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* AbandonShipping: Often with a rapid turnaround time.
** When a promotional [[http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/61387742.html poster]] distributed at [=ComicCon=] 2011 featured Korra with an Earthbender boy and a Firebender boy, HoYayShipping began immediately. Later, during the ''panel'' for the show, it was revealed that the boys were siblings, and everyone not into IncestYayShipping jumped ship.
** When all that was known about Meelo was that there was a character with his name, people thought he might be Korra's LoveInterest. When he turned out to be a toddler, that thought died out completely.
** Tenzin and Korra. They were the first two named characters and were paired up almost immediately in a MentorShip, until it was found out that Tenzin was a married man in his fifties with three kids. Not to mention Korra is the reincarnation of his father, adding a ParentalIncest vibe to the pairing.
** This happened over the course to Mako and Asami. Though ironically it was because of the fandom's ever growing distaste for Mako.
** And Amon/Tarrlok had a brief bit of FoeYay popularity before the reveal that [[spoiler:they're brothers]] meaning that anyone who didn't like [[spoiler:shipping brother/brother incest]] jumped ship (again).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Mako:
*** He is a stoic and a focused athlete determined to win the prize money and protect his little brother at any cost. On the other hand, Fandom!Mako is an emotional crybaby tormented by his own good looks, obsessed with his beloved scarf, plagued by his raging {{Tsundere}} crush on Korra, and permanently tortured by the very thought of his worst enemy, [[MemeticMutation Hasook.]] Some fans see Mako as a stoic and focused athlete who also demonstrates characteristics of emotional abuse, such as threatening to stop being friends with Korra if she didn't stop investigating Asami's father, and as such Fandom!Mako's abuse often escalates.
** Amon.
*** Due to his backstory, his charismatic personality and honorable behavior towards opponents who put up a good fight, he is seen as everything, from a KnightTemplar AntiVillain, over a power hungry Charlatan taking advantage of oppression to [[spoiler: an abused child lashing out at all bending for the actions of his abusive father]].
*** On top of Amon de-bending the Avatar and making a living martyr out of her, the revelation that Korra is also [[spoiler: the niece of the Northern Water Tribe's chief]] makes Amon's planned world revolution seem likely to be crushed by a massive counterattack. Insane it might well have been, given his backstory, potentially making the Equalist revolution history's grandest example of SuicideByCop.
** Upon seeing how the government of Republic City actually operates, with a ruling council based on the five extant nations tribes, the entire city is turning into this. Is the government of the city really so callously favoring benders? Does Republic City even have ''home rule''?
** Some Tahno fans wonder how much of his taunting was him being a {{Jerkass}} and how much was just, well, taunting opponents before a sports competition.
** It was after the fandom mused on the difference between Aang--as a possible mentor for Korra in achieving the Avatar State--and Korra herself, that the realization that Roku and Kyoshi [[note]]the latter being one of the few Avatars to tell Aang flat-out to opt for killing, and considers what she did to her enemies such[[/note]] might've had ideological differences dawned, and now fandom interpretation of her penchant towards violence tends to be taken UpToEleven.
** Is the Republic City council corrupt and biased or are they just in extreme stress from the Equalist Revolt and bending crimes?
** Did Yakone really love his wife, or was he a ManipulativeBastard through and through?
** Pema, wife of Tenzin, mother of his four children - really the sweet, loving, nurturing OnlySaneWoman who is obviously Tenzin's one true love, or a gold digging, home wrecking fangirl who took advantage of the rough patch Tenzin and his ex-girlfriend Lin Bei Fong were going through to bag the man of her dreams?
** WordOfGod is that one of the reasons the relationship between Tenzin and Lin Bei Fong failed was because Tenzin really wanted to start a family and raise kids and Lin didn't - but was it just that Tenzin wanted a family, or was it that he ''needed'' a family? With the death of his father Avatar Aang it must have occurred to Tenzin that as the last Airbender it was now his responsibility to rebuild the Airbending nation, which included having children who could carry on the air bending genes, as the entire Avatar cycle would be thrown out of whack if one of the four elements were to be lost. And when it became clear that Lin wasn't willing to give Tenzin the children he needed he made the difficult but necessary choice of ending their relationship and moving on with Pema, who as we see in the present was more than happy to give him the family he desired, because the greater good demanded it, even though it broke Lin's heart and possibly broke his own in the process. And while Tenzin clearly loves Pema and their kids the possibility that having a family was as much a moral obligation to the world as a personal need casts a very different light on his family life.
* AnticlimaxBoss: Just as the conflict between [[spoiler: Korra and Tarrlok]] breaks out into actual conflict to the point where [[spoiler: Tarrlok crosses the MoralEventHorizon, proves to be a bloodbender with superior skill to Korra, then attacks and kidnaps her, he is captured and de-bended by Amon.]] This event turns out to be foreshadowing as [[spoiler: Amon appears barely affected by Tarrlok's bloodbending. As it turns out, they've done this before.]]
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* AssPull: In the first season finale, Korra [[spoiler: learning energybending from Aang. While the series had been hinting at her making contact with Aang for some time, as well as showing Aang using the Avatar State to nullify the very blood-bending techniques seen by Amon, passing it onto her at the last minute with little explanation tends to ruffle a lot of feathers.]] Also something base breaking, as a significant portion of the audience didn't have an issue with it.
* BadassDecay: The Lieutenant. In almost all of his appearances after his first episode, he has been the victim of many [[EpicFail Epic Fails]].
* BaseBreaker:
** Mako, independent of the love triangle arc. Fans tend to either love him and his development as a character, or hate him and the plotlines surrounding him. There is no middle ground.
** Bolin has also gotten some of this. People don't exactly dislike him, but are frustrated that he never gets to be anything but comic relief, even when the situation would naturally call for a dramatic tone (like his catching Mako and Korra kissing after going on a date with her).
* BrokenBase: The Book One finale split the fanbase in half, between those who loved it and can't wait for Book Two and those who were severely disappointed enough to not want to see Book Two. As the previous series had a series finale with much the same reaction, it would seem to be a series tradition.
** The LoveTriangle story arc. By extension, Asami turned into a BaseBreaker as she was the initial complication to a Mako and Korra hookup, though this calmed down as the series progressed and it became far more clear that Asami wasn't going to turn out to be a villain for no reason. This led to Mako getting the brunt of hate due to his feelings for Korra [[YourCheatingHeart while still in a relationship]] with Asami. [[spoiler: For some, the said relationship did not appear to be resolved by the end of the first season, though he and Korra still confessed to each other and kissed as the happy ending. Which only made the Mako/Korra flame wars even hotter.]] [[FanDumb Fans have sent voice actor David Faustino hate-mail on Twitter]], and the producers had to warn fans attending Comic-Con to be civil.
** Figuring out how to spell [[spoiler:Amon]]'s real name.
** Whether/how much the Equalists terrorism was justifiable.
** The return of [[spoiler: Spirit Bending, taught to Korra in the last five minutes of the last episode. Some think it's a logical progression, others think it's an AssPull.]]
** There's a pretty even split between people who liked the twist to Amon's identity, and people who think it would have been better if he'd just been exactly who he claimed to be.
* CargoShip:
** Mako/his scarf or Mako/money. And now Mako/Fashion.
** [[FanNickname Sparkly Sparkly Bush Man]] (Gommu)/his beauteous bush.
* ContestedSequel: After just Book One has finished, fans are already disputing over how it compares to its predecessor.
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* CounterpartComparison: It's been noted that Amon is quite similar to the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolanverse]] version of [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Bane]]. Both are masked masterminds of KnightTemplar organizations that attack a city filled with crime, and much of their quotes are similar. Compare Amon's "I am the solution" to Bane's "I'm Gotham's reckoning". Also, both characters invade a sports stadium and give an intimidating speech.
* CrackPairing:
** [[http://X-Arielle.deviantart.com/art/With-the-Moon-201125930 Korra/Yue the Moon Spirit]] with a separation of [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight 70 years]] and a metaphysical plane proving no obstacle to the pairing's MemeticMutation on deviantArt.
** There's Howrra: Korra x Howl (Hot Order of the White Lotus Guard). Said guard gets about two seconds of screen time, but the ship still has a pretty devoted following.
** A growing number of fans ship Jinora having a one-sided PrecociousCrush on Mako or Bolin.
** Jinora and Skoochy are this as well as a ToyShip.
** Dokorra (Korra x The Doorman from "The Revelation") is notable for having been started by Bill Rinaldi, the show's production/martial arts coordinator and the inspiration for the Doorman's design.
** On LiveJournal and subsequently DreamWidth, Yakone's wife and Bumi are a CrackPairing due to some role players on the sites. It's partially sympathy for her awful canon relationship, partially fans [[EnsembleDarkhorse wanting more Bumi in everything.]]
* CrazyAwesome: Bumi gets ''one'' line of dialogue and has already cemented himself as this.
-->'''Bumi''': YYYAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOO!
%% Mako is not a Creator's Pet. See the discussion page as to why not: YMMV.TheLegendOfKorraDiscussion
* CreepyAwesome: Amon, Tarrlok, and Yakone.
* CrossoverShip: Korra with ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' it's gained a [[http://naruto-loves-korra.deviantart.com/gallery/ pretty loyal following]].
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Right after Bolin loses his noodles in "The Spirit of Competition", Shiro Shinobi announces an advertisement for noodles.
* DieForOurShip:
** Poor Asami initially got hate for getting in the way of Makorra, although as mentioned below it soon reversed itself to the point that the opposite is far more common nowadays.
** Pema's gotten some heat because, apparently, one is a "homewrecking whore" for being married to and having children with a person who used to date another character in the past, ''in the backstory.'' Some fans have even accused her of performing some sort of massive moral wrong ''for confessing her feelings'' even though this, and changing relationships, happens in real life frequently. This actually started for a few people with blaming her for Korra forcing a kiss on Mako, even though this was ''Korra's'' own misinterpretation of her advice, badly worded or not, and still ultimately Korra's own responsibility.
** Perhaps the biggest recipient, though, is Mako for folks who ship Korra with, well, anyone else. Given the psychotic shipping wars surrounding the series, the main character's primary ([[spoiler:and victorious]]) LoveInterest was never going to have a fun time of it, but after [[NoSocialSkills his insensitivity]] regarding the horribly messy LoveTriangle between him, Korra, and Asami, he became Shipfic Enemy No.1.
