Time to clear some shit up.
Dear Mako haters,
I want to know why there is still Mako hate. The season finale has come and gone. Everyone thought it was great.except.you. Why? Everyone saw the Masami breakup. Everyone saw Mako clearly apologize to Asami. He even went so far as to tell her…
Don’t worry, ya’ll, I got this.
Let’s go point-by-point, shall we?
1) Mako apologized during the breakup.
For one thing, that barely counted as a breakup. He reminded her of how much he cares about her, and she kissed him on the cheek. Nothing about that scenario screamed “breakup,” but I’m guessing that’s what Bryke’s intent of the scene was, so I’ll give you that one.
But Mako did not apologize. He said: “I’m sorry things got messed up between us.” He DIDN’T say, “I’m sorry I messed things up between us,” which is what he should’ve said—because that is what happened. He developed feelings for another girl, fawned over her openly, treated his actual girlfriend like garbage, and when it comes time to break up with her HE REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE ANY WRONGDOING ON HIS PART.
Note his use of the passive voice: “things got messed up.” That phrasing suggests that some outside force caused the problems in their relationship, something Mako had no control over—when in reality, the problems were caused by Mako (and Korra).
But Mako will never admit it. He will never take responsibility for his actions and say, “Asami, I messed up, and I hurt you, and I’m sorry.” Why? Because Mako is a self-righteous douchebender who genuinely thinks that he’s right all the time.
2. He didn’t “forget all about” Asami.
Sorry, but he kind of did. Look, I’m not saying that he should’ve acted like Korra being captured didn’t bother him (though the way he was written in that episode was majorly OOC and didn’t mesh AT ALL with his previous characterization). Korra’s his friend, he’s worried—I get that.
But let’s look beyond his actions in that episode. Let’s look at all the little moments where Mako acts like Asami isn’t even there because he’s too busy yearning for Korra. Let’s remember all those times when he had his arms around his girlfriend, but still managed to stare longingly at a girl he’d already rejected as a love interest. Let’s remember the moment when Korra reminded him that Asami was going to need his support more than ever—and he glanced at Asami with an expression of pure resignation.
Let’s also remember how, in Skeletons in the Closet, he was actually attempting to put the moves on Korra while his girlfriend was asleep less than ten feet away. That’s low.
3. Mako didn’t cheat on Asami.
Yes, he did. He may not have initiated the kiss, but he sure as heck reciprocated—and let’s not forget that, before Korra kissed him, he confessed that he had romantic feelings for her.
So despite him thinking all of this, he still turned his back to her and lied to her, not only to protect his relationship, not only to protect the team’s effort in the arena, but to protect his brother.
Oh, don’t you dare. Don’t you dare suggest that he was trying to protect Bolin by confessing his feelings to the girl he knows his brother is crazy about, then kissing her back, then turning around and telling Bolin, “I told you it was a bad idea to date teammates!” As if it was Bolin’s fault that Mako didn’t pull away from Korra as soon as she kissed him! As if it was Bolin’s fault that Mako confessed to Korra in the first place—when, in fact, it was only vile jealousy of Bolin’s date with Korra that drove Mako to confess at all!
And then he has the gall to LIE TO ASAMI’S FACE about the kiss. He clearly felt guilty about the kiss, or he would’ve tried to clear the air with Asami about it and put it behind them—but he knew there was no excuse for that kiss, he KNEW it was cheating, so he kept quiet, and then tried to blame Bolin when he got caught.
I hate to break it to you, but Mako is a cheater, cheater pumpkin eater who just doesn’t know how to choose between two girls.
4. Infatuation vs. Love
Being the boy he is and the fact that no one is perfect, Mako automatically fell for Asami. Not for love, not because of common interest or some shit like that, but because she was beautiful.
Okay, that’s it. This is some sexist crap. I call bullsh*t. Way to write off Asami’s character.
Because, of course, the only reason Mako kept going out with her was because she’s beautiful. It couldn’t possibly be because she’s also smart, talented and capable. It couldn’t possibly because they share common interests (Probending, anyone?) and can sympathize with each other because they both lost parents to Firebenders when they were young. It couldn’t possibly be because she’s incredibly supportive of him—making sure that he has the money to compete in championships—and is warm and friendly to his brother, to the point of opening her home to both of them. It couldn’t possibly be because she even makes an effort to bond with his friend, Korra. It couldn’t possibly be because she literally gave up everything, including her father, to help him fight the Equalists.
The second you take Asami—who is arguably the most well-developed, multidimensional character in the entire series—and boil her down to nothing but her looks, even denying the fact that she and Mako have similar interests, your argument becomes invalid. Watch the season again and see if you understand it a little better. Then come back and try again.