Sokka

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Sokka adalah watak cereka dalam Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Watak ini, ciptaan Michael Dante DiMartino dan Bryan Konietzko, disuarakan Jack DeSena. Dalam versi filem, The Last Airbender, dimana cara pelafazan namanya berbeza, watak tersebut dimainkan Jackson Rathbone.[1]

In the show, 15-year-old Sokka is a warrior of the South Pole's Southern Water Tribe, a race of people who can control dan manipulate water.[2] Although not born with the gift of "bending", he continually strives to become a worthy warrior dan leader, blessed with a considerable ingenuity that has proven invaluable in times of crisis. He, along with his younger sister Katara, discovers an Airbender named Aang, the long-lost Avatar, dan accompanies him on his quest to defeat the imperialistic Fire Nation dan bring peace to the war-torn nations.[3]

Konsep dan ciptaan[sunting | sunting sumber]

It is provided in the Avatar Nick Mag Presents: First Edition issue by co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino dan Bryan Konietzko that Sokka was originally designed to be much more low-key, but when his comedian voice actor Jack DeSena came in dan brought liveliness to his character, they began writing towards that strength.[4] Much of Sokka's dialogue dan actions are derived from improvisations dan intentional exaggerations on DeSena's part that the writers chose to include within scripts. Furthermore, DeSena has stated that he is inspired by fellow comedian Jim Carrey[petikan diperlukan]

As a result of his design, Sokka's character has come to serve as a source of comic relief throughout the series, often a victim of visual slapstick. Among various running gags[petikan diperlukan] yang melibatkan Sokka adalah kecenderungannya covered in unsur-unsur pekat, seperti najis mentah, sluri, dan air liur atau lendir Appa, dan pelupaan beliau bahawa Toph buta. Sokka juga cenderung menghasilkan atau ketawa terhadap gurauan yang tidak dianggap menggelikan oleh orang lain, a trait yang dikongsi bapanya. Beliau juga sangat sarkastik.[5]

Dalam episod “Tales of Ba Sing Se”, nama Cina Sokka ditulis 索卡 (sǔo kǎ).

Sejarah[sunting | sunting sumber]

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Sokka prepares to defend the village in war makeup.

Sokka grew up in his village as an aspiring warrior-in-training of the Southern Water Tribe. Forced to mature quickly when his mother Kya was killed in a Fire Nation raid, he cultivated his warrior skills with a militant zeal, while his sister Katara did chores dan practiced waterbending.[6] When Sokka was thirteen, his father dan the other village men left to fight alongside the Earth Kingdom in the war against the Fire Nation, leaving him dan his sister to look after their tribe with their grandmother, Gran Gran.[7] As the oldest male left in the South Pole, Sokka came to assume a semi-leadership role by the time he was sixteen, fiercely protecting the village from any possible outside threats while trying to train children to be a new generation of defenders.

While on a spearfishing expedition, Katara dan Sokka discovered Aang in suspended animation dalam bongkah ais. Setelah Katara membebaskannya, Sokka initially believed that the Airbender might be a Fire Navy spy, dan he eventually grew xenophobic enough sehingga membuang Aang dari kampung. Setelah menyedari bahawa Aang adalah sang Avatar, destined to master all four elements dan bring peace to the world, Sokka relented, realizing that they had a common enemy in the Fire Nation. He then set off with Katara dan Aang on their journey to find a waterbending instructor at the North Pole, determined to hone his warrior skills by way of fighting Firebenders along the way. Fire Nation general Zhao killed Tui (the moon spirit) causing the moon to turn red dan then vanish as during a lunar eclipse, thus preventing the waterbenders from using waterbending. Princess Yue (one of Sokka's love interests, the other being Kyoshi warrior Suki) then becomes the new moon by giving her life energy to the moon spirit, thereby restoring the moon in the sky dan the abilities of the waterbenders.[3]

Dalam episod "Sokka's Master," Sokka expresses self-doubt dan worry that he is not contributing as much to the group as his bender companions are. Dengan inspirasi friends' encouragement, he seeks out a master from whom he could learn the art of the sword. Rather than fighting with brute force dan flawless technique, Sokka's creativity dan heterodox approach to things are the cornerstones of his technique, dan his master notes that in time Sokka will be a superior swordsman. As he departs, his master gives him a game piece that was previously established as a sign of connection to the secret society known as the Order of the White Lotus.