* DoubleStandard: Post episode nine, fans gave Mako all kinds of crap for his less-than-perfect behavior towards Asami, ignoring that just four episodes earlier, Korra was the one going after Mako and didn't seem to care that he'd be cheating on Asami.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** While Tahno eventually became sympathetic, the fandom already got him a pair of leather pants when he was at his {{Jerkass}} prime. And then there's Amon. When the fandom isn't RootingForTheEmpire, they're swooning over him for [[EvilSoundsDeep other]] [[EvilIsSexy reasons]].
** The fact that [[spoiler:Amon/Noatak]] had a horrible childhood does ''not'' excuse how he and by extension, [[spoiler:Tarrlok]] treated others. The fandom promptly forgot horrible stuff like the attack on the ''whole'' Republic City, [[spoiler:his depowering of Lin (that looked like an execution), him being willing to de-bend children who had done nothing wrong]], and [[spoiler:Tarrlok imposing indefinite detention upon the city's non-benders]], among others, to swoon and/or cry all over them. Because [[spoiler:Amon being beautiful all along]] and having a (admittedly ''real'' bad) backstory [[SarcasmMode excuses his actions]]. And [[spoiler:Tarrlok's heroic sacrifice does help alleviate things, but it doesn't erase it all either]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Shiro Shinobi, the Pro-Bending announcer, for his hilariously hammy delivery and his short display of true reporting dedication in episode 6.
** Jinora for being a straight up BadassBookworm in the later episodes. She's even set to become a BreakoutCharacter in Book Two.
** Meelo and to a lesser extent Ikki are considered the [[FunnyMoments funniest characters in the show]] by their fans.
** Bumi got about two seconds of screen time in the Book One finale, which he spent screaming like a madman. He's already extremely popular.
** Hey, General Iroh, here.
** Tarrlok as well, especially after his DarkAndTroubledPast is revealed in the Book One finale.
** Tahno, much like Azula, was well-received by the fanbase despite taking plenty of cheap shots. The fact that he's a pretty boy with a surprisingly deep voice helped when it came to the fangirls (and probably more than a few fanboys).
** The Lieutenant gets a lot of love, surprisingly.
* EpilepticTrees:
** Plenty, mainly concerning how Aang ultimately bit the dust and whether any other members of the old cast might still be alive.
** Another example: who the ''hell'' is Lin's father?
** Amon is an ''Epileptic Woodsman''. No other character in the entire ''Avatar'' canon has incited so much theorizing. [[WMG/KorraAmon His entry]] on the series' WMG page has probably the most compelling AND outlandish theories on the series so far.
** [[WMG/KorraAsamiAndHiroshiSato Asami's connection to the Equalists]] has been debated from the moment she showed, due to being a SpoiledSweet rich girl who looks like [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Lust]] and gets [[DieForOurShip in the way]] of [[FanPreferredCouple Makorra]].
* EvilIsCool: Amon. He's voiced by Steve Blum, makes dark threats, has a scary mask, and [[http://i1108.photobucket.com/albums/h417/Powerfullest/AmonBOSS.gif doesn't even bat an eye when a bunch of flames come flying into the zeppelin that he and his mooks are using to escape in "And The Winner Is..."]]. He's also achieved true MagnificentBastard status in a stunningly short time. Only six episodes, and he's only had a major part in three of them. On top of that, [[spoiler:he de-bended Tarrlok, proving that only Amon could be the big bad around here, and Amon proved to be ''resistant'' to Tarrlok's Bloodbending.]] He certainly is the solution.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Amon, if you just go by his [[SteveBlum voice]]. [[spoiler: Possibly even more so after he's unmasked as Noatak.]]
** Tarrlok counts as well, as he also [[Creator/DeeBradleyBaker has a nice voice]].
** The Lieutenant, after seeing him unmasked. TallDarkAndHandsome [[RuleOfThree and on top of that,]] [[EvilSoundsDeep he also has a sexy voice,]] being voiced by Lance Henriksen.
* FandomBerserkButton: Like its predecessor, you would do well to not call this show an anime.
* FandomRivalry: A small but enduring conflict with fans of James Cameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which is resented for monopolizing the word at the expense of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra's'' U.S. title.
* {{Fanon}}:
** Tahno's descended from the Swamp Tribes.
** The Lieutenant's name is actually Lieu/Liu Tenent/Lu Ten Nant/etc.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Mako/Korra was this in regards to Mako/Asami, but when Mako/Korra actually became canon, Bolin/Korra had a huge rise in FanPreferredCouple status, mainly due to Mako's Base Breaking actions.
** Korra/Asami have an extremely large LesYay following. Borders on CrackPairing given their past history.
** Iroh/Bolin quickly became a huge pairing, especially for those who felt that Bolin got snubbed in the romance department. [[http://fuckyeahbroh.tumblr.com/ The most popular Iroh/Bolin blog on Tumblr]] gained over ''700'' followers a mere three weeks after the Book One finale. It quickly became the series' most popular {{HoYay}} Pairing, perhaps next to Amon/Lieutenant.
** Similarly, fans who are fond of LadyAndKnight-like pairings tend to ship [[FourStarBadass General Iroh]] / [[GirlyBruiser Asami]].
** Tenzin/Lin Bei Fong (who actually were a couple prior to the show's events) get some of this as well, just not as much as the others.
* FoeYay:
** For a man who supposedly hates the Avatar, Amon certainly has a lot of interesting interactions with her. During their first mutual meeting, he caresses Korra's face and leans in ''reaaaallll'' close, speaking to her in a low, seductive voice. He later [[spoiler:performs a VillainousRescue, saving her from Tarrlok]], and as she runs there's a [[HeldGaze long slow-mo shot of their eyes meeting]]. He also seems to consider her a WorthyOpponent, warning his men not to underestimate her and setting out to [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty capture]] her himself. Finally, in the SeasonFinale, [[spoiler:after being unmasked, he throws one last look at Korra of debatable meaning before fleeing]].
** Tarrlok frequently pesters Korra to join his organization, even sending her very expensive gifts over and over "until you give in", and compliments her appearance at a dance. [[spoiler:Then he kidnaps her, and while there is a legitimate reason given, there are certainly [[CrazyJealousGuy many]] [[StalkerWithACrush other]] [[{{Yandere}} implications]]]]. In episode 9 he makes a comment about how Korra [[spoiler: ruined his plans and how now he's going to start a new life with Korra as his hostage]].
** You could also make a case for Mako and Tahno having some of this because of that sexy wink Mako sends Tahno during their Pro-Bending match. And whether it was intentional or not, the only other person who had gotten the sexy wink from Mako before Tahno was Mako's girlfriend Asami.
* FriendlyFandoms: With ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Hiroshi Sato saying to Mako: "So, I understand you're dirt poor." The BrutalHonesty is played for laughs at first, but "The Aftermath" reveals that [[spoiler:Sato actually does hate Mako. It's especially harsh considering that Mako is a Firebender, and Sato lost his wife to a Firebender.]]
** When Bolin at first thought that Tarrlok was a possible suitor for Korra, this moment was played for laughs when he at first offered to protect Korra but then went "oh, I like that better!" after realizing that Tarrlok was just an adult trying to get Korra on his task force. [[spoiler:The rape-y overtones of Tarrlok bloodbending Korra, though, indicate that perhaps Bolin really did need to teach him a lesson.]]
** One of the many puns with Amon's name made is [[spoiler:"[[Music/TheLonelyIsland Amon a boat]]". Now look at his fate.]]
* GeniusBonus:
** In The Revelation, [[spoiler:when Amon removes the bending of the members of the Triads, he does it differently than Aang did, first touching the back of the neck and then the forehead. What's one of the chakras on the back of the neck called? The amon.]]
** Korra's odd-looking method of swimming underwater? It's the fastest and most energy-efficient method of underwater propulsion possible for a human.
** Hiroshi Sato was [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed based on]] HenryFord, head of the Ford Automobile Manufacturing Company. Another fun fact about Ford was that [[spoiler: he was rumored to have supported the Nazis]]. Take this into account with Hiroshi's character.
* GirlShowGhetto: Much attention was paid to {{avert|ed Trope}}ing this, with a creator [[http://www.npr.org/2012/04/13/150566153/airbender-creators-reclaim-their-world-in-korra interview]] noting that while Nickelodeon execs were gun shy at the prospect of Korra as a lead, a test-audience of boys "thought she was awesome."
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Bolin's comment in episode 3 that Korra had better watch out for "heart-breaker" Mako seems harsh [[spoiler:when they break up in episode 5]].
** Ikki's DeathGlare at Tarrlok after noting his weirdness takes new light after Episode 8 when [[spoiler:Tarrlok goes into outright villainy.]]
** There were (and are) fans who believe Asami is associated with the Equalists. Then in Episode 8, [[spoiler: Tarrlok tragically exploits her Non-Bender status (and her father's Equalist status) to accuse and arrest her.]]
** In Episode 1 Lin wanted Korra out of Republic City for her destructive behavior. [[spoiler: Then it actually happens in Episode 8.]]
** Due to Episodes 8 and 9, many saw Tarrlok as worse than Amon and cheered for Amon to KickTheSonOfABitch and take Tarrlok's bending away. [[spoiler: Then in Episode 11 we learn that the two are brothers, and that Amon/Noatok is probably the worse of the two.]]
** "And the Winner Is..." premiered in Canada on Saturday, July 21, the day after the Colorado Batman shootings. Watching a place of public entertainment for the masses getting assaulted, hearing people screaming in terror, becomes much more jarring than it simply happening on a Saturday morning cartoon in light of what just happened. It also feels uncomfortable to watch just after the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
** Remember back in "The Spirit of Competition", the love story that Jinora told Korra about ended with the main character committing suicide by jumping into a volcano. Now look at "Endgame", Korra is looking out at the edge of a tundra, dangerously close to jumping and committing suicide. Granted, she doesn't go through with it, but still.
* HesJustHiding: Despite being clearly shown to be in the middle of a large explosion, some fans are still convinced [[spoiler: Amon and Tarrlok]] managed to survive. WordOfGod confirmed the death at a Comic-con panel held the same day as the finale.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The idea of anti-bending revolutionaries with robots had been used before in a [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames much-maligned tie-in video game for the original series.]]
** ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours'' was ridiculed, [[CanonDefilement among]] many [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality other things]], for depicting bloodbending without the Full Moon. Fast-forward to this series, and the ability of certain people to bloodbend without a Full Moon is a major plot point. The Answer? [[spoiler: Yakone and his sons, Tarrlok and Amon, can.]] Ironically, the fact that this is supposed to be impossible is critical to the story as well, since [[spoiler: Yakone was getting away with his criminal enterprise using his powers because nobody believed in his ability. He was caught because Sokka pointed out that he'd met several people in his travels who could break bending rules.]]
** Not to mention that, in the end, the Firebender ended up choosing the Waterbender over his BadassNormal love interest (who rebels against the villains near the end).
** In "Welcome to Republic City" Chief Beifong's "EyeAmWatchingYou gesture" is already funny. But instead of using her index finger and middle finger as most people do, she makes the gesture with her index finger and pinkie finger extended, and her middle fingers pressed against her palm - they same hand position Spider-Man uses to activate his web-shooters. Guess whose line-swinging acrobatics Lin goes on to emulate in "And The Winner Is..."?
** The popular fan idea that the family-killing firebender is actually a waterbender ''named'' A. Firebender. [[spoiler:Now think about the reveals in the Book One finale.]]
** Another fan idea was that Bolin would learn metalbending and become a cop. [[spoiler: Mako is a cop in Book 2.]]
** All the "Korra is Batman" jokes became a bit funnier when ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' came out and [[spoiler: the obvious similarities with the plot of Korra season 1 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZIghIuoA9w became apparent]].]]
** A really minor one. In "And The Winner Is", the sponsor on the radio says that they were provided by Cabbage Corp and called them "The most trusted technological company in Republic City". Once the next episode rolls around on [[spoiler: Sato's true alignment]] and the statement is true.
** When Tarrlok demonstrates bloodbending to Amon in "Out of the Past", he says he's "never faced bending like mine". Well, [[spoiler:he has; in fact, he is one of those benders!]]
** Back when nothing of this show was known outside of the single piece of promotion it was given, people on this very site speculated that the series was going to go back to the time of spirit-bending and feature the first Avatar. While not exactly correct on the spirit-bending part, it was revealed in San Diego Comic-con 2013 that Book 2: Spirits will feature a secondary story following a young man named Wan, the first Avatar, whose goal is to reconcile the world of the living and the world of the spirits.
* HolyShitQuotient: Practically every episode since Episode 6. Episode 6 ended with a ''terrorist attack'', Episode 7 ended with the reveal of the platinum MiniMecha and the outing of [[spoiler:Hiroshi Sato]] as an Equalist, Episode 8 ended with the reveal of [[spoiler:bloodbending still in the series, and Tarrlok being able to bloodbend]]; Episode 9 ended with [[spoiler:Tarrlok getting his bloodbending removed]], but Episode 10 really takes the cake. It involved Equalists attacking the city, attacking Air Temple Island, [[spoiler:Lin Beifong getting her bending removed after saving Tenzin's family and taking down an airship by herself]], and just when you thought it couldn't get any better, [[spoiler:General ''Iroh'' II]] shows up at the end of the episode. [[SerialEscalation Just how much better could it get?]] The finale will probably be phenomenal. [[spoiler: It was. Tarrlok's murder-suicide was the icing on the cake.]]
* IncestYayShipping:
** The SDCC revelation that Mako and Bolin were siblings did not dissuade some fans from shipping them.
** After the finale,[[spoiler: Tarrlok and Noatak]] started getting shipped as well.
* InternetBackdraft: Go to any forum or comment thread and make this observation: "Character A/Character B is the new Zutara!" It doesn't even matter which two characters you use, an argument will inevitably follow.
* ItsShortSoItSucks: The first season only lasted 12 episodes, with an 8 episode difference from the original series, the worst part is that said season had a one-hour SeriesFauxNale.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Tahno. He just looks so sad and hopeless in episode seven after [[spoiler:his bending was taken away in episode six and that there is nothing anyone can do about it. It almost makes up for his douchey behavior from before.]]
** [[spoiler:Tarrlok]] is now one too. Beneath his exterior of a manipulative jerk, [[spoiler:he was broken as the result of an abusive childhood, forced to bloodbend even though he didn't like inflicting pain on the animals who were on the receiving end, and witnessed his brother's start of darkness. He used to be a sweet kid.]]
** [[spoiler: Amon, when you learn his start of darkness from his childhood when he went by his original name Noatak.]]
* LauncherOfAThousandShips:
** Korra has been shipped with Mako, Bolin, Amon, Asami, Lin Beifong, Tarrlok, that one Order of the White Lotus guard at the beginning who only had ten seconds of screentime, and the ''Moon''.
** General Iroh II as well both literally and in the [[http://jcords.deviantart.com/art/The-General-brought-ships-309380873 romantic sense]].
** Lin Beifong has been shipped with Tenzin, Saikhan, Pema, Tarrlok, Asami, Korra, Bolin, Mako, Bumi, and Kya. Yes, even though we know little about Bumi, and Kya hasn't even appeared yet.
** Asami has been shipped with practically everyone.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt:
** [[spoiler:Lin Beifong is depowered by Amon. That's practically screaming for a reset button of some kind. Similarly, Amon doing the same to Korra in the Book One finale. Both are fixed by the end of Book One.]]
** [[spoiler:Amon catches and threatens to de-bend Tenzin and his kids. Because the airbenders are the last of their kind and because the airbending kids are, well, kids, it would have been more surprising if it actually happened.]]
* LoveToHate: Amon due to his mysteriousness, [[SteveBlum awesome voice]], and him being a total {{Badass}} and MagnificentBastard.
* MagnificentBastard: Amon. He lets Korra escape his meeting, knowing she's the perfect one to spread the message of his power. [[spoiler:He refuses to take away her bending because that would just make her a martyr. And his greatest achievement is sending a threat to city hall to shut down the championship, knowing ''damn well'' they wouldn't listen. He then had his equalists sneak in right past the security guards by hiding their equipment and the bombs in their popcorn. And in the finale we find out that he puts really convincing makeup under his mask to look like a massive scar, just in case anyone called him a liar.]]
* MemeticBadass:
** Korra. And you've gotta [[http://memegenerator.net/Deal-With-It-Korra deal with it]].
** Shiro Shinobi has garnered this title by standing his ground during an Equalist attack, continuing to report what's going on in the exact same tone. He also used to report on bending criminals.
** Lin Beifong. Like mother, like daughter. She was a fan favorite from the start. What really sealed the deal was when Amon attacked the stadium and, well, awesomeness ensued. [[spoiler:Her heroic sacrifice]] has only further fueled this and ironically has also fueled her mother's memetic badassery.
** Amon. Way before the series began airing, he was already considered awesome, and the fact that he's shrugged off such major issues as lightning, explosions, and even [[spoiler:bloodbending powerful enough to cripple ''the Avatar'']] just shows how much balls he has.
** Naga has proven herself to be the most capable TeamPet ever, [[TimmyInAWell frequently coming to the hero's rescue]] even when initially shoo'd away.
** Iroh II, who because of his ability to partially fly with firebending has been called "[[IronMan Iroh Man]]" by the fanbase.
* MemeticBystander:
** Howl (''H''ot ''O''rder of the ''W''hite ''L''otus guard) has had mere seconds of screen time and no lines, yet has gained quite the fan base. He's even been shipped with Korra.
** "Mako's Only Fan," the man who tries to say hi to Mako in Episode 5 and gets ignored. "Hey, Makooo...."
* MemeticMolester:
** [[BigBad Amon]]. The events of "The Revelation" and "The Voice in the Night" have only emphasized the point.
** Tarrlok is getting pretty popular too, what with the events at the end of "When Extremes Meet". [[spoiler: Appropriate considering they're brothers.]]
* MemeticSexGod:
** Korra, to an almost unbelievable level. Straight girls and gay guys galore have proclaimed themselves willing to cross the street for her, and many fans proudly identify as "Korrasexual". In fact, it's almost impossible to find a fan that doesn't consider Korra one of these. And it just gets more feverish and insane with every new piece of info. It helps that she's [[LauncherOfAThousandShips launched a ton of ships]].
** Asami, although judging by her design which is a cross between Princess Azula and Jun the huntress from [[AvatarTheLastAirbender the previous series]], who were already {{Memetic Sex Goddess}}es in their own right, this was an inevitability.
** Tahno, too. Mostly because of his voice which is by some considered unbelievably sexy, even to many of those who just think he's a creepy jerk. And also because of his offer to [[DoubleEntendre show Korra how a real pro bends and give her some private lessons]].
** Iroh II, almost immediately being shipped with ''everyone'', alongside being voiced by Creator/DanteBasco, and being very handsome. Fans haven't exactly had a hard time warming up to him either.
** Tenzin. People speculate about how good he must be to father four children in ten years and have Lin not get over him after all that time.
** When we finally gets to see his face, [[spoiler: '''Noatak.''' Tumblr is head over heels for this handsome man and his sideburns.]]
* MentorShip: As the first named characters, Korra and Tenzin were paired sight unseen. Though piecemeal revelations about Tenzin's age and family life caused many to [[AbandonShipping abandon]] the pairing, it still has it fans.
* MinorityShowGhetto: Like its predecessor, easily {{avert|ed Trope}}s this, proving extremely popular.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:The crime lord of the Republic City, Yakone]] crosses this when he [[spoiler:bloodbends the entire courtroom]]. If it's not the act itself, it's the sadistic glee he takes in it. And if he hadn't crossed it then, well, he definitely skipped across it in the flashback [[spoiler:that came with the finale showing how he turned his own sons into his personal bloodbending instruments of revenge and power, and even had them ''bloodbend each other'' as a part of that training.]]
** Amon and the Equalists launch a full scale assault on Republic City, capturing the entire council save Tenzin, bombing the streets, gassing Police HQ, trying to wipe out the only airbenders left, and [[spoiler: ending with Amon depowering Lin Beifong.]]
** Amon definitely crossed it in the finale if he hadn't already done so. [[spoiler: The last element of his humanity goes out the window when we find out he had no qualms about ''debending his own brother'' to further his plans. And then he attempts to debend Tenzin's children. And then he tosses the Lieutenant, his most loyal follower, aside with no remorse when the Lieutenant finds out Amon's a bender.]]
** [[spoiler: Hiroshi Sato]] goes flying over the MEH when [[spoiler: he abandons the only family connection that still made him somewhat sympathetic and tries to kill his own daughter, reasoning that "she can't be saved" because of her sympathy for benders. This, combined with joining the Equalists to eradicate bending after the death of his wife, and any atrocities he contributed to because of his weaponry, he nullifies the only FreudianExcuse he had going for him.]]
