->''"Republic City ''does'' need you. But it needs me, too."''

The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.

Like its predecessor, we begin with narration. Tenzin, son of Avatar Aang and the last airbending master alive, tells of how his parents and their friends ended the 100-year war and brought peace to the land. Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko turned the former Fire Nation colonies into the United Republic, and made Republic City their capital. Since then Aang has passed away, but like the seasons, the cycle begins anew.

We appear over fields of ice at night, with lights of a village leading the way. Three members of the White Lotus have come to investigate claims that the new Avatar has been found. They are skeptical- this is not the first time someone has claimed their child to be the Avatar; however, when we see little Korra, only four and already bending water, earth and fire, it becomes clear. She is "the one." The White Lotus takes her away to be trained nearby.

Flash forward to the current day; she is in a fight with a fire bender for her final exam. Having passed her final fire exam (despite rumblings that Korra is still rather rash), Tenzin arrives only to tell Korra he cannot stay to teach her as he has more pressing responsibilities in ''Republic City''.

Disappointed, the next night she escapes to seek Tenzin out, with the blessing of an elderly Katara. She stows away on a ship and arrives in Republic City, where she soon finds she is a fish out of water, with no money or idea of how the city works. After beating up a few Triad members, she is arrested for causing more damage than they did.

Here she meets Chief Lin Beifong, Toph's daughter, who is unimpressed by her attitude or her title. After a short talking-to, Tenzin shows up to bail her out and promises that she will be sent back to the South Pole. Just about to send her off on a White Lotus ship back to the south pole, Tenzin changes his mind, resulting in Korra picking up all three of his kids and then him a massive hug.

Shortly after, Korra announces both her status as the Avatar and presence in Republic City at a press conference. Listening to this on the radio, a man in goggles asks a masked man (Amon) about his intentions. Amon turns to him, stating that since the Avatar has arrived early, they'll have to speed up their plans...


