i love zuko more than i fear you


Mai and Zuko parallels and contrasts:

  • Both were victims of abuse 
    • Zuko fell victim to both physical and emotional abuse and manipulation at the hands of his father, while Mai fell victim to her parents’ emotional abuse and manipulation
    • Both Zuko and Mai share a secondary abuser (Azula) who has tried to emotionally control and manipulate them
    • Zuko was closer to his mother; when he strayed away from his father’s expectations of him he was verbally and/or physically punished by his father
    • Mai wasn’t close to either of her parents due to their emotional manipulation of her; when she strayed away from her mother’s expectations, she was shut down, or her privileges were taken from her
    • Zuko reacted to his abuse by becoming even more determined to gain  his father’s love and acceptance while Mai distanced herself emotionally to keep herself from being hurt further
      • This difference in reaction is primarily due to the end goal of each respective victim’s abuse, or the end goal of the abuser:
        • Zuko: I just want my father’s love, so I’m going to do everything in my power to win his acceptance.
        • Mai: There’s no use in me fighting for my own independence. or for what I want, because my parents and my secondary abuser are very controlling and manipulative, so I’m going to wall myself off and just not care. After all, courtesy is a lady’s armor. 
    • Gender norms and abuse 
      • This is more theoretical given how little we know about Mai, but this theory is inspired by a little reblog I saw on on of my posts. Anyway, my theory is that, had the show given us more background on Mai, the following parallel would have been made evident (although we kind of get a little hint of it actually being the case):
        • Ozai is very masculine, believing in tradition ideas of masculinity (honor, mercilessness, brute strength, power, etc). He attempted to instill this traditional sense of masculinity on both of his children
          • While this worked on Azula, it did not work on Zuko, who was always more in tune with more traditionally female traits (compassion, empathy, mercy, love,being emotional)
            • Ozai punished Zuko for his more feminine characteristics, wanting him to embody more masculine traits 
            • While Zuko tried to adhere to his father’s idea of manliness during his exile, he ultimately could and would not do it, staying true to his roots
        • As for the more theoretical part of this theory, I think it can be argued that Mai was meant to be brought up as a proper lady, and that Ukano and Michi tried to sculpt her into what they thought a proper lady ought to be 
          • While she had been girlish and openly emotional as a child (as we see in the Zuko Alone flashback), she eventually began to exhibit more masculine traits by becoming more stoic and not caring about her emotions the way she used to (She is, however, emotionally open with people who have not abused or manipulated her: Ty Lee, her uncle, Zuko, Kei Lo) 
          • Ultimately, however, Mai chooses love and emotion (a traditionally female trait) by saving Zuko (”I love Zuko, more than I fear you) 
            •  Funnily enough, however, the trope of the guy saving the girl and then later showing up at the girl’s doorstep alive and well is flip-flopped, with Zuko being the one who needs saving, and Mai being the one to save him  (thus keeping up with the “Maiko has its gender norms reversed” theme)
    • Coping mechanisms for abuse
      • Mai became stoic and walled herself off, while Zuko would become angry and began to act out (Book 1 Zuko) 
        • Mai learns to become emotionally open, while Zuko learns to reign in his anger 
  • Both have been trained in the use of melee weapons. Zuko has his dao swords, and Mai has her knives 
  • Both are closer to their uncles than their fathers
  • Mai’s arc is about her reclaiming her agency from Azula, while Zuko’s arc is about him realizing that he doesn’t have to be what his father wants him to be 
  • Zuko stands up to Ozai in “The Day of Black Sun,” while Mai stands up to Azula in “The Boiling Rock”
    • Ozai uses lightening against Zuko in an attempt to kill him, only to have Zuko redirect it 
    • Azula tries to use lightening against Mai in an attempt to kill her, only to have Ty Lee chi block Azula
  • While both Zuko and Mai have changed significantly since Zuko’s banishment, both learn to embrace who they were prior to Zuko’s exile (even if they’re still fairly different people than whom they had been at that time) 
Mai has some of the best lines

•Just take the bear
•She can shoot as much lightning as she wants at me I’m not jumping into that wall sludge juice
•It looks like the beach threw up on it
•I love Zuko more than I fear you
•But don’t ever break up with me again
•*opens hatch* We lost
•The wardens my uncle, you idiot
•Finally something to do
•“Finally Mai can wear makeup that isn’t totally depressing” ha ha
•Saving the jerk that dumped me
•Attention issues, you didn’t get the attention you wanted as a kid so you’re making up for it now
•That time in the comic when she shot the fish off Zuko’s head

Harry Potter House Headcanon

I’m assuming that you have all seen my icon. It’s Harry Potter themed Atla crossover if you haven’t. And I decided to do a personal Harry Potter house analysis. I own no gifs shown below.

Let the Analysis begin!

Okay so for this analysis I’m going to analyze the characters from Atla and which hogwarts house they should be a part of.

  1) Aang - Hufflepuff

I believe Aang is a hufflepuff. He is very loyal and kind, which shows multiple times throughout the series. And Aang also is very hardworking. I’m mean I don’t know about you. But mastering all 4 elements at 12 years old in a limited amount of time seems like it takes a pretty extensive work ethic.

2) Sokka - Ravenclaw

Sokka was always one of the smartest people in the Gaang itself. Coming up with plans and strategies was not work of the idiotic. And his natural skepticism and sarcasm showed that not only was he intellectual, he was indeed very wise, Which is why I think he’s a ravenclaw.

3) Toph - Slytherin

Toph always was ambitious and greedy. One of the best examples I can think of this is the episode The Runaway. Toph was extremely greedy in this episode. And greed can lead to ambition, To which it did in Toph’ s case. She found new ways to rob people and did not feel bad about it. These are very Slytherin qualities.

