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Characters: The Legend Of Korra New Team Avatar

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"I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!"

Avatar Korra

Voiced by Janet Varney,
Cora Baker (as a child)note 

Korra is the present Avatar, successor to (and reincarnation of) Aang. Born to the Waterbenders Tonraq and Senna, she is a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe with a rebellious streak. On her quest to become a fully realized Avatar and pacify the anti-benders in the United Republic, she asks Tenzin to teach her Airbending.
  • Action Girl: Korra is the link between the spiritual and physical world, and sole possessor of the power to master all four elements. As such, she can kick just about anyone's butt.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The finale of Book 2 had Tenzin stress that being the Avatar wasn't all there is to Korra, but that lesson didn't quite stick through Book 3.
  • All Your Powers Combined: As with all Avatars, Korra has access to all four elements, and the Avatar State gives her access to the collective knowledge and power of her past lives. As of the Book 2 finale, Korra's connection to her past lives has been severed, preventing her from calling upon past Avatars.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She has (for a female character) robust musculature on her arms, legs and torso, acts pretty boyish at times, and is considered very attractive by Bolin, Mako, Tahno, and more.
  • Amicable Exes: Played with. She and Mako eventually break up since they realize they just don't work as a couple. Korra moves on surprisingly well and tries to convince Mako to try to remain good friends and teammates despite the whole mess that their relationship was. While Mako doesn't bear any negative feelings against her either, he feels just too awkward around her to even be friends with her anymore.
  • Anti-Hero:
    • She might be a bit brash, arrogant and hot-tempered, but her heart is always in the right place, she always fights for what's right, and always tries to help people out whenever possible. Push her too far though and she will show the anti-hero side, as she did to Tarrlok who she appeared ready to kill or seriously injure (the narrator later outright saying he resorted to bloodbending to "save himself" from Korra's attack).
    • Really kicked up a notch in "Civil Wars, Part 2", where she publicly threatens to kill the judge when he sentences her father and a group of rebel southern water tribesmen to death, then later (after the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment) used Naga to intimidate him into reversing his decision. Once she discovered that the trial was a set-up, she threatened to have Naga eat him if he didn't spill everything he knew.
    • Goes even further in the finale of Book 3. Believing that Zaheer has killed her father and understandably enraged, she vows to kill every Red Lotus member in front of her, though she ends up focusing her attention on Zaheer.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Gal: In Korra's first present-day scene, her teachers complain that she is amazingly good at learning the physical sides of bending, but amazingly bad at learning the discipline and spirituality that goes with it.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the Book 2 finale, she's able to use the cosmic energy of the universe to project her spirit as a giant in order to match Unalaq's One-Winged Angel form.
  • Badass: As an Avatar, it's kind of required.
    • Badass Adorable: There is no denying this. Girl can go from kicking ass to making you want to hug her with her infamous pout. This is especially true in the pilot, where she was already bending fire, earth, and water at the age of four.
    • Badass Arm-Fold: Welcome to the gun show.
    • Badass in Distress: During "When Extremes Meet" and "Out of the Past" when she's been kidnapped by Tarrlok. Also when she's briefly captured by Zaheer and his gang in "The Terror Within", then later in "The Stakeout" by the Earth Queen's forces.
  • Battle Couple: With Mako, at least when they were together.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She got a long scar on her face from her fight with Tarrlok, and it hadn't been attended for at least a day. On the day following her escape, it's nowhere to be seen. Justified because Korra is a skilled healer and the cuts, despite being ugly, were not deep.
    • Harshly averted in the season 3 finale. After nearly being killed by the Red Lotus poison, Korra is still out of action two weeks later. She's confined to a wheelchair, looks pale, has bags under her eyes, and is just a complete mess.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurting innocent people or anyone close to her is a good way to entice a beatdown. And God help you if you actually succeed in harming someone seriously...
    • Her parents in particular are a very sore spot for her. It's worth noting that every time Korra has outright threatened to kill someone, it's because they harmed her family in some manner.
  • Better The Devil You Know: Though Korra doesn't like the Earth Queen, she doesn't agree with Zaheer's plan to kill her and the other world leaders. As bad as she is, the chaos in her absence would be worse. When they succeed in killing her, Korra's concerns are shown to be justified.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Veronica to Asami's Betty for Mako's Archie.
    • She's also the Archie for Bolin's Betty and Mako's Veronica. It's that kind of show.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jerk-ish tendencies aside, Korra is very easy to get along with, is a Cool Big Sis to Tenzin's children, and will help anybody in need. But push her Berserk Button, and it quickly becomes apparent that "pacifist" in any flavor is not part of her definition of being the Avatar.
  • Big Good: As the Avatar, she is supposed to be this. However, her position has often been compromised because she has extremely poor restraint when upset. Not to mention her being manipulated by Manipulative Bastards or Well Intentioned Extremists.
    • The increasingly complex politics of her era, compared to the monolithic military states that existed before, also make it difficult to be simply the Big Good of the setting.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Gains a protective streak for Jinora after the young airbender becomes her Spirit Guide. Korra most likely has the same feelings for Meelo and Ikki.
  • Blithe Spirit: She's certainly making an impact even in the constraints of Republic City. Though it's deconstructed when most of the authority figures dislike her recklessness or outright manipulate her for personal gain.
  • Blue Blood: Season 2 reveals that her father Tonraq is brother to the Northern Water Tribe chieftain, and in fact used to be in line for the position himself, being the elder brother.
    • At the end of season 2 Tonraq is elected chief of the Southern Water Tribe, making Korra technically the southern tribe's princess. She hasn't actually been called this though, one would presume the Avatar title kind of takes precedence.
      • It may be that the children of the Chief of the Southern Water Tribe are not referred to as Princes or Princesses, unlike in the North. Particularly as the Northern Tribe's Chieftainship is hereditary, and Tonraq was elected by a council of Elders.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: She rarely fights out of outright malice; it's simply her preferred way of dealing with conflict.
  • Boobs of Steel: Korra is one of, if not the most physically capable character on the show. She is also very well endowed.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Downplayed. Korra wears a tan-colored, fur-trimmed pelt around her waist and a parka while at the South Pole. While in Air Temple vestments, she still wears a few of her Water Tribe accessories.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Though not actually related to Tenzin, his status as The Stoic and Team Dad and Korra's Hotblooded nature means they frequently butt heads, so Tenzin sometimes sees her this way. Tenzin even begs his children at one point not to grow up to be teenagers like Korra. Jinora declares she will make no such promises.
  • Break the Cutie: At the end of Book 3, being poisoned by the Red Lotus, coupled with hallucinations of her past foes telling her that she's no longer needed, leaves her broken physically and emotionally. Though she's said to be recovering, she is in a wheelchair and looks utterly worn down. It's especially notable that, unlike the past two Books, Korra doesn't snap back at the end of this one. It ends with her still depressed.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • In "The Voice in the Night". The idea of having her bending taken from her is so terrifying that she is afraid to fight back until her bravado forces her to try. Amon just made it worse by easily capturing her and taunting her about how he's saving her for last.
    • The first five episodes of Book 2 causes this as well. She asserted her independence from her father and Tenzin, but was manipulated by Unalaq. This directly led to her father almost getting sentenced to death, a budding civil war that could turn bloody at any moment, all the people who could help her being unable to due to politics, and breaking up with her boyfriend due to said politics.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When in the spirit world through meditation, she has no bending except for her ability to open and close the portals.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: She is willing to put aside her immature and arrogant attitude in order to save people's lives.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Does this to her father after learning that he and Tenzin were responsible for her being locked up at the White Lotus Compound.
    • Does this to Unalaq after she learns the truth, which doubles as a Reason You Suck Speech: Unalaq is one of the reasons why the spirits are out of balance since he manipulated Tonraq into destroying the Spirit Forest to get him banished and purposely makes things worse between the tribes by occupying the South. When he tries to justify his actions, Korra throws them in his face since the only thing he cares about is power.
  • Character Development: Korra begins the series as rather bad at controlling her anger and keeping calm, but shows a greater deal of self-restraint with each successive Book. She is putting more effort to negotiating ways out of violence, and isn't so quick to resort to excessive force during fights. Even during her more pragmatic moments in "Civil Wars, Part 2", she only uses the Avatar State as a means to help the group break the blockade and escape and didn't resort to killing her uncle on the spot. After meeting Wan and regaining her memories, Korra goes through another development where she is calmer and, most importantly, begins apologizing to her mentors like Tenzin for how she acted before. This development also shows physically when she is finally able to calm the dark spirits—showing she has gained a bit of inner peace. More than that, the spirit world showed that Korra deep inside was a scared, helpless little girl whose growth was stunted ever since she imposed the identity of being the Avatar over herself. Only when she found her own light and individuality did she symbolically grow up. By the end of Book 2 she redefined the role of the Avatar and ushered a new age where humans and spirits live together. In Book 3, she proves much more receptive to Suyin's metalbending training than she did with Tenzin's airbending training, demonstrating a willingness to learn that she didn't have two seasons ago.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Her father is effectively the chief of the Southern Water Tribe, even though her paternal uncle Unalaq is actually the chief of both tribes. Played straight once the tribes formally split at the end of Book 2, leaving Tonraq as the chief.
  • Child Prodigy: Even more so than Aang; she could already bend water, fire, and earth before the White Lotus even confirmed her as the Avatar. She has, however, admitted a lack of understanding when the spiritual aspects of bending and being the Avatar come up.
  • The Chosen One: She is the Avatar, but her journey is about realizing just what this truly means.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Blue, though her personality fits the typical red.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of her most defining traits from the beginning of the show; Korra seems to have an almost obsessive desire to help people around her whenever she can, sometimes at her own expense, which is evident during her first fight with the Triple Threat Triad.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: She has powers far beyond any single bender and is tasked to maintaining balance in the world. Because of this, she's hunted by people who want to hurt her, hated by people she doesn't or can't help, and is often used as a pawn, threat, excuse or justification in the political machinations of the adults around her. And she's a TEENAGER.
  • Contralto of Danger: Korra has a deeper voice than some of the other female characters, like Asami or Pema. This gets Turned Up to Eleven when she enters the Avatar state, which makes her voice deeper still and more intimidating with a reverberating echo.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: She's designed to be the "anti-Aang". Her official bio even says she couldn't have less in common with Aang if she tried. While Aang didn't want to be the Avatar, Korra quickly embraced it and desired it. Aang became an airbending master at a young age but had to learn the other elements and master them with great difficulty; Korra was a natural water, earth, and firebender but had great difficulty in unlocking her airbending. Aang, being a free-spirit, was better in tune with his spiritual side; Korra, who is brash, confrontational, and direct, excels with the physical side of bending, but has great trouble dealing with the spiritual side. Aang was a Martial Pacifist who seemed opposed to killing anyone for any reason, while Korra is fully willing to kill if she feels it is justified. And, obviously, Aang was a boy while Korra is a girl.
    • Even how they picked up the physical side of bending is contrasted. While Aang, like any Avatar presumably, was able to learn the basics of his three non-native bendings with relative ease (aside from earth, and even that didn't take him long), he was slower to learn more advanced bending forms (as shown when he fell behind Katara once they began training under a master) and apparently never learned the various exotic forms of bending like lava bending or metalbending (though to be be fair we don't know if this was because he was unable to learn them or simply didn't care to). In contrast Korra picks up metalbending with relative ease, may well learn other exotic forms with some direction, and is not stated to be behind practiced masters in the other forms of bending (aside from airbending).
  • Cool Big Sis: While not biologically related to Tenzin, she is a live-in student and eats at the family table instead of with the Air Acolytes. Meelo and Ikki have imitated Korra whenever she's frustrated, which does not please Tenzin at all. But Tenzin also cares about her on a personal level.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: In one episode she decides to try out that "powdering your nose" thing she's heard about. Sinister music plays as she suspiciously picks up the puff, only for powder to explode all over her face.
  • Country Mouse: Korra spent her whole life at the South Pole and is amazed when she sees Republic City for the first time.
  • Cursed with Awesome: As previously mentioned, she is potentially a more powerful bender than even Aang, but she's often manipulated or threatened by events outside of her control, some of which have been festering long before she was born.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's not particularly tall, but she is capable of lifting men much taller than herself. With one arm. And lifting Tenzin's entire family in a bear-hug without even realizing she's doing so.
  • Dance Battler: Korra sure loves flips and kicks. It's also evident in the way she navigates the Airbending obstacle course. Jinora's demonstration is fairly clinical: she turns on a dime but keeps her upper body rigid. Korra uses a lot of spinning to do the same.
  • Darkest Hour: Happens Once a Season.
    • In Book 1, this comes after the Equalists have been defeated, Korra has been debended by Amon and only retains the airbending she spontaneously learned afterward. Even Katara, the greatest healer in the world, is unable to undo the damage, and so we see Korra alone at the edge of a cliff back in the South Pole. Things get better when Aang shows up and restores her bending.
    • In Book 2, she briefly loses Raava and thus her connection to the Avatar Cycle. She is then able to reclaim Raava and become the Avatar once more, though her past lives are permanently severed.
    • In Book 3, the Red Lotus uses a metallic poison on her in an attempt to end the Avatar Cycle. Though she survives, the poison leaves her wheelchair-bound and her hallucinations cause her considerable distress, such that she barely shows any emotion. Unlike the last two books, there isn't an easy fix for this one. The season's final shot is her looking completely broken and shedding a single tear.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but every now and then she's sarcastic.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Asami.
  • Destructive Savior:
    • In "Welcome to Republic City", she quickly puts down a trio of gang members. However, it results in greater property damage than the gang members themselves would have caused. This puts her and Lin Beifong at odds. In "When Extremes Meet", she and the new Team Avatar similarly tear up large sections of the street in pursuit of the chi-blockers. Tarrlok tries to call her on it, but lacks the force of personality to keep her in check.
    • Gets worse during the Water Tribe Civil War — Korra's decision to support the South instead of remaining neutral or pushing for peace causes the situation to escalate even further. Mako even calls her out for it, which leads to him breaking up with her.
