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Due for a waterwhip by aaynra Due for a waterwhip by aaynra

Why it was impossible for Aang to be a bad father.

… Besides, you know, his very personality and that kinda unimportant stuff.

Kya’s teary little rant actually made me kinda angry LOL— Seriously, Aang neglecting her and Bumi is just so OOC that it fills me with this WHOLE-CONSUMING RAGE.



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Jeezes718 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
My guess is because aang was not raised with his parents, due to being taken away from them upon being identified as the avatar, so he never had someone to teach him how to be a parent. Katara had her father her whole life to serve as an example,but Aang due to his lack of any sort of influence was unintentionally a less than perfect dad. Also he was raised by monks within a society that was more spiritual and almost religious than most, its nature versus nurture.
By nature he is kind and loving.
But by nurture he is nomadic and separate from others.
It makes sense in a kick to the nads kind of way.
Meroko26 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
THIS! Thank you for THIS! I can't imagine Aang would have a fave kid and even if he tried that Katara would let him get away with it. One of my biggest beefs with LoK is this nonsense that Aang was a Dad who neglected two of his kids willingly. Thanks for correcting it. 
Aros001 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
I think it was more unintentional than that. With Tenzin being an airbender, Aang was able to bond more with him than his other kids and probably unintentionally favored on him a little two much because he felt there was more they could do together.

I tend to compare the relationship to the family in the Foxtrot comic strip. There are three kids and the dad is often seen bonding with the oldest son because they have similar interests and much more in common than the other two, such as sports and overeating. It doesn't mean the dad loves his other two kids any less, it's simply just easier for him to bond with his oldest.
Fenz-art Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You can't really blame him.

1. He never had any parents. He was raised by the airbending monks, so he ever really had a role-model. True he did have Master Eyatzue, but he got taken away from him while Aang was still young.

2. You can kinda understand why Aang loves that Tenzin is a airbender. AANG IS THE LAST AIRBENDER!!!! If they don't get some new blood soon, airbending would die out!

All set aside I love this drawing, especially how Katara handled the situation. LOL! Great job.
demiJecht Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I'm gonna be the devils advocate for this one, I actually liked that Aang wasn't a perfect father. No one is perfect and i liked that Aang did mess up something so important yeah after he died he probably realized he screwed up or even before that but it still made him seem more human to me more real.
Do I love this comic, yes
Do I think that this is more realistic? hell yeah but still I like the idea that Aang neglected his other children.
Guntherson962 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Katara: You take our kids to Ember Island or I'll Water Whip you so hard Korra will feel it!!!!
Aang: Wait, who's Korra?
Katara: NEVER MIND THAT!!!!!! EMBER ISLAND!!!!!!:angry: 
50 years later...
Korra: Hey Katara, my face hurts again.
Katara: I'm sure it'll stop at some point just give it time.:evil_smile:
125thorpej Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
and so ends the mystery of why korra occasionally gets twinges of pain in her face
125thorpej Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
don't understand it katara hit aang so hard his next life feels it
Asaylum117 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2015
Oh jesus! Now I'm scared of Katara for the rest of enternity because of this! Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] 
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Aang became a douchebag when he grew up, just have to accept it
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
...not without a fight. Especially considering Katara seems to still have fond memories, and we know that she's not very good with neglecting children. Especially their own.
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
I'm sure she was a great parent, it just seems that Aaang was not
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
...if she can get him to be scared stiff when he was twelve and crushing on her, it wouldn't take much to set him in line later. Not to mention the fact that both of them seem really good with kids.
LOOPIEGIRL Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
well here`s the bright side ,aang Now you and zuko can be matching buddies Oh yeah. Yay. Good for you. :D (Big Grin) Nod 
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
They never fixed it. Apparently, the theme of LOK is that -- men suck, women rule. On all levels.
Even as a girl I find Make it stop...  Face palm ariel
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Not at all, Bolin is awesome, he becomes like a Super powered lavabender (I mean that's a skill even rarer than Metalbending, even Toph can't do that), and he's shown to be an even stronger earthbender than Lin and Su.

