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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.
18th Dec '15 8:26:38 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** To add to that it could have been considered the right thing to do. If she had lost all her bending, the world was without their all powerful Avatar. Killing herself and continuing the cycle would have been her last act of service as the Avatar.

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** To add to that it could **It might even have been considered the right practical thing to do. If she had lost all her bending, the world was would be without their all powerful Avatar. Killing herself and continuing the cycle would have been her last act of service as the Avatar.



* Korra and Tonraq's moment before Korra turns herself in to the Red Lotus.
** Made even more tear-jerking after "Venom of the Red Lotus". [[spoiler: Korra tells her father that she will be alright; at the very end of this episode she is abducted and poisoned with mercury, a very toxic metal, by her captors who intend to kill her and end the Avatar Cycle for good.]]

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* Korra and Tonraq's moment before Korra turns herself in to the Red Lotus.
** Made even more tear-jerking after "Venom
Lotus. He tells her how proud he is of the Red Lotus". her because he might not get another chance.
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[[spoiler: Korra tells her father that she will be alright; at the very end of this episode she is abducted and poisoned with mercury, a very toxic metal, by her captors who intend to kill her and end the Avatar Cycle for good.]]



* Zaheer's reaction to P'Li's death. Particularly ''[[http://s4.postimg.org/dd02gk84t/Dispassionate_Ruthless_Bastard.jpg the look on his face.]]'' The man was on the verge of tears. Despite his ruthlessness, he genuinely and clearly loved P'Li and now she was taken from him. And in the most brutal way at that. Never before has an ''Avatar'' villain [[note]]Not even Amon in his final moments[[/note]] looked so... ''human''.

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* Zaheer's reaction to P'Li's death. Particularly death and particularly ''[[http://s4.postimg.org/dd02gk84t/Dispassionate_Ruthless_Bastard.jpg the look on his face.]]'' The man was on the verge of tears. Despite his ruthlessness, he genuinely and clearly loved P'Li and now she was taken from him. And him and in the most brutal way at that. Never before has an ''Avatar'' villain [[note]]Not even Amon in his final moments[[/note]] looked so... ''human''.



** The atmosphere as he steps off the cliff with Korra is strange, it's as if he wouldn't mind if he fell to his death at that point now that P'Li is gone. Been able to fly was good for him but he was ready, perhaps even partly wanting, the alternative.
*** Which makes for a chilling CallBack to Aang's refusal to let go of Katara back in the original series.

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** The atmosphere as he steps off the cliff with Korra is strange, it's as if he wouldn't mind if he fell to his death at that point now that P'Li is gone. Been able to fly was good for him but he was ready, perhaps even partly wanting, the alternative. \n*** Which It makes for a chilling CallBack to Aang's refusal to let go of Katara back in the original series.



* P'li's [[DarkAndTroubledPast life story]]. She was meant as a child to be a weapon for a warlord, who she was [[RescueRomance saved from by Zaheer.]] Likely as a result of this, she joined the Red Lotus to aid in their cause for freedom. Later, after they failed to kidnap Korra, she was imprisoned in a freezing cell for 13 years away from her lover and friends. And at the end, she dies due to [[YourHeadAsplode Suyin containing one of her combustion blasts]] [[AlasPoorVillain in a metal helmet.]]

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* P'li's [[DarkAndTroubledPast life story]]. She was meant as a child to be a weapon for a warlord, who she was [[RescueRomance saved from by Zaheer.]] Likely as a result of this, she joined the Red Lotus to aid in their cause for freedom. Later, after they failed to kidnap Korra, she was imprisoned in a freezing cell for 13 years away from her lover and friends. And at At the end, she dies due to [[YourHeadAsplode Suyin containing one of her combustion blasts]] [[AlasPoorVillain blasts in a metal helmet.]]



** As Zaheer relays this news, he actually starts to ''descend to a lower altitude'', meaning P'Li is still his earthly tether and he still loves her.
* A Meta-example. Kuvira is voiced by Zelda Williams, the daughter of Creator/RobinWilliams, who tragically committed suicide less than two weeks before this episode was released. We see Kuvira get introduced as she helps someone's father (Tonraq). It's truly a heartbreaking moment when you think about the grief Zelda was going through at the time of the episode's release.

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** As Zaheer relays this news, he actually starts to ''descend to a lower altitude'', meaning P'Li is still his earthly tether and he still loves her.
* A Meta-example. Kuvira is voiced by Zelda Williams, the daughter of Creator/RobinWilliams, who tragically committed suicide less than two weeks before this episode was released. We see Kuvira get introduced as she helps someone's father (Tonraq). It's truly a heartbreaking moment when you think about the grief Zelda was going through at the time of the episode's release.