  • Detached Sleeves: Her outfit for Book 2 has this.
  • Determinator: She never stops trying to reach her goals. Korra doesn't do things in halves.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • A notable trait of her character at first, something that Amon takes advantage of.
    • This really bit her when she came into the spirit world through meditation, leaving her defenseless against Unalaq, who came in through the portal and could thus bend. The fact that Vaatu can track Raava, who resides within the Avatar, didn't help either.
  • Discard and Draw:
    • Occurs in "Endgame". Amon takes away her current bending abilities... but in doing so unlocks her airbending and previously suppressed spiritual side. The latter allows Aang to finally speak to her in person, and with his help she not only regains the rest of her abilities, but achieves the Avatar State and learns how to restore the bending of everyone else Amon has hurt.
    • And again in "Light in the Dark". Unalaq and Vaatu extract Raava from her, ending the Avatar cycle. Tenzin, however, shows her how to draw in the cosmic energy of the universe, allowing her to fight the pair on equal terms and get Raava back, starting the cycle anew.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: Occasionally has visions of her past life as Aang, when knocked unconscious.
  • Drives Like Crazy: She "parked" Asami's car by smashing it into a lamppost near the docks and netting about 10 tickets in the process. She immediately points out that she does not know how to drive. Bolin compliments her on doing that well, given the circumstances.
    • Asami later gives her a lesson, and ends up screaming at her to hit the clutch.
  • Dude Magnet: Both Bolin and Mako are attracted to her. Tahno offers to show her how a "real pro bends."
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even if she is the Avatar, her Northern cousins, Desna and Eska, still look down on her. They're somewhat better about it after their father is defeated.
  • Dynamic Entry: See Establishing Character Moment. Also, in the Book 2 finale, she greets Unavaatu with a spirit laser to the face.
  • Easy Amnesia: After being swallowed whole by a gigantic Dark Spirit, Korra wakes up days later on a beach with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She recovers it a couple episodes later.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift:
    • While hugging Tenzin, Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo, she manages to effortlessly lift them off the ground. All at once.
    • Also easily lifts a man several inches taller than her by the collar, with one arm, and holds him in the air for a while.
    • Then, during Episode 6, she hangs onto the edge of the ring with one hand, holding onto the very tall Mako with the other, and throws him back into the ring with one arm.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Is from the Water Tribe and has blue eyes.
  • Elemental Powers: Unlike Aang before her, Korra starts her series having already learned all but one of the elements.
    • Blow You Away: She initially can't airbend, but Amon's attempt to De-power her unlocks it.
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Infrequently employed by Korra, due to the collateral damage it causes in an urban area.
    • Making a Splash/An Ice Person: Her native element.
      • Healing Hands: Katara taught her to use Waterbender healing.
      • Light 'em Up: She learns how to infuse water with light energy, which pacifies spirits.
    • Playing with Fire: Despite water being her native element, Korra seems to default to fire when frustrated.
    • Pure Energy/Soul Power: Like Aang before her, she learns Energybending at the end of Book 1. At the end of Book 2, she is able to project herself as a massive spirit to fight Unalaq and Vaatu.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Airbending at the end of Book 1. Then she gains the power to restore the bending of Amon's victims. In the Book 2 finale, she is able to tap into the cosmic energy of the universe and project her spirit as a giant on par with Vaatu/Unalaq.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Korra has great difficulty with the spiritual aspects of being the Avatar, which is a problem because her ability to consciously access the Avatar State depends on spiritual enlightenment. When Korra realizes that the loss of her bending does not make her any less valuable a person, Aang appears and gives it back to her, as well as the ability to restore anyone else's bending. In the Book 2 finale, she also learns to access the cosmic energy of the universe to project herself as a giant spirit.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her entrance. She Earthbends a wall across the room, loudly and proudly proclaims herself the Avatar, and demonstrates by bending three elements at once. She's four.
  • First Girl Wins: Sorry Asami. Subverted after her break-up with Mako.
  • Fish out of Water: A big part of Korra's development in the first season. Moving from an isolated compound in the South Pole (which was already slower to develop than the other nations) to the booming urban center of Republic City causes a lot of problems.
  • Fisher Queen: The spirit world reacts to people's positive and negative energy, especially the Avatar's.
  • Fluffy Tamer: The first person to have ever tamed a polar bear dog.
  • Foil: To Mako, Asami, Avatar Wan and to an extent, Tenzin.
  • Forceful Kiss/"Shut Up" Kiss: Plants quite the good one on Mako. He reciprocates.
  • Fountain of Youth: She becomes temporarily de-aged during her journey through the Spirit World.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Friendless Background: Growing up in an isolated compound populated strictly by teachers and guards, Korra's only friend before arriving in Republic City was her polar bear dog.
  • Genki Girl: If there's one quality she and Aang share, it's energy.
  • Genre Savvy: An off-hand remark by Mako in "The Sting" implies Korra was wise enough to not restore everybody's bending, leaving some triad members without their bending.
  • Gilded Cage: She lived in a White Lotus fortress and wanted for nothing. They provided her bending masters, supervised her training since she was young, and protected her from possible harm. However, they also restricted who could see her and for how long. She was watched even when she went on runs with Naga. In the end, she had no freedom.
  • A Girl and Her Polar Bear Dog: Naga was her only friend prior to her journey as the Avatar.
  • Girl Next Door: She's a down-to-earth tomboy type and very athletic, but she's also a natural beauty. Though she prides herself on her bending ability and her role as the world's Avatar instead.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In the Avatar State.
  • God in Human Form: As the Avatar, she can bend more than one element, making her a formidable opponent. The Avatar State boosts her bending to levels no mortal can match. Book 2 reveals that the Avatar is actually the spirit of Order, Raava, bonded to a human soul, which is where all that power comes from.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Most Avatars don't discover their potential until they are told at age sixteen, and Aang learned four years early only because the Fire Nation posed that grave a threat at the time. Korra had discovered her ability to bend three elements with no formal training at four years old.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Unlike Aang, Korra doesn't shy away from violence, is willing to attack defenseless opponents, and has outright threatened to murder people several times. At the end of Book 2, she has the distinction of being the first hero in the Avatarverse to deliberately kill her opponent, even if she regretted it coming to that.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Asami at first.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She (like all Avatars) is a human mutated by fusing with the light spirit Raava, which is why she can bend all four elements. Even when separated from Raava, she retains her bending powers.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. While Korra is quite talented, she has also been shown regularly practicing on her own.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: With Bolin during their first meeting and later she catapults Jinora and Ikki for guessing she likes Mako.
  • The Heroine: She is the Avatar and main character.
  • Heroine On Hiatus: She gets sidelined at the end of Book 3 from the heavy toll the metal poisoning has taken on her body. In the meantime, Tenzin promises that the new Air Nation will follow her example and strive to maintain balance wherever they go.
  • Heroine With Bad Publicity: Two weeks after she defeated Vaatu, her approval rating and PR has diminished a lot. In addition, the Earth Queen has no respect for the Avatar whatsoever. After rescuing the airbenders from the Earth Queen, she defied her threat of war and is now on the Earth Kingdom's kill list. At least the Water Tribes and the Fire Nation don't have it out for her.
  • Heroines Love Dogs: As she wasn't able to leave the South Pole, Naga was her only close friend.
    Mako: Your best friend is a... polar bear dog. Somehow that makes perfect sense.
  • Heroic BSOD: Once a Season.
    • In the finale of Book 1, after Amon took her bending away. According to Aang, it was what finally allowed her to unlock her spiritual side.
    • In the finale of Book 2, when the spirit of light, Raava, is taken from her and destroyed, making her the last Avatar. Korra managed to get her back, though, as Raava cannot truly die.
    • In the finale of Book 3, the trauma of nearly dying, hallucinations caused by a potent poison, and a slow recovery leave her emotionally drained, barely having the will to smile.
  • Heroic Resolve:
    • Korra, after being stripped of her other stable elements, finally unlocked her airbending when she witnessed Amon about to take Mako's bending.
    • In the Book 2 finale, after being severed from Raava, she harnesses the cosmic energy of the universe to project herself as a giant spirit who can battle Unalaq and Vaatu combined.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Asami more and more as season 3 goes on.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite being terrified of Amon and being coerced into joining a task force, she goes on a raid rather than go back on her word. Later, she challenges Amon to with a one-on-one duel, which ends badly when Amon ambushes her with dozens of chi-blockers instead of arriving alone.
  • Hidden Buxom: To an extent. She already has Boobs of Steel, but on the one occasion she is seen out of her athletic martial arts outfit, and in a formal evening gown, her bust is shown as much larger than normal, suggesting her normal outfit is designed to compress her chest for practical reasons. So she stands as a already busty character who is actually hiding a much larger bust.
  • Hot-Blooded: This is likely why she took to firebending so well, despite being a native waterbender.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: She has already proven to be horrible when it comes to excuses. Her explanation for leaving in episode 7 takes the cake, though.
    Korra: I'm supposed to air sit, I mean baby-bend, I- I mean, babysit the Airbending kids!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She lets Mako be with his girlfriend Asami, partly because Asami needs his support. Considering her character, this is actually a pretty big deal.
  • I Work Alone: Korra has this attitude in the episode "When Extremes Meet" when refusing to rejoin Tarrlok:
    Korra: Well, I got news for you. You need me, but I don't need you. I'm the Avatar.
    • Subverted in general, however. While Korra wanted to fight the Equalists on her own terms, she still worried that she would go about being a hero alone. She eventually puts together her own team.
    • Comes back in "Peacekeepers" with Korra deciding that she doesn't need Mako's help on how to deal with her situation after he ratted her out. Granted though, she was too emotionally driven to see that Mako was only trying to make sure she doesn't make a mistake with disastrous consequences. However, Korra feels like the "help" Mako is giving her is betraying her family.
  • I'll Kill You!: Twice with the judge in "Civil Wars, Part 2". And given how she behaved with Tarrlok, there's no reason to believe she wasn't serious about the threat. Done again later with the Red Lotus; since she thought they killed her father, she really meant it.
  • I'm Not Afraid Of You: An attitude she needs to adopt in the Spirit World, otherwise, being the Avatar, her negative emotions can cause its environment and inhabitants to become dark versions.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: In the finale of Book 1, this finally helps her unlock the Avatar state.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She usually acts very cocky and self confident, but she later begins to show a great deal of insecurity about her skills and fear to her enemies.
    • In particular her greatest fear seems to be losing her identity as the Avatar, or simply not being needed as one anymore. Being the Avatar is everything to Korra, and even after a lot of trials where she learned her value is independent of that role, it remains something she greatly fears losing.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Part of her spiritual weakness is that she's almost completely oblivious to other people's feelings, most obviously in episode five where she goes on a date with Bolin, then forces a kiss on Mako the very next day. She doesn't really get that this is a problem until she sees Bolin's reaction.
  • Instant Expert:
    • Korra was able to bend fire, water and earth without any training at a very young age. Airbending, on the other hand, came especially hard to her.
    • In Book 2, Korra manages to duplicate Unalaq's spirit-calming waterbending style after seeing him do it only a couple times. However, while she can copy the style at first, it takes her several tries to get it to work properly.
    • She also picks up metalbending extremely quickly in Book 3 and can go toe-to-toe with Suyin's kids.
  • Jack of All Stats: Much like Aang, she can use all four elements but doesn't know the more advanced sub-skills like lightning or bloodbending, though she can use water-based healing. She picks up Unalaq's spirit pacification technique in Book 2, and Suyin teaches her metalbending in Book 3, though she is still an amateur at the latter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is immature, a bit arrogant, sometimes a bit of a jerk, not above using her powers for pranks and not unappreciating attention... but if people's lives are on the line, she will throw away everything to save them.
  • Jumped at the Call: In stark contrast to her predecessor. Deconstructed, as it's this attitude that serves as the root of her emotional problems. Korra defines herself as the Avatar, even to the detriment of herself as a person, and the villains of the first three books have all sought to eliminate the Avatar as a concept, rather than personally targeting her. The idea of failing in that duty does a number on her self-esteem.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: Korra was waterbending, earthbending, and firebending when she was just a little girl, way ahead of when she should have been able to.
  • The Lad-ette: Loves fighting and engages in burping contests with gusto.
  • Lame Comeback: Becoming a pattern with her. "You're oppressing yourself!" most notably.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After being eaten by a spirit and washing up on an island. She goes into a deep meditative trance and connects with the first Avatar, Wan, which fixes it...mostly.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Korra has a tendency to dip into this, though her friends help keep it in check. Most of the time.
  • Legacy Character: As the latest Avatar, Tenzin refers to her as Aang's legacy.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: In two different flavors.
    • She wears her hair down for formal occasions, such as Tarrlok's party in "The Voice in the Night" and Jinora's master airbender ceremony in "Venom of the Red Lotus".
    • She also gets her ponytail knocked loose, resulting in an involuntary version of this trope. The first is in "Harmonic Convergence", where she's flung from Oogi's back. She spends the rest of the finale with her hair down. The second is in the Book 3 season finale, where she loses the ponytail along with her shoes, skirt, and armband when the Red Lotus chain her up in preparation to poison her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Now that Korra is getting the hang of airbending, it has given her unprecedented evasive skills. She still can hit like a freight train, though.
  • Living MacGuffin: In Books 2 and 3. In Book 2, Unalaq needs her to open the spirit portals, and then has to destroy Raava within her. In Book 3, the Red Lotus needs her so they can force her into the Avatar State then kill her, thereby eliminating the Avatar forever and allowing anarchy to triumph.
  • Little Miss Badass: She could bend water, earth, and fire by the age of four.
    "I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!"
  • Love at First Sight: Korra fell in love with Mako the moment she saw him.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Her cousins look down on Korra as a rube, despite being the Avatar, due to her being from the Southern Water Tribe. After the apocalyptic battle against Vaatu, she and her cousins are now square.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: In "The Spirit of Competition", she agrees to go on a date with Bolin, and then forces a kiss on Mako the very next day. Justified due to her lack of social skills.
  • The Medic: Katara taught her how to utilize the healing properties of water.
    Korra: Relax, I'm a healer. I learned from Katara, the best there is!
