3 Ways Korra Beats the Original Avatar

*Warning: spoilers for everything*

Well, folks, it’s almost over. After two great years, the most recent Avatar incarnation is winding down. Now that we’re at the last few episodes and things are getting glowing-eyes epic-awesome once more, I’ve been reflecting on both series as a whole – as well as rewatching my favorite original Avatar episodes, like “Uncle Iroh Gets a Tea Shop” and “Aang: Frog Collector.” I am continuously astonished that this show was ever greenlit; it seems too good to not be canceled after a single season.

Avatar has done so many things right that most shows – be they “adult” shows, fantasy shows, or “real Japanese” anime – get wrong. It has truly likable characters in heart-pounding danger. It has both humor that is actually funny and tragedy that is actually touching. It has dynamic protagonists, and antagonists, who change in interesting and unexpected ways over the course of the show. It deals with issues as serious as trauma, war, and genocide, but addresses them in accessible language that even the very young can understand. Avatar speaks to the best possible child in all of us, the one that made cookies when grandma was sick.

And Avatar being a kids’ shows, being a bit childish, is its greatest strength. The main characters, like the show, are pure of heart: they play games, hug each other, and actually act like children even in the face of terrible threats to themselves and to their world. This childish simplicity goes a long way. Instead of reveling in gore like most shows, Avatar shows us that each human life – a good guy’s, a bad guy’s – is precious and even interesting. Instead of soaking itself in hypersexualized imagery like most anime, Avatar has boys and girls relate to each other as human beings before they are sexual beings. Avatar has female characters that are actually people instead of sexy prizes, unlike 90% of everything else.

Even this nameless girl from that one episode you don’t remember has scars. Avatar doesn’t care about seeing her burn to death in CG – it cares about her as a real, wounded person.

Even this nameless girl from that one episode you don’t remember has scars. Avatar doesn’t care about seeing her burn to death in CG – it cares about her as a real, wounded person.

I really wish Avatar had been on the air when I was a kid. (All we got was Goosebumps, which, in retrospect, was really dumb.) Avatar is like Hayao Miyazaki directing a kung-fu fantasy epic on his best day. Avatar is proof that children’s media doesn’t have to be completely demented.

But, as good as the original is, its sequel trumps it. Korra has kept the best things about the original series – the youth, the real and relatable characters, the accessibility to all ages even when things are tragic – and cranked up everything that the original lacked.

Here are the three main ways that it surpasses the original:

1. Korra Is a Better Hero

Face it: Aang is a stereotype. He’s the reluctant boy hero, the wunderkind scared of his own power. It’s Shinji Ikari all over again. Even when we watch him grow out of that, it’s hard to be very interested; his character arc is dreadfully familiar to anyone who’s seen Evangelion or Gundam Wing a dozen other shows, and, frankly, the “superpowered boy overcomes his own fear” trope/puberty metaphor was never that relatable to begin with – how many of us in the real world actually have to deal with superpowers?

But Korra is not a stereotype. She’s a headstrong, damn-the-torpedoes kind of girl – something that’s been done before, yes, but rarely with a woman. Her character arc, from thoughtlessness to introspection and greater wisdom, is just plain better than Aang’s, and it’s all the more engaging because she gains her meager wisdom through bumps, bruises, and great personal risk. Korra is also, simply put, a lot more fun. Where Aang is calm and responsible, Korra is vibrant and wild. While Aang is boyish, Korra is tomboyish. When Aang meditates to gain wisdom from the spirit world, Korra punches people’s faces and asks questions later. Aang is calm and in control – Korra hangs on by a thread, leaps into danger and nearly drowns. You feel for Korra. You want her to succeed because she always seems about to fail.

Aang, on the other hand, is already wise from the beginning. He has a few issues that get resolved, yes, like his fear of the Avatar State or learning to face fights instead of running away, but throughout the show he never really moves away from being a goofy kid with a responsible streak and a heart of gold. He’s the same person in episode one and episode sixty – and that really isn’t very interesting. (There’s a good reason why Zuko is so popular: unlike the “real” protagonist, he has to struggle to survive, he has to go through terrible experiences to become the magnificent antihero we love.)

The most basic rule of storytelling is to simply make a relatable character and put him or her in danger. The biggest problem with Aang is that he never feels like he might actually fail. In fact, he never does really fail, not in a way that can’t be quickly undone.

Korra fails hard.

And all the time.

And all the time.

