Loki is a complex and multifaceted god known for his cunning and shape-shifting abilities. As the son of the giant Fárbauti and the goddess Laufey, Loki's loyalties often shift between the gods and the giants. He is both a helper and a hindrance to the gods, and his actions lead to both beneficial and disastrous outcomes. Loki is the father of several monstrous beings, including the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Jörmungandr, and Hel, the ruler of the underworld. His mischief eventually leads to his binding and punishment, as well as his role in triggering the events of Ragnarök.