the greatest earthbender

I love how Avatar makes the nonbenders just as cool and powerful. It’s like saying “hey you don’t have these cool powers but you can still be like these awesome characters” Korra fell in love with a nonbender. The fire lord fell in love with a nonbender. The self proclaimed greatest earthbender of all time had a crush on a nonbender. Some people argue that the fire princess fell in love with a nonbender. The avatars son was (for most of his life) a nonbender. The two greatest warriors to come out of the water tribe were nonbenders. The universes greatest bounty hunter was a nonbender. The fire princess chose two nonbenders for her small elite team. Two thirds of the gaang were nonbenders. I just think it’s really cool.

So I just really want to share my opinion about something that has been on my mind lately. So, I really like the show Avatar: The last airbender, and my favorite character is Toph Bei Fong. I just love how strong, independent she is and she knows it. She knows she is probably the greatest earthbender in the world, ever. That is something I really appreciate, just as much as I love how she is blind, but that just makes her stronger. She is a great character.

The thing that is bothering me, however, has to do with Toph. Actually, more the fact that she, in the show does not get enough credit by her friends. Like, she freaking INVENTED METALBENDING and they acted like it was normal. At least, what they showed. They also did not show the Gaangs reaction to finding out TOPH WAS FREAKING KIDNAPPED!!! I think that is something the makers should have focused on much more. I want to see more of Toph Bei Fong. I want to know and see everything about her. I want more credit to how great she is.

I also think that no one really understands how strong she is. Like, the picture at the top. I just can’t fathom how strong she is. She deserves so much more credit from the producers and the fans. I just… Writing this made me angry. I love her so much, I would, if I could just jump in their world and freaking marry her.

anonymous asked:

Zuko is my favorite ATLA character, but I'm wondering about his skillset in comparison to the rest of the Gaang. Aang is the Avatar, Katara is a self-taught master waterbender, Toph is the greatest earthbender ever and inventor of metalbending, Suki is leader of a prestigious group of warriors, and Sokka is a cunning fighter and strategist. But poor Zuko tends to lose a lot, and -aside from lightning redirection - his abilities don't seem to improve like thee others'. Thoughts?

1) Aang is the Avatar, yet he struggles immensely with earthbending, and even though he has the talent to firebend, you hear Zuko telling him to be more aggressive, and Jeong-Jeong telling him he lacks discipline. Even Pakku gets annoyed by Aang’s learning style.  

2) Katara is not self-taught, not entirely. Yes, she figured out the mechanics, but her bending (until we watched her fight Pakku) really wasn’t more than defense mechanisms to flee an invading enemy. She blossomed into the master that she is under Master Pakku. Like he said, hard work and determination are more fruitful than raw talent.

3) Toph, for years I imagine, had very feeble attempts at earthbending, until she learned from the badgermoles and developed her own style. However, Toph is also someone I’d describe as a prodigy. Raw talent, hard work— and she’s leagues ahead of any other earthbender in the world. 

4) We never saw Suki develop into who she was. I imagine it wasn’t without being knocked down. 

5) Sokka lost all the time??? Or the fight was over before he got to it. Season 2 was when Sokka started coming into his own, thanks to what Suki taught him, but if he was ever faced with a fighting style he didn’t expect (Ty Lee) it was over. Season 3, Sokka learned from a master and grew, same as the rest. 

6) Zuko’s difficulty with firebending in season 1 and most of season 2 largely stems from his refusal to bend it properly. He seems to know the basics and how to fight strategically and aggressively, as we saw when he fought Zhao, but Iroh still reprimands him for not using his breath and requires him to stay at the basics. He struggles because his aggressive style makes him tire quickly and he’s negligent with it. 

However, we do see Zuko handle fire very adeptly on numerous occasions outside of his Agni Kai with Zhao: on Kyoshi Island, at the perfuming nunnery, against the pirates— these are all scenes where he’s holding his own and at points, close to winning, but the fight is lost due to outside forces (beyond his opponents). He loses in the North Pole to Katara because, well, what firebender will last in the dead of night, surrounded by water and ice, under a full moon? And in season 2, we don’t see him bend a whole lot, not outside of his fight against Azula— and again, anger got the best of him. We do, however, learn that he’s a very, very talented swordsman in his duel with Jet. Under Ba Sing Se, he seems out of control with his firebending, but he’s necessarily losing because of it (though that could have something to do with Azula’s participation.)

Season 3 also starts out slow with Zuko’s bending, and it fizzles out the moment he switches sides because he no longer has anger to fuel it. As soon as he meets the masters though, everything changes for him. 

My point is… None of the characters in atla are where they are at without a master and hard life lessons regarding who they are and what they want. Zuko took longer on his journey, but by the end, he is no less adept than any member of the Gaang. 

Just something I noticed, please don't kill me, I am not responsible for your feels

So, I was watching Avatar yesterday, and while I was watching The Library, (Book 2, Episode 10), I noticed something during the scene with Toph, the Sandbenders, and Appa outside the library.

When Appa gets taken by the Sandbenders, Toph is absolutely devastated. She even said she was sorry. When has Toph ever apologized to anyone else? That’s right, I didn’t think so.

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So she’s clearly upset and already beating herself up about it, thinking if only she’d sensed the Sandbenders sooner, or been better at Sandbending, she might have been able to save Appa and keep the library up long enough for the Gaang to escape. But when the rest of the Gaang gets out and Aang starts yelling at her, she completely deflates. Our Toph, who would rather kiss Fire Lord Ozai's pointy royal shoes then back down from a fight, just crumples and turns away looking utterly broken.