4) Katara - Hufflepuff

Everyone knows Katara was extremely kind and loyal. No one could ever doubt it. And yes while she was brave and very smart, her kindness made her distinctive from other characters. I can even quote her compassion in The Painted Lady, by saying that she will never ever turn her back on people who need her.

5) Suki - Gryffindor

Suki was one of he bravest characters in the entire series. She was dedicated and she was willing ot sacrifice for what she believed in. The best example I can think of was when she was thrown into the boiling rock. She was willing to give up her freedom just for what she believed in.

7) Azula - Slytherin

I’m pretty sure I don’t really have to justify this one. Over the series, Azula was known for her malicious and persuasive actions. There are so many examples I’m not going to list them all.  She screams slytherin.

8) Zuko - Gryffindor

A lot of people think that Zuko should be slytherin. But I disagree. Yes, he was ambitious. But he was brave enough to not only face his father but actually disobey his father. If that doesn’t speak wonders then I’m not sure what does.

9) Ty Lee - Hufflepuff

Like Azula’s, I don’t think that this one needs a lot of explaining. Ty Lee was always very kind, and she was dedicated to help.She always was hard working in something that meant a lot to her. The best example is the circus.

10) Mai - Gryffindor

Mai initially never came off as a Gryffindor. But she showed her bravery when she faced Azula at the boiling rock. She was brave enough to tell Azula that she loved Zuko more than she feared her.

Please comment your thoughts. I hope you enojoyed. 

anonymous asked:

What are you fav love declaration speeches


1. Stefan and Elena, “I know what I want” + “You are the woman that I love” 

I like these love declarations for a few reasons. Firstly, I’m not a fan of verbose, overblown, over-the-top love declarations, I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule of mine, but 99.9% of the time, I like things that are heartfelt and simple, which are both of these scenes. 

What I like about the 1x10 scene is that in 1x02 it’s Elena who’s scared to put herself out there, who says that she’s scared to be happy for just a minute and Stefan who encourages her to feel, “But this is reality. Right here.” And yet, it’s Elena who says she loves Stefan first. Also they’re both just so expressive in that scene, the way Stefan closes his eyes is basically like “Well, fuck” how can he possibly walk away now? It’s a very emotionally honest scene, super vulnerable. 

What I like about the 1x11 scene is the conviction in Stefan’s face when he says it. With Elena, she called it out to him while his back was turned to her as an effort to get him to turn back around to her, with Stefan, he’s sitting right next to her and staring her directly in the eye and being like, it’s you, it’s just you.

2. Mickey and Ian, When Mickey Comes Out 

Although Mickey didn’t explicitly say “I love you” to Ian in this scene, this definitely counts as a love declaration. Mickey had already lost Ian once after refusing to acknowledge that he loved him and he was about to lose Ian again because he was tired of their relationship being closeted so Mickey announces to the entire bar that he’s gay, which is a HUGE step for Mickey. I literally squealed when this happened.

3. Brooke and Lucas, “There are 82 Letters In Here” + “I’m The Guy For You”

I think I said this in my “Favourite Brucas” post but I still know the “There are 82 letters in here” speech. I really enjoyed that one because again it was emotionally honest and yet simply written and delivered with such vulnerability by Sophia and after she spent a good season and a half building walls around herself from Lucas and fighting what she felt for Lucas, I really enjoyed that she decided to be brave and was basically like “look, I love you” which she ends up saying at the end of that entire sequence when Lucas “forgives” her — although now that I’m older the whole Kris Kellar/slut shaming aspect of this entire situation bothers me but that’s a different post, point is, it’s one of my favourite OTH moments.

The “I’m The Guy For You” speech … I realize I may have a thing for one person in a ship being emotionally vulnerable and the other person having absolute confidence and conviction that the two of them belong together because that was Lucas’ speech, being collected and cool but also having the vulnerability to be like yeah, we’re ending up together because I’m the guy for you (as opposed to you’re the girl for me). 

Scott and Kira, “God, I love you” + “I remember and I meant it” + “I love you so much” 

What I like about these three scenes is that they’re all connected. First, I love the “flippant” I love you because Scott does that with Kira a lot, he takes a huge step (like when he kisses her at the lockers) and doesn’t think about the implications until after because it was just a natural thing for him to be, like a habit, so when he says “God, I love you” it’s not that he doesn’t mean it, it’s that it’s a fact to him so he just says it and Kira is like, wait what?? And I like the “I remember and I meant it” because he’s affirming that idea, like no, it wasn’t a fluke or something I just said, I meant it, I love you and then I like when Kira says it in 5x13 because it’s her being sure and stating a fact and Stiles and her mother are in the front seat and they might as well be furniture? Scott and Kira are kissing and declaring their love for each other and it’s like no one else is in the car with them.

Noah and Rosalee, I’ll Follow You Anywhere

Again, Noah doesn’t explicitly say “I love you, Rose” but he puts a wedding ring he made in captivity on her finger (when the audience actually thinks he’s making a weapon to try and escape) as he tells her that he will follow her back to the plantation they ran away from to help rescue her mother and brother, which is the most profound love declaration ever imo. 

Eun Tak and Shin, “Your boyfriend is right here!”

So Eun Tak and Shin are super angsty a lot of the time and there are a lot of beautiful, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing love declarations that they have and I love them all but I chose this one because it’s hilarious and I CACKLED because the other side of Eun Tak and Shin being super angsty is that they also act like squabbling teens and you watch them like, Are you guys 12?? And I love that they were arguing here and Shin is like OMG YOU IDIOT I LOVE YOU without saying the words and the Reaper is just watching them like ughhhhhhhhhhh. 