In the two-hour series finale, Sokka dan Katara meet with Katara's Waterbending master, Pakku, who has now married their grandmother. In the battle against Ozai, Sokka, his girlfriend Suki, dan Toph hijack a Fire Nation airship dan use it to destroy others of its kind while Aang duels with the Phoenix King (Firelord Ozai). Sokka dan Toph are separated from Suki dan attack another airship, but Sokka breaks his leg dan strains his arm grabbing hold of Toph, who was falling off the ship. In a compromised position, the pair are attacked by two soldiers, whom Sokka defeats at the cost of his sword dan boomerang. As he dan Toph are on the edge of the crashing ship, Suki arrives with another airship dan saves the two. With the battle over, the trio reunite with Aang dan the vanquished Phoenix King. At Zuko's coronation, Suki is reunited with her fellow Kyoshi Warriors, Sokka dan Katara are reunited with their father, with the rest of the group reunited with their friends. In the end, Sokka dilihat dalam kedai teh Iroh di Ba Sing Se dimana semua orang mengejek gambar pasukan yang telah dicatnya, dimana beliau mengubah beberapa perincian fakta untuk menjadikan babak itu lebih senang "diingati".

Personaliti[sunting | sunting sumber]

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Sokka mengambil cabaran Haiku.

Skeptical, abrasive, dan sharp-witted, Sokka is detached from Aang, Katara, dan Toph's pursuit of the bending arts. Not gifted with bending abilities himself, Sokka instead prefers the ways of the warrior dan the scientist, dan he takes his responsibility as protector very seriously.[3] He is also very intelligent dan good at inventing ideas dan plans on the spot, even if these ideas are not always effective.

Patriotic dan long to hold a grudge, he strongly wants to exact vengeance for the Fire Nation's decimation of the Water Tribe dan the death of his mother. He holds little interest in the mysticism surrounding bending dan prefers to solve problems using his strength dan his wits.[8][9] He tends to be rash, however, dan his pride often leads to embarrassment. With this, along with his tendency to over-react in a blustering manner, Sokka sometimes appears foolish. In truth, he is very clever. His sarcastic dan absurd behavior can sometimes extend into important decisions.

In the episode "The Deserter", Aang experiments with firebending dan accidentally burns Katara. Despite their close friendship, Sokka forcefully tackles dan pins down Aang, yelling at him for burning his sister. Sokka shows protectiveness towards his sister dan girlfriends in other episodes as well.

A passionate carnivore, Sokka has demonstrated his love of meat on multiple occasions dan is the chief hunter of the group.[10][11] Sokka also has an affinity for sarcasm. In the episode "Bitter Work," Sokka shouts vowing to give up both meat dan sarcasm for assistance, agreeing to consider himself no longer "Sokka, the meat dan sarcasm guy," but willing to be "Sokka the veggies dan straight-talk fellow." By the end of the episode, however, he has given up neither meat nor sarcasm.

Under the guidance of swordsmaster Piandao, Sokka displays various unorthodox procedures when undergoing his training. As he presents Sokka with his blade, Piandao relates that though his skills were hardly impressive, but he displayed much creativity, versatility, dan intelligence.[12]

After the failure of the Invasion, Sokka proves to have a sense of honor. Beliau terasa sangat kecewa, given that the invasion was his idea dan probably his fault for the invasion force being captured. Sokka was willing to restore his honor by risking his life in order to rescue his father from a highly secure Fire Nation prison.

