When I was a boy, my father, Avatar Aang, told me the story of how he and his friends heroically ended the Hundred Year War. Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko transformed the Fire Nation colonies into the United Republic of Nations, a society where benders and nonbenders from all over the world could live and thrive together in peace and harmony. They named the capital of this great land, Republic City. Avatar Aang accomplished many remarkable things in his life. But sadly, his time in this world came to an end. And like the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of the Avatar began anew.
One: The most formative experience in Mako’s life is not watching his parents die a violent death, but the ten years of homelessness, exploitation, survival and complete absence of support that followed. The Mako who witnessed a dual murder, but was (hypothetically) afterwards adopted with Bolin by a childless Water Tribe couple who lavished attention and love on their two adopted children, is a very different person from the Mako who saw a dual murder and was turned out onto the streets as a child, alone, to raise himself and his brother. For comparison, think about Katara, who also saw her mother die in a violent way at a young age: she didn’t grow up to be a withdrawn, distrusting and defensive individual, because she grew up in a community that supported her and loved her. Mako has spent more time without his parents than with his parents, and the trauma of growing up homeless and alone had a much greater effect on Mako’s character (as in disposition and temperament, not fictional) than his parents’ death.
Two: The idea that Mako wants to ‘protect’ Korra makes me want to bash my head on a wall. Mako wants to protect Korra no more than he wants to protect anyone else - what drives Mako is his desire to support and provide for other people. When Mako goes with Korra to confront Amon, it’s not to protect her from crazy bloodbenders, but to support her. He is there as her second, her back-up, her right-hand man, but never as her shield. Mako spends the first half of Book 2 trying to support Korra as best he can, through giving her advice and counsel, taking her out to dinner, helping her rescue her dad and so on. Later on, he tries to support Asami - he wants to help her find out who is stealing her stuff, not save her from crooks and bad guys. Korra has never needed his protection - because she’s the fucking Avatar!! - but she has needed his help. Mako is not a protector, but a provider, and what he tries to provide is support. In this sense, he and Korra are cut from the same exact cloth: all they want to do is help.
You think you’re the first person to believe their war was j u s t i f i e d ?
TLOK and hugs - 1/4
Bryan and Mike really wanted a hug count. :D
Individually, they can take down any bender. Together they could take down the entire world.
maybe next time brazil will think twice about building a massive stadium and leaving thousands homeless