* {{Narm}}:
** People's loved ones getting killed by firebenders in their backstories. The first time (Mako and Bolin's parents) was [[DramaticIrony irony]], the second time ([[UnreliableExpositor allegedly]] Amon's family) was [[FreudianExcuse tragedy]], and the ''third'' time ([[spoiler:Sato's wife]]) was [[{{Narm}} comedy]]. This gets a bit more tolerable when [[spoiler:it turns out Amon's story is a lie.]]
** Mako and Bolin's parents' death was {{Narm}} itself since it was done by a firebending mugger in the streets, right infront of eight-year old Mako. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Now what does that remind you of?]]
** One inherited from the first series - the term ''"Bender"'' gets thrown around a lot in this franchise, and if you are familiar at all with British slang, then it becomes '''very''' narmful. It's a derogatory British term for gay men.
** Which is also the reason why Avatar: The Last Airbender [[MarketBasedTitle was renamed]] Avatar: The Legend of Aang in the UK.
** [[spoiler: Amon bloodbending the wolves in his backstory ended up looking rather silly. At least until you look at their eyes.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Mako will ''never'' live down the love triangle, and this is the entire reason he has such an angry and bitter {{Hatedom}}. A rare example where the ''guy'' in the triangle is taking all of the heat.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Bumi stands on the top of a ship and shouts: "Whoo-hoo!" It lasts approximately two seconds, but on the basis of this, he's an instant EnsembleDarkhorse.
** The Cabbage Merchant 2.0
---> My Cabbage Corp.!
* OneTrueThreesome:
** Korra/Mako/Bolin. No, the fact that the two boys are siblings didn't even slow them down.
** After "The Aftermath" Mako/Korra/Asami started building steam. It even has it's own PortmanteauCoupleName: Makorrasami!
** After the finale, Korra/Asami/Bolin is popular for those who want to leave Mako out.
** Lin/Tenzin/Pema
** Tahno/Korra/Bolin for those who can't decide if they love Borra or Tahnorra more.
** Korra/Asami/Lin gained quite a bit of popularity on Tumblr.
** Bolin/Asami/General Iroh, anyone? [[spoiler: Specially after the Book One finale, where the three ''do'' get to interact.]]
** Tahno/Korra/Asami for people who can't decide whether Tahno or Asami is more fabulous.
** Amon/Korra/Tarrlok started popping up after the finale [[spoiler: despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that Tarrlok and Amon are brothers.]]
* PanderingToTheBase:
** Cabbage Corporation, an automobile company that was founded by [[FruitCart the fan-favorite Cabbage Merchant]] from the last series. As the owner is arrested and dragged away in one episode, he even yells "No! Not my Cabbage Corp!" much like his predecessor's "My cabbages!" whenever his cart was destroyed. They're even voiced by the same actor.
** [[spoiler: General Iroh skirts this due to having Zuko's voice actor, being Zuko's grandson, and bearing the name of his great-great uncle, an extremely popular character from the previous series. However, he's actually ''far'' more important to the finale's plot progression than just the fanservicey side of it.]]
* ParanoiaFuel: Right before the terrorist attack in Episode 6, you see a bunch of random members of the arena's audience slowly and silently starting to reach into popcorn bags to pull out masks, bombs and/or electricity devices for the attack.
* PeripheryDemographic: Large and healthy. To put it in perspective, the 1-hour series premiere had a 1.01 ''million'' adults 18-49 rating out of its 4.5 million viewers, and another episode had almost 4.1 million total and a 1.13 adults 18-49 rating. One A18-49 ratings point is equal to about 1.28 million people, so "young" adults comprise about a third of the viewing audience. One interview with IGN had the creators state that they receive tons of emails of parents gleefully admitting they enjoy not only being able to watch a show with their children, but that they enjoy it themselves.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: It's Avatar. There are a million and one, and that's not even counting the crackships.
** "Makorra" for [[UnresolvedSexualTension Mako]]/[[OppositesAttract Korra]]
** "Borra" for [[LoveAtFirstSight Bolin]]/[[BirdsOfAFeather Korra]].
** "Makorralin" for the {{OT3}} Mako/Korra/Bolin.
** "Linorrasami" for the {{OT3}} Lin Beifong/Korra/Asami
** "Makorrasamilin" for the [[OT3 OT]][[UpToEleven 4]] of Mako/Korra/Bolin/Asami.
** "Tahnorrasami" for the {{OT3}} Tahno/Korra/Asami
** "Amorra" for [[FoeYay Amon/Korra]].
** "Bosami" for [[PairTheSpares Bolin/Asami]].
** "Masami" for [[SickeninglySweethearts Mako/Asami]].
** "Korrasami" for [[LesYay Korra/Asami]].
** "Makorrasami" for the {{OT3}} Mako/Korra/Asami
** "Pemzin" for [[HappilyMarried Pema/Tenzin]].
** "Korralin" or "Linorra" for [[LesYay Chief Beifong]]/[[FoeYay Korra]].
** "Yorra" for [[CrackPairing Yue]]/[[LesYay Korra]]
** "Tah(n)orra" for [[FoeYay Tahno/Korra]]
** "Amolin" for [[FoeYay Amon]]/[[CrackPairing Bolin]]
** "Korlok" for Korra/[[SleazyPolitician Tarrlok]]
** "Howrra" for [[OCStandIn Howl]][[note]]'''H'''ot '''O'''rder of the '''W'''hite '''L'''otus guy[[/note]]/Korra
** "Jinoochy" for [[ToyShip Jinora/Skoochy]]
** "Skookki" for [[ToyShip Ikki/Skoochy]]
** "Brocest" or "Makolin" or "Boko" for [[IncestYayShipping Mako/Bolin]]
** "Linzin" or "Ten(z)lin" for [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Lin Beifong/Tenzin]]
** "Amonant" or "Lieumon" for [[HoYay Amon/Lieutenant]]
** "Tahko" for [[HoYay Tahno/Mako]]
** "Bohno" for [[HoYay Tahno/Bolin]]
** "Tahnok" for [[HoYay Tahno]]/[[SleazyPolitician Tarrlok]]
** "Linlin" for [[MayDecemberRomance Lin]]/[[CrackPairing Bolin]]. Or, alternatively, [[JustforPun Bolin]]
** "Irorra" or "Korroh" for [[CrackPairing Iroh]]/[[MayDecemberRomance Korra]]
** "Irosami" for [[CrackPairing Asami/Iroh]]
** "Boroh", "Irolin" or "Broh" for [[MayDecemberRomance Iroh]]/[[HoYay Bolin]]
** "Honumi" for [[FanNickname Honora]]/[[SpinOffspring Bumi]][[note]]Zuko and Mai's daughter and Aang and Katara's elder son.[[/note]]
** "Tahmon" for [[FoeYay Tahno/Amon]]
** "Mashion" for [[CargoShip Mako/Fashion]]
** "Eskabo" for Eska/Bolin
** "Eskami" for Eska/Asami
** The creators themselves trolled the fanbase via [[http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/22481267398/you-guys-have-the-shipping-names-all-wrong-its Tumblr]] by suggesting the couple names were wrong, and it should instead be Koko, Kolin, and Mami for the current core couples.
* PromotedFanboy: In a way. Mike and Bryan are huge fans of ''CowboyBebop'' and have cited the influence it had on their work numerous times, in addition to including multiple references to it in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Now they get to work with SteveBlum himself, playing the BigBad Amon. It's not unreasonable to guess [[https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0upwvmdYK1qfzeb9.jpg something like this]] happened.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: Though this has become a lot better since Book 2 smoothed out this wrinkle in the storyline, [[spoiler: Mako's breakup with Asami]] was not easily picked up by a lot of fans due to the language being more subtle and subdued. This naturally led to a lot of people understandably hating him if they missed the cues because to them [[spoiler: it appeared that Mako was still dating Asami when he confessed his feelings to Korra and they hooked up in the final scenes.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** For those who hated on Asami for creating conflict in the Makorra triangle, Asami's character growth in "The Aftermath" and in the finale skyrocketed her popularity.
** The finale had a lot of fans pull a 180 on [[spoiler:Tarrlok]]. He went from one of the most despised characters in the show to a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] [[spoiler:once we learned his back-story. Taking Amon out in a tragic and shockingly dark murder-suicide only helped.]]
%%Stop adding RomanticPlotTumor. The romance subplots are not overtaking the main plot simply for existing. That trope requires that the romance becomes the show's main plot, which has NOT happened.%%
* RonTheDeathEater:
** Or, more appropriately, "Asami the Equalist". Some fans kept this up even when episode 7 of the only 12-episode Equalists story arc proves the exact opposite and the final episode of Book 1 only reaffirmed this [[spoiler: as she openly defied the wishes of her father, who ''was'' an Equalist, to join him and attacked him instead. In the final episode, she beat the crap out of him and destroyed significant portions of his army.]]. She was even a popular suspect for Amon's identity for a while, though this was largely cleared up after events of "Out of the Past" made it impossible by showing them in two separate places.
** Poor Pema just can't catch a break, what with "stealing" Tenzin from Lin. According to the fandom, she's an Equalist spy ''solely'' for this; nevermind the fact that her '''own children''' are airbenders, and nothing suggests that she's such a monster. Some people have gone as far as saying she ''hates her children'', just because she expressed desire of having a non-bender like her.
** Mako, who according to some of the more extreme fan perceptions isn't just a cheating cheater who cheats with whatever girl crosses his field of vision, but is also a budding abusive boyfriend.
** Even Korra is constantly demonized as a [[JerkJock sickeningly arrogant]], [[AlphaBitch unreasonable]], [[BastardGirlfriend and unfaithful man-stealer]].
* RootingForTheEmpire: Some fans support [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Equalists]] stripping all [[ElementalPowers benders]] of their abilities as the only way to put [[TallPoppySyndrome all people on a level playing field]] and end the oppression of non-benders, even if the benders themselves don't consent to the procedure (related material like nick.com's [[http://www.nick.com/quizzes/legend-of-korra/korra-trivia-quiz.html Are You A Bender or an Equalist? quiz]] actively {{exploit|ed Trope}}s the phenomenon). Debates on whether or not bending is an intrinsic part of a person and the show's civilization/culture, and if what the Equalists are attempting is a fantastical form of mutilation or not, can get quite heated.
