because katara's not here when he is

anonymous asked:

Zutarians act like Katara's romance with Aang is to the detriment of her character but somehow one with Zuko wouldn't just put her in nurturing position for an older man. I am not for Kataang but I don't think any of the show's characters would NOT put Katara in the position of a nurturer and giver. She gives too much as it is. Except perhaps Toph but Toph is twelve, confused and has parental issues. What I'm trying to ask is what does Katara gain from Zutara except acceptance.

What Katara Would Gain from Zutara

[Edited to add “Bato of the Water Tribe”! Thanks, @ adifferentcupofzutara!]

Katara would gain a partner who would help her with household duties without being asked:

Rather than someone who leaves the chores to her while he shows off for his fangirls.

Katara: Watching you show off for a bunch of girls does not sound like fun.
Aαng: Well, neither does carrying your basket.

She would gain a partner who shares parental responsibilities …

Katara: Aαng, don’t walk away from this.

Zuko: Let him go. He needs time to sort it out by himself.

And acts like a father:

Zuko: Keep in mind, these are dual swords. Two halves of a single weapon. Don’t think of them as separate, because they’re not. They’re just two different parts of the same whole.

Rather than someone who IS a parental responsibility …

And acts like her son.

Katara: What do you think, Aαng? Do I act like a mom?
Aαng: Well, I…
Katara: Stop rubbing your eye and speak clearly when you talk!

Katara: My goodness! That doesn’t sound like our Kuzon.

Katara: I’ve been training Aαng for a while now. He really responds well to a positive teaching experience. Lots of encouragement and praise. Kind words. If he’s doing something wrong, maybe a gentle nudge in the right direction.

She would gain a partner who respects her personal boundaries: 

Katara: What are you doing?!
Zuko: Keeping rocks from crushing you.
Katara: Okay, I’m not crushed. You can get off me now.

Zuko [retracts his arm so Katara can move away from him]: I’ll take that as a thank you.

 Rather than someone who transgresses them.

Katara: Aαng, I’m sorry but right now,  I’m just a little confused.

Katara: I just said that I was confused!

Someone who sees her as an ally:

Zuko: I can handle Azula.
Iroh: Not alone. You’ll need help.
Zuko: You’re right. Katara, how would you like to help me put Azula in her place?

And not a possession.

Actor Zuko: Wait.  I thought you were the Avatar’s girl.

Aαng: [nods] 

Someone who waits for the right time to talk:

Katara: You look terrible. 
Zuko: I waited out here all night.

Rather than pushing her:

Katara: Because we’re in the middle of a war and we have other things to worry about. This isn’t the right time.
Aαng:  Well, when IS the right time?

Someone who understands how much she needs her family to be there …

Katara: Dad.
Hakoda: Hi, Katara.
Katara: How are you here? What is going on?

And puts their needs over his:

Sokka: No, I’m staying. You guys go. You’ve been here long enough.
Suki: I’m not leaving without you, Sokka.
Zuko: I’m staying too.

Rather than someone who disappears when she depends on him …

Katara: He left.
Hakoda: What?
Katara: Aαng. He just took his glider and disappeared. He has this ridiculous notion that he has to save the world alone. That it’s all his responsibility.
Hakoda: Maybe that’s his way of being brave.
Katara: It’s not brave. It’s selfish and stupid. We could be helping him. And I know the world needs him, but doesn’t he know how much that we need him too? How could he just leave us behind?

And puts his needs over theirs.

Sokka: This is the map to our father! You had it the whole time!? How could you?

She would not only gain a partner who, unlike her canon love interest, sympathizes with the loss of her mother:

Katara: Well, I just want you to be prepared for what you might see. The Fire Nation is ruthless. They killed my mother and they could have done the same to your people.
Aαng:  Just because no one has seen an airbender doesn’t mean the Fire Nation killed them all. They probably escaped.
Katara: I know it’s hard to accept.
Aαng: You don’t understand, Katara. The only way to get to an airbender temple is on a flying bison, and I doubt the Fire Nation has any flying bison. Right, Appa?

Katara: I don’t?! How dare you! You have no idea what this war has put me through. Me personally. The Fire Nation took my mother away from me.

Zuko: I’m sorry. That’s something we have in common.

Katara: But, we were too late. When we got there, the man was gone.  And so was she.
Zuko: Your Mother was a brave woman.

Katara:  I know.

But who trusts her to deal with anger and pain in HER way …

Rather than pestering her to do things HIS way.

Aαng: Katara, you sound like Jet.

Aαng: Katara, you do have a choice. Forgiveness. 

Aαng: It’s okay, because I forgive you.  That give you any ideas?

Aαng: Let your anger out and then let it go. Forgive him.

Aαng: You did the right thing. Forgiveness is the first step you have to take to begin healing. 

Ironically, a partner who understands that some things are more important than romance!

Aαng: Katara is in danger! I have to go.

Guru Pathik: No, Aαng! By choosing attachment, you have locked the chakra! If you leave now you won’t be able to go into the Avatar State at all!

Zuko: Stop! This isn’t about you. This is about the Fire Nation.

But who would still die for her in a heartbeat …

Rather than risk her life (and everyone’s) to retain his moral purity.

Most of all, she would gain someone who sees her for who she is:

Rather than who he wants her to be.

And who doesn’t try to change her to make her better for him.

Aang: This is a sacred temple! You can't treat it this way. I've seen it when the monks were here. I know what it's supposed to be like.

anonymous asked:

I totally get Katara being mad at Zuko when he joined them, but did you think it was kinda unfair, because Zuko never said he was joining them back in Ba Sing Se, she just assumed he would, but still I get it, her being mad, however I do think her blaming Zuko for the death of her mother was unfair, because that had nothing to do with Zuko, she just connected and threw all her anger at him, and I just loved how Zuko took it, all of it, her attitude and her anger and tried his best to fix it.

I mean, it’s no secret that I don’t think highly of the writing in Season 3.

I don’t think it was unfair at all. At least not the way it was presented in “The Western Air Temple”.

Here’s what Katara says at the end of the episode, when she threatens him:

“You might have everyone else here buying your … transformation, but you and I both know you’ve struggled with doing the right thing in the past. So let me tell you something, right now. You make one step backward, one slip-up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang, and you won’t have to worry about your destiny anymore. Because I’ll make sure your destiny ends … right then and there. Permanently.”

Katara had been Mama Bear-ing Aang ever since she metaphorically gave birth to him in the very first episode.

She wasn’t angry because he didn’t join them, Katara was angry because Zuko’s choice in “The Crossroads Of Destiny” got Aang killed. Not injured, not hurt, actually killed. And if she hadn’t had that Spirit Water, the one she offered to heal Zuko with, Aang would be dead. Forever.

So, no I don’t think her anger at Zuko in “The Western Air Temple” is unfair.

The problem is that this never gets mentioned again. Probably because it would’ve made her feelings towards Aang even more explicitly motherly.

The very next episode she lets Zuko take Aang on a field trip? Like, literally, right after threatening him, the very next episode, she lets Zuko whisk Aang off to fuck-knows-where, for fuck-knows-how-long?

But, lol, this is Season 3, where the good writers get their scripts revised a hundred times because they’re “too shippy” and the bad ones get to write ¾ of the series finale.

The thing about the way Katara got angry at Zuko in “The Southern Raiders” is that it had a very clear trigger: the fact that she had to see her dad walk away. Again. Because of the Fire Nation. Again. And why is the Fire Nation there at all?

Zuko: “Go ahead! I’ll hold them off. I think this is a family visit.”

So, I think that, in Katara’s head, even though Zuko says that he’s cut ties with his homeland and family, he still manages to bring their evil to them, to her, personally.

So, yeah, I agree with you, she was projecting.

And it is really interesting, isn’t it? Zuko is, aside from Hakoda, the only character shown actually addressing Katara’s anger. Aang goes all ‘kicked puppy,’ so she swallows it up, Toph escalates the situation to a point, then one of them walks away until they calm down, Sokka, I think though years of practice, simply ignores her until she works it out on her own, and Suki hasn’t been around enough for us to see anything of her on this front.

Zuko is the only one who actively works, both on his own, and with her, until they reach the root of the problem and then solve it.

No one has, at any point during the show, put that much effort into Katara’s mental health and emotional well-being. No one but Zuko.

But, lmao, Bryke said: ““Zutara” never would have lasted! It was just dark and intriguing.” So we clearly gotta take known liars’ word above our own eyes and ears and completely disregard the themes of the show, the personalities of the characters involved, and the way the narrative was set up.

You know, like they did.


Alright, so in the past few months this blog has talked a lot about Zuko’s journey in Book 2, as well as the consequences of his actions in “The Crossroads of Destiny,” and how he came to eventually redeem himself. 

Together, we’ve explored the depths of Zuko’s character extensively. Not only have we seen him struggle with right and wrong, but we’ve also seen him constantly struggle with empathy, the truth of of his forefather’s war, as well as his father’s abuse and the continuation of Sozin’s legacy. 

