History TearJerker / TheLegendOfKorra

29th Aug '16 10:16:37 AM IvanovTroping97
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** [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice He sacrifices himself]] so everyone else can finish the mission. This is right after [[spoiler:Asami had ''finally'' [[YankTheDogsChain reconciled with him]]]].

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** [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice He sacrifices himself]] so everyone else can finish the mission. This is right after [[spoiler:Asami Asami had ''finally'' [[YankTheDogsChain reconciled with him]]]].
14th Jul '16 2:34:45 PM Izzie
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** His absence is even more painful because Korra's expressions can often be similar to his, and their personalities make it seem as if they would have gotten along well, but they don't even meet.
11th Jul '16 11:53:20 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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** Zaheer efforts to bring freedom to the world by ridding the world from governments led to the existence of a new, more powerful dictatorship - EEarth Empire.
10th Jul '16 2:27:48 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* * One of the really sad consequences of this book, is that Kuvira, MauveShirt, and one of the Suyin's most trusted people, almost a daughter, makes a FaceHeelTurn later along with Baatar Jr. and many others, gets estranged with Su, and becomes a BigBad of the following season, all to reunite shattered EarthKingdom. It really shows that no matter how small or big evil you cause, the results can be catastrophic, and Earth Queen's death, ddespite being an AssholeVictim, is this.

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* * One of the really sad consequences of this book, is that Kuvira, MauveShirt, and one of the Suyin's most trusted people, almost a daughter, makes a FaceHeelTurn later along with Baatar Jr. and many others, gets estranged with Su, and becomes a BigBad of the following season, all to reunite shattered EarthKingdom. Earth Kingdom. It really shows that no matter how small or big evil you cause, the results can be catastrophic, and Earth Queen's death, ddespite despite being an AssholeVictim, is this.
10th Jul '16 2:26:18 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* * One of the really sad consequences of this book, is that Kuvira, MauveShirt, and one of the Suyin's most trusted people, almost a daughter, makes a FaceHeelTurn later along with Baatar Jr. and many others, gets estranged with Su, and becomes a BigBad of the following season, all to reunite shattered EarthKingdom. It really shows that no matter how small or big evil you cause, the results can be catastrophic, and Earth Queen's death, ddespite being an AssholeVictim, is this.
8th Feb '16 1:56:06 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Toph's voice wavers ever-so-slightly in response to the above complaint. You can tell that, behind the stubborn and aloof attitude, it really got to her.
* The spirits denying Korra's request for their assistance in protecting Republic City. Even if her intentions were noble, they viewed it merely as Korra being NotSoDifferent from Kuvira in using spiritual power for war/her own benefit.

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* Toph's voice wavers ever-so-slightly in response to the above complaint.response. You can tell that, behind the stubborn and aloof attitude, it really got to her.
* ** The spirits denying Korra's request for their assistance in protecting Republic City. Even if her intentions were noble, they viewed it merely as Korra being NotSoDifferent from Kuvira in using spiritual power for war/her own benefit.



* Varrick botching things with Zhu Li once again.

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* Varrick botching things with Zhu Li once again. Bolin speaks for all of us with his FacePalm.



** And his reaction when Kuvira [[KickTheMoralityPet destroys]] the factory with him inside.

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** And his His reaction when Kuvira [[KickTheMoralityPet destroys]] the factory with him inside.



* [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Hiroshi]]]] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath himself]] so everyone else can finish the mission. And this is right after [[spoiler:Asami had ''finally'' [[YankTheDogsChain reconciled with him]]]].

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* [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Hiroshi]]]] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath *Hiroshi delivers the tears in this episode.
** [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice He sacrifices
himself]] so everyone else can finish the mission. And this This is right after [[spoiler:Asami had ''finally'' [[YankTheDogsChain reconciled with him]]]].



*** [[spoiler: The look on Asami's face when she gets ejected and the way she yells out for her father is heartbreaking. It doesn't help that she [[NightmareFuel witnesses her father being crushed to death]].]]
*** [[spoiler:Even Korra and the other have a look of sadness on their faces, showing that he may have been their greatest adversary, but died a hero]].

