Everyone seems to be talking about how “Toph is exactly who Korra needs”, and I’m honestly kind of shocked that nobody is really seeing what I am seeing. I honestly think that everyone has it backwards.
What if it’s actually Toph who needs Korra?
Let’s take a look at what we’ve seen of her so far. She’s secluded in a swamp, and hasn’t had much meaningful human contact for several years.
Furthermore, 90% of the time, all Toph seemed to talk about was herself. Well, okay. This is not much different from her younger self that the fandom has grown to love. We even get a kick out of it, really. After all, Toph has always been very self-centered. She had to be. It’s what allowed her to become a great earthbender in the first place, and one of the reasons she won our hearts years ago.
But I’m sure I’m not the only one who realizes that she’s never really talked about herself this much in such a short span of time. I see several people passing off what she has said as purposeful exaggeration in order to help Korra, but that is not why she is doing this. It may or may not result in improvement for Korra, but it is not, in my opinion, her motivation at all. Toph has been acting rough for the very same reason she always has: it’s her way of rebelling and running away from the restrictions of responsibility. Namely, her family.
Read on and I will explain.