* TheScrappy:
** Asami due to DieForOurShip and RonTheDeathEater reasons. Though for many, she was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap [[spoiler: after she refused to side with her father]].
** Mako, for the portion who do not approve of his behavior and his lack of tact handling his romantic situation with Korra and Asami, as well as those who disapprove of his perceived lack of personality (beyond romantic tactlessness). It's gotten as far as [[RonTheDeathEater him being blasted more than the actual antagonists]] and there's been daunting wishes for him to die, be written out, or remain alone for life as an outcome. Interestingly (and perhaps unsurprisingly), as Asami's popularity went up, his went down. His Scrappy status ''skyrocketed'' after the [[spoiler: finale when he breaks free of Amon's bloodbending (the first one to do so) and finally hooked up with Korra when, for some, it wasn't actually clear that he'd broken up with Asami.]] While not everyone sees him this way, to say the man is polarizing is an understatement. The anger increased [[spoiler: when he joined the police force in Book Two, as opposed to Bolin, who was a popular metalbender police candidate for fans]].
** TakeThatScrappy: Mike, Bryan, and even David Faustino himself spend a lot of time in the DVD commentary mentioning how they're aware that people hate Mako.
-->'''David F:''' And I play the [[SarcasmMode universally loved]] Mako.
-->'''*Everyone bursts out laughing*'''
-->'''Mike:''' Loved by ALL ages, genders, races...
* ShipMates:
** Some supporters of Korra/Mako also pair Bolin/Asami and vice versa. And those who ship Korra/Bolin are likely to ship Mako/Asami. If two of these four characters are being shipped together, then chances are the other two form a second pairing as well.
** Bolin/Korra and Asami/Iroh II have become shipmates for people who want to keep Mako out of the pairings all together.
** Fans who ship Korra/Tahno also usually keep Mako with Asami, and Bolin usually just keeps his status as TheCharmer.
* ShipSinking:
** Advance press revealed Korra's mentor Tenzin as Aang and Katara's son, canonically quashing persistant fan theories that OfficialCouple Katara and Aang's relationship dissolved in the timeframe between series.
** The reveal that [[spoiler: Tenzin and Lin used to date]] put a dent in Tokka shipping, and killed off the popular theory that Sokka was Lin's father. Even leaving aside the potential squick factor, [[KissingCousins first-cousins dating]] doesn't fly on American television.
* ShipToShipCombat:
** Some rabid Zutara shippers resumed where the previous series left off well in advance of airing, with new conflicts actually ''touched off'' by the ShipSinking above. Now that Nick.com revealed that Zuko's still alive, you can bet old!Zutara shipping will be in full force.
** Mako/Korra and Bolin/Korra factions rapidly developed and began tearing into each other despite the lack of ''character descriptions.'' All the fandom needs are names and faces to launch a thousand battleships. And for worse, lots of shippers for both factions fall on creepy implications about either of the brothers "deserving" Korra's affections for this or that reason.
** Mako/Korra found a new rival in Tahno/Korra, despite the fact that at the time Tahno had only spoken three words: "Go for it." That was all it took for some shippers to go crazy.
** And of course, canon had to start in on it by introducing Asami and allowing Mako to have a relationship with her that got complicated. The level of combat is best illustrated by a fan of [[http://bill-rinaldi.tumblr.com/post/25449651028/heyyou3333-shipping-is-starting-to-scare-me-i Bill Rinaldi's tumblr.]]
** After Episode 6, [[HappilyMarried Tenzin/Pema]] found a new rival in [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Tenzin/Lin]]
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight:
** There's a surprising amount of [[ToyShip Jinora/Skoochy]] fic. One is Tenzin's CuteBookworm airbender daughter and the other's a street rat who trades information for money, and naturally they've never met; they just happen to be the only introduced characters in their age group.
** Two lines into his character, before he even ''met'' any of the other major characters, General Iroh II/'insert character here' ships started picking up steam, and ''quickly''.
** Since he was introduced at the Book Two preview at SDCC, Verick has already started to be paired with Bolin, solely on the grounds that it was revealed that they had some sort of relationship. We don't even know what his personality is yet, beyond that he's kind of a playboy.
* SignatureScene: Several. Korra's introductory scene in "A Leaf In The Wind", Amon's [[spoiler:terrorist attack on the pro-bending arena]] in "And The Winner Is...", the first appearance of the [[spoiler:''[=BioShock=]''-esque mechas]] in "The Aftermath", Amon's various de-bending scenes throughout the series, but none more so in "The Revelation" and [[spoiler:his de-bending attempt on Tenzin and his family as well as Lin's de-bending]] in "Out Of The Past, and [[spoiler:Amon and Tarrlok's suicide bombing]] in "The Endgame".
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** In "Turning the Tides" The Mech suits move slowly and awkwardly. A stark contrast from their other appearances.
** "The Aftermath" has a scene during the race where if you look closely, the CG models for the characters look atrociously OffModel (Asami especially) and the opposing driver isn't even touching the steering wheel. The fact the sequence is otherwise well-done makes it all the more jarring.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Mako and Korra's promotion to OfficialCouple in the Book 1 finale. Rabid shipping aside, the {{Love Triangle}}s between Mako, Korra, Bolin, and Asami felt rushed and underdeveloped to some, with complications resulting from and reasons for their attraction glossed over, [[ShowDontTell told instead of shown]], or quickly buried. The ambiguity of whether Mako and Asami broke up during Book One and whether or not Bolin was over Korra didn't help matters. With three more Books to set things aright, however, whether this applies in the long run or not is still up in the air.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** When the series was initially announced, some were upset that it featured a TimeSkip, and thus wasn't an immediate continuation of ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]]''
** After the show ran, some old ATLA fans came out to complain of how much this series isn't like the old show and therefore sucks. Despite Mike and Bryan hinting several times that they wanted to create something different from ATLA.
** A number of people aren't happy about bending now involving a lot of generic-looking punches and kicks, rather than each type being based off a different martial art, as in the old show.
* UglyCute: Meelo. A direct quote from SDCC: "Strangely though, the more ugly he was the cuter he became." In fact, Meelo was originally going to be a good-looking cute kid, but the team fell in love with Ryu Ki-Hyun's uglier designs.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: The protestor at the start of the series. A number of fans seemed to not understand that Korra's failed retort of "You're oppressing yourself!" was a joke at her expense, and later felt bad for him when Korra actually did attack him during Episode 3 - ignoring that he was also shilling for someone that we learn is a violent and cruel person that was also holding people hostage. And this impression stays with them ''even when the guy is later shown to be okay with his.''
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Many fans were surprised to learn that the Council page (the person that delivered all those gifts from Tarrlok and [[spoiler: outted Tarrlok as a bloodbender]]) is actually a man.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Amon's political agenda (There are people with special abilities who control society, using their powers to abuse and oppress those who don't have them, so this ability should be removed from the world) lends itself well to a whole host of issues, and class warfare in particular. Maybe it's about Capitalism, or Ethnic Minorities, or Apartheid, or Civil Rights, or Disarmament ('Gun Control'). Or maybe it's just a SpaceWhaleAesop.
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%% Please see discussion before adding WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids. [[YouKeepUsingThatWord It probably doesn't mean what you think it means.]]
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* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass:
** Korra has gotten heat, bashing and shaming for daring to angst and cry when she feels [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter she can't live up to]] [[TheAce Aang's awesome legacy]], and especially for crying [[spoiler: and maybe even ''considering suicide'' (for some)]] when [[spoiler: Katara couldn't restore her bending]] in the GrandFinale. Screams of "sexism" and "misogyny" were heard from "fandom feminists" everywhere.
** The fandom ''only'' started to lighten up in the Asami hate when she showed herself as an ActionGirl BadassNormal. And yet the moment she shows ''human'' reactions to the LoveTriangle business, some people are quick to accuse her of being "nothing but Mako's ClingyJealousGirl" (Despite how she mostly ''[[DefiedTrope defies]]'' the CJG trope.)
* TheWoobie:
** '''Bolin'''. He lost his parents when he was six, and had to live on streets with Mako. In the series proper, he gets kidnapped and nearly loses his bending powers while trying to help his brother with earning money, gets electrocuted during his rescue, and can't sleep well for a week afterwards. Then, in episode 5, he gets emotionally crushed by two of the people closest to him, after which, in the course of a single match, he gets hit in the stomach hard enough to make him vomit, gets (unintentionally) fire-blasted in the back by his brother before getting knocked out of the ring, and finally gets a pretty nasty injury to the shoulder before getting knocked out of the ring again. To top it off Nickelodeon's website reveals that he has an inferiority complex in regards to his brother Mako -- and it's [[JustifiedTrope justified in-series]] with Mako getting so much more serious screentime and attention with the ladies.
** Asami Sato:
*** [[spoiler:Seriously, it ''has'' to suck to find out that your dad was working with Amon this whole time. Made even worse by Asami's adamant defense of her father throughout the episode. Plus, Hiroshi is the only family she has left. The poor lady collapses into Mako's arms in the final scene. Then, she finds out her boyfriend may have a crush on Korra, whom she ''does'' care for a lot and considers a great girl. Then she finds out about the kiss. Then when she confronts him about it, he's so not good with people that he can't even be honest with her without blaming his brother for telling her, and later his "tunnel vision" is in action as well as his (somewhat understandable) care for Korra means that he's neglecting her emotionally. In the series finale, she even has to confront her father again as he is so blinded with rage that he tries to kill her. Oh, and Mako confesses his true feelings for Korra while Asami is off-screen, so who knows how she'll be by next series.]] On the upside, if the Book One finale is anything to go by, [[IronWoobie Asami tends to respond to emotional stress with lightning fists]], so she's not really in danger of the emotional collapse most Woobies experience.
*** IronWoobie: Her mother was killed by a Firebender when she was young, [[spoiler:she discovered her father was an Equalist after spending a whole day defending him, has to turn on her father because she wanted to do the right thing]] and has to leave the comfortable life she has always known, she finds out that Korra has a crush on her boyfriend and he might reciprocate, [[spoiler:she gets arrested because of her father,]] then has to see her well-intentioned-but-utterly-bad-with-people boyfriend go crazy trying to find Korra and neglect her; and when she confronts Mako about [[spoiler: him responding to Korra's forceful kiss while Asami and him were dating]], he doesn't really face her. Then, [[spoiler:after having to fight her own father and help save the day]], she and Mako are through. And despite all of this, she never lashes out or blames anyone except Mako (and when she does, she does NOT go the ClingyJealousGirl route and [[BrutalHonesty makes genuinely good points]]), and still remains friends with everyone.
