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Fanfic Recs: The Legend of Korra
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth having your bending taken away for here.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for The Legend of Korra fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here. You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page. Status guide:
  • Complete: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Ongoing: The fic is being updated on a regular basis or has received an update after a significant absence.
  • Dormant: The fic has not been updated in a fairly long time (several months to a year or more) but the author has not pronounced it dead.
  • Dead: The fic has not been updated in several years, or the author has specifically said that it will not be updated.


Authors and Websites

bored-to-smithereens
  • Recommended by: Agent Cyan
  • Synopsis: An up and coming tumblr author who primarily focuses on Bolin/Korra oneshots. Definitely worth a look-see; her stories incorporate well-written emotion and dialogue that can leave you on the verge of tears.

OddlyEnding
  • Recommended by: dhaikage
  • Synopsis: Know mainly for the controversial Abuse Cycle and the expansion RE: Abuse Cycle series of fics, OE also posts stand alone stories set in the Korra universe.

slacktension
  • Recommended by: tearbending
  • Synopsis: Known primarily for her works regarding Mako and Bolin's brotherly relationship and Bolin/Asami, slacktension has a gift for thoughtful and deep characterization. For all those who want more development for any of these three characters, her tumblr is worth a look.

DJNS
  • Recommended by: Xalfrea
  • Synopsis: Fanfiction.net author that does various post Legend of Aang stories, what-if stories and relationship stories. Highlight works are the Tales of Republic City and its companion stories

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Hitherto Called Mine by Queen of the Red Skittle
  • Recommended by: USA Bobcat
  • Synopsis: Amon's origin story, focusing on how he became how he is, and his revenge on the Firebender who killed his family. (Oneshot) (Pre-Episode 11)
  • Status: Complete
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  • hollow bones by meredyd
    • Recommended by: Lavanya Six
    • Synopsis: For your first promotion Lin takes you out for drinks and you tell her, flushed and elated, that you can’t imagine ever doing anything else.
  •  1 reviews
  • Pride by Ayries
    • Recommended by: somebody else
    • Synopsis: Jinora gets her airbending tattoos.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • No Matter What by Leaving-My-Mark
    • Recommendd by: Reuvas
    • Synopsis: Little!Lin wonders if her mother would think of her any differently without her bending- 40 years later, she still wonders, her bending now actually gone.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • Lost and Found by Fire Makes Me Smile
    • Recommended by: Meteor
    • Synopsis: The Red Monsoons treated Korra well, even if she was just a thug for them. As long as they believed she was only a waterbender, everything would continue as normal. But everything may change when a member of the Agni Kais sees her fire bending.
    • Status: Ongoing
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  • Catch by Completely Different
    • Recommended by Joysweeper
    • Synopsis: Lin's sure she's destined to become the first master of cable-swinging. However, she'll need to learn that even she might need someone to catch her.
    • Status: One-shot.
  •   add review 
  • Scorched Earth by Deathscythe VII
    • Recommended by Dreamy_Hunter
    • Synopsis: AU. What if the Fire Nation had won the war? Set twenty years after Sozin's Comet, Korra is born and raised as a soldier of the Fire Nation, not knowing the immense power and legacy she inherits. It is up to the old Gaang to show her the way, so that she can defeat the Fire Nation and bring balance back to the world. Featuring Korra and the older Gaang plus a few LOK characters.
    • Status: On-going
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  • The Woman Chained by andromeda3116/cupid-painted-blind
    • Recommended by Joysweeper, USA Bobcat, necrolectric
    • Synopsis: Lin is Earth, and Earth has no limit. (Even a warrior chained and starved and beaten can kill a man if she has brain enough to think and courage enough to try.)
    • Status: Complete
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  • Best Served by Sarapsys
    • Recommended by Lavanya Six, Vyctorian
    • Synopsis: A ten page fan comic where an old foe visits Wan Shi Tong to discuss revenge against those who have wronged them both — humans.
    • Status: Complete
      • Seconded by Manifest. This story provides an ingenious alternate background to how Amon could have gotten his energybending powers, the canon finale nonwithstanding.
  •  3 reviews
  • Mirror, Mirror by pink-affinity
    • Recommended by Progeny Ex Machina
    • Synopsis: While putting on her makeup, Asami reