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Here's The Real Story Behind Alligator Loki

Which Loki will reign supreme as the best and the most beloved among MCU fans? That question began early on as episodes of the new Disney+ series "Loki" began to air. After all, MCU fans already loved the original Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who died at the beginning of "Avengers: Infinity War" — would this new variant Loki pulled from earlier in the timeline be as fun and lovable?

Quickly, it became clear that fans would have more choices than they originally thought possible. Lady Loki Sylvie (Sophia di Martino), Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), Boastful Loki (Deobia Oparei), and Kid Loki (Jack Veal) all have aspects to their respective personalities which give them "Supreme Loki" potential.

However, there's only one Loki out there who had no compunction about biting off President Loki's hand in Episode 5, thus securing them in our hearts as the clear frontrunner for Best Loki — and that's Alligator Loki.

However, there is something that sets Alligator Loki apart from most every other variant of the character we've encountered thus far: There is no comic book equivalent. So the question is, where did the idea of Alligator Loki originate? Considering some people have been referring to the character as Crocodile Loki, you'd be forgiven if you'd concluded that our reptilian god of mischief was born from the concept of Sobek: an Egyptian deity who both created the world, but is also known for his tendency towards chaos.

In reality, Alligator Loki's origins are humorously simple.

Sometimes a green cigar is just a green cigar

"The question is, 'Is he really Loki? Or is he just green?'" said Tom Hiddleston in an interview with Marvel.com. "It's such a funny question that [the Lokis] all bicker about. One thing about Loki is that Loki loves to be right. And they all have a different opinion about this alligator."

Classic Loki insists Alligator Loki is a Loki based seemingly entirely on the fact that the creature is green. It turns out he's more right than we thought.

The concept comes from an early "Loki" pitch meeting between the show's head writer Michael Waldron and producers Steven Broussard and Kevin Wright. "We were talking about [how] we want to meet many different versions of Loki in this show," says Waldron. "I was just like, there should be an Alligator Loki. And it's like, well, why? Because he's green."

Yes, the very reason Classic Loki gives as proof of Alligator Loki's legitimacy is the same one given by the show's own writer. "It's so stupid, but it also makes total sense," explains Waldron. "You almost have to take it seriously, like maybe he is? Why shouldn't there be an alligator version of Loki? For all we know, that's an alligator universe or whatever. It's just the sort of irreverent thing that, in this show, we play straight and make the audience take it seriously."

New episodes of "Loki" stream to Disney+ on Wednesdays.