*** Adding onto this, according to the creator's comments from The Making of LOK, Asami was slowly realizing that she and Mako just wouldn't work out, even if she never said anything about it. They made her realistically react to a relationship falling apart, right down to the internal thoughts humans have when this happens to us... and she gets flak for it, in addition to everything else.
** The policemen that [[spoiler: were debended by Amon]].
** Really, anyone who gets [[{{Depower}} debended]] by Amon: [[spoiler: Tarrlok, Tahno and Lin in particular]], but every bender shown who comes out powerless appears absolutely ''[[DespairEventHorizon devastated]]'' at the loss. These people grew up with these natural abilities that have been part of them their entire lives...[[FridgeHorror Amon isn't just taking away their powers, he's taking away part of their identity.]]
** Korra herself slides into major Woobie territory on several occasions, notably at the end of episode 4, near all of episodes 8 and 9, and [[spoiler: the finale when she temporarily loses all her bending save for airbending.]] It's ''really'' hard to watch her break down.
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[[folder:Book Two: Spirits]]
* AbandonShipping:
** While people were able to brush off Eska's treatment of Bolin in the premiere as an IceQueen meeting an adorkable guy, by the third episode a lot of people started seeing major abusive undertones in the ship and started jumping overboard. It helps that Bolin is canonically looking for a way to break up with her without getting frozen solid.
** [[spoiler: Makorra was sunk by this season's plotlines. The fact that they broke up TWICE and Mako and Asami started getting close again didn't help. And that's before we get into the normal BaseBreaker aspects that Mako always has.]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Whether or not Aang was a bad parent (or Katara for that matter) - and whether or not Bumi and Kya are justified in their long standing resentment of Tenzin and their father.
** Whether or not Korra's rough behavior toward Tonraq and Tenzin is justified. Was Tonraq just being overprotective because of all the close calls Korra had with Amon? Or was this behavior always part of his character and just never got shown?
** Lu and Gang. Are they just two [[BadCopIncompetentCop Bad Cops/Incompetent Cops]]? Or are they two {{Dirty Cop}}s working for/bribed by Varrick?
** Unalaq:
*** Was he [[spoiler: A WellIntentionedExtremist who was willing to do anything for what's right, or were the spirits simply a tool for him to get massive power]]?
*** After [[spoiler: Unalaq's death]], Eska and Desna were more concerned about how to break it to their mother. This leads one to wonder about Unalaq's relationship with her. Does Unalaq love his wife, or does he simply disregard her like he did with Eska and Desna?
** Did Ginger really have a change of heart when she declared Bolin her boyfriend or is she just saying that because now he's famous for saving the president and more "worthy" of her attentions?
** So was Varrick just using ObfuscatingInsanity to mask the fact that he's actually a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive war-profiteering scumbag]]? Or is he a shrewd businessman who's [[BunnyEarsLawyer ACTUALLY that eccentric]], but still willing to do underhanded things in the name of personal gain, including playing both sides of every field? Likewise, was Varrick's attempt to help after being put in prison sincere, or was it just [[EvilVersusOblivion trying to save his own skin]]?
** A case has been made that Eska and Desna display signs of autism. The twins possess monotonous speech, a lack of empathy and emotional expression, and social awkwardness. Eska in particular displays difficulty regulating her emotions and reacting appropriately.
** Given the rather... [[HenpeckedHusband controversial]] [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale nature]] of Bolin and Eska's relationship at the beginning of the season, there is some debate about just how sincere Bolin was being when he expressed sadness about their breakup in "Harmonic Convergence" and explained him running away from her up as being due to "commitment issues". Was he being wholly serious, and was never as averse to Eska's behaviour as he appeared? Or was he just using his newfound acting chops to manipulate Eska into releasing him and Mako, and only became serious about it when she kissed him and he got "caught up in the moment"? Either explanation has some supporters behind it.
* AssPull: Jinora showing up [[spoiler: to save Korra with never before seen abilities right when Vaatunalaq was about to corrupt Korra came entirely out of left field.]]
* BaseBreaker
** Korra's rash attitude in the first half of the season caused a number of fights in the fandom.
** Unalaq headed down this road immediately after his introduction. It lasted about two episodes, at which point he took a hard swerve off the road and into full-on villainy, as noted below.
** The portrayal of Lin Bei Fong, who's accused of severe TookALevelInDumbass as she becomes a completely stereotypical DaChief whose only role is to make things harder for Mako. Granted, most of this is likely due to being DemotedToExtra compared to Book 1.
* BrokenBase:
** The scenes implying Aang played favorites with Tenzin set the fandom on fire.
** Whether or not Eska and Bolin's relationship is being played for laughs, shouldn't be played for laughs, ''should'' be played for laughs, is abusive on Eska's side, is bad, is good, etc.
** Studio Pierrot's animation. When fans noticed that the switch to Studio Pierrot meant a drastic change in the nature of the animation, fans were split over their opinions of the new animators: some welcomed the change, citing the SceneryPorn, lack of ConspicuousCGI (Pierrot were a lot better at blending hand-drawn animation and CGI) and the noticeably better flow in many of the fight scenes - but many more noted that the characters looked stiff and unnatural, moved very little but their mouths during conversation, and were frequently OffModel. However, it must be noted that all of the arguments about better animation essentially stopped after Mir returned for the later episodes.
** Fans of the franchise's usual ShownTheirWork approach to Asian culture and mythology were disappointed how the Raava/Vaatu relationship was handled. Yin and Yang, the Chinese concepts they draw from, are characterized by darkness/peace/feminity and light/chaos/masculinity, respectively. In other words, they act as {{Foil}}s to each other, and neither is considered superior to the other. Yet the feminine Raava is the spirit of [[LightIsGood light and peace]] and the masculine Vaatu is the spirit of [[DarkIsEvil darkness and chaos]], conflating aspects of each and ditching the subtleties of the original concepts in order to have a more Westernized BlackAndWhiteMorality conflict. And even though coexistence is nigh central to the concepts of Yin and Yang, [[spoiler: Raava and Vaatu's conflict is resolved by ''destroying'' Vaatu for the duration of the next ten thousand years.]]
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* CompleteMonster: Unalaq, Korra's EvilUncle, is at first the HolierThanThou leader of the Northern Water Tribe who is angry how the Southern tribe has lost its spirituality under his [[CainAndAbel elder brother Tonraq]]. Upon the reappearance of Dark Spirits, Unalaq takes the chance to move in his armies to seize control of the Southern Tribe and has anyone who may oppose removed in a KangarooCourt before Korra discovers he is the one behind the events that got her father exiled from his home tribe, allowing Unalaq takeover. He had gotten barbarians to attack his own home so Tonraq could awaken Dark Spirits to attack their tribe. Unalaq reveals himself as an opportunistic tyrant whose feelings for his own twin children can best be described as "[[ParentalNeglect uncaring]]" as when his son Desna is injured, almost fatally, Unalaq tells Desna's sister Eska to simply leave him to die as opening the Spirit World is more important. When he gets into the Spirit World, Unalaq forces Korra's cooperation by attacking and threatening to destroy the soul of [[spoiler:Jinora, a little girl]]. When Korra caves in, Unalaq tries to destroy her soul anyways. Unalaq later assaults the Southern Water tribe and delivers a CurbstompBattle to Tonraq, sparing his life solely so Tonraq can see [[TheResenter Unalaq win completely]]. Unalaq reveals his true plan is to [[spoiler:free Vaatu, the spirit of darkness and chaos, to fuse with him into a [[ShadowArchetype Dark Avatar]] in order to usher in ten thousand years of his own dark rule]]. After he succeeds [[spoiler:in merging with Vaatu, Unalaq battles Korra and tears the spirit of light and order, Raava, out of her, brutally attempting to obliterate her. After returning to the material world, he instantly sets out to destroy Republic City and all within it, declaring his rule has begun.]]
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* CrackPairing: A human and a spirit getting rather too friendly seems to spawn this an awful lot.
** Waava (Wan/Raava) - the fact that their story plays an awful lot like a romance facilitates this, what with their initial BelligerentSexualTension, Raava coming across as {{Tsundere}} at times, and the final pronouncement that Wan and Raava will be together forever. Also, they [[UnusualEuphemism fuse]] a lot.
** Unalaq/Wan Shi Tong. Following "A New Spiritual Age", fans joked that the slightly bird-like appearance of Eska and Desna, plus Wan Shi Tong's insistence that Unalaq is a friend to the spirits, made the identity of the twins' mother self-evident.
** Unavaatu: Actually the name of the two once they fused with one another, but the obvious joke ([[DontExplainTheJoke that it sounds like a]] PortmanteauCoupleName) was too good an opportunity to miss. Also, [[http://i.imgur.com/LrvAdeO.png the way Unalaq looks at Vaatu...]]
* CrazyAwesome: Varrick, the loud-mouthed EccentricMillionaire, cemented this when he escaped past the Northern Water Tribe's blockade by disguising himself as a platypus-bear ''that pooped money'', and maintaining this disguise (with the addition of a NiceHat) while piloting his yacht. [[spoiler: His outing as a villain did nothing to dampen this.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Despite being the love interest of the very popular Bolin, Eska's fanart quickly exploded. It helps that she's a DeadpanSnarker voiced by Aubrey Plaza.
** The Carrot Spirit received a lot of love for his unique character design. Bryan Konietzko has even [[http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/65152482472/the-carrot-spirit-and-his-little-tea-serving posted pictures of himself on his Tumblr]] dressed as the spirit for Hallowe'en!
** Varrick became well loved by the fanbase for getting some of the funniest lines and moments in the show by far. The fact that he's also a surprisingly competent manipulator also helps.
** Raava the light spirit has become a fan favourite, thanks largely to [[PlatonicLifePartners her relationship with Wan]], character development, and frankly [[AnimalisticAbomination cool design]].
** Wan himself became an instant fan favorite.
** A dark spirit that Bumi pacifies with flute music has become rather popular with fans due to being utterly adorable.
** Despite being a misanthropic {{Jerkass}}, Aye Aye Spirit is very popular with fans for being a very funny character. Him naming Wan Stinky is considered one of the funniest moments in the series
** Varrick's assistant Zhu-Li is also rather popular with the fandom mainly for the fact she takes all of Varrick's craziness without even batting an eye.