Aang has to face Ko the Face-Stealer without smiling, while Korra gets her bending taken away and is completely powerless before a masked psycho. Aang is nearly killed by Azula (while Katara is right next to him with magic healing water), while Korra has to fight the embodiment of all evil alone and in the terrifying spirit world she’s so unfamiliar with. Aang faces the Firelord with blocked chi (right after we see him learn a secret omnipotent technique), but Korra is poisoned by mercury, totally overpowered, and brought to the lowest depths of weakness by her most recent enemy. When it’s over, she ends up in a wheelchair. There’s no contest here. Aang faces fear, Korra faces true helplessness and trauma. Aang goes through a few close calls – Korra goes through hell.

Korra’s the one we fear for.

2. Korra Has Better Enemies

Now, I’m not saying that Azula is anything other than fantastic. She’s evil and loving it. She’s the perfect femme fatale. In a show where most of the characters are kind, where they grow as people, watching her and the Ninja Death Trio’s unrepentant cruelty is absurdly gratifying. (Zuko is also a great antagonist until he joins the good side.)

But who are the main antagonists, the ones that the story actually requires Aang to defeat? Well, in season 1 there’s a general who gets eaten by a fish and nobody even remembers his name, and then in season 3 there’s the Firelord, whose character traits are breathing really hard and flexing his pecs. Even Azula – fun as she is – is just evil. That’s her whole philosophy of life: it’s fun to be mean.

In comparison, Korra has to fight villains that have actual serious reasons to leave behind the morals of their lessers – villains with a philosophy deeper than “tee hee I like hurting people” or “GRR I AM STRONG FIRE MAN.” Amon wants to outlaw bending and enforce absolute equality. Unalaq wants to join the real world and the spirit world. Zaheer wants to eradicate all nations and heads of state and give freedom to the masses. And Kuvira wants a strong, centralized kingdom, with no political dissidents whatsoever.

Each of these villains is as twisted as Azula – Amon has a horrific backstory involving bloodbending and his father’s desire for revenge, Unalaq unleashes the ultimate evil, and Zaheer and Kuvira care nothing for human life – but they also have unique goals, ideologies, real reasons for making the decision to descend into evil. For them, villainy is the means to an end that will justify everything. That striving for a distant (and good) goal means that we can sympathize a little bit with their underlying philosophies, we can pity them when we see they’ve gone off the deep end. Our sympathies for Azula are much shallower – we only like her because she’s cool. (Here, again, Zuko is the wonderful exception, but he’s also still not a real antagonist for most of the show.)

Here, again, Korra wins hands-down. A villain with a philosophy, who has set aside society’s rules and their own humanity to grasp a desperate goal that will make it all worthwhile – that’s a villain you love, even when you hate them.

3. The Twentieth Century Is the Craziest Century

Why does each Korra villain have a philosophy?

Well, in the seventy years since Aang, the world of Avatar has gone through a lot. Aang’s world was pre-industrial; Korra’s has entered into a brave new future. The politics are changing. The technology is changing. The old kingdoms and their squabbles are almost obsolete, because with the creation of a fifth, more cosmopolitan nation in Republic City, with the introduction of home radios, stylish cars, flash-bulb cameras, and a dozen other bits of 1920s’ tech (also mecha, because Why not?), the series has evolved from its pastoral roots into a new and exciting era of rapid and epic change.

The early twentieth century is, in my opinion, the most unique and astounding period in last ten thousand years – and it’s this time that Korra deals with. The new show mirrors not only the maelstrom of ideologies that defined history from 1880 to 1930, but also that period’s astounding whirlwind of technological progress. This was when people first invented almost every device that makes modern life possible: home refrigerators, automobiles, airplanes, electric light, and so much more. It’s a great leap in human thought, a great leap in human development; it’s the time when the modern world was truly born – and it’s a wonderful setting for a series whose central theme has shifted from “Keeping the Balance” to “Accepting Change.”

As pretty as the traditional buildings and ancient kingdoms of Avatar were, they represented a static world: the Avatar would maintain balance, and the four nations would prosper forever. History was cyclical, a tale of different nobles and warlords trying to best each other over this or that island. Nothing ever really progressed, never really changed – and that’s not exciting at all.

But, in Korra, we finally have a dynamic world. Now bending and technology combine in a vivid steampunk city. Now the villains build super-weapons. Now the Avatar, and her friends, will forever change the future, because they can influence those profound changes that are remaking the life of every human being. This raises so many excellent questions: Where, in this crazy new world, does the Avatar stand? What can you believe in, when tradition is no longer your guiding light? What kind of world will exist when Korra is done?