And now, our favorite deuteragonist finds himself at a crossroads. We know what he ultimately chooses and why, and we’ve already talked about Zuko’s abuse and how his need for Ozai’s love is what drove him to side with Azula–so, I won’t focus on that. 

What I instead want to talk abut is this interaction right here, and the moment in which Zuko finally decides to speak, because there’s probably quite a few things going on here.

On the one hand, Zuko could just be thinking about himself and saying that he’s not a warmonger. On the other hand, he could be referring to to his father/his nation (after all, he’s had a “my father would never say/do that!” mentality up to the second half of Book 3). Or, it could be a bit of both. 

And finally, in classic Zuko fashion, while he isn’t able to connect with Katara at first, this completely changes when Katara reveals that the Fire Nation killed her mother (well, “taken away,” but the point is Zuko likes making connections with people, and that’s how he learns to emphasize with them). 

anonymous asked:

zutara - “i came to the gym to work out but holy god i can’t stop watching you do one armed push ups that’s so hot” pls???

AN: Sorry I didn’t write like… anything this past week. I made a post earlier this week about how my friend sucked me back into the black hole that is World of Warcraft. Plus my graduation is in 2 weeks from now so I’m going to be a lot busier until then. Just a heads up: I am in love with this prompt. Can I marry it please???

This was it. Katara was done. She was going to file a complaint with the gym, because this guy had no right to do this to her. 

How dare he? How dare he come into her gym, the place where she was supposed to be able to focus and work out in, and distract her like this? At first she thought maybe it wasn’t intentional. Maybe this guy didn’t mean anything by what he was doing. He was purely here to work out and Katara was just reading too much into this. 

But seriously? One armed push-ups? Who does that? What normal person just does one armed push-ups just for the heck of it? Does anyone really do those as part of a normal workout routine? He was doing this just to mess with her, Katara was sure of it. 

Smug bastard, she thought. She bet he was one of those guys who did this kind of thing just for fun. Katara bet he had a nice, but slightly stupid, girlfriend back at home that had no idea that he came to gyms to torture unsuspecting single girls like Katara who had no chance with the ripped guy doing stuff like this. He’d come in all cocky and pull out moves like this in order to fluster Katara and waste her money. 

Katara paid for this gym membership, damnit! But because of him, all she was paying for was an hour of ogling at this gorgeous unobtainable guy. 

And oh the looks he would give her. He just knew Katara was staring at him, and he was reveling in it. He’d probably go and shower after his workout and just laugh at her. 

But this… these one armed push-ups were Katara’s limit. She was done. When he glanced up at her, making eye contact, Katara marched over to him, ready to give him a piece of her mind. 

“Excuse me, sir? Do you mind?” Katara spat rather angrily. The shirtless guy now below Katara looked up at her, shocked. His eyes widened in confusion, and slight fear. He stood up awkwardly.

“Uh… what?” He asked, looking at her warily. 

Katara scoffed. “Seriously? Do you mind? I’m sick of this, what you’re doing. You think you’re so smug, huh? I pay for this gym, too, you know? And I really hate guys like you. Yes! We get it!” She practically screamed. “You’re attractive!” If this guys eyes were to get any wider, they would’ve fallen out of his head. He turned a deep shade of red. “But I’m trying to work out here! And I think you’re being a real douche bag-” he mouthed the word back to her as a question while Katara continued, “-by trying to distract me? Is this how you have your fun? Huh?” She pointed an accusing finger at his chest. He was half a head taller than her, but he shrunk as she continued yelling at him. “You come in here, all confident and cocky, and you pick your prey, and you go about doing shit like this,” she gestured wildly at all of him, “with your one armed push-ups and you give random girls these looks like you just have them all figured out! Well I’m sick of it! Leave me alone!” 

He took a small step backwards, slightly terrified. His face was completely crimson, and he looked absolutely mortified. “Oh my god…” he whispered softly, “You think I’m… look I wasn’t trying…” he stumbled over his words, apparently not knowing what to say next. “I wasn’t trying to give you a smug look I thought you were cute and… I’m so sorry I wasn’t trying to harass you I just… oh my god I’m sorry I don’t know what…” 

Katara looked at him incredulously as she listened to him ramble on with repeated apologizes and shocked exclamations. As she watched him, Katara slowly realized what she had just done. She had assumed this guy was a total dick, some player who liked to bother uninterested girls in gyms. Her eyes widened as she watched this obviously shy and awkward person apologize for… what? Working out in his own gym? 

“Oh my god, stop.” Katara finally told him, becoming more and more embarrassed. “I’m sorry, I totally misread this situation.” Katara’s face was turning red, too. “I didn’t mean… I just assumed… look when you’ve been a regular at gyms for a long time like I have you tend to think the worst of the guys here and…” Now Katara was rambling. But shit if he wasn’t cute and she had just made a complete and utter fool of herself. “You know what?” Katara said. “I’m just going to go! I’m going to leave and I’m going to cancel my subscription to this gym because I’m so embarrassed right now that I just yelled at you and I kind of just want to crawl into a hole so yes alright goodbye.” 

She turned to walk away, but the guy grabbed her arm. “Wait!” He said quickly. He scratched the back of his neck and looked at Katara nervously. “Would you want to… uhm… I’m Zuko?” He offered. He didn’t sound sure that Zuko was his name. 

Even his name is cute, Katara thought dumbly. What’s the protocol for flirting with the guy you just yelled at for being too attractive? 

She smiled at him, unsure. “Katara,” she said, awkwardly holding her hand out. “I’m Katara.” 

The Painted Spirit

Katara follows the blue spirit all the way back to the palace walls.
When the Blue spirit jumps over the wall Katara has to pause for a moment, she fears getting caught and punished for trespassing.
But a part of her is also worrying; what if it is Zuko that is sick?
Katara jumps over the wall and lands in the palace gardens.
The Blue Spirit is nowhere to be seen, Katara walks around the garden, she spies statues and candles in a window, she heads towards it and peers inside.
Inside is not Zuko, but instead his uncle lay, pale and wheezing.
Katara extinguishes the flames on the candles before climbing through the windows.
She lands and creeps across the wooden floors without making a sound.
Katara looks around and listens, making sure no one will disrupt her during the healing process.
Katara bends water from her water skin and it spins lazily around her hand, going faster and faster until it begins to glow. Katara pleases her hand to Iroh’s forehead and the water soaks into his skin.
Katara trails her hand down his face to his chest, leaving a line of glowing water to soak into his skin.
Katara bends the water expertly, watching it slowly seep into Iroh’s pale skin.
When all of the water is gone, Katara stands over Iroh and continues to bend the water, making it travel though his blood stream, attracting all of the virus. She pushes the water all the way to his toes and then pulls it out through the bottom of his feet.
When Katara is finished she puts the virus water into a second skin and then places medicine on Iroh’s night stand.
She bows to her old friend and then disappears through the window.
That night she checks on all of the sleeping men and women in the palace, making sure that they are not infected with the virus.
There is only one person left to check on, the fire lord.
Katara creeps through the palace grounds, she finds Zuko’s room and there is light coming from inside.
Katara peeks in through the window and finds Zuko awake, he sits at a desk hunched over and writing letters, Katara smiles and checks him from afar. He does not seem to be infected.
But she leaves medicine and a statue of the painted lady on his window sill, just in case.
Katara leaves the palace and checks on the other citizens that live closer to the palace. None are infected with the virus, but some do need medicine or healing water. When Katara is finished she goes back to the hotel she is staying at and climbs up through the window, she scrubs the paint from her skin before settling into bed.

The next morning, Katara is awoken by a fierce knock at the door, she grumbles out of bed and makes sure that her costume is hidden before answering the demanding knock.

“Is the rent due?” She yawns, opening the door, only to find two palace guards standing over her with tight, uniformed faces, “Is something wrong?” Katara asks, smoothing down her bed hair.

“Are you Katara, water bender of the Southern Water Tribe?” The smaller guard asks.

“Yes, is something wrong?”

“We need you to come with us,” the taller guard says, “the Fire Lord requests your presence.”

“Oh,” Katara stammers, “do I grab my things?”

“Just get dressed,” the guard replies, “we will send someone to fetch your things.”

“Ok, wait here.” Katara closes the door and contemplates running, but she changes into her fire nation clothes and then returns to the door, before she opens the door she races back to where she keeps her Painted Lady costume and paint, she locks the trunk and then returns to the door.

Katara is escorted back to the palace and then left in the throne room alone.
Has Zuko figured out that she’s the Painted Lady? Is he mad at her? Is Aang here?
A door opens and Zuko enters the room.

“Your Highness,” Katara bows low to Zuko, showing him the respect a Fire Lord deserves.

“Katara,” Zuko says, “after all we’ve been through, you don’t need to bow to me; I’m your friend, Kat, not your lord.”

“Of course,” Katara smiles as a blush warms her face, she stands back up straight, “it’s good to see you again.”

“It’s good to see you too,” Zuko smiles, he steps closer and Katara embraces him.

“It’s been too long,” she breathes, ending the hug quickly when she feels him tense under her touch.