* Mako's face after he kills Ming-Hua. It's very short, but poignant. He obviously didn't want to do it, or else he would have electrocuted her when he first fought her and been done with it. He killed her because he had no other choice. He had to save himself and help Bolin. And when he kills her he just looks so... stunned. This is, more likely than not, the first time he's ever killed someone.
* While funny and somewhat karmic, Zaheer's meltdown at the end becomes a lot less amusing when you consider that he pretty much is grieving his dead [[UnholyMatrimony lover]] and [[VillainousFriendship friends]], and basically saw his whole cause [[PyrrhicVillainy fall into ruin.]]
* When Korra finally finally brings down Zaheer, she collapses and is quickly scooped up by Tonraq, who tries to rouse her. Half-conscious and still in the Avatar State, she hesitantly raises her hand to his face in utter disbelief, having thought him dead. Then she faints before she can reach him, and Tonraq looks utterly devastated. Fortunately, she survives thanks to Suyin metalbending the poison out of her system, turning it into a happy tearjerker as Tonraq hugs his daughter.
* After the Red Lotus is beaten and it's two weeks later, Korra is confined to a wheelchair, left both physically and emotionally broken. Despite everyone trying to assure her that she'll bounce back, Korra can barely bring herself to smile. Add on top of that her poison-induced hallucinations were all former enemies insisting that the world no longer needed the Avatar, which Korra defines her life by. It's really no wonder she's so depressed. With all that happening around her, [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/37c9aaf2ffbb056bb823deb6a39d49c8/tumblr_napva1sc1I1qe3kfyo1_500.gif the only thing she can still do is cry.]]
** To make matters even worse, the metallic poison was mercury, which in real life has horrible and permanent side-effects even if one survives it, and Korra was given '''a lot''' of it. The fact that Suyin was able to extract it (this is rather hard to do in real life) will negate that somewhat, but it's still pretty bad.
** Adding onto her depression is the fact that Tenzin is InnocentlyInsensitive without even realizing it. When it's questioned what the world will do with the Avatar out of commission, Tenzin decides to have the Air Nomads follow in Korra's example and help bring balance wherever they go. Not only are Korra's enemies telling her the world has no need for her, her own allies are unintentionally telling her the same. All of Korra's insecurities and self-doubt are becoming validated, while being a sign of joy and happiness for everyone else. Remember, the last time Korra thought she couldn't be the Avatar back in Book 1, she was implicitly thinking about committing suicide.
** This scene powerfully encapsulates the severity of psychological trauma that Korra is burdened with. She thought she saw her father fall to his death, was rendered helpless in the face of terrorists who intended to not only kill her but the very essence of her being, was poisoned and tortured into a terrifying fearful state of mind by the distorted hallucinations of her three past arch-enemies, endured hits and falls that would have killed any normal human being, was nearly suffocated by Zaheer, and came within seconds of dying. This is a harsh contrast to previous seasons, where Korra could bounce back thanks to one thing or another allowing her to regain her strength and reassert herself. Here, there's nothing, just a long slog back to full health and some sort of normal.
** It gets even harsher in [[TimeSkip Book 4]]: RealityEnsues, and it turns out that such severe trauma takes a ''long'' time to heal. Even ''three years'' after the battle with Zaheer, she's still recovering, and [[ShellShockedVeteran is very obviously not in the best mental state]].