Sure, the original Avatar also touched on technological change, and, sure, Aang also reshaped history to an extent – but, like medieval history, that story was a traditional battle on traditional grounds. I imagine that the nations have warred and shifted throughout the world’s history, and that the Fire Nation’s invasion is only the deadliest iteration of this trend. Unlike Aang and his traditional war, Korra has a chance to reshape literally everything – to create new traditions, to decide the ideological and political ground on which future battles will be fought. She’s shepherding the world of Avatar into its modernity. That’s a bigger responsibility than Aang ever had.

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  • Mohamed Ahmed

    Agreed ! LOK is way mature !

  • Glenn McClanahan

    #2 I agree with 100%. in #1 korra wins out but, not by massive amount, and #3 is different and well done but, not better or worse. in my opinion anyway

  • Mass Stone

    Your grasping at straws at best. Korra’s character isn’t any better than aang because she’s a headstrong fool. Her character is the same as far too many shounen heroes but just because she is a she it’s “original and a strong female role”. The audience doesn’t get enough time to learn about villains because they all die at the end or are removed from the story. Amon was the only good villain because people could sympathize with how normal people aren’t as strong or respected as benders. They are non benders in a bender world. Season two sucked because Unalaq just becomes evil after we here the story from korra’s father about how he was screwed over. Then when korra cries to mako about how the water tribes civil war should be everyone’s problem mako disagrees and wants to focus on varick corrupting the populace into thinking Unalaq is hitler. It doesn’t matter that later in season he became the dark avatar because that was an ass pull to have a godzilla sized fight where deus ex machina in the form of jinora shows up. Season three starts off weak because somehow harmonic convergence gives people airbending and not giant lion turtles that fly or something even though that’s what how it worked as show in avatar waan’s story. Then the anarchism shows up to ruin the world. Oh and zaheer and Unalaq just happened to have worked together but Unalaq just stopped being an anarchist for some reason….. Ok. Why didn’t mako lightning bend just a personal tsk. Then when korra gets captured whats the big plot reveal oh kill her in avatar state…. Didn’t see that coming. Jinora ex machina saves the day with a tornado and knowledge that the poison is metal because reasons. Time skip to korra with the traditional shounen character routine where they lost their power or are weakened and need training. What was the problem more mercury in the blood that’s been around for three years ok whatever. But then when korra goes avatar state to fight kuvira oh no she has PTSD and needs to talk it out with zaheer. Rest of season was crap especially the giant impossible to build mech. I like how varick states that jr. Was just better than we previously stated also platinum is mailable it’s used for jewelry it cannot withstand that much weight or building falling on it. Then all kuvira needed was a

    • Mass Stone

      Ipad wouldn’t let me type anymore so continue from HERE……. talk with korra about being an orphan to stop her from destroying everyone or something else evil. Then korraassami because suddenly both of their sexual preferences change to being ambiguously gay/bisexual/don’t care seriously everyone talks about season 4 fulfilling their stupid erotic fanfiction needs but really the entire series after season one was subpar at best the original series was aimed at younger audiences and still more people agree it’s better. But to counter your argument in so e mediocre way to garner attention here’s THREE REASONS AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER WAS BETTER THAN THE LEGEND OF KORRA

      1. A stronger centered story that kept the same antagonist threw out to drive it to a satisfying conclusion

      2. Better TEAM AVATAR because when the majority of your fans want 1/4 of team avatar dead (mako) and there’s no flying bison for expedition dialog or stratagies

      • Mass Stone

        Continue here ……. It’s boring

        3. A better timeline honestly when the fire nation starts to add blimps or war balloons it changes the game. A giant mech that comes out of nowhere for a big fight sequence is a slap in the face to anyone that wants a reason why the 1920s just jumped to 2277 (liberty prime rip off) is not good for progression.
        But at that point the writers gave up just like they did with the rest of the series.

