and delightful, it's wonderful without pushing too hard at it, so instead of making me feel like it's too sticky sweet, instead I'm just deliriously in love with everything here.

And I love that it's actually decently long without being stretched too far out, I love that the Avengers actually notice that Loki seems off and a;sldfkjal;skj the scenes of them arguing about it! With Thor staunchly defending his brother (while not being blind to what and who he is, but just... not being willing to put up with slights against Loki that are undeserved or a lack of respect for who he is) and the occasional moments of Thor being pretty fucking terrifying and how much he loves his brother! Despite that the fic isn't really about them, I was wonderfully satisfied with their relationship here, especially by the end. And I love Tony being insistent that, no, something really, really is weird about Loki here! And I fucking love that Loki is still Loki even when he's mellowed because having a kid does change you. It's cliche, but it's absolutely fucking true. The author uses it to great effect, having an occasional flashback to show Loki first holding her and how it wasn't instant love, how the author lightly touched on what this meant for Loki's own relationships with his family. Oh, I want more from that angle, I would love to see Loki and his daughter actually meeting the rest of his family, I want it so badly. But this was an absolutely fantastic read today and satisfied my need for Loki-with-his-kids that much more. (No warnings/pairings.)



AVENGERS/THOR: Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting by artyartie

SUMMARY: Loki has tried to be a King of Asgard and the conqueror of Midgard. What he hasn't tried to be is a single parent in Manhattan, but the universe has other plans. As Loki tries to get his Captain America-obsessed daughter a lunchbox and an elite education, and juggle parenting and supervillainy, he finds raising a child has challenges and repercussions he could have never imagined. The Avengers, for their part, are just trying to figure out what has their favorite nemesis so distracted.

NOTE: I have recommended this fic before, but I believe it was on the kinkmeme. This version has been cleaned up and has bits and pieces added to it, as well as I sat down to reread the whole thing, so, re-rec. I do what I want, Thor.

REC: Everything I said previously about this fic still holds true--it's such a fantastic read and I decided, eh, sure, I'll settle in to reread the 21k+ words of it which, despite that this is my second time through them, went by practically like they were nothing. This is still one of the most delightful fics I've read in awhile and it still just utterly charmed the pants off me! And I love that it could have been terribly cracky, but actually wound up being much more poignant and humorous than outright cracky, where the flashbacks show that it took time for Loki to mellow out into this version we see, that it took time for this little girl to worm his way into this heart and I really like the way the author framed it--skipping over the angstier parts (with some well-placed flashbacks to show that the journey was there, but that it's not the point of the fic) and instead getting right straight into the good stuff! Loki and a precious darling baby girl! Ahhhhh Loki with kids is one of those things I want to read more and more of forever, when it's so well-written and sharply funny as it is here.

I love Loki balancing having this entire separate life away from his career as a villain, that he arranges playdates and has human friends who aren't completely terrible and throws a Captain America-themed birthday party for his little girl (one of the best additions to the touched up version is a small line about why she's so fixed on her Captain America thing and, oh, my heart), all of which are just ridiculously touching, sweet, and well done. I would have read just for endless Loki&his baby girl scenes, really, but that Loki also has run-ins with the Avengers? Who are beginning to sense that something's not quite on the level here? Oh, yes, good. Especially Thor's relationship with Loki, forever defending him and nearly getting into arguments with the other Avengers when they would try to besmirch his brother's name! That is so wonderfully done, because Thor in Don't Even Think About Saying Shit About My Brother mode is one of my faaaaavorites, especially when it's followed up with Loki's whole host of issues with Thor, when he's obviously still tangled up about his feelings there, and when they're obviously still so important to each other, even when they don't have that many scenes together. The one they do have, though, just utterly makes me want to writhe around in feelings every time I read it, though. Every time Thor asks, when Loki so clearly loves his daughter of choice that he adopted, why would his own family (Odin, Frigga, and Thor) feel any different? RIGHT TO THE GODDAMNED HEART, that line is every time.