Tenzin is a much better man than his father, a better father and a great brother to his siblings

Bumi will probably someday be an airbending master like his brother

Varrick is a genius on the level of Asami and Hiroshi (Hiroshi gives his life up to save the republic), and while he's completely nuts, really does care about others and wants to do the right thing

Wu turns out to be an excellent leader and may end up a President of the new Earth Nation Democracy

Basically only Mako and Aang are shown to be failures as men
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
A lot of those characters were very poorly developed. (lol, in fact, MOST characters were poorly developed). Asami, Wan, and to an extent even Horoshi give me chills with their low level development. In fact, Asami and Wan felt like they were almost forced into the story line. I originally excused Asami's severely lacking development as a protagonist because I assumed she was actually a secret antagonist--which would have been interesting and meant further development later. But when she remained a friend and ally--and for all other purposes a tag-along character--it was just plain sad. Her character was gimmicky at best. Nothing she really did in the story line was so detrimental to a point that another character could not have done the same. In fact, I often found her role and skill far too close to Varrick's--with a lot less personality. She has the personality of a cardboard cutout. The fact that her father gave up his life felt rushed and somewhat forced--and a little cliche. I saw it coming since she was so "I hate you Daddy" and then reverted quickly to "I might be able to forgive you...someday..." (I really don't even find her motive for HATING her dad to be that valid. Disappointed? Maybe, not hate.) I really didn't even have any emotional attachment to Horoshi at the time of his death.

The men in this series, as a whole, were very used. Several of them were...let's just nicely say were either not too bright or overly arrogant. You have a masochist cousin who loves to dominate men. The father whom Asami hates. There were two avatar yin/yang spirits--and the good was a female while the evil was a male. Mako was shown as a boy toy for the sake of furthering pathetic teen-romance-drama triangles (though this seems like a waste for an otherwise interesting character. Further development of his and his brother's background, bond, etc, were never really touched on). Korra determined that she didn't need to have a romantic, significant other to strengthen her--oh wait, they took that back. Apparently if it is a girl significant other, she can be strong since only Asami can "understand" her...Talk about undermining the entire 2nd and 3rd seasons. Kuvira makes a fool of Baatar Jr. by using him.  Tenzin is overbearing and is eventually proven wrong by everyone because he has to just back up and let Jinora and Korra go so they can be stronger. Aang (a former admired protagonist with a heart of gold) suddenly defies 60+ episodes of previous development to abandon his previous nature and become a horrible father and role model (a bit forced as well). Jinora proves that apparently she is one of the best air benders ever and is able to become one of the youngest air bending masters--previous avatar excluded, of course (and what's up with the whole arrow thing, anyway? Even the little kid air benders had them in the original. It wasn't the sign of a master...)--it was just one long political animation centered around feminism. It's for this reason that I often dislike 90% of female leading protagonist characters. They always feel like a point has to be made.

It would have been far, far, far better and more enjoyable if they had just animated the conclusion of the original series. Or, to make this one more successful, they should have: deleted Wan, Asami, and possibly the corny avatar tapeworm characters Raava and what's-his-name (they really do look like tapeworms), thrown in 2-3 episodes of flashback about Zuko's mother, left out ALL couples (it's really just annoying to couple characters up), included Zuko's daughter and grandson a bit more (I so thought they were going to do this since they introduced them), developed the potentially awesome Bolin and Mako bond and background, told a story instead of teaching a political agenda, and somehow tied the 4 seasons together instead of it being 4 separate battles against separate antagonists. Korra has had more difficulty and antagonists on the job than any other avatar.

(...yikes this got long quick. Sorry for the long read, lol)
Guntherson962 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Funny as it seems, Asami actually was supposed to be an Equalist when she first appeared. She was supposed to be like the LOK version of Talia Al Ghul from Batman in how Talia seduced Batman to get close to him and Asami doing the same to Mako to get close to Korra. The idea was scrapped though after she grew on the staff and they changed it around, they were able to do it pretty easily to since the whole point of her being an Equalist was supposed to be shown all at once as a big shocker and not hinted at, again, much like Talia. They even look kinda similar if you look at pictures of Talia from Batman the Animated series. And one last thing, Mako was a lot more interesting back in book 1, now I'm just ashamed that he shares that name with Kill La Kill's Mako Mankanshoku(who is so many different kinds of awesome she's only out shined by the badassery that is same series's own Satsuki Kiryuin). Lastly the dark tapewor-spirit is called Vaatu(I am such a nerd).
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
That's really funny that she was actually supposed to be an antagonist! (Ah-ha, I knew it! lol :D ) Based off what you said, I think that plot would have been more interesting and complex (you're right. She does remind me of Talia). When I first saw her, I suspected she might be a bad guy and I was waiting for it to build, but was disappointed that it ended up being a dud. As far as Mako, I know what you mean. I really liked his character in book 1. He seemed like he was smart, occasionally a jerk but not a terrible person (which made him more round), and a very good big brother to such an extent that he put his brother's needs before his own. I thought they'd build more on that, but...oh well. What a waste of so many potentially good, yet undeveloped characters and ideas. It's like they had no main story idea and where making up each season as they went.
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Sorry, I completely disagree that Asami and Wan were poorly developed, Asami never hated her father, but after what he had done, she felt she had to distance herself from him at least in her own mind.