  • Messianic Archetype: Subverted in Book 2. Instead of being like the Christian Messiah, Korra instead follows in the footsteps of Gautama Buddha. Like the Buddha, Korra was raised in seclusion. Both their fathers wanted to shelter them from the outside world. Both dive straight into trying to solve the ills of the world once they discover it, but only to limited success. Both eventually achieve enlightenment through meditation. In fact, Korra is able to tap into the cosmic energy of the universe while meditating under the Tree of Time in much the same way the Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating under the Bodhi tree.
  • Mighty Glacier: Compared to the pro-benders, Korra comes off as quite slow, favoring strength over speed and usually blocking attacks with all three elements. Tenzin's training is helping to counteract that weakness, though. She becomes a Lightning Bruiser once she unlocks her airbending.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her mother is a native to the Southern Water Tribe, but her father is an immigrant from the Northern Water Tribe. The show treats both tribes as distinct nationalities, as shown by the make-up of Republic City's council.
  • Mundane Utility: She uses the Avatar state to beat Tenzin's kids in an air scooter race. Tenzin is not amused with her using it as a toy.
  • Naïve Newcomer: At first, she was surprised to find that not everyone in Republic City was rich. A cheerful old hobo corrects her.
  • Neck Lift: She does this to the park protestor to get information on Bolin's location.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Trusting Unalaq in Book 2 ultimately caused a huge amount of problems that Korra could have easily avoided.
  • The Nicknamer: "Pretty boy", "Mr. Heartbreaker", "Mr. Hat trick", "City boy", "Cool guy", "Team Captain"... Mako seems to be the prime victim of these, as he owns the last four.
  • No Social Skills: Being raised by the Order of the White Lotus, and with her spiritual nature rather stunted, Korra is often completely unable to read social cues. This leads to lame comebacks and her trampling people's feelings by accident.
  • Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Prone to it. Tarrlok gets her to join his task force by having a reporter suggest that she's afraid of Amon.
  • Not a Morning Person: States that the morning is "evil". As she is a native Waterbender who gets an energy boost from nighttime, this is justified. Also justified by the fact that she's still in her teens; an age group that typically does not do well in the mornings.
    • Even more Fridge Brilliance once you think about it: she grew up in the south pole, where both nights and days may last for many months at a time. Of course she'd have trouble adjusting to the sun rising every 24 hours.
  • Not Good with People: Nearly a perfect example of the more primal type 2 (adept at hunting for food, managed to tame an enormous wild animal at a young age, with a loose regard for rules), except that the reason she is bad with people is because she was isolated from them. While she is clearly lonely without human peers and makes an effort to socialize, she still seems more comfortable around Naga and Pabu.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Korra stumbles into this repeatedly.
    • In "Welcome to Republic City" when she discovers and tries to argue against an Equalist protestor decrying benders as an oppressive establishment, he easily manipulates her confrontational attitude to make her look like the bad guy in front of a large audience of listeners.
    • Later in the same episode, she's incredulous when police insist she be arrested for causing property damage during her well-meant Curb-Stomp Battle of a trio of gangsters. Instead of coming along quietly to explain her presumption of Hero Insurance, she flees the police, fighting as she bolts, and forcing them to use an airship to bring her in, which earns the enmity of Chief Beifong.
    • Matters worsen in "The Revelation" when, desperate to find a friend kidnapped by Equalists, she shakes down the same protestor for information in public, smashing his megaphone, flipping his table and hoisting him by the shirt, and must again flee the police when he wails (quite rightly) that he's being oppressed.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Korra essentially takes on a superhero role in Republic City, but has no secret identity. She even announces her arrival and status as the Avatar at a press conference.
  • Official Couple: With Mako after the finale of Book 1, until they broke up in Book 2.
  • One of the Boys: She likes to play sports alongside her guy-friends and best them in Burping Contests.
  • One Woman Army: Well, it is part of her being the Avatar.
  • Opposites Attract: She and Mako. Which is probably why it doesn't work out.
    • Not So Different: What brings them together (at first) is that, at their core, they have similar personalities: they're both really driven by competition, have strong feelings of truth and justice, are protective of their families, are ultra-stubborn and extremely determined.
  • The Paragon: Her actions over the course of the series have inspired her teammates and other allies to follow her example of making the world a better place. This came across strongly by the end of Book 3: Korra is severely injured after fighting Zaheer, but Tenzin is inspired to have the new Air Nation follow her example.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She loves pro-bending and always wanted to see a match since she was a child.
  • Persona Non Grata: Raiko banishes her from Republic City for not dealing with the spirit vines, even though she saved him and everyone else just weeks beforehand. After rescuing the new airbenders from the Earth Queen, she and her friends get bounties placed on their heads. Raiko reverses his decision after Korra beats the Red Lotus, and the Earth Queen is no longer around to pay the bounty.
  • Personality Powers: The cause of Korra's knack with three elements and issues with airbending in particular, as explained by her airbending teacher:
    Tenzin: Often the element that's most difficult for the Avatar to master is the one most opposite to the Avatar's personality. For Aang, it was earthbending.
    Korra: Yeah, well, I'm about as opposite an airbender as you can get.
  • Physical God: With emphasis on physical. Technically, she's a mortal combined with Raava's spirit carrying the spirits of her past lives.
  • Plucky Girl: Korra may have her Break the Haughty moments, but she still manages to get back up and fight.
  • Pragmatic Hero: When driven over the edge, she might get overly-aggressive. Case in point, "Civil Wars, Part 2" has her resorting to the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique for information and going back on the promises she made to her parents as soon as it became too much for her to tolerate. She also has no problem using lethal force, unlike Aang.
  • Pride: Throughout the first season, she struggles with the many responsibilities that come with her being the Avatar, especially at points when her overconfidence and fear get the best of her. In fact, many of the constant expectations of those she is trying to protect due to her being the Avatar often lead to the worst possible result for her. In the book 1 finale, her pride is what allows Amon to capture her and remove her bending.
  • Protagonist Title/Title Character: The Legend of Korra
  • Rage Against the Mentor: She cuts ties with Tenzin in Book 2 for two reasons: she doesn't think he can teach her how to deal with the spirit crisis, and she just learned that he was partly responsible for putting her in the compound. She pulls this on Unalaq three episodes later when she discovers that he conspired to get her father banished from the North, and then put together a Kangaroo Court to get him jailed for life. She makes amends with Tenzin afterwards.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives quite an epic one to Unalaq on his backstabbing ways. She even calls him out for setting Tonraq up to get exiled and trying to get her parents in prison. She tops it off by saying that he's mad at Tonraq for being the father of the Avatar.
  • Reincarnation: Of the spirit of light and peace, and most recently Aang.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: As the Avatar, she is looked at as the defacto leader when it comes to her friends and protecting Republic City. That said, it is clear early on she doesn't have any experience in leading and it is Mako who leads the Fire Ferrets.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The Order of the White Lotus, on Aang's instruction, protected her while bringing in teachers to nurture her Avatar abilities. Consequently, Korra has poor social skills but is an extremely powerful bender.
  • Save the Villain: As much as Korra hates the Earth Queen, she still tries to warn her about the threat of the Red Lotus. However, her captors don't believe her, and in the process of trying to escape, Zaheer ends up assassinating the Earth Queen when he feels working with her no longer serves a purpose.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: A rare heroic example, though she is still willing to do it if it overlaps with Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right. She is the Avatar, after all. This is evident in episode 8, where Korra attempts to intimidate Tarrlok into releasing her friends. This is actually supposed to be the point of the Avatar, as demonstrated by Kyoshi and Roku, but doesn't work so well in a modern setting.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In "The Voice in the Night", tomboy Korra wears a dress with her hair down. No one comments on it in the show, but she does manage to pull it off quite nicely.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Came within spitting distance during Book 2. After her father was arrested on charges of conspiring to kill Unalaq and sentenced to life in prison, Korra arbitrarily decided the judge was corrupt and chased him down after the trial, threatening to have Naga crush his skull if he didn't tell her what she wanted to know. In fact, this was exactly the type of behavior Mako wanted to prevent.
  • Shipper on Deck: Apparently, Korra pairs Kai and Jinora together.
  • Skirt over Slacks: A variation. She wears a Showgirl Skirt-like fur-trimmed pelt over her pants.
  • Sleep Cute: With Mako in "The Revelation". Cue awkwardness and blush.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She rarely wears sleeves, with the exception of formal occasions. She even tries to roll up her airbender uniform's sleeves. Tenzin does not approve and slides them back down.
  • Smug Super: Downplayed. Korra is inclined to brag and gloat, and doesn't hesitate to use her status as the Avatar to intimidate others if necessary. It isn't appreciated by the authorities, and Korra isn't as quick to do so in later seasons.
  • Spirited Competitor: Word Of Bryke says she picks fights for no reason, whereas Aang was a Martial Pacifist.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Korra was designed to be everything Aang wasn't. This is in keeping with other mentioned Avatars; Kuruk was easygoing and neglected his Avatar duties as a result, his successor Kyoshi was serious yet quite heavy-handed to compensate, Roku's merciful personality led to him spare the instigator of a century-long war...
    Lin: It's hard to believe that your sweet-natured father was reincarnated into that girl. She's tough as nails.
  • Start My Own: Forms her own team after disagreeing with Tarrlok's methods.
  • Super Mode: The Avatar State.
  • Superpower Lottery: She's the Avatar. It's in the job description.
  • Swallowed Whole: During her battle with Desna and Eska, a dark spirit shows up to swallow her. This ends up wiping out her memory and putting the Avatar spirit itself in danger.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She states that Amon and Tarrlok's backstory was one of the saddest stories she had ever heard.
  • Taught by Experience: Korra seems to cop up to this since her arrival in Republic City. On her own, she learns to adapt to new situations when dealing with enemies, exhibiting a level of creativity and improvisation. When Amon removes Korra's bending, Korra finally gains the ability to airbend, even though she hadn't completed her training.
  • Tomboy
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Civil Wars, Part 2", she manages to stay calm even though she was beyond pissed off that Unalaq manipulated her and essentially tried to use her dad as a hostage. Strangely enough, this ends up as even more terrifying than her Unstoppable Rage towards Tarrlok.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the Book 3 finale. In order: watched her father (apparently) die, was kidnapped and poisoned by the Red Lotus, had to deal with the pressure of possibly being the last Avatar ever, nearly died, and wound up in a wheelchair with terrible depression after everything was said and done. To say it went poorly would be an understatement.
  • True Companions: What she, her teammates, and Asami have become by episode 8.
  • Tykebomb: While her parents and Tenzin were more interested in keeping her safe than in using her for their own ends, their decision to have her raised in a secluded compound with no peers effectively turned her into a perfect weapon. Working through the consequences of that is the focus of her character arc. The Red Lotus tried to kidnap her and deliberately raise her into one of these, though Zaheer denies that motivation when Korra calls him on it.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Korra's look is natural and she's stocky, but that hasn't stopped Mako and Bolin from crushing on her. Even Tahno couldn't resist a cheap come on when he first saw her.
  • Unknown Rival: Asami is completely oblivious of Korra's feelings for Mako and jealousy towards her until "When Extremes Meet".
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Mako. Episode five took this and ran it Up to Eleven. Resolved in the Book 1 finale.
    • Belligerent Sexual Tension: They have a bit of this going on in the first half of Book 1, but they later subvert it by admitting their feelings and stopping the arguing.
      Mike: The earlier episodes had set up that Korra and Mako were kinda at each other's throats but they also kinda have a little attraction to each other.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Referenced during her Firebending test:
      Katara: She's strong.
      White Lotus Member: She lacks restraint.
    • Also detailed in the opening animation where Korra is the Waterbender. She lifts more water than she needs and lets the excess splash back down, then creates an uneven wobbly circle of water—stumbling a bit—before splashing about twenty gallons at the camera. Compared to Master Pakku's perfect balance and poise, it is indeed quite sloppy.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • In "When Extremes Meet". Look at Korra's picture above, and look at this.
    • Happens again in "Venom of the Red Lotus", when she enters the Avatar State involuntarily. Much like Aang, she becomes a force of nature, focused solely on killing Zaheer. Were it not for the large amount of poison she was given to make her this way, she almost certainly would have succeeded.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Long Live The Queen", Korra refuses to allow herself be brought to the Earth Queen as a captive, accidentally crashing the airship which was bringing her to Ba Sing Se. In the process, the captain radios Ba Sing Se to inform them of her escape. The Red Lotus, having come to Ba Sing Se to get Korra for themselves, learn of her escape and decide to bring Korra to them instead. To this end, Zaheer kills the Earth Queen and tells the citizens of Ba Sing Se that they are free to do as they please, throwing the city into chaos, then gives a message to Mako and Bolin to deliver to Korra.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Korra seems to have a problem with playing into the hands of crafty waterbending chessmasters, and one Corrupt Corporate Executive from either Water Tribe region.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Korra unlocks her airbending in order to protect Mako from Amon.
  • We Help the Helpless: As the Avatar, is this a broad definition of Korra's purpose.
  • Welcome to the Big City: The criminals she encounters even ID her straight away as being "fresh off the boat."
  • What Does He See in Her?: Korra doesn't understand why would Bolin develop a crush on her cousin Eska, since she has always found Eska and her twin brother rather creepy.
  • What The Hell, Heroine?: Lays one on Lin for acting hostile towards Opal (who wanted to meet her aunt) and says that with that attitude, she'll end up being old and alone. Surprisingly, Korra's words actually strike a nerve, for Lin sheds some tears after being left alone.
  • Who Are You?: Asked this after learning of Wan's past. When she answered, she finally understood her purpose and duty.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Before getting to know Asami well, Korra sees her as a prissy rich girl mainly because of her jealousy of her relationship with Mako. After they start bonding in a race, Korra apologizes for having her pegged wrong.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She's the Avatar; the strongest member of her team, able to bend all four elements with unrivaled power. As such, if Korra needs to lose, she'll usually be handicapped in some fashion. Such examples include dealing with unfamiliar or unblockable techniques (chi-blocking, bloodbending), new technology (Mini-Mecha, bomb-equipped biplanes), or just being outnumbered or attacked while her guard is down.
  • Working with the Ex: With Mako.
  • You Are Not Alone: In episode 8, when she cries about not being able to take the burden of saving the city alone, Mako, Bolin, and Asami come along and remind her that Aang was not alone and neither is Korra. They are there to help her save the city.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She kisses Mako when he's already dating Asami. While he committed the mistake of kissing back, albeit briefly, Korra did initiate the kiss, so both have their share of responsibility.
  • You Didn't Ask:
    Bolin: Why didn't you warn me your cousin has the power to reach into my heart and crush my soul with her bare hands?
    Korra: Uh... because I thought it was pretty obvious?