“Agreed,” Zuko gestures for Katara to follow him and she does.

“Why did you summon me?” Katara asks, “How did you know I was here?”

“Aang sent me a message saying that you were missing,” Zuko says, “I sent men out to look for you.”

“Why would you do that?” Katara gapes, “Why send men to look for me?”

“Because you’re my friend Katara,” Zuko laughs, “I was worried. Why did you run off?”

Katara sighs and looks away from Zuko.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” she sighs.

“Should I let Aang know that you are here?”

“No!” Katara answers a little too fast, “Please no.”

“Has something happened between you?”

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

Zuko and Katara walk around the gardens until lunch, discussing what they’ve both been up to over the past four years.
The pair lunch together, they laugh together and reminisce about the time when they were a team.
After lunch Zuko shoes Katara to her rooms where all her things have been placed.

“You can stay here as long as you need,” Zuko says with a lop sided smile that makes Katara’s heart race, “rent free.”

“Zuko,” Katara gapes, “I couldn’t possibly accept. I’m honestly fine in the hotel. I don’t want to bother you.”

“Hey,” Zuko puts his hands on Katara’s shoulders to calm her babbling, “it’s alright. It’d be good to have you here, someone who’s a friend, and not an advisor or politician trying to grab my crown.”

“Where’s Mai?” Katara asks, almost getting Lindt in the Fire Lords golden eyes.

“I don’t want to talk about it.”
Zuko steps away and removes his hands. “My home is yours and you are free to go anywhere you’d like. I have to go back to work, but I’ll see you at dinner.”

“Zuko,” Katara says before the fire lord can walk away, when he turns back to her she wraps her arms around his waist and whispers, “Thank you.”

anonymous asked:

Also, if you wrote out everything Katara has ever wanted and planned to do, Aang has always been supportive. Emotionally present and supportive. Distracting her from bad feelings!

Uh … sure he has. Say, it’s time for a new Katara essay called:

The Tip of the Iceberg

It’s a well-known facet of Katara’s personality that she pretends everything is fine when it’s really not, even denying when things are wrong in order to play the role of the perfect sister, mother, and friend. But she is only human, and when the pressure gets to be too much, she blows up at everyone, even people who are trying to help.

A helpful diagram.

So let’s take a look at the times when those inner emotions rise to the surface and ask:

  1. Does Aαng recognize the underlying cause of her outburst?
  2. Does Aαng succeed in helping her with the underlying cause?
  3. If Aαng does not help her, who does?

Tip of the Iceberg #1: The Iceberg

Katara: You are the most sexist, immature, nut brained… Ugh, I’m embarrassed to be related to you! Ever since Mom died I’ve been doing all the work around camp while you’ve been off playing soldier!
Sokka: Uh… Katara?
Katara: I even wash all the clothes! Have you ever smelled your dirty socks? Let me tell you, NOT PLEASANT!
Sokka: Katara! Settle down!
Katara: No, that’s it. I’m done helping you. From now on, you’re on your own!

Katara blows up for the first time at Sokka because of the life she’s been leading up until now. She’s constrained by her circumstances and unable to develop her gift the way that she wants because the war has depleted and isolated the Southern Water Tribe.

But wait, is it even fair to bring Aαng into this incident? After all, Aαng is still in the iceberg at this point. To which I say: yes, it is fair to mention Aαng, because his not having been there for the past 100 years of war is a character flaw that he will struggle with throughout the show. In fact, the first thing Katara ever says about Aαng is:

“But when the world needed him most – he vanished.”

Still, once Aαng does show up, he offers to take Katara to the North Pole with him on Appa so that she can learn waterbending, too. So because he makes an effort to rectify this behavior, we’ll call it a wash.

Tip of the Iceberg #2: The Waterbending Scroll

Katara: Will you PLEASE shut your air hole! Believe it or not, your infinite wisdom gets a little old sometimes. Why don’t we just throw the scroll away since you’re so naturally gifted! 

Aαng is very considerate toward a Katara who is seething with jealousy in this episode. She has worked so hard to achieve the few moves she knows, only to see her “pupil” rush through them in a few humiliating minutes. I imagine it’s much like what Zuko would feel, watching a young Azula. She lashes out at Aαng, who recoils, but who quickly accepts her apology and even tells her it isn’t her fault later on, when they get captured. He encourages her by calling her a fellow waterbender and relying on her talents to help move the boat and make their escape. Katara apologizes again and all is well.

But …

There’s more to this outburst than simple jealousy. On Kyoshi Island, admiring fangirls attract Aαng’s attention very quickly, leaving Katara in the dust, but Katara doesn’t react so strongly about that. No, this is about Katara having the burden on her shoulders of being the only waterbender of her tribe. And unlike Aαng, she is not a master of her element. If Katara doesn’t learn these techniques, if Katara is not the best she can be, in Katara’s mind she is failing not only herself, but her people. So although Aαng helps with the symptoms of Katara’s feelings, that deep well of anger and longing for mastery is still there and is never addressed. This particular iceberg will continue to grow until it cracks open again.

Tip of the Iceberg #3: The Waterbending Master

Katara: No! No way am I apologizing to a sour old man like you! 
Aαng: Uh, Katara… 
KataraI’ll be outside – if you’re man enough to fight me! 
Aαng: I’m sure she didn’t mean that. 
Sokka: Yeah, I think she did. 

Again, Aαng does well by Katara as a friend when he discovers that Master Pakku won’t teach her because she’s a girl. He initially refuses to learn from Pakku if the latter won’t teach Katara, and then volunteers to tutor Katara himself, when Pakku’s not around.

But once their ploy is discovered and Katara is made to apologize, Aαng plays peacemaker in a way that glosses right over Iceberg Katara. First of all, when Pakku demands an apology from Katara, Aαng should have asked to be treated as equally guilty, since he was the one who was actually doing the teaching. Second, he should have pointed out that Pakku has no monopoly on Aαng’s culture, so he has no right to dictate who Aαng can and cannot teach waterbending to once he learns it. Third, Aαng tries to pretend that Katara doesn’t mean what she so obviously does. He is willing to downplay Katara’s righteous anger and ignore an injustice so the people around him stop being angry.

Aαng is just not seeing the big picture here. Katara is the last waterbender of the Southern Tribe; her cultural heritage of waterbending has been all but wiped out while the North did absolutely nothing. And now that the population of southern waterbenders has been reduced to 1 due in part to the North’s inaction, they are willing to let combat bending in the South die out just because they don’t want to teach a woman.

Remember in the “Northern Air Temple”, when Aαng wavered between angry and devastated at the cultural destruction that the Mechanist was wreaking on the temple? I’m surprised, as the last of his kind, that he didn’t take this challenge to Katara’s mastery more personally. But setting aside personal feelings, as the Avatar, it is Aαng’s job to protect the culture of a sovereign nation from being extinguished in order to maintain balance in the world. He had the authority to intervene on Katara’s behalf, and he should have.

Tip of the Iceberg #4: The Chase

Katara: How can you be so infuriating! 
Aαng: Should we… do something?
Sokka: Hey, I’m just enjoying the show.
Aαng: Okay, okay, you both need to calm down.
KataraBoth?  I’m completely calm!

Points to Aαng for at least trying to intervene here while Sokka does the equivalent of eating popcorn. There is a squabble that’s affecting group dynamics, and he gives it his best. But just like before, Aαng doesn’t get to the root of the problem; he just wants everyone to stop being angry so things can carry on the way they always have … even if the way things have been isn’t optimal.

Like it or not, there are problems with the current situation. Toph’s refusal to be part of the group activities is harmful to the GAαng as a unit, whatever she may think about being independent. And really, it should not have been left up to Katara to address this alone—but she knows that no one else will step up until she does. It’s a sign of Katara doing more than just pulling her own weight. As I’ve pointed out before, countless times in A:TLA we see her in the background doing some thankless chore so these kids have hole-free pants and hot meals every day. This is a major burden that’s on Katara’s shoulders continuously; she helps ease Aαng’s burden as the Avatar on multiple occasions, but sadly, Aαng never does the same for her.

Tip of the Iceberg #5: The Awakening

Hakoda: What’s wrong Katara? 
Katara: He left. 
Hakoda: What? 
Katara:  Aαng. He just took his glider and disappeared. He has this ridiculous notion that he has to save the world alone. That it’s all his responsibility. 
Hakoda: Maybe that’s his way of being brave. 
Katara: It’s not brave. It’s selfish and stupid. We could be helping him. And I know the world needs him, but doesn’t he know how much that we need him too? How could he just leave us behind? 

This time, Aαng does more than not resolve the underlying problem; he exacerbates and in some ways causes it. I did an essay before on Katara’s issues with abandonment; basically, losing her mother and her father to the war, albeit in different ways, leaves her very vulnerable to people running off on her. In “The Awakening”, Aαng shuts her out and flies away, still injured, and may very well have perished were it not for Avatar Roku. This worrying over her friend’s safety is the last thing Katara needs while she is still dealing with resentment over being left parentless for several of her formative years. Katara even knows that she’s being unfair to Hakoda in blaming him for leaving, but she’s simply unable to cope with the emotions she’s stored up inside while he was away. Aαng returns from his unsuccessful solo venture, but never makes it up to Katara or helps her with this longstanding issue.

