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ok but can you imagine how much of a dork Zuko would be if he had a crush on Aang, like think of how he would get every time Aang hugged him, the way he’d blush when Aang caught him staring, how frustrated and flustered he would be trying to ask Aang on a date only for him to be completely oblivious
“I’m - do you maybe, um, wanna do something. Together. I mean, uh, I really like you?”
“I really like you, too!”
“No, I like you.”
“Yeah … you said that. I like you too, Zukes.”
“No, I don’t just like you, I mean, I do, but - what I’m trying to say is, is … this is impossible!”
– christina perri 2. treacherous – taylor swift 3. all about us
– he is we feat. owl city 4. could it be
– christy carlson romano 5. i won’t give up – jason mraz 6. safe & sound
– taylor swift feat. the civil wars 7. a twist in my story – secondhand serenade 8. meteor shower – owl city 9. king and lionheart– of monsters and men 10.
angel with a shotgun – the cab 11. at the beginning
– richard marx & donna lewis 12. a thousand years
– christina perri 13. the avatar’s love
– the track team
I friendship Aang and Lin way more than I romantic-ship anything in the avatar series. Way too much considering its absolute lack of screentime. And I love it more as the show goes on and we learn more about their respective families. I’ve also had a lot of Beifong feels lately, with the show focusing so much on them and all (they’re all so awesome omg). So I thought I might write some of this stuff down.
So this post is basically a lot of rambling. Like headcanons mixed with interpretation.
Beifong family trash (version 2.1: three main ladies)
What I got from the show is that Lin tried hard to be the mom in Toph’s place (making sure she went to school, didn’t end up in bad company and just generally watching out for her). Su would resent that at the time: dismiss it as a need for control and attack on her freedom or arrogance on Lin’s part. But later, when she grew-up and realized how much Lin did for her, it would be part of why she was so intent on wanting her back into her life.
Basically, Lin took upon herself the responsibility of looking after Su and essentially being her mother without having none of the power. And the person with the real authority, Toph, undermined her efforts by simply not caring (about Lin’s attempt to restrain Su - ofc she cared about her daughters).
I think Lin was just giving too much of herself in this relationship, but not getting much back. She obviously loved Su very much and wanted the best for her: “You have so much potential” and “What are you doing hanging out with these losers”. Lin despite everything truly thought Su could become great and stood above her current company. That’s recognition. In response Su mocks her and her life-choices. She aggressively and scornfully rejects Lin’s attempt to look out for her, and she also outright refuses to see her as “a real cop” and to give her the respect her status demands (it all comes to a head after she’s caught with the triad ofc - Lin’s authority as an agent of justice is brushed aside like it’s no big deal). Su basically indirectly called Lin a failure - not even a real cop, has no life (Well that’s what she says, I think she's a lot harsher than she means to be and that part of it is just self-defense/defense of her own lifestyle).
Then there’s her relationship with Toph. Toph seems like the kind of mother who would treat her kid as a friend, in a sort of “I respect you but you respect me too, and I’m in charge” deal (cool mom but also clearly the boss if needs be). I think since she was busy a lot and valued independence so much, Lin grew up mostly having to take care of herself, and was treated more like an adult than a child. So when Su came along, Lin naturally took charge of her too. The way I see it, Toph and her would be really close during that period as kind of the two adults in the house and share responsibilities, with Lin being more or less unchallenging. And at first, I imagine the fact that their family was atypical would bring them closer more than anything else.
We know the girls had a bit of a hero-worship going on toward their mother (who wouldn’t, it’s mf Toph Beifong!), and competed for her attention. And like, it’s not that I think Toph is unable to give praise, or that she never did (heck she was praising Aang all the time). But it does seem like her praise would have to be earned, and might also have been lost in her easy sarcasm and own self-aggrandizing. I can imagine Toph being like “Yeah of course you can do this you’re my daughter” instead of just “Wow you can do this you’re amazing”. I don’t think she would have been much more generous with her daughters than she was with Korra (In the contrary really like “my girls never really picked up metalbending all that well” right).
So I think there’s a point where Lin and Toph’s personalities would begin to clash. They have very different worldviews, personalities and values, and Lin inherited her mother’s stubbornness if nothing else. I think there would come a time when she would start to see her flaws with regards to her parenting method towards Su (see point 2. - she really didn’t seem impressed with her in ep 3.06), and also w/ her constant boasting. That and she’d start feeling seriously undervalued by her family for all she’s done. So it would be a mix between frustration building-up on one hand but also really wanting recognition from her on the other.
Then there’s the whole Su affair. Toph basically punched right through both Lin’s moral compass and her feelings with this one, by taking Su’s side over hers and not arresting her (also completely ignoring the fact Su assaulted her as a police officer). We don’t know what happened exactly with the cover-up but it must have been nasty business and Lin was involved against her will, right at the start of her career.
Then Toph gave-up her position as chief of police. Over something Su did. It’s funny because that way, she also cut out a great percentage of the time she must have used to spend with Lin, like a whole dimension of their relationship, as chief and officer. The part of their life that they shared but Su didn’t. And it’s funny because the reason Lin wanted to be a cop in the first place was to follow in her mother’s footstep, to earn her respect but also I think to be more like her. When you think about it, the cop-part of Toph (protector of the city, the bad guy’s nightmare) must have been the part of Toph that she really looked-up to, the one that most aligned with her own personality (it’s also an attainable objective - not as far-away, unreachable and suffocating as her world savior reputation might have seemed for her first-born child). I just think Lin would have been super-proud of her mother’s job. Well, and then Toph botched it by poisoning both of their careers with corruption right before resigning.