Sokka menulis dengan tangan kanannya, tetapi melukis dengan tangan kirinya.[13][14]

Kemampuan dan inovasi[sunting | sunting sumber]

For an inhabitant of a mystical world, Sokka shows a remarkable proclivity towards science dan is something of a jack-of-all-trades. He seems naturally adept at creating weapons out of any materials at any time.[15] He learned how to construct amateur explosives from his father, which he once used to simulate Firebending.[16] In another instance, Sokka used trickery dan optical illusions to help his sister Katara fake the ability of Earthbending.[17] Working side by side with fellow technologist, the Mechanist, Sokka has managed to engineer a system of control for an experimental hot air balloon as well as conceptualize the design for waterbending-powered submarines. Sokka also demonstrated advanced maths skills dan a talent for geometry towards the end of the series. He is also able to navigate the landscape by just looking at the map. Alongside his trademark boomerang, Sokka is proficient in a variety of weapons, including clubs, a machete, spears, dan the newest addition, a black jian molded from a meteorite[12] that is capable of cutting through solid metal, called a "space sword". Sokka's ultimate achievement is destroying the entire Fire Nation Air Force along with Suki dan Toph, as well as being the one to finally take down the fire bender he originally called "Sparky-Sparky Boom Man" but then recalled him "Combustion Man."

Sokka juga kerap dilihat gagal dalam percubaanya untuk melukis. Dalam episod "Lake Laogai", beliau gagal melukis gambar Appa dengan betul setelah beberapa kali mencuba dan dengan marahnya mengoyakkan salah satu daripada lukisan tersebut setelah Aang dan Katara membawa balik poster yang dilukis secara profesional. Pada akhir pengakhiran siri, beliau cuba "capture the moment" dan melukis rambut Zuko tinggi dan memancang, Suki mengendalikan api, perut Iroh lebih besar daripada sebenarnya, dan sebagainya.

Selain kemahiran kejuruteraannya, bakat Sokka berpantun juga terserlah. Dalam episod The Tales of Ba Sing Se, he stumbles into a poetry reading dan holds his own when competing with the instructor in a haiku contest. Walaubagaimanapun, kemegahan melampaunya mengagalkannya dan beliau dibuang keluar setelah secara tidak sengaja menambahkan suku kata tambahan pada akhir serangkap haiku.

As the only non-bender in Aang's group, Sokka is often overshadowed by the bending skills of his friends.[18] However, it is usually Sokka who comes up with a plan for victory. His skill in Martial Arts noticeably improves as the series progresses, though earlier in the series it was usually his persistence rather than skill that often allowed him to fight against more extensively trained opponents, such as Zuko in "The Avatar Returns" dan Ty Lee in "The Chase."

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Sokka wields his "Space Sword."

Sokka has come to learn the art of swordsmanship in order to improve his contribution to the team. Under the tutelage of the Fire Nation swordmaster Piandao, Sokka undergoes various activities, including sparring matches with the butler Fat to hone his sword wielding skills as well as arts such as painting, calligraphy dan rock gardening to sharpen to his mind. Eventually, when instructed to make his own sword, he uses fragments of a meteorite that fell the night before to collect the metal needed to forge his blade. Sokka's sword, like his master's, is patterned on a Chinese jian, but unique in that due to the properties of the alien material used for its creation, the blade retains an unusual all-black appearance. The sword is also able to slice through the toughest materials, including regular metal (as seen when Sokka slices through a Fire Nation cannon during the Day of Black Sun).[19] Although Sokka proves unable to defeat his master in heated battle dan must leave to continue his training on his own, Piandao states the belief that Sokka retains traits which one day could very well come to make him an even greater swordsman than himself.[12] This is proven as the series progresses; during the invasion, Sokka used his sword skills to defeat multiple Fire Nation soldiers. Also, in The Boiling Rock, Sokka dan Zuko teamed up to fight Azula, a highly skilled firebender, to a stalemate with Zuko defending against her fire blasts dan Sokka keeping her back with his sword. Dalam pengakhiran siri, his fighting abilities culminate in a scene that finds Sokka using a combination of his speed, agility, dan deft motion untuk melumpuhkan dua Firebenders of the Royal Guard, while wounded dan dangling from a falling Fire Nation airship, though he sacrifices the sword by losing it far into a forest below, sadly but comedically yelling "Bye...space sword!!!"

