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The Problem With Maiko by Booter-Freak The Problem With Maiko by Booter-Freak
A lot of Avatar fans have a rather intense dislike of fact, I don't think I've seen another couple take so much heat! So, using my patented Booter Logic, I decided to delve into the reasons WHY(constant face sucking aside). However, my logic must have had an off day, judging from the grade it got. :/

But ya gotta admit, guys who act like Mai DO get a love of love. Which is maybe why MAO is a good idea...[link]

Now, before you jump down my throat with Reasons Why Booter Is Wrong And Ignorant For Making This, let me just nip that in the bud. I am not promoting ANY sort of shipping, and this thing is a SPOOF. So if you're actually looking for a well-researched and thought out debate starter, look somewhere else.

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KataangLover246 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
:D (Big Grin) 
velvetblaid Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest she is the only female I dislike in the series. Even Azula who is a psycho sociopat is likable. Even if Mai was a guy I still won't ship her with Zuko. I rather ship him with Katara(I like Zutara-sue me). About Snape-well I never liked him. I prefer Voldemort as a villan somehow. 
Cherruyue Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Both Hatori and Snape had a Freudian excuse, unlike Mai. Are you serious about people loving Snape? He is one of the most divisive characters out there...although he is well written, unlike Mai.  Hatori has a gentle heart and cares about his family, unlike Mai. She is bored by everything and despises her younger brother (only for the comics to pull a retcon to manipulate readers into rooting for her). There's a reason why she's so bland and underdeveloped. Mai is only interested in Zuko and only exists to serve as his love interest. 
AdrenalineRush1996 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
I don't really think Mai is only interested in Zuko. The problem why she's underdeveloped is that most of the villain focus was on Azula.
thalle-my-honey Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Best theory ever ♥ XDDDDD
Briecat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
I like Mai, I ship zutara. She's not one of my favourite characters, but I don't hate her. Maiko, however, is my Notp. I just didn't see any chemistry with them and felt that their personalities didn't go. They liked eachother as children, but everyone changes from when they were 8 years old. Mai crushed on a happy, unscarred Zuko who sat with his mother feeding turtle ducks. To me, it felt like Zuko was holding onto Mai because she was one of the only memories of his old life that was happy. Their first interaction as a couple, Zuko opened up to Mai and told her his worries about coming home to his abuser, and she yawned and said "I just asked if you were cold, I didn't want your whole life story." and kissed him. Yes, I know Mai can shut down BS from Zuko, but this wasn't BS, this was him opening up to her and telling her how he felt. Zuko broke up with Mai in a letter, the equivalent of over text, left her in prison and didn't show any signs of thinking about her again until the last few minutes of the finale when they miraculously get back together. Honestly, most of the zutarians hate maiko because of the reasons I just listed, and hate Mai because they feel she was cold and uncaring to Zuko. This is just my opinion, of course, not trying to offend anyone. I'm not try to convince you to ship zutara, so don't hate on my OTP. :)
homestucklover135 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Artist
To be completely honest, I actually rather like Mai, I just don't get everyone hates her. And I also think that Zuko and Mai would be a cute couple.
UniqueStrangeAwesome Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like Maiko. :3 Though yeah, if Mai was male then everyone else would automatically agree with me (which they do no such thing).
semexx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I don't dislike Mai, nor do I particularly like her. She's cool, I guess, and I would have liked it, if she had gotten more screen time, so we could have gotten to know her better. I can't tell what goes on in her mind at all sometimes. My biggest peeve is her relationship to Zuko. It was done awkwardly. Suddenly they are kissing like long lost lovers and the only thing we get to transition this is a flashback to when they were kids. Which was three years ago and not even that serious, considering it was only a crush, and nothing ever came out of it. Zuko didn't even seem to see her that way. Also I'm pretty sure it was Zuko's first relationship (not sure about Mai), but the way they acted nobody would notice. They were cold and indifferent to each other in the beach scene (not that unusual for teenagers), until they finally admitted that they cared for each other. The problem is they never showed why they cared. They almost didn't interact as kids, didn't see each other forever and the next thing they show us is them kissing each other as if it was the most natural thing in the world. It doesn't even suit their personalities. Zuko for one seemed very awkward around girls in his first date back in the Earth Kingdom. 
Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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mercury7x Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am laughing as I type this. Loud, rolling on the floor for five minutes nearly suffocatin laughing. I haven't laughed like that in months. Brilliantly done.
sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I love Maiko <3 They're so angsty together, it's perfect.
Neryufi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Ha, I think I'm the only person in the fandom saying "I can't believe Mai settled for Zuko." This is great.
HoIIyTheCat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No you're not :)
Neryufi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Now Mai needs to get with Katara. :D (Big Grin)

