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Ship of the Week: Tokka

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"I don't know. They missed you or something. I didn't care."
— Toph acting like a tsundere around Sokka
Per last week's suggestions, I decided to write about Tokka. This is a very popular ship and a lot of people will have strong opinions on it so be prepared. In fact, Tokka was once the number 3 A:TLA ship, behind only Zutara and Kataang.

Tokka

Tokka became very popular as soon as it was revealed that Toph had a crush on Sokka. It is unknown exactly when it started but it happened by the time that Team Avatar was traveling through the Serpent's Pass. Toph thought that Sokka was saving her from drowning when it was really Suki so she kissed her on the cheek before realizing that she kissed Suki. Toph also pretended not to care while Sokka was gone but turned away from him and blushed when he came back. The non-canon picture book Love Potion 8 also seems to mention this crush. Toph talks about how she wants to hug someone and Sokka complains that he misses Suki and Yue which annoys her. The narration even explained that it wasn't what Toph wanted to hear from him. Since Sokka was with Suki for a while, it is unknown if Toph ever got over her crush. Many feel that Lin dating Tenzin disproved Tokka until it was revealed that Toph had another daughter with another man. Now fans have regained hope in Tokka.

I used to really like Tokka before Suki came back and got together with Sokka. I still have a soft spot for it. It's hard to completely stop shipping a ship that you once shipped unless you are strongly persuaded to turn to another ship and I Sukka really doesn't seem like a strong ship to me since many are able to poke a lot of holes in it. I do think it would have been a little weird if it happened during the show due to the three year age difference but I feel that it would have been fine in the future. A problem is that with all of the information we learned in LoK, it doesn't seem that Toph ever had a lasting relationship with anybody since neither of her daughters knew their fathers. So if Sokka is Su's father, then they obviously didn't last together.

Pros

  • Toph had a great admiration for Sokka.
  • Sokka also respected Toph and mentioned that it was great that they added her to the group when she metalbended.

Cons

  • Sokka ended up with Suki for at least a while. Toph briefly ended up with a man named Kanto while she was in her 30's. This makes their relationship unlikely.
  • Even if Sokka is indeed Su's father, their relationship did not last.

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

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