Korra (The Legend of Korra)

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Korra
Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra character
Korra with her arms cross
First appearance"Welcome to Republic City"
Voiced byJanet Varney
Cora Baker (Young Korra)
Information
AliasesAvatar Korra
GenderFemale
RelativesTonraq (father)
Senna (mother)
Aang (spiritual predecessor)
NationalitySouthern Water Tribe
Bending ElementWater (native, combat/heal)
Earth
Fire
Air
Energy
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue
PositionProtagonist
 
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Korra
Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra character
Korra with her arms cross
First appearance"Welcome to Republic City"
Voiced byJanet Varney
Cora Baker (Young Korra)
Information
AliasesAvatar Korra
GenderFemale
RelativesTonraq (father)
Senna (mother)
Aang (spiritual predecessor)
NationalitySouthern Water Tribe
Bending ElementWater (native, combat/heal)
Earth
Fire
Air
Energy
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue
PositionProtagonist

Korra is a fictional character and the titular protagonist in Nickelodeon's animated television series The Legend of Korra. The character was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and is voiced by Janet Varney.

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Creation and conception

Janet Varney voices Korra

Korra's character was inspired by various female MMA fighters, as Bryan Konietzko is a fan of mixed martial arts. In addition, she was indirectly inspired by one of Bryan Konietzko's sisters. Korra was also designed to be an opposite of Aang, the main character of the previous show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Instead of the young, spiritual Aang, Korra is a more physical character who has trouble grasping the spiritual side of being the Avatar.[1]

Korra's name was decided long after her character was thought of. The two creators couldn't agree to a name for her, until eventually they learned the name of an ecolodge owner's dog, Cora. The name was kept, and only changed in spelling.[2]

History

It is revealed in the plot that Korra is able to bend both fire and earth in addition to her native element, water, at the age of four, thus proving her status as the current Avatar to the Order of the White Lotus. At the age of 17, Korra has officially mastered Firebending, Waterbending, and Earthbending, and hopes to learn Airbending from the only Airbending Master alive, Tenzin. However, the elders of the Order of the White Lotus believe that Korra "lacks restraint" and should first master the spiritual side of being the Avatar, but Korra's teacher and Waterbending Master Katara reasons that, if anyone can teach the young Avatar spirituality, it is Tenzin. Tenzin and his family arrive at the White Lotus compound two weeks later, but Korra soon learns that Tenzin will not be able to stay in the Southern Water Tribe to teach her, because of the unstable conditions in Republic City.

Impatient to begin airbending training, Korra instead sneaks off to Republic City, and is eventually taken in by Tenzin after a confrontation with a bending gang and Republic City's metalbending police force. She meets the Earthbender Bolin and his Firebender brother Mako, who are a part of a pro-bending team called the Fire Ferrets, after sneaking out to see a pro-bending match. When the Fire Ferrets' waterbender doesn't show up before another match, though, Korra decides to fill in the spot. However, when Tenzin later sees that the spiral movements required in pro-bending helps train her in airbending, he gives permission for her to participate.

However, not long into their careers, Bolin is captured by the Equalists, led by the mysterious Amon. To save Bolin, Korra and Mako sneak into an Equalist rally, and witness Amon permanetly remove the bending of three members of a bending gang. After Bolin is saved, the three continue to practice and play Pro-Bending until the champion games. During the champion games, Equalists raid the bending arena, strip the opposing team of their bending, and destroy the playing field. Now no longer a member of the Fire Ferrets, as all Pro-Bending has ended, Korra focuses on the battle against Amon and the Equalists. However, she wants to avoid increasing tensions with peaceful non-benders, who are already being treated as criminals by Republic City.

Amon eventually declares full scale war against Republic City, captures the city council and easily defeats the Republic City police. Outmatched, Korra is forced to wait, along with Mako, Bolin, and Asami, until the united forces can send military aid. The aid does arrive, led by General Iroh II (Dante Basco). The five team up, and battle against Amon on different fronts. Iroh, Bolin, and Asami try to find and sabotage the Equalists' airfield and other bases of operation while Korra and Mako work together to infiltrate Republic City, which is under Amon's rule, and learn that Amon is actually a Bloodbender named Noatak. Korra is, thus, unable to defeat him in a straight fight, and has her bending removed by him. However, this loss of her three bending elements unlocks her Airbending ability, which allows her to catch Amon off guard and defeat him, by revealing his true nature as a Waterbender to the public.

The conflict against Amon now over, Korra is terribly upset over the costs of the war and the loss of her bending. At the Southern Water Tribe, she runs away when she learns that Katara is unable to restore her bending. However, her bending is restored to her by the spirit of Aang, along with the previous Avatars before him. She is also given the power of Energybending. Using this, she is able to undo Amon's removal of people's bending.

Personality and characteristics

Unlike her predecessor Aang, Korra is described by her creators as "very tough, very headstrong, [and] not scared to get into a fight." [3] Although she is talented, her stubborn and hot-headed personality prevents her from easily learning Airbending or connecting with the Spirit World.[4] The Avatar traditionally has the greatest difficulty mastering the element most opposite of the Avatar's personality. For instance, Roku and Aang took longer to learn Waterbending and Earthbending respectively. Korra's forceful, sharp-tongued personality is contrary to the teachings of Airbending which encourage calm mindedness, free-spirituality, and evasiveness.

Her best friend is a polar bear dog named Naga, whose strength helps Korra out of many dangerous situations. Although wild polar bear dogs were originally feared and hunted by Water Tribes, Korra is the first person to ever tame one. [5] Korra is also friends with brothers Mako (love interest) and Bolin, Asami Sato, as well as the rest of Tenzin's family.

Korra underwent major character development during episodes 11 through 12 of the first season when she was confronted with detachment from her main three bending skills, leaving her with Airbending, which she had unlocked in order to save Mako from Amon. Later, she connected to her spiritual self through Aang. Once the connection to her Avatar predecessors was established, Aang used his Energybending to bestow Energybending upon Korra (as well as her main three bending skills lost earlier). Though Korra is now able to bend all four elements while being capable of entering the Avatar State, Korra is still in the process of perfecting her Airbending skills as well as having a true connection and understanding of her spiritual demeanor in order to complete her training as a fully realized Avatar. This will be experienced in Book 2: Spirits as Korra will learn further into the history and mythology of the Avatar lineage and the Spirit World.

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