Snowy; ENTP; they/them
I should come with a warning label.
okay now i’m thinking of a:tla’s female characters with mg’s argument of fma in mind and if/how the female characters exist for the male ones?
#but like tbh all of the characters in the main group exist for aang #like katara is his sifu/best friend/love interest but she’s also her own character?? #like most of her actions and development aren’t with aang #even if she helps further aang she exists for herself and her relationship with aang isn’t her biggest role in the story #though i could see how someone would say she was written for aang? idk i might be biased because i love her a lot #and toph also exists to be his sifu but she exists for herself too? #like she wanted to train him and get away from her home but she also serves to help aang reach a goal? #like his actual development really doesn’t have much to do with toph and the two of them develop separately #and then suki is obviously for sokka like no offense to suki fans but she doesn’t do too much #azula motherfucking queen uses everyone around her and is a manipulative bastard but like she’s ozai’s tool at the end of the day #ty lee doesn’t exist for a male she exists mainly for azula and mai is split between existing for azula and zuko imo #i don’t know?????
See I think Avatar comes dangerously close to that pitfall but it stops because a lot of the female characters do have concrete goals that exist outside of them serving the men in the story.
Katara wants to learn and master Waterbending. She goes with Aang because he offers her the chance to learn that. She helps him, yes, but she stops where it would interfere with her own goals. In 1.18 (The Waterbending Master), Katara initially backs off because of Aang, but when pushed, she not only refuses to apologize to Pakku but DEMANDS that he fight her, even though her doing so will almost certainly jeopardize Aang’s Waterbending training. That is important! It is selfish on her part, yes, and that’s the point — Katara’s goals are her own, and they’re ultimately the most important thing to her. She will help Aang save the world, but nothing will stand between her and her Waterbending.
And then Toph. Even after she learns who Aang is, she initially refuses to just drop everything and run off to train him. When she joins Aang, she does so because she is ready. She does it on her terms. And when the group doesn’t suit her, she leaves. She’ll get up and walk away from them when she feels her needs aren’t being met. Toph ultimately does things for herself as well.
And Azula.. Azula does do things for her father, but I am also not so sure that she has any illusions about how Ozai sees her. On some level, I think she sees him as something of a chess piece. A very important chess piece, yes, but a chess piece — a tool to her ascention to power — nonetheless.
Ty Lee exists completely for anther female character, I agree. Mai is kind of torn. Suki needed more development. If anyone else wants to take those last three, go for it; I don’t know them as well and if I tried to extrapolate it would get ugly.