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*** ** [[spoiler: The look on Asami's face when she gets ejected and the way she yells out for her father is heartbreaking. It doesn't help helps the sad factor that she [[NightmareFuel witnesses her father being crushed to death]].]]
*** ** [[spoiler:Even Korra and the other have a look of sadness on their faces, showing that he may have been their greatest a great adversary, but died a hero]].



* Varrick proposing to Zhu Li. No one ever said they had to be sad tears, but the way he proposes is just so uniquely ''him'' that you can't help but tear up a little.



** She mentions that her parents cast her aside before she was taken in by Su; when she apologizes to Su while being led away by handcuffs, her reply is "You're going to answer for everything you've done." Minutes after recounting her parental abandonment, her maternal figure turns her back on her as well. Not getting any closure there today.
** Heck, it seems that her ControlFreak tendencies were derived from her unresolved issues about her parents.

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** She mentions that her parents cast her aside before she was taken in by Su; when she apologizes to Su while being led away by handcuffs, her reply is "You're going to answer for everything you've done." Minutes after recounting her parental abandonment, her second maternal figure turns her back on her as well. Not getting any closure there today.
** Heck, it It seems that her ControlFreak tendencies were derived from her unresolved issues about her parents.parents. She had this need to be in control, and thus a need for power.



* After the new spirit portal is created, Team Avatar (including Tenzin and kids, Mako, Bolin, Asami, Varrick and Zhu Li) enter the crater and search for Korra. Without their dear friend in sight, their faces clearly give away that they fear for the worst. [[RomanticInterest Asami]], [[ThousandYardStare in particular]], [[http://dongbufeng.net/media/gallery/displayimage.php?album=113&pos=1325 looks completely broken.]]
** This is referenced during Korra and Asami's talk in the example below. During those moments, Asami may very well have been just...[[DespairEventHorizon done]].
* Asami and Korra's talk after the wedding where Korra apologizes for her behavior in "Reunion" and Asami says she's just glad that she didn't lose her as well after her father's HeroicSacrifice, and she and Korra hug.
** The final shot of the series is of Korra and Asami going on a private vacation together, [[ShipTease holding hands and]] [[HeldGaze gazing into one another's eyes as they're teleported into the Spirit World]]. Cue the feels.

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* After the new spirit portal is created, Team Avatar (including Tenzin and kids, Mako, Bolin, Asami, Varrick and Zhu Li) enter the crater and search for Korra. Without their dear friend in sight, their faces clearly give away that they fear for the worst. [[RomanticInterest Asami]], Asami, [[ThousandYardStare in particular]], [[http://dongbufeng.net/media/gallery/displayimage.php?album=113&pos=1325 looks completely broken.]]
**
]] This is referenced during Korra and Asami's talk in the example below.talk. During those moments, Asami may very well have been just...[[DespairEventHorizon done]].
* Asami and Korra's talk after the wedding where Korra apologizes for her behavior in "Reunion" and Asami says she's just glad that she didn't lose her as well after her father's HeroicSacrifice, and she and Korra hug.
** The final shot of the series is of Korra and Asami going on a private vacation together, [[ShipTease holding hands and]] [[HeldGaze gazing into one another's eyes as they're teleported into the Spirit World]]. Cue the feels.
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** While the series showed that there is the possibility of future Avatar sagas, and the opportunity to see Korra and co as old elderly mentors again, this series pretty much cemented that we will never see the Gaang again. The fact that none of them makes an appearance at the party drives the point home.

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** While the series showed that there is the possibility of future Avatar sagas, and the opportunity to see Korra and co as old elderly mentors again, this series pretty much cemented that we will never see the Gaang again. The fact that none of them makes an appearance at the party drives the point home.
26th Jan '16 11:29:22 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Suyin's pained expression as she recounts her history of raising Kuvira like her own daughter, showing that however wide the gap may be between the two and however vehemently she believes in needing to stop Kuvira Su herself is still deeply hurt over the split.
** This is possibly shown in her wide-eyed expression of concern when it looks like Korra is about to crush Kuvira during their duel.