Stiles and Malia, “I would never leave without you”

Y’all can fight me, I don’t really care, but I do consider this to be a love declaration without the words “I love you” actually being said. Jeff Davis et al can act like season 4 never happened but the fact of the matter is, Stiles was losing his mind when he thought that Malia had taken off and when Malia said she would never leave without him in such a matter-of-fact way, it shows that her base, animal instincts aren’t stronger than her affection/love for Stiles and I was giddy af during the scene. 

Hyde and Jackie, “It’s A Real Waste” + “Jackie, I Love You” 

I mentioned this in previous posts that I have but I really appreciate Jackie’s love declaration because it was honest and it was fair. Hyde breaks up with her because she yells “Get off my boyfriend” when Annette is kissing Kelso, which is understandable but Jackie’s explanation is understandable too because it isn’t love that she feels for Kelso at this point, it’s possessiveness which makes sense considering that he was her only boyfriend before Hyde and she has some things she needs to work out and it’s also a sign of maturity (which she reaches because of her relationship with Hyde) that she doesn’t make excuses for what she said but instead explains where that outburst comes from. 

The “Jackie, I love you” scene, I mean, it’s obvious why I love it. Hyde isn’t supposed to do anything to show his vulnerability or to show how much he wants something/someone, he has his pride, he has his walls and when Jackie won’t listen to his apology, he’s almost about to leave it but then puts himself out there to tell her loves her. I was, like, 13 when this happened and it was fucking glorious. 

Monica and Chandler, “Because I’m In Love With Monica”

I mean it was the perfect ending to such a bizarre battle of wits.

Buffy and Angel, “I love you” + Death 

My friend and I had a debate about this, it was her first time watching BTVS because she was super upset that Angel gets his soul right before Buffy has to kill him and is all, it would’ve been so much easier if he just STAYED evil. And I mean, the point is it was supposed to be even that much harder for Buffy to do the right thing but my thing was, at least she got to see the real Angel for what she thought was the last time, she got to kiss him and hug him and tell him she loved him, she got one last goodbye, which is why I really like this declaration. 

Jane and Michael, “I Want To Grow Old With You” 

I mean, I love pretty much all of their love declarations particularly when Michael is at her door all, “Do you still love me?” and she says “Yes” but I can find gifs of that so I’m using this one just because I think Jane’s proposal to Michael is the core of what makes their relationship so great and special and heartwarming, it’s basically the essence of Villadero. 

Chuck and Blair, “It Consumes Me” 

So I don’t ship Chair, I’m a Dair shipper but there was a time I shipped Chair and there are still moments between the two of them that I still really like and one of them is when Blair doesn’t allow Chuck to run away from her words. Leighton and Ed have outstanding chemistry and that scene was so emotional and so honest and they both played their parts beautifully, Chuck doesn’t say anything but Ed’s eyes are expressive af and it really looks like Leighon feels Blair’s conviction in her bones.

Chris and Jal, “I fucking love you” 

Like I said, I don’t like verbose, over-the-top love declarations and when Chris said this to Jal I was like “awwwwww, I believe it!” and then the writers decided to destroy everything and it still pisses me off, lol. 

Cesare and Lucrezia, “You Love Another” + “Is There One You’ve Loved?”

There are quite a few love declarations between Cesare and Lucrezia that I enjoy because they are all so tortured and angsty and well, wrong, but I chose these two scenes because it’s external parties either noticing and voicing the depth of their connection or encouraging them to speak about it. 

Zuko and Mai, “I Don’t Hate You”

I know I have a lot of Zutara shippers on my blog but I actually just think everyone who ended up together should’ve ended up together although I was more a Sokka and Yue shipper despite the fact that they knew each other for, like, six minutes, lmao. Either way, the declaration I actually wanted was “I love Zuko more than I fear you” but I couldn’t find a gif so I chose this one because these two are perfect for each other.

Cristina and Owen, “I Love You” + “Take Care Now”

I actually didn’t realize how many Crowen love declarations I liked until I looked up gifs for these two. I really enjoyed Cristina’s because she’s addressing her independence and she’s addressing her fears and she’s addressing how what Owen did was harmful to her and yet she’s also addressing that she loves him more than she’s loved anyone else. I liked Owen’s because it’s angsty and tortured and that’s my jam.

I think we’ll stop for now, this can be considered a part one if people want more :)

no, azula did not break down because of pressure

i just saw someone in the azula tag saying azula’s character was cliché for having break down when she finally got what she wanted and broke down when in pressure

it wasnt the pressure that caused azula to break down, it was everybody’s betrayal. first there was zuko who left her side. although she didn’t seem to mind, zuko’s betrayal to her nation led to mai betraying her. and mai’s betrayal led to ty lee’s betrayal.

you can see in The Beach that they seemed to be actually friends, that they were in fact a “squad.”

especially when mai says to her “i love zuko more than i fear you,” it probably got her to think about her mother who ALSO loves zuko

she has always had issues with her mother, and i think her mother probably took the most toll on her, although you dont see it much

then you see ty lee also PREFER mai over her, seeing that her friends prefer other people more than her. who wouldnt get hurt by that? and for someone who has always worked so hard for people to be above zuko always, her friends still preferred zuko

and for the finale, you see ozai betraying her. she thought she would be conquering the world with her dad, especially since he’s the only one he had. shes probably thinking “yes! were here dad were finally gonna conquer the world together”
i believe she realy idolizes her father, seeing as how shes always worked hard for her dad and is afraid to disappoint him like zuko always does
her dad casts away people who disappoint him, like what he did with zuko
she was always working hard not to be zuko, all her life so that her dad would not cast her away
now, zuko’s out of the picture, she probably thinks her dad will only have place for her, them conquering earth kingdom together, instead her dad seems to cast her away also, the same thing he did with zuko

now with all these people betraying her, she becomes wary of everyone so she banishes them before they even have the chance to do so

now with all these people gone and shes alone, she sees her mom. the first person who she thinks betrayed her, the cause of her inner turmoil

so no dude, azula didnt break down because of pressure, she broke down because everybody has betrayed her and was given the puppet title as firelord.

