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Characters: The Legend Of Korra New Team Avatar
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Avatar Aang was not alone in his adventures up to seventy years ago, and neither is Avatar Korra today. This section details the titular Avatar Korra and her closest human (and animal) companions in her adventures.
- Amicable Exes: Considering how horrendously messy the love quadrangle got between the four, they all eventually mature enough to put it behind them and be great friends.
- Breaking the Fellowship: In Book 4, after the Time Skip; Mako and Asami are pursuing their own lives in Republic City, Bolin has signed on with Knight Templar Kuvira, and Korra is still trying to recover from the events of Book 3. Korra eventually mends her body, mind, and spirit, Bolin eventually sees Kuvira for the despot she is and bails, and Mako and Asami were still around in Republic City and welcomed the other two back with open arms.
- Famed in Story: The entire team. Korra is famous as the newest Avatar. Mako and Bolin both gained some fame by making it to the Pro-Bending finals, and Bolin furthered his celebrity status by landing the starring role in one of the first movers. Asami is famous as the head of Future Industries, though she started out as a Fallen Princess.
- Freudian Trio: Korra is Id. She's brash, stubborn and tends to charge in without thinking (she tones it down in later seasons but it's still there). Mako is Superego, he's focused, withdrawn, tries to control his emotions and is fairly aloof. Bolin is Ego, the middle ground who tries to balance self-control with a flighty attitude.
- Hero with Bad Publicity:
- In Book 3, Korra takes a lot of flak for her decision to leave the Spirit Portals open at the end of Book 2.
- The entire team has a bounty placed on their heads by the Earth Queen after they rescue the airbenders the Dai Li had been conscripting.
- La Résistance:
- They briefly serve as one against the Equalists after the Equalists take over Republic City.
- Again in book 4, they serve as one after President Reiko surrenders to Kuvira.
- Quirky Household: Korra moves in with Tenzin's family at the start of the series. Over the next three seasons, Tenzin's siblings join them, as well as Mako and Bolin. Even Asami is welcome in the household without explicit invitation. Bolin lampshades all their archetypes over dinner including crazy kids Jinora and her siblings, brooding teenager Mako, stressed out dad Tenzin and Wacky Uncle Bumi.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: In comparison to Aang's Team Avatar, which had a prodigy waterbender taught by a master, arguably the strongest earthbender in the world who was also the world's only metalbender, and a royal firebender, all of whom were respected as powerhouses. By comparison, Korra's team has two reasonably skilled pro-benders (earth and fire) in a world where many of the skills that made the original Team Avatar strong have long since become common knowledge. Though overtime, Mako and Bolin both Took a Level in Badass. Bolin learned Lavabending. Asami is a Fallen Princess, but is still Badass nonetheless. And Korra became the first Avatar with metalbending in her repertoire.
- The Team: The core team consists of the old Fire Ferrets team and Asami, but they usually work with an extended team of allies.
- The first group had Korra as the hotblooded Lancer to Mako, the cool leader and captain of the Fire Ferrets, and Bolin his happy go lucky younger brother and Big Guy of the team. With Tenzin in the background as Korra's mentor they were also a four element ensemble.
- By the middle of Season 1 the shift in focus made Korra The Hero and The Leader, Mako her Lancer, Bolin remained The Big Guy and Plucky Comic Relief, and Asami joined as The Chick. As she got more character development she occasionally doubled as a Gadgeteer Genius Smart Guy. This is the core Team Avatar group dynamic for the rest of the series.
- The recurring allies usually fit into Tenzin as The Mentor, Lin as Team Dad, Jinora as The Smart Guy, Bumi as The Wacky Guy, Kya as The Medic, and Kai as The Sneaky Guy.
"I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!"
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.
- 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.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Thanks to tutelage from Suyin Beifong and her twin sons, Korra has become the first Avatar to acquire the Earthbending skill subset of Metalbending.
- Failure Hero: Korra makes a lot of mistakes over the first two seasons, but season three is where this really comes up. The Red Lotus capture her twice, her plan to rescue the airbenders almost completely failed, and she ultimately needs to be rescued by Jinora and the other airbenders (freed by her friends after her capture) during her fight with Zaheer. She also gets poisoned with mercury during this, nearly crippling her and requring three years of recovery. This continues into Season 4, where after finally recovering her ability to walk (which in itself was a struggle), she is unable to get back into the swing of fighting. This leads to her getting beaten up on multiple occasions in the first half of the season, including by Toph, Kuvira, and random earthbenders.
