#without katara the world would have literally fucking ended wtf
I still kinda geek a lil when she stops the rain
Katara is so important, you guys.
I see a lot of criticism going around about how Katara was Aang’s “prize” at the end of the series, that she lost importance in Korra once she popped out an Airbender baby and just generally didn’t have agency but I don’t gel with that.
How about we look for a moment at what Katara is, who Katara is, what she’s done.
This flawless queen:
- Lost deeply at a young age in the war that was all she had ever known, and turned that loss into an abiding empathy and determination to care for those who were losing around her.
- Found and praticed her own power with a brother telling her she was strange for doing it, and no prospect of anyone to ever teach her how to do it well.
- Captured the heart of an ancient spirit who had been born and loved a thousand times and a thousand mortals with the blue of her eyes and the strength of her spirit.
- Left her own home, desecrated by the army that had dominated her life, her people, determined to chase that evil down and steal her brand-new friend back from it with nothing but a canoe and her untrained power.
- Fought The Man and earned his respect for her spirit and her potential by being that good even without formal training.
- RESURRECTED THE GOD OF HER WORLD.
- Found within herself a great and terrible power, and even though power was something she had sought all her life, put it aside not to be used because it was not a power that brought peace.
- Looked the mother’s murderer in the eye, put him at the knife’s edge of death, and judged him not worth the stain on her soul or her mothers’ memory.
- Faced the Fire Nation princess, she who would be kinslayer, the only Fire Nation soldier ever to breach the walls of Ba Sing Se, and defeated her on her own ground.
- Returned to her home, restored her home, and ensured no children of her culture would ever again find themselves with a great and beautiful power, and no hope of ever learning to wield it.
- Played one of the most essential roles in ending the war that was all she had ever known since the day she was born.
- The wandering god of her world, the nomad from a culture of detachment, pledged himself to her and gave HER strong, good children. For fuck’s sake, why do so many people try to turn motherhood into an abdication of agency? As if having a child is something a woman does for the man who fathers the child, never a want a man assists a woman in achieving? And Katara secured a mortal god for the father of her children. Girl. Girl. GEDDIT.
Conclusion: Katara is better than us all. Let us kneel and give praise.