Tip of the Iceberg #6: The Painted Lady

Sokka:  Did you even think this through? The army’s gonna blame the villagers. They’re headed there right now to get revenge. 
Katara: Well, what was I supposed to do? 
Sokka: Leave! Do nothing! 
Katara:  No. I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me.  I’m going down to the village, and I am gonna do whatever I can. 
Sokka: Wait. I’m coming too. 
Katara: I thought you didn’t want to help. 
Sokka: You need me, and I will never turn my back on you

Just like in “The Waterbending Master”, it’s all fun and games for Aαng when he’s helping Katara break the rules, but accepting responsibility? Not so much. He knows as well as Katara that Sokka, their plan guy, has a strict schedule that they are adhering to in the hopes of making it to the invasion point on time. When he finds out that Katara has been delaying their mission to help the people of the town, he volunteers to help—not help as in learning healing from Katara, but help as in blowing up a munitions factory. And at first, it’s nice that he thinks Katara is a superhero, but when they’re discovered, Aαng is quick to dodge the blame:

Sokka:  Katara, what you did put our whole mission in jeopardy. We’re leaving right now. (He turns to Aαng.) And how long did you know about this? 
Aαng: Hey, I just found out this morning. 

Yes, if by “just found out” you mean “was an enthusiastic participant in the deed most responsible for attracting the enemy’s attention”. In the dialogue that follows, he leaves Katara alone to defend herself, just like he did in “The Waterbending Master”.

But worst of all, the same thing is happening here that has happened in the last several outbursts: Aαng understands that Katara wants to do something in the moment, but there is no epiphany where he gets just why that is. Why is Katara so compelled to help everyone who needs it, regardless of far-off consequences? What is the underlying cause of her determination? Aαng never really finds out, so once again Katara’s overprotectiveness will rear its head a few episodes down the line.

Tip of the Iceberg #7: The Runaway

Katara: Fine! It’s a lie. But you’ve been so out of control lately, I knew something was up. I knew you were hiding something, and you were.  Don’t you walk away from me while I’m talking to you! 
Toph: Oh, really, Mom? Or what are you going to do? Send me to my room? 
Katara: I wish I could. 
Toph: Well, you can’t. Because you’re not my mom, and you’re not their mom. 
Katara: I never said I was! 
Toph: No, but you certainly act like it. You think it’s your job to boss everyone around, but it’s not. You’re just a regular kid like the rest of us, so stop acting like you can tell me what to do. I can do whatever I want! 

Katara and Toph are at each other’s throats again in an extension of the problem they had in “The Chase”. This time, Aαng doesn’t even do as much as he did there, where he told everyone to calm down. He doesn’t tell Katara how much he appreciates all she does for him; he doesn’t take Toph aside ask if she really thinks these schemes are a good idea. Katara is going overboard with her role as Team Mom, a role that she is paradoxically becoming fed up with. We learn in this episode that Katara has been taking on the burden of keeping her family together since she was just a little kid, and after all this time, she doesn’t know how to let go of it. But we don’t learn this from Aαng, and Aαng isn’t even around when we hear about it. And Katara mothers him just as much as anyone in this episode.

Tip of the Iceberg #8: The Western Air Temple

Katara:  You might have everyone else here buying your “transformation”. But you and I both know you’ve struggled with doing the right thing in the past.  So let me tell you something right now. You make one step backward, one slip-up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aαng… and you won’t have to worry about your destiny anymore. Because I’ll make sure your destiny ends right then and there… permanently

Wait a minute … we can’t blame Aαng for not helping Katara with this one, can we? He wasn’t even in the room when she threatened Zuko! Anyway, it was Zuko who betrayed her trust at Ba Sing Se, and Zuko who has to earn her forgiveness, right?

Well, yes and no. Zuko siding with Azula against the GAαng in “The Crossroads of Destiny” was a black mark in Katara’s book that he had to make up for, all the more so because he had confided in her and made her believe he had changed. But remember, this is about how Aαng recognizes and responds to Katara’s moments of emotional turmoil. And the fact that she confronts Zuko in private after publicly going along with what Aαng wants is a red flag that she doesn’t want Aαng to see how huge the Katara Iceberg is.

Besides, let’s not forget just how obvious Katara’s anger at Zuko was to the entire GAαng. She sniped at him in public episode after episode—even “The Firebending Masters”, which barely featured her. There’s absolutely no way Aαng didn’t notice this, or how much Zuko’s presence was upsetting her. Did he do anything, even something small like help her with the chores? Did he try to talk to her or Zuko at all about what their problems were? Did he let Katara know that her feelings of betrayal were valid, and that he would help her understand what he saw in Zuko?

Maybe they shouldn’t have just kept flying over “The Great Divide”, because Aαng sure could have used those negotiation skills in this situation.

Tip of the Iceberg #9: The Southern Raiders

Katara: We’re going to find the man who took my Mother from me. 
Zuko: Sokka told me the story of what happened. I know who did it. And I know how to find him. 
Aαng: Umm… and what exactly do you think this would accomplish? 
Katara: I knew you wouldn’t understand.
Aαng: Wait, stop, I do understand. You’re feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?
Zuko: She needs this, Aαng. This is about getting closure and justice. 
Aαng: I don’t think so. I think it’s about getting revenge. 
Katara: Fine! Maybe it is. Maybe that’s what I need. Maybe that’s what he deserves. 
Aαng: Katara, you sound like Jet. 
Katara: It’s not the same. Jet attacked the innocent. This man, he’s a monster. 

Wow, did Aαng bungle this one. First, Katara knew he wouldn’t understand—that right there is a big blow to the notion that Aαng is there for Katara emotionally. Second, Aαng tries to tell Katara he does understand by using a completely inappropriate example. Aαng’s pain and rage on seeing Appa stolen can’t hold a candle to Katara’s mother getting murdered, nor is the Air Nomad genocide the comparable because Aαng didn’t personally witness the perpetrators, and all of the people who carried out the massacre are already dead. Third, he jumps to conclusions that this is about revenge before Katara even says it is—the way she says, “Fine! Maybe it is; maybe that’s what he deserves” makes it seem like she’s mulling the idea over in real time as it occurs to her. It’s possible that Aαng’s premature suggestion actually planted the idea of killing Yon Rha in Katara’s head, where before she just had a nebulous idea of confronting him. And as if that weren’t bad enough, Aαng then compares Katara to Jet, who took revenge for his village’s destruction on an entire town of innocent Fire Nation civilians. 

Aαng tries to drum the idea of forgiveness into Katara’s head four times in this one episode, an idea that she repeatedly and finally rejects, even at the episode’s end. This is a huge clue that Aαng wasn’t letting Katara do what she needed to do to get closure, but kept trying to pressure her into doing what Aαng personally wanted her to do to maintain his own Air Nomad ideals. He made her pain all about himself and the wisdom of the monks, the least helpful thing he could have done. And let’s remember that, like with Katara and Zuko’s long détente, Aαng had plenty of times throughout the series to ask about Katara’s mother and what happened, possibly helping her to heal by sharing his own experiences. But he never, not once, sympathizes with her or even seems to realize how huge a wound she still has—not until it stands a chance of violating his personal precepts.

So let’s take stock of all of these situations where Katara’s anger was a sign of dire emotional distress. How many times did Aαng recognize and respond to Katara’s anger in a way that got at the source of the problem? “The Waterbending Scroll” is the only time he comes close, and arguably, each of his attempts at diffusing Katara’s anger is worse than the one before it. By no means do I think Aαng should have solved Katara’s problems for her, or that he should have had the maturity of his technical age. But think of all of the people who step in and display genuine, helpful understanding to Katara in these moments: Hakoda, telling Katara how much he missed her and how he hated being without his children. Sokka, telling Katara he’ll never turn his back on her. Toph, telling Katara that she can be fun, too. Zuko, helping Katara find the man who murdered her mother. Considering how Katara and Aαng are held up as soulmates in the show, it’s quite depressing how few moments of helpful understanding Katara actually gets from him, not to mention how often she has to hide her emotions in fear of being judged for her angry reactions. And yes, there’s a good chance that Aαng is simply not mature enough to do more than skid along the surface of Iceberg Katara. But if that’s the case, the last thing he should do is make himself a permanent resident.

I’ll give you all a reason why zutara had a much healthier relationship than that other ship I won’t mention so people don’t get salty(even though let’s be honest the show is over and it was canon so why you feel so threatened by our ship?? Is it because our ship is so epic that it just spreads fear throughout its opposers because it is epic) anyway, off topic.

