12 Times Fans Noticed Hidden Details About Bolin From 'The Legend Of Korra'

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Some people may have branded Bolin as the typical comic relief, but there are so many layers to the character that the show wasn't able to fully realize. From his inner struggles with his style of bending to his refreshing naivete, here are just some of the most though-provoking opinions that fans have come up with regarding our favorite "Hero of the South".


  • 1
    129 VOTES

    Lava Avatar Sounds About Right 

    Lava Avatar Sounds About Right 
    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor DubPi:

    I also think that Bolin shows restraint where Ghazan showed no restraint, no consideration for those around him. Bolin is out to defeat his opponents, not to kill or destroy them, the sign of a true master. This is why Bolin's use of lavabending may seem weaker than Ghazan's: he's more calculating and considering of his actions. But damn is he one powerful bender now. All those people looked at him like some sort of Lava Avatar.

    129 votes
  • 2
    128 VOTES

    Big Bro Varrick

    Big Bro Varrick
    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    From Tumblr user avatar-state-kate:

    Bolin being best friends with Varrick even after finding out he framed his brother and had him arrested is such a younger sibling thing to do honestly

    128 votes
  • 3
    298 VOTES

    A Missed Opportunity

    A Missed Opportunity
    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor D_dizzy192:

    Bolin had the potential to be one of the best written characters in LoK.

    I've gone back and fourth on hating and loving Legend of Korra. After a bit of mulling it over, I can finally say that I like the show but it will always be something I watch once in a blue moon while skipping through the less interesting tidbits. My biggest undying pet peeve will always be Bolin and by extension bending in Korra in general.

    Lavabending is awesome. Its 100% my favorite bending art in the series and should have been to Bolin as metalbending was to Toph but with less "I'm the best ever and Imma bend this metal partly to escape but mostly to prove that I can" and more of a coming-into-his-own moment. My thoughts are that he trained with a waterbender and his bending style is noted as abnormal for an earthbender, lighter on his feet than most. How I see his story going is his inferiority complex flaring up in season two: Korra goes on to save the world, Mako becoming a cop, Asami running a company and his only major accomplishment by season's end is accidentally creating war propaganda. He takes a hit to his already bruised ego from being constantly compared to his brother, so his attempts and subsequent failures at metalbending only make it worse. Then, when he sees Ghazan lavabending, he starts trying to match his motions, using sand as a fluid enough substitute for lava until we get the reveal in the air temple.

    Bolin should be the determinator, constantly getting knocked down by life but through hard work and thinking outside the box he gets rewarded in creative ways. Instead we get a Bolin who just lucked into lavabending for REASONS.

    298 votes
  • 4
    251 VOTES

    Bolin Is Holding Back, Isn't He?

    Bolin Is Holding Back, Isn't He?
    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor WisestAirBender:

    So Bolin is like, more powerful than Korra?

    Just look at him. If he wants, he could have taken out all those Empire soldiers and their robots single-handedly by drowning them in lava. This is something Korra can't do (now, or ever before).

    Why doesn't just Bolin use lavabending evey time he gets in a dangerous fight?

    251 votes
  • 5
    216 VOTES

    Underrated Bolin

    Underrated Bolin
    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor lacertasomnium:

    Despite his goofiness, Bolin is probably the most accomplished member of Team Avatar II.

    Not only did he help Korra save the world a few times, he was also the world's first movie (mover) star and he was one of the most important agents of reestructuring the Earth Kingdom--sure Kuvira later went bad but for three years, they stopped the state of emergency. I imagine him being the most famous non-Avatar or ruler of his time.

    216 votes
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    185 VOTES

    Bolin Is A Whole New Character

    Bolin Is A Whole New Character
    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor TheYLD:

    I don't know why people insist on casting Bolin as a kind of failed Sokka replacement. The 'wise-cracking' sidekick or the 'funny guy' in the group archetype didn't start with Sokka.

    When you're writing a group of characters, you balance personalities. You can't have all the characters be totally earnest all the time. If a bunch of your characters are usually pretty serious, you throw in a comic-relief character to balance things out.

    When people say that Bolin is the 'Sokka of LOK' it just betrays that they're only capable of viewing LOK through the lens of ATLA.

    185 votes