My shipping of Zutara started during the Siege of the North when the pair battled behind Aang’s meditating form, but it was more of a oh look at her go - she’s whooping his ass kind of shipping. I thought it would be really neat if they ended up the same side somehow and fell in love, but let’s be real… it was only season one and Zuko was still an angry muffin (but not as big of a jerk as he could’ve been) for like 8,000 more episodes. Whatever.

But much ado later, I found them talking in the Crystal Catacombs and I thought Oh my god! These two could work! 

‘Why?’ you may ask. 

Well, I’ll tell you why! They were so ridiculously supportive of each other, even as enemies! Just look at some of the dialogue: 

Katara: Why did they throw you in here? Oh wait. Let me guess. It’s a trap. So when Aang shows up to rescue me, you can finally have him in your little Fire Nation clutches.
Katara: You’re a terrible person, you know that? Always following us, hunting the Avatar, trying to capture the world’s last hope for peace! But what do you care? You’re the Fire Lord’s son. Spreading war and violence and hatred is in your blood.
Zuko: You don’t know what you’re talking about.
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.

Look at that! She’d spent a good five minutes yelling at this boy, who also has his own disappointments, fears, and struggles lingering in his thoughts, but he pushes all of that aside to offer what little comfort her can to her. Sure, it’s not much - he can’t do or say anything that will change what happened - but instead of being his typical uptight, angsty self, he turns around and apologizes to her. He opens the door to let Katara see a sympathetic side to him, a side that’s battling with what the Fire Nation has done, and a side that truly believes all life matters even when someone literally tried to burn that idea out of him. 

And then, Katara, who could’ve easily stayed angry or brushed away his apology, turns around to face him and tells him that she’s sorry for yelling at him. 

Katara: I’m sorry I yelled at you before.
Zuko: It doesn’t matter.
Katara: It’s just that for so long now, whenever I would imagine the face of the enemy, it was your face.
Zuko: My face. I see.

Right there, my mind was blown. I expected Zuko to lash out at her for, you know, basically implying that his face (scar) symbolized the nation that had been terrorizing her and the world. Instead, he’s sorrowful. His expression is so heartbroken right then and devastated, and even though he doesn’t make a complete journey to the side of good, he’s still genuinely apologetic and remorseful for the pain Katara has faced. 

Katara: No, no, that’s not what I meant.
Zuko: It’s ok. I used to think this scar marked me. The mark of the banished prince, cursed to chase the Avatar forever. But lately, I’ve realized I’m free to determine my own destiny, even if I’ll never be free of my mark.
Katara: Maybe you could be free of it.
Zuko: What?
Katara: I have healing abilities.
Zuko: It’s a scar. It can’t be healed.
Katara: This is water from the Spirit Oasis at the North Pole. It has special properties, so I have be saving it for something important. I don’t know if it would work, but…

Man, oh man, does she get him. Up until this point, Zuko has been entirely closed off about what happened to him and the feelings surrounding scar. That all changes the very second someone outside of his uncle shows a bit of sympathy and interest in his past. She’s respectful. She doesn’t push him. Instead, she listens and then responds in a way that he never expected - with genuine support and helpfulness. 

What’s more, Katara is now looking at Zuko, her sworn enemy and the crown prince of the Fire Nation, as someone worthy of her time and affection. Look at that last line - It has special properties, so I have be saving it for something important - Katara sees him as someone who is special, someone who could be worth saving and helping.

Oh, and turns out she was right: 

Just a few months after his desertion of the Fire Nation, the pair now has a mutual relationship full of respect, understanding, and support. Look how beautifully she listens to him. Look how perfectly she offers him the words and encouragement that he needs!  Look at the way she is looking at him!!!

Katara: Are you okay?
Zuko: No, I’m not okay. My Uncle hates me, I know it. He loved me and supported me in every way he could and I still turned against him. How can I even face him? 
Katara: Zuko, you’re sorry for what you did, right?
Zuko: More sorry than I’ve been about anything in my entire life.
Katara: Then he’ll forgive you. He will.

Wow. Just wow. They really have come full circle. For the girl who swore she would never forgive him, who swore he was worst person alive and the face of the enemy, to say that he will be forgiven… My god. Everything they’ve been through, everything they’ve faced, all of it culminates into this amazing scene where she tells him, Zuko, it’s going to be okay. I forgave you and your uncle will, too. We care about you. 

And the confidence that instills in him… suddenly he realizes that he’s important to this girl. He realizes that he’s valued by this girl. And her realizes that she’s someone he’s thankful for and he would protect her no matter the cost. And protect her, he does. 

First, by offering to fight Azula alone, even after his uncle warned that he would need help (I love her more than I fear you {@ Azula} - Zuko, in his head, probably), and second, by taking a fucking lightning bolt to the chest and nearly dying for her. (I still love her more than I fear you {@ Azula & Death} - Zuko, in his head again, probably)

Then, after this sacrifice, Katara expresses immense gratefulness for Zuko - I think I’m the one who should be thanking you - with no thought or reprimand for baiting Azula, risking his life, or risking the future of the Fire Nation. She just thanks him. Hell, she cries over him.  Then, when he’s back on his feet, coming face-to-face with his impending rule and the fall of his sister, she continues to hold on to him in a display of full support. 

It’s just such a beautiful relationship and I love it… for everything it was in the show and everything it continues to be through fan art and fan fiction. 

Ships Meme

Tagged by the lovely @tiffotcf​. Thanks, friend! :D You always make me want to use more gifs.

Five ships for which I will go down in flames:

Originally posted by theworldofshipping801

1. Naru (aka Kazuya Shibuya aka Oliver Davis)/Mai Taniyama: Ghost Hunt

These two dorks. 

