You see these girls? These are some of the most badass, complex characters in the history of animation. From the bamf we hail as Korra, to the tragically twisted Azula, these girls are not to be messed with. They have faced enemies, espionage, and mastered their fighting techniques, and the oldest of them is only seventeen. Thank you Mike and Bryan, for creating fantastic female characters and role models.
Have I blogged this already?
Sod it, I’m blogging it again.
All other creators please take note. This is how you do strong female characters.
…I need to cosplay Toph…
OMG i can’t! lmaoforever!
D e a d
HOW DID I MISS THESE THINGS AT MEGACON
EMBER ISLAND PLAYER COSPLAYER
My name’s Toph because it sounds like tough
I love when she’s like “… why do I sound like a big, burly guy?”
can we just take a moment to appreciate the image of a cheerful girl dressed in all pink standing amidst a bunch of huge hulking dudes she just took out with a happy smile on her face
Don’t mind me, Imma just grab this post and run with it to talk about an aspect of the Avatar universe that I love which Ty Lee wonderfully represents.
A lot of media that include female BAMFs only allow them to be masculine. The internalized misogyny of the creators is visible in their obvious perception of femininity as weak and Less Than, so of course none of their Strong Female Characters can have anything to do with it.
And then in come the folks behind Avatar. We have Katara, who leans towards feminine in a passive sort of way. Azula wears makeup, enjoys spa-treatment-like grooming, and is the second-biggest bad in the series.
And then we have Ty Lee, who is femme as all get-out. She wears pink, bounces everywhere she goes (you know what I mean), talks with that Dramatic Teen Girl lilt, and is arguably the biggest non-bending ass-kicker in the entire series because she doesn’t even need weapons to beat the shit out of everyone.
Every femiphobic show in the universe should be ashamed of itself for not being AtLA.
YES, THIS. I love that Ty Lee is this morally ambiguous badass who presents a really horrifying threat to the gaang (like, wow, I can see why Katara was so horrified after their first encounter) and she does it all with girly clothes and flirty attitude and a tendency towards the “ditzy”, for lack of a less insulting word.
BADASS. Gosh but I love Ty Lee.
All the points made are valid and I agree with them fully.
However, I am a nerd. Azula struck me as the big bad. Yeah, Ozai is the boss of the bad guys, but you rarely ever see him. You want Aang to defeat Ozai because he perpetuates a war that causes death and pain to thousands (if not millions) and because he’s kind of a dick to his son. You want Zuko to beat Azula because you know her as a person and she is truly loathsome.
It’s like Deep Space Nine; The Founders are jerks and you want to see them stopped, but you’re praying for Dukat to take a bat’leth to the face.