It depends on where they all are in their lives - Varrick and Unalaq don’t change much throughout S2 (I mean, okay, one of them turns into a Power Rangers monster who fucks up Yue Bay, but they don’t change much as people), but Tarrlok and Noatak are basically 4 characters for the price of 2: post-S1 Tarrlok and Noatak would be pretty different to pre-S1 Tarrlok and Noatak.
Like, if you put Amon and Unalaq in a room together, I can see Noatak-as-Amon sweating under his mask and silently hoping that Unalaq won’t say/do anything that’ll blow his whole ‘I’ve spoken to the spirits and they gave me fabulous secret powers’ charade.
Varrick would probably respect Noatak as a con-artist.
Noatak might not find Varrick’s respect very flattering.
(I like to think that Varrick sold materials/equipment to the Equalists.)
Maybe Varrick and Tarrlok would make a nominal attempt at bonding over the fact that they’re both small town nobodies who’ve made it big. Tarrlok might see Varrick as irritating and maybe kind of enviable (Varrick is stinking rich and genuinely charismatic), while Varrick would think Tarrlok was a schmuck.
Post-S1 Tarrlok would probably find Varrick reprehensible, since he’d be pretty familiar with Varrick’s brand of nastiness.
Unalaq would think the others SMAWTs were tacky. And I bet Unalaq isn’t keen on humans at the best of times. He’d be like ‘ugh, mundanes’.
Maybe Varrick would use the others as ‘inspiration’ for movers. Unavaatu would be a guy in a rubber suit stomping over a flimsy plywood model of Republic City. The MAD BLOODBENDERS would kidnap young busty women in low-cut tops.
Don’t mess with Varrick or he’ll make an exploitation film about you.
so now i’m wondering what unalaq thought of tarrlok since he would have had to know him considering he must have had some kind of hand in tarrlok’s appointment as nwt rep
like i guess it would depend if election to that seat was popular or if he was actually picked out by unalaq
but in any case my headcanon probably comes from anghraine’s Ten Facts About Tarrlok in that i think tarrlok probably read unalaq’s hard-on for the spirits (i mean it’s written all over him to begin with) and was probably able to play along—anything to win him favor with a guy who was basically his boss.
meanwhile i cant imagine that unalak had much regard for the united republic council to begin with so he probably didnt care about PR or what his rep did, ie, didn’t care much about who was sent there to be nwt rep
(which explains why he sent tarrlok LMAO
…i kid because i love)
so yea, chief unalaq probably still thought tarrlok was tacky/too modern/too tarrlok. or maybe that was the idea, so that he could present the facade that nwt was hip and with the modern world
now please excuse me while i brood over the fact that we will probably never know the exact nature of unalak and tarrlok’s relationship outside of a brief quip in a future book 2 artbook under some scrapped unalak character design (which likely still looked exactly like tarrlok), or if/when the subject is broached by a trembling fan during a bryke korra panel
I hope Book 3’s villain is another Water Tribe dude, I want enough appealing villains to publish a calendar
of all of them looking disheveled.
a tarrlok for all seasons
One of my beefs with Unalaq and no I will not shut up about this stupid show I have a problem was that he just didn’t have the same screen presence as the other skeezy water tribe dude antagonists.
Amon: emotionless lobotomist, efficient fighting style, genuinely creepy. MO involves bad-touching people’s brains.
Pre-‘oh my god i’m human garbage :(’ epiphany Tarrlok: smug showboating asshole who gets insulted by small children. Nasty in a very banal way. You know that CS Lewis quote? ‘[The greatest evil] is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.’ That’s Tarrlok. That’s Tarrlok’s brand of douchebaggery.
Varrick: cute bouncy robber baron who will adorably threaten your loved ones and do wacky things like bomb buildings during peaceful protests. Much scarier than Vaatu when you think about it.
Unalaq: evil wizard borrowed from unimaginative DnD group.