Basically, this fic takes what could have been a purely cracky premise and instead turns it into one of those fics that is probably one of my favorites in the fandom, one of those fics that gives me just about everything I could have asked for from it. I wish I could write a better rec for it because, ahhhh, I want everyone to enjoy Loki and his daughter and the sheer joy of this! (No warnings/pairings.)



AVENGERS/THOR: Thor's Days by artyartie

SUMMARY: For a nearly immortal god, a year is nothing. For his little mortal daughter, a year is an eternity. And for the Avengers, a single year might mean a chance, however precarious, to redeem the unredeemable.

NOTE: This is a sequel to Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting, which should be read first.

REC: There's only one chapter of this fic so far and that's almost painful for me because, oh, I want to read another ~20k words of this universe right now. Especially when it's already giving me feelings, as Loki sits down to help his daughter learn to read the days of the week, which naturally brings up a lot of feelings as they get to Wednesday (Odin's day) and then Thursday (Thor's Day), which his daughter doesn't really know about. And there's the feelings that that stirs up in me, but also the desperate, clawing need to know where this story is going, what this trial year (which is nothing to someone who's already a thousand years old, but will be forever for his human adopted daughter) is going to deal with, especially how much of his family is going to play into this. But already the author is doing a gorgeous job of how time passes, both too quickly and too slowly, which is always the case with children. Already, I'm fairly certain this is going to be an exercise in not attaching myself to the author's ankles as I wait between updates because, oh, I need more of it right now, please. (No warnings/pairings.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Thor's Days by artyartie

SUMMARY: Sequel to 'Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting,' next installment of the 'water' verse. For a nearly immortal god, a year is nothing. For his little mortal daughter, a year is an eternity. And for the Avengers, a single year might mean a chance, however precarious, to redeem the unredeemable.

REC: When I sat down to read this fic, I remembered that the author had put up a more polished version on AO3 (instead of the original draft on norsekink) and decided, you know what would be an awesome decision? To reread that whole thing! And, boy, do I still love the hell out of that story and it reads so well, the kind I just got sucked right into and it felt like hardly any time at all had passed by the time I was finished with it! The sequel is just as lovely and fun to read, still with that lovely balance between Loki being a vicious little shit and a really, genuinely caring father to this girl that's wormed her way into his heart.

This time, the fic is more about exploring something a bit more sprawling, so you'll have Tony's viewpoint on second chances and how he knows they're important and how he got his own (and a second second chance, in a way), then you'll have Loki taking Kara Christmas shopping and snarling at all the other shoppers while still being completely adorable, and the author is fantastic at showing that Loki still does/says inappropriate things, but he makes sure Kara isn't affected or upset by them, and that's just more charming. There's also a flashback to Loki and Thor as children and then, in a scene that just gave me an intense feelings bomb like you wouldn't believe, Bruce talks to Thor about how Loki is changing and what that means for Thor, why he's both glad and disheartened by it.

I love fics that can make me laugh or make my face hurt from all the smiling by the time I'm finished, that can be that perfect balance between cracky humor and still being true to the characters. It's a difficult thing to describe what I mean by that, but when an author nails it, it's so wonderful. (No warnings/pairings.)

He Ain't Heavy (He's Our Villain) by goodboots, avengers + loki, darcy & loki, background pairings, 11k
    In which Thor is foolishly loyal, Darcy still wants her iPod back, and Loki redeems himself, or something.
    The pairings labeled on this fic made me hesitate and nearly pass it by, but I decided to give it a shot anyway because "in which Thor is foolishly loyal" immediately intrigues in a Loki redemption fic. And I'm glad I did give this one a shot! The pairings are largely background, they're not really the point of the fic, so I encourage those who don't mind them to read anyway. Because this is a fic that has a lot of delightful stuff in it! The ending does descend into fluff in the last third of the fic (but you're kind of reading for that anyway), but the first parts of the fic are so sharp and so funny that I was completely charmed, having to stop a couple of times just to giggle for awhile

The fic also brought me onboard with the Darcy & Loki friendship, which is something that has to be carefully done for me, but the sharpness the author shows when setting the situation up is absolutely fantastic and the pacing is such that, even if it doesn't necessarily show you all of it, you feel the passage of enough time that it's understandable how Loki could go from so viciously angry to joining the second string of Avengers. In addition to this, it's a fic where Asgard loves him and I got the impression that one day he would regain all of that, even if he may consider Earth his home now, but also THOR LEARNING MIDGARD WAYS AND REFUSING TO LET HIS BROTHER NOT GET A FAIR SHAKE, omg bless.