And the idea that she was supposed to be detrimental is ridiculous, why would she need to be a detriment?  She was one of the good guys, and yeah she played an important role, both as a foil and friend to Korra at first, and eventually a lover.  As well as someone who could supply Korra and the gang with the necessary gear they would need.

In addition she was to be someone who could handle herself in a fight and capable of running a business.

No, her personality was never intended to be as over the top as Varrick's, but that's not the issue, the issue was how she fit her roles and her importance to Korra's story.

The point wasn't your attachment to Hiroshi's but her attachment to him and how his death affected her.

Mako was never interesting, every dislike you level at Asami would be better suited to Mako, completely without personality or redeeming quality, he was at best just a way from Korra and Asami to become friends.  He could have died in season one and the story would not have been changed at all.  He didn't really serve any greater role, everything he did could have been done by Bolin without harming the story.

If any character was worthless in the series, it was Mako.

No being a fun loving kid, doesn't make you a good father, so Aang being a crummy father doesn't come across as forced at all.  In fact the lack of a real father figure as he grew up helps to explain why he was such a bad father figure.

Sorry but your final comments just sound like a bunch of head canon wants, and would have resulted in a medicore story far worse than TLA, instead of a series that eventually surpassed its predecessor in every way
Guntherson962 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I have to disagree with you about Mako, not that he became so dull after book 1, there is no debating that, but that 'He could have died in season one and the story would not have been changed at all' is untrue he is the lynch pin for book 2-4 [I AM ABOUT TO SPOIL BOOK 2, 3, AND 4 OF LOK CONTINUE AT OWN RISK... STILL WITH ME? OK IF YOU ARE STILL HERE TANGENT AHEAD... YOU'VE BEEN WARNED]. If he hadn't been a little b!tch and told President Raiko that Korra was going right to General Iroh then they could have broken through the blockade at the South Pole and Korra could have closed at least one of the spirit portals meaning Vaatu wouldn't have been freed and Korra would still be connected to all her past lives, true this would have resulted in no new Airbenders and sad faces for JinoraXKai and BolinXOpal fans(no wait those fans wouldn't exist and some people would still want Bolin to go back to Korra's cousin who's name escapes me at the moment), but would also mean Zaheer was never made into an Airbender then killed the Earth Queen which led to all the crap with Kuvira and lastly Korra would have never been poisoned with freakin mercury. So yeah Mako dying would have a pretty big impact on the show.
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2015
It's okay to disagree. That's just a difference of opinion--but don't start getting childish because someone disagrees with you. I mean seriously...

It was lazy to not finish the original series--which is why their ratings started plummeting after season 1. But that aside, in regards to the Mako / Asami character thing, let me clear that up.

First, it's best to understand what I mean about their development by looking at the original team avatar. Each one of them was very unique even while being very imperfect. Because of this, they all had specific roles that only they could do--making good character chemistry for a good plot line. Their strengths assisted the others' weaknesses.
Aang- Super-powered, kind-hearted, very trusting, a little naive, vegetarian, optimistic, very sensitive and in-touch with others' feelings (which is why he accepts Zuko and cannot kill the fire lord).
Sokka- Sarcastic, pessimistic, told bad jokes (it was almost his trademark), not physically very strong but a strategist, very non-vegetarian, had a strong drive of duty, and was pretty good with a boomerang--like, freakishly good. He also later branched out by trying something new and practicing sword.
Katara- Slightly naive (but not as much as Aang), adventurous, weak but up-and-coming water bender, very maternal, at times over-protective of those she cares for, strong willed, stubborn, jealous, unforgiving, realist, and later healer.
Toph- Blind, amazing earth bender, grumpy, strong-willed, rebellious, tough but still occasionally like being girly, confrontational, wanting acceptance.
Zuko- Initially he is an okay fire-bender (not the best, but not everyone is. He grows later), pretty good physical fighter, extremely proud so much it hurts, lonely, somewhat dark originally and dealing with a lot of conflict of conscience (grows a lot actually, now that I look back), and awkward around women as all get-out.

