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  • I've always felt, whenever rewatching Avatar: The Legend of Korra, that the scenes with Korra and Mako in Book 2 were sometimes extremely painful to watch because of how flip-floppy and narrow-minded Korra was. Mako had always come off as the smarter one between the two, but Korra made him look a saint.

    -There's the scene where Korra asks Mako what to do, and Mako gives this response: "Do what you think is right, I'll support you either way." Not only is that the best response he could've given, it also supports her independence-which is what Korra was all about, seeing as we have 5 episodes about her bitching about Tenzin and her Dad being restrictive. However, Korra responds by yelling at him because...she's letting her be independent?

    -Then there's the scene where Mako suggests Korra appear neutral in the North v South conflict and she starts giving Mako QUITE a lot of heat for doing so, despite the fact that it's perfectly reasonable. Korra is infamous for yelling whenever people aren't doing exactly what she wants but it's a lot more painful to see here because...Mako's right, she's the Avatar, the symbol of unity, being neutral SHOULD be her stance.

    -Let's not forget their infamous breakup scene, which made me cringe. Korra gets mad at Mako for telling the President that she was going to summon up the military, calling him crazy, a traitor, a betrayer, kicking over valuable documents, and storming into a police building unintended. This fails really, REALLY badly.

    For one thing, the MOMENT that Korra remembers that Mako knows about her plan, she immediately rushes over to his building without a shadow of doubt. It's pretty bad that she had absolutely no faith in him to begin with.

    Secondly, when Mako asks what he should have done, so as to get Korra's perspective, she notably doesn't just say "You should've lied!" but instead leaves it vague. It shows that even she doesn't believe he should've lied to the President.

    Thirdly...it was the President. Lying to the highest body of government, about a manner concerning global militaries and entire bodies of the population, while functioning under oath, would be an extremely heinous move on Mako's part. But in the 10-25 minutes it would have taken for her to get to him she apparently didn't consider...any of this.

    -Finally, let's not forget Book 1, where she constantly attacks Mako for liking Asami...before they had actually formed a relationship. That's petty, incredibly self-absorbed and all-around awful. (Bonus points for her immediately assuming he loved Asami because...they seemed to like each other on a basic level?)


    So yeah. Korra is overall a great character, but whenever she has romantic scenes with Mako she comes off as stupid, mean, petty, very-quick-to-assume, extremely demanding, and single-minded. I hate her so much in these scenes.

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    • To be honest, Korra never proved to have a true love relationship with Mako.

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    • Mako was pretty awful too if you actually paid attention. Messed with Asami twice, back in book 1 and in book 2. Practically took advantage of amnesia-fied Korra which he never apologized for either things. https://lokgifsandmusings.tumblr.com/post/107842287143/meta-makos-fear-of-emasculation Just read this post. Not saying Korra was a saint during that time but it's kind of disingenuous to say this. Mako was nowhere near "perfect." They were just incompatible and unhealthy.

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    • About Amnesia-fied Korra Mako felt very bad about it and even tried to apologize and tell the truth to her, except Korra figured it out first. Even if Mako was awful, Korra would still make him look like a saint in comparison.

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    • In all fairness Mako did betray Korra in Book 2 when he told the self serving Raiko of her plans to get help for the South in the Water Tribe Civil War, when Korra was trying to protect her parents and home from her power hungry uncle. If Mako truly cared about Korra, he should've kept his mouth shut and not say a word to Raiko.


      So she was right to act the way she did, if someone had betrayed me like that when my loved one's were in danger from a tyrant, I'd react the same way, or go further then Korra did

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    • Mosorire wrote: About Amnesia-fied Korra Mako felt very bad about it and even tried to apologize and tell the truth to her, except Korra figured it out first. Even if Mako was awful, Korra would still make him look like a saint in comparison.

      Mako is not a saint at all, he reminds me of my gaslighting ex. And you obviously did not read that link I sent.

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    • Sergio N wrote: In all fairness Mako did betray Korra in Book 2 when he told the self serving Raiko of her plans to get help for the South in the Water Tribe Civil War, when Korra was trying to protect her parents and home from her power hungry uncle. If Mako truly cared about Korra, he should've kept his mouth shut and not say a word to Raiko.