(Granted, I ship nothing in the original A:tLA series, but I would love to see the writer who could make that work.)
HoIIyTheCat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL Me too XD
jcjonesacp Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
lol, thats something I did not notice before, yet I like Mai's character.
cytez-kaimee Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
omg, i spent too much time laughing at this
MermaidMaddie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
i'm just sitting on my bed dying with my mouth open ASDFGHJKL IUEJFBJKBVIOERJFNVLNEKFBN EFL
send halp
TartPixie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist
But don't cold attitude+sarcastic wit+cold exterior+girl also equal Toph? (At least in the beginning) Arguably the most popular Avatar character? The only reason Mai bugged me was that she didn't seem to have emotions, which is hard to relate to for me. (I don't like that archetype much in general.) What bugs me (but just a little) about Maiko is that they sometimes accentuate each other's flaws, instead of making each other better. I see what you mean about this, but at the same time, I want to point out some other things that could be involved in the Maiko hate dump.
UmiEbon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Toph wasn't didn't have a cold, deadpan exterior or attitude at all, though. She was a rough-around-the-edges free spirit who goofed around with Aang and Sokka and even made frequent jokes about her own blindness.
themanchan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
How about we accept that the show made it that way
thelastairbender20 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Good this you got a D-. *sarcastic laugh*
IcarusLeonardo Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS MYSTERY. Slash is the answer to everything. XD
FrancescaROTG Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Actually I don't hate Mai, but I don't think that diagram was right. I don't think that is a gender problem. 
Hatori and Snape aren't the same. They actually are very different characters. Characters are more than just "sarcastic, cold, sour". In every character there are different shades and those made them like they are. Furthermore... Hatori, Snape, Zuko (and others)... they share a tragic past where Mai don't...
Piss-kun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
So, a tragic past change everything? Or are you saying that a tragic past excuse every flaw in a character?
I'm just saying that people love tragic characters...
Cold exterior is most tasteful when it is dressed with a tragic past. Many people LOATHED Snape before of the last book, however.
Look Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)... she has sour attitude, cold exterior... and she is a fan favourite...
And Ren (Elemental Gerad)?
And Daria Morgendorffer? (she not even has a tragic past, and she is popular enough)
And Katniss Everdeen? (in a way)
Actually in the fictional universe there are MANY female characters sarcastic and cold, and they aren't all hated.
If Mai isn't popular, then:
a) Actually isn't because her attitude, but 'cause Zutara
b) In her specific case, that combination didn't turn out to be charming for most of people
Deal with it. It happens...
AnnaLoo91 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Lol! I'm pretty "meh" about Maiko. I just finished watching the show (yes I'm super late lol), and I'm a bit sad my ship Zutara did not sail, though I pretty much knew it wouldn't,  but Kataang is cute so I'm alright. Im just a show watcher so if there is a comic out there or something I have not read it yet and I do not know if they left things out but, although when we got the flashback of Mai when she had a clear crudh on Zuko and I found that cute, I was neverthless wary of the ship and disappointed (because zutara damnit) but mostly because zuko was my favoriteand I felt very protective of him. Because Mai was a friend of Azuul I worried she might betray him and hurt him further...but when she saved him from death, I decided that she was suitable for my Zuko. That being said, the ship is kinda cute, but I just feel meh about it because it just doesn't bring that jolt I crave in a pairing,  it's just okay to me. 
rainhowlspl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Good work!
oneshot156 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sour attitude + cold exterior + sarcastic wit don't go with female .
EmoUchihaGirl246 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Why not?
Karen-chanOVERDRIVE Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Everything is more fun with yaoi.
LonelyCyborg Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
As an individual i love Mai, i think she's an awesome fighter and a cool person in general. I think one of the main reason i'm not a Maiko (I'm a Zutarian) is because i didn't really see the early stages of their relationship development, so i was not given the chance to warm up to the idea of Maiko but was instead abruptly shown that they're already in a relationship. i remembered being surprised when i found out Zuko was with Mai because i couldn't remember him ever mentioning Mai (but maybe i just missed it. i skipped some episodes)
AnnaLoo91 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
This. I was really just thrust into it without any kind of build up that I saw, so I was just meh about it in the end. I think if I had seen more, I would have liked the ship more because Zuko is my bby and Mai is cool with me. Just wish I could have enjoyed development between them before getting that leap into romance.
flyboy178 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
So the problem(or at least part of it) is the suddenness of it? It seemed more of a really out-of-focus childhood friend route to me or a typical pair the spares(a trope mind you) scenario, with those two being the most compatible personalities  or made any lick of sense, meh.  
LonelyCyborg Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Yup, That too
TheRandomerWhoFaves Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH SNAP!! I'M NOT ALONE!! (only i din't skip any episodes, lol :D)
LonelyCyborg Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
OH GOOOD!!!! then it means i missed nothing!!
TheRandomerWhoFaves Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