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* Suyin's pained expression as she recounts her history of raising Kuvira like her own daughter, showing that however wide the gap may be between the two and however vehemently she believes in needing to stop Kuvira Su herself is still deeply hurt over the split. \n** This is possibly shown in her wide-eyed expression of concern when it looks like Korra is about to crush Kuvira during their duel.



** And when he activates the timer on the superweapon, he sounds as if he is almost ''willing'' to die in the resulting explosion. [[spoiler:Bolin manages to snap him out of it and they barely make it out in time, and although it may have been a ruse, this is the first time we've seen Varrick so broken.]]
* Even after having the strength to get rid of all of the poison in her body, [[spoiler: Dark Avatar!Korra still appears to haunt her. And at the worst possible time at that.]]

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** And when he *When Varrick activates the timer on the superweapon, he sounds as if he is almost ''willing'' to die in the resulting explosion. [[spoiler:Bolin manages to snap him out of it and they barely make it out in time, and although time. Although it may have been a ruse, this is the first time we've seen Varrick so broken.]]
* Even after having the strength to get rid of all of the poison in her body, [[spoiler: Dark Avatar!Korra still appears to haunt her. And at At the worst possible time at that.]]
25th Jan '16 7:28:23 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* The entire Asami subplot. Hiroshi has become TheAtoner after years in prison and keeps writing her letters, until she finally visits him just to show that she hasn't opened any of them and wants him to stay out of her life. Hiroshi completely accepts this, not expecting her forgiveness at all since he can't even forgive himself. But after some serious soul searching, she decides to at least make some effort and brings a Pai Sho board so they can play it like when she was a kid. It's moments like this that you realize that while Asami is a successful businesswoman and a feared warrior of Team Avatar, she's still just a little girl who wanted her family back but can't have it.

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* The entire Asami subplot. Hiroshi has become TheAtoner after years in prison and keeps writing her letters, until she finally visits him just to show that she hasn't opened any of them and wants him to stay out of her life. Hiroshi completely accepts this, not expecting her forgiveness at all since he can't even forgive himself. But after some serious soul searching, she decides to at least make some effort and brings a Pai Sho board so they can play it like when she was a kid. It's moments like this that you realize that while Asami is a successful businesswoman and a feared warrior of Team Avatar, she's part of her is still just a little girl who wanted her family back but can't have it.back.



* Baatar Sr. trying to persuade Baatar Jr. to come back to Zaofu's side, only to be rejected. He genuinely wants his son back, and somehow the bitterness in Baatar Jr.'s tone makes it worse.

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* Baatar Sr. trying to persuade Baatar Jr. to come back to Zaofu's side, only to be rejected. He genuinely wants his son back, and somehow the bitterness in Baatar Jr.'s tone makes it worse.



* Kuvira's entire StartOfDarkness. When we last saw her in Book 3, she was a warm and friendly person who even rescued Tonraq from Zaheer. Then came the fateful fallout between her and Suyin that led her to lose faith in Suyin and leave Zaofu with the legitimate intent of restoring order in the Earth Kingdom. Come three years later in Book 4, she's become an even worse dictator than the Earth Queen. It is truly heartbreaking to see such a noble spirit so easily fall to villainy.

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* Kuvira's entire StartOfDarkness. When we last saw her in Book 3, she was a warm and friendly person who even rescued Tonraq from Zaheer. Then came the fateful fallout between her and Suyin that led her to lose faith in Suyin and leave Zaofu with the legitimate intent of restoring order in the Earth Kingdom. Come three years later in Book 4, she's become an even worse dictator than the Earth Queen. It is truly heartbreaking to see such a noble spirit so easily fall to villainy.
20th Jan '16 12:28:24 PM dcutter2
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* Korra in the Avatar state, not as a power boost as we've seen her do it before, but as the desperate primal survival instinct as Aang used it. Seeing her in that much pain and rage is terrifying.
18th Jan '16 8:57:14 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Everyone thinks Korra is fine and headed back for the coronation, but then they learn the reality is much worse. Korra has dropped off the grid and looks to have become a BrokenBird over the course of the TimeSkip. She's FightClubbing under the guise of an earthbender and not doing so well, and doesn't want anyone to know she's the Avatar. It just goes to show how much damage Zaheer was able to do to her that she is still an emotional wreck after so long.