      So she was right to act the way she did, if someone had betrayed me like that when my loved one's were in danger from a tyrant, I'd react the same way, or go further then Korra did

      Exactly, he was too busy being insecure. Theres also the fact he was willing to risk his job for Asami but not for Korra when her fanily was in danger. I dont even want to get into him bitc*ing about her wanting to be a part of the South Water Tribe's peaceful protest.

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    • ImperfectClock7 wrote:

      Sergio N wrote: In all fairness Mako did betray Korra in Book 2 when he told the self serving Raiko of her plans to get help for the South in the Water Tribe Civil War, when Korra was trying to protect her parents and home from her power hungry uncle. If Mako truly cared about Korra, he should've kept his mouth shut and not say a word to Raiko.



      So she was right to act the way she did, if someone had betrayed me like that when my loved one's were in danger from a tyrant, I'd react the same way, or go further then Korra did

      Exactly, he was too busy being insecure. Theres also the fact he was willing to risk his job for Asami but not for Korra when her fanily was in danger. I dont even want to get into him bitc*ing about her wanting to be a part of the South Water Tribe's peaceful protest.

      Yeah, Mako was basically a very bad boyfriend and a bad friend to both Korra and Asami, I think Mako should be lucky neither woman had a big older brother, cause if they did, no doubt that brother would want a 'word' with Mako about hurting his sister.

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    • What I want to know is if any of you support the relationship between Korra and Mako.

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    • Hong Shen wrote:
      What I want to know is if any of you support the relationship between Korra and Mako.

      No, never! Korrasami is better.

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    • Hong Shen wrote: What I want to know is if any of you support the relationship between Korra and Mako.

      I never bought them as a couple. It came out of nowhere, Mako was genuinely attracted to Asami then he suddenly liked Korra without the show even exploring why or how. In the Spanish dub he even calls her a guy friend. Theres the other thing were he was quick to get rid of their friendship when she suspected what Hiroshi was doing then suddenly hes all like "I can't live without her." How was this even organic? After they break up he tries to get back into Asami's pants. Anyways long story short, when I was about 15 when the show began, I preferred her with Bolin, but after the show I bought into Korrasami.

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    • Anyway Korrasami is the best couple of all time.

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    • ImperfectClock7 wrote:
      Mako was pretty awful too if you actually paid attention. Messed with Asami twice, back in book 1 and in book 2. Practically took advantage of amnesia-fied Korra which he never apologized for either things.

      That’s false. I paid meticulous attention to everything, much more attention than you have as you lied about Mako several times. Mako was never meant to be “awful” because he always has good intentions for both Korra and Asami and has done countless good things for them, which people like you choose to ignore and only focus on his mistakes. He actually did apologize to Asami in “Skeletons in the Closet”: “Asami, I'm sorry things got so messed up between us, but whatever happens today, I want you to know how much I care about you.” And he never meant to take advantage of amnesia-fled Korra. It was a white lie to protect her feelings from getting hurt as he confirms so in “Light in the Dark”: “I know I should have, but ... I didn't wanna hurt you all over again. I guess part of me wanted to forget about the break-up too.” In addition? Considering how horribly Korra treated him in book 2, Mako doesn’t owe amnesia-fled Korra an apology for lying to her. He only should’ve gave Asami a better apology in “Skeletons in the Closet”.

      And? To elaborate on what it actually means to take advantage of people is deliberately abusing, overworking, and ordering them around with no concern for their physical and/or mental health. An accurate example is the abusive relationship between Varrick and Zhu Li. Which proves throughout the series that Varrick, the abuser, deliberately orders around and overworks his assistant Zhu Li far beyond what she is physically and mentally capable of. However, their objectively incompatible and unhealthy relationship is played just for “laughs”.

