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9 Reasons Why Jinora Is The Sibling We Wish We All Had

August 13, 2021 64 votes 12 voters9 items

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The ATLA universe has no shortage of siblings. Katara and Sokka, Azula and Zuko, Mako and Bolin, Tenzin and Kya and Bumi, the list goes on! In The Legend of Korra, we're introduced to Jinora, the eldest daughter of Tenzin and Pema and older sister to Ikki, Meelo, and Rohan. An intelligent and promising airbender with unique abilities, Jinora may be a minor character, but she makes a big impact. As we watch her character arc in each season, we see Jinora balance being an older sibling to rambunctious Ikki and Meelo and come into her own as the first female airbending master in 171 years. She's basically the quintessential big sister, making her a sibling we wish we had all grown up with. 

 

 

 

 

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    Jinora Is Cool, Calm, And Collected

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    Jinora is quite different from her siblings. While her siblings are hyperactive, boisterous, and endearingly youthful, Jinora is more quiet, contemplative, and mature. As a result, Jinora balances out her sibling trio-turned-quartet and helps her parents wrangle their energetic antics. This also makes her an asset in any extreme situation or battle. She's able to keep her cool and do what needs to be done, helping her siblings do the same throughout the LOK series.  

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    Jinora Is Inquisitive

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    With how chatty Ikki and Meelo are, I wouldn't be surprised if they turned to Jinora for a lot of their questions. Luckily for them, Jinora most likely always has the answer. In addition to being a voracious reader, Jinora isn't afraid to lean into her curiosity. In Book 1 Episode 1, "Welcome to Republic City," Jinora tells Katara she's been reading about the Gaang's adventures. However, she's uncertain about what happened to Zuko's mom and so she asks Katara. As all eldest siblings know, younger siblings always have a plethora of questions, ranging from the nonsensical to the incredibly obvious. Jinora being inquisitive helps her to gain more knowledge and in turn have the answers to Ikki, Meelo, and Rohan's questions, should they ask her any. 

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    Jinora Is Compassionate

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    In Book 1 Episode 2, "A Leaf in the Wind," Korra blows up at Tenzin, telling him he's a terrible teacher. Meelo, being too young to grasp the gravity of the situation, mimics Korra and yells, "Yeah, you're a terrible teacher, daddy!" He then proceeds to inflict chaos, running around screaming while throwing and kicking things. In response, Jinora, being much older and more mature than Meelo, leads Ikki in giving Tenzin a hug to comfort him in the aftermath. This demonstrates a level of empathy and compassion that makes Jinora a really good sibling and daughter. 

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    Jinora Is A Good Leader 

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    Sometimes the best thing we older siblings can do is lead by example. By doing so, we're not saying our siblings should follow in our footsteps. Rather, we're encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves, whatever that looks like for them. Jinora sets a great example for her siblings to follow. She isn't afraid of pursuing her goals — like becoming an airbending master — and standing up for what she believes in. Jinora never tells her siblings they have to become airbending masters, too. Instead, she shows them what it looks like to follow your passions and do what makes you happy — whether that's Ikki helping flying bison or Meelo's art. 

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