CancerianFireLordess wrote:I'm also a fan of the maturity Bolin possesses at such a young age. Had it been any other 16 year old boy, he would have reacted like, "WELL SCREW YOU, BITCH-SLUT-BUTTERFACE-WHORE. BRUH, I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE BEEN FRIENDZONED. IT'S ALWAYS US NICE GUYS," and would have continued making her feel like crap for 'denying' him. Honestly, if you care for a girl as much as he does Korra, being a friend should suffice because all he wants is to see her happy. /endrant
Basically, all of the awards to Bolin
Yeah, I know what you mean. Which is another reason why Bolin is one of my favorite characters in the show. He reminds me of myself, or rather, the kind of guy I strive to be. Like, I make a lot of friends in real life (not so true in message boards though,
), and a lot of my girl-friends -- that is, my friends who are females -- are couples with guys who are real jerks to them. And because I'm Mr. "nice guy", I'm the one that they tend to vent all their problems to, who actually listens to them, gives them advice, and do whatever fun stuff that I know they like doing to make them smile and feel better again. Why? Just because I genuinely love them.
In the back of my mind, I'm usually like, "WHY DON'T YOU GO OUT WITH ME INSTEAD?!?!", but I always shove that out of my head when it comes up. Because you're right Cancerian, that sort of attitude only makes the person feel like crap. So instead I delight best in being their friends, picking them up when the fall so to speak.
All of that is one of the major reasons why I love Bolin's character. He's a real man! Afterwards, when they were all making up after their semi-final match, and Korra apologized to him, I noticed that he did two important things. (1) He said "I'll be alright", which is to diminish his own personal pain or frustration, forsaking his own personal wants, and (2) he said "but we had a great time didn't we?!" which is to put the focus of his attention on whether or not Korra was happy. He cared for her more than he cared for himself.
Unlike Mako, it's like Bolin really cares
about Korra, and that he really likes her. I just think Mako is mostly just "attracted" to her like he is to Asami. And Korra is just "attracted" to Mako. I'd venture to say that Mako thinks of Korra only in terms of what he will get out of the relationship, in terms of his own satisfaction (and Korra likewise towards Mako). While that's fine in and of itself, that's not really
loving or caring for somebody, is it? But Bolin isn't like that. He cares for Korra whether or not he's satisfied in the relationship. (And it clearly hurts him. You can be sure that somewhere in future episodes we'll see that Bolin still really wants to be with Korra, even if he's suppressing himself for her sake).
But I guess, in the end, you said it best. All of the awards to Bolin.