      I have thoroughly. (I am just going to ignore the foul language in the post for the sake of argument.) The post makes several exaggerated claims against Mako. For example, it dishonestly claims that Mako loves to feed his canonically almost non-existent “ego” and “pride”. His role as a loving and caring protector for his girlfriend and others canonically stems from his good intentions. It has nothing to do with feeding an “ego” or “pride”. He canonically behaved so modest, passive, and timid with his first two girlfriends. Examples include, but are not limited to: his never initiating any kisses, never flirting with them, and behaving awkward/embarrassed in front of them. If Mako genuinely had pride or ego, he would’ve behaved much more confident and/or decisive and take the initiative on his girlfriends. But he does not. However, the post is correct about Mako wanting to feel useful and loved (I mean, who doesn’t?), but that does not relate to pride or ego. Canonically he doesn’t want to feel lonely and useless although sadly he does become lonely and useless in book 4 and the comics so far.


      About Amnesia-fied Korra Mako felt very bad about it and even tried to apologize and tell the truth to her, except Korra figured it out first.

      There’s a lot of canonical evidence to support this claim such as when Mako was looking at a picture with him and Korra with a regretful face, regretting his breaking up with her and betraying her for President Raiko. Although he didn’t need to officially apologize to amnesia-fled Korra considering how badly she treated him in book 2, he was planning to because he has a good heart filled with romantic love.


      he reminds me of my gaslighting ex

      So now you’re guilty of backbiting your ex in addition to falsely accusing ME of loving to cheat on significant others and being an internet troll.


      Theres also the fact he was willing to risk his job for Asami but not for Korra when her fanily was in danger.

      I should point out that Avatar Aang would’ve handled the situation much better. A responsible, fully realized Avatar wouldn’t need a number of average troops to fight for him/her. Avatar Korra asking for needless help from General Iroh II was irresponsible of her.

      What I want to know is if any of you support the relationship between Korra and Mako.

      I did in book 1 because of how strong, useful, loving, and protective they were to each other when fighting Amon. I loved Mako the most when he was trying his best to protect Korra like she is the most beloved and precious person to him in the entire world from Amon.

      then he suddenly liked Korra without the show even exploring why or how

      False. It was explained. For example, Mako told Korra that he thinks she is the most selfless or brave person he’s known.

      After they break up he tries to get back into Asami's pants.

      Completely FALSE again and insulting. Not only does Mako canonically behave uninterested in sexual activity as evidenced by his being reluctant to initiate a simple kiss to either of his girlfriends throughout the series, but also in “The Guide”, he initially declines Asami’s offer to get some dinner. He wasn’t initially interested in having a date with her because he was busy: “No, thanks. I'm a little busy.” It was canonically Asami who took the initiative the second time just as the first time.

      Anyway Korrasami is the best couple of all time.

      Do you honestly believe that? In all of fiction?

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    • Apparently you like to make long arguments.

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    • Korra and Mako were just generally not good for each other.  As in: being a couple brought out bad sides of the both of them.  Much as I like their friendship now: their attempt to date was an object-lesson in why it's for the best that they kept it platonic from there on out.

      On an only tangentially related note?  I just love (for a certain "not really" value of the word) how calling out an abuser—and not even by name—is "backbiting" now.

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    • Deist Zealot wrote:
      Korra and Mako were just generally not good for each other.  As in: being a couple brought out bad sides of the both of them.  Much as I like their friendship now: their attempt to date was an object-lesson in why it's for the best that they kept it platonic from there on out.

      On an only tangentially related note?  I just love (for a certain "not really" value of the word) how calling out an abuser—and not even by name—is "backbiting" now.

      Maybe their relationship was quite tough and complicated from the start.

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    • Sergio N wrote:
      In all fairness Mako did betray Korra in Book 2 when he told the self serving Raiko of her plans to get help for the South in the Water Tribe Civil War, when Korra was trying to protect her parents and home from her power hungry uncle. If Mako truly cared about Korra, he should've kept his mouth shut and not say a word to Raiko.


      So she was right to act the way she did, if someone had betrayed me like that when my loved one's were in danger from a tyrant, I'd react the same way, or go further then Korra did

      Mako's not my favorite character, but I can't really fault him in that situation. Like the man or not, Raiko was the lawfully-elected president of the United Republic, and he was doing what he believed was in the best interest of his country. If Mako hadn't told him Korra's plan, then there's the very real possibility that United Republic would have been drawn into a war that didn't concern them. Hundreds of lives could have been lost. If it was discovered that Mako, a law enforcement officer who works for the government, knew about Korra's plan and didn't say anything or, even worse, straight-up lied about it, he could be tried for and found guilty of treason.