        • Mass Stone

          So if too long for your easily impressed mind to read Funeste

          • Mr Rice

            ^ bump
            I agree with Stone on this one. Korra had rocky beginning by doing a 70 year time skip. Also the whole “cock tease” or what happened to Zuko mother (something that the last Airbender ended with and what everyone wanted to know) in the beginning was a huge annoyance… I mean this was a epilogue series with some flashbacks and then Korra fucks up by cutting herself off to her past lives…. I mean WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO SOKKA?!?!?we see in ONE flashback and then nothing. I mean who were Toph many lovers… Also how does she tell the difference between them (http://youtu.be/D7E-D1KvXxE). And what happened to Suki? Also where “Space Sword”?? These question need to be answered!
            Korra in the end is one big failure that can’t even meditate or keep her personal feelings out of worldwide problems. WAAAH MY BOYFRIEND DOESNT SUPPORT ME. Also if Korra meet Koh (the face stealer) he would add another losers face to his collection.

          • RICHARD H CLIFT

            It’s not a epilogue, it’s a spin-off. The goal was never to find out what happened to the original character’s no more than avatar the last air bender was trying to set up the characters for legend of Korra. I really hope you can appreciate the show as its own thing with this information, but I understand if you were still unable to like it.

          • KarmaAkabane#2

            Fuck off man. Not cool Korra’s not the best but unlike Aang she didn’t have time to know how to deal with people or things she was in a compound for 14 YEARS . So excuse me if she’s not perfect. Second if need to know there are comic books on a few things you wanted know so if you really wanted to know you would. Second I consider Korra closer to humanity, she lost, she failed and fell and had to work to get back, she wasn’t fix like presto. So before you comment try not to ruin my childhood you son of bitch dissing on the one thing that kept me trying as a kid so fuck off you jackass.

    • Randver

      “Because she’s a headstrong fool” Dude that was only in the first season. Later on is is much wiser and bad-ass.
      Second of all, there are no “normal people” in the Avatar universe. Benders are not considered extra-ordinary since bending is merely a martial art.

    • KarmaAkabane#2

      Hey that’s uncalled for. Everyone has their own opinions and you can’t dis on theirs. Second Korra was not crap and no she wasn’t want but she grew over time from a stubborn think later act now to a compassionate person who learns to communicate instead of just fighting. Both Aang and Korra were great avatars and each had their faults.Aang drew you in with his pacifist attitude and heart of gold, but Korra drew you in with her naïve personality and crooked smile.I grew up watching avatar the last airheaded and was astatic to watch The legend of Korra. Maybe it’s cause I’m 14 but both shows taught me a lesson I’ll never forget. So I don’t care if you don’t like Korra but I’ll be damned if you don’t respect a realistic show like hers so fuck off and don’t ruin the efforts of the authors by patronizing their stuff like that.

  • Wes Hall

    after anyone creates a story the sequel has to be bigger and more intense than the original, that’s common sense. of course they put more work into korra’s story arc, more logic into her villians, and a more advanced time period. This however, does not make korra better than aang or TOK better than ATLA. Justin beiber currently sells more records than Michael Jackson, does that make him better? of course not! what makes aang great is the capacity to do the things he did while maintaining who he was. he is not defined by the world around him or its circumstances, he defines it. aang takes his job as the avatar very seriously, and upon accepting his destiny worked to maintain a positive image and attitude when interacting with everyone, including his enemies. Korra cant even keep face in front of Tenzin, Much less the public or the world. Korra takes the title of Avatar and sends it straight to her head, to the point where her perception of the world around her is flawed, until she is broken down and shown who she is. She lets every little disaster ruin her, and puts her entire life into what others think of her. Sure aang is a cookie cutter hero, and has the basic features of any trickster archetype character. That doesn’t stop him from pursuing his goals in life appropriately, save a few mishaps. Korra is a powerful embodiment of strength, and nothing else. She has no thought outside of herself until she faces Zaheer in season three. Her emotions rule her, and her skill in fighting bleeds into every aspect of who she is. add to that the fact that she can fire and earthbend and she is just a danger to herself and those around her until she has a few hundred brushes with death. personally I don’t care for the 1920’s, crime was rampant in cities and the steampunk style doesn’t advertise freedom to me. The entire series looks like a walk through an art gallery from the late 1800’s into the early 1920’s and its cheap. Its a copy, unoriginal. The original Avatar world was inspired by research into Asian culture and devotion to a love of their traditions. America in the 20’s is a bad memory for americans. life would’ve been difficult and short. and sitting through history class about it was boring enough, we don’t need to see more of it on television. Avatar the last airbender is a story about how all of the characters involved shape the world around them at the end. the legend of korra is the ballad of a failed hero as she goes through trials and tribulations to become someone who can shape the world around her. the focus is not on the many heroes involved but of the exploits and attempts of a few specific ones. this is not better than the last airbender, this is more basic and skeletal for any kind of story.

