These characters would have been perfect together! If not for the fact that, you know, they never actually met…
10. Foaming Mouth Guy / Song
Song seems to really want someone who will listen to her and support her (spoilers: that person wasn’t Zuko, as it turned out). Foaming mouth guy seems to want…uh, it’s kinda hard to tell. All we know is that he gets a bit over-excited about things and may not be able to win an argument with a post. Still – I imagine that foaming mouth guy would enthusiastically support Song’s every thought, and Song would learn to look past the whole “holy crap does this guy have rabies” thing.
The nature of their relationship: Hilarious to watch
9. Meng / Lee
Lee has pretty big ears. And Meng is looking for (and possibly fated to end up with) a guy with big ears. So this seems reasonable. Plus, Meng isn’t from the Fire Nation, since Lee apparently has a really hard time with that sort of thing.
The nature of their relationship: Fated
8. The Cabbage Merchant / The Earth King
The cabbage merchant is a tiny bit…high-strung. The Earth King seems way more down to earth (pun intended) – his reaction to finding out that there was a secret war going on was fairly low-key (“Man! How could I not know about that? Ah, well. Time to plan an invasion of the Fire Nation while hanging out with my pet bear”). I think the Earth King would be a calming influence on the cabbage merchant. And the cabbage merchant would have cabbages for Bosco.
The nature of their relationship: Reciprocal
7. Haru / Ty Lee
This particular crack pairing appears in the animated short “School Time Shipping,” so it’s one that the creators…well, I wouldn’t say endorse but they at least think it’s worth playing around with. Basically – Ty Lee likes good-looking guys and Haru likes pretty girls. I imagine this one would only last an afternoon or so before Ty Lee got bored, but that’s more action than Haru seemed to get the rest of the time (oh, snap!).
The nature of their relationship: Short-lived
6. Zhao / Hama
Of course, this pairing assumes that Zhao is into older women. And that Hama would hook up with a dirty firebender. But still – the two have in common a compulsion to come up with elaborate evil plots that don’t actually get them anywhere (“I will destroy the moon!!!” “I will bloodbend my own private Fire Nation prison!!!”). I think they’d each understand the other’s particular band of crazy.
The nature of their relationship: Hate-sex. Lots of hate-sex.
5. Jet / June
The smooth bad boy and the badass goth. One with cool weapons and an overwhelming hatred of the Fire Nation. The other with a giant furry monster, whips, and an overwhelming love of money. Truly, this pairing was meant to be.
The nature of their relationship: Kinky, I would imagine
4. Jin / Azula
Jin is good at accepting people for who they are – in the case of Zuko, she accepted that he was a socially awkward dork with a suspicious backstory. In the case of Azula, Jin would accept that Azula really just wants someone to love and accept her, and Azula would experience a new thing called “unconditional love.”
The nature of their relationship: Adorable
3. June / Azula
Two dangerous ladies who are good at hunting down fugitives and enjoy using violence to further their own ends. I imagine they’d meet by fighting and end the fight by making out. I also imagine that they’d secretly be sweet and cuddly with each other…but would kill anyone who noticed.
The nature of their relationship: Both sweet and deadly
2. Appa / Badger-Mole
This would be a Romeo and Juliet type thing – Appa, a creature of the sky, and the badger-mole, a creature of the underground. Granted, Appa HATES going underground and badger-moles can’t see things in the air and neither of them can talk…huh. I’m not sure how this would work, actually. But still – giant furry monsters unite!
The nature of their relationship: Logistically difficult
1. Jet / Mai
This is the one pairing on the list that I know people actually ship (although there are probably people who ship all of the others because this is the ATLA fandom). Jet and Mai both like sharp weapons, and they’re not the warmest or fuzziest of people. This is another pairing that I imagine starts with a fight and ends with make-outs.
The nature of their relationship: Popularly shipped