Joyous Motherhood by Tricksterburd, avengers + loki + loki's kids, 1.4k
    Written for anon-prompt: Avengers seeing Loki and his kids celebrating mother's day. It's a bit hard to swallow, seeing a huge snake sucking on its tail.
    This was pure cute fluff with the Avengers barging in on Loki's Mother's Day meal with his kids and being kind of rude about it, even as they're kind of stupefied by what they see before them. Plus, there's Thor who understands all of this and easily comforts Hela when Tony upsets her and I'm weak to cute kids and good!Uncle Thor. It's just... pure adorableness and indulgance in things that make me smile. ♥

Rise From Ash by Mikkeneko, avengers + loki + other asgardians + thanos, some tony/loki, mildly nsfw for violence, some pyshical + psychological torture, angst, avengers!loki, 98k
    When Loki's world falls apart around him, he learns that sometimes you do get a second chance.
    This is one of those fics that... I have my caveats about, which I'll get to in a moment, but I don't want to start this rec out with anything other than praise for the incredible things it accomplished. It was a hard fic to read at times, because this is truly a story about Loki descending into madness, it's a fic that truly does justice to the ideas it wanted to focus on, and it's an incredibly intense ride. There are many, many ways in which this fic is brilliant and I want to get to all of them as I go through this rec. But there are a few things that held this fic back from being perfect, most of which come down to the characters and the characterization. The focus on Loki as the central character and the absolute hell he goes through because of the time loops is brilliantly done, which may be why the rest of the characters pale in comparison. Some of them are great fun (I especially enjoyed the use of Clint and Jan, both of their friendships with Loki were delightful!) but Thor felt off in nearly every scene he was in, the initial reunion scene between him and Loki felt very flat, and I couldn't quite put my finger on why. The more Steve was written into the story, though, the more I felt like... it was almost a fanon problem? They felt like they were influenced by the fandom, rather than the canon. Especially with Steve's speech patterns and the way Thor interacted with Loki.

The other thing is the Tony/Loki relationship is definitely used as a prop in the story, rather than something that felt organic to the writing. The fic recognizes this right from the beginning, given the author's notes, that it's not the purpose of the fic, but the more you get into the story, the more you understand why that is, why a pairing was necessary, why Tony/Loki is the best choice for it, even as it never fully clicks because it's situated in the middle of this otherwise incredibly well-told story. The ending is also immediately apparent as soon as you end the first chapter/start the second, where this is all circling around to. And, again, part of that is that it stands out more because the rest is so brilliant. And my purpose isn't to knock the fic, but rather to point out things that might have other people pause and I want to encourage them onwards, because the fic is so very worth it.

Now, all that said, seriously, this fic is brilliant in the main focus of its goals--to show the utter hell Loki lives through between Thor and The Avengers. It's incredibly engorssing, once I picked it up, I read the first two chapters (which were all that had been posted at the time of my reading) over the span of a couple of days, which was fast for me, because I was doing a lot of other stuff at the time, where I just could not put it down. It was always "just a little bit more" to read, until I was reading probably 10k words with the intent that I would put it down any second now. It's marvelously paced, each loop that Loki goes through is fully fleshed out so that you understand why it was necessary, why it was so... each loop had Loki really, geneuinely trying. Each loop was a genuine attempt that wasn't half-hearted, each time it showed the lengths he went to and the plans that he so meticulously put into place, even while each of them failed and you understood why. In a way, it made the fic exhausting to read, especially knowing where all of this was heading towards, especially because each time, more of Loki's emotional stability was stripped away.