    • KarmaAkabane#2

      Fuck you and your comments because every hero is a failed hero. Korra was mine, my failed hero, even as I watched her fall I could relate to her. No she wasn’t better than Aang but she sure as hell wasn’t worse so keep your goddamn comments to your damn self!

      • truth be told

        That’s funny, telling somone to keep their comments to themselves in the comment section…lmfao

        • KarmaAkabane#2

          Yeah that is pretty ironic but I was made they were dissing on one of my favorite shows

          • Damagix57

            KOrra is a fucking waste of talent, a terrible show and you need to grow out of that. You’ll see that its trash when you get older.

          • Damagix57

            Your favourite show isn’t just shit, it warrants criticism.

  • Mark Del Quaglio

    Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed watching both shows, especially after rewatching each at least twice. However, one must keep in mind that the two shows are very different from one another. They take place in two totally different time periods as you said so of course traditions and ideologies will not remain constant. It’s important to note that neither show is better than the other. You can’t compare the two on the same spectrum because they both has their demons that needed to resolve. When we first encounter Aang, while he is technically 112, he is still 12 years old at heart and hence a kid. He has to deal with a new era in which he must decide whether to keep his passive ways or assimilate into a world where violence is needed to end devastation (a war to end all wars). Korra is already an adult by this time and much stronger than Aang was. However, she is already much more immature than Aang was. We saw she was extremely lacking in Air and in her connection with the spirits, both due to the fact that Korra was not a reasonable and wise avatar at the time. However we see Korra evolve into a wise and overall strong avatar. Just as we saw Aang do the same while still maintaining his ways of anti-violence, or more closely anti-killing.
    Because they are in two different time periods, they both deal with the upbringings of different times and hence mature differently leading to the same end, becoming a full-fledged recognized avatar that brings balance and peace to the world, however way that may be. However, with this in mind, it’s important to note that Aang and the world of Avatar the Last Airbender is in no way static. We all learn from the mistakes of our ancestors’ past and therefore both Aang and Korra learned from the avatars of before and fixed the holes they could not fix in their lifetimes. If ATLA was indeed truly static, there would be no progression in the series’ time and therefore no end to the chaos the fire nation havocked on the world. Remember, if there was no Avatar the Last Airbender, there would no Legend of Korra.

  • Gregory Bey

    I really like this article. While I feel that The Last Airbender is a more complete and better told show with more likable characters I agree with all of these points. Korra goes through hell and while in the beginning is confident and all “I’m the Avatar! Deal with it!” by the end she is a completely different person. Aang doesn’t change at all and infact get’s rewarded for not changing. He was told by all the past Avatars to do what’s necessary to protect the world even if it cost him his own personal happiness. He didn’t. He stuck with what would make him happy and won anyway. That’s great and all but it doesn’t make an interesting character. Don’t get me wrong I still like Aang and am glad to see someone stick to their guns and get rewarded for it. I respect a character more if they try and fail and learn from it more though. Korra fails a lot. She’s been knocked off her high horse more than once, and by different people. Villains, friends, relationships, the subjects of Republic city. So many people say that the Avatar isn’t needed anymore. She had to got through most of it without the help of the previous Avatars for help or advice. Her villains were definitely better than the Fire Lord. They were very similar to Batman villains like Poison Ivy or Two-Face. She had villains you could sympathize with, but still hate. They wanted to do the right thing but went the totally wrong way with it.

    • TherealRNO

      Well, with Bruce’s Rouges, most were – and some, like former D.A. Harvey “Two-Face” Dent, “Mr. Freeze” Victor Fries, and Bruce’s feminine ninja & cat burglar lovers Talia Al Ghul & “Cat Woman” Selina Kyle, still are – at point or another, redeemable. With Korra’s foes, the inverse is also true, as they begin with nobler ambitions, only to descend into inhumane wickedness & remain there, whereas those Rouges I previously mentioned still cling to what humanity they have left, despite being on opposite sides of the law.