Reason 1: Zuko and Katara’s platonic relationship is based of mutual respect for each other
They might have gotten off in the wrong foot, by both respect each other immensely. When Zuko realized why Katara was mad at him, he told her what she needed to here. She wanted to face this man, and he respected that. He supported her silently, and let her do what she needed. He didn’t try to tell her what to do, he let her take the situation into her own hands. He didn’t judge her for her actions, and made no comment to her blood bending, or what she almost did to him. He let her handle the situation because in any case, he wouldn’t have judged her because he knew this was something she had to figure out for herself(something he understands very well as he was always one to learn from his own experiences). Zuko let her do what she felt was right for the situation.
A/ang on the other hand, tried to pour the wisdom he learned over 100 years ago on her, completely disregarding her needs. She needed to face this guy. This guy murdered her mother, and the only way she felt she could truly get through it was to face the man who had wronged her family. She never said she’d kill him, but he assumed that’s what she’d do. He held very little faith in his supposed “best friend”. He didn’t respect that her needs were different from his. He just assumed that monk knowledge is something everyone should follow, when it’s not. It’s only his way of life, but not Katara’s. He kept on pushing her to do the “right” thing, without even acknowledging that this was something important to her. I get it, the genocide of the monks was hard to process, but in no way can appa’s kidnapping compare to finding the man who killed her own mother.

Reason 2: they consistently support each other
Support is not just praising a person for their right choices, it’s also acknowledging their faults and their wrong choices. However support also means standing by that person no matter whether you completely agree with their actions, what they say, how they handle something, etc.

I go back to the Southern Raiders episode. Zuko had no idea what Katara was going o do when she saw this man. But he didn’t say anything, he didn’t try to force her to make a decision that he saw fit. He let her handle the situation her way, and never judged her. Also, the Agni kai. She supported him. She respected his decision to take Azula on his own, despite what she thought. She didn’t try to change his mind on it, he initial response was more shock than anything. The only reason she stepped into the arena was because he was doing something extremely dangerous(intentionally asking to be shot at with lightning my an unstable person is not the best choice a person could make). She wanted to be there in case he did something stupid or rash. And maybe it was unintentionally her fault that he got hurt(also Azula cheated)but she only did it so she was there for him if need be.
A/ang tried to make her see from his standards. And yes, he tried to help her make the overall “right” decision, by forgiving. But he failed to realize that facing this guy was something she needed, not wanted. She needed to be able to see the face of that man. He tried to change her way of thinking into his. Every time. Even quite forcibly doing it by subtly dropping hints to forgive not just any man, but a murderer. He failed to realize that forgiveness doesn’t come as easily as he portrays it. It’s hard, and it feels like sometimes you can’t do it. She needed to figure the situation out for herself, from her own experience, not from someone else’s.

Reason 3: How they care for each other
I realize I go back on the Southern Raiders episode a lot, but it is a huge episode of character development for these two characters.
No character cared as much for Katara’s mental state as Zuko. He stayed in front of her tent for a whole night, waiting for her to wake up so he could tell her when she was ready to hear the news. He could have simply woken her up in the middle of the night, but instead he waited for a time when she was awake and prepared for what he had to say. He wanted to make sure that it was the right time.
He went through all that, so she could be able to face this man. It wasn’t for selfish purposes either. Had it been, he would have mentioned something about himself, or his life, his mother, for sympathy. But he didn’t. He quietly supported every decision she made, even if it could have been that he didn’t completely agree.
As for Katara, she was the one who gave him the courage to face his uncle after everything he put him through. Yes, Toph helped. She helped him realize that his uncle cared so much for him, but in the end, even he had doubts. It was Katara who walked up to him in front of his uncle’s tent. It wasn’t sokka, or Toph. It was Katara who realized that he needed someone there to support him, and help him gain his confidence, and she did just that.

More reasons tha don’t fit into a category
Also, in the crossroads of destiny, despite the fact that zuko had turned to Azula, it was a major episode for them as well. I’m on mobile so I can’t add pictures of gifs to the middle of this, so I’ll just explain. As they are both in the crystal catacombs, zuko feels comfortable enough with Katara, to let her touch his scar. Remember they had been enemies for so long, and they hated each other, but in the moment, he felt so comfortable with her that he even closed his eyes as she felt it. She was going to use her spirit water on him, his cause was important enough to her to use it on.
Even when he first joins the gaang, she hates him, and threatens to end his life, but when the time comes, who is the one to pull Zuko into the saddle. No it wasn’t sokka, or aang, or toph, or suki. It was Katara. When his life was in the balance, she was the one to save his life.

and completely forgetting everything I just said, Katara was portrayed as a feminist icon in the show. She was independent and shut down every sexist remark made towards her and other women. Zuko respects that she is independent, and doesn’t try to tell her how to think, what to do, and in a fight they are equals(sozins comet part 1 I think)

However when she gets with a/ang in the comics, she becomes a co dependent character. When she has her own opinion on something(the promise) she’s even skeptical to tell a/ang about it because it differed from his POV, when in the show she wouldnt have given two shits. In the comics she is hardly portrayed as a waterbending master, and instead it is her boyfriend who receives to the spotlight. She never fights unless her boyfriend is in trouble(and don’t even try to tell me she doesn’t like fighting because all of season 1 would then be a complete waste)she’s half the character she was in the show to make room for male dominance. However every time we saw her and Zuko together in a fight, we see that she and him are equals on the battle field. There is no male entitlement, just two warriors having each other’s backs. She single handedly took down Azula, but when she’s in a relationship with a/ang all she is, is sidelined. She hardly ever gets any badass scenes with him, and she almost seems scared to express her own feelings if they differ from his. Does that show signs of a healthy relationship? I think not.

Sorry if this was so long, but I just felt the need to show why zuko/Katara in a relationship would have been much healthier than the ones they ended up with in canon.


I completely understand that he was doing what he though would best fit her situation, but he didn’t take into account on what she needed. He didn’t realize that some people need to make decisions for themselves and based on their experience, not just off what they are told. The way of the monk is only one way of life, and is not for everyone. Katara needed to figure out what she needed for herself, and she didn’t want to be told how to handle her own situation.

I also apologize if this was hard to understand I’m really bad at wording, so if you’re confuzzled i get it my wording probably got fucked up somewhere along the line

theironweasel replied to your photo “Can this loser not smile like such a lovable dork for once?”

This is one of the many reasons I love the comics, while we see Zuko change a lot throughout the series, the comics really get a chance to show him being truly happy once he finds his mother and his new family. It is so welcoming to see him be so happy, kind and gentle after we’ve witnessed the awful things he’s gone through.

Ok, I’m just going to take a minute to gush over Zuko here because why the hell not?




30 days of writing ; atla / zutara

catalyst. covet. shift. spare. cauterized. fraught. cloud. raze. serrated. corrode. inattentive. adamant. irrevocable. mark. rush. gruesome. sink. impromptu. expose. absence. fallible. revel. leverage. impair. bare. affinity. cajole. clandestine. wager. clemency.

this came to me while washing dishes, and i must say. i’ve come up with the best princess-ish au you will ever read in your life.

Most parents left legacies. It was understandable — usually it was an heirloom, some kind of expensive trinket that adorned your mother’s body and she wanted to pass it on, or the watch that your dad wore when he fought in the war and is “still ticking.” Sometimes it was something larger, like a piece of land or a small business.

But apparently, Katara’s parents did not fall under the Most Parents category.

What do you mean I’m engaged?!” Katara shrieked at the top of her lungs at her grandmother, who seemed to take this manic reaction in stride.

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why i like zutara more than kataang and maiko

Tbh, I was originally a Kataang shipper bc I thought it was cute and Aang deserved a relationship because he was a nice hero kid and was “persistent” and “she’ll come around”. He tried hard to earn it with flowers and stuff, but now, looking back, I see that she didn’t return his crush. Actually, from what I’ve seen, there wasn’t much romantic stuff going on with Katara with anyone (except Jet). Even Kataang, apparently “in the DNA of the show”, only had 1 or 2 lovey moments. I can only really remember the dance scene, which was kinda unimportant, and the kiss in “The Cave of Two Lovers”, which was pretty much forced by the plot. Some Kataang shippers out there like to cite the times Aang kissed Katara without her wanting him to as “romantic”, but it’s just rude and one sided tbh. Aang, not even a teen yet, just isn’t very advanced in terms of romantic relationships. And while it’s true that they supported each other (as good friends should), I’m pretty sure Katara gave more than she recieved, as a mother/older sister often does. While Katara doesn’t have any apparent romantic feelings for anyone else either, at least her other potential love interests don’t get mothered. Even if she actually did have a crush on him, their relationship probably should’ve waited a little: Aang’s still like 12 and Katara went immediately from confused (yet she wasn’t confused about Jet) to girlfriend (and little else, if you consider the comics canon).

Oh yeah, and Maiko wasn’t very healthy and also possibly symbolizes Zuko’s old life that he was trying to get away from. Like, Mai had a crush on kid Zuko, a completely different person, and the two weren’t shown catching up on lost time by talking about it or anything (“I just asked if you were cold, I didn’t ask for your whole life story”). They just got straight into their physical/conflict-prone relationship. There wasn’t very much personal/emotional support. Mai liked him when he hated the world, AKA not the real Zuko. He’s trying to help save the world, after all. He was morally driven, she was apathetic to even her own family. The may have cared about each other, but they were completely different people. If you’re going to criticize the “opposites attract” thing, start here. At least Zuko and Katara don’t have conflicting beliefs, and they are only symbolic opposites.

