classification: water tribe

thefuturisticphilosopher  asked:

Do you think Sokka's protective nature was always handled consistently? In the case of Suki you see it come out in full form because of Yue's sacrifice but you don't see it towards Katara or Aang as intently. He trust both Katara, Aang and Toph to be okay but wasn't the Kyoshi Island episode all about believing that Suki can take care of herself? Why after Yue did his protectiveness shoot up only in response to Suki? What do you think? Am I missing something? Does his mum have to do with it?

You’re right that Sokka isn’t outwardly as protective of Aang as he is of Suki, but I do think he is consistently protective of Katara, both pre- and post-Yue:

[shields Katara with his own body]

Katara (angrily): Sokka, you’re making a mistake.
Sokka: No! I’m keeping my promise to Dad. I’m protecting you from threats like him!

Aang: Katara!  I’m so sorry!
Sokka : Katara, what’s wrong!? What did you do?
Aang: Iiiit was an accident! I was… Katara, I’m so -
Sokka: I told you we shouldn’t mess around with this! Look what you did! You burned my sister!

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.

Katara: Need meat. Gone fishing.  Back in a few days. Sokka and Zuko.  

[For that last one, Hakoda is Katara’s father, too, and a waterbending master would have been a huge asset in the Boiling Rock rescue. But is Sokka taking Katara anywhere near an inescapable Fire Nation prison? Not if he can help it.]

And while he isn’t as protective of Toph as he is of Suki, he definitely has his moments:

I think Sokka is protective of the women in his life, moreso than the men. Part of this is due to his father’s parting instructions to look after Katara and the women of the tribe while the men were away. Part of it stems from the loss of his mother, and part of it comes from the man-as-protector culture he was raised in. Even though Sokka grew away from his sexism to respect women warriors, I don’t think he ever got rid of his innate sense of responsibility to protect the women he sees as family. It’s part of what he considers his job, and that’s just how it is.