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but typically when you give a character a huge exaggerated feature like that, it’s to peg them into a more goofy sidekick/sexless category and that’s what it felt like they were doing.
So, OP initiated shipping-strawman bullshit aside, I find this statement realllllly problematic.
It’s just gross on a number of levels.
If I give them the benefit of the doubt in terms of, say, a really 101 character design book, I can possibly see what KataangCaps is getting at here…but said aligning of “big nose = WACKY COMEDY” is a little outdated in terms of visual cues, and hints at a weak understanding of both character design and the importance of varied body types/facial features. (And even without calling it outdated, it’s still problematic and not at all what Luck was implementing. She even explained her intentions right here on the original post.)
Also? Did she give him “huge, exaggerated” features?
They looked pretty commonplace and plausible to me.
Here’s some Zuko noses (since OP loooves bringing up some Zuko) for comparison:
It’s almost like the noses aren’t meant to be inherent indicators of HAWTNESS or GOOFINESS or SEXOSITY at all.
Especially considering the fact that big noses (and in Aang’s case, rounder features), and hotness/attractiveness are not mutually exclusive, and that it’s really gross and closed minded to imply that they are!
And, expanding things a bit, I’d mention that in Western media, it’s Asian males that are presented as the “goofy sidekick” or placed in the “sexless category ”.
And that when defending the sudden angular aspect of Aang’s face, fans were quick to rain down pictures of White guys as a testament of puberty -> hotness. Of course, it gets even grosser once you tie that in with OP’s overarching sentiment about hotness and shipping “worth.”