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* Everyone thinks Korra is fine and headed back for the coronation, but then they learn the reality is much worse. Korra has dropped off the grid and looks to have become a BrokenBird over the course of the TimeSkip. She's FightClubbing under the guise of an earthbender and not doing so well, and doesn't want anyone to know she's the Avatar. It just goes to show how much damage Zaheer was able to do to her that she is still an emotional wreck after so long.



* When Tonraq realizes Korra never came back to Air Temple Island, his reaction is so subdued it's almost as if he was expecting this. Which means, whenever he reads one of her letters saying she was there, he was holding onto the hope that she was, and that everything was okay after all. But in that single moment, it becomes clear to him that he was just deluding himself, and that it's a truth that had been obvious since the day Korra left the Southern Water Tribe. Counts as AdultFear when he realizes his little daughter is missing in action. The tipoff was probably the fact that she ''[[OutOfCharacterAlert left without Naga]]''. Korra has only ever left Naga in situations where it'd be too dangerous or impractical to take her along, so it's troubling indeed that she would leave behind her spirit animal and childhood companion ''voluntarily.''

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* When Tonraq realizes Korra never came back to Air Temple Island, his reaction is so subdued it's almost as if he was expecting this. Which means, whenever he reads one of her letters saying she was there, he was holding onto the hope that she was, and that everything was okay after all. But in that single moment, it becomes clear to him that he was just deluding himself, and that it's a truth that had been obvious since the day Korra left the Southern Water Tribe. Counts It counts as AdultFear when he realizes his little daughter is missing in action. The tipoff was probably the fact that she ''[[OutOfCharacterAlert left without Naga]]''. Korra has only ever left Naga in situations where it'd be too dangerous or impractical to take her along, so it's troubling indeed that she would leave behind her spirit animal and childhood companion ''voluntarily.''



* Grab a tissue for this episode. Maybe several. You're gonna need it.



* Korra snapping at Katara when frustrations about her recovery finally reach a head.
** Even worse, Katara's voice actually ''wavers'' somewhat as she addresses Korra after her outburst.
* The stark reality of Korra's recovery period. It's probably one of the most accurate portrayals of just how long, tiring, and frustrating the process is in animation.

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* Korra snapping at Katara when frustrations about her recovery finally reach a head.
** Even worse,
head. Katara's voice actually ''wavers'' somewhat as she addresses Korra after her outburst.
* The stark reality of Korra's recovery period. It's probably one of the most accurate portrayals of just how long, tiring, and frustrating the process is in animation.



** A small one but, [[spoiler: when Asami offers to go to the Southern Water Tribe with Korra, and by doing so drop ''Everything'' just to keep her friend company. This is likely another sign of Asami's growing love for Korra that even though Asami has a entire corporation to run, Korra's well being takes precedence. And yet Korra politely declines the offer, feeling that some time alone will be good for her.]]
* Korra fails, quite miserably, to catch a couple of common shoplifters, and is knocked over on her back. The annoyed shopkeeper asks "You sure she's the Avatar?", and all Korra can manage to do in response is close her eyes and lie back.
* While the letters Korra receives from her friends and Tenzin coming in to check on Korra are all rather heartwarming, each asking how she is doing and that they look forward to seeing her again, they are also unknowingly making Korra's depression worse. By telling her what they have accomplished while she has been gone Korra and that Kuvira has the situation with the Earth Kingdom under control Korra feels that she has become useless and that the world doesn't need her anymore. And for someone like Korra, who prides herself on being the Avatar, to feel that there is no use for her, is the worse thing that could happen.