IIRC, the show doesn’t actually say if Lin and Toph kept in touch or not? It’s definitely implied they didn’t stay close.
It’s interesting how things turned out. Su implied Lin didn’t have much of a social life outside of her job, so this means she really stayed within Toph’s circles both family/friends wise and professional. Add to that the fact that she was responsible and did her best to share the responsibilities, and you’d think her relationship with Toph would have been more of a partnership both at work and at home, while Suyin as the rebel and the baby of the family couldn’t have been part of this shared culture. Usually with this set-up, the parent would have a closer relationship with the kid that shares their passion and follow in their footstep, kinda like Aang with Tenzin. But when Su talked about how they competed for Toph’s attention, she doesn’t seem to feel like she had been at a disadvantage. Lin clearly states that despite what she hoped her becoming a cop didn’t make her mother happy.
Aang and Lin friendshipping nonsense
Aang is the Avatar. I just love the idea that the most important person and greatest bender in the world thought she was great. We know Aang is generous with his praise, so I think he would let her know, and he might be the one person who’s more acclaimed worldwide and in Republic City than Toph. So for Lin who’s grown-up in her shadow and found herself lacking by comparison, who was so hungry for her praise, I just think it must have meant a lot. I like to think that she got this validation not just from an adult but from this adult.
Aang, like Toph, can also be a bit of a show-off from times to times, but he displays his confidence in a much more subdued way that I don’t think would suffocate her at all. It’s usually all in a fun spirit and engaging, and he’d mean it as encouragement to love and value herself.
I think Lin, like Tenzin, would have been the kind of serious child who prefers the company of adults rather than kids their age. And I don’t think Aang would look down on children. He’s always been able to interact with different people on their own level. I’m sure there would be some light-heartedness and easy affection to their interaction but also a good dose of maturity, and Lin would have enjoyed (and needed) both. Anyway, we do know from the show Lin found him sweet, which is cute.
For both of them, it would be a relationship free of the baggage they carry with their other family members (his children/her mother and sister). While of course I do think Aang loved his kids very much and vice-versa, and I’m sure they had lots of good times and cheesy moments, etc…, they were just put in an extremely difficult situation to navigate on several levels - as the sole survivor of genocide and his heirs, as the Avatar and his children, as a worldwide celebrated war hero and his legacy. Their relationship seems to have been so full with a lot of complex feelings and misunderstandings, sometimes kinda strained in Kya’s case or too intense in Tenzin’s. So I think he would have really appreciated being able to just have a nice time with a kid/teenager/young adult/whatever that was close to him, but not so close as to share all of his issues.
Time wouldn’t really matter in this situation, since there were no expectations to fill to begin with, and you can be incredibly close with someone you see very little - not even once a year, speaking from experience (and I think they must have seen each other pretty regularly actually).
I really wonder how being fatherless really affected Lin (like Su sure believes it was really significant but what about Lin?). I don’t think she was necessarily out looking for surrogates (perhaps she was idk), but I do think she felt it anyway because Toph was always so busy and relaxed in her parenting and she had to step up and be an adult. I think basically it would make her appreciate the other adults in her life more, Katara, Aang and Sokka if he was there (it is implied he went back to the Southern Water Tribe at some point after the Yakone affair?). (I actually have loads of Katara/Sokka/Lin headcanons too) (I have headcanons about basically everyone with everyone I swear)
Aang would have loved Lin not just because she was Toph’s daughter, but for herself also. She shares a lot of good qualities with Katara, after all: the sense of responsibility, maturity, and capacity for hard-work (new generation airbender’s white knight basically), and I feel like Aang would admire those even more because they came so hard to him.
I think it’d make sense for Lin to have spent a lot of time on Air Temple Island her whole life up until the Linzin break-up. When she was little because her mother was busy a lot of the time, it was a safe place to stay and she had a friend the same age as herself there, and when she grew-up because her boyfriend lived there. These folk were basically family twice over, through the Kataang and Toph friendship and through her own relation with Tenzin.
People pointed out how airbend-y Lin’s bending can be sometime. She probably trained with Tenzin and Aang from time to time (she’s his most likely sparing partner anyway).
So there’s plenty of ground there for a relationship to flourish, particularly since they were both so close to Tenzin. Like he was essentially her father-in-law?
I feel like Lin, as a cop and later as chief of police, and as someone with a strong sense of duty who also had a hard time balancing her personal life with her obligations, would have been able to understand and sympathize with him a lot better than Kya or Bumi ever could. Basically I think there was plenty of mutual respect here from the start, and even more so after she grew-up. Particularly as I imagine they must have worked together from time to time due to their respective jobs in Republic City (or just interacted with each other in a work-related domain).
(not really ordered despite the numbers bcs that cloud of ideas in my head makes a lot of sense to me but usually doesn’t want to translate to written form with any sort of coherence, sorry I try)
(My favorite thing about all of this is just how much more bitter it makes the Linzin break-up for Lin)