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eating any ice cream with cookie dough bits is the most fun cuz i feel like an archaeologist digging up treasures

you people need to relate to this more

11 hours ago

eating any ice cream with cookie dough bits is the most fun cuz i feel like an archaeologist digging up treasures

Iroh: People work their entire lives to find spirits and access the spirit world. It has taken years of dedication and study for me to reach the small part of it that I’m able to find.

Sokka, who accidentally steered a canoe to where the Avatar had been frozen for a century and then fell in love with the moon and also spent 24 hours in the spirit world that one time and was the only one who the hallucinations flat-out spoke to in the magical swamp: what, like it’s hard?

oh, oh, oh, but i liiiiike this — you know that theory about how, Zuko, Katara, and Toph are each crazy-powerful, especially given their respective ages (like, Katara and Toph are literally unparalleled in their field despite being so young, and sure - in terms of Brute Force - Zuko isnt as strong as Azula, but he is unquestionably the better bender of the two of them, not only in his ability to redirect lightning - an insanely difficult thing to do - but also just in his overall understanding of the element of fire) and that the three of them are their respective element’s chosen champion; their element’s answer to the fact that the Avatar was absent for 100 years. That each element is trying to fill the vacuum left by an absent-Avatar, and they each have picked one champion to fill that void, and those champions are our three here. That the three of them together make three-quarters of an Avatar. That the world was trying to create balance by gifting extraordinary abilities to three non-Avatars, who - if they worked together - could maybe bring the balance that the Avatar was supposed to. 

Well the couple of versions of that theory I’ve seen either don’t account for the Spirit element of the Avatar, or say that Iroh is the Spirit’s representation, which… works, I suppose, as he certainly has a great respect for and understanding of the spirits. But as OP says, he has to work very hard for any actual encounter with them. And it breaks pattern, because the others are all of a similar age to each other, whereas Iroh significantly older and also not a core member of the Gaang. 

But Sokka —– Sokka

Our boy Sokka just strolls into situations with Spirits on the regular. He finds himself tangled up in Spirit related bullshit all the time - which is hilarious, given how scientifically-minded he is and how disdainful he is towards “spirity nonsense,” and I confess I’ve always just seen it as that. Easy comic relief. Get the scientific guy tangled up in intangible, spirity shenanigans, how hilarious would that be. But what if it’s more than that? 

No one else has just…. falls into Spirit shenanigans the way Sokka does, or has encounters with Spirits the way Sokka does. Even Aang objectively has a harder time getting in touch with Spirits than Sokka (unwittingly) does, and not only is Aang the actual Avatar, but he’s a monk. They're known for their spiritual enlightenment. 

But Sokka just…… crashed straight into the Avatar’s ice-ball, and he not only fell in love with a girl who was part-Moon Spirit, but she fell in love with him too. Sokka was the one who spotted the Wan Shi Tong Library in the desert. You know - the literal domain of the Spirit of Knowledge. He’s the one who decided to go there, and then he just… found it. This library that’s so hard to find that many scholars believe it’s just a myth, he decided to find it and then he did. Just spotted it out in the desert. Just like that. 

Sokka got kidnapped by Hei Bai and just…. chilled out in the Spirit World for a day. The Spirit hallucinations talked to him in the swamp – the only one of the Gaang who was actually spoken to by them. I feel like there’s other occasions, too, of Spirity Bullshit befalling Sokka, but I can’t remember them off the top of my head. But none of the others have this many interactions with Spirits, and certainly not accidentally. Aang has to seek them out; they don’t really just happen to him, not the way they Just Happen to Sokka. 

So what if, what if, what if…. What if Sokka is the Spirits’ answer to the lack of an Avatar. What if Katara, Toph and Zuko represent their respective elements, and Sokka represents the Spirits. What if Sokka is the Gaang’s bridge to the Spirit World. 

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Iroh: People work their entire lives to find spirits and access the spirit world. It has taken years of dedication and study for...

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AftEr an HOUR oF chAngInG coLors anD chiZ,, I finALLy finIsheD,, i stiLL dont know how i feel abt the colorsss...

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AftEr an HOUR oF chAngInG coLors anD chiZ,, I finALLy finIsheD,, i stiLL dont know how i feel abt the colorsss...

which of your features would people romanticize if u were famous… for me i think it would be my bunny teeth or the little scar i have on my forehead from hitting it as a toddler

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which of your features would people romanticize if u were famous… for me i think it would be my bunny teeth or the little scar i...

