I never disliked her, but the moment I went from thinking ‘oh yer, decent female character’ to ‘where is a statue builder’ was around about here:
I mean, Pakku was a master waterbender. Trained for decades while Katara was only working off instinct. A culture she has idealized for years turns out to be the embodiment of sexism and she tackles it straight on. She’s not frightened at all despite knowing there’s absolutely no way she can win. She’s doing if for herself and for the women of that tribe, and from this single fight she manages to fundamentally alter the way the Northern Water Tribe operates. Get in.