You could feel how much care this was done with, how the author did the work necessary to take you through the journey with Loki, so it really earns that deliberate emotional exhaustion it evokes in the reader. And with a lot of stories, I hear "it was emotionally exhausting" and I'm like n o p e, but that's not how I mean this, because I think the emotional exhaustion is the point, it's another of the things that makes this story worth reading. It helps, of course, that there's a stinger scene after all the author's notes, that both was perfectly written so that I could just picture the whole thing and it got me incredibly excited about how everything could just snowball from there. It's perfect for what it means for the ending of the story/what the future of this universe might hold, as well as for making the whole thing feel like all the hardship may yet still be going somewhere.

Because the scope of this fic and all those hardships truly are epic in this story. The use of Thanos and Nidhoggr are brilliantly done, this is one of the best Thanos fics I've read in the fandom and they are truly terrifying here. Both of them are used very well in the story, especially for how they often loom in the distance rather than are directly involved--though, when they are, the writing does justice to how awe-inspiring and horrifying they are in person. No matter how many times Loki thinks about them or meets them again, they never lose that edge of how huge and menacing they feel, the undercurrent of Loki's PTSD is always felt and it's so razor sharp in a way that I can't put into words. There was clearly so much planning put into this fic and it shows, not in a way that you feel lectured to, but that this shit was nailed down and carefully crafted with each step of the way.

And because of that careful crafting, one of the most interesting things to see is how Loki went from the character he was in Thor to The Avengers along a different path than usual, so you can see why this Loki really seems to have this belief that... no one he hurts matters, that nothing he does has any consequence, because of what he's lived for the past several years. It's never directly stated in the fic, it's in the author's notes more clearly, but you feel it in the story, how the character shifts in personality and beliefs, the way all the good and bad things that happen to him are shaping him. You also feel why he seems so isolated and why he doesn't reach out to others, why things become like ideals or theoretical concepts in his mind, rather than having actual emotional connection. Well, there is still some, the conversation between Thor and Loki in antarctica got me, because you really felt the weight of their history together and felt that sense of being torn, that Loki wants to reach out, but doesn't quite know how and the timing of everything always seems to be against him.

I really do recommend this fic, even if the size seems a bit daunting, because it'll go fast, the writing is incredibly smooth and polished, making it an engrossing read. It does have a fair amount of Loki favoritism to the detriment of other characters, but that's part of what the fic is about, this is very much a Loki fic and, taken in that vein, is really an excellent fic. I'm putting this in with the FrostIron recs and genfic recs because, really, it's more of a genfic story than anything, but the Tony/Loki relationship should appeal (and hopefully not bother those who don't care for it) if you like it. But, really, this is a Loki story that's an absolutely fascinating read, for the emotional wringer of it, rather than in spite of it.

You do not have to walk on your knees by Lise, avengers + loki, 8.8k
    It's not that he's invested in keeping them alive. The idea of someone else killing them first, though, is a bit offensive. Or: a funny pattern starts to emerge between dire situations involving various Avengers. "When you started thinking that Loki might be looking out for them in some kind of weird, possessive, only I may kill you sort of way…that was a sign you’d been in this business too long."
    I intensely love 5+1 fics and, oh, this one was put to great effect, especially for playing on Loki's connections to the Avengers, each of these dynamics different from each other, and the brilliant way the author writes Loki. This is a balance between digging into the more redeemable things of Loki while not giving an inch on his utter viciousness and mixing it all together with how Loki is such a goddamned mess. I love all of this, every scene sparkles and builds up these connections, but, oh, it's when the tables are turned and Steve's genuineness starts to unravel Loki, that's when this fic really got me. Of course it would be Steve who lets him go, who isn't looking for anything beyond this, isn't looking for a favor down the road, isn't doing it just out of pity, but because he's so genuine with Loki and because he sees those complications in Loki. And, oh, this fic is just so sharp, it's practically cutting into my feelings the entire time, just... intese and incredible the whole way through, wow.

untitled by anonymous, loki + avengers + other villains, humor, 2.7k
    “Consider this a warning,” the trickster says, turning away from the doorframe, brushing a small piece of lint from his shoulder. “Don’t touch my things.”
    This fic response was written back in 2011, so of course a few things turned out different from the movies and a lot of elements are from the comics, making this almost more of a comics fic than a movie-fic (which is where I usually recommend), but that doesn't take away from the utter charm and sheer delight of the piece! Each section is just the right length, the different ways various villains try to wreak havoc on the Avengers, only to have their plans thwarted by an unexpected source. The writing is clever and knows how to be just adorable enough to have that sense of fun that I love so much, which means it just reads so very well to me. It's fun and uses the characters well and you don't need to be more than passingly familiar with comics to read it.