Originally posted by fyeah-ghosthunt

Don’t ask for logic. Logic has nothing to do with it, darn it! Explanations, I have only context and my hopeful interpretations. And those freaking scenes all the shippers adore, darn it! Pet coins and ceilings falling and that smile. Plus stuff in the manga I’ve already raged about. And all the stuff I haven’t gotten around to yet.

2. Zuko/Mai: Avatar the Last Airbender

These two dorks.

Originally posted by mikasaharuno007

“I don’t hate you.” “I actually kind of like you.” That gloomy girl who sighs a lot and the angry jerk. “I’m saving the jerk who dumped me.” “I love Zuko more than I fear you.” Oh yes, I will go down with this ship. Fight me.

3. Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye: Fullmetal Alchemist

These two dorks.

Originally posted by mustang-and-miniskirts

What’s better than a battle couple? Absolutely nothing. It’s not official, but we all know it’s unofficially official. I ship these back-to-back badasses like crazy.

4. Kyohei Takano/Sunako Nakahara: Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge/The Wallflower

These two dorks.

Originally posted by kaorym

Originally posted by dander-eautiful

Originally posted by lifeless-queen

Another battle couple, in the most humorous ways imaginable. A radiant creature of light and a creepy goth chick. Nosebleeds and Belligerent Sexual Tension = Love.

5. Yakumo Saito/Haruka Ozawa: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo/Psychic Detective Yakumo

Plus these dorks.

Originally posted by yoshiiwara

Tsundere boy and the awesome chick who puts up with him and thinks his red eye is pretty, when everyone else is terrified of it.

Originally posted by fl-uttershy

Rescuing each other for the win. C’est l’amour.

Bonus: Marinette Dupain-Cheng (aka Ladybug)/Adrien Agreste (aka Chat Noir): Miraculous Ladybug

I couldn’t get away without adding these dorks.

Originally posted by aka-s-mel

I got sucked into this show, and the obliviousness is killing me. The stinking love square needs to get sorted out. Because of umbrellas and showers and valentines and puns. Plus, battle couple. With the Distressed Dude. What’s not to love?

Originally posted by ladynoir-aka-life

I tag whoever wants to do the thing, as usual. Feel free, my friends.


anonymous asked:

I hate Maiko, it's abusive in the show and only gets worst in the comics, poor Zuko shouldn't be with someone like Mai, but a lot of their shippers point out to the famous Mai "I love Zuko more than I fear you scene" and just use that to show how much she loves him and also their scene in the last episode where's she's literally threatening him not to leave her again... what are your thoughts on this?

I’m not informed enough to have an opinion on whether it’s abusive or not. And I haven’t read the comics, nor do I intend to.

I do, however, think that if I had a friend, whose significant other forgot them in prison, I would advise them to dump him, frequently and with great vehemence.

I also think that if I had a friend, whose significant other dismissed them trying to talk about their trauma with: “I didn’t ask for your life story,” I would advise them to dump her, frequently and with great vehemence.

The problem with Maiko is that it suffers from the fact that the writers tried to write two relationships at the same time:

One is the Maiko we see in “The Awakening” and in “Nightmares and Daydreams,” where their relationship is shallow, superficial, they have trouble communicating, and Mai is a physical embodiment of the life that Zuko thought he wanted but actually isn’t for him, since it’s so far removed from the reality he lives in. Therefore, it serves a purpose in the narrative, the show’s themes, and character development.

The other is the Maiko seen in the rest of Season 3, where their relationship is shallow, superficial, they have trouble communicating… but that’s okay! Because it’s True Love™ and teenagers are stupid. Therefore, it serves no purpose in the narrative, the show’s themes, or character development.

As for “The Boiling Rock,” I didn’t actually care about that at first. It addressed none of the problems of their relationship, nor did it do anything to the plot… except for one thing.

And that One Thing is the reason Maiko went from: ‘Meh’ to ‘Why? Why? Why? God, why?’

You see, and I think we can all agree on this, Mai is a tertiary character, right? She exists only to be a part of another, more significant character’s arc. This is fact.

It is also fact that Mai was, along with Ty Lee, created to be part of Azula’s arc. The dark red and light red to Azula’s red red. Her sword and her shield. The gloomy one and the cheerful one to her neutral.

The semi-loyal henchwomen that were going to betray her.

And that is what makes me go: “As;lkgkjlohrtglaaaaah!” By trying to make Maiko into something that it isn’t, they cut screen-time and focus from the Azula-Mai-Ty Lee relationship.

And the reason this gets me so bad, the reason this makes me so angry is that Azula’s story is the only story in Atla populated majorly by women. All of Azula’s relationships that she values, aside from Ozai, are with women. And they ruined it. For a ship. That does nothing.

By making Mai’s betrayal of Azula about Zuko, they undermined one of the most interesting dynamics in the show. A dynamic that was between women. For a ship. That does nothing.

Instead of having either Mai or Ty Lee reject Azula on moral grounds, because of, you know, character development, or something like that, they make it about a boy.

Just… why?! Why? Why? Why? God, why?!?!??

No one loves Azula...
  • Azula: Mother, will you give me attention?
  • Ursa: Go to your room, young lady!
  • ---------------------------
  • Azula: Will I have some considering and respectful gifts?
  • Iroh: No, you're crazy.
  • ---------------------------
  • Azula: We did it, Zuko. We conquered Ba Sing Se togeth-
  • Zuko: I never considered you my friend.
  • ---------------------------
  • Azula: Why did you do that to me?
  • Mai: I love Zuko more than I fear you.
  • ---------------------------
  • Azula: *trusts Ty lee at her back*
  • Ty lee: *blocks chi her back*
  • ---------------------------
  • Azula: Well at least I have you, dad. We're Father and daughter, and we're going to write history togeth-
  • Ozai: *take all the glory and gives her worthless job* lol no.
  • ---------------------------
  • Azula: *snaps and banishs everyone*
If Varrick was n ATLA...