"this is fishing for notes"

Yeah and why do you post things on a public sharing platform??? For the spiritual enlightenment????

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"this is fishing for notes" Yeah and why do you post things on a public sharing platform??? For the spiritual enlightenment????

do u ever just point at two characters and go “i want that one to get hurt and i want the other one to get really angsty about it”

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do u ever just point at two characters and go “i want that one to get hurt and i want the other one to get really angsty about...

the first time u see yourself being referred to as “op”, something in u breaks

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the first time u see yourself being referred to as “op”, something in u breaks

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Do you feel like 'deus ex machina' moments improve a story, or take away from it?

I can't with the header image for the religion tw tag

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I can't with the header image for the religion tw tag

*projects my own personality onto link like the developers always intended*

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*projects my own personality onto link like the developers always intended*

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My dear friend sent this to me I’m screaming y’all.

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My dear friend sent this to me I’m screaming y’all.

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Hey! I LOVE your writing! I do have a prompt in mind! It involves Steven returning to beach city a few years after the events...

i got an idea for a wind waker comic so ive been in a wind waker mood to prepare myself for this project. expect wind waker posts over the next few days. 

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i got an idea for a wind waker comic so ive been in a wind waker mood to prepare myself for this project. expect wind waker...

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Disinfecting Pericles who died from the plague in 429 B.C.

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Disinfecting Pericles who died from the plague in 429 B.C.

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I-is that….

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I-is that….

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I’m Looking Forward Now 💖Thank you and good bye Keep reading

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I’m Looking Forward Now 💖Thank you and good bye Keep reading

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No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t...
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No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t...

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“Dad builds Ninja Warrior course for his daughter”

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“Dad builds Ninja Warrior course for his daughter”

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marriage story as mickey and goofy is the funniest thing i’ve heard in the last decade (x)

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marriage story as mickey and goofy is the funniest thing i’ve heard in the last decade (x)

‘I’M JUST A KID AND LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE’ i scream at the age of 23 as i’m forced to make adult phonecalls

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'I'M JUST A KID AND LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE' i scream at the age of 23 as i'm forced to make adult phonecalls