  • Nigel Blackmon

    You DO realize most or better yet all of Korra’s enemies took from or came from the original avatar right you also do understand their power gaps are different Korra is much weaker and you said it yourself aang has an omnipotent technique you DO know what omnipotent is right if they fought Korra would lost she doesn’t have no skill or fighting style which is why she got her ass handed to her at least she knew other elements aang had to fight without concept of elements he didn’t know and still won and u talk about mercury so what if u think about it it’s also a form of metal and guess where metal bending started. . . Wasn’t Korra’s Era that’s for sure

  • Keithp

    MMMMMMMAAAAAn this is COMPLETELY BIAS… support this with numbers… Aang had better ratings on all levels

    • Bryant Davis

      Yeah! Where are the statistics that justify your opinions about aesthetics????

  • James Johnson

    I’ll agree that overall Korra had better villain but that’s only because they chose to introduce new villains rather that tell one narrative. TLA never really strayed from the omnipresent threat of the Fire Nation and the majority of their villains were meant to represent that. As such, with the exception of Zuko and Azula, there really wasn’t room for development on their parts. Zhao, Sparky-Sparky Boom Man (lol) and Ozai were meant to be one note characters.

    Azula was a very well developed character. Sure, she started off as the evil chick, but she developed. She was hurt by the fact that her mother loved her brother more, so she thrived on her father’s approval. She mimicked her father’s behavior and controlled through fear. The fact that she could trust no one led to her closest friends turning on her. Her breakdown was developed over the end of the series and it was amazing when everything hit the fan, all linking back to her mother. It tied together and it was wonderfully written in my opinion.

    Amon was an interesting villain up until he was revealed to be a bender. It made it seem like he just wanted to be the only bender or something and while it may not have been how it should have come across, that’s how it did to me.

    Unalaq never was a good villain to me. He just wanted to throw the world into chaos and the “ten thousand years of darkness” trope was ringing in my ears from all most anything anime related (with some exceptions).

    Zaheer and Kuvira, on the other hand, were good villains. They had twisted morality but they strayed from their original goal for the sake of being a villain to stop. Zaheer and the Red Lotus were anarchists and that’s how they died or were stopped. They didn’t turned out to be world conquerors in the end for no reasons, they had a vision and they went about it in awful, awful ways( not bad as in a bad plan, more like an evil plan). Kuvira was a xenophobe and a tyrant rolled into one and that’s how she went down. She was backstabbing, conniving and extremely tactical but not to the point that she lost sight of her goal.

    I feel in TLA, they were more focused on the development of the main group rather than making good villains. Aang was played for humor but there was a very good reason. Aang is lighthearted and goofy but I got the sense that it was also a coping mechanism for the fact that his entire civilization was wiped out when he ran away. He blamed himself and humor, while oveplayed at times, was his way of dealing with it. As the serious went on, he didn’t rely on it as much because he had a new family to lean on.

    Sokka was a big child. Childish, immature but because he was forced to grow up way too fast and he never got to have a real chilhood. He had to be a man for his people. His mother was taken from him and his father and all the male figures in his life were gone.

    Katara was the mother hen. She was overbearing, but because she cared too much. That actually made her dynamic with Toph very interesting and hilarious to watch.

    Toph was the rebel. She was sheltered for her entire life and now she had the opportunity to see the way (lol). While she found a way around her blindness, it still crippled her everyday life and how she found ways around it (or didn’t) made her interesting.

    Zuko was the best developed character in the series. Hands down.

    Most of Korra’s characters were stereotypes (I’ll admit well written stereotypes) so I found myself drawn to other characters. I’ll admit I went into Korra more to see how the original team ended up and I was happy and sad with the result. Korra is the typical anime hero, headstrong, abasive, aggressive. I can throw a rock and find an anime hero with the same persoanlity. She had her moments but until the second half of the series (Season 3 and 4) she was extremely one note. I found Bolin more interesting (of the brothers). He was like Sokka and Aang combined and I was immediately drawn to him. Mako was boring to me and while he improved slightly, he never really wowed me. Asami was the most interesting character on New Team Avatar. Yes, she’s hot ( 😉 ) but she had a character arc. Despite the people in her life constantly giving her reasons not to trust them (Mako, Hiroshi, Varrick) she managed to find the good in people. I heard she was originally gonna be an Equalist spy and I think that would have been interesting only if she turned in the end. That way, Season 2 could have been her redemption and made Season 2 more interesting. Lin was how I imagined Toph to be in her adult years without her blindness, angry, strict, sassy with parental issues (P.S. I’m still made they haven’t introduced Kanto or Su’s father). Tenzin was… blah for me. His kids were channeling Aang and it was so fun to see.

    • KarmaAkabane#2

      I understand what you mean.