"Don't worry about it, I'll figure something out. I always do."


Voiced by David Faustino

The elder of two brothers from a mixed-ethnicity union. With Korra and his younger brother Bolin, they form a pro-bending team. Having been a street rat after his parents' death, Mako took it upon himself to care for his brother, and would do anything for him. Around strangers he shows an icy, controlled personality, but around close friends and family can show a much sweeter side.
  • Adorkable: Surprisingly, he has his moments, such as making a list of Bond One Liners for when he catches criminals.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Mako in Book 2 has been distant and unconcerned with his brother's issues. He makes up for this in Book 3 by spending more time with his brother.
  • Amazon Chaser: Mako joins his brother in that account, mentioning that Korra's strong and a good athlete in the list of good qualities in their conversation of her being girlfriend material.
  • Amicable Exes: Sorta with his two ex-girlfriends. He and Asami still care about each other despite how messed up their relationship became. In Book 2, they even seem to have gotten past their problems altogether and still make an awesome team when they're helping Korra. Later, he and Korra come to this arrangement, after they break up for real. However, as of Book 3, while Mako is not negative towards Korra or Asami and they are still very friendly to him, he is shown trying to avoid the two and is in general very awkward around them.
  • Badass:
    • Moments after we meet him, he finds himself alone against a full team in a pro-bending match, takes said third round in an impressive show of skill, and wins it by himself when he knocks all three of his opponents into the water. In about the span of about a minute or so. Simply by tiring them out while he dodged everything they threw at him... in the third zone. "This Mako's got moxie!" indeed.
    • Redirecting lightning while being electrocuted and frying one of the platinum Mini Mechas by it in episode ten also counts.
    • He's also the first person to ever get the better of Amon, which Amon himself compliments. He did this by firing lightning while being bloodbended.
    • Badass Biker: As of Book 2.
    • Badass Longcoat: Well, it's more of a tail coat, but creates the same effect.
  • Bash Brothers: With Bolin. It's more common in Book 3, since the two are usually split up in the previous seasons.
  • Battle Couple: The other half of it with Korra, at least until they broke up in "Peacekeepers".
  • Berserk Button: Just try to hurt Korra in front of him. Or his brother, for that matter. He does fling one of Bolin's attackers across the screen, and gets much more aggressive when Bolin is electrocuted in the same episode.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • He's the Archie conflicted between Asami and Korra, respectively.
    • He can also be seen as the Veronica to Bolin's Betty with Korra as Archie. Yes, two connected love triangles.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Regardless of his rough edges, Mako loves Bolin, and he's fiercely loyal and very protective of him. He willingly took (and presently still does take) most burdens and responsibilities of their living conditions.
    • There is a shade of deconstruction to this trope as it applies to Mako. He sheltered his brother from the harsh realities and darker nature of their environment, which led to Bolin's current naiveté and dependency.
  • Bond One-Liner: In Book 2, he keeps an entire list on hand to use when he captures criminals.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Asami.
  • Butt Monkey: At the start of Book 3, he's noticeably been on the receiving end of several pranks and misfortunes including but not limited to: Having a door airbended into his face, being made to act "evil" for a show and getting tossed around by Korra mid-performance, having to sleep in a trash pile (along with Bolin) and being the subject of a lot of teasing by Korra and Asami. Apart from that, he ends up getting into all sorts of trouble since Kai came along.
    • Overcomes it by the end of Book 3, gaining mutual respect/understanding with Kai and demonstrating again that he is a quick-thinking force to be reckoned with in a life or death fight.
  • Cassandra Truth: The police refuse to listen to his suspicions about the Southern Water Tribe Cultural Center bombing because he's a rookie and once was a Triad.
  • Celibate Hero: After all that's happened, he gives up on relationships altogether and decides it's for the best.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Not as big an example as Korra, but Mako has shown considerable upper strength than his body type would normally allow. He grabbed an Equalist that held his brother from behind, and launched him over his head somewhere yonder and far off-screen. Then in episode five, he effortlessly carried muscled, stocky build Bolin (who just ate and was flailing around) on his shoulder like a rag doll without an inkling of weight strain. And possibly took him home the distance from the noodle shop to the pro-bending arena that way.
  • Chick Magnet: Has obtained the affections of both Korra and Asami and more. It's also lampshaded.
    Bolin: Leave some ladies for the rest of us!
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Red, but his personality fits the typical blue more.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Mako has to choose between helping Korra or his duty as a cop. Mako ultimately chooses his job, leading to their breakup.
  • Crash into Hello: How he meets Asami — she accidentally hits him with her moped due to his jaywalking.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Book 2 reveals that he's started to write and memorize lists of one-liners that he can use after winning a fight. Some of these are context-sensitive.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Seeing his parents killed in a mugging when he was eight, then growing up on the street and later working for the Triple Threat Triads qualifies.
  • Dead Guy Junior/Named After Somebody Famous: Meta example of the former. He's named after Mako, prominent Japanese-American actor who performed the original series' role of Iroh until his death.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can throw a few out here and there.
  • Declaration of Protection: He says he's always trying to look after Bolin.
  • The Ditherer: As Korra's Foil, he does his best to avoid conflict and will ignore problems, suppress his own feelings, or follow a You Didn't Ask policy if it means avoiding awkward conversations.
  • The Drag-Along: By Book 3, he's more reluctant to go on adventures after everything that's happened to him, and is less willing to get in any sort of trouble.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: A Firebender with amber eyes.
  • Elemental Powers
    • Playing with Fire: He's Korra's Firebending friend.
    • Shock and Awe: He can also manipulate lightning; both generate and redirect it. Notably, he can fire non-lethal shots.
  • Expy: To a small extent. The creators said he reminds them of Zuko "without the angst"; a bit of a brooder but he's "lighter". This is ironic, considering that much of the fandom compare his personality to that of Katara.
  • Fair Cop: As of Book 2.
  • Fatal Flaw: Downplayed. While it hasn't led to serious injury or the ultimate destruction of his relationships, Mako has often put a strain on them with his inability to properly express his feelings.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Part of the pro-bending uniform quota, but he also has his own personal pair.
  • Fire Is Red: Downplays this. Most of his outfit is in neutral colors except for red trim, and his red scarf.
  • Foil: To Korra and Bolin.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Genre Savvy: In Book 3, he has Kai pegged from the start. Being an orphan and former Street Urchin himself, Kai's sob stories fall on deaf ears.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • To his chagrin in "The Spirit of Competition", when Bolin and Korra head out on their date. Korra calls him out on it after he wrongly accuses her of using his brother for an Operation Jealousy ploy.
    • It also serves as a small Green-Eyed Epiphany. It's implied that whatever he's feeling for Korra has been suppressed, and for good reason (his brother and Asami are core cases). It isn't until Bolin takes his interest for her seriously that Mako begins to confront what he's been denying. The ensuing mess that occurred there (which led to Bolin's heart being broken), had Mako and Korra decide to be Just Friends, at least until Book 1's end.
  • Hero of Another Story: Mako gets this treatment after he and Korra break up in "Peacekeepers". Korra leaves Republic city to focus on stopping Unalaq, while Mako stays behind to foil Varrick's schemes.
  • Heroic Willpower: In some form. Mako resists Amon's bloodbending enough to shoot an unpredictable lightning attack at him.
  • Hypocrite: Mako more or less admits this to Bolin in the Book 2 episode "Harmonic Convergence", when he is unable to follow his own advice he had previously given to Bolin.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for his past dealings with the Triple Threat Triad. He needed to provide for himself and Bolin somehow, and didn't have many options.
  • Iconic Item: His red scarf. He gives it to his grandmother in Book 3, believing she needed it more.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He isn't purposefully insensitive all the time, but has had to apologize for his mistakes/behavior more than twice. Especially evident when he doesn't realize that his excessive attention on Korra when she gets kidnapped upsets Asami.
  • Ironic Name: Mako's name is Japanese for "child of truth", but given his lack of truth during the Love Triangle fiasco... Yeah, Mako needs definite work with being honest about his feelings.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In contrast to his brother, Mako can come off rather grouchy and irritable. While Bolin is initially very friendly with Korra, Mako clashes with her. But he's capable of kindness, rather warm-hearted to those he knows well, and acknowledges when he's in the wrong as well as gives credit where credit is due.
  • Justified Criminal: He once worked for the Triple Threat Triad for money. While he only ran numbers and "stuff", he's not proud of what he did and forbids Bolin from doing the same once they cut ties with them.
  • The Lancer: To Korra, in both Foil purposes and character. However, this role has somewhat diminished in Book 3.
  • The Last DJ: In a sense, he's this to New Team Avatar, as he's the only person who hasn't been won over by Varrick in some way.
  • The Leader: Type II - Captain of the Fire Ferrets.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When it comes to pro-bending, as the sport calls for it. In his introduction in "A Leaf in the Wind" he defeats a pro-bending team single-handedly while demonstrating power, speed, and endurance. He was considered one of the top players in the pro-bending arena with reason.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Type II. While Mako somewhat held his own when fighting the Lieutenant at close-quarters, he still got quickly overwhelmed (more so when compared to Korra and Asami). He's much more formidable when he keeps his distance and uses ranged attacks.
  • Love at First Sight: Blushed the second he laid eyes on Asami, and then later had floating hearts surrounding his head. They dated pretty quickly after. Unfortunately, it fell into the disillusionment category.
  • Love Epiphany: In "Out Of The Past", when searching for the missing Korra, Mako realizes he's in love with her. Stated in "Endgame", several episodes later.
