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To me, Loki seems to be the worst possible choice for the job, so why did He Who Remains choose Loki in the finale of the show Loki to be his possible successor?

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    You might consider changing "Kang" to "He Who Remains" in the title/question, since that's how he refers to himself in the show (and I don't think it's been confirmed on-screen that he's Kang yet)?
    – Korosia
    Oct 15 at 9:11
  • Since the person who asked the question ignored @Korosia's request, I've submitted an edit to fix that.
    – LWC
    Nov 6 at 8:49
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He Who Remains doesn't give much information as to why he has offered this role to Loki and Sylvie.

HE WHO REMAINS: (SIGHS) Buddy… I’m tired. And I’m older. I’m older than I look. This game is for the young, the hungry. I’ve gone through a lot of scenarios… trying to find the right person to take this spot. It turns out that person came in two. (EXHALES) But it’s definitely you two. So, no more lies. You kill me and the Sacred Timeline is completely exposed. Multiversal War. Or you take over and return to the TVA as its benevolent rulers. Tell the workforce who they are and why they do what they do.

One thing we do know is that Loki's hunger is at the right level. He has repeatedly stressed his 'glorious purpose' and his desire to ascend to be God-King. Paired with Sylvie, you have twice the ambition and a creative tension that enabled them to succeed in their mission to unmask He Who Remains. This was part of his 'training' for them.

HE WHO REMAINS: Oh, come on. You know you can’t get to the end until you’ve been changed by the journey. This stuff, it needs to happen. To get us all in the right mindset to finish the quest.

So He Who Remains is looking for an unbridled ambition to be God King, tempered by the wisdom gained by suffering.

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Sylvie (and Loki) aren't necessarily the best possible choices for the job - He Who Remains may just be desperate, or too tired to care, or just making a bad gamble.

As this MSN article points out:

he is tired, and wants Loki and Sylvie to take his place as rulers of the TVA.

According to Film School Rejects:

The ancient figure before them has gone a little kooky over the centuries, and he’s looking for retirement.

This article on Marvel.com refers to HWR as a "mad scientist recluse".

Remember that he's lived "a million lifetimes" knowing exactly what will happen, and has suddenly reached a juncture where that's no longer true. He himself says:

What’s the worst that can happen? You either take over and my life’s work continues, or you plunge a blade in my chest and an infinite amount of me start another Multiversal War. And I just end up right back here anyways. Reincarnation, baby.

When Sylvie "declines" his offer, he ominously follows with "See you soon". According to The Wrap:

More or less, what he’s saying here is that the creation of the new multiverse will simply lead to the same outcome where he uses Alioth to end the Multiversal War and then create the TVA like before, like a time loop on an epic scale. But he might be very wrong.

According to IGN, they are reaching the point in time

[...] that will finally free him of the self-imposed prison he has been living in as master of the timeline.

Note: the character in question is not necessarily Kang, but possibly a less evil variant of Kang (or Immortus).

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  • Sylvie kicked Loki out with one of those pads. If she could do that, Kang could easily bring someone in with the same method. He had no indication of being deranged, just because his logic isn't ideal it doesn't mean he's insane.
    – David Hobs
    Oct 16 at 16:03

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