Why Did Jake Sully Betray Humans?

By Rhyss | Published on: March 18, 2024 | Updated on: March 18, 2024
Facts checked by editors at A-List Arena
Table of Content Show

The movie Avatar, since its initial release in 2009, has become a movie with its own set of theories. Considering James Cameroon’s announcement of multiple sequels in the future way back in 2009, it was only a matter of time before fans start asking questions. Likewise, out of all these big questions one such is, why did Jake Sully betray humans?

Although the question is rather cynical towards Jake who necessarily didn’t betray his own race, it is worth noticing that he is somehow the reason behind all the war casualties. So today let’s try to explore the reason behind Sully’s action and find out if he double-crossed the humans or not.

First, let’s get one thing straight, yes, I wholeheartedly believe that Jake has indeed betrayed his own kind. Allow me to explain why I believe so. Jake Sully, a discharged paraplegic marine, was selected to replace his deceased twin brother who signed up to become an avatar operator at Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centauri star system.

Now there are a couple of things that I think might have gotten into Jake’s head that led him to take betray humans. First and foremost, let’s be honest, his life on the planet earth was mundane. Ever since he was discharged from the corps, he didn’t have anything meaningful to do. But once he became an avatar, he found himself in a new world with a hope for a new life, leaving behind the stale life he had on earth.

Jake betray the humans
Jake is a traitor.

Moreover, the man who was paralyzed from the waist down is able to do all the activities he so yearned to do for a long time. Pandora offered him a lot of entertaining things to explore and also allowed him to connect with his spiritual side thanks to the Na’vi god, Eywa.

His main task, alongside a bunch of other Avatars, was to initiate a peaceful talk process between the humans and the local inhabitant of Pandora, Na’vis just so humans can extract the valuable mineral unobtanium and send it back to the earth. For those of you who don’t why this mineral is important for the people on the earth, well, Unobtanium is a super-conductor that drastically reduces energy costs and waste of resources making it extremely beneficial for already resources starved earth.

However, our beloved Jake, the so-called savior of planet earth, takes a different approach to things. Forgetting about his own home, he goes on to fall in love with a female Na’vi Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana. Interestingly, enough the female is also the daughter of the Na’vi people’s chief, Eytukan. Bedding one of Na’vi’s people instead of initiating the negotiating process is a major breach of trust. Furthermore, he himself assumed that Na’vi people won’t allow any outsiders to mine for unobtanium.

Due to a major failure from his side, humans, and Na’vi go on a major battle with casualties from both sides. In the end, his own race lost the war, and Jake being the traitor that he is, sides with the blue Pocahontas and kills his own kin. Now I don’t know if you have a different definition of a double-crosser than this but this definitely takes the cake.

All in all, Jake is a traitor and he should be tried for his crimes against humanity.