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no nuance november — avatar: the last airbender edition

i stole this from tiktok, i just wanna drop my avatar hot takes 

  • suki is the strongest non-bender.
  • and yes, she’s stronger than ty lee.
  • zuko is the weakest bender in team avatar. and that’s okay! his entire character is built off of the fact that he isn’t an extraordinary firebender.
  • a season 4 is not necessary. the show had a very clear series arc (master the elements & defeat the fire lord) and had a satisfying ending because it finished when it did. it’s one of the most well made shows of all time, a fourth season would’ve been a cash grab and ruined that.
  • guys the show is 15 years old. please let zutara vs kataang go.
  • actually, ATLA ship wars in general are pointless. romance was never the main focus of avatar, it was characterisation and plot development.
  • not every villain needs a redemption arc, azula included. zuko’s arc spanned 3 seasons, was fully developed and he paid for his mistakes every minute - there’s a reason it’s known as the greatest in TV history. an azula redemption would’ve been rushed and sloppy. she deserves therapy but not a full arc.
  • iroh is more to blame for how azula turned out than ursa. she was a victim of abuse, he wasn’t.
  • katara would wipe the floor with zuko in a fight and she DID! ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS! and he 100% agrees.
  • toph vs katara and toph vs azula are the only fights which are a complete toss up. i literally cannot tell you who would win.
  • people say toph would easily win against katara but it totally depends on circumstances. imagine: they’re in a wooden box, no full moon. katara has her water pouch, toph has a moderate amount of rocks. who’s winning? YOU CAN’T TELL!!
  • in a fight to the death between iroh and ozai, ozai would win. iroh is extremely moral and even after everything ozai’s done, iroh would still hesitate to kill his brother. ozai, however, would jump at the chance to attempt murder against yet another family member.
  • the final agni kai has the best music in the entire franchise.
  • jet gets a lot of hate but he was such a necessary character to show the consequences of being kid caught up in the war.
  • if it wasn’t for mai all your favs would be dead. put some respect on her name.
  • people only hate mai because they don’t relate to her and she ended up with their crush (and a reminder that she’s not a heartless bitch. she does have emotions, she just doesn’t express them.)
  • you’re allowed to dislike a ship simply because it’s not your taste, but don’t claim that characters are toxic and abusive when they’re not.
  • except tyzula. that’s actually a toxic/abusive relationship. (they’re cute in au’s but it’s good that they weren’t canon)
  • but azula defo had unrequited feelings
  • mai lee >>> tyzula
  • jin and zuko were not “perfect for each other” like so many people say. she knew absolutely nothing about him and they had no chemistry because zuko was lying the whole time. it was a cute short but that’s it.
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Avatar Aang

The titular character in ATLA is one of the worst written characters on the show and as an actual character is not as good as a large part of the fandom likes to portray him. He is a character who remains stagnant throughout the show for the most part and who shows time and time again he is not above being selfish and doing what it takes to get what he wants. He is also shown being dismissive of his frineds.

The Southern Air Temple: In this episode we get two instances where Aang shows his true colors. The first is when we find out he used Katara and Sokka’s food to start their fire… How racist is that? Not to mention disrespectful of them. He should have at minimum asked them if he could use it but I truly believe he knew it was food and was telling them something and it’s not the first time we see him disrespect South Pole food. He does so later in the Bato episode. The second time we see this is when Sokka offers to play airball with Aang. Not only does Aang accept knowing Sokka has no way of being equal to him but he keeps hitting him and knocking him off time and time again and he never shows concern for his friend. A friend who has sacrificed his life at home to be there for him.

Jet: I will admit here that Katara dismissed Sokka’s concerns about Jet, but siblings are like that sometimes. But Aang should have trusted his friend over a stranger. He should have trusted the boy who left his home to help him learn how to be The Avatar, the boy who was there with him on this journey. But he also dismissed Sokka and didn’t believe him until it slapped him in the face.

Bato of the Water Tribe: This episode is another where we see Aang not be sunshine boi. He gets jealous when Katara and Sokka reuinite with someone they are close with, who they have not seen in more than two years. He acts like a petulant child and shows so much disrespect toward their culture and cuisine. Its disgusting and then, the most infamous scene of all, when he hides the letter from Sokka and Katara’s father. The father they have not seen in two years. And he does so until he gets found out. Which means he was never going to tell them about it.

By now you might bring up that this is early season stuff and not later in the show.

Bitter Work: We see Aang ignore the fact Sokka is wedged in the ground and cannot get out. He won’t get Toph who is the only person who can get the boy out and to make things worse he hangs out with Sokka and complains about the tough day he’s bad, while his friend is still stuck. Never once does he show actual concern fro the boy.

The Library/The Dessert: He blames Toph for losing Appa when she saved their lives AND tried to help Appa. But she was one girl, blind, who couldn’t see in the sand and still did her best. And what thanks does she get for it? None. What apology does she get after? None. Then in The Dessert we see Aang lash out at Katara. We see him snap at the person trying to keep everyone together and safe and he never apologizes to her either. He is also more than willing to kill creatures and other people (but is stopped by Katara before he can do the latter). This is the boy who claims he’s a pacifist monk who could never take another life.

The Western Air Temple: He refused to accept Zuko’s apology and welcome him in when he needed Zuko. He didn’t listen to Toph when she gave a valid reason why Zuko needed to be given a chance. This is someone who claims forgiveness but yet he doesn’t show it in this episode.

The Firebending Masters: Disguises an insult as a compliment to Zuko and does so like it’s nothing.

The Southern Raiders: He compares the loss of his pet to the loss of Katara’s mother. He tries to shame Katara. He calls her a murder with less words. He shoves his beliefs down her throat instead of supporting her. Then pats himself on the back when she comes back having spared the life of the man who killed her mother.

The Ember Island Players: We see more of Aang’s shittiness. Not only does he try to lay his claim on Katara by asking Zuko to move over, he kisses her without consent and never apologizes.Leading up to that he was mad at her and Zuko for things said in a play, that they had no influence over. This boy acted like they were already in a relationship and treated his friends like they were in the wrong, when they had no obligation to him if they were together or not (which they actually weren’t!).

Sozin’s Comet P1: Aang gets mad at all his friends for trying to help him. They tell him what he needs to do and he snaps at them because of it. He does this knowing he has to do what he has to do.

None of this sounds like the sweet innocent boy he claims to be, that the fandom claim him to be. This sounds like someone who is deeply possessive and selfish. 

But that’s not where it ends. We see Aang’s selfishness in his refusal to bend his beliefs. He will put them and his own wants before the needs of the world. He does so in the very last episode (counting Sozin’s comet as one episode).He runs away from his friends and goes through four past Avatar’s advice and dismisses it all. He doesn’t want to hear that he needs to put others before himself.

So Aang starts the show running away. He ran away and because of it his people were killed. He ran away because he was too immature to face the truth and in the end he was still immature to face the truth. This after all the times he goofed off and refused to take things seriously. He had so much to learn in one summer and he spent most of that time being silly and childish. He spent a large part of it doing what he wanted instead of what the world needed.

And even at the end of the show, the comics show he still hadn’t grown much if at all. He was willing to kill Zuko. He cut off his connection to Roku while having a tantrum. He showed was inconsiderate of Katara’s feelings when he met the Air Acolytes which yet again shows who and what he will put first. Katara has to change his mind more than once by pointing out how certain decisions will effect THEM, or more importantly, HIM. And he was unwilling to move with the times and accept change. To the point he wanted to end some very good things for the people.

Then you have Legend of Korra. Which shows what happens when the selfish person gets what they want. Their true colors show more and they favor one kid over the others. Aang didn’t just favor Tenzin because he was the youngest. He favored his precious little Air Nomad and didn’t pass along his beliefs and customs to his other kids despite all of them being part Air Nomad, They all had him as a father. It wasn’t their fault they were born without airbending.

How these creators could not see the flaws in writing a titular character who doesn’t grow and develop. The self insert is one thing. But they made a grossly unlikable character remain the same in the legacy of both shows. This character shows racist, abusive behavior. He is shown to be selfish. He is shown to be childish despite being needed. He is shown to have more respect for his own culture than the culture of others. And he claims to be pacifist when it is very clear when angry or when it works for him, he can toss the pacifism out for the hell of it.

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Oooops there’s a cover now! It’s crazy that people actually like this little thing I wrote for my friend’s birthday. I’m loving the process!

A Hard Day’s Night on Ao3 - A Grey’s Anatomy Zukka AU by katesalwaystrying

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*sequel to Lovers Among Us


masterlist / part 1 / part 2 / part 3


a/n: sokka may be annoying and i may like to bully him incessantly but he really just loves his best friends so much. i am very much inspired by my own conversations with friends and if you are wondering what that is like, understand that i am a mix of sokka, katara, and y/n. also im really excited about the next part. also also enjoy this fluff now.

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‘no-nuance-november’ atla/tlok edition

  • Iroh does not deserve to be put on such a high pedestal that the fandom has put him on. He is still a war criminal and supported the downfall of his 14-year-old niece, a literal child. Not saying he was a bad person, but he absolutely was not perfect.
  • The debate on whether or not Azula deserved a redemption arc is pointless. Yes, she was a child and absolutely did not deserve what she went through. That being said, a redemption arc is something a character has to want. Zuko wanted to be good, Azula still wasn’t there yet.
  • The debate on who is Suyin’s dad is weird. Y’all are literally just trying to figure out who Toph slept with.
  • Comparing Korra to Aang is unfair. They both grew up in wildly different worldly circumstances and in wildly different home environments. For example, Aang growing up in the air temples as a nomad and Korra growing up in the Southern Water Tribe with the White Lotus and constantly training.
  • Toph growing up to become a cop starts to make more sense when you remember that she is still a disabled woman who grew up in a world that would otherwise be unsafe and dangerous for her had she not been an earthbender, and the greatest one in the world at that. She’s been kidnapped multiple times and in only one of those circumstances was she able to use her own bending to escape. The other times, she had to rely on her kidnappers so set her free or Katara to waterbend a way out.
  • Being respectful of the cultures that are more or less represented in ATLA/TLOK is important, especially when engaging in the fandom online.
  • Praising the writers for the amazing worldbuilding is a stretch. They just smooshed a bunch of different cultures together and called it their own world. Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of people found themselves and their cultures in ATLA which was really good, in fact that’s amazing, especially at the time, but it was still a show made by two white men.
  • The poor pacing of The Legend of Korra can absolutely be defended by the fact that Nickelodeon screwed it from the beginning.
  • Mako is a better firebender than Zuko, you guys are just classist as hell.
  • To add on to that last one, it doesn’t make sense to hate Mako but love Zuko. Zuko is a war criminal who put his little sister in an institution where she was put in a STRAIGHTJACKET. The worst Mako did was date a girl while he was SINGLE. He lied to Korra about their breakup because he knew that she didn’t need to be further traumatized after being literally EATEN by a spirit. He told Raiko about Korra’s plan because all he had was a tiny apartment and needed to keep his job.
  • Korra’s go-to element being fire DOES make sense. It’s closest to her personality. I understand the argument that she should’ve used more water since she’s a native waterbender, but in all honesty, it just makes more sense with her character for her to use fire more often.
  • Korra and Asami are bisexuals, not lesbians. This is common in a lot of fandoms with wlw or mlm relationships where there’s one or more bisexual(s) in the the relationship and therefore the ship as a whole is referred to as lesbian or gay. Erasing bisexual identities is not ok just because it “makes more sense” to say gay/lesbian relationships instead of bisexual relationships. You can still call Korrasami a sapphic relationship, f/f relationship, or a wlw relationship. It’s not that hard to acknowledge bi identities.
  • ‘Korra Alone’ was better than ‘Zuko Alone’
  • The trend of specifically hating on atla/tlok women is not a coincidence and is absolutely an issue of misogyny and colourism. Also, funny how it’s specifically Katara and Korra that are most targeted /s. Katara gets hate because she talks about her mother, but a whole episode was dedicated to talking about that (The Runaway) and how she and Toph began to comfort each other while they were simultaneously dealing with trauma. Zuko, who constantly talks about his honor, gets no where near as much hate and really only gets a few memes poking fun (which is still insensitive but that’s another story). Korra’s hate comes from the fact that she’s hot-headed and would rather start a fight. Interesting how those traits really only describe her in season one (1), but also, those traits literally describe Toph (in both atla and tlok), who is praised for it?
  • Including white people in the live action series for the sake of inclusion is not only stupid, but it’s also ignoring black and brown individuals and their cultures just so you can have a few white people. it’s completely contradictory.
  • I believe in kyalin supremacy
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YAY, i was hoping someone would ask this! i have lots of ideas!

  • sokka picks out all of outfits for her, especially for special events. he also does her hair and a little amount of makeup she allows.
  • when picking out outfits sometimes he has her put on a sort of fashion show so he can see how each outfit looks before picking one, however to every outfit he always first says “first of all, you look super hot”
  • they have a nightly blanket battle because always one of them steals it which results in the other waking up cold and wrestling the other for the blanket
  • he of course does the cooking and sometimes she’ll try but it always ends up horribly wrong and they end up just getting take out
  • when they got engaged she took sokka to the badger moles she learned earthbending from for approval
  • they always try random dangerous stuff like seeing if he can hit an apple off her head with his boomerang or seeing how far down she can burry him just using earth bending, pillow fights and wrestling galor in which zuko, aang or katara always walk in and go “wtf are you to doing”
  • she slaps his ass constantly in public and even just around the house at first he was embarrassed but he just got used to it
  • whenever she gets mad she earthbends a platform to be level with him so she can yell at him eye to eye even tho she can’t see
  • he learned brail for her
  • he also morse code for her so they can communicate through the knocking on the wall if they are in two different rooms
  • they started out their relationship secretly but once she said she was ready for people to know they were at a plaza where he then stood up started yelling out “i would just like everyone to know that this woman right here is my girlfriend” and then went around collecting high fives from people
  • he taught her to swim
  • they do couples karaoke at the maiko wedding
  • he calls her T
  • if katara and aang are ever giving them oogies they just start making out in front of them to get them back
  • they do the craziest stuff when drunk
  • toph helped him get out of his brief battle with addiction and substance abuse
  • she’s the little spoon
  • they’d go on spontaneous trips for weeks at a time
  • he constantly says “THATS MY WIFE” any time she does something remotely cool
  • in a modern au they would be one of those super fun tiktok couples and basically just prank zuko contestantly
  • in a modern au the way they’d get together is by him doing one of those “kiss your best friend” tiktoks

i do have more if anyone would be interested but these are the ones that i could think of off the top of my head

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