i can’t stop thinking about how the only reason that the fire nation didn’t manage to conquer and destroy the world is because katara flipped a shit on her brother for making a sexist comment and stumbled upon aang in the iceberg
this post is getting notes and now i can’t stop thinking about how much of the plot is driven by katara’s idealism. there’s a reason she’s the one who speaks during the opening credits, reiterating with every episode that she believes Aang can save the world. she gets the story moving through her refusal to put up with bullshit and she takes the gaang on so many of their most meaningful journeys because she never gives up on people and on the possibility of a better future. even when it’s naive and it seems futile, like her speech to the earthbending prisoners or her fight against a sexist waterbending master who would have kicked her ass and thought nothing of it if he hadn’t been in love with her grandmother, she aggressively tries to right every wrong she sees.
i also love the way that she’s both a healer and a warrior. water is seen as a healing and cleansing element, but it can also be fierce and influential. Katara shows that those things aren’t mutually exclusive. her fundamental instinct is to nurture and to protect, and yes, to heal, but she rejects the northern water tribe’s attempts to make her passive and nonviolent. she wants to be a warrior because she recognizes that the only way to heal the world now is to fight for it, and to fight for people even when they don’t think they’re worth fighting for anymore.