Lin Beifong is the Unsung Hero of Korra
Avatar: The Legend of Korra has no dearth of heroic characters, what with the superpowers of the world and the numerous enemies that arose over the four seasons who were taken down. However, there is only one hero that everyone needed, but truly never deserved, and that’s because they treated her like something stuck to the bottom of their shoe. I speak, of course, of Lin Beifong.
Even if we want to look at this simply through a Doylist perspective, where Asami Sato becomes a strong contender for the unsung hero due to her disturbing amount of off-screen suffering and dropped plotlines, Lin still gets the short end of the stick. Sure, the fandom by and large likes her well enough, but she’s also remarkably easy to take for granted. After all, every Gaang child is at least a good fighter who is more than willing to throw themselves into danger for just causes, even Bumi and his flute. But what I believe most people miss is just how much of an emotional toll it was just for Lin to put herself in those situations in the first place.
A Bitter Loner
Thinking about Lin’s life before the events of Book 1 makes my chest hurt. And it’s not like during the show’s run was a happy, fun time for her.