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** * A small one but, [[spoiler: when Asami offers to go to the Southern Water Tribe with Korra, and by doing so drop ''Everything'' just to keep her friend company. This is likely another sign of Asami's growing love for Korra that even though Asami has a entire corporation to run, Korra's well being takes precedence. And yet Yet Korra politely declines the offer, feeling that some time alone will be good for her.]]
* Korra fails, quite miserably, to catch a couple of common shoplifters, and is knocked over on her back. The annoyed shopkeeper asks "You sure she's the Avatar?", and all Korra can manage to do in response is close her eyes and lie back.
* While the letters Korra receives from her friends and Tenzin coming in to check on Korra are all rather heartwarming, each asking how she is doing and that they look forward to seeing her again, they are also unknowingly making Korra's depression worse. By telling her what they have accomplished while she has been gone Korra and that Kuvira has the situation with the Earth Kingdom under control Korra feels that she has become useless and that the world doesn't need her anymore. And for For someone like Korra, who prides herself on being the Avatar, to feel that there is no use for her, is the worse thing that could happen.



** Wu's breakdown is, in a certain way, unsettlingly familiar to what Korra has experienced. They both grew up with their status as a LegacyCharacter as part of their very identity, and were both informed that those positions are now worthless.
* Baatar Jr. and Suyin coldly greeting each other.
** Becomes more sadder when you flashback to Su's first appearance and she states that her children are "blessings". Three years later, she's in estrangement with her eldest.

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** Wu's breakdown is, in a certain way, It is unsettlingly familiar to what Korra has experienced. They both grew up with their status as a LegacyCharacter as part of their very identity, and were both informed that those positions are now worthless.
* Baatar Jr. and Suyin coldly greeting each other.
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other becomes more sadder when you flashback to Su's first appearance and she states that her children are "blessings". Three years later, she's in estrangement with her eldest.



** Even worse when you remember that Mako is the second person to reject Bolin for supporting Kuvira. Being given the cold shoulder by your brother ''and'' your girlfriend when you're only trying to help has to be [[{{Understatement}} rough]].

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** Even worse when you remember that Mako is the second person to reject Bolin for supporting Kuvira. Being given the cold shoulder by your brother ''and'' your girlfriend when you're only trying to help has to be [[{{Understatement}} rough]].rough.



** Or, much more horrifyingly, people have lost faith in the Avatar altogether. Consider the franchise as a whole- the last Avatar, just when things seemed to be getting rough, vanished for over a hundred years. In that time, the Fire Nation launched a world-encompassing war of total conquest, committing untold atrocities and even acts of genocide (the attempted eradication of the Moon and Ocean spirits, the destruction of the southern water tribe (or more specifically the benders of those tribes), the final, comet-fueled attempt at destroying the Earth Kingdom entirely, etc.) And the Avatar only showed up at the very end of the war, and it presumably became common knowledge that the Avatar had been sealed in the iceberg by his own hand. So a new Avatar shows up, just when people need help bringing balance to a chaos-strewn area (the Earth Kingdom), and the Avatar vanishes again? People might figure that the Avatar just quits when the going gets rough, only coming in to secure the final victory. People losing hope in the Avatar wouldn't be out of the question.

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** Or, much more horrifyingly, Fridge tearjerking comes in at this point. Some people may have lost faith in the Avatar altogether. Consider the franchise as a whole- the last Avatar, just when things seemed to be getting rough, vanished for over a hundred years. In that time, the Fire Nation launched a world-encompassing war of total conquest, committing untold atrocities and even acts of genocide (the attempted eradication of the Moon and Ocean spirits, the destruction of the southern water tribe (or more specifically the benders of those tribes), the final, comet-fueled attempt at destroying the Earth Kingdom entirely, etc.) And the Avatar only showed up at the very end of the war, and it presumably became common knowledge that the Avatar had been sealed in the iceberg by his own hand. So a new Avatar shows up, just when people need help bringing balance to a chaos-strewn area (the Earth Kingdom), and the Avatar vanishes again? People might figure that the Avatar just quits when the going gets rough, only coming in to secure the final victory. People losing hope in the Avatar wouldn't be out of the question.
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