having your favorite character be a minor character is like being a proud mother at a school play and cheering every time your kid comes on stage even though they’re playin the part of tree #3
Excuse me for a moment, and let me rant for a few seconds about Katara’s characterization.
She’s a mom character, and therefore it’s very easy to perceive her as kind of uptight. But I don’t think that’s the case.
She can be serious. She can take the role of the “adult”. But I don’t think this is how she is by nature or this is how she wants to be.
Think about it for a moment. She’s basically been an adult since she was 8, and when you’re responsible for your tribe, when you’re taking on the responsibility of your parent, and when you’re dealing with a lot of grief by yourself, there just isn’t time for fun and games.Kanna: Alright, no more playing. Come on, Katara, you have chores.
This is all we know of Katara from before her mother was murdered. A totally carefree, cheerful child like everyone else. But them -BOOM- her childhood was taken away from her.
She had to adapt to this new life situation, and this life situation wasn’t one of fun. Therefore, this side of her had to go to the background.
But Katara can crack jokes in all sorts of situations,
(that they are usually kind of lame is another matter). She can laugh. She can goof off. She can have fun.
She likes having fun. She initiates fun, participates in fun, enjoys fun.
The first thing Aang suggested they did together was something as stupid, childish and frivolous as penguin sledding.
Guess what? She thought it was bloody awesome.
Like ‘I haven’t had this much fun since I was a kid-
- level of fun’.
It’s fantastic for her to have a friend like Aang, who is naturally cheerful and playful, because it influences her. But I don’t think he makes her less uptight, he just brings out a side of her that was already there. And being with someone who balances you, isn’t about them changing you, it’s about them bringing out something of yourself that you want, but can’t bring forward on your own.
Katara is already naturally carefree and humorously inclined, instinctively seeking fun. She just needs someone to remind her from time to time.