Most importantly, all of their characteristics were built on a reason. Toph was such a strong bender because she was blind, causing her to take a flaw and make it a super-powered flare. Sokka had a strong drive of duty and was very "men rule" because he was forced to be the oldest male role model in his village. Likewise, Katara was weak in water bending and very maternal because she was the last water bender and forced to be "mom" when their mother died. She was very "girls rule" because she grew up with her brother. Zuko's pride was because his father had humiliated him, etc. They all had a reason that made their unique traits because these characters had development. This is not always true in LOK.

Most of the characters in LOK lack this development and chemistry severely--especially Asami. For Mako, it's like they started to develop him, and then just stopped.

Therefore, I find Asami's personality very boring.  She doesn't seem like she feels much--as though she is made to be a little too perfect, too pretty, no flaws, etc.  Whatever she sets out to do, she always is able to do it. She did hate her father. She said she never wanted to see him again because what he had done was inexcusable.  (Which is dumb, since we knew that grief of his wife's loss and fear for his daughter is what spurred his actions to begin with. So the entire "I never want to hear or see you again" bit was a bit overly pushed--and I feel that is because they wanted to make it more impactful when they killed Hiroshi). No one said that her personality had to be like Varrick's--but some personality to begin with would have been helpful. She had no major skills--not really physically, not as a bender, and as I said, her "genius" ability was gimmicky given we already had more than one "genius" character. She honestly feels more like fan service than anything else.

Mako's personality after season 1 was annoying and somewhat boring. He wasn't really a "couple up" sort of character--and doing that sort of went against the personality they gave him and made a weak plot centered around "who will Korra / Mako date next?" However, he had been developed originally with more personality and interest for the first season. He was shown that he was a loving brother who would do anything to protect his younger brother--even if it meant giving up a relationship with a girl he liked (despite her being really pushy) because he knew that his brother had feelings for her as well. It showed that growing up on the streets and dealing with a somewhat too-trusting and light-hearted brother made him overly cautious and suspicious. He was shown to be pretty strong, too, and could defend himself as needed as well as having a strong sense of intuition and common sense. However, a lot of this changed. Starting in season 2, he wasn't the same character they originally developed. He was inexplicably moody, at times cold to his brother without reason, whined (a lot), and seemed to get shown up in battle and in social conversation way too easily. They somewhat tried to redeem his character later, but were unsuccessful because they had already gone too far the other way. However, the character originally had great potential.

Sadly, because of the lack of development, conflicting interests, fan service, and reaching for sensationalism, Legend of Korra feels more like a fan-fiction than actual cannon.
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
You don't really give any reason for why you find Asami boring, you just dislike her because you think she's too perfect, that's an acceptable opinion for you to have, but its just that an opinion.

No she didn't hate her father, as the scene in the park showed, she was hurt by what he had done, but she truly still loved him, because he was her father and there had been a time when they had been happy together.

People say a lot of things when they are angry at someone, and she was angry at her father for what he did, and what he did do was inexcusable, regardless of the pain he felt over his wife's loss, he turned against all benders for the crimes of a few, that is a dangerous and very reprehensible decision to make.

You're welcome to your opinion, but her skills as a fighter and as an engineer/designer have been shown many times in the series, so you're on very flimsy ground when you say she has no skills.

Here is the problem with Mako, any of the scenes he had that didn't involve Bolin could have been done by another character, any other character, even a random one shot

even in season one, he existed really only as a way to get Korra and Asami to meet and become allies

Truthfully they could have and probably should have killed him off in season one and used that as a catalyst to make Bolin grow up faster.
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I'm not sure why you're so fixated only on Mako and Asami's characters. (I'm sort of coming to the conclusion that it's because you're into shipping characters... Stare lol ) However, I'm sort of growing bored talking about them, as neither is my favorite character to begin with. I mean, spending more than a day talking about why you think a character is boring is just...boring...

