So Katara Totally Should've Become Fire Lady...
I could start by listing and focusing on all the ways Zuko and Katara balance each other, and have so much chemistry it’s quite frankly ridiculous, how the avatar narrative would have benefitted immensely from pairing these two, creating a romance that would have gone on to become quite literally the stuff of legends (crystal catacombs anyone? Omashu\Zutara parallels? Political intrigue and complexities of foreign consorts? Love is stronger than racial differences, class differences, and the ugliness of war and prejudice? Anyone?) … That’s not even going into how great these two would have been for each other’s character development.
I could (and maybe I will someday soon), but I just want to focus on Katara as a character for a little bit…
This girl was literally made for politics.
She single handedly, at the age of 14, was able to inspire hope into the hearts of a ship full of enslaved, heartbroken and downtrodden earthbenders, who’s spirits in the words if the warden, had “long been broken”. This nacht for public speaking and spontinuity and genuine drive and passion would have made for an excellent politician. One who genuinely believed in the power of the people. One who could motivate and inspire people.
Her challenging the patriarchy at the north pole and her ability to stand up not only for her own rights but for those of the voiceless.
Her humility in taking on the persona of the painted lady and seeking to help the poor and unwell people of the enemy fire nation, in disguise no less. She wasn’t seeking glory or praise or any reward and simply, genuinely and unselfishly just wanted to help these people.
She would’ve made an excellent leader.
Not even just as fire lady but as a political figure in her own right. An ambassador? A councilwoman? An honored war-hero? Something. Anything.
It really was a travesty to see this incredibly empowering, dark skinned, poc, WOC, character fail to reach her potential.