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29 May 2011 @ 07:37 pm
Why Do You Ship Sokkla?  
 I really wanted to do a Sokkla manifesto because we don't have one. Unfortunately, we do not meet one of the requirements (which is canon/subtext hints) because Azula and Sokka don't really interact. In fact, there was only ONE time they really interacted and that was in the Day of Black Sun part II. 

Edit: Oh wait, there's also Sokka drawing Suki firebending and Sokka was the only name that Azula says out of the Gaang. (Zuko doesn't count). But that's not enough is it? 

So instead, I'm gonna make this into a discussion/question entry. Why do YOU ship Sokkla? 

I love Sokkla because they're not exactly opposites like most people believe. They're similiar but in a way that they compliment each other. Sokka and Azula are both cunning: Azula is the brains of the antagonists and Sokka's the brains of the Gaang. They're both liars. Yes, even Sokka's a liar. But unlike Azula, Sokka only lies to a certain extent. He lies to achieve his means. For example, he lied to Wan Shi Tong--a Spirit--in order to get what he and the gaang needed.

Additionally, they're both daddy's little kid (although Hakoda actually loves his son in return) but they've also got mommy troubles (moreso Azula than Sokka). Sokka loved his mother, but he doesn't remember her (I still don't get that considering he's older than Katara but whatever). Azula, I believe, loves her family in her own way (although love towards her uncle is questionable--see more of Self-Possessed/Fatty's analysis of Azula if you're curious as to how I came up with that conclusion). Azula honestly feels that Ursa didn't love her as much as Zuko, according to Mike in the Sozin's Comet book interview. (Okay that's not much of a similarity but still).

What's funny (or scary, depending on how you look at it) is that they're perfectionists...(at least Sokka is when it comes to dressing). Azula, until the finale, always looks well. Sokka likes to look well (he was worried that his belt wouldn't match his bag!). Azula's probably the type to want her significant other to be well dressed and she doesn't have to worry about that with Sokka.

Also I don't think Sokka would have to adjust all that much if he were to date Azula because he's dated a princess before, and he's with a warrior--Azula happens to be both. They're both leaders, they both take initiative and handle themselves very well on the battle field. Despite that Sokka's a "Water Tribe peasant" who can't bend, it's hard not have admiration for him--even if we were look at him through Azula's eyes.

Azula needs someone who can stand up to her, who can be on equal footing with her and that's Sokka--through wits, and from the looks

of the Boiling Rock he may even be able to challenge her on the battle field (although he was teaming up with Zuko so I don't know). There's also the saying that men who have sisters make great boyfriends/husbands because they're more understanding, and Azula does need someone who's going to be understanding and patient with her. Azula would be good for Sokka because she would be a challenge; she would keep him on his toes.

Lastly, they would make great friends if given a chance--aside from being both smart and cunning--they're both bad jokers. Together

they would take over the world without too much of a problem. I also think it's funny that Sokka has many girls crushing on him, and while Azula is beautiful--she's intimidating to the point where she frightens them. Sokka showed us in The Day of Black Sun part II, that Azula does intimidate him but not to the point that he couldn't stand up to her. Sokka's also adjusted in social situations while Azula's not. XD

I'm sort of happy now that I can't do a Sokkla ship manifesto because after writing this--I've realized how Sokka would be good for Azula, but have very weak points as to why Azula would be good for Sokka.

So why do you guys ship Sokka/Azula? And why do you think Azula would be good for Sokka and vise versa?

I hope this comm isn't dead because I'd really love some input. I hate it when people assume we ship Sokkla because it's a form of Zutara or something similar (not bashing or anything). While we do have that Fire/Ice thing going on, it's very different from Zutara. We have our own (valid) reasons, and we are our own ship--not an extension (hopefully).
scdsam: Raichu Love Songscdsam on May 30th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I've never considered Sokka/Azula a form of Zutara because (as you mentioned) they have such strong, leading personalities.

I've always thought Azula would be good for Sokka because, even though Sokka is not particularly self-absorbed or anything, he is used to girls falling for him. Throughout the series girls just seem to melt for him. Azula wouldn't make things that easy. It would be a lot of cat-and-mouse, mind game sort of play that would genuinely intrigue him. There would probably never be a time when Sokka would feel like he is the one defending/supporting/protecting Azula because she's clearly strong enough on her own.

I love that Azula is a "bad girl". Not necessarily a villain, but she enjoys mind games and manipulation. Nothing is ever straightforward with her and with Sokka being as much of a mentalist as he is, I would imagine this would be sexier than anything else. Azula is also a leader and a planner. Sokka is a great strategist but he never has anyone in the gaang to push him further with his ideas. In the Northern Air Temple, his interaction with Teo's father is a clear example of how his brainstorming can grow with leaps and bounds when he has another intellect to interact with him. He and Azula would have amazing conversation and strategies. They are bright enough to work together yet independent enough not to bow to the other's whims when a better solution exists.

My deepest (and original) love for this ship is the imagery. Even with Water/Fire, I've always found Sokka/Azula imagery to be very different from Zutara. Steel and blue lightning are both such strong, cold elements in personality, yet they're also considered "hot" weapons. Azula's lightning is only useful when it is not redirected/returned; Sokka's boomerang is only useful when it does return. Instead of contradictory elements, they have a sort of similarity that makes it seem more like a dance than a fight. They go together, it's just interesting to see the way they fit.
maylene_autumn: Sokklamaylene_autumn on May 31st, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's some great insight! And you're very astute. I never put the whole "he's an inventor that needs to be pushed to his potential" deal together. Not to mention, the comparison of their weapons. I don't think of Sokkla as a form of Zutara either, but a lot of fans do and it makes me a little sad/mad. Lastly, describing their relationship like a dance instead of a fight is how I see it.

Thank you for your reply. ^__^
Princesa Azula: Azula hermosísimaneurona_muerta on June 2nd, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Azula wouldn't make things that easy. It would be a lot of cat-and-mouse, mind game sort of play that would genuinely intrigue him.

Yessss!!! I am sure Sokka would be interested in what Azula has to offer :)

Not necessarily a villain, but she enjoys mind games and manipulation. Nothing is ever straightforward with her and with Sokka being as much of a mentalist as he is, I would imagine this would be sexier than anything else.

And lots of angry!sex to come! xD I agree with this so much!! <3 You also make a lovely point in the imagery thing. There are many details that have me hooked to this two, and yours is one of them!! (And the songs you write!! <3<3<3)