And Mako did it again.
He just threatened to “change his name to no-toed Ping,” i.e. cut all of his toes off (which would render him unable to walk).
Does he feel any sort of remorse for this?
Does anyone call him out on it?
But Mako never feels bad about the cruddy things he says and does. When Bolin, his own brother, finally called him out on how badly he had been treating him and gives him a taste of his own medicine, does he show even the slightest hint of humility or guilt over it?
Instead, he responds by acting like a six year old and hurts his little brother again. This time, physically. Hurts him (who he supposedly cares oh so much about. Which I say is nonsense because I have siblings who I love and if I had ever done anything to make them run away crying or hurt their feelings (which I have), I would feel terrible and I would apologize (which I do), but Mako never seems really care that much about how the things he says and does affect Bolin). Now, Bolin was being absolutely insufferable in this episode, but that’s beside the point. Mako still could have just said (because you’d think that helping Asami would come before sibling quarrels and his own pride): “You’re right, I’m sorry for the way I’ve been treating you. But I really need your help right now. Please give me a hand. I need you.” If he had done that, it would have shown that he really is maturing. But, alas.
And to anyone who says: “The people who complain about the LoK characters just don’t want them to have flaws!” No. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang had flaws. Sokka had flaws. Toph had flaws. Zuko had flaws. Iroh had flaws. Katara had flaws. Mai had flaws. Azula had flaws. Yue had flaws. Suki had flaws. Jet had flaws. And I friggin’ love all of those characters (except for Jet. I still think he’s a good character, I just don’t love him). Because they were likable and written well. And the LoK characters (with some exceptions), to me, are neither one of those things.
Let’s compare and contrast Mako with Zuko for a second. In Book 3, when Zuko got called out by Team Avatar over the awful things he had done to them in the past (like burning down Suki’s village, and betraying Katara right after she started trusting him, among other examples), he clearly felt bad. And what’s more, he tried to make up for his wrongdoings. This is a big part of what finally made him a hero in my eyes (an anti-hero, but still a hero).
Now, you might say: “Oh come on, Shadow. That’s totally unfair to compare Mako now to Zuko in Book 3 of the first series. He’d had lots more time to develop by that point.” True, but at that point, Zuko was showing that he had become a truly good person and was on his way to becoming a hero as well. Isn’t that what Mako is already supposed to be?
And if not, Aang, Katara, and Sokka were all also capable of expressing things like guilt and remorse over their misdeeds and the will to improve themselves when they got called out on them even in Book One of A:tLA. But not Mako. Not even in the second season of LoK is he able to display this basic part of being a good, mature, likable person and character.
And that is why, despite all of Bryke’s efforts to make him “the reasonable one,” or “the smart one,” or “the heroic one,” (though he does do some heroic things) at the end of the day, Mako is still a skull f***ing d****ebag and still not a likable character (to me).
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- machuran said: And somehow he’s supposed to be this super rookie cop who’s on his way to be a detective in only 6 months and gets praised by the president. Nothing about this character feels natural at all.
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