Sokka juga diberi white lotus Pai Sho piece by his master, an important symbol to the secret Order of the White Lotus. Members of the order are known for appreciating philosophy, being masters of bending dan warrior disciplines, dan for disregarding dan attempting to amend traditional rivalries dan hatreds held between the nations.

Bermula dalam musim ketiga, Sokka juga kadang-kadang mengambil persona sebagai Wang Fire, seorang rakyat kelas tinggi Negara Api. Dibuat pertama kali untuk pass sebagai bapa Aang, he subsequently dons an oversize beard for comic relief as in "Nightmares dan Daydreams", pulling scams in "The Runaway", dan used it to enlist in the Fire Nation army in Avatar comics.

Media lain[sunting | sunting sumber]

Dalam filem aksi langsung The Last Airbender arahan M. Night Shyamalan, watak Sokka dimainkan pelakon Jackson Rathbone. Namanya dilafazkan sebagai "So-kah," instead of "Sah-kah" seperti dalam siri animasi. Several radical changes to the character's personality were made. Dalam filem he is no longer the comic relief, nor does he exhibit any inventive abilities ataupun kegunaan dalam pertarungan. Beliau jarang berkongsi masa screen time bersama Aang, watak utama, atau menyumbang dalam apa jua cara kepada plot.

Rujukan[sunting | sunting sumber]

  1. Nicole Sperling, "Movies," Entertainment Weekly 1026 (December 17, 2008): 15.
  2. Pittarese, Frank (2006). "Nation Exploration". Nickelodeon Magazine (Winter 2006): 2. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "The Avatar Returns". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 1 (Book 1). Episod 2. 2006-02-21. Nickelodeon. 
  4. "In Their Elements." (September 2006) Nick Mag Presents, p. 7
  5. "The Guru". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 2 (Book 2). Episod 19. 2006-12-01. Nickelodeon.  In “Tales of Ba Sing Se”, Sokka’s name was written as 索卡 (sǔo kǎ).
  6. "The Boy In The Iceberg". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 1 (Book 1). Episod 1. 2005-02-21. Nickelodeon. 
  7. "Bato of the Water Tribe". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 1 (Book 1). Episod 15. 2006-10-07. Nickelodeon. 
  8. "The Fortuneteller". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 1 (Book 1). Episod 14. 2005-09-25. Nickelodeon. 
  9. "The Swamp". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 2 (Book 2). Episod 4. 2006-04-14. Nickelodeon. 
  10. "The Southern Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 1 (Book 1). Episod 3. 2005-02-25. Nickelodeon. 
  11. "Bitter Work". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 2 (Book 2). Episod the 9. 2006-06-02. Nickelodeon. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Sokka's Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 3. Episod 4. 2007-10-12. Nickelodeon. 
  13. "The Library". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 2 (Book 2). Episod 10. 2006-07-14. Nickelodeon. 
  14. "Lake Laogai". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 2 (Book 2). Episod 17. 2006-11-03. Nickelodeon. 
  15. Book 1, Chapter 17: The Northern Air Temple
  16. "Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2)". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 1 (Book 1). Episod 8. 2005-04-15. Nickelodeon. 
  17. Book 1, Chapter 6: Imprisoned
  18. "The Chase". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Musim 2 (Book 2). Episod 8. 2006-05-26. Nickelodeon. 
  19. Official Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender website

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