  • Love Hurts: Mako's love life is one big convoluted mess.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: In episodes 9-11, he keeps showing excessive concern and attention to Korra, ignoring his girlfriend Asami while still denying having feelings for Korra. Asami is not happy about it and calls him out of it.
  • Meaningful Name: He is named after the late actor who voiced General Iroh in the first series.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-Fire Nation, half-Earth Kingdom.
  • Morality Pet: Deconstructed. Whenever Korra tackles a situation emotionally, he often tries to remind her that her not getting her way happens for a good reason. Korra, however, just dismisses it as him taking another person's side, which upsets Mako greatly. Finally, just when Korra didn't take well the president's (well-meaning) refusal to help her, he was tired of having to worry about Korra messing up, so he decided to tell the president about what she was planning.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Hot, sweaty, messy-haired working man Mako wiping his forehead.
  • Mundane Utility: He uses his lightning skill to earn money by working at a power plant.
  • No Social Skills: In terms of relationship conventions. It's pretty clear that he doesn't know how to deal with people and personal feelings very well.
  • Not so Above It All: His first encounter with Asami leaves him a slack-jawed, love-drunk idiot emitting pink hearts.
  • Not With Them For The Money: He isn't interested in Asami for her money. He does appreciate the luxury that comes from being her boyfriend, though.
  • Official Couple: Seemingly with Asami through most of Book 1, but she turns out to be a Romantic False Lead and the real Official Couple is him and Korra. However, they break up mid-Book 2 and there hasn't been any Official Couple since then.
  • Old Flame: He and Asami start dating again in "The Guide", but events (namely Mako going to prison until he was proven innocent, and then Korra forgetting that he broke up with her) spoil that. By Book 2's end/Book 3's beginning they are once again done as a couple.
  • One Head Taller: Than Korra.
  • Only in It for the Money: Being a past Street Urchin and understandably needing cash (he and Bolin are still poor) to keep them from having to return to that life, this is Mako's main goal for competing in the pro-bending tournaments — to hit that jackpot. It's no surprise that he quits in the following season to join the police force, which doubtless pays a decent wage.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares the role with Asami, being one of the more level-headed members of the team. Becomes the sole voice of reason after "The Sting", being the only one who knows Varrick is behind the sabotage of Future Industries, and now no one believes him, not even his own brother.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe example. He has only a slight Brooklyn accent around people he doesn't know personally (Korra, Butakha), but it gets heavier when he talks to Bolin or other street kids.
  • Opposites Attract: His and Korra's dynamic. She challenges him, figuratively and literally.
  • Pals with Jesus: Invoked in "The Sting" where he offered to convince Korra to restore the bending of one of the Triple Threats members if they aided him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His and Bolin's parents were murdered by a firebender during a mugging. Thankfully, he discovers he has plenty of other relatives who also look out for him.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He has a major problem with this, and it often causes him to look bad in front of everyone. When it came to Varrick trying to get the president to go to war, he was just too uncomfortable to let it pass, taking matters into his own hands without trying to fully explain to everyone the harsh implications of doing so.
  • Pretty Boy: Visually, of course, as well as outright called a "beautiful man" by the creators.
  • Promotion to Parent: Mako took care of Bolin at a young age, while the two of them were living on the streets.
  • Real Men Cook: Unsurprising when you take in Promotion to Parent, though. Also, his firebending would help greatly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a quick one to Korra during their argument in "Peacekeepers":
    Mako: Enough! Look, I have a job to do! I can't constantly be worrying about keeping you from making another huge mistake!
  • Relationship Sabotage: A minor case with trying to deflect Bolin's interest in Korra by claiming she is not girlfriend material after saying aloud to Bolin a sentence earlier that she was. And emphasizing that dating a teammate is a bad idea. Of course, this doesn't deter Bolin at all, and it could be said that a part of Mako was looking out for him in some way.
    • It's likely the reasons he gave Bolin were also reasons he'd given himself to not explore his own attraction to Korra (especially since not dating a teammate is valid advice). So he had probably already decided to sabotage his own relationship with Korra, too, resulting in choosing to date Asami.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: His Tragic Keepsake he always wears and unlike most scarfs this one actually has been used to kick ass. Korra did it but it was still a wicked Jason Bourne-style ass-kicking.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gives Bolin advice on how to spend time with Opal.
  • Sibling Team: With Bolin.
  • Sibling Triangle: Both he and Bolin liked Korra at the beginning of season one. It came to its peek in "The Spirit of Competition" and to an end when Bolin realized that his romantic interest in Korra wasn't reciprocated.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Mako's serious, though not quite as downcast as his Expy. Life in the streets toughened him up, and he feels responsible for both himself and his younger brother, being he's the only family he has left. Bolin is the easygoing, naive one of the two.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Asami, much to Korra's dismay.
  • Sleep Cute: Shared one with Korra in "The Revelation". Upon waking, he freaks out a little.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the group. He figured out how the promotional posters of Amon's rally led to its location.
    • He's also the one heard and shown making a comment on the laid-out map when General Iroh was discussing the tactic to ambush Amon/The Equalists.
      • And now it's being put to good use with his job as a cop.
  • The Stoic: He's controlled, keeps a cool head under pressure, and masks his expression with indifference.
    • Not So Stoic: The mask does slip from time to time, though, such as in his reaction to Asami and behavior when Korra is kidnapped. It's also a pretty bad idea to threaten Bolin.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Of the Whistleblower Wilson variety. He sold Korra (and Varrick and Asami and Bolin) out to the President, but he truly believed the whole plan was a terrible, amoral idea.
  • The Strategist: Came up with a plan to get Bolin and escape the rally. In fact, his rationality and analytical mind are at least fundamentally highlighted.
  • Street Urchin: Before the events of the show. Mako is still well-versed in street info and connections, knowing the location of the Triple Threat Triad headquarters after working for them, and about chi-blocking and the Equalists. He also uses this knowledge to know Kai's Street Urchin status shouldn't be overlooked.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his late mother. His paternal grandmother mentions that they both have the same eyes.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: To those he doesn't know or doesn't care for, he is generally cold. To people he either knows or wants to know better, like Asami's father, he is much warmer.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: A straight example. Even his voice actor described him as "tall and handsome", and his official bios are consistent in restating this fact. The show isn't shy about it either.
    Jinora: Oooh, he's cute. Korra, is that the handsome firebender boy that drives you crazy?
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Occasionally, such as when Naïve Newcomer Korra makes a mistake he will snark about it.
  • Team Dad: Shades of it. He's the level headed one who keeps Korra from going guns a' blazing to handle a dilemma, and is a stickler about rules. This isn't even adding his whole relationship dynamic with his brother.
    • "And The Winner Is..." had him step in defense of Korra during a round with the Wolfbats, attempting to block a three-on-one attack that almost knocked them both out the ring. He also shows concern about her going after Amon and the Equalists, telling her to be careful. Once she comes out of that fight unscathed, he runs up to her fretfully and gives her a hug, glad to see she's okay. He's certainly very protective about people he cares about.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: The President was increasingly suspicious of Korra's activity, and asked Mako if she was planning something. He had to remind Mako that he made an oath to his country. This is enough to tip the balance between Mako's love for Korra and his own morals and duties in favor of the later, and he tells Raiko about Korra and Varrick's plan to go directly to the military of Republic City. He made this decision for Korra's own sake as well, because he can't constantly worry about her making a wrong decision.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As of the second season, he's less jerk, more heart of gold. He's trying his best to be supportive and understanding of Korra, at least.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His red scarf is confirmed to have belonged to his father. He gives it to his grandmother when he and Bolin meet his father's family in Ba Sing Se.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Tough past? Check. Stand-offish? Check. Good-looking? Check.
  • Unbroken Vigil: He stays by Korra's side as she lies resting after her escape from Tarrlok.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Bolin. The majority of Mako's life has been spent protecting and caring for the basic needs of his little brother, something that doesn't appear to be changing at all as they enter adulthood.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Has this mechanic with Korra. As of the Book 1 finale, it's been resolved.
    • Belligerent Sexual Tension: They have a bit of this going on in the first half of Book 1, and it's particularly emphasized in The Spirit of Competition with Word of Bryke lampshading it during commentary for the episode. They later subvert it by admitting their feelings and stopping the arguing.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Of the "kinked" type.
  • What The Hell Heroine: Gives this to Korra in "Peacekeepers", when she participates in insurrectional bordering behavior in her attempts to solve the Water Tribes' civil war.
  • Working with the Ex: With Asami and later Korra.
  • Worthy Opponent: Gets this from Amon in the Book 1 finale, after resisting his bloodbending and electrocuting him at point-blank range. On the other hand, this praise is leavened by Amon kicking the crap out of him for so worthy an attack.
    Amon: I'm impressed. No one has ever gotten the better of me like that. It is almost a shame to purify someone so talented. Almost.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Returns Korra's Forceful Kiss/"Shut Up" Kiss despite being in a relationship with Asami. He then commits the huge mistake of hiding it all from Asami, and she only learns about it through Bolin; understandably, Asami is not too happy about it.

"What do you think? Bolin's got some moves, huh?"