To be honest, the most entertaining characters for me were Bolin, Toph, Varrick, Zhu Li, and Pema. Oh, wait--and Pabu. Boomi was okay, I guess. All this "so-and-so should love so-and-so bit and everyone else should die" gimmick + the predominating theme of "Women don't need men" truly represents why the series took a huge hit to the ratings after season 1.

I gave plenty of reasons why Asami is a boring character more than once. She is not unique. Her skill is owned by other characters. She does not show a lot of emotions. She is too perfect and very predictable. She does not show complex thought but somewhat superficial ones. She is fan service at best--which is insulting (the end of the series somewhat further proved to me that she was fan service). She makes no large contribution to the story. She is, for all intended purposes, created just to be a "I'm a love interest" character. That's it.

And the whole "Mako" rant just says that you are probably a Korra x Asami fan--meaning (as I generally have seen) that you have a bit of a bias based on fandom instead of a literary standpoint. Therefore, there really is no point talking about it if you're not going to look at it in an unbiased way. There was a saying my professor use to say--if you're too emotionally attached to a character to remove yourself from it, then you won't be able to stand back and look at it fairly.
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Nope, I'm covering them because you spent so much of your previous posts on them.

Sorry, but I was trying to give your points a fair rebuttal.

Pema was extremely underdeveloped, she just came across as a put upon mom and wife, trying to deal with her crazy family.

Now I agree Bolin was awesome, I'm not as sold on Varrick, yes he was funny, but not much else, and Zhu Li was his straightman (erm straightwoman), he provided ridiculous comic relief, but wasn't really interesting beyond that.

Toph was great because she acted as a crotchety Yoda character, who doesn't love that

Not really, there is no one character who is a genius and a skilled fighter, some are one or the other (but that's true of pretty much every character)

You're back on opinons with your view that she is lacking in emotions and is too perfect/superficial, you're welcome to them, but I disagree on all those counts.

She is a much bigger influence on the story than Mako, sorry, but it's true, she is the one who makes bigger contributions to the story that cannot be done by other characters (at least not believably)

Mako could be replaced easily and without any damage to the story.

You know I could say similar things to you about your bias towards Mako and against Asami, but I won't since that's just lazy arguing, which you seem to use a little too often from what I've seen.
Monkeyfreed Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
It makes sense in why Aang isn't a good parent. He was never taught or even learned on on being a parent. He most likely loved all his kids equally, but made Tenzin his priority because he was an airbender. He was probably good, but his neglectfulness just piled on. 
GoldenRaidor6 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
You go Katara!
xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Amusing comic, personally I liked Aang and Katara not being perfect/ideal parents, they are still clearly loved by their kids even if there are issues within the family so I think it works well. 
TrueBlueTardis Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna hug Kya & Bumi
Wanna cheer Katara on
Wanna do to Aang what his wife already did
Not sure what I wanna do with Tenzin....hugs I guess.
LadyofLegends Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Writer
Kya's face made me laugh, but what she was saying made me feel like I was gonna cry... :(
Gram91 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Now that I think about it, after watching the episode about Avatar Wan, couldn't Aang have just given out airbending? They weren't exactly specific on the energy bending in the first place anyways. Probably could have made Bumi an airbender right away.
Pokingaround Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Well, Aang knew how to "reactivate" or "deactivate" someone's bending. Giving it to someone... was probably more complicated. And to be fair, he might have not known he could.

And honestly, it doesn't make too much sense that Aang would knowingly leave two of his kids behind, even though he was an Air Nomad... Focusing on Tenzin in his lessons? I can totally picture that. Teaching him the philosophy and stories of his people more than Kya or Bumi? Sure. Having to spend only a little time with all his family due to being the Avatar and everything that entails? Indeed. Just leaving Kya, Bumi, and Katara behind to travel everywhere with just Tenzin? ...I can't really imagine that.
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Me neither. Family seemed to be quite a big thing for Aang, even if it was more of a tribe.
FizzyMizzy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
We all know Katara would straighten him out.
PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I agree with this 100000000%~
iamSketchH Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I don't think it's out of character at all. Aang always came off as somewhat selfish and arrogant to me for some reason. At times, I often felt he wasn't perhaps as developed as the other characters. Even though he's the main character, you know the least about him in terms of depth and background.