About Zutara itself, I’ll try and keep it short ;))). It’s not really about the whole pirates thing, or “opposites attract”, or “good girl and bad boy” shit.
At first, I had no reason to ship Zutara because Zuko was an antagonist, obviously. As the series went on, I saw the connection they had in the crystal catacombs, and how they really weren’t so different at heart, despite their backgrounds. When Katara felt the connection, she tried to heal his scar, and he let her try. When Zuko saw her anger at him and her mother’s death, he helped Katara find Yon Ra. He wasn’t encouraging her to go on a murderous rampage (he tried to help Zhao after all he had done, for one).((side note: I think it’s weird how people say that Katara’s decision was somehow because of Aang or Zuko. She neither killed nor forgave the man, and it was her own choice, nothing less.)) By the end, she forgave him because she honestly wanted to. Like come on, does she look like she still hates him for what he did in Books 1+2, as she gave him an enthusiastic hug? They gave each other support and listened to each other, yet Katara didn’t seem to “mother” him. They saved each other’s lives several times (especially when Zuko did a slo-mo leap to save her while dramatically screaming “NOOOOO”, or Katara was in tears after she healed him). Clearly they were at least very close friends. I know none of this is really romantic (see their embarrassed reactions in “The Ember Island Players” and “Sozin’s Comet” when this is teased), but it still would make a great relationship given time. (also, it might’ve helped relations between the southern water tribe and the fire nation).

anonymous asked:

Man oh man, im in for zoku rants. Worst episode for him in your opinion?

The Southern Raiders.

Right, I hate it when people say “lol zu//kk is so sarcastic here hahaha after his redemption he has gotten to be funnier”

See, he makes fun of Aang’s forgiving nature when it’s the same nature that even gave him a chance to be a part of the group. Sure, Toph gave him a chance too, but that’s because Toph didn’t exactly experience his asshole-ness fullblast.

He makes fun of Aang’s culture, “this isn’t air temple preschool,” like what the hell?
I thought his arc was about forgiveness and redemption, and he does this shit.

Also, he brought out the worst in Katara. Katara said the meanest thing ever in that episode. I’m not blaming it on him, but he was the enabler.

Also, he seemed disappointed when Azula actually survived that fall. Like, ok what a caring brother you are. Like, I get it Azula’s an ass. But he was so much of an ass in that episode too he deserved recognition

Also, a friend of mine also said he seemed like Emperor Palpatine to Katara saying “let the hate flow through you,” so that’s even more hilarious


“Underground water’s trying to escape through these vents. I need you guys to help it along.”

remember that one time jet flirted with aang’s love of his life right in front of his face and instead of getting jealous or annoyed about it aang was SO offended because wtf jet??? what about me?? pay attention to me too??!!! and you can’t see it that clearly on here but he literally beamed when jet complimented him then too and what i’m saying is aang totally obviously 100% had a bit of a crush on jet as well

anonymous asked:

do you find the southern raiders episode to make zutara an unhealthy ship?

(sorry about the lengthy post but I really didn’t want to include anything under a cut because these receipts are serious)

Actually, I think it demonstrates the exact opposite of an unhealthy ship. And here are the reasons why ;

Firstly, in the beginning of the episode I would like to start with Zuko running and grabbing Katara and rolling her out of the way of falling rocks. That’s evidence that he not only cares for Katara’s life, but would risk his to save hers. (little did they know, that wouldn’t be the last time he’d risk his life for her in this episode.)

Secondly, There’s the short scene where Katara pulls him into Appa’s saddle as he falls from the air after his battle with Azula. And although I believe she would do that for anybody, I also believe that it shows her beginning to accept him as a part of their group. Well, until this next part.

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Thirdly, we get a scene with Katara storming off after Zuko says “I’m touched, I don’t deserve this,” when the gaang is giving a toast to Zuko for basically saving them all that day. And then she responds with, “No, you don’t,” and storms off. Now, you’d think that all tings given and Zuko’s tendency to let jabs like that slip (aka any interaction/conversation with Mai) that he’d let this slip and move on. But he doesn’t. And you know why? Because he cares. He cares about her and wants to understand why she would make a remark like that and what he can to do fix it. And not just for himself, but for the good of the group because he knows that if they can’t get along, then there’s no way they can win a war fighting together but as enemies.

So he follows her, clearly upset, and confronts her about what’s been happening. See here with their conversation:

“This isn’t fair. Everyone here seems to trust me now. What is it with you?”

“Oh, everyone seems to trust you now? I want the first person to trust you, remember? Back in Ba Sing Se and you turned around and betrayed me! Betrayed all of us!”

And instead of yelling back, instead of coming up for some excuse as to why he did what he did, he reaches out and asks her:

“What can I do to make it up to you?” to which she responds with:

“You really wanna know? Maybe you can reconquer Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth King. Or, I know, you can bring my mother back.” And then proceeds to shove him and walk away from the conversation.

Then, because he isn’t satisfied, he goes to her brother and asks him to tell him what happened to their mother. And in the middle of the conversation he stops and asks if he can remember anything about the ship that raided their village where Sokka proceeds to tell him that he remembers Sea Ravens on the flags. “The symbol of the Southern Raiders. Thanks Sokka.”

I hope you’re still paying attention because this is where it gets good.

He then goes and sits outside of Katara’s tent all night and waits for her to wake up. He had to have been just so distraught with knowing who possibly killed her mother that he couldn’t sleep and therefore camped out in front of her tent all night.

“You look terrible.”

“I waited out here all night.”

“What do you want?”

“I know who killed your mother, and I’m going to help you find him.”

Well all holy hell! Look at him, putting not only time and effort into finding out what was wrong with Katara, but also finding a reason as to why she hated him so, went to find answers, found them and is now trying to help her resolve said problems. MOVING ON!!

Moving on to where Katara states that she needs to borrow Appa.

Katara: “I need to borrow Appa.”

Aang: “Why? Is it your turn to take a little field trip with Zuko?”

K: “Yes, it is.”

A: “Oh, what’s going on?”

“K: “We’re going to find that man that took my mother from me.”

Zuko: “Sokka told me the story of what happened. I know who did it, and i know how to find him.” 

A: “Umm, and what exactly do you think this will accomplish?”

K: “I knew you wouldn’t understand.”

A: “Wait, stop, I do understand. You’re feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sand benders when they stole Appa?”

Can we just stop a moment and think about how Aang literally fucking compared his pet to Katara’s fucking mother? HER MOTHER. And I realize that Aang lost his parents, obviously, but he didn’t know them, didn’t grow up with them and therefore had absolutely no emotional attachment to them as Katara did to her mother. So, that’s another strike on the Aang board.

Zuko: “She needs this, Aang. This is about getting closure, and justice.”

Aang: “I don’t think so. I think it’s about getting revenge.”

Katara: “Fine! Maybe it is. Maybe it’s what I need. Maybe it’s what he deserves.”

Aang: “Katara, you’re starting to sound like Jet.”

Katara: “This isn’t the same. Jet attacked the innocent. This man, he’s a monster.”

Sokka: “Katara, she was my mother too. But, I think Aang might be right.”

Katara: “Then you didn’t love her the way I did!

Then, after Aang gives his speech about revenge (and forgiveness, which comes into play at the end of the episode), they all go their separate ways- (where Zuko follows Katara after she walks off, presumably to discuss plans on how to go about leaving without the others knowing) (wouldn’t be the first time they met in private to do things without the other knowing, but that’s none of my business) -until later that night when Zuko and Katara appear in their “ninja” outfits, getting ready to leave on Appa when Aang confronts them about leaving anyways.

This entire scene is so important because it shows just how much Zuko has come to change, and to care about those around him, now. Zuko trusts her to make her own journey to finding her mothers’ killer. He trusts her because he knows what it’s like to stumble, what it’s like to make right decisions, to make wrong decisions on his way to the right choices. Aang expected Katara to automatically choose peace and forgiveness just because it’s what he believed was the right decision. Zuko understands that, in reality, that doesn’t happen. He respects Katara enough to let her have her own path to closure. 

Moving on:

Okay, quick summary of the rest of the episode until my next point. Zuko and Katara eventaully make it to the Southern Raiders fleet. But not before Zuko stating that Katara’s mother was a brave woman.

Then, there’s the journey to the Southern Raiders HQ, which is basically all battle strategy stuff so we won’t get into that.

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Moving on to the bloodbending aspect of this episode.

This is where we see Katara’s patience be tested. When the man they both confront doesn’t know what either of them are talking about, Katara reaches into the depths of herself and bloodbends the man into looking her in the eyes. (but not before Zuko gets down on his knees and demand he looks her in the eyes and tell her what he did).