Voiced by P.J. Byrne

The younger of two brothers from a mixed-ethnicity union. Part of a pro-bending team along with Korra and his older brother Mako. Being younger, Bolin is a lot more playful and relaxed than his brother, and just wants a good time. He wants to take more initiative and get more respect, but his immaturity and naturally laid-back nature makes this difficult.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After Varrick makes him a mover star, Bolin lets it go to his head, though he gets better after Varrick is exposed as a traitor.
  • Adorkable: The primary source in the series.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is given the pet name "Feeble Turtleduck" courtesy of Eska.
  • Always Second Best: When it comes to his brother Mako — in age and getting girls.
  • Amazon Chaser: Back when he had a crush on Korra.
    Bolin: You're the smartest, funniest, toughest, buffest, talented-est, incredible-est girl in the world!
  • Amicable Exes: With Eska.
  • Audience Surrogate: He starts taking on the role in Book 2, with his prodding Mako to clean up his love life already, and goes even more into it in Book 3 with his reactions to Varrick and the Red Lotus.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite a somewhat rocky start, at the end of Book 2 he and Eska do genuinely care for her.
  • Bad Liar: He usually runs at his mouth, trying to cover one lie with a more exaggerated instance. It's a hint that Bolin wasn't acting when he gives his Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Badass: A bit goofy, but he definitely qualifies.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: He learns lavabending, a strong contender for 'scariest, most devastating bending technique in the show'. It makes him no less goofy, fun-loving, or kind-hearted.
  • Bait and Switch: In Book 3, he reveals that he always wanted to learn metalbending but years of practice failed to produce any results. After several points where it seems like metalbending would be an important skill for him to finally pick up in a pinch, he instead learns lavabending.
  • Bash Brothers: With Mako. It's more common in Book 3, since the two are usually split up in the previous seasons.
  • Betty and Veronica: Bolin is the Betty to Mako's Veronica in a Sibling Triangle for Korra.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Bolin acts like a goofball, but when it comes to earthbending, he's no joke, and can get downright deadly.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He gets very excited about having a little brother figure when Kai joins the group, and keeps sticking up for him no matter how clear it gets that the kid is up to no good.
  • Big Eater: Took out a loan against their winnings to do some impromptu grocery shopping. When given a look of chagrin by his brother, Bolin simply quips:
    Bolin: I'm a growing boy!
  • Big Fun: The burlier and more fun-loving sibling.
  • The Big Guy: Thematically. As the avatar, Korra has more raw power, but Bolin is still the most likely to use blunt force in a fight. Book 3 plays up his precise earthbending skills, however.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has them. See his picture.
  • Birds of a Feather: The reason why he is interested in Korra.
  • A Boy and His Fire Ferret: This is the dynamic between him and Pabu.
  • Brutal Honesty: As for telling the truth, his mouth is as blunt as most Earthbenders can get. He does this twice in the first two episodes of season 2. The first time, it impresses Verrick, the second just causes awkward silence.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially in the Book 2 premiere, when he gets pushed around a lot. Also, he easily gets taken advantage of by Korra's cousins.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Not his own father, but he does call out Hiroshi Sato for his treatment of Asami.
  • The Captain: Of the Fire Ferrets after Book 1. Mako and Korra have both quit.
  • Captain Obvious: He tends to point out things that are obvious to everyone else. It's usually Played for Laughs, but no one appreciates it.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Anytime he tries to get girls onscreen, it never ends well with him. He had interest in Korra, but it was one sided and then he saw Korra and Mako kiss. Later, he tries to impress Eska, Korra's cousin, but after being pushed around by her, he can't take it anymore. Ginger, the woman who plays his girlfriend on the big-screen, doesn't seem too fond of him either.
  • Cat Smile: Subtly, but it's there.
  • Characterization Marches On: One of the original aspects of Bolin's character was that he was a successful ladies' man. Aside from Mako mentioning that Bolin often brings fangirls into the gym (and one of them yelling Bolin's name during a match) in their debut episode, this has been nowhere on display for most of the series, with most of his attempts at romance (be it with Korra, Eska, Ginger or Opal) being rather lame and giving the vibe of someone with little experience.
  • The Charmer: Said to always have a lady on his arm, as well as a habit of bringing "crazy fangirls" to the Fire Ferret's room before matches.
    • We get to see Bolin in his natural environment in Book 2 where he lives up to the trope.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Those Nuktuk movers actually paid off when he had to get Eska to let him and Mako go and feigned an Anguished Declaration of Love about how he left her at the altar because he was afraid of his feelings, which resulted in her softening just enough to free them. Although he might not have been completely acting.
    • The precision Earthbending Bolin learned as a pro-bender came in handy for neutralizing P'Li's combustion bending.
  • Chick Magnet: Before a pro-bending match, one of said fans can be heard in the audience screaming "I love you, Bolin!" It was also mentioned that Korra wasn't the first girl he took backstage.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Bolin really loves attention from the ladies, but deep down he wants just one girl to fall in love with.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Green.
  • Comfort Food: The noodles from a restaurant that serves Water Tribe food. He overindulges once he sees Korra kissing his brother.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the Book 2 premiere, he did this a lot. No one appreciates it, AT ALL. This is evident especially when he hears the story about Tonraq's banishment, pointing out that Tonraq was supposed to be chief, but instead, Unalaq became chief.
  • The Corruptible: Though he didn't realize at first, thanks to Varrick's "help" his morals degraded quite a bit. He was shown to care more about hot girls and his movie star career than helping his brother. He does get better, and in Book 3 he rejected Varrick's love advice out of hand.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Was pegged right away as inheriting the "comic relief" role from Last Airbender's Sokka, and he's often the first character to take a fall or be comedically-injured. But the second pro-bending match in "The Spirit of Competition" demonstrates that Bolin can be just as badass as his teammates.
    • Throughout the second and third seasons, Bolin shows many times that while he may be a complete goof, he is still a champion pro-bender and is just as competent in a fight as his brother. This is exemplified toward the end of season two when he and Mako put up a reasonably good fight against Unalaq and his children, who are by all accounts masters of bending. Later, in season three, he and Mako take a squad of Dai Lee agents to the cleaners. Bear in mind that these are benders who gave Aang and company a hard time (albeit in greater numbers), and who don't seem to have slacked off on their standards in the interim.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In Book 3, Bolin tries to convince Mako to help the rest of the team find the new airbenders. He makes up a sob story about about how their grandmother (who they never met) could be in Ba Sing Se, and how sad she would be if Mako doesn't come. And then, in Ba Sing Se, Mako and Bolin stumble upon their long-lost relatives...including their grandmother. On the other hand, Bolin was always aware that Ba Sing Se was their father's birthplace, but he wasn't sure his family was still around and kicking.
  • The Cutie: Exhibits some shades of this. The fandom definitely sees him this way though.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mako didn't mention Bolin being present at the time of their parents' murder, and he has been sheltered by his brother, but it doesn't negate how hard it must have been for Bolin as well.
  • Delinquent Hair: Appears to sport a Ducktail hairstyle, which was popular with Real World greasers back in the 50's.
  • Determinator: To a degree. Continues to fight despite his injured shoulder, as noticed by Shiro Shinobi.
  • Die or Fly: As he, Mako, Asami, and Tenzin were trying to escape from the Northern Air Temple, they were all trapped in a tunnel while molten lava was closing in on them. Bolin then picks up lavabending at the last second and saves their lives.
  • Distressed Dude: Kidnapped by Equalists in "The Revelation".
  • Dogged Nice Guy:
    • A bit towards Korra. He's got some interest in her, in that he looks forward to her coming to practices and makes a rather romantic gesture of giving her a rose and a small cake after she and Mako saved him from Amon, but Korra doesn't display much interest back. Granted, this wasn't the best time since she was facing major confidence issues because of Amon.
    • Later, he takes Korra out on a date, who mostly agrees to cheer herself up after being rejected by Mako, about two seconds before. After the date, Bolin brings her a bouquet of flowers only to be crushed by the sight of Korra kissing Mako.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Well, a G Rated Version involving noodles after seeing Korra and Mako kiss.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: An Earthbender with Green Eyes.
  • Elemental Powers: He's Korra's Earthbending friend.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Bolin spontaneously learns to magmabend in the Book 3 season finale.
  • Epic Fail: When he was given money to bribe someone to help Tonraq's trial, he instead bribed two random people, as opposed to the judge. This is lampshaded by Asami.
  • Establishing Character Moment: See Meaningful Background Event.
  • Fanboy: Toph is his greatest hero. And he's also speechless in front of Zuko.
  • The Fool: Although he does have bending and is far from incompetent, he's by far the most lackadaisical of the core heroes of Team Avatar, He certainly fits the characteristic of living on the edge, all the while having a cheerful (and seemingly naive) attitude, no matter how bad the situation gets.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The cheerful, silly one.
  • Forceful Kiss: Plants an unwanted one on Ginger while acting out a scene in a film.
  • Foreshadowing: "Man, good thing you're so good at breaking hearts, Korra better watch out." Yes, she should have.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Narrowly avoided one with Eska, but now, his fiancée is about to get him.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Despite the ample notes of his kind and jovial behavior, Bolin is a very capable earthbender who can handle himself in many fights.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A mild example. When he sees the extravagant gift basket Tarrlok sent her, he jumps at the chance to put the man who's been bothering Korra in his place. After Korra explains that the gifts are non-romantic, he seems relieved.
  • Handsome Lech: He's a skirt chaser, but he's implied to have gotten so many Fangirls. Some girls have managed to fall for him with varying success and results, such as Eska, Ginger, Opal, etc.
  • The Heart: Of the four members of Team Korra, he has the biggest heart and most able at forgiving them when they screw-up. He doesn't even begrudge his brother or Korra after the day after he saw them kiss.
  • Henpecked Husband: A boyfriend variant with Eska, though Eska wanted to make him this. In "Civil Wars, Part 1" he was first seen pulling Eska and Densa in a cart. Later when Eska wants to wed him and gives him a necklace, Korra notes that this tradition is usually performed by the other gender.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: The reason behind Bolin's reluctance to train in metalbending is because he didn't believe that he was special enough to pick it up. He ends up mastering an even rarer form of earthbending, lavabending, instead.
  • Honest Advisor: This is how Bolin impresses Verrick, by innocently pointing out the industrialist has failed to levitate himself with his own mind. All of Verrick's hangers-on were indulging his delusion.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Bolin doesn't realize how badly Korra's crushing on his brother when he makes his own overtures.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Self-admitted in Book 2, as he failed to see how trying to court the female half of the Creepy Twins would go horribly wrong.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Some people just don't have respect for other people's property. Now let's steal this airship!"
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He isn't afraid to show emotion and enjoys makeovers.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Is prone to this in certain episodes.
  • Just a Kid: Dialogue seems to suggest Mako treats Bolin as this.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: He's quite a powerful Earthbender, but he holds Toph and Zuko in very high regard.
  • Ladykiller in Love:
    • Despite his status as The Charmer his interest in Korra is both strong and genuine as he describes her to Mako as his dream girl. And his dismay at seeing Korra and Mako kissing is strong enough to reduce the usually cheerful young man to an emotional wreck.
    • In Book 2, he starts pursuing a romance with Eska. He quickly regrets it. He breaks up with her by siding with Korra in a war against her father and running away on a really fast ship. However, he later admits that she simply came on too strong and he does care for her.
    • In Book 3, he is smitten by Opal Beifong, a recently empowered airbender and granddaughter of Toph Beifong. This relationship has better chances than the previous two since it's neither one-sided nor highly dysfunctional, and is still open by the end of the season.
  • Lame Comeback: To Mako in episode 5. Though, he wasn't all there when he tried to make it.
    Mako: I told you dating a teammate was a bad idea!
    Bolin: You're a bad idea!
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Exactly what it says on the tin. He may be laidback, but when it's time to bend, it's serious business.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Pro-bending emphasizes both power and speed. When giving pointers to Korra, he criticizes her conventional style as being powerful but leaving her open to attack, then demonstrates his own boxing-like style which allows him to attack quickly without sacrificing defense.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Type 1.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Bolin has had a rough time with love from initially misreading Korra's friendship with him as romantic interest, to being emotionally abused by Eska, and then ends up planting an improv and unwanted Forceful Kiss on Ginger while acting out a scene in a film. It may just be his instinct to chase so many girls or Bolin has become desperate to get into any sort of relationship.
    • It's so bad that when Opal is obviously interested in him, he has to have it spelled out for him by Mako. And even then, he starts out approaching her as a Casanova Wannabe, turning her off until she tells him to just be himself.
  • Lovable Jock: He is a good hearted young man who cares about his teammates but will call them out when they aren't pulling their weight and screwing up the chances to win.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • His Establishing Character Moment no less. He starts hitting on Korra the moment he meets her, comes to her aid when she's about to be tossed out of the building by his landlord, and tells Mako that he's "got a good feeling about this one". In The Spirit of Competition he openly tells Korra he's liked her since he first met her.
    • In Book 2, he becomes interested in Eska from the moment he sees her, although he had trouble finding the difference between her and her twin brother.
  • Love Hurts:
    • He finds out Korra likes Mako the hard way. Seeing Korra and Mako kissing reduces him to an emotional wreck.
    • Then there is of course Eska, who was emotionally abusive towards him.
  • Lust Object: He is a G-rated version of this trope to Eska, who seems to only seek him to possess him.
  • Magma Man: When trying to outrun a lava flow in "Enter the Void", he discovers the ability to lavabend.
  • Man Child: While not exactly a man just yet (he's sixteen), he fits the bill. Due to Mako's nurture, Bolin is childish, trusts easily, wears his heart on his sleeve, and has been relying on someone else almost his entire life. But he's beginning to reach for independence from his brother. According to his voice actor, part of Bolin's character arc is him maturing and learning that not everything is as he thought it was.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine to Korra's and Eska's masculine.
  • Meaningful Background Event: He's first shown in-series in the background of an argument between Korra and Toza; at first he's just passing through, then double-takes at Korra, slicks back his hair, and struts forward to help her out.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted. His reaction when he sees Korra kissing Mako is to sob in the most overblown way imaginable and run away. And then when Mako tries to snap him out of it, he breaks into Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Along with Mako, half-Fire Nation, half-Earth Kingdom.
  • Nice Guy: As said with Lovable Jock and The Heart, he is an all around nice guy. As of Book 2 however, he Took a Level in Jerkass ever since Varrick made him a star, going as far as to force a kiss on Ginger when she was tied down and didn't want him. He quickly gets out of it, though.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The biggest flaw Bolin has is his big mouth. If Bolin hadn't told his brother that he, Asami, Varrick and Korra were planning to go to General Iroh, the President would've been none the wiser. Once Korra was sold out to the President, it caused Korra and Mako to break up.
  • Odd Friendship: With Varrick, though Varrick turns out to be a Big Bad Friend.
  • Opposites Attract: With Eska in Book 2.
  • Parental Abandonment: After the death of their parents in a mugging, he and Mako were left to fend for themselves.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Gets most of the jokes, yet still remains a likable and complex character. Also helps he is friends with Varrick, another source of comedy.
  • The Prankster: To Mako. Pabu is his partner in crime.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Against Hiroshi Sato in the finale of Book 1.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: He's very nice and funny, but Korra chooses his more handsome and skilled brother over him.
  • Runaway Groom: He skipped town before his wedding to Eska. He later admit he was just too nervous to marry her.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Mako's Manly Man. Sometimes they switch the roles.
  • She-Fu: Unlike most earthbenders, Bolin does not rely on a stable stance and frequently incorporates acrobatic flourishes in his attacks.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Kai and Jinora.
    Bolin: Whoa! Tenzin's not gonna be happy about this!
    Mako: Then don't tell him.
    Bolin: How can I not? It's too juicy!
  • Shy Finger Twiddling: Prone to this, when nervous. He does it when Korra initially does badly in her first match as a response to his brother's accusatory look, and again when menaced by Amon.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Bolin and Mako seem to have fallen out with each other, that he decided to move out on his own.
  • Sibling Team: With Mako.
  • Sibling Triangle: Is in one with Mako and Korra.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mako.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He tears off the sleeves of his fancy suit before fighting a group of waterbenders trying to kidnap President Raiko and his wife.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Specifically, fire ferret. It's how he talks to Pabu.
  • Static Character: Like Toph before him, Bolin doesn't change much as a character throughout Book 1.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied, he claims that sometimes he cries himself to sleep. The fact he mentions it while on the subject of pro-bending indicates he didn't take losing so early (and easily) at the start of Book 2 well.
  • Stout Strength: He is on the bulkier side than his thinner teammates, but still shows good levels of strength.
  • Street Urchin: He used to be one with his brother.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He shares nearly the same physique as his late father.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: He seems to be able to understand Pabu.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Along with Korra, is the Performer to Mako's Technician.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Enter the Void", just as he, Asami, Mako and Tenzin are about to be engulfed in Ghazan's lava, Bolin discovers his ability to lavabend. He's just as surprised about it as his brother, though Suyin isn't, as she knew Bolin had the potential to do something big; he just needed some motivation, and what better motivation than being on the brink of death?
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Generally, Bolin is more forgiving of people, even if they wrong him or his friends in some shape or form:
    • Forgives Korra and Mako despite his heartbreak.
    • He still respects Varrick, despite finding out that Varrick betrayed his and his friends' trust.
    • He never let go of his feelings for Eska, in spite of her abuse.
    • Quick to forgive Kai and defend him after the Artful Dodger repeatedly lies to them.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: His cousin from Ba Sing Se looks a lot like him. In fact, many of his father's side of the family have similar snub noses and heavy eyebrows.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Ghazan. Ghazan may have had more experience with lavabending but Bolin easily countered that by incorporating some fighting ability into his lavabending and by tactical combat, such as solidifying lava into stone as soon as its launched at him.

