Jim Carrey’s smash hit THE MASK provided some backstory to the titular talisman: it was a depiction of the Norse trickster god Loki, and it is surmised though never confirmed that Loki was banished into the mask. Thus Loki is acting out through the mask’s wearer, spreading chaos and mischief through their innermost desires (the repressed but good Stanley Ipkiss, and the dark and twisted Dorian Tyrell). Then there’s Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal. It’s more true to the Marvel comics as well as Norse mythology: a devious trickster who thinks five steps ahead of everyone else, who always seeks to bring down others, in particular his brother Thor... but in the end is a tragic figure, an adopted outcast doubly of the worlds of his birth and raising, who seeks gain and destruction purely to fill a void within himself (despite his attempts to rule, he is deemed unworthy by Odin and his friends). Between the two, I picked both. One can afford to like both, since the portrayals of Loki are different enough: Carrey played the role as out-of-control and outrageous as a clown, while Hiddleston played him as the scheming trickster.