      Korra's the Avatar and isn't actually a citizen of the United Republic, so there's not much Raiko could do to her. Iroh would be fine since officially, on paper, he was "just going on patrol," and on top of everything else, he's the crown prince of the Fire Nation; he's basically bulletproof. But Mako, a no-name orphan who grew up on the streets, not so much.

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    • I think so too lol that’s why I’m not a fan of the relationship...

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    • General442 wrote:
      Sergio N wrote:
      In all fairness Mako did betray Korra in Book 2 when he told the self serving Raiko of her plans to get help for the South in the Water Tribe Civil War, when Korra was trying to protect her parents and home from her power hungry uncle. If Mako truly cared about Korra, he should've kept his mouth shut and not say a word to Raiko.


      So she was right to act the way she did, if someone had betrayed me like that when my loved one's were in danger from a tyrant, I'd react the same way, or go further then Korra did

      Mako's not my favorite character, but I can't really fault him in that situation. Like the man or not, Raiko was the lawfully-elected president of the United Republic, and he was doing what he believed was in the best interest of his country. If Mako hadn't told him Korra's plan, then there's the very real possibility that United Republic would have been drawn into a war that didn't concern them. Hundreds of lives could have been lost. If it was discovered that Mako, a law enforcement officer who works for the government, knew about Korra's plan and didn't say anything or, even worse, straight-up lied about it, he could be tried for and found guilty of treason.


      Korra's the Avatar and isn't actually a citizen of the United Republic, so there's not much Raiko could do to her. Iroh would be fine since officially, on paper, he was "just going on patrol," and on top of everything else, he's the crown prince of the Fire Nation; he's basically bulletproof. But Mako, a no-name orphan who grew up on the streets, not so much.

      The United Republic in the past intervened in conflicts in other parts of the world from what Bumi says on several occasions about in past in the United Republic military, so the United Republic should've intervened in the Water Tribe Civil War, that would've prevented the whole Dark Avatar from happening later on.

      Mako should've kept his mouth shut as Raiko only cared about himself, not about Republic City and him being found guilty of treason when he helped stop the Equalists before the events of Book 2, that wouldn't happen. But he didn't keep his mouth and he betrayed Korra to a self serving politician.

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    • Sergio N wrote: The United Republic in the past intervened in conflicts in other parts of the world from what Bumi says on several occasions about in past in the United Republic military, so the United Republic should've intervened in the Water Tribe Civil War, that would've prevented the whole Dark Avatar from happening later on.

      Mako should've kept his mouth shut as Raiko only cared about himself, not about Republic City and him being found guilty of treason when he helped stop the Equalists before the events of Book 2, that wouldn't happen. But he didn't keep his mouth and he betrayed Korra to a self serving politician.

      When Bumi was doing those military campaigns Tarrlok was the one in charge. Different administrations often have different policies. Odds are, when Raiko took office, he pulled the United Forces out of those active campaigns. That may have even been a contributing factor to Bumi's early retirement. Again, I make the point, Raiko was the President and Commander-in-Chief. Whether you like the man or not, he was legally elected, so he gets to shape the policies of the nation.

      Also, it's not like Mako went and tattled on Korra the instant Bolin told him her plan. Raiko asked him point-blank if he knew anything about what Korra was scheming. There's a difference between plausible deniability and lying, it's the reason why Korra deliberately didn't loop Mako in. If Bolin had kept his mouth shut, then Mako could just have said, "Nope, she hasn't told me anything," even though he might have had a rough idea. But now that he actually knew all the details, legally, he couldn't lie about it. If Mako had lied and Bolin ended up spilling the beans that Mako knew all about Korra's plan (which, considering Bolin, is VERY likely), then Mako could be tried for TREASON for taking actions which would have ultimately lead to a war with the Northern Water Tribe.

      Just an FYI, treason usually comes with a death sentence attached to it.

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