    Asami Sato 
"You can't be afraid to mix it up sometimes."

Asami Sato

Voiced by Seychelle Gabriel

A young non-bender and the pampered daughter of Hiroshi Sato. Despite being a delicate looking beauty, she can look after herself. She was trained in self-defense since she was little, is an avid fan of pro-bending and an excellent automobile driver.
  • Ace Pilot: Her father did invent the things, after all. She conducts a bombing raid against Unalaq's defenses unescorted through heavy anti-aircraft bombardment.
  • Action Girl: She can handle herself in a fight, including against the Lieutenant of the Equalists.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: While not exactly aloof, she is very graceful and mature and has long black hair. She is also as tall as her father, only a few inches shorter than Mako and was shown to be noticeably taller than Korra.
  • Amicable Exes: With Mako. They still care about each other despite how messed up their relationship became. In Book 2, they even seem to have gotten past their problems altogether and still make an awesome team when they're helping Korra.
  • Apologetic Attacker: To her father, after he tried to get her to join the Equalists. Less so in their rematch, where they fought with mecha-tanks and he tried to kill her.
  • Arms Dealer: In "Peacekeepers", Varrick suggests she sell her company's mecha-tanks to the Southern Water Tribe, which she agrees to.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In an indirect way, being both the CEO of Future Industries and a competent asskicker, though the two aren't really related.
  • Badass: Being the only non-bender of the new Team Avatar, she deserves this title.
    • Badass Driver: Whether it be Cool Car, Cool Plane, Cool Boat or even a Mini-Mecha.
    • Badass Normal: She was trained in self-defense since she was a child, and can beat up even the toughest Equalists, like the Lieutenant. During a fight with a motorcycle gang, Asami manages to time her jumps perfectly to disable and disarm her opponents.
    • Badass in Distress: She has found herself in some sticky situations just like the other members — she was arrested by Tarrlok in "When Extremes Meet" and captured by Equalists along with Mako and Bolin in "Endgame". In "The Stakeout", she and Korra were captured by the Earth Queen's forces, though Asami engineered their escape by the start of the next episode.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: In contrast to the plain looking, barrel-chested Hiroshi, Asami is extremely gorgeous and is a much better person.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: While her appearance does get disheveled at times, somehow her makeup manages to remain mostly intact and not running all over the place.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Korra's Veronica for Mako's Archie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Asami is genuinely one of the nicest people in the show, but when it comes to conflict and confrontation, she can be very cutthroat. She's capable of taking out Equalists, including the Lieutanant, as well as Northern Water Tribe guards, and was this close to killing her own father in a rage during their battle.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She rescues Tenzin from a dozen Equalists in "Turning the Tides". Her very first instance of badassery in "The Aftermath" may count as well, as stun-gunning her father and the Lieutanent created an opportunity for Korra and the others to escape.
  • The Big Girl: Shares the role with Bolin, in a way. Her close combat abilities and electric glove are much more effective on Equalist mooks than bending (she took the Lieutenant in three seconds), and she is definitely the most pragmatic in a fight barring Korra. She also drives the car.
  • Biker Babe: She likes riding one and ran into Mako on one.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Mako.
  • Born Unlucky: Ever since Asami lost her mother, things haven't gone right for her ever since. She lost more and more than that afterwards.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has her father's brains.
  • Break the Cutie: Of all the main characters, lot of things go south for her the most, and through no fault of her own. Her dad turns out to be evil. Her boyfriend ends up dating the Avatar. She loses her wealth and high social status. Her company is going under. And just when it looks like she can pull it back, Varrick tricked her into selling a controlling interest to him. Things look up for her in Book 3, though, as Varrick being exposed allowed her to regain her lost assets and restore the company, and she's worked past her relationship issues in the first two books.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the Book 1 finale, her dad offers her another chance to join the Equalists. She refuses, before saying that his wife would have hated him for what he's become, and that hate has filled his heart.
  • Car Fu: She even managed to take out two mechas at the same time by crashing the Korramobile into them.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the start of season 2, Asami is introduced flying a plane. She flies another to carry Mako and Korra when they look for Unalaq's prison ship, and performs a bombing run on Unalaq's spirit portal encampment later in the season.
  • The Chick: Of the Krew: Sweet, The Captain's love interest and the Girly girl.
  • Chickification: She gets reduced to a support role in Book 2, barring a few exceptions. Being the only non-bender in a conflict with spirits, this is understandable. She does get so show off her driving and flying skills, though.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted. When Mako starts to get uncomfortably close to Korra, she calls him out for it, and makes a point that she still likes Korra.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As The Team Normal, she can't win in a fair fight against any but the most incompetent benders, so she makes sure not to fight fair. Distractions and sneak attacks are particular favourites, and fight scenes involving her tend to be over in seconds as a result.
  • Cool Car: Owns a few and drives one for the team.
  • Crash into Hello: Due to a combination of jaywalking and speeding, Asami crashes into Mako with her moped.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Understated example, but Civil Wars Part 2 shows Asami still has her electric glove, implying she always has it on hand.
  • Daddy's Girl: She appears to be very close to her father and immediatly defends him when he's accused of being an Equalist. When the truth is revealed, she's clearly affected by his betrayal and cries a Single Tear when she takes him down in the Book 1 finale.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Defies this trope in all flavors. Hiroshi's secret keeping coupled with being a high ranking Equalist who has the means to ruthlessly eliminate all benders have shattered any idealized image she had of him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Dresses prominently in red and black, but is a really nice person.
    • One fan wrote an entire article about how Asami's appearance belies her personality.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Not that she realized it at the time.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Mako: I need some more hot water. Korra wants more tea.
    Asami: You're a firebender, boil it yourself.
  • Drives Like Crazy: But is good enough to pull it off.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her father loved her and truly believed helping Amon was the right action. He could not conceive his child would disagree.
  • Fallen Princess: After attacking her dad and saving the proto form of the Krew, she leaves her mansion to live on Air Temple Island and fight the Equalists with the street rats. Because of her father's actions, in Book 2 onward she and her family become pariahs in the eyes of Republic City and her company is nearly bankrupt because no one will do business with them. However, by Book 3 she and her company's reputation problems have either been resolved or become irrelevant.
  • Fangirl: Of pro-bending.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic, of the "calm and collected Lady of War" variety.
  • Genius Bruiser: While she is of The Big Girl variety in terms of being a capable fighter, she is also a great strategist: getting into Unalaq's heavily guarded fortress was her idea.
  • Girly Bruiser: She enjoys wearing make-up, getting dressed up nicely, driving like crazy, and kicking Equalist butt.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Has faint shades of this. Since learning about Korra's crush on Mako through the ever-talkative Ikki, Asami appears to at least be growing uncomfortable with the closeness of their relationship.
    • Becomes even moreso in the next episode when she questions Mako's intensity in finding Korra, discovering that he and Korra kissed, and giving displeased looks whenever she suspects there is something more to the two's relationship.
    • In "Turning the Tides", she confronts Mako about the kiss and tells him to own up to his actions. He doesn't take this well. In her defense, though, while Asami is annoyed at the Ship Tease between Korra and Mako, she admits that she still likes Korra — it's Mako she has a problem with. She also doesn't allow it to interfere with their mission.
    • In the Book 1 finale, this is apparently gone the moment Korra and Mako decide to face Amon instead of destroying the aircraft. The last talk between her and Mako all but states that they do care for each other, but they've assumed that after the whole mess the Love Triangle caused, their romantic relationship simply won't work.
    • Gone by Book 3; in fact, their shared experiences with Mako seems to help Asami and Korra bond.
  • Green Eyes: Considering her family is descended from the first Fire Nation colonists, who intermingled extensively with the natives, it's not surprising that she has Earth Kingdom ancestry somewhere in her bloodline.
  • Guile Heroine: Hiroshi discovered this the hard way.
  • Hair Flip: After taking off her helmet in "Voice in The Night", and again after the mishap with overloading poor Naga in "When Extremes Meet" (though in a more off-hand manner). This may become a running theme with her.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Her mother's dead, her father's an Equalist whom she personally ended up capturing, her boyfriend moved on to Korra, and her company is ruins. Naturally this becomes her subplot in Book 2, though it seems to have been resolved by Book 3.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Even though she defeated her father, Hiroshi's status as a high-ranking Equalist has shattered her family's reputation, and ever since that happened, Future Industries has lost a great deal of investors. The reputation problems are gone by Book 3, though; or at least they haven't been brought up. However, she along with the rest of Team Avatar are wanted criminals in the Earth Kingdom.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Korra more and more as Book 3 goes on. In the season finale, she comforts a very weak Korra and is the one to move her around in her wheelchair.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Starts out as Mako's arm-candy and a source of jealousy for Korra, both shows off her combat skills in "The Aftermath". Not to mention her mad driving skills.
    • That, and for a teenage girl in a Love Triangle, she has shown a far more mature behavior than expected. One would have expected to go Clingy Jealous Girl on Korra for Mako, but she defies the trope and directly goes to Mako instead, even making a point on refusing to hate Korra.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Has taken over Future Industries as of Book 2.
  • Honey Trap: Uses her looks and flirts a bit with the guard in "Long Live The Queen" so he could chain her to the wall instead of the floor in order for her to free herself.
  • Hurting Hero: Asami spends the whole of Book 1 doing the right thing and fighting the good fight. As a result she ends up losing all ties to her life before. By the end she is clearly heart broken by it all, but is still admirably resolute in her choices. By Book 3 she's worked past it, though.
  • I Am Not My Father: Her mother was murdered by benders, but while this drove her father crazy, she understands that not all benders are like that. Like Zuko, she ultimately decides that her father is beyond redemption and needs to be stopped.
  • I Have No Son: Played straight and inverted. She and her father mutually disown each other. After seeing how far her father would go for revenge, and more, it became clear to her that Hiroshi is no longer the father she loves. Hiroshi's hatred of benders drives him to hate anyone who associates with them, even his own daughter.
  • Idiot Ball: Despite her own skills, every successful thing she does in Book 2 is due to Mako, Varrick, or Bolin; Asami on her own did very little right on her own. Granted, she was on the verge of bankruptcy, but she was too desperate to even think about whether her allies are truly allies. This is very glaring, even though it has been established that Asami is far from stupid; this is evident especially when Mako tells her that Varrick was betraying them from the start. It's not until Mako is framed by Varrick that she even considers he might have been telling the truth.
  • Lady of War: At first glance, especially when she appeared just as Mako's arm-candy, she had an air of fragility about her. Only the fact she rode her own motorcycle hinted she was more than an upper-class girl. Then her father reveals himself to be an Equalist and she shows her fighting skills against him and the Lieutenant.
  • Like Father Like Daughter: Humorously, Asami and Hiroshi are both Combat Pragmatists in their own ways.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: She has the longest hair of Team Korra and is the most feminine of the lot.
  • Lots of Luggage: She takes a large amount of luggage when she moves to Air Temple Island. Mako states it could have been worse.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Though her father doesn't seem mad when we first meet him.
  • Meaningful Name: Asami's name is Japanese for "morning beauty" and/or "linen beauty", and Asami's a real beauty.
  • Missing Mom: Murdered by Agni Kai triad firebenders when she was younger.
  • Morality Pet: In a twisted way, Asami still manages to be this to her father. She was pretty sure he'd be reluctant to kill her because she, being his only family left, was the last piece of his conscience. Unfortunately subverted during their final confrontation, because Hiroshi already jumped off the slippery slope, and Asami learned the hard way he was beyond reason.
  • Muggle: So far, the only non-bender on Team Korra. Doesn't stop her from being a badass fighter.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's practically made of this trope, however, this is not all she is.
  • Nice Girl: The most openly kind and caring character on the show so far.
  • Non-Idle Rich: She doesn't let the fact she is one of the richest teens in town stop her from test driving her father's vehicles, not just the race cars but forklifts too, and living up life. In Book 2, she heads up Future Industries.
  • Number Two: To Korra, becoming her go-to girl especially in Book 3.
  • Official Couple: She seems to be in one with Mako throughout Book 1, but she turns out to be a Romantic False Lead and he starts dating Korra instead. They do have another brief romantic encounter in Book 2 after he and Korra break up, but it doesn't go anywhere.
  • Ojou: She's a commoner, but as her dad is the richest man in Republic City, she's still treated like a princess. After her dad was outed as an Equalist however, she lost all that.
  • Old Flame: She and Mako have but a brief romantic encounter in "The Guide," but events (namely Mako going to prison until he was proven innocent, and then Korra forgetting that he broke up with her) spoil that. Regardless, this encounter didn't really go anywhere.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother's dead and her father is in jail, not to mention disowned by her for his Equalist ties.
  • Parental Betrayal: She finds out that her father, Hiroshi Sato, has been supplying the Equalists with weapons and technology. Her response? Willingly accepts the electrical glove that Hiroshi offers... and then promptly shocks him.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Victory against her father and the Equalists came at great cost for her. She lost her family, her wealth, and worst of all, she lives with the fact that her father's actions have brought shame and disgrace to her family's honor and reputation. At no point in Book 2 do any of these losses seem recoverable, though by Book 3 she appears to have gotten at least the wealth back. Her family's reputation, on the other hand is still questionable.
  • Plucky Girl:
    • As the series progresses, Asami loses or sacrifices everything she has. Her home, her wealth, her high social status, her father, and her boyfriend. Despite having every reason to quit and little to gain by going on she never stops fighting.
    • Her own goal from the beginning is to be her own person rather than just "Sato Jr", and would go as far as to prove not only that she is not Daddy's helpless girl, but also that she's not him and can be a better person than him.
  • Proper Lady: She has shades of this.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Like most people of the fire nation she has dark and pale skin. She's also stunningly beautiful, causing Mako to fall for her hard the first time he sees her.
  • Rebellious Rebel: Rebels against the Equalists by stun gunning her father, the Evil Genius who made the stun gun in the first place.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Mako's red.
  • Redemption Rejection: Inverted. Rather, she is softly given the offer by her father to rejoin him and be a family with her once again, but of course, she doesn't buy it and refuses to be a part of his evil.
  • Riches to Rags: She loses all her money once Hiroshi is revealed as an Equalist and later thrown in jail. She's back to Riches in Book 3, though.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Mako. Despite a brief relapse in Book 2, it ultimately stays ended by Book 3.
  • Satellite Character: During Book 2.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Mako, at first.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She may seem like a proper lady, but like Toph, has a badass fighting side that helps make her a formidable fighter.
  • Sixth Ranger: Turning the Fire Ferrets Power Trio into the Team Avatar Four-Temperament Ensemble.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: She was obviously built up to be this, and eventually joined her father for about two seconds before she Defied it with a passion, shocking her own father and saving the group. According to Word of God, she originally was going to be a traitor, but they decided she was just to good of a character to waste like that.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She's proper and gentle as a Proper Lady, and an expert driver and martial artist.
  • Spoiled Sweet:
    • Spoiled: Daughter and only child of the richest man in the City, is a regular at at least one posh restaraunt, has wait staff at her father's mansion, gets to race cars on the company test track, and can pull the Daddy's Girl act on her father to get him to do/approve of things (even after she's done it).
    • Sweet: She offered Mako a more appropriate outfit during their date, she convinced her father to sponsor the Fire Ferrets, and she offered Mako and Bolin lodging after the Arena gets trashed from the Equalist attack. Subverted when she's involved in a competition or conflict: She's downright cutthroat in such situations. She (proverbially) sucker-punched her own father! She is definitely a girl with strong morals (unlike her father), if a bit naive at times, but she is still a Sato.
  • Static Stun Gun: She uses an Equalist taser glove in combat, which works great against benders and non-benders alike.
  • Stepford Smiler: At the start of Book 2, she had signs of this over the future of her company. In front of her employees, she is confident and smiling. When she walks away alone, her true face shows her worry over the matter.
  • The Strategist: The chase scene in "When Extremes Meet" shows her making a lot of great tactics and calling them out to the benders, such as making ramps, being able to take advantage of the enemy's smoke cloud to gain a sneak attack, and attacking Equalists during moments of supposed advantage.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A picture in episode 10 makes it clear Asami received her looks from her mother. Asami would probably look identical to her without makeup.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: She lost and sacrificed so much to do the right thing, and hopes to get the best result out of it. She didn't even have the excuse of turning back before Varrick could buy controlling interest of Future Industries.
  • The Team Normal: Only non-bender on the current Team Avatar.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Mako during the episode "Turning The Tides".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After being put through the wringer in Books 1 and 2, Book 3 shows Asami having recovered some of her losses and emotionally over others. There are no subplots that involve her suffering, and "Long Live The Queen" even lets her show off by being the one to come up with plans to save the day.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Korra's Tomboy. Though, as Korra lampshades, "girly" does not mean "prissy", "stuck-up", or "helpless".
  • Unwitting Pawn: Thoroughly played by Varrick, which costs her the controlling interest to Future Industries. Though in her defense, Varrick is playing everyone like fiddles.
  • Uptown Girl: A rich girl who has her eyes set on Street Urchin Mako. Fitting with the trope, Daddy does not approve, although he pretends to.
  • Weak, but Skilled: By virtue of being a non-bender. Her other team members are a Physical God, a talented Firebender, and a powerful Earthbender. Asami finds her niche in the group with her driving skills, awesome martial arts ability, strategic thinking, and ability to utilize the electric glove she took from the Equalists.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: See Hidden Depths. She is surprisingly mature about handling a Love Triangle than most teenagers and is even taking up the task of running a business. Deep down inside though, she is still an insecure, scared little girl with the trauma of losing her family.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gives one to Mako regarding his supposed feelings with Korra.
  • Working with the Ex: With Mako.
  • Wrench Wench: In "Long Live the Queen", she repairs a crashed airship. When the airship crashes a second time and is damaged beyond repair, she assembles a sand skimmer out of its wreckage.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: From mid Book 1 to the end because her father is an Equalist and she must live on Air Temple Island. Despite regaining her fortunes, she still lives there.