- First Girl Wins: Sorry Asami. Subverted after her break-up with Mako.
- Sorry Mako. In the end, it turns out Korra and Asami are "First Girl" to each other.
- 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.
- 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 and was immediately flaunting her Avatar-ness.
- 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.
- Healing Hands: Katara taught her to use Waterbender healing.
- 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.
- Hero 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. It takes two years for her to physically recover, and even then she doesn't return because she's lost access to the Avatar State, eventually disappearing on a quest to reconnect with Raava.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: After the Book 2 finale, her approval rating drops because she can't deal with the spirit vine infestation. After rescuing the airbenders from the Earth Queen, she and her friends have a bounty placed on their heads. In the three-year Time Skip, however, Republic City learned to live with its vine problem and erected a statue in her honor, placed in Republic City Park which they also renamed after her.
- Heroes Love Dogs: As she wasn't able to leave the South Pole, Naga was her only close friend.
- 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. After the three-year Time Skip into early Book 4, she still has yet to "reboot" after the last one.
- 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.
- Possibly upgraded with the two going on a vacation together alone at the end of the finale.
- 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 Have Your Fiancé: An interesting variation: Korra and the airbenders take Bataar Jr. hostage and use the threat of keeping him from Kuvira for the rest of his life as leverage to convince him to talk her down, all while trying to play the trope straight against Kuvira. In the case of Bataar, it works, who ends up breaking and submitting to Korra's demands. Kuvira, however, isn't so sentimental.
- 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.
- Important Hair Cut: She got one between Books 3 and 4. This is supposed to signify that she has changed dramatically (and also indicate a Time Skip).
- 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.
- In book four she learns to detect the energy of different people and "see" them through spirit vines from Toph, and all it took was a single try. While still unsure about what her limits are, Korra quickly proves she can even use the ability without directly touching a spirit vine (though its likely she does need them to be nearby).
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: When anglicized, Greek "Kore" reforms as "Cora", with both names meaning "maiden". Kore is also another name for Persephone, Greek goddess of the underworld, who is described by Homer as a "formidable and powerful young queen". The last meaning makes sense given how Korra being a powerful bender and the Avatar which can be just as equal or higher than a queen.
- 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. Even though they were both officially nation before the end of the Civil War, 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, she grew up in the south pole, where both nights and days may last for many months at a time; and gets an energy boost from nighttime. Also justified by the fact that she's still in her teens; an age group that typically does not do well in the mornings.
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: Korra has tried this twice, once when daring Amon to fight her and again when confronting Zaheer in prison. Both antagonists are more than happy to demonstrate that it does not work.
- 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 So Different: What brings her and Mako 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.
- 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.
- In the series finale, it turns out the show's real OC is her and Asami.
- 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 have wildly different backgrounds and ways of dealing with conflict. Which is probably why it doesn't work out.
- Her and Asami, despite coming from different backgrounds and having very different personalities, seem to end up together at the end of the series.
- 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.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As a tiny four-year-old child, she was already bending three elements.
- Playing with Fire: Despite water being her native element, Korra seems to default to fire when frustrated.
- 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 the book 1 finale, her pride is what allows Amon to capture her and remove her bending. Korra's pride also gets in the way of her asking for and accepting help from others, especially in season 4, while she is attempting to recover from mercury poisoning and PTSD.
- Protagonist Title/Title Character: The Legend of Korra
- 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.
- 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.
- In Book 4, Korra protects Kuvira from her own spirit weapon blast. She later talks Kuvira into surrendering herself to the custody of the United Republic.
- 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.
- She also seems to like the ides of Bolin and Opal 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: 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...
- Start My Own: Forms her own team after disagreeing with Tarrlok's methods, which almost immediately is branded "New Team Avatar".
- 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.
- At the end of Book 4, being able to empathize with Kuvira is a big part of how she's able to talk the Earth Emperor into surrendering and facing justice for her actions.
- 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.
"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.
- Shipper on Deck: Gives Bolin advice on how to spend time with Opal.
- Shock and Awe: He can generate and redirect lightning.
- 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 clone. 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. They are a bit opposite in body builds as well: Mako is more wiry while Bolin is stocky.
- 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 Stoic: He's controlled, keeps a cool head under pressure, and masks his expression with indifference.