4 People Who Thought This Shape-shifting Stuff was Weird and the 1 Person Who Wasn't Even Fazed by Katsuko, loki + avengers, crack, 2.7k
    Loki shape-shifts for fun on a regular basis. The central Avengers are used to this. The fringe members... aren't.
    I was searching around for more Avengers + Loki fic this morning, which brought me to this fic on norsekink originally and then I found it on AO3 and settled in to read. It's a light-hearted and very cute story, where the various Avengers are weirded out by Loki constantly changing his shape into various different things, whether to be a dick or just because he's an oddball, and I enjoyed it for that sense of... it's very fluffy and has that sense of the Avengers being a family. It's not for everyone, that tone of fic, but I enjoy it when I'm in the right mood for it, and this hit me right today. Super cute!

Appropriate Research Material for Religious Celebrations, and How Not to Accidentally Start a Holy War by Zeta_Tauri

PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Avengers team, Loki
    Loki spends his first Christmas on Midgard. It’s oddly similar to Midwinter celebrations on Asgard, and yet, not at all the same.
    Oh, this author is turning out to be one of my favorites in this fandom for the sharp, clever gen antics and lovely Loki characterization. I love that the fic just dives right into Loki sort of working with the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. but isn't fully a good guy yet (though, man, I would love that 30k redemption fic from this author, too), then just dumps him right in the middle of Christmas without any real idea or context of what's going on. There are so many things this fic does well, aside from the fantastic writing/characterization, from the way Loki refers to Odin as his father to the way he interacts with Pepper (which is a highlight of the fic, their interaction is perfect and I can totally see why they'd get along fairly well, that they'd almost, almost like each other) to Loki's attempts at research for context about Christmas to the gifts the Avengers exchange with each other.

The Avengers Secret Santa idea could have been terrible, but this author does an absolutely delightful job with it, making it hilarious but I wouldn't call it cracky, either. Loki messing with Thor's idea of what kind of gift to get for his recipient is beautiful (and the gift is just... as;dfljkas;lkj) because it's such good mischief again and, oh, Tony's gift in return is beautiful. I loved how adorable this fic was, but also how I didn't stop laughing or smiling the entire time. Perfect.

In Circulus Veritas by apiphile, loki + avengers, truth spell, 21.1k
    In which Loki of Asgard is inadvertently made into an oracle of the truth and everything goes horribly wrong.
    I have a lot of caveats about this fic (no one is really in character after a certain point, Thor is the most off, Loki is literally insane here, there are some interal logic inconsistencies, there's random awkward Shakespeare speak fritizing in and out, the impact doesn't really hit as hard as I'd like, those are the main ones), but I don't regret reading this, nor do I want the caveats to stop others from reading! I mention them instead to put potential readers in the right frame of mind for it! And I'm probably harder on this fic than I would be on others because the writing is otherwise terrific, the author is very talented and has excellent comedic timing and technical skill in putting words together, as well as good pacing. It's just... sort of... an alternate set of characters and really, really interesting on a theoretical level! Loki is spelled to have to tell the truth, the absolute truth, which will go well for no one, and there are moments of utter screaming hilarity (I had to put the reader down a couple of times while reading Tony's responses to the batshit things happening here) and I enjoyed the confession that he still loves Thor and this fic is at its best when being funny. Plus, I'm a sucker for a truth spell fic! As mentioned, I have caveats, but I don't want them to stop people from reading this fic, because there's a lot to enjoy here, especially as Loki lounges around completely naked and the fic whole-heartedly embraces that sense of off kilter about him that can be a cackling joy to read.

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