We also witness here: Zuko allowing Katara to do what she needs to do in order to get the information she needs. We all obviously knew she wasn’t going to kill the man, and so did Zuko and that’s why he didn’t try to stop her. Instead, he allowed her to let it out, to do her own thing and just be there to support her if she needed it instead of shoving his useless opinions down her throat. He was allowing HER to be in control because this was about HER.

Then, when she doesn’t get an answer and realizes that he’s not the man they’re looking for, she walks away. Then Zuko runs over to him and basically holds him by the throat and says, “If you’re not the man we’re looking for, then who is?” And when the man tells him who, he and Katara go to the mans’ village (Yon Rah) (spelling???) and follows him to the market and then to a street where they ambush him.

  There, Katara confronts him.

K: “Do you know who I am?”

YR: “No…I’m not sure.”

K: “Why don’t you take a closer look.” and she takes her mask down where we see the man come to the realization as to who she is.

YR: “Yes, yes I remember you now. You’re the little water tribe girl.”

*flashback sequence of the convo between YR and Katara’s mother and now back to the present*

K: “She lied to you. She was protecting the last water bender.”

YR: “Who?”

K: “Me!”

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And then we see Katara angry to the point that she was prepared to kill this man. Forget everything we thought of Katara before, she was distraught and angry and mourning her mother and she was prepared to kill this man for what he’d done.

And Zuko, who stood there, he let her bloodbend and watched as the scene unfolded in front of him did nothing to stop her. And some of you may think “oh well he should have stopped her because if he was really changed then he wouldn’t condone killing someone” which is completely untrue because:

  • Later, he is prepared to kill not only his sister, but his father. He challenges his own sister to an Agni Kai, which if you didn’t already know, is a fight to the death. They weren’t just fighting for the throne for dramatic effect. Zuko was literally prepared to kill his own sister for the good of his country, for the good of the world and I think that is a very strong, very respectable and dramatic change to his character that I think helped his character arc immensely.

What was so important in this scene was he was there. He was there for Katara, whether she killed the man or not, he was there, ready to support her or let her cry or whatever she needed to do because he knew that that’s what she needed. That she needed to help herself and he was there letting her do just that. He wasn’t there shoving his opinions down her throat about how or why she shouldn’t kill the man because frankly, that man deserved to die that episode and if it wouldn’t have been a kids show I know damn well he would have. Maybe not by the hands of Katara, but possibly in another way.

Zuko was SO supportive of her and I wholeheartedly believe that if she had ended up killing that man, he would have been there to support her, and help her deal with the consequences. Whether it be telling the rest of the group what she did, or keeping it as a secret of their own. He would have done anything to make sure she felt as if she was being cared for.

— And then we have the ending where we see these two characters, Zuko and Katara, come full circle from where they were at the beginning of the episode. From the beginning of the series. And I think it’s honestly one of the most important scenes/lessons in the entire she and here’s why:

She forgives him. She forgives Zuko.

After everything he’s done to her, to their group, she forgives him. It’s the entire lesson throughout the entire episode: FORGIVENESS.

I think it’s so important to forgive those who have done you wrong, and Katara was able to set aside off of her problems, all of her hatred and anger towards Zuko and forgive him. And I just think that’s really beautiful.

It’s hard to forgive someone, especially someone who has caused so much destruction in his wake.

I think this episode was so, so so so incredibly important in so many different ways. It taught self control, it taught the value of life and how no one two people are the same. It taught forgiveness, and overall loving someone who was once your enemy. In canon, Katara may not have loved Zuko in a romantic way, but she loved him as a friend and thatis good enough for me.

TL:DR: No, I don’t find The Southern Raiders episode showing Zutara as an unhleathy ship.

anonymous asked:

Aang has a lot growing up to do before I could see him in a serious relationship (despite the ending the show gave him with Katara). With that said, can you imagine anyone of the canon characters being a good match for him? Or maybe he would just be better off on his own?

I’ve answered this ask here: short answer, perhaps Taang, and Zuko would probably be the only person from the show he should be paired with when he is older. But I want to explore the latter a little more because it’s interesting how different their character dynamics are from Kαtααng’s, despite the similarities between Katara and Zuko.

Aang respects Zuko’s boundaries. He wants to be friends with Zuko, but when Zuko refuses that friendship in “The Blue Spirit,” Aang doesn’t try to keep pressuring Zuko into joining Team Avatar the way he pressures Katara to be his girlfriend. On the contrary, Aang waits for Zuko to come around to him. Aang respects and looks up to Zuko in a way that he doesn’t with Katara; this is evident in “The Firebending Masters,” where he keeps called Zuko “Sifu hotman” and looks to Zuko for encouragement when they are about to ascend the Sun Warrior stairway. He also doesn’t look at Zuko through rose-colored glasses the way he does with Katara. He’s seen Zuko’s undeniable flaws and so doesn’t put the burden on Zuko of being perfect.

On Zuko’s side, where Katara coddles Aang so much it often does him a disservice, Zuko has a “tough love” approach to both teaching and friendship. He gives encouragement where necessary (“You’re a talented kid”) but isn’t afraid to point out where Aang needs to be stronger in his fighting (“I said ROAR!”). And Aang really responds well to Zuko’s lack of overindulgence; he becomes bolder in a way he otherwise wouldn’t have and doesn’t balk at difficult firebending moves. When Aang is shouting and running off in “Sozin’s Comet: The Phoenix King”, Zuko actually handles the situation better than Katara does. He tells her to let Aang go, that he needs to solve this on his own. 

It would have been great to have a few more episodes with Zuko and Aang getting to know each other more, especially training together. The amount of material they needed to cover in Book Three meant a time crunch in learning firebending that really deserved to be expanded upon in the series. What we got was great, though! And if Zuko had finished Aang’s firebending training in the comics instead of Aang trying to kill Zuko in the very first series, imagine how much better it would be.

mathemagicalmlp  asked:

AU + 5HC: When Aang runs away from home, he takes his glider instead of taking Appa and Appa is never frozen in the iceberg.

Ok, he already has his glider, but anyway, I’m about to cry because the there are a lot of potential feels here. So, before I begin: how dare you?

  1. Oh, you thought Aang was devastated when he saw Monk Gyatso’s skeleton? Well, imagine what happens when first he sees Appa’s skull,. Because obviously seeing just Monk Gyatso’s skeleton wasn’t enough. Oh man, imagine if they showed Aang having a flashback with Appa in “The Guru”? 
  2. Not having Appa around is obviously going to make the Gaang’s travels a lot more difficult. In “The Avatar Returns,” Aang just barely manages to catch up with Sokka and Katara in their canoe (both of whom are probably arguing because Sokka said something sexist again). 
  3. The journey to the North Pole presumably involves a really weird scenario that includes this Zuko’s smallish warship chasing an even smaller canoe.
  4. “You can take my ship if you like. You need it more than I do,” says Bato to the Gaang in the conclusion of “Bato of the Water Tribe.”
  5. At the end of the Book 2 finale, the Gaang makes it out of the city through a

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earthbent by Toph.

Maiko, Zutara, and Conflict

Conflict is a necessary part of life. It exists as a reality of any relationship, and is not necessarily bad when handled correctly. In fact, a relationship with no apparent conflict may be unhealthier than one with frequent conflict.

Conflicts are critical events that can weaken or strengthen a relationship. 

They can be productive, creating deeper understanding, closeness and respect…

…or they can be destructive, causing resentment, hostility and divorce.

How the conflicts get resolved, not how many occur, is the critical factor in determining whether a relationship will be healthy or unhealthy, mutually satisfying or unsatisfying, friendly or unfriendly, deep or shallow, intimate or cold.

When considering two relationships surrounding Zuko in A:TLA, it’s important to consider how conflict is approached and the resulting resolution in Zuko’s relationships and the stark difference between Zuko and Katara’s conflict and Zuko and Mai’s conflict.

For the purpose of keeping this succinct, I’m going to discuss the conflict in The Beach and The Old Masters, delving into how Katara and Mai approach a distraught Zuko and address what’s troubling him. If you have an interest in learning about prior conflicts, or my thoughts on Maiko in general, please consult the following links:

Moving forward, The Beach presents us with an jealous, antagonistic version of Zuko, whose insecurities are largely fueled by his internal battle, and an equally irate and antagonistic Mai. It seems that time spent together on Ember Island, meant to be a relaxing get away, would be the perfect time for the pair to discuss the many pitfalls of their relationship. Instead, any interaction between them turns into a confrontation carrying an accusatory tone.

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PROMPT: Unexpected Visits (Day 7; January 5)

To Iroh, it was not a surprise when Zuko would drop by Ba Sing Se once a month to grab some tea and seek wisdom from his uncle. Iroh looked forward to it because praise from his customers can make him a satisfied owner but seeing Zuko inhale a pot of Jasmine in a few minutes makes him undeniably happy. 

But today Iroh almost dropped his cup when he saw Fire Lord Zuko arm in arm with none other than Katara. 

“My, Zuko, Katara! This is quite a sight for sore eyes,” Iroh sang. “What brings both of you here?” Iroh asked while wiggling his eyebrows. “Together?”

