Earth Culture of Origin
Alternate Names / Spellings
Loke, the Sly One, the Trickster, the Shape Changer, the Sky Traveler.
Mischief, Deceit and Trickery
Earth Mythological References
A son of the giants Farbauti and Laufey, Loki is considered one of the Æsir gods, yet he is sometimes their enemy. Known as the Trickster god, Loki is associated with fire and magic, and over time became associated with evil, but can also be heroic.
Loki's wife is Sigyn, however, he fathered three monsters with his giantees mistress Angrboda.
It was believed Loki and Odin were blood brothers, so none of the gods dared to harm Loki, no matter how terrible and evil he became. Loki's unpleasantness led to the death of Balder (god of light) at the feast of Aegir, at which point the other gods determined Loki was to be punished.
As punishment, Loki was chained to three large boulders (one under his shoulders, one under his loins and one under his knees) and a poisonous snake was placed above his head. Loyal to her husband, Sigyn stays with him and catches any dripping venom that might land on him is in a bowl. When the bowl fills, however, Sigyn must leave to empty it. Without his wife to catch the poison, it lands on Loki's face, and the agonized painful twisting causes earthquakes and tremors.
It is said when the end time is at hand (Ragnarok), Loki will escape his chains and lead the giants in a war against the other gods.
Loki's Lifetime of Work
Loki was a renegade Asgard geneticist, formerly of the Asgard Ruling Council, who tried unsanctioned experiments against the humans of Earth in order to find the perfect DNA to create bodies with brains that could tolerate the Asgard's advanced intellect. (7.03 "Fragile Balance")
Loki's goal was to save his race that was dying through their current cloning methods (5.22 "Revelations"). He regularly took people of Earth and replaced them with clones while he studied the original for a week. After his studies were concluded, he exchanged the original for the clone and did it again with another subject. The clones he created were never meant to live past the week they were needed to substitute for his test subjects. He was caught and banished 19 years prior to taking Jack O'Neill as a test subject.
When Loki heard about Jack O'Neill and his successful use of the Ancient knowledge download (2.16 "The Fifth Race"), he decided to examine Jack's DNA and see if it would help him save his people. He took his opportunity when the Asgard were busy with the war with the Replicators and relocation. Loki did not know that Jack's DNA had a marker in it to prevent tampering, and when he created the clone, the marker made the clone stop advancing to Jack's current age. So, when Jack's clone woke up, he was approximately 15 years old. If it hadn't been for this problem, no one would have ever been able to tell the difference.
Jack's clone was able to remember the circumstances of his abduction, and Daniel and Teal'c set off on an investigation to interview other people who had reported similar circumstances. Their goal was to determine the modus operandi of Jack's abductor in order to not only find him, but to prevent continued abductions. They interviewed people whose abductions happened 19 or more years ago (Pamela Ambrose, Werner Casey, and Zyang Wu) and found that this particular Asgard used seven days between his abductions.
Along with Jack's clone, they set a trap to find the Asgard who was doing these experiments. The trap was successful, and they ended up on Loki's ship in Earth's orbit. They summoned Thor who was able to save Jack's clone from death and allow him to grow at a normal human rate. The clone chose to go to high school and embrace it, taking a path different from the original.
Loki was reprimanded severely by Thor, who promised that Loki would be punished for his actions, but the method of his punishment was not given. Even after all of his research, sanctioned or not, the Asgard failed to find a solution to their cloning problem. They committed mass suicide when they determined that their thousands of years of cloning had doomed them to a debilitating and deadly disease. They gifted their knowledge and technology to the SGC, declaring them as "The Fifth Race" (the other four were the Ancients, Nox, Furlings, and Asgard). (10.20 "Unending")
Those Visited by Loki in the Past
Daniel Jackson and Teal'c did database searches to determine who else might have been visited by an alien with the same description as what Young Jack had reported. They narrowed their search to those who were living in the United States and got eight hits. Here is the list of those who were most likely visited by Loki:
- Pamela Ambrose, 3092 Buckingham Rd., New York, NY 10018
- Werner Casey, 8597 Ivory Coast Dr., Iowa City, IA 52245
- Robert Shaw, 2345 Raff Dr., Salome, AZ 85348
- Laura Hill, 4751 Benl Ct., Sandy, OR 97055
- Andre Lynch, 8795 Manddrive, Florence, AL 35634
- Lisa Miller, 9874 Tisst St., Clancy, MT 59634
- Rusty Smith, 56874 Tork Dr., Wayland, MI 49348
- Zyang Wu, 24577 Raynetta Rd., San Francisco, CA 94132
Of the above, Daniel and Teal'c were seen interviewing Pamela Ambrose, Werner Casey, and Zyang Wu, all of whose abductions matched Young Jack's perfectly. This research was key in determining how Loki conducted his abductions and arranging a way to stop him from doing them again, and at the same time, saving Young Jack's life.
- Col. Jack O'Neill
- Dr. Daniel Jackson
- Jack O'Neill's Teen Clone
- Pamela Ambrose
- Werner Casey
- Zyang Wu
- Voiced by Peter DeLuise