Hey, so a while back, me and @imperialfire created an au where Varrick is in ATLA, and it took me ages to get this out because I couldn’t quite get it to work as a brief, bulleted list but, I’m going to take a crack at it again.

  • One original difficulty was that a opportunist like Varrick would most certainly find himself working for the Fire Nation, since that’s where all the money is
  • Varrick is the son of a Water Tribe opportunist who moved to the colonies
  • Zhu Li is from the colonies, and is the result of a mixed marriage 
  • Before we changed Varrick’s age, we already figured that Katara and Sokka would probably not like Varrick (well, adult, pre-proper au Varrick), even though Sokka and Varrick would otherwise get along since they’re both great with inventions, and Aang would dislike him too, although maybe not as much as Katara and Sokka 
  • However, Aang would probably be curious about Varrick’s inventions at first
  • Varrick would probably at one point monologue about his antics as  a devoted opportunist
  • Ssome facial hair stuf that really needs the original log to be properly appreciated:
    • @imperialfire:“he has that weird ‘”im 13 years old and I want to grow my facial hair to be manly” moustache fuzz.” 
    • @avatarsymbolism: He can form a club with Haru! 
    • @imperialfire:  And imagine them comparing facial hair 
    • @avatarsymbolism: meanwhile sokka’s getting jealous and saying he can TOTALLY grow mustache if he wanted to.but Katara’s like “you mean that peach fuzz on your upper life that you shave off everyday” 
    • @imperialfire:  and he tries to grow one but Katara keeps on scolding him for looking ridiculous
    • @avatarsymbolism:  everyone laughsimperialfireAnd toph makes wise cracking jokes
  • Varrick sometimes goes on about his old ostrich-horse, which, by the way, is why he turned against his father in the first plac. And, because only the chat log can do this justice: 
    • @imperialfire: That memory makes him turn to good side
    • @avatarsymbolism:  and varrick proudly flaunts that fact even when zuko joins them.
      @avatarsymbolism: because he’s varrick damn it!he hears zuko tell his story one day and he copies it almost word for word
    • @imperialfire: OMG
    • @avatarsymbolism: but what actually happened is way more bland–but we never hear that story
    • @avatarsymbolism: so i went up to my father and demanded to know how he could take my ostrich horse away from meand zuko just stares at himand varrick insists that zukoman I am having way too much fun with this. love it!
    • @imperialfire:  Varrick: "And then my father burned a quarter of my face off and banished me from the vilage”
    • @avatarsymbolism: and varrick always insists that zuko is rtrying to copy him
    • @imperialfire: Then he claims a faint mark on his face is a scar
    • @avatarsymbolism: that is SO very Varrickand Zuko is just ._. “Seriously,stop stealing my storythen the ember island players roles around, and varrick is miffed that they gave zuko HIS story
    • @imperialfire: He sneaks into the back of the play to speak with the performers
    • @avatarsymbolism:  "Then Katara offered to heal my scar.” “No I didn’t.”“look Katara I’m sorry i betrayed you but denying it happened won’t slve anythingZuko and katara: …
    • @imperialfire: and then Varrick starts crying about betraying his uncle
    • @avatarsymbolism: XD"Varrick, would you QUIT stealing my story!?”
    • @avatarsymbolism: zuko storms off and varrick continues to be dramatic
    • @imperialfire
    • imperialfire: And then Azula comes into the picture and Varricks like, “ZHU LI DO THE THING"and they dip
  • Dangerous Ladies things:
    • @avatarsymbolism​: o, imagine zhu li v mai or azula
    • @imperialfire: Now that’s a site to behold!I don’t even know how that would end
    • @avatarsymbolism: avatar seems to have a thing for interesting, usually monotone ladies who love their boyfriends more than they fear dictators
    • @imperialfire: *insert mai betraying Azula quote here*
    • @avatarsymbolism: i also love how we get TWO episodes where someone has to rescue someone else from prison, and THAT’s the episode where we see the monotone lady betraying the dicator
    • @imperialfire Bryke just loves that trope 
MBTI fictional character master list REVAMPED

MBTI MASTER LIST OR W/E (featuring characters from Gravity Falls, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Team Fortress 2, Bastion, and Transistor. Disclaimers apply, results may vary.)


Pacifica Northwest- “I lied to you just because I’m too scared to talk back to my stupid parents. You were right about me. I am just another link in the world’s worst chain.”
Mayor Dewey- “When you work for the government, you can’t control what happens in the world, but you can control how people *feel* about it.”
Sybil Reisz- “Finally finally finally we can be…”

Sokka- “You don’t know how much this means to me, Dad. I’ll make you proud and I’ll finally prove to you what a great warrior I am.”
Admiral Zhao- “You should have chosen to accept your failure; you’re a disgrace. Then, at least, you could have lived!”
Jasper- “I was there, you know, at the first war of this garbage planet. I fought against your armies, I respected your tactics, but this? This is SICK!”
Lars- “That’s not how these things work, Steven! The plan is to keep it cool and let them come to me.”
Beatrice- “The world is a miserable place, Greg. Life isn’t fun.”
Soldier- “If fighting is to result in victory then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I think he knows a little more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it! And then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor!”
Redmond and Bluetarch Mann- “I propose a truce so that we can build a machine to make one of us pregnant.”

Princess Yue- “It gave me life. Maybe I can give it back.”
Suki- “I *am* a warrior… but I’m a girl too.”
Sadie- “When stuff gets hairy, I just keep my eyes forward, you know?”
Auntie Whispers- “Well, now that you’re cured, you won’t be needing old Auntie Whispers any more - to look after you.”
Lorna- “I’m sorry my turtles, but I must FEED!”
Asher Kendrell- “Perhaps our worst sin is that you will get no justice, for now we all share the same sentence.”