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TheRandomerWhoFaves Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay you start and then you can FEEL MY POWER!!!!
(of ranting XD)
zachsilvah Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I love Mai and Zuko is god. Emo maiko = best thing ever
WhiteTigeress18 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
This is pretty funny. :giggle: I will admit I'm anti-Maiko; other than slash I don't think there is another fictional couple that I absolutely hate. Maiko shippers please don't kill me!! :tears: Before you grab your pitch forks let me say that I DO NOT hate Mai. Though she is whiney sometimes, she is awesome with her knife throwing skills, and she is cool. The main reason Maiko bugs me is because Mai and Zuko's personalties don't mesh well together. (What?!! They are both total emos they mesh perfectly!!! :mad:) Yes I admit they are both emos but it's more than that. Zuko's three years of banishment changed him. He learned what it was like to be treated like a servant and have to work for a living. He learned how to stand for what is right even if no one else would follow. (though it took him a loooonnng time) Mai never learned any of that. Other than fighting for Azula she really didn't have to do much herself. She relied on lower class people to do things for her. And she was taught from an early age to behave and follow the crowd so she could have an easy life. (That's not entirely her fault but you know... habits) The fact is their beliefs and values about society became different, and people who have very different values can't have a very successful intimate relationship. I'm not saying they can't get along, but there will always be rift between them.
aleand13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
o.O It all makes sense :o I have no problem with Mai though ^^ But I don't really like her with Zuko x3 Mostly because two negative characters won't work good together, at least not in entertainment xD

But anyways, this was really entertaining :D
purecallisto Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I don't dislike Mai, but I am an avid Zutarian. I'm not saying Mai is very despicable or anything, and I think people who hate Mai because she got together with Zuko is kinda shallow...but I have to admit that I dislike her with Zuko. They have nearly no chemistry and, while Zuko seems to have a childhood crush on her, I doubt their marriage would work out. On the other hand, Bryke are TROLLS. Very, VERY huge TROLLS. (*cryforever*)
Shiiwolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
And you just KNOW the fandom would absolutely LOVE genderbent!Mai. Snarky, ninja-like gothic guy with knives?
lwlq Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
SO true!
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crazyhpmusicfan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
I read this and I laughed TOO hard.
NinjaPandaMelon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
I love Maiko :D I think Mai is awesome ^^ although i would prefer Zuko for myself.....oh well.
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