Michael Waldron has explained why the other Lokis seem to be more successful than Tom Hiddleston’s central variant. Tom plays the 2012 version of the God of Mischief who escaped with the Tesseract during Avengers: Endgame’s time heist. He was then arrested by the Time Variance Authority (TVA).
In the fourth episode of the Marvel series, Loki is pruned after him and Lady Loki a.k.a. Sylvie figure out that the Time-Keepers are not real, they are just androids. In the latest episode titled, Journey Into Mystery, the episode picks up right where it left off. Loki wakes up in another world and is surrounded by other pruned variants of himself.
This includes the classic Loki, Kid Loki, Boastful Loki and Alligator Loki. Other variants of Loki also appeared later in the episode including President Loki, also played by Tom. They share their classic Loki behaviour with treachery, half-baked schemes as they think they are fulfilling their glorious purpose. All the Loki variants end up in the same room and it hilariously shows us every variant betraying the other. And (our) Loki seemed to be the more sensible one and he wasn’t as successful or did not avoid the TVA for as long as the others did on the timeline.
“The question is: can you change?”
Michael discussed the idea with Screen Rant and he also talked about the Sacred Timeline. He went back to Mobius’s conversation with Loki in the pilot episode. The head writer talked about Loki’s job to lose so that others, like the Avengers, win. Michael said, “He’s the Loki that was supposed to stay on the timeline. All those Lokis who had all those successes were Lokis who got pruned by the TVA. As Mobius says, ‘It’s your job to lose so others can become the best versions of themselves.’ That’s the part Loki is meant to play on the Sacred Timeline. The question is: can you change?”
In the latest episode, classic Loki had said that they lie, cheat and cut the throat of every person who trusts them. He said, “we lie and we cheat, we cut the throat of every person who trusts us, and for what? Power. Glorious power. Glorious purpose!” Kid Loki responds saying every version of them is broken forever and whenever one of them dares to try and fix things, they are sent here to die.
As revealed, Kid Loki’s Nexus Event was killing Thor while Classic Loki’s Nexus Event was surviving Infinity War. But the TVA did not notice Classic Loki going to a remote planet and spending years in solitude. This means it wasn’t until he emerged that he was arrested. However, Classic Loki’s lack of effect on the timeline might explain his success but it is still unclear how variants like President Loki were able to achieve as much without being pruned at the first Nexus Event.
Loki’s anti-hero was not supposed to go on and die at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War. He was supposed to survive but he escaped with the Tesseract circa 2012. In the fifth episode, Loki says that nothing can change until the TVA has been stopped. Loki has realised from the variant Classic Loki that they are more powerful than they realize.