I can see your whole history in your eyes. You were born with nothing. So you’ve had to struggle and connive and claw your way to power. But true power, the divine right to rule, is something you’re born with. The truth is: they don’t know which one of us is going to be sitting down on that throne, and which of us is going to be bowing down. But I know, and you know.
i’d give up my firstborn child to see a trailer for book 4 right now
Now this post is suddenly getting notes, and I feel I should have talked more about other areas Suyin is progressive for the franchise.
Su becomes the female mentor figure and older friend Korra’s been missing.
Both ATLA and LoK have been lacking in adult, female mentor figures compared to their male counterparts. Especially for her on-screen relationships, Korra’s been surrounded mostly by adult men who, at least initially, tried to govern her* - even Lin, who has also become somewhat of a mentor/adult friend to Korra is still trying to control her rather than teach her. (*Not to simplify or ignore the characterizations and growth with any of the adult people in Korra’s life, but the point stands).
Suyin functions as Korra’s teacher, but never as her authority figure.
She is of course the one to successfully teach (offering to teach) Korra metalbending, but I think her role goes further than that.
Su: I mean, the idea of even having a queen is so outdated. Don’t you agree, Korra?
Korra: I … I haven’t really thought about it too much.
I think this conversation might be the first time that any adult, outside of perhaps Tenzin, has asked Korra a direct political question without wanting to manipulate her. Suyin states her own opinion quite clearly, but it’s immediately followed with an open option for Korra to state hers.
What’s interesting here is that Suyin obviously expects Korra to have an opinion on the matter. Korra as the Avatar should have thoughts about power systems, but the thing is, Korra’s never been involved or encouraged in adult’s discussions of politics, except when she’s been thrown directly into open conflict. It’s great to see adults actually including her in these discussions as a person rather than being bound to do so by her role as the Avatar.
Su: Oh, don’t be so overdramatic. You can’t control the Avatar’s every move.
Lin: I can try.
Suyin consistently respects Korra and her agency - in contrast to Lin she treats Korra as an adult. Lin of course is Lin and has her reasons, and I think that relationship works fine with that dynamic and Korra has a wonderful, respectful relationship with Tenzin at this point, but nevertheless, it’s nice to have an adult who just -respects- Korra’s personal agency from the get-go.
Korra, in turn responds to that kind of treatment by valuing Suyin’s judgment to the point that she stops protesting when Su gives Lin support over her. As it turns out Su is actually supporting Korra in having her own freedom, I think the fact that Korra rushes forwards to hug her speaks volumes of how much being respected and trusted by adults around her means to her.
tl;dr: over the course of book 3, in a relatively short amount of time, Suyin becomes a teacher, supportive friend and respectful mentorfigure to Korra - we’ve been needing that character!
while I was looking up reference pictures I realized that in some scenes the kyoshi warriors look like they’re wearing huge pants instead of dresses. I wasn’t sure if they had multiple outfits or if it was just lack of continuity so I kept it kind of ambiguous
might as well post where that tenzin sketch was from
what if the season didn’t open with bumi discovering his bending. what if he thought his last few shoreleaves were a little too fruitful
Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he’s ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world.