Zuko did not look pleased and he only shook his head. Katara smiled sweetly to Iroh and replied, “Zuko and I, well…It’s obvious now, isn’t it? We’ve already told our friends and my family. Zuko here wanted you to know. He told me that the Jasmine Dragon was the first place he felt at home after he was exiled. I thought this would be appropriate.” 

Iroh’s eyes glistened as he stared at Katara. Zuko only grumbled under his breath but his cheeks were starting to tinge. Iroh wiped at his eyes, smiled, and yelled at his waiter, startling everybody in the shop, “GET THE FINEST TEA FOR THE FINEST COUPLE IN BA SING SE. HURRY UP. ZUKO ISN’T GOING TO GET A GIRL LIKE HER AGAIN.”

and that was the tale of how Uncle Iroh became the biggest Zutara shipper. I LOVE UNCLE IROH!!!

Aang, Katara, and anger

Katara: I knew you wouldn’t understand.
Aang: Wait, stop, I do understand. You’re feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?

To clarify, in context, I don’t think Katara meant to say that Aang wouldn’t be able to understand her feelings of loss and grief about her mother here (it’s not the point), but that he wouldn’t understand her desire for retaliation. He answers that he does:

Sweet tragic irony: Aang is the only member of the Gaang to deliberately kill something (it looks like that buzzard wasp’s body was cut straight in two?), and he was feeling too much pain and rage to care, or even remember (it’s that or ~denial). Aang knows what Katara is feeling because he experienced it too. He didn’t just feel sad when he lost Appa or his entire people, he was also enraged. At the sandbenders, at the Fire Nation, at the entire world. Consequently, he also knows how terribly easy it is to lose control in these moments, to just let these incredibly powerful emotions take over. Lucky for him, every time he almost lost it, Katara was there to help him get through it. And right now, he’s trying to return the favor.

Aang and Sokka are so worried about Katara in The Southern Raiders because they know who she is. They know she gets angry and completely owns that anger, but also that she’s one of the most compassionate person they’ve ever seen. That she can feel compassion for anybody, even those who hurt her before. They’ve seen her devastated after she couldn’t save Jet, despite the fact he betrayed her before, despite the fact she was furious against him just moments earlier. In The Chase, they’ve seen her show compassion toward Zuko the moment he demonstrated a little humanity (the guy who tried to kill her several times, who was constantly trying to capture the last hope for the world - her hope - and that was before he gave her any reason to think he might turn to the good side, before he offered any apology). They’ve seen her in tears after she was forced to learn bloodbending by Hama, because she finds it repulsive and wrong, and she wouldn’t want to use it even against her worst enemy, even against Hama herself (who had no qualms torturing her with it). They know she’s not being herself, and they’re afraid she’ll do something she might regret (you can’t undo killing a person).

(And, let’s be honest, the episode proves them right: 1) her using bloodbending was probably put in expressly to show she’s not in her normal state of mind, and 2) killing Yon Rha wasn’t what she needed. Katara said she felt like she had no choice but to get revenge once she knew she could find him - but she did have one, and it’s a good thing Aang was there to help her see that she wasn’t bound by anything but her own mind, that there was another option and she could set herself free.)

It’s interesting that Aang and Katara, the show’s standing sunshine cheesy hippies of hope and love, are also the most prone to uncontrollable destructive anger. They are genocide survivors and have been hurt in many ways without letting it destroy their good heart and spirit, their ability to feel joy and love, to live, up until these moments when it’s just too much. They also have vastly different ways to deal with it, in perfect accordance with their respective elements. As we’ve already seen, Katara owns her anger, she lives it, sometimes almost revels in it, lets it flow and grow without holding it back, and she redirects it at her enemies to submerge them under her power. Aang is out-of-touch with his anger: he doesn’t want to deal with it, he’s afraid of what it does to him: ”You saw what I did out there. I was so angry about losing Appa, I couldn’t control myself. I hated feeling like that” (from The Serpent’s Pass). He avoids and evade, up until he can’t anymore, and then it comes out as a freaking tornado, powerful and devastating. Most Avatars didn’t know who they were until 16, mastering the Avatar State can take years of discipline, but just thinking about what the monks did to him in The Storm is enough for Aang to trigger it. His Avatar State is always so pissed, and these are Aang’s emotions (you can see by how tense he is that he’s trying to hold back but just can’t).

So it’s really important in terms of their relationship that they’re always ready to help each other out, that they never hold what they may have said when they were hurt against the other. They’ve seen each other at their worst and helped each other grow, become more balanced. Aang helped Katara keep a more level-headed mind in The Southern Raiders. Katara helped Aang see he didn’t have to suppress all his emotions after his breakdown in The Desert, that he could let himself feel again. Etc. It’s also notable that even when they disagree, they are still respectful of each other, and they show it this episode too. Aang doesn’t think Katara is doing the right thing, but he chose to trust her, to accept her decision and let her borrow Appa: “This is a journey you need to take. You need to face this man”. And Katara, as angry as she is, never mocks Aang for his beliefs - Zuko is the one who does (twice, answering in her stead). Katara is grateful for his support: “Thanks for understanding Aang” - this is in direct contrast to her quote from earlier (see above) when she didn’t think he could (meaning she did listen to him, and changed her mind at least where he’s concerned). It’s also important that they didn’t need to reach a perfect consensus: Katara didn’t kill Yon Rha, but she didn’t forgive him either, and that’s perfectly fine, they’re ok.

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azutara, post-canon, ~750 words

“Why do you do that?”

They lay together in the darkness. Azula had been drifting off to sleep when she felt Katara’s fingers slip into her own. Holding hands wasn’t typical for them. Azula generally didn’t like physical contact unless she initiated it. Katara tended to be the exception, but Azula still wasn’t entirely comfortable when she felt the other woman’s warm hand caress her face or rub gentle circles into her back. It wasn’t that she disliked the touch, or that it hurt her. It just felt wrong.

“Do what?” Katara didn’t unlace her fingers from Azula’s, and the latter didn’t pull away either.

“Hold my hand.”

“Because I love you,” Katara said, so quickly as to make it sound automatic. The answer didn’t sit well with Azula. She shifted, glad that the shadow hid her face. She should try to fall asleep, but now that she was alert it was difficult to keep her eyes closed. The question bounced around her mind until it was burning to escape. She hated sounding foolish, admitting that there were things she didn’t come close to understanding. The first had been hard enough to verbalize.

When it had been long enough that Katara might have fallen asleep, Azula finally spoke. “Romance isn’t real.” It was easier to say than the question she was dying to ask.

Katara’s fingers were so very warm in her own. It was strange to think that there was another person connected to that arm, a person with her own life and her own ways of thinking. How could they be so different and yet both be human?

“…Why do you say that?” Katara said. Azula narrowed her eyes at a question that reminded her far too much of doctors and therapy and being locked in a cell.

“It’s true,” she snapped, before remembering who she was with. She closed her eyes and sighed, trying not to let her mind spiral away from her. Her grip on Katara’s hand tightened until her fingers were a vise, but the waterbender didn’t let go. She massaged Azula’s palm gently.

“It’s real to me. That’s why I hold your hand.”

“There’s no point,” Azula said, finally reaching what she really wanted to say, finally finding the words to express herself. “You never want anything in return.”

“That’s not love.”

“Then love isn’t real,” Azula said, bitterness running unchecked through her voice. “Gentleness is just a way to ease into roughness. Pleasure is…just a gateway to pain. Open yourself up too much, and someone will take everything you’ve shown them.”

“Is that what he taught you?” Katara released Azula’s hand. Her strong arms wrapped around the other woman. She could feel every rib; Azula was still unhealthily thin. It was easy for Katara to hold her, even if hugging Azula was like hugging a furnace. Azula didn’t pull away, but Katara could feel her shaking. She pulled her closer, held her tighter.

“It’s the truth,” Azula said faintly. She was avoiding Katara’s eyes. “I can count on one hand the people who have told me they loved me. My mother couldn’t have cared less. You and Zuko destroyed me. At least my father was there.”

“Ozai did things to you no parent should ever do to a child,” Katara said vehemently. “I don’t blame you for not believing in love after him. But when I say I love you, Azula, I mean it.”

“He liked touching me too,” Azula said.

Katara shook her head. “I don’t want anything from you, Azula. When I hug you, when I hold your hand, it’s not because I want to go any further. It’s because you’re beautiful, and I want you to understand that. I want you to know I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. I want you to feel safe and secure with me. I want you to be happy.”

Azula hated this. There was intense pressure inside her, it felt, trying to force its way out. She didn’t know what to make of the things that Katara said. She couldn’t understand. She could only think of Ozai’s dominating presence beside her and the way he said “I love you,” all low and twisted and always part of a game.

“I want to go to sleep,” she mumbled. Katara obligingly slid her arms away and rolled onto her back. Azula stared toward the ceiling, though she couldn’t see it. She was intensely grateful for the darkness when she felt tears start to slip from her eyes.

A few minutes later, as sleep was starting to roll over her again, she felt Katara’s fingers slip into her hand once again.