* EvilIsCool: [[spoiler: Varrick, surprisingly. The reveal that he was a villain ended up adding to the appeal of his character because of how much of a MagnificentBastard it made him into.]]
* FanPreferredCouple: Bosami (Bolin and Asami) got a massive boom this season with them showing chemistry in the opening episodes, and Eska's relationship with Bolin playing abuse for gags. The fans got so vocal with wanting it to happen the writers actually had to step in [[ShipSinking to shoot it down.]]
* GrowingTheBeard: The ''Beginnings'' episodes are this for the series. Providing some brilliant ExpandedUniverse material, a brilliant new character in Avatar Wan, and setting up the Harmonic Convergence story arc (to say nothing of [[AnimationBump the return to Studio Mir and the especially stylised animation]]) meant that these episodes became by far the most warmly received episode of the entire franchise. The subsequent raising of the story's stakes, combined with some CharacterDevelopment for Korra, also silenced many of the complaints.
* HarsherInHindsight: Bolin's comment in episode 3 that Korra had better watch out for "heart-breaker" Mako seems harsh [[spoiler:when they break up in episode 5]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The festival shown in the first episode of this season used to be a day for fasting and meditation. This episode premiered on the eve of Yom Kippur.
** A convergence involving portals and alignment of worlds was also the plot of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', which premiered during the middle of the book.
** Possibly overlapping with FunnyAneurysmMoment. A good deal of Bolin's storyline has him trying to stop a plot by [[spoiler:Varrick]], the CorruptCorporateExecutive of the season. Not long after, Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet comes out, with P.J. Byrne (Bolin) featuring as Rugrat, who works for the sleazy protagonist.
* HolyShitQuotient: The last four episodes. Such highlights include...
** Bolin stopping a plot against President Raiko by Varrick, putting his arc to a close and putting Bolin through some needed CharacterDevelopment.
** Team Avatar being reunited and taking on Unalaq all by themselves.
** More visits to the Spirit World and cameo appearances by past characters, including Iroh, Zhao, and Aang, while Tenzin goes through some CharacterDevelopment as well.
** [[spoiler:Unalaq successfully releasing Vaatu from his prison and fusing with him to become a Dark Avatar, and then managing to rip apart Raava and destroy the spirit of every past Avatar. Vaatu is the greatest out of every enemy in both series, and his release heralded the end of the world!]]
** [[spoiler:Unavaatu then growing to giant size then began laying waste to Republic City, until an equally sized Korra powered by the energy of the universe puts a stop to him with the help of Jinora's spirit to power her up.]]
** In a more meta example, this hit the fandom all the harder since all four episodes aired in the same night, with first two parter airing as normal on November 15th, 2013, while enough attention and demand allowed Nickelodeon to put up the last two episodes up on its website.
* IdiotPlot: Large parts of this season rely on the heroes taking Unalaq and Varrick at their word and either completely missing or pointedly ignoring the negative effects of their actions until they are presented with ironclad proof of their villainy.
* InternetBackdraft: After a series of mistakes and tough battles Korra [[spoiler:has her past selves destroyed. [[KilledOffForReal Seemingly forever]].]] To say that elements of the fandom felt she'd "let the side down" as it were, would be a ''massive'' understatement. It gets so bad that she is bashed more than Unalaq, the one who ''actually'' did it, with a grin on his face.
* LoveToHate: Many fans noted that as much of a scumbag as he turned out to be, [[spoiler: Varrick]] was just too damned [[LaughablyEvil likable]] [[CrazyAwesome and fun]] to really hate.
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:Varrick reveals as one in "The Sting". He is revealed to have paid off the Triple Threat Triads in order to steal Future Industries equipment, then make a deal with Asami to become an even more powerful business man. He pulls this off complete with one of the best evil grins possible. Few expected that a Cloud Cuckoolander executive would pull off something like that, allowing the writers to hit us with one of the first legitimate curveballs of the season]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Vaatu was shown from his first scene to be very unpleasant, but he crosses the line when he [[spoiler:corrupts all of Wan's spirit friends, forcing them into conflict with Wan's human friends, which results in the deaths of all the humans]].
** We all knew that Unalaq was a bad guy. However, he crosses the line when [[spoiler:he threatens to snuff out Jinora's soul to get Korra to open the Northern Portal; when Korra does so, Unalaq then attempts to erase her soul anyway!]]
** [[spoiler:Varrick]] deliberately bankrupting Asami in order to absorb Future Industries. It's the moment he went from "lovable crazy guy" to "hideously evil scumbag [[AffablyEvil that happens to be entertaining]]".
* {{Narm}}:
** Korra's face at the end of "Harmonic Convergence". Meant to be utter horror at [[spoiler:Unalaq and Vaatu merging]], but [[OffModel the gaping mouth and eyes that point in just slightly different directions]] are a bit difficult to take seriously.
** In the same episode, Vaatu laughing. While Jonathan Adams otherwise provided an excellent performance, that laughter couldn't possibly be any more forced, almost to the level of [[Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie that other laughter]]. The fact that it happens imediately before Korra's face makes one wonder if the universe conspired to make that scene silly.
** Unalaq's constant flip-flopping over whether he needs Korra to open the northern spirit portal. It's almost like we're watching a war in the writers' room over which way the story should go.
* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler:Zhao]] and the friendly "Innocent Spirit" that dances to Bumi's flute music.
* OneTrueThreesome: [=EskaXBolinXDesna=]; it helps that Bolin already has a sizable amount of {{Yaoi}} fan-fics and that Desna is almost indistinguishable from Eska.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Korra herself after "Beginnings", where she loses her HairTriggerTemper and ArrogantKungFuGuy tendencies.
* ShipToShipCombat: [=AsamiXBolin=] Vs. [=EskaXBolin=]
* TheUntwist: Many fans called Unalaq being a villain directly after the season premiere, though they were also relieved that it at least only took a couple more episodes to get to the reveal, rather than the whole season (Though there were also plenty of folks who think the show ''still'' wasted too much time on it and doing so made Korra look like an idiot).
* TheWoobie: This was not a good season for our heroine. Korra found out her Uncle was an [[CompleteMonster evil little bugger]] that only wanted her dad gone, had to leave her hometown behind during an occupation by a far more powerful force, been refused help at every turn, broken up with her boyfriend over him informing his superiors of an attempt to undermine them, and had to find a way to stop the [[EldritchAbomination Dark Spirits]] from flooding into the physical world and causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a total imbalance.]] On top of that, due to both outside manipulation and growing frustration with her circumstances, she was also irritable and more likely to snap at people that could have helped her through it.
** IronWoobie: Becomes this thanks to her vision of Wan's life and [[spoiler: Iroh's]] advice.
** Asami Sato once again suffers very much, having her company bankrupt, having her supposed business partner screw her over, trying to rekindle her relationship with Mako only for he to end up in jail and for Korra being amensiac about their break up...
** Wan himself, who started off in mistreated poverty, tried to do right for everyone, only to get kicked off into the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Spirit Wilds]], where he suffers from hunger and lack of sleep (albeit [[BlackComedy hilariously]]). After he manages to win the spirits over and travels the world, he once again tries to treat everyone equally and fairly, only to free an abomination of darkness into the world and get verbally abused by [[FantasticRacism Raava]]. He then gets to see and feel the entire world collapse because of his mistake, and even after he locks away Vaatu, he never finds rest, being compelled to act as the force of harmony and peace for the rest of his days. He dies in the middle of a battle, weary, torn down and losing his faith in humanity. Overall, he only managed to enjoy a good and peaceful life for ''two years''.
** Raava herself, too. Imagine having to be worried across ''your entire life'' that an abomination will emerge from your chest and kill everyone. Her two appearances weren't also very kind to her: first being burned by Wan's firebending, then diminishing in size and power because her counterpart got more powerful - all the while developing [[PlatonicLifePartners bromantic]] feelings and appreciation for the very man that caused that - then fusing with that man and saving the world, only to see him lose hope in humanity and eventually die, then being a silent voice to all of his reincarnations for the next 10,000 years, none of which are aware of their past life's bond with her, and then being violently ripped off from Korra and beaten into oblivion by a [[CompleteMonster deranged psychopath]], [[spoiler:resulting in Wan's [[DeaderThanDead absolute death]]]]. Probably the one [[EldritchAbomination lovecraftian horror]] that truly deserves a hug.
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[[folder:Book Three: Change]]

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Just like Aang, Toph is questioned about being a good mother or not to her two daughters. Said daughters are from two different men, both of them unknown to either daughter, which is part of the controversy.
** Relating to Tenzin's need for a family in book one and Lin's lack of interest in having a family, could it be that her lack of desire to have children could have stemmed from her own less than ideal relationship with her mother? Or did she feel that her very high risk job as a Metalbending Police Officer simply didn't lend itself to family life? Was she afraid that if she and Tenzin had children that he might play favorites with them the way his father Aang did with him and his own siblings (assuming the kids would have been split between Airbenders and Earthbenders)? Or was she just plain uncomfortable around kids for whatever reason? All of the above? None of the above?
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The residual messy emotions of the LoveTriangle from the previous two Books are cleared up in just a few lines between Korra and Asami, after which we can finally just ''move on'' from the whole mess.
* BaseBreaker:
** Suyin Beifong. A complex character who's successfully made amends for the mistakes of her past, or a SmugSnake KarmaHoudini criminal who was far too EasilyForgiven? And on top of that - was the whole sibling rivalry between her and Lin and the eventual reconciliation in ''Old Wounds'' actually good for Lin's character development, or just pointless filler vilifying and degrading Lin in order to build up Suyin and drive home an obnoxious moral? Adding to this is her contribution to the now recurring theme of the Gaang making mistakes in their parenting. [[spoiler:Then the fact that Lin couldn't even hit Suyin during their fight just pissed some fans off even more - granted Lin was weakened but some felt that she should have managed at least one hit. And also that, apparently, the only 'noteworthy' thing she does in their fight is to get up over and over again, despite how often Suyin hits her.]]
*** Plot revelations in Book 3's second half have split the fanbase on Suyin even further: [[spoiler: Much like Asami from Book 1, there's big debate about whether she's secretly a villain. While some assert her more questionable actions, such as going behind Lin's back and letting Korra go after Aiwei, can be chalked up to her rebellious personality, her beliefs about monarchs being out-dated are very similar to the Red Lotus' agenda. On the other hand, there might be a distinction between "monarchs are outdated" and "world leaders need to be removed altogether", which would put him at odds with Suyin, as she and her husband are the heads of the Metal Clan.]]
