So I don't know if you are still doing the lady character thing, but if you are; Do you have a lot of Azula/Ty Lee feelings? (Also your Zuko, Azula analysis was wonderful and indeed all your responses in this meme).
UGH YES, YES I DO.
They’re perfect opposites temperamentally, but are actually really complementary in that way. They’re both fighters, both have incredibly disarming personalities when facing their opponents, but they accomplish things in very disparate ways. Azula disarms people with fear. She relies on menace. Ty Lee, on the other hand, is so relentlessly enthusiastic and optimistic and that’s how she disarms people. People including Azula. Something about Ty Lee appeals directly to what humanity lies dormant in Azula, somewhere underneath layers and layers of callousness. When Azula upsets Ty Lee with her “you’re a tease, no boys actually care about who you are” comment, she quickly says she didn’t mean it, and there’s no derision in her voice, nothing mocking in her tone. It’s a short-lived moment, but she’s being genuine here, which is not something we often see from Azula.
Basically, “The Beach” was Christmas come early for me. I MEAN:
“Okay, look, if you want a boy to like you just look at him and smile a lot and laugh at everything he says, even if it’s not funny.”
“Well, that sounds really shallow and stupid. LET’S TRY IT.” The way she says this, the genuine enthusiasm in her voice oh, my entire heart. That’s Ty Lee’s enthusiasm she’s latching onto and making her own. It’s the only time you can really call Azula “precious”, but oh, so precious.
So Ty Lee really has this way with Azula that no one else really does, and that’s what makes that moment in “The Boiling Rock” so, well, shocking, for lack of a better word. You kind of expect it of Mai, who never seemed quite as deferential as Azula would’ve liked her to be, but not of Ty Lee. Ty Lee was always a threat physically, given her ability, but Azula trusted her to never turn that ability on her. It’s a hugely emotional betrayal, and Azula skillfully masks how she really feels about it with venom and contempt because she’s Azula, but it cuts. It cuts deep.
SO YEAH, FEELINGS. I have them. Especially re: post-war reconciliatory situations, like in this fic. Because, yeah, personal canon. That happens. IT HAS TO.