how non-linear zuko’s recovery is. it would’ve been easy and dramatic to have zuko do his heel-face-turn at the end of series 2, because the whole season was dedicated to him finding a new place in the world and realising the wrongs of the fire nation. the fact that he actually hits rock bottom at the end of season 2 feels far more real, as well as sending a more important message. when zuko decides to help aang in season 3, it’s a decision he has made completely by himself, not because of circumstance or Iroh’s advice. he’s separated from his uncle, has regained his title of crown prince, and has his father’s (conditional) respect. he’s no longer outcast and making the best of a bad situation, nor doing what his uncle suggests. his time in the earth kingdom with Iroh informs his character development, but at the end of the day, he is the one that manages to get himself out of his toxic mindset, which is one of the most powerful messages about recovery I’ve seen in fiction.  the way aang and katara’s relationship is handed in season 3. while ‘the day of black sun’ does fall into the trope of aang kissing katara out of nowhere as a bold romantic gesture, I adore that in the ‘ember island players’, when aang tries to kiss her again, they actively challenge it. katara rightfully says that she’s confused and there’s too much going on for her to make sense of her feelings, aang kisses her anyway, and she pushes him away. it’s made clear that aang is in the wrong for disregarding her feelings. when they finally kiss again, it’s katara who initiates, and that teaches a subtle but hugely important message to children about consent.  the magic system is more than just a bunch of cool powers. each element is tied to a specific philosophy and way of thinking. we get the sense that aang achieving ‘balance’ is about more than mastering powerful abilities - it’s about spending time with multiple cultures, studying multiple perspectives on life, and finding harmony between them. while the energy bending introduction was a little bit of an ass pull, the final episodes raised an incredibly complex issue - namely, the debate of whether it is ever right to kill. given that it’s a kids’ show, I’ve never been in the camp of thinking that aang should’ve killed ozai, and think there’s a poetic beauty to the fact that - as the last airbender - he refused to relinquish the philosophy of his culture. but the fact that they broached such a controversial topic at all was incredibly bold. the fact that the characters change appearance throughout the show. it makes them feel far less static, as well as being a great device for conveying the passage of time.  starting from season 2, they introduce much more variety in motivation among the villains. the fire nation aren’t the only antagonists. we see earthbenders who forcefully trigger the avatar state because they want to end the war as quickly as possible, waterbenders with personal, indiscriminate vendettas, spirits who are removed from human conflicts and wish to protect their own interests. throughout the whole series, we see conflicts between the villains - zhao and zuko competing to catch aang, azula and long feng competing for control over ba sing se. it adds so much complexity and intrigue to the story.  azula is a hammy, fun-to-hate villain who also manages to feel raw and human. her backstory explains her actions without justifying them. even though we start the series with the utmost sympathy for zuko, by the final series, we come to the realisation that his imperfections and exile are the only things that saved him from becoming like azula. they could’ve made azula’s takedown into a kickass moment full of schadenfreude, but instead it was harrowing, dark, and undeniably tragic. every single member of the gaang has their own strengths and weaknesses, such that the group would never be able to function without any of them. I particularly appreciate that sokka is never merely delegated the role of dumb comedy side-kick. while we do laugh at his misfortune a lot, his insecurities are thoroughly explored and his tactical skills are crucial throughout the series. he also undergoes a huge character arc rivalled only by zuko’s.  the writers don’t forget previous events and characters. aside from bringing them back for the invasion in season 3, previous characters are continually addressed, even if just via off-hand comments. I love that aang keeps mentioning hei bai despite them only appearing in one season. I love that kyoshi returns in the season finale to talk again about her conflict with chin the conquerer - as does the avatar who tried to slay ko. I love that Iroh’s redirection of lightning in season 1 becomes hugely relevant in season 2, along with his white lotus tile. I love that the library in which zhao discovered the name of the moon spirit becomes a key focus in the second season, rather than just being a vague plot device. it makes the whole avatar universe feel so much more real, precise and consistent.  iroh feels genuinely wise. he’s not just a tropey old man whose generic advice is treated as incredible wisdom. even though I first watched avatar as an adult, so much of what iroh says in the series genuinely resonated with me - particularly his point that pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. he also has his own distinct history, goals, and personality. you get the sense that his wisdom has come from many years of setbacks and self-discovery. toph’s relatively unchanging character. while many of the characters undergo huge arcs, toph remains fairly unchanged throughout. she grows more comfortable among her companions and realises she doesn’t have to do everything herself, but, at the heart of it, she remains the blunt, stubborn, self-important little goblin girl that she was at the beginning of the series. given that toph has spent most of her life hiding her real desires and talents, this is exactly what her character deserved. it’s also an excellent metaphor for the unchanging nature of her element, earth.  the gaang never insist that they’re not children. one of the most annoying tropes in children’s shows is when the young protagonists constantly claim they aren’t kids (looking at you, storm hawks), but it is completely absent from avatar. the characters never try to prove that they’re more mature than they are - aang openly acknowledges that he’s just a kid, multiple times. okay, katara does sometimes take it upon herself to be the mother of the group, but the writers explore why that is, as well as making it clear that she’s just as much a child as any of them. I think it’s so important for young viewers to get to watch heroes who are every bit as silly and childish as they are, but who still have real complexity. I also think it adds huge appeal to older viewers, because we never have to roll our eyes at a bunch of bratty kids insisting they’re aren’t children. 

tl;dr: avatar: the last airbender is a fantastic show and everybody knows it

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some of my favourite things about atla

yeah hi, google, this is the FUNNIEST FUCKING AD I've ever seen

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yeah hi, google, this is the FUNNIEST FUCKING AD I've ever seen

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Quarantine is hard…for some people.
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Quarantine is hard…for some people.

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It be like that sometimes.

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It be like that sometimes.

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Lashawna going home was one of the biggest upsets I experienced in my childhood.

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Lashawna going home was one of the biggest upsets I experienced in my childhood.

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Tumblr is so funny, cause every once in a while, someone will roll up, reblog your entire blog, and then disappear back into the void they came from without so much as a follow

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Tumblr is so funny, cause every once in a while, someone will roll up, reblog your entire blog, and then disappear back into the...

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I have a series of pictures planned in honour of the SU finale but I don’t know how long they’ll take to finish so here’s a...

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I have a series of pictures planned in honour of the SU finale but I don’t know how long they’ll take to finish so here’s a...