  • spacecowboy

    Just gonna point out an issue with calling Aang a stereotype based on an analogy to shinji from evangelion. This issue is mainly that Korra could very easily be called a rehashing of the Asuka stereotype from that same show. Brushing over that kind of glaring double standard weakens the argument and makes the one sided author bias very obvious. The Asuka stereotype is as prevalent in recent years as the shinji, or even Ayanami Rei, tropes. Every character is going to be infused with some sort of stereotype or trope just due to the nature of writing for modern shows. And, lastly, the “headstrong damn the torpedoes type of girl” is a very common trope. Perhaps not as much in certain american based animation, but definitely in nearly every tsundere in the japanese anime medium.

  • James Fleming

    Aang is all calm and serious?? give me a break!! Korra is a boring piece of crap and she is fat!!! Aang is funny. i didnt like legend of korra at all. SHE BLOODY GET RID OF ALL THE MEMORIES OF THE PREVIOUS AVATARS, WTF!!!!!

    • Coco Ninja B

      Korra is not fat, she has muscle. Apparently if a girl has muscle she’s considered fat in your eyes, and she was FAR from being a boring character

      • James Fleming

        she is very boring!!!

        • KarmaAkabane#2

          She’s not boring she’s just not Aang get over it you ass

          • truth be told

            Korra’s not worthy to carry Aangs sack!!!

          • Damagix57

            Korra was the same character we had seen in every show growing up. There was nothing separating her from the shonen main protagonist, except for the fact that she had a vagina. Get over yourself. Even if its been 2 years, I feel like you need to be punished for this comment.

    • Cabbage Man

      I can’t say I didn’t like korra but when there is a comparison between two series I look I need to proct serie I love more. Because It drives me crazy. I mean secondrody character so weak. It is like earth bender guy is less funny -less I mean he is TOTALLY NOT FUNNY-version of sokka and makko is less sexy version of zuko. And what about end it was pile of shit. Yes korrasami is goddamn pile of shit. For chrissake you can’t just made out a couple for showing you are supporting Lgbt. They fucking fight for same guy and you are saying they get in love while they were fighting. Fuck off

      • KarmaAkabane#2

        Fuck off it wasn’t a pop up relationship it started out in season 3 you just had to read the signs they stopped fighting in season 2 so before you diss them it was coming already so stop bad mouthing it just because you don’t support it. Keep your damn mouth shut if you don’t like it because I had thought they would be a couple in season 1 so you can cool on your messed fucking stereo types of my childhood fucking show asshole.

      • KarmaAkabane#2

        Also Bolin’s not supposed to be funny he’s supposed to be adorable. Plus Mako is nothing like Zuko he is different so get your damn facts straight.

    • KarmaAkabane#2

      Fuck you she didn’t mean to! I loved Korra and looked up to her. Thanks for ruining my damn childhood with your brash comments just because you are an asshole who only looks on the surface of things. I’m fucking 14 and seen both shows and rewatching them all the time so get your head out your ass and read between the damn lines.

      • truth be told

        Y do u feel the need to FU on any opinion that u disagree with? Are u like 8 yrs old and feel mature with the F bomb, u really should grow up!

      • Damagix57

        The fact that you’re 14 is the reason why nothing you say is making any sense. You haven’t developed passed the idea that a story you think is pretty, can be poorly written. You might be older now, but I doubt you’ve changed a bit.

  • JayLwgacy

    The only thing on this list that i agreed with was the villains everything else is highly debatable and this is coming from a legend of kora fanboy…

  • Nayib Bukele

    Nope Nope Nope those are 3 bullshit written right there. I respect your opinion but you are one of those few that thinks this

    • Cabbage Man

      I thought same thing, It was just like “I don’t wanna be mean but ıt is nothing but bullshit lmoa” this comparison is totally biased. What do you yeah azula is maniac but not enough it is totally bullshit.

  • Austin P

    Cool read. I’m not sure which one I truly like better. The kid in me likes Airbender better, but I struggle when I rewatch it now. I like the more serious tone of Korra. Season 3 of Airbender was amazing though. They’re both great, and I’m just happy we have them both haha. I do like Korra’s struggles and feel like she’s more relatable, to me personally. I’m just all about women that kick ass. Like Katara in season 3, just some amazing waterbending moments. But, Mako did suck. The whole Movers thing got a bit old too. But, my favorite villain is easily Zaheer.

  • 杨木易

    still, i love atla