On a side note, it always creeped me out that some 12 year old was in a "serious" relationship with a 14 year old...and making out with said 14 year old at the end of the series. I mean...seriously? If they were older, the age difference wouldn't be as big a deal, but there is a lot of mental and emotional development between those ages at that stage.  I work with 13-14 year olds at work everyday and let me tell you--not realistic at all, ESPECIALLY if the girl is the older. Sokka on the other hand...yeah. That pretty much sums up the average 14-15 year old. No complaints there.

So, in short, I guess I can actually see it possible that Aang was the sort of father to play favorites. But I do think that Katara would have been able to fix that, lol.
Dave175 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
And then he dropped Bumi and Kya off at Sokka's place, because canonically they never went on those trips!
dragoeniex Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I think it's pretty interesting that the LOK show is characterizing the gaang as imperfect parents. They were never perfect to begin with, and it makes an interesting show. Toph gave her kids too much freedom and didn't help them learn to resolve conflict well. Aang fixated on teaching Tenzin and inadvertently made his other children feel less special. Neither of them did it on purpose. And they were ultimately still good parents. :)

Plus, the Kataang sibling bickering in S2 makes their teamwork in S3 all the more amazing.
xWingedCloud Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student
I totally agree!!
supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
ashangel101010 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
That is hilarious!
xWingedCloud Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student
OH MY GAWSH xDDD THIS IS AMAZING !! Katara's faces made me ROFL
ninllot Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
jajajajajajajajaja bien katara xD
shazam26 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could neeeeeevvvvver imagine Aang as a deatbeat dad. When I heard about this, I went -- you MUST be joking, right? We're talking about Aang, who gives a shit about every living bug and asshole in ATLA, being a crappy dad. Right? RIGHT?! Is there some mirror universe Aang I don't know about?!

Come on, LOK. We're not buying it. Pikachu Piff Plz 
Johnson284 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Well there's some factors to take into consideration about Aang. When Bumi was growing up, Aang was dealing with setting up Republic City and with Kya he had the Yakone situation. There's probably other things he had to deal with that show hasn't mentioned. He has responsibilities as the Avatar and rebuilding the Air Nomads. Also we have to take in perspective Bumi and Kya might have some bias with their memories, choosing to remembering the good times over the bad. I doubt Aang reinforced Tenzin to be exactly like him but that's what he more or less got out of his time with dad. He felt pressure to live up with Aang. I'm sure Aang tried his best to spend time with Bumi and Kya but Bumi still probably felt like the black sheep and Kya didn't want to be tied down to her family. 
shazam26 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly! It's nice to read a logical interpretation of the situation from someone. Aang had responsibilities as an Avatar as well as being a father, and I feel that Kya and Bumi were simply seeing him through the eyes of children. You don't always think about how hard your parents have been working, what they've been through or why they do the work they do as as a child -- you simply notice they're gone. I'm sure they just wanted their dad and it couldn't have been easy to share him with the world. As for Tenzin, I wasn't surprised to see how serious he was. Whether Aang pressured him or not, he had a lot of pressure on his shoulders as the sole carrier of his father's airbending legacy as well as being the only upholder of Air Nomad culture. He probably put a lot of pressure on himself (as you can see from the show) to keep the teachings of his father and his kind alive. He was tasked with rebuilding an entire culture once Aang was gone. That is no small task, and Tenzin had to be trained at a very early age as he was the last of Aang's children and would have him for such a short time as a teacher. 
Shadowlord123456 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Personally I think Aang was trying to get Tenzin to be more free spirited and not so serious by taking him on these vacations.
aaynra Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point!
alphaman38 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
i can almost imagine a huge argument between katara and aang about this situation when this was going on
aidorusongs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Well, we can't really tell what happened before. If the comics are going to be released until Aang's death, then I can say it for sure. I actually can understand Kya and Bumi's rant about this. But why would the creators put this stupid drama in LOK? O_O' It's like the stupid drama from the play where Katara told Aang that she is confused. 
Oh my gosh, this is a cartoon people, A CARTOON! I didn't really know what to tell my 7 years old cousin when he watched that episode from LOK. It should stay as a cartoon and not become a drama/soap opera as there are kids watching it too. 
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