- 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.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Man to Bolin's Wise Guy.
- The Strategist: Came up with a plan to get Bolin and escape the rally. In fact, his rationality and analytical mind are often 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.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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.
- 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.
- Technician Versus Performer: The Technician to Korra's and Bolin's Performer.
- 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. In the end, he declares his loyalty to Korra, pledging to follow her anywhere.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Has this mechanic with Korra. As of the Book 1 finale, it's been resolved.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Of the "kinked" type. Inherited from his mother.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Korra and Bolin. Korra is the Avatar with all the power that implies, while Bolin approaches being a Person of Mass Destruction by the end of the series. Mako is exceptionally talented, but lacks the firepower his bending teammates possess.
- 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.
- All There in the Manual: His rank in Kuivra's army is Corporal according to the concept art but so far hasn't been stated on screen.
- 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, if a bit awkward.
- 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.
- Badass Adorable: By being both a Lightning Bruiser and The Cutie.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Bolin foils a plot at a formal event in a nice Roaring Twenties-esque suit. Not before tearing the sleeves off first.
- Badass Mustache: In a similar vein to Sokka's Wang Fire beard, Bolin has a fake handlebar mustache he puts on whenever he or the group puts on a show.
- 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. Becomes even more pronounced after the Time Skip, where even though he is part of Kuvira's Earth Empire, he is the Token Good Teammate, joined so he could help the helpless and expresses reservations when Kuvira starts acting aggressive, all despite having the most destructive power out of all the group.
- 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 Eyebrows: They come from his father's side of the family, who all share them.
- 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. And then there's his lavabending.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has them. See his picture.
- Birds of a Feather: The reason why he is interested in Korra, and later Opal.
- 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 takes an interest in Korra in Book 1, but it was one-sided and then he saw Korra and Mako kiss. In Book 2, he tries to impress Eska, Korra's cousin, but her domineering attitude quickly alienated him. Ginger, the woman who plays his girlfriend on the big-screen, isn't too fond of him, either, though she warmed up after he saved the president. In Book 3, he initially tries to approach Opal Beifong in this fashion, but abandons it after she convinces him to be himself. In general, Bolin seems to do a lot better when he's not making an effort.
- Cat Smile: Subtly, but it's there.◊
- Character Development: It takes a while to kick in and is offscreen, but it does happen. Come Book 4, Bolin is less of the goofball we knew in the first three books. Now, he's more calm, mature, and has found his calling.
- One big example of his growth is his relationship with Varrick. In Book 2, Bolin blindly followed and admired Varrick, despite the man's shadiness. However, in Book 4, while Bolin still listens to Varrick, it's only when the older man has a point or actually knows what he's doing, and is now able to call out Varrick for his crazy or selfish stunts.
- 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 at least learned his lesson, though, and in Book 3 rejected Varrick's love advice out of hand despite being otherwise friendly with him. It happens again in Book 4 with Kuvira, who manages to talk him into helping her even after she's taken taken over the Earth Kingdom and reformed it as the Earth Empire.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: In Kuvira's Gambit.
Bolin: Oh, did I forget to mention it? NO, OF COURSE I DIDN'T KNOW!!!
- Defector from Decadence: After discovering that Kuvira uses her subjects as slave labor and throws dissidents into re-education camps, he and Varrick jump ship, but get captured.
- 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 figures out lavabending at the last second and saves their lives.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's an earthbender.
- Distressed Dude: He was 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.
- Don't Explain the Joke: He frequently does this.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Well, a G Rated Version involving noodles after seeing Korra and Mako kiss.
- Easily Forgiven: Korra and Mako welcome him back with open arms after turning on Kuvira, but this is averted with Opal, who is still angry with him and says that saving her family is the best way to redeem himself.
- Elemental Eye Colors: An Earthbender with green eyes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- He stands by Varrick much longer than anyone else.
- In Book 3, he keeps vouching for Kai even before Kai went through Character Development and he was planning on completely screwing over him and Mako (and even after he did screw them over repeatedly).
- And again in Book 4, where he can't see that Kuvira's heading down an obviously dark path even though he's working for her. At least in this case, she's also very good at manipulating him.
- Hypocritical Humor: "Some people just don't have respect for other people's property. Now let's steal this airship!"
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He hits P'Li in the center of her forehead with a peddle, in the middle of the night, from behind a barricade.
- 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.