** Kai. While he was universally TheScrappy from the get-go, some feel that he's been rescued from the heap, others think that he's just favored by the writers. Similarly, some think his influence on Jinora is helpful, benefiting her characterization, while others think that he's a negative influence.
* BrokenBase:
** Bumi becoming an Airbender; as some feel that it ruins his characterization.
** Much like how it did after the reveal that Aang played favorites with his kids, even if accidentally, the fandom has exploded in argument after it was said that Toph had two daughters from two different men, both unknown even to Su and Lin. Some have become angry calling Toph a horrible role model for kids, a ''[[SlutShaming slut]]'' and even accuse the writers of trying to ruin everything good about the old series. Others don't really care and are quick to point out that the details of Toph's relationships are unknown. Others still are happy with the revelation, since it's not often that half-siblings appear in western animation, and some even calling it empowering. And let's not even get started on whether she was a good mother or not.
** Whether the show lets Suyin off too easily for her criminal past, including scarring her sister's face (though it was an accident and she was immediately regretful). However, it's stated that Suyin tried for ''years'' to fix their relationship by sending her letters, only for Lin to ignore her at best and act like a jerk to Opal for no justifiable reason (she apologizes later).
** Do Zaheer's actual motivations makes him the complex, morally grey antagonist that Bryke has been meaning to use for the series, or does he follow in Unalaq's and Amon's footsteps, as being a childishly simplistic bad guy? [[labelnote:Note]]Although, it's worth to note that debates in the fanbase about Amon's moral ambiguity still continue even after his death.[[/labelnote]] However, as of "The Ultimatum", he and his group have definitely become divisive. After enjoying almost an entire season of praise for being complex villains, parts of the fanbase plunged the Red Lotus into the HateSink corner [[spoiler:after threatening genocide on the Northern Air Temple and beating the crap out of Tenzin ''[[CombatPragmatist unfairly]]'']].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Half of the fandom swoons over some of the new characters, such as [[EvilIsCool Ming-Hua]], a HandicappedBadass DarkActionGirl.
** [[TheCutie Opal]] is very popular. Her pleasant design, kind attitude, and her surprisingly powerful BeYourSelf conversations to Bolin made her very well liked by fans.
* EvilIsCool: Zaheer, Ghazan, Ming-Hua, and P'Li instantly got popularity rivaling Amon's thanks to their being introduced making [[KungFuPanda Tai Lung-esque]] prison breaks. Zaheer in particular is getting interest for being an evil airbender, a first for the series. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in-universe during their first encounter with the Krew:
-->'''Bolin:''' That guy's lava-bending! That's awesome... (notices everyone looking at him)... ly bad for us.
* FandomRivalry: Korra "lost" to ''Series/EveryWitchWay'' when it got yanked from the schedule and banished to online while ''Every Witch'', which is more representative of the typical Nick demographic, is still airing on TV. For similar reasons, a number of fans are now upset with ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarePants'' for being AdoredByTheNetwork years after its heyday whereas ''Korra'' is getting ScrewedByTheNetwork. Not helped at all by the last televised Korra episode being immediately followed by a ''Spongebob'' rerun.
* FanFicFuel: The surge of new Airbenders in the world means that people can make OriginalCharacter Airbenders without guilt of creating a perceived MarySue character during a time when [[ThereIsAnother there are only 1-4 Airbenders in canon.]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Meelo's comments in the first two episodes [[spoiler: about wanting the new airbenders to be his army and bow to him]] becomes MUCH less funny after the end of the third episode, [[spoiler: where the Dai Li are kidnapping the new airbenders in order to force them to serve as the Earth Queen's new airbender army.]]
** When Mako originally doesn't plan to join Team Avatar in rebuilding the Air Nation, Bolin attempts to convince him to come along by suggesting the possibility they may meet their long-lost grandmother, who would be so heartbroken by Mako's absence that she would weep big grandma tears [[BlackComedy and then die]]. [[spoiler:In episode three, they ''do'' meet their long-lost family, including their grandmother, who is heartbroken when she discovers Mako and Bolin's parents are dead.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: The riots and the descent into chaos in Ba Sing Se have become more jarring to watch after a week of violent clashes between heavily armed local police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, when Michael Brown was shot dead on a street on 9 August 2014.
* HellIsThatNoise: The ''thump-thump'' noise that comes a split second before one of P'Li's combustion blasts [[StuffBlowingUp strikes home]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** It was commonly predicted that Book Three would air in June. Come early June, four episodes from Nick's Mexican affiliate were leaked, and in what may or may not be a coincidence, Nick quickly threw out a preview trailer then announced a June 27 airdate a little more than a week after that.
** Season one had a StreetUrchin by the name of Skoochy who was often [[ToyShip shipped]] with Jinora, though the two [[CrackPairing never]] [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight met]]. Come season three and now Jinora is getting actual ShipTease with a new StreetUrchin.
** In the original show, Toph once suggested doing acupuncture on Aang to relieve his stress about facing the Firelord. Her own daughter ends up getting it done on her due to her own stress.
** In their TV spots for Book 3, Nick went out of their way to emphasize that the episodes were only available on their channel and that you could ''not'' watch them online[[labelnote:Note]] Legally, anyways. [[/labelnote]] (no doubt a nod to the four leaked episodes). Then they abruptly pulled the show from the air and moved it to a weekly release on their website.
** In the original series Azula complained in a fit of paranoia that an assassin could have easily taken her out before her Dai Li agents could come to her aid. [[spoiler:Looks like she had legitimate concerns, after all, seeing what happened to the Earth Queen.]]
** This season does not buck the trend of being compared to superhero movies, as Book 3, like Book 1, has drawn comparisons to ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Come Episode 10, and you have parallels between Zaheer and Bane after Zaheer [[spoiler:announces to the entire city of Ba Sing Se for people to take it back, like how Bane did the same for Gotham.]] They also both happen to be BaldOfEvil anarchist revolutionaries.
* HolyShitQuotient:
** Episode 10, ''Long Live The Queen'' has [[spoiler:Queen Hou-Ting]]'s death, notably a pretty graphic death that happened on screen. And this was done by an airbender, who are usually thought to be peaceful and pacifist. Needless to say, it was pretty ''breathtaking''. It's followed up by Ghazan managing to [[spoiler:tear down the inner wall of Ba Sing Se]] just on his own, sending all of Ba Sing Se into chaos. Finally, you have Korra and Asami getting chased by a monstrous sand shark.
** Episode 11, ''The Ultimatum'' amps it up big time. First, the ''entirety'' of Ba Sing Se is in flames. The whole city has descended into absolute chaos. Second, it turns out that Zaheer and his gang are now [[spoiler:at the Northern Air Temple, threatening to wipe out the new Air Nation just to get to Korra]], and when [[spoiler:Tenzin rightfully defies them and fights them off, he suffers a great beatdown and is on the verge of '''death''']], ending on a chilling cliffhanger.
* JerkassWoobie: Lin Beifong could be seen as being this. She always had some {{Jerkass}} tendencies, but when one learns about how her younger sister Suyin got away with breaking the law ''and'' scarring her face and then add that to the already known fact that Tenzin broke her heart years earlier when he chose the much younger Pema over her simply because she didn't want a family (and you really can't blame her after seeing what kind of home she grew up in, though honestly [[LastOfHisKind considering the responsibility Tenzin had]], you can't really blame ''him'' either), and now Lin has to watch them enjoy their happy endings while she's gotten nothing in return for all her hard work as a Metalbending Police Officer, it's hard not to feel a little bad for her.
** To some extent, the Red Lotus. There's no denying that these are ruthless people, but they've spent 13 years in inhumane conditions.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Who honestly expected Kai would really [[spoiler: fall to his death?]]
** [[spoiler: "The Ultimatum" ends with Tenzin getting a prison-style beat down from the Red Lotus. A GoryDiscretionShot seems to hint at his death-- but Tenzin is the narrator of the intro. Dramatically appropriate as it would be, are they going to really kill someone so integral to the series, whose voice we have to hear at least two episodes more, without even ADayInTheLimelight?]]
* MemeticMutation: After the events of "Long Live the Queen", there have been many comparisons between Zaheer and [[TheDarkKnightRises Bane]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** The Earth Queen crossed this a while ago in her treatment of her citizens, but with the relevation that she hires poachers to capture Air Bison for steaks, [[spoiler: and that she possibly killed and ate her father's bear,]] there probably isn't any redemption for her. As if extorting her own citizens wasn't enough.
** Zaheer crossed it in "The Ultimatum", where he [[spoiler:takes the newly reborn Air Nation hostage, which includes a mother and children, just to force Korra to surrender to him, even indicating that he's willing to kill them if that's what it takes.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Suyin has a sizable hatedom for scarring Lin's face. Making this a bit weird is that it's far from the only misdeed in her past, and is the ''only'' one of them she's explicitly shown to regret.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Kai's CharacterDevelopment in "In Harm's Way" goes a long way toward redeeming his outright {{Jerkass}} behavior from the previous two episodes, showing him trying his best to help the other captive airbenders, even at his own expense. It's rounded off in "Original Airbenders", where despite some less serious mischief, he demonstrates that he's a good person. While he still is reviled by some, this turned him into a BaseBreaker rather than the universally hated Scrappy he was previously.
** After Lin suffered from being in a plot that many fans felt required her to hold the IdiotBall and being OutOfFocus during Book 2, she now gets more focus than ever before, bouncing back to being just as engaging as when we first met her, if not more so.
** Though still not a fan favorite, it's worth to mention that Mako did not anger the fans in this season.
* TheScrappy:
** President Raiko. Blames all the problems on Korra instead of working with her, uses her as a scapegoat when his poll ratings drop, and finally expels her from the city despite her saving it from Amon and Unalaq.
** Being a [[CousinOliver plucky little kid joining the group]] was a rough position to come back from, but Kai then proceeded to thank Korra and her friends by [[UngratefulBastard stealing from them]] and [[ChronicVillainy returning to a life of crime at the first opportunity]]. Most viewers weren't sad to see him get conscripted by the Dai Li. The hate continued even after Kai got a chance to redeem himself by protecting baby air bison from poachers, or sacrificing himself to distract the bad guys.
* ShipToShipCombat: Bolin[=/=]Opal versus Bolin[=/=]Eska.
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