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* Mako's face after he kills Ming-Hua. It's very short, but poignant. He obviously didn't want to do it, or else he would have electrocuted her when he first fought her and been done with it. He killed her because he had no other choice. He had to save himself and help Bolin. And when When he kills her he just looks so... stunned. This is, more likely than not, the first time he's ever killed someone.
* While funny and somewhat karmic, Zaheer's meltdown at the end becomes a lot less amusing when you consider that he pretty much is grieving his dead [[UnholyMatrimony lover]] and [[VillainousFriendship friends]], and basically saw his whole cause [[PyrrhicVillainy fall into ruin.]]
* When Korra finally finally brings down Zaheer, she collapses and is quickly scooped up by Tonraq, who tries to rouse her. Half-conscious and still in the Avatar State, she hesitantly raises her hand to his face in utter disbelief, having thought him dead. Then she faints before she can reach him, and Tonraq looks utterly devastated. Fortunately, she survives thanks to Suyin metalbending the poison out of her system, turning it into a happy tearjerker as Tonraq hugs his daughter.
devastated.
* After the Red Lotus is beaten and it's two weeks later, Korra is confined to a wheelchair, left both physically and emotionally broken. Despite everyone trying to assure her that she'll bounce back, Korra can barely bring herself to smile. Add on top of that her poison-induced hallucinations were all former enemies insisting that the world no longer needed the Avatar, which Korra defines her life by. It's really no wonder she's so depressed. With all that happening around her, [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/37c9aaf2ffbb056bb823deb6a39d49c8/tumblr_napva1sc1I1qe3kfyo1_500.gif the only thing she can still do is cry.]]
** To make matters even worse, the metallic poison was mercury, which in real life has horrible and permanent side-effects even if one survives it, and Korra was given '''a lot''' of it. The fact that Suyin was able to extract it (this is rather hard to do in real life) will negate that somewhat, but it's still pretty bad.
** Adding onto her depression is the fact that Tenzin is InnocentlyInsensitive without even realizing it. When it's questioned what the world will do with the Avatar out of commission, Tenzin decides to have the Air Nomads follow in Korra's example and help bring balance wherever they go. Not only are Korra's enemies telling her the world has no doesn't need for her, but her own allies are unintentionally telling her the same.same [[note]] Albeit more in the sense of "we can manage for a while until you get better" [[/note]]. All of Korra's insecurities and self-doubt are becoming validated, while being a sign of joy and happiness for everyone else. Remember, the last time Korra thought she couldn't be the Avatar back in Book 1, she was implicitly thinking about committing suicide.
** This scene powerfully encapsulates the severity of psychological trauma that Korra is burdened with. She thought she saw her father fall to his death, was rendered helpless in the face of terrorists who intended to not only kill her ''her'' but the very essence of her being, was poisoned and tortured into a terrifying fearful state of mind by the distorted hallucinations of her three past arch-enemies, endured hits and falls that would have killed any normal human being, was nearly suffocated by Zaheer, and came within seconds of dying. This is a harsh contrast to previous seasons, where Korra could bounce back thanks to one thing or another allowing her to regain her strength and reassert herself. Here, there's nothing, just a long slog back to full health and some sort of normal.
** It gets even harsher in [[TimeSkip Book 4]]: RealityEnsues, and it turns out that such severe trauma takes a ''long'' time to heal. Even ''three years'' after the battle with Zaheer, she's still recovering, and [[ShellShockedVeteran is very obviously not in the best mental hasn't bounced back to her previous state]].



** In previous seasons people complained that Korra's problems and wounds (losing her bending, losing the past Avatars) were fixed and healed too quickly, and we needed to see her undertake a long-term recovery. They wanted something realistic, [[HarsherInHindsight and they got what they wanted.]]
** Note that the worst part of all of this is it isn't some middle-of-episode thing Korra works her way past. This is a cliffhanger for Book 4.
* Jinora becoming a new Airbending master for a reborn Air Nation in the [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] of a world that [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender began with]] [[LastOfHisKind The Last Airbender]]. Aang would be so, so proud.
** To make matters even more heartwrenching, when Jinora pulls off her hood to reveal her tattoos, she looks ''so much'' like Aang. It's a shame he couldn't be there to see it.

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** In previous seasons people complained that Korra's problems and wounds (losing her bending, losing the past Avatars) were fixed and healed too quickly, and we needed to see her undertake a long-term recovery. They wanted something realistic, [[HarsherInHindsight [[BecarefulWhatYouWishFor and they got what they wanted.]]
** Note that the The worst part of all of this is it isn't some middle-of-episode thing Korra works her way past. This is a cliffhanger for Book 4.
* Jinora becoming a new Airbending master for a reborn Air Nation in the [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] of a world that [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender began with]] [[LastOfHisKind The Last Airbender]]. Aang would be so, so proud.\n** To make matters even more heartwrenching, when Jinora pulls off her hood to reveal her tattoos, she looks ''so much'' like Aang. It's a shame he couldn't be there to see it.



** Similarly, her talk with Korra at the episode's end takes on a much more tragic light when later events are taken into consideration. [[spoiler:There's clearly something more she wants to say throughout, but she doesn't raise the issue and instead tries convincing Korra to enjoy the day for Jinora's sake. Instead of being open about her feelings, she instead chose to shelve the issue under the assumption that her friend had enough on her plate with recovery. And before she could, Korra left for the South Pole for ''three years'', with only a letter or two around the two-and-a-half year mark as correspondence.]] This also makes her outburst in "Reunion" take on a whole new meaning.

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** Similarly, her *Asami's talk with Korra at the episode's end takes on a much more tragic light when later events are taken into consideration. [[spoiler:There's clearly something more she wants to say throughout, but she doesn't raise the issue and instead tries convincing Korra to enjoy the day for Jinora's sake. Instead of being open about her feelings, she instead chose to shelve the issue under the assumption that her friend had enough on her plate with recovery. And before Before she could, Korra left for the South Pole for ''three years'', with only a letter or two around the two-and-a-half year mark as correspondence.]] This also makes her outburst in "Reunion" take on a whole new meaning.
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