Peridot- “Jasper, they’re interfering with my WORK!”
Peedee Fryman- “Don’t patronize me, sir.”
The Woodsman- “Boy, you have it backwards! You are the elder child! You are responsible for you and your brother’s actions!”
Heavy- “I like. To shoot. This gun. Is all you need to know.”
Miss Pauling- “I only get one day off a year, and you wasted it on this. Goodbye.”
The Transistor- “I always thought it’s hard to make new friends. But making enemies… I guess that’s easy.”


Amethyst- “Listen Steven, you can’t let *anyone* make you feel like garbage.”
Jenny Pizza- “I don’t know why I have to spell it out that I’m the evil twin and she’s the good one! Don’t ask me to help you with your homework, I’m at some metal concert.”
Vidalia- “Hey, you don’t know what I’ve done in these shoes!”
Scout- “Are those Latin rythms? I LOVE Latin rythms!”
Bombinomicon- “Nice head, now it’s a bomb! I’M THE GREATEST!”

Grunkle Stan- “Hmm. That seems like the sort of thing a responsible parent wouldn’t want you doing. Good thing I’m an uncle.”
Grenda- “What’s on your shirt? Ha ha ha, gullible! LOSER!”
Toph- “I am the greatest earthbender in the world! Don’t you two dunderheads ever forget it!”
Sugilite- “I forgot how great it feels to be ME.”
Saxton Hale- “Those were TRUTH WORDS, Mags. I will never stop punching panthers with you.”

Ty Lee- “Nice speech, Azula. It was pretty and poetic, but also scary in a good way.”
Rose Quartz- “I need you to know that every moment you love being yourself, that’s me, loving you and loving being you. Because you’re going to be something extraordinary. You’re going to be a human being.”
Buck Dewey- “It’s not rough. The lack of daddy kisses in my life made me who I am.”
Sour Cream- “We just wanted Steven to have some fun. I don’t know what’s going on with aliens trying to abduct him, and him being his own mom. But it sounds like he’s got a lot on his mind.”
Zia- “Any moment I’d want to live again… happened after the Calamity. Not before.”

Wendy Corduroy- “Well, he took us into his home, tricked us, and tried to destroy us. I say we return the favor.”
Fiddleford McGucket- “Well, first I just hootynanied up a bio mechanical brain-wave generator, and then I learned how to operate a stick shift with my beard!”
Engineer- “I solve *practical* problems.”
Sniper- “At the end of the day, so long as there’s two people left on the planet, someone’s gonna want someone dead.”
Rucks- “We can’t go back no more. But I suppose we could go… wherever we please.”


Mabel Pines- “But he’s suffering. How can I be happy if I know someone else is sad? It totally throws off my happiness chart.”
Aang- “He was one of the best friends I ever had, and he was from the Fire Nation, just like you. If we knew each other back then, do you think we could have been friends, too?”
Ronaldo Fryman- “Truth is a feeling in your gut that you know is true! Truth is searching for anything that proves you’re right no matter how small, and holding on to that, no matter what.”
Greg (OTGW)- “Star, oh, star, up in the sky, guide my dreams with light that shines. Help me know just what to do to get Wirt home and also me, too. And if you don’t, I don’t care. I’ll pull down your underwear.”

Jesus “Soos” Ramirez- “BROS BEFORE DINOS!”
Candy Chiu- “Grenda is right. He’s a white whale. Hunting him will destroy us.”
Robbie Valentino- “Just eat me already, man. Aah! I was just being dramatic! Quit it! Ow! Ow! My face! Vulture!”
Jet- “Think about what the Fire Nation did to your mother. We can’t let them do that to anyone else, ever again.”
Prince Zuko- “I know my own destiny. Taking you down is the Avatar’s destiny.”
Steven Universe- “It’s just, I could get a donut, which would be tasty. But I always get donuts. Shouldn’t I be living life to the fullest and trying new things? So tonight, maybe I’m thinking… Spicy Pretzels?”
Lapis Lazuli- “I’m done being everyone’s prisoner. Now you’re MY prisoner, and I’m never letting you GO!”
Greg Universe- “I met some wild ladies too. They changed shape and appeared out of beams of light.”
Connie Maheswaran- “I bet since the books got so popular, the publisher put pressure on the author to water down the end for a larger audience appeal. Unlike art, the real world can’t always win against the iron chains of authority. That’s my theory, anyway.”
Wirt-  "Can we admit we’re lost for good? That this fog is deeper than we can ever understand? That we are but wayward leaves, scattered to the air by an indifferent wind? Can we just admit we’re never gonna get back home, Greg?“
Pyro- "Huddah huddah huh!”
Merasmus- “LO, I AM THE MOUTH OF THE BEAST, THE WRAITH IN DARKNESS, THE UNCLEAN THING! I AM THE… What are you- are you burning my body?”
Zulf- “I set my sail; fly, the wind it will take me back to my home, sweet home.”
Red- I’m going to find the thing that’s doing this and I’m going to break its heart.

Uncle Iroh- “I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions: who are YOU, and what do YOU want?”
Grant Kendrell- Reasons cited: “Cloudbank, of course.”

Katara- “No. I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me! I’m going down to that village, and I am gonna do whatever I can.”
Sapphire- “That doesn’t matter. We can’t stay mad at Pearl forever, and she can’t stay mad at me forever, and then she’ll come back and see that I’m right.”


