I expected some pushback for my article “4 Reasons Why Men Love Legend of Korra” and I certainly got it. I’m actually surprised at the level of positivity it received, though. While I could just go to each individual comment and respond, I figured a response article makes this all easier. Plus, my net worth is directly related to traffic and comments, so, go shameless self promotion. Let’s focus on the major points of contention.
1. You are wrong about Korra
Yes, Korra begins the series as an entitled cunt, but many of you fail to notice this is never considered to be a good thing? In fact, much of the time her behavior reinforces her personality as naive and destructive. Remember Korra in the Airbending training and how effective she was when she acted like a cunt? I’ll remind you.
Remember how effective Korra was at pro-bending when she shut the fuck up and listened to Tenzin? Or how she could actually weave through the tables when she stopped being a rock and let her become the leaf? At this point, Korra had no concept beyond blunt force. Realizing she might be wrong and acknowledging Tenzin as a master is not weakness, it’s called character development and the first of many events where Korra learns to get over herself.
Korra is a tough, pigheaded, arrogant character with an over-inflated sense of self-worth. This makes her different from Avatar Kuruk… how? The fact that Kuruk was the previous Water Tribe airbender and shares many character traits of Korra, leads me to assume much of her behavior is influenced culturally, just like Toph’s behavior is a combination of Earth Bending sternness and active defiance against a pair of overbearing parents.
You give Korra a hard time because she never seems to win her own battles, while Aang didn’t either. Let me you remind you that Korra’s first true victory against an antagonist was Kuvira, the character who was a reflection of everything wrong with Korra in the past, while Aang’s first true victory was a deus ex machina.
2. You are wrong about Mako and Bolin
Mako is not Zuko, and Bolin is not Sokka. Yes, they share similar molds and hold similar roles. First off all, saying Zuko is Mako is an insult to Zuko, who was the best character in the show. I’m not saying Mako is a bad character, but where Zuko started compared to where he finished is astronomical compared to Mako.
Zuko starts the series as a entitled banished prince who in the end realizes he needs to define his own sense of honor. Zuko’s actions redeemed not only himself, it redeemed his entire nation.
Mako is a street orphan who raised his brother by joining gangs and eventually went legit because he was smart enough to realize the money wasn’t worth the risk. Later, Mako joined the police after getting a taste of being a hero, then fought his way up through the ranks until he became a detective and was working directly for Lin. His last action in the series is a willingness to sacrifice himself to destroy the Mecha-Suit.
Sokka and Bolin are both comic relief, but they are even similar beyond that. To illustrate how far out of bounds anyone is by claiming this, Bolin is characterized and modeled after the original concept of Toph. Toph was originally supposed to be a muscle-bound jock and be a foil to Sokka. Remember the play in the The Ember Island Players? That’s the joke, in case you didn’t know.
Further examine Bolin being a lava bender. Essentially, it is only vibrating earth so fast the friction makes it molten. Remember, Bolin is half-Earth and half-Fire Nation. The fact he is able to bend something that combines the two is not an accident, it’s good development.
3. You are wrong about bending
Some of you take issue with the idea that in Korra, the women are as strong as the men. I don’t see you hating on Toph, Katara, Azula, Suki, Ty Lee, or Mai.
Toph, who has true legitimacy to the claim of the greatest earth bender in the world. Katara, who forced a chauvinist to train her. Azula, who is actually stronger than her brother, but her mental state made her reckless. Suki, whose beat humility into Sokka for being sexist. Ty Lee, who is probably the most dangerous if she can close the distance. Mai, who would kill you if you made her care enough.
You forget that the our traditional rules of strength do not apply in this universe. This is the same in universes like Harry Potter, where the magic is only as powerful as the wielder of the wand. I’m sure The Boulder is psychically stronger than Toph, but ask him how well that worked out for him.
4. You are wrong about the villains
Every villain in TLK is a SJW. Let me explain.
All of you misunderstand Amon. Amon is not avenging his father because he despised his father. Amon is an example of a self-loathing bender. He’s an allegory for white guilt. This is why his endgame is to destroy bending, because the first experience he had of it was cruel and destructive. Have you ever noticed that the people who are advocating for wealth distribution the loudest are wealthy, self-loathing assholes? Or how revolutions just swap one tyrant for another?
It was hard to pin down Unalaq, but the revelation he was a member of the Red Lotus speaks volumes. Unalaq wanted to free Vaatu because the only way for everything to be fair is for nothing to exist.
Let’s focus on just Zaheer, whose isn’t really an anarchist; he’s a naturalist. Book three should have been called Balance, not Change. Zaheer is perfectly willing to destroy everything like Amon, but he has no intentions to rule over it. Removing the “it” is the point. He truly cares about balance, even assisting Korra in Book Four because Kuvira is distorting the balance, as his grudges are less important.
Finally we come to Kuvira. Kuvira is Korra, representing the reflection of her at her lowest. Kuvira’s actions were the result of a rage fueled by the desire to regain control because of a fear of not having any. What scared them both the most is not being in control of anything. As we all know, SJWs cannot stand losing control of something. Chaos scares them, which is why Kuvira helps fight Zaheer, and then Zaheer helps fight when Kuvira over reaches.
Korra let that fear go in season four, which is when she finally rises up as a fully realized Avatar.
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