- 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.
- Was on the receiving end of this from Opal in Book 3, but by this point he's so jaded by failed relationships that it takes Mako spelling it out for him to catch on.
- 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.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: According to San's letter to Yin, Bolin's name is written in Chinese as 愽林. The characters mean "forest", alluding to Bolin's earthbending abilities.
- 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.
- Morality Chain: If Bolin wasn't around, the chances that Mako would've been the decent guy he is now wouldn't have been so good.
- Morality Pet: To Varrick in Book 4; Bolin acts as his conscience and Varrick genuinely likes and respects the young earthbender.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Played with. Bolin clearly has some misgivings about Kuvira's decision to seize control of the Earth Kingdom/Empire, but he still sticks with her, at least for now. After learning the inner workings of her regime and realizing her true nature, he defects from her.
- 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.
- Obliviously Evil: In season 4, he has no idea what Kuvira is really doing and just thinks she's helping people. He has no idea to the inner workings of her empire, including borderline slavery and "reeducation centers" which he thought were simply trade schools.
- Odd Friendship: With Varrick, though Varrick turns out to be a Big Bad Friend.
- Official Couple: In Book 4, Bolin is in a Long Distance Relationship with Opal, though her strained relations with Kuvira and Baatar Jr. are something of a sore spot between them.
- 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.
"You can't be afraid to mix it up sometimes."
Voiced by Seychelle Gabriel
A young non-bender and the pampered daughter of wealthy industrial mogul 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.
- 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.
- Maybe Ever After: With Korra.
- 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.
- It turns out in Season 4 that she has become one again.
- Muggle: So far, the only non-bender on Team Korra. Doesn't stop her from being a badass fighter.
- Muggle Best Friend: To Korra.
- 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.
- In the series finale, it turns out the show's real OC is her and Korra.
- 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. After recuperating the family company, she got it back.
- 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. Her father is killed in the finale just after making amends with her.
- 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.
- 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.
- Power Fist: Uses an Equalist stun glove as a primary weapon, and has created her own slimmed-down version by book 4.
- Proper Lady: She has shades of this.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Renaissance Woman: An extremely skilled Martial Artist, a Badass Driver, capable of using anything with the ability to steer, and a capable Engineer. She is a Ace Pilot capable of pulling off bombing and strafing runs on her own. In the three year timeskip she worked on the infrastructure of Republic City, building roads and parks, and designed the new airbender outfits.
- Riches to Rags: She loses all her money once Hiroshi is revealed as an Equalist and later thrown in jail. She fights her way back up to Riches in Book 3 and by book 4 has a massive contract for rebuilding Republic City.
- Romantic False Lead: To Mako. Despite a brief relapse in Book 2, it ultimately stays ended by Book 3.
- Satellite Character: During Book 2.
- She's also quite noticeably the only member of the Krew to not get a spotlight on her development over the series during the Clip Show "Remembrances," though you can definitely make a good argument that this is only because Korra, Mako, and Bolin all simply caught up to where she was all along.
- She-Fu: Most evident in "Turning The Tides", "The Earth Queen", and "Venom Of The Red Lotus" - her fighting style incorporates a lot of acrobatics.
- 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.
- Sole Survivor: As of the finale, she is the last surviving member of the Sato family, her mother killed by Firebenders years ago, and her father getting killed by Kuvira.
- 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.
- Statuesque Stunner: Already pretty tall in Books 1-3, by Book 4 she is the same height as Mako. This makes her one of the tallest women in either series - the tallest apart from P'Li and Avatar Kyoshi.
- 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".
- To prepare for whatever Kuvira has in store for Republic City, Raiko has her team up with Varrick. She's understandably not pleased.
- 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".
- Tranquil Fury: In "Turning The Tides" - she took down several Equalist fighters with stoicisim, but the shots before she crashed the Korramobile in a mecha and when she tased an Equalist handling Tenzin clearly exhibited her anger from her father and Mako.
- Universal Driver's License: Roadsters, mopeds, racecars, Mecha-tanks, motorboats, aeroplanes, more than one model of airship... heck, even Tenzin's sky bison Oogie lets her take the reins.
- 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, (but mostly because he's a bender) 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, vast material wealth, 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, which are fierce enough that one of Korra's previous lives wore the hide of one to look more badass. 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. Bolin has left him with Ikki in Book 4 while he serves in Kuvira's army.
- 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.