Loki: Who is Alioth in Episode 5?

The dangerous Usurper Alioth from Loki Season 1
Credit: Marvel Studios

The dangerous Usurper Alioth from Loki Season 1
Credit: Marvel Studios

In Loki Episode 5, Journey Into Mystery, we get to see the wasteland where all those who got pruned were taken and death seems to be inevitable.

While Lokis have survived whatever the condition is in The Void, others are not so fortunate as they encounter a gargantuan creature called Alioth which looks like a giant cloud devouring living creatures and when he passes, everything it touches turns into waste. So, really, who is this Alioth from the Loki series?

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Who is Alioth in Loki Episode 5?

Alioth first appearance in Loki Season 1
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Credit: Marvel Studios

Loki calls it the monster in the sky. Kid Loki says it is the one thing that makes sure no one alive will ever return after being pruned by the Time Variance Authority. Boastful Loki describes it as a "living tempest" which devours matter and energy.

As for Classic Loki, he considers it as a shark tank wherein Alioth is the shark. Who is Alioth, anyway?

Alioth is a cloud-like creature as shown in the episode who devours those who are sent to The Void. It eliminates life and leaves the things behind as wasted as they could ever be. Its eyes glow red and the purplish cloud grows to form branches to reach and dissipate life around it.

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Does Alioth Exist in the Marvel Comics, Too?

Sylvie combines her powers with Loki
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This isn't the first time Alioth has been known to Marvel since it is based on comics. In Marvel Comics, Alioth the Usurper, Alioth for short, is considered the first creature to ever escape from the flow of time.

It can dominate various realities within the timestream, however, because Alioth was stuck at the end of time, the home of Kang the Conqueror, in a place called the Chronopolis.

Just how powerful Alioth can be has been shown throughout Episode 5. The Usurper passed by the USS Eldridge and easily devoured it, which also led all the people in the ship to dissipate, too.

By the time it was done, the ship was merely a skeleton rusting in the middle of nowhere, and Loki was surprised as to how strong such a creature was.

However, when Sylvie arrived at The Void, she tapped and connected into it seeing what seems to be a city hiding behind Alioth and she deduced that whatever or whoever there is may be able to answer all the things that have happened.

Loki and Sylvie join forces as they enchant Alioth and try to open the "curtain" to what seems like a city just like that of Chronopolis. Beyond this curtain lies the controller behind it all - the TVA and the Time Keepers - and it is none other than the Kang variant, He Who Remains himself.

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