King Bumi- “I hope you will think like a mad genius!”
Sardonyx- “Now the proper words to describe yours truly are… Specific! Intelligent! Accurate! Faultless! Elegant. Controlled, surgical, graceful, aaaaand POWERFUL! But yes, on occassion, I have been known to smash.”
Medic- “When the patient woke up, his skeleton was missing, and the doctor was never heard from again! Anyway, that’s how I lost my medical license.”

Dipper Pines- “Sometimes I use big words, and I don’t actually know what they mean. I mean, I’m supposed to be the smart guy. If I’m not the smart guy, who am I?”
Stanford Pines- “My work is far too dangerous for even a single living soul to spend even one second- wait! Is that a thirty-eight sided die from Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons?”
Mai- “I guess you just don’t know people as well as you think you do. You miscalculated. I love Zuko more than I fear you.”
Pearl- “I don’t understand your human relationships.”
Royce Bracket- “What we were doing was wrong. In the… traditional sense- in the contemporary sense.”

“Lil” Gideon Gleeful- “I CAN BUY AND SELL YOU, OLD MAN!”
Princess Azula- “I need you, Zuko. I’ve plotted every move of this day, this glorious day in Fire Nation history, and the only way we win is together. At the end of this day, you will have your honor back. You will have Father’s love. You will have everything you want.
Fire Lord Ozai- "You will obey me, or this defiant breath will be your last!”
The Administrator- “I won’t single any one of you out. I will just say that *some* of you have betrayed the trust of your employers, and because of that you must die. There rest of you are… satisfactory.”

Bill Cypher- “Pain is hilarious! And two eyes? This thing is DELUXE!”
Long Feng- “There is no war in Ba Sing Se.”
Garnet- “It’s not easy being in control. I have weaknesses too. But I choose not to let them consume me. I struggle to stay strong because I know the impact I have on everyone.”
The Beast- “No. There is only me. There is only my way. There is only the forest, and there is only surrender.”
Spy- “Right behind you.”
Gray Mann- “Unlike you two pampered imbeciles, I built my empire. I have studied. I have plotted. I have waited.”

anonymous asked:

what is your opinion on the ursa/ozai shippers? I really don't think that they ever loved each other, it was an arranged marriage and even the comics establish that ursa didn't want to marry ozai

Let me start with my two assumptions/headcanons about Ozai before I delve into this.

  1. Ozai was never psychically abusive towards his wife.
  2. Ozai never raped Ursa.

Now… I personally ship Urzai, based solely on the small context we are given in Zuko’s flashbacks.

I don’t think it’s too far outside the realm of possibility to say, based on the show, that both Ozai and Ursa cared for each other as much as the next person would in an arranged marriage of ten or so years. I’d even wager a guess that their marriage was content.

However, I can understand the viewpoint that Ursa didn’t want to marry Ozai if I consider the comics. The Search establishes a relationship with Ikem and an obvious strife when she learns of her arrangement with Prince Ozai. That being said, as with every other character outside Aang, the comics recon everything we know about Ursa’s character in order to fit this plot driven story.

You may asked what we know about Ursa, so I have listed a few characteristics here:

  1. She was strong and independent, as she maintained a dignified and respected air and she raised her children to be intelligent, confident, and diligent.
  2. She was kind, as she showed a generous spirit towards the life around her.
  3. She was protective, as she murdered a Fire Lord to defend her son.

Now, what do the comics tell us of Ursa?

1. She was property. As is Bryke’s usual tactic in the comics, Ursa is no longer her own woman, nor is she allowed to speak out against her situation.

2. She was manipulative. Ursa, with the knowledge that Ozai read her private correspondence, included falsified information in a letter to elicit a response from her husband, thereby endangering her son. 

3. She was unloving. She chose to forget both her children to live happily with her ex-lover. As a mother, her children should’ve been her priority, but they were not. Ursa was unwilling to sacrifice her life and her happiness for them. 

The comics even go so far as to take the same woman who committed treason in order to save her son and turn her into the kind of woman who willingly left her children behind with a dangerous man. She knew Ozai was dangerous, yet she still chose to abandon Zuko and Azula to his whims out of selfish concern for herself and Ikem.

It’s sad really, how easily Bryke destroyed was was a complex, dynamic, and proud character, just to fit a plot.

But then again, that’s just their game:

As the comics unfold, this same scenario happens with every strong female from the show. Katara. Toph. Suki.

It’s almost as if the comics are an alternate universe and you need two ways of describing the characters: comic!katara, comic!toph, comic!suki versus show!katara, show!toph, show!suki.

Katara, who was once so strong and independent, becomes nothing more than Aang’s girlfriend and walking puppet.

Toph, who was once well-spoken, educated, and fierce, becomes nothing more than loud.

Suki, who was once a proud feminist and stood out as her own women, becomes nothing more than Katara’s replacement… because God forbid Katara care about and talk to Zuko.

Even Mαi, and yes we all know that I hate Mαi for her treatment of Zuko, but had the creators shown some interest in the powerful women from the original cartoon, perhaps Mαi could’ve had some proper character development.  Perhaps she wouldn’t be an even worse version of the apathetic, amoral girl she was in A:TLA.

Originally posted by thedarkesthour13

Please do not misconstrue this statement as me believing she is a good fit for Zuko, with or without development. In no universe is an amoral woman and match for an extremely moral man. I simply believe Mαi should’ve been given a decent story line in which her motivations become her own and are no longer centered around someone else’s redemption (i.e. ‘I love Zuko more than I fear you’ - not a very good reason to commit treason).

In general, it seems to be within Bryke’s taste to remove any and all development - or not even allow development - simply to fit a plot. It demonstrates a lack of creativity, a lack of respect for characters, and poor planning. I don’t know if it’s something against women, something against women of color in particular, or just the fact that Bryke self-inserted themselves into the story through Aang…

But overall, it’s extremely disgusting to me that every woman of color from the original show was reduced by two white males to be nothing more than caricatures of their former selves.