I drew this because I have this headcanon that the reason why Noatak cut his hair was because Tarrlok did his hair and he didn’t want to me reminded of Tarrlok (that and he can’t do his own hair lol). And then I ended up drawing Tarrlok messing around with everyone’s hair because procrastinating4lyfe. Also Korrlok baby yay
OH AND APPARENTLY IT’S TARRLOK APPRECIATION DAY SO I MUST WRITE SOMETHING (you can erase this part if you just want the image)
Oh man Tarrlok. Where do I start. First of all, it kinda bugs me when people say Amon was power hungry/got power hungry because 1) that makes Amon seem like a really petty villain which he isn’t (I’d go more into this but it’s Tarrlok’s day) 2) it downplays the complexities of actually power hungry villains like Tarrlok. Being power hungry is actually not a trait that every villain has, but it is something that Tarrlok totally owned. And what I love the most about him is that he has absolutely no shame in his game.
Buy Korra extravagant gifts as on obvious bribe? Check. Throw Korra a party to pressure her to join his little squad? Why not. And when Korra tells him that she knows about his family secret, he’s just like “yeah Yakone was an asshole, but I’m even more of an asshole so I’m taking you as a hostage for ruining my evil plans”.
And when Ikki’s all like “why do you have 3 ponytails, why do you smell like a lady, you’re weird”, Tarrlok’s just like “ooh that’s mature of you.
Tenzin raises judgmental kids, big surprise” LIKE HE DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT HIM BECAUSE HE’S THAT COOL OK
(basically I actually love Tarrlok for terrible reasons)
However Tarrlok does have a reason for his thirst for power (and a damn good one); he gets shit fucking done. Republic City’s full of wish washy politicians like Tenzin, petty policemen like Lin, an out of control Avatar-in-training, and basically all of them not giving too much of a shit of the threat Amon posed. Tarrlok sees this and is like this will not do, Tarrlok’s gonna fix this city, he’s gonna be your savior whether you like it or not.
AND THEN THERE’S THE FINALE AND OH MY GOD. When Tarrlok discovers Noatak is actually Amon, he is fucking crushed. I think Tarrlok then actually blames himself for the problems in Republic City all because he was unable to stop Noatak many years ago. So he never tries to justify himself to Korra, he only tells her what’s necessary to stop Amon (all at the same time defending his brother sob), and his apology for me was just so genuine and ajkdsjkfsf.
AND THEN WHEN NOATAK COMES BACK FOR HIM he tells Noatak that he should’ve left with Noatak back then because he feels guilty for what Noatak became even though it really wasn’t his fault and then he’s fucking willing to KILL HIMSELF AND HIS BROTHER THAT HE REALLY DOES LOVE IN THE END to make up for his sins and AKJDHKDFKFS PLOT TWIST TARRLOK IS ACTUALLY THE BIGGEST SWEETHEART OF THE SERIES
AND THIS I S WHY I LVOE TARRLOK THE ENDfkdg