* AgeCut: Four-year-old Korra affects an intense expression as she [[PlayingWithFire Firebends]] directly into the camera, obscuring the scene with a burst of flame, which seventeen-year-old Korra then disperses, wearing a matching expression.
* AreWeThereYet: The introduction of Tenzin and his family has his daughter Ikki saying this over, and over, and ''over''...
--> '''Tenzin:''' ''[as his son gums his head]'' ''Yes,'' Ikki. As I've been telling you for the last fifteen minutes, We are. ''Finally.'' Here.
* ArrestedForHeroism: Sure, she may have beat up the thugs, but she also destroyed three shops, a street, disrupted traffic all over the city, and evaded arrest, in essence costing far more than the shakedown would have.
* AudibleGleam: When a ''bush'' manifests BishieSparkle.
* BadassArmy: It takes more than a mere Avatar to impress Republic City's metalbending police force.
* BearHug: Korra uses an EffortlessAmazonianLift to pick up Tenzin and his children to give them a group hug.
* BigEntrance: Korra when she first meets the members of the White Lotus.
* BigFancyHouse: Tenzin and his family live on [[http://www.lastairbenderfans.com/cutenews/data/upimages/air-temple-island.jpg Air Temple Island]], a sanctuary on an island in the city's bay.
* BishieSparkle: {{Parodied}}. There are bishie sparkles on the resident ''[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles bush]]'' of a park-dwelling {{Hobo|s}}.
-->'''Hobo:''' Took me a while to procure a bush that beauteous. ''[[[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1eg3hhREq1r1nmpao1_500.gif bush sparkles]]]''
* BuildingSwing: The Republic City Police perform this to debark from their patrol zeppelin, via metalbending {{retractable| weapon}} [[VariableLengthChain cables]] dispensed from [[GrapplingHookPistol wrist-mountings]] on their uniforms.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Automobiles are called Satomobiles in-universe, after Hiroshi Sato, the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Henry Ford-like]] industrialist who first marketed cars to the masses.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: {{Lampshaded}} in the aged Katara's PassingTheTorch speech to Korra:
-->'''Katara:''' Aang's time has passed. My brother and many of my friends are gone. It's time for you and your generation to take on the responsibility of keeping peace and balance in the world. But I think you're going to be a great Avatar.
* CityOfAdventure: Republic City.
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Korra does this after Lin releases her from custody.
* CurbStompBattle: Korra absolutely spanks the Triple Threat Triad members.
* DestructiveSavior: Korra ends up destroying more property than the gang members she caught. Pointed out by the Metalbending Police when they try to arrest her.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The water-bending thug throwing water at Korra out of his coat looks very similar to gangsters from the movies pulling out a concealed firearm.
* {{Dieselpunk}}: A major influence on the setting of the series, though mixed with [[HighFantasy high]] and [[UrbanFantasy urban]] fantasy.
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: While hugging Tenzin, Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo, Korra manages to effortlessly lift them off the ground. Not individually -- ''all at once.''
* ElectricSlide: The metal-bending police use this to easily chase criminals on the run.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "I'm the Avatar! You gotta ''deal'' with it!"
* EyeAmWatchingYou: Captain Beifong gives this to Korra, index and pinky pointed to her eyes, then Korra. Korra gives one heck of a stink face before throwing the gesture right back to the Captain.
* FantasticRacism: The Equalism movement claims that the Benders are oppressing the non-benders of the city.
* FreezeFrameBonus: At the end of the first episode, there are some blueprints on the wall to Amon's right. Given the [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1m3rh5z0B1qb59nf.png design]], he's apparently building a MiniMecha.
* GenericEthnicCrimeGang: The Triple Threat Triad, a pan-elemental bender organization that collects protection money from shopkeepers.
* GoodParents: Korra's parents, along with Tenzin and his wife.
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Metalbender Cops weapons of choice are wrist-mounted retractable cables that can be manipulated through bending. They are used to tie up criminals and move around the city.
* HeroInsurance: Subverted. Korra learns the hard way that being the Avatar is not a license to dish out vigilante justice and smash property.
* HeroSecretService: The Order of the White Lotus acts as this to Korra. However, they [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy do not seem to be too good at the job]].
* {{Hobos}}: Korra encounters one in the first episode, living in a bush in one of Republic City's public parks. He alludes to there being quite a lot of homeless people in the city.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: One of the triad members tries to attack Korra with waterbending. She bends his water right back at him, encasing his head in ice.
* InstantExpert: Korra, generally, as evidenced by her ability to bend three elements at a very young age.
* IslandBase: While not exactly a "base," the [[http://images.wikia.com/avatar/images/8/8d/Air_Temple_Island_overview.png Air Temple Island]] where Tenzin and his family live is pretty sweet.
* LameComeback: Korra is not that good with the verbal wit.
-->'''Protestor:''' Benders like this girl only use their power to oppress us!\\
'''Korra:''' What? I'm not oppressing anyone! You're... you're oppressing ''[[NoYou yourselves]]''!\\
'''Protestor:''' That didn't even make sense!
* LampshadeHanging: In a FandomNod, Jinora asks [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse what happened to Zuko's Mother]]. Katara started the story before Ikki interrupts with her own barrage of questions.
* LickedByTheDog: The cop who brings Naga back to Korra keeps getting his head licked by her.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: All of the Equalists wear masks. Some are GasMaskMooks, and the leader wears a WhiteMaskOfDoom.
* TheMentor:
** Aang's son, Tenzin, is Korra's Airbending master.
** Katara taught Korra waterbending.
* AMinorKidroduction: The series opens with a brief look at four-year-old Korra as part of an EstablishingCharacterMoment, before jumping ahead thirteen years later to the present day.
* {{Motormouth}}: Ikki's first words are her asking her father "are we there yet" over and over.
* MugglePower: The entire Equalist movement is based around establishing nonbenders in positions of power and eliminating the need for bending entirely.
* MusicalisInterruptus: See FandomNod above. As Katara begins her story, dramatic music starts in the background, only for it to abruptly stop when Ikki interrupts.
* NaiveNewcomer: Our heroine doesn't quite fit into the big city.
* NotHelpingYourCase: With a small side order of UnwittingPawn. When Korra tries to argue against the Equalist protestor, he easily manipulates her confrontational attitude to make her look like the bad guy. Not that it took much manipulation on his part.
* NotSoSafeHarbor: Republic City.
* OurFounder:
** Republic City has a massive, [[BigApplesauce Statue of Liberty-esque]] monument to Aang, one of the city's co-founders.
** Toph has a statue seemingly made of ''gold'' at Police Headquarters.
* PassingTheTorch: Katara's role in this episode.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While not overly [[GoodIsNotNice friendly]], the metal benders in Republic City come across this way. When Korra starts a street fight with a gang, they promptly arrest the thugs, but also arrest Korra for "destruction of private and city property, not to mention evading arrest."
* RoaringTwenties: The technology, speech, mannerisms, and culture is evocative of the real-life 1920s.
* SiblingYinYang: Tenzin's daughters Ikki and Jinora. Jinora is a CuteBookworm ShrinkingViolet and the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Girly Girl]] to Ikki's MotorMouth, GenkiGirl {{Tomboy}} personality.
* SmallSecludedWorld: Upon learning that Korra was the Avatar, the Order of the White Lotus set up a large compound in the Southern Water Tribe for her to live in, to fulfill the promise they made to Aang to protect his reincarnation. There, Korra underwent her Avatar training, under constant watch from the Order. She was allowed to leave, but only with supervision and as long as she did not go outside the South Pole. Korra ends up running away in order to get to Republic City.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Invoked in-universe with a scene shift. The Equalist rabble-rouser has a whiny voice and generally behaves like a strawman whining about benders terrorizing non-benders, but then the succeeding scene shows non-bender shopkeepers being terrorized by criminal benders (something hinted to have been happening for a long time).
* TitleDrop:
--> '''Hobo:''' You've got a lot to learn, newcomer. Welcome to Republic City!
* ThereWasADoor: Korra's EstablishingCharacterMoment has her Earthbend the wall of her room to make an entrance. Her parents probably did not have that in mind when they wanted her to come meet the White Lotus members sent to verify her Avatar status.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: The plot of this episode, as sheltered CountryMouse Korra realizes Republic City isn't the shining beacon of harmony and prosperity she thought it was.
* WretchedHive: Tenzin acknowledges that Republic City has gotten a lot worse since his father's death, to the point that he considers his responsibilities as a council man more important than teaching Korra. Eventually, he comes around.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Republic City has its own zeppelins, used by Metalbending Police patrols. Apparently, the Fire Nation shared the technology with the rest of the world.