Sokka

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Character
Name: Sokka, Wang Fire (alias)
Occupation: Warrior, Tactician, "Plan Guy"
Relationships: Hakoda (father)
Kya (mother, deceased)
Katara (sister)
"Gran Gran" Kanna (grandmother)
Pakku (stepgrandfather)
Aang (friend, brother-in-law)
Suki (girlfriend)
Yue (lover, deceased)
Toph Beifong (friend)
Piandao (mentor)
Zuko (enemy turned friend)
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
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Sokka is a main character in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Canon

At the age of thirteen, Sokka was left the oldest male in the Southern Water Tribe when his father, the chief, led the other men to fight against the Fire Nation. Two years later, he and his younger sister, a waterbender named Katara, discover an Air Nomad frozen in an iceberg. Aang, the last airbender, is the most recent incarnation of the Avatar, who disappeared a century prior. As master of all four elements, it is Aang's duty to bring harmony to the world. Thus, Sokka and Katara accompany Aang on his world-spanning journey to master the four elements and end the war.

While he has no bending abilities, Sokka is an invaluable member of the team, using his skills as a strategist, innovator, and boomerang thrower to get his allies out of tight spots. He is also a frequent source of comic relief.

Fandom

After Zuko and Katara, Sokka was the third most popular character among all ATLA works on AO3 as of 20 March 2019.[1]

Fan Speculation

Very little of Sokka's post-ATLA life was revealed in the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, leading many fans to generate theories and fanon ideas.

Because Suki is not mentioned in TLOK, some believe that she may have died young, possibly widowing Sokka or otherwise leaving him single and childless for the rest of his life.[2] Circa June 2020, the theory became so widespread that some believe Bryke have confirmed it as canon.[3][4][5][6][7] The rumor may have originated from, or at least circulated within, TikTok.[8]

Some theorize that Bataar Beifong Jr. is Sokka's grandson, due to an similarities in their appearances and interest in engineering. Some Tokka shippers headcanon Sokka as the father of Bataar Jr.'s mother, Toph's second daughter, Suyin Beifong. Others headcanon Sokka as Bataar Jr.'s paternal grandfather, on the basis of Bataar Sr. possessesing the same similarities with Sokka. Varrick is alternately or additionally headcanoned as Sokka's descendant due to their shared Southern Water Tribe heritage, aptitude for inventing, and wacky personalities.[2]

Shipping

Between October 2013 and 14 June 2019, Sokka was most often listed as paired with Azula (28%) and Toph (28%), followed by Suki (17%) and Zuko (17%), Yue (4%), Ty Lee (2%) and Mai (2%), Aang (1%) and Katara (1%) through FanFiction.Net's pairing feature.[9]

Between 2019 and 20 August 2020, Sokka was most often listed as paired with Zuko (31%) and Azula (31%), followed by Toph (17%), Suki (13%), Yue (6%), and Jet (1%) on FanFiction.Net.[10] In the same period on AO3, he was most often paired with Zuko at twice the rate of his next most common love interest, Suki, followed by Yue, Toph, Azula, then Jet.[10] The surge in Zukka content is correlated with the 2020 "ATLA Renaissance".

Notable ships include:

Most of these are comparable in popularity to their gen versions.

Archives and Fannish Links

Resources

References

  1. ^ phantomstatistician. 10 Most Popular Characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender 2005-Present posted to Tumblr on 20 March 2019. (Accessed 19 September 2020.)
  2. ^ a b TV Tropes. Fanon / Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Accessed 19 September 2020.)
  3. ^ snb_2209. Suki’s Death posted to r/TheLastAirbender on 20 June 2020. (Accessed 22 September 2020.)
  4. ^ sokkable. Me finding out that Suki died young and that Sokka lost both Yue and Suki which is probably why he never got married posted to Tumblr on 23 June 2020. (Accessed 22 September 2020.)
  5. ^ atlamovie. so apparently Suki died young and i am going to choose not to think abt the fact that it probably happened when she and Sokka were in their 30s. posted to Tumblr circa 23 June 2020 (source deleted). (Accessed 22 September 2020.)
  6. ^ phanspledent. yo whoever started that Suki Died Young rumor….square up!!! posted to Tumblr on 23 June 2020. (Accessed 22 September 2020.)
  7. ^ sonicole and wish-i-was-fiction. so...Suki is trending on Twitter because someone retrieved a statement of Bryke that says Suki died young between ATLA and LOK, probably protecting Zuko (or even worse saving Sokka). posted to Tumblr. (Accessed 22 September 2020.)
  8. ^ alluvicqueen. Did Suki die at a young age? posted to r/TheLastAirbender on 21 June 2020. (Accessed 22 September 2020.)
  9. ^ phantomstatistician. Sokka's Fan Fiction Shipping Chart 2013-Present, posted to Tumblr on 14 June 2019. (Accessed September 2020.)
  10. ^ a b phantomstatistician. Sokka's Fan Fiction Shipping Chart 2019-Present, posted to Tumblr on 20 August 2020. (Accessed September 2020.)