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As we all know, they eventually find Appa, and by that time Aang has completely forgiven Toph who, in turn, should forgive herself. BUT LOOK AT THIS SCENE FROM BOOK 3.
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AANG BUILBUILT A SAND APPA, AND TOPH’S IMMEDIATE RESPONSE IS “I’VE BEEN WORKING ON MY SANDBENDING”

SHE STILL BLAMES HERSELF. SHE NEVER FORGAVE HERSELF, AND THAT BLAME FORCED HER TO MASTER HER SANDBENDING SO IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

I mean, of course it’s Toph, who wants to be is the greatest Earthbender in the world, so she probably also just wanted to master her element in all its various forms (earth, sand, and metal) but a big part of Toph’s character is that she hates feeling helpless, and the only time where she was truly helpless (besides that scene at the end of the Blind Bandit with her parents, who she then runs away from) IS THE INCEDENT WITH APPA AND THE SANDBENDERS.

SHE NEVER FORGAVE

SHE NEVER FORGOT

SHE USED IT TO MAKE HERSELF STRONGER

AND THIS IS WHY WE LOVE TOPH (and Bryan and Mike, whether they did this knowingly or not, are absolute mother-freakin’ GEINUSIS) 

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on romantic tokka?

I’m not really for it personally. 

I really love how their relationship is handled in the show. I’m a huge advocate of young girls being allowed to have romantic feelings for older role model guys. It’s so common in real life but in media it’s rarely ever seen. Girls so often aren’t allowed to experience unrequited love or unreciprocated feelings, so to me, having Toph be allowed to be a twelve-year-old girl with a crush on Sokka while still being the greatest earthbender alive is too perfect to me. I feel like Sokka liking her back would diminish that a lot. It wouldn’t just be her being a normal kid, it’d just be her having to have feelings for him for their romantic subplot. 

Also, she’s twelve and he’s fifteen. The maturity and age gap is just too much for me to appreciate it in canon. Also Sukka is perfect so I’m a bit biased there

Now, if you’re going on LoK, or adult Tokka… I know ‘Suyin is Sokka’s kid’ is a massive theory, but I just can’t see Sokka in any way shape or form not being there. I can’t do it. I can’t see him leaving Toph to raise her two kids, one of which was his, and just not do anything. He would be such a family man. Even if they didn’t marry, he’d be there. 

Toph Babe……fong I mean Beifong over the years

I think she is lefty

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Bryke, thanks for the consistency
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.)

GUARDIANS

ESFJ
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…”

ESTJ
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.”
Ruby- “I AM AN ETERNAL FLAME, BABY!”
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.”

ISFJ
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.”

ISTJ
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.”

ARTISANS

ESFP
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!”

ESTP
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.”
Demoman- “I’M A GRIM BLOODY FABLE WITH AN UNHAPPY BLOODY END!”
Saxton Hale- “Those were TRUTH WORDS, Mags. I will never stop punching panthers with you.”

ISFP
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.”

ISTP
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.”

IDEALISTS

ENFP
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.”

INFP
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.

ENFJ
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.”

INFJ
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.”

RATIONALS

ENTP
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.”

INTP
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.”

ENTJ
“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.”

INTJ
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.”

101 Things I Love About ATLA

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love ATLA

#16: Toph discovers metalbending in “The Guru.”

What I love about ATLA is that it telegraphs its awesome moments.  Before Iroh teaches Zuko to redirect lightning in “Bitter Work,” we see Iroh do it himself in “The Storm” and “The Avatar State.”  Similarly, before Toph discovers metalbending, we hear Aang say, “What I’d give to be a metal bender” in “The Drill.”  

And of course, Toph makes Xin Fu eat his words: “ You might think you’re the greatest earthbender in the world, but even you can’t bend metal.”  

OH CAN’T SHE?

I love how they show Toph feeling the metal around her using the same artistic style as they showed her seismic sense in “The Blind Bandit”:

And I love how they show her feeling the earth in the metal as they overlay Guru Pathik’s speech about the illusion of separation:

Guru Pathik: If you open your mind, you will see that all the elements are one. Four parts of the same whole. Even metal is just a part of Earth, that has been purified and refined.

And I love the many different angles they use.  Here, a shot of her legs:

Here, one from below, looking up at her to show HOW WE SHOULD ALL BOW DOWN TO HER:

Such a cool moment.

I am in love with Suyin “Su” Beifong, matriarch of Zaofu home of the Metal Clan, daughter of Toph Beifong the greatest earthbender to ever live, half-sister of Chief of Police Lin Beifong, wife of Baatar Sr., mother of Baatar Jr., Huan, Opal, Wing and Wei, dancer, space rock collector and yoga ninja. Su Beifong. My wife. Light of my life, my sun and stars, badgermole I am helplessly in love with, Su Beifong.
( @plastic-pipes is the best ever for drawing this for me. Thank you so much.)

Burn and Bloom: Prologue

Summary: Phil’s been hiding the fact that he’s an Earthbender for ten years, ever since it’s been considered illegal when the Fire Nation invaded. And, of course, the only solution to a random Fire Nation soldier seeing him earthbending is to kidnap him, right?

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heroineimages  asked:

Toph Beifong, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Hmm. If there were an Oath about being the best and living your life how you wanted, damn it, then Toph, greatest earthbender ever, would exemplify it. I don’t believe she’d ever choose an oath though.

everyone thinks toph is going to leave the swamp because of something happening to lin or su, but watch it’s just going to be Kuvira announcing to her subjects that she is the greatest earthbender in the world and Toph is gonna be like