"Your best friend... is a polar bear dog. Somehow that makes perfect sense." —Mako

Korra's companion and best friend, a polar bear dog.
  • Action Pet: Charges a few times in to save her friends.
  • Badass Adorable: She is big and strong enough to topple three Equalist-mechas, but once you befriend her, she is a loving puppy.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Korra is the first person to ever tame a polar-bear dog. She can and does use Naga as an intimidation tool, and Naga is fiercely protective of Korra.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Like her predecessor in the "larger animal companion" category, Appa, she has a habit of extricating our heroes from dicey situations in the nick of time.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Her Establishing Character Moment is licking Korra's face over and over. Her friendliness extends to those beyond Korra too, as seen when she licks a police attendant's hair.
  • Canine Companion: Well, she's halfway there, anyway.
  • Canis Major: A dog the size of a bear.
  • Cute Giant: See above.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog:
    • She detects the presence of the dark spirits long before anyone else does.
    • She also detects the Red Lotus breaking into Korra's room when they've done nothing more than make a slight opening in the window.
  • Familiar: Continues the tradition of Avatars having a particular companion animal.
  • Heroic Dog: As Korra's companion, it is what she is.
  • Horse of a Different Color: She is able to carry Korra, Mako, and Bolin with ease and good speeds. The entire crew proves to be too heavy to carry though.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Played with — she is the technique.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: She adores Korra and does her best to protect her. In "The Voice in the Night", it's shown that Korra lets Naga sleep next to her bed. When Korra was kidnapped, she tracked her down on her own.
  • Mama Bear:
    • A literal example; she even traveled far out of Republic City to rescue Korra.
    • Carries over to the rest of Team Avatar by the end of Book 1 when she rescues Asami, Bolin and General Iroh after they were captured trying to take out the Equalist's airbase. Later in the same episode, she takes out three Equalist mecha tanks that were attacking Bolin.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Naga" is Inuktitut for "no." Given that Korra is the first person to have tamed a polar bear dog, and the Water Tribe is based on Inuit culture, one can imagine Korra had to yell "No!" enough that the name stuck.
    • Nāga are a type of entity or deity in Hindu mythology that are often depicted as guardian spirits. Vishnu, the great preserver god of Hinduism and manifestation of ten different avatars, has a nāga guardian.
  • Mighty Roar: Delivers one of these to Jerk Ass Pretty Boy Tahno, in episode five, scaring him and his team away from a confrontation with Korra and Bolin.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Naga's hind end is thinner, like a dog's, while her front has bear-like proportions. Her skull shape is more ursine, while her floppy ears and slobbery jowls are more canine.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Korra.
  • Super Strength: She's capable of toppling three Equalist Mecha-Tanks at once by grabbing their grapple lines and giving a hard tug. She can also batter down wrought iron prison bars.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Korra. Considering that she's part dog, and Korra's spirit guide, this is a given.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody comments on the very large, potentially dangerous animal running around Republic City. Except in the pilot, where more focus is given to Korra's bad 'driving' then Naga.



A fire ferret. Bolin's pet and partner in crime.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog:
    • Pabu sits peacefully by the radio while music plays, but hisses and jumps away when Amon interrupts the scheduled program.
    • Scurries for cover when Desna and Eska enter the room in "Civil Wars Part 2." Of course, this may be because Desna had been handling him roughly in the previous episode.
    • Goes nuts twice in "The Terror Within," once when the bad guys are sneaking in and once while they're sneaking out.
  • Fluffy Dry Cat: In "The Aftermath", after the butler dries him down with a towel.
  • Meaningful Name: In Korean, Pabu is a term of endearment, kind of like 'silly you', which is befitting of his antics. Even more fitting is that Pabu is Tibetan for 'puffball'.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Ferrets, minks and red pandas.
  • Nonhuman Sidekick: To Bolin primarily.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite the species name, Fire Ferrets aren't native to the Fire Nation but from central Earth Kingdom according to Jinora. It may actually refer to "fire fox", another name for the red panda.
  • Pandaing To The Audience: He is a combination of a red panda and a black-footed ferret.
  • Parrot Pet Position: He tends to ride on people's shoulders.
  • The Prankster: Helps his owner pull practical jokes on his older brother.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: In the Republic City Rumble short showing his back story it reveals he is adept at these, as is Bolin.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Like his predecessor in the "Smaller Companion Animal" role, Momo. Look at him.
  • Team Pet: To the Fire Ferrets.
  • Timmy in a Well: Though Mako and Korra are dubious at first, it turns out Bolin's bond with him really is good enough to get across when they need a rescue.note 
  • Weasel Mascot: Bonus points for being their actual mascot.

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