eytancragg asked: can we get a post on how the names of people are kind of like in-jokes?
This is only a list of the
ones I can remember at the momentimportant ones, not comprehensive.
Momo - means ‘peach’ in Japanese. Named thus by Aang since he ate one.
Aunt Wu - ‘Wu’ means witch in Chinese
Kuei - Kuei means puppet in Chinese, and the Last Emperor is also known as the ‘Puppet Emperor’
Bumi - Bumi means earth in Indonesian
Ran and Shaw - the dragons are named ’ 燃烧 to combust, Ran - 燃 to burn
Shaw -烧 to roast ’ in Chinese.
Jeong Jeong - jiong jiong - jiong means fire in Chinese
Zhao - Zhao is a common family name in Chinese, it can also mean ‘to set afire’.
(a lot of the FN names can be translated as fire/fire related)
Piandao - 騙到 to trick, dao can also mean knife/sword 刀
Tenzin Gyatso - is the name of the current Dalai Lama
Möngke - is the name of a Mongol Khan
Longfeng - long feng means Dragon and Phoenix, Emperor and Empress, royal principle in Chinese
Dai Li - is the name of the KMT head of secret police, it can also mean ‘great strength’
Yue - ‘yue’ means moon in Chinese
Suki - can mean ‘like or love’ in Japanese, but also, if transliterated Tsuki (sounds similar), it means ‘moon’.
Sokka just can’t help dating the moon.
Laogai - was the name of real life prison camps in China
1. Oh, look, she faints twice within 3 minutes of each other.
2. Ah, the plan was “Send Mako, that’ll HELP her reach her lowest point!”
3. No explanation as to why she couldn’t reach her spiritual side, while everyone else could?
4. I don’t think I could say “Fuck you Mako” more times if I tried. “Oh, hey, I know some really fucked up shit happened to you, but hey, what about mah man-feels for you?!? Stop wasting time being sad, aren’t you graced with the LOVE and DISHONESTY that only Mako can bring?!?”
Season 1 in summary:
A show about an ineffective female “protagonist” who accomplishes nothing by choice, action, or attempt, and everything by luck or someone else helping her out.
Azula - went from a spoiled, powerful princess with a huge rift between herself and her brother to a super villain with fully realized powers, serious familial issues, completely wrecked but bent on revenge all with the means to achieve it (but, of course, failed).
Ty Lee - went from a waifish acrobat, possessing skills to get her away from her problems without confrontation to a serious force to be reckoned with and the ability to stand up for herself, know what’s right, and all without needing to rely on anything but herself.
Mai - went from a apathetic misanthrope with nothing to lose and little to gain, and a sometimes-thing with Zuko to someone with a will to live and a drive to get there, and the knowledge the she is worth it.
Suki - smaller story arc (imo) but a kickass warrior, who learns how to trust her heart and not just her training, all while finding a partner in a fellow non-bender.
Yue - a sheltered princess of literally what 3 episodes? who finds love, questions family/tribe duty, but ultimately chooses the greater good over her own desires.
Toph - jesus where do I start with Toph? an undercover princess and pro-wrestler bender with a lot on her shoulders and something to prove. a skilled gambler and con artist, wanted criminal and Mellon Lord. a girl that was always treated as fragile because of her blindness and left with a serious fear of letting herself trust others lest she appear weak. a hero and warrior and friend and teacher and young person that still wanted to know if she was pretty. Toph… I could go on.
Katara - ugh, as if Toph wasn’t hard enough! surrogate mother to a broken family, heart of her nation and hope water tribe. a nurturer and stand-in water-god for a village in need, a bender unwilling to accept gender roles in a male dominated arena. a daughter bent on vengeance who grows up to chose what’s best for herself and her friends. a sister who never let her brother down but never let him stagnate. a friend who refused to give up her values but refused to do anything less than her best for those around her. a waterbender who didn’t just fall in love with the avatar, but trained him and lead as an equal. Katara is amazing??
Korra… don’t tell me they can’t write female characters. The writers let Korra down. She deserved better, don’t tell the fans thewriters can’t do better. Some of these characters had a literal handful of episodes all within a greater story arc, Korra had an entire 12 episode series devoted to her.
She deserved better.