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Ship of the Week: Linzin

"Lin and I had been growing apart for some time. We both had different goals in [life]."
— Tenzin explaining his break up with Lin to Korra
I don't think I got any suggestions last week so I went with Linzin. I'm pretty sure that it's been requested before and I haven't written about a ship involving Tenzin yet so I went with it.


The Linzin ship used to be canon yet we never actually got to see it as canon since it started and ended before the series even started. Fans shipped them together before the series even started because they liked the idea of Aang and Toph's children being together and perhaps some thought that it would be like the Taang ship. When the series started, some fans speculated that they were once a couple because Lin was awkward around Tenzin and seemed to hold a grudge against Korra. This turned out to be correct and nobody was surprised. Fans also thought that she did not want children and the creators later confirmed this to be correct.

I do ship Linzin but not quite as strongly as I used to because I also ship Lin with Bumi and Kya and of course I ship Tenzin with Pema. However, they were together in the past so there was definitely something between them. I did not jump on the bandwagon of fans who assumed that they were a couple in the past yet I was not too surprised when it was revealed in an episode. For some reason, I just felt that there was a "click" between the two. Plus once Lin finally seemed to get over her grudge on Tenzin, she selflessly protected him and his family so she truly wants him to be happy.


  • There is a mutual attraction between the two as they were a couple in the past.
  • They greatly care for each other even though their break up happened a long time ago. Lin even sacrificed her bending in order to protect Tenzin and his family.


  • They had different goals in life. Tenzin pretty much felt forced to have children in order to rebuild the Air Nomads (it's not like he could depend on a celestial event that would randomly turn people into airbenders) while Lin did not want to have children.
  • Tenzin ended up leaving Lin for Pema whom he would eventually marry.

So what are your thoughts on Linzin? Please feel free to comment and thank you for reading this. While it is okay to compare other ships, please keep discussion centered around Linzin. Also, let me know what you would like to see next.

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