A herd of teal deer
Still say that the argument "haters just don't like flawed characters" is an exaggeration. Despite misgivings I had with her development, I found that Korra's positive moments in Book 1 made her likable in spite of her flaws. In contrast, Mako felt likable in his 1st few appearances, with moments like working hard to make an honest living and taking care of his brother. Later half gave us a heavy dose of flaws, but no reason to respect him. Likability alone doesn't equal perfect afterall.


It’s less about not liking flawed characters, given that all characters are flawed in one way or another, and more about not liking characters who are flawed in certain ways. 

I think there are reasons to respect Mako in the second half of Book 1 — he’s highly protective of the people he cares about, he stands his ground for what he believes in but apologizes if he’s wrong, he’s inclined to put practical concerns over romantic concerns, and he’s willing to support Korra in her plans even if he doesn’t think they’re the best idea.  The thing is that most of those are colored in fandom’s minds by his other flaws into something more negative than they’re intended to be.  =/

Hmm, I definitely agree that some flaws hit harder than others (especially ones that people are more likely to encounter irl), but while I agree that of course Mako does have good qualities in the latter half, I think your anon is onto something about the pacing. A lot of the things that give Mako the most audience sympathy seem concentrated in the first half, and as far as I can tell he was generally well-liked at that point.

Mako the prickly, formerly homeless gangster, currently plucky pro-bender desperately trying to keep himself and his brother afloat, and adorkably falling for the Avatar was highly sympathetic to audiences. But his efforts to retain their home and support themselves become unnecessary after the attack on the arena, his personal ambition vanishes in the wake of the revolution, the gang subplot disappears, and we hear nothing more about his and Bolin’s childhood. There are perfectly good reasons for these things in terms of the overarching plot, but that imbalance is still there—and I think particularly crucial because the only Mako subplot that really persists is the romance, in which he takes the highly unsympathetic role of “guy who waffles between two awesome, beautiful women, making everyone unhappy.” (And the show ensures that nobody forgets by panning to Asami’s suspicious/upset/angry face.)

It seems that his good qualities—which, yes, definitely are still shown—are shown mostly in the context of Korra’s love interest, which is a context in which much of the audience is already pissed off at him. So I think many people coming away with a disproportionately negative impression of him—which clearly did occur—can’t simply be blamed on audience misapprehension but on the structure of his arc, whether one considers that structure necessary or not.

Compare Tarrlok, who rapidly went from probably the most hated character on the entire show to fandom woobie. Even though he was a dick for most of the season, the sympathetic aspects of his characterization were mostly concentrated in the last few episodes, in highly dramatic ways, and so by the end, his sympathetic qualities were naturally in the forefront of many people’s minds. 

I’m the avatar! You gotta deal with it!

I’m the avatar! You gotta deal with it!


Legend of Korra fan art!
I started this about 2 years ago and it’s finally finished!Photoshop CS6


Legend of Korra fan art!

I started this about 2 years ago and it’s finally finished!
Photoshop CS6


Raava, The Light Spirit

Requested by Anonymous

Makorra (Mako/Korra from LOK)

I… am familiar with the ship name :P

ship: ew / nonono / maybe / ship it / aww / otp / MY HEART 



Korra & Raava in okami-style


To Anghraine: a fic for your birthday.  ^_^  It’s a little late, and I’m not going to be able to finish the whole thing tonight (my plan ended up going from “write the scene where they run away” to “write their entire childhood,” whoops!), but I hope you can at least enjoy this much for now. 

It’s also a really experimental style, but it seems to make sense for a piece like this.

(I’m using your name for the Bloodbending Bros.’ — and, in this story, Korra’s — mother, by the way.  I hope you don’t mind.  ;)  I’m also going to leave both Korra’s discovery of her bending and Yakone’s realization that his children are benders at similar ages as in canon… you’ll see how that could work when you read it)

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Ikkin, thank you! Heh, of course I don’t mind about Sura—I always feel a bit jarred when people give her a different name, lol.

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the horror experienced by fandoms when two characters are revealed to be siblings near the end of a series and half the people who were shipping them scramble to regroup themselves and the other half is just like


#i was shipping them before the finale and after the finale it got even better


Fanfic Response: “The Girl in the Iceberg,” Chapter 2 by Anghraine


[Back in January, I had a plan to be into “Child of Power” and Chapter 4 of this fic by now… but at least I finished this chapter before the end of your birthday. 

…Though even that, to be honest, wouldn’t have worked if you didn’t live on the West Coast. :P]

Hehehehe, thank you! As soon as I got your ask, I was like “WAIT IS SHE….??” So it was a very nice present to come home to :)

Anyway, this chapter puts into motion the real action of the story—Korra meeting Noatak and Tarrlok (which is, quite frankly, the only way I could ever find an Amorra-esque scenario palatable, let alone as interesting as you’ve made it here).

Thanks! I have written other ones, but this is the only one I’m particularly comfortable with, lol—I don’t have to tiptoe around a gajillion issues. 

Even aside from that, it’s impressive how many things are going on here at once—I always like a fic that can keep this many balls in the air at once… but I’ll get to that. ^_^

And especially thank you for that, because this one really does take quite a lot of thought and effort to try and work it all together, and I try to make it seem natural, but—it’s nice to have the effort appreciated, heh.

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