One of seven magpies who fled Asgard after its destruction by the Void, and the only one to return after journeying to several of the Nine Worlds, and much of Earth. Dying upon his arrival in Asgard and leaving a key for the newly-revived Loki, this magpie was eventually revived with part of the past Loki's essence to act as an adviser to the young Loki. Named Ikol (Loki in reverse), he left the crumbled city to return to the mystical Asgardian realm with Loki and the other Asgardians.
When Loki later sought answers to his brother's imprisonment and Odin's fleeing Earth, Ikol arrived and led him to the World Tree, Yggdrasil, to seek answers from the Norns. Ikol waited until Loki returned from the tree's roots, asking if he knew what he then had to do. Loki informed him he did, but that he needed his brother's advice before actually doing so.
Ikol accompanied Loki into Hel, informing Loki of the deals he'd made with Mephisto prior to his death, and coaching him on how best to manipulate the demon. He later accompanied Loki and his steed, Hel Wolf to Newark for a meeting between Mephisto and Hela and helped Loki trick Surtur into giving him the shadow of Surtur's Twilight Sword. Accompanying Loki and his allies aboard Dark Asgard, headquarters of the Serpent, Ikol watched as Loki rewrote the Serpent's history, giving him a good moment in his past, and a moment of weakness when the Serpent later battled Thor. After Dark Asgard's destruction, Ikol returned to the branch he'd started his journey from and thought on the differences between the old Loki and the new.
At some point, Ikol accompanied Loki to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, to assist in stealing the Screaming Idol. While there, Loki was invited to join the Young Masters, within whom Ikol and Loki saw evil, something Ikol savored.
When Loki was given possession of the seven spawn of the breeding of Hel Wolf and Garm, Ikol assisted him in finding homes for them, and reflected on the mischief one could cause when giving gifts.
When Loki later fell victim to dark dreams, Ikol helped him track the source of the dreams to the ruins of the Serpent's Dark Asgard and fleeing alongside Loki from an arrived Daimon Hellstrom. As they saved dreamer after dreamer from Nightmare, Ikol berated Loki by telling him that he was doing it Thor's way
When Dísir escaped from Mephisto, Ikol was turned into a toy bird due to a spell the elder-Loki had sold Sigurd. After the reborn Loki regained his memories, Ikol was restoured to normal and told the boy that the reason he didn't mention the spell was because he was evil.
Later, during the events of Asgardia's invasion by Surtur, Ikol was pleased by young Loki's apparent descent to evil as he betrayed Thor and turned the Warriors Three against each other. In reality, Loki was only pretending to be evil to steal the Twilight Shadow from Surtur. After giving Leah a better story and free will, Ikol disappeared. It was then revealed that only Loki could see him because he was really inside of his head.
Ikol is considered to be the evil, adult Loki and often contrasts with his younger incarnation who, as he claimed, has a lot more heart.
- 25 Appearances of Ikol (Earth-616)
- 8 Images featuring Ikol (Earth-616)
- 2 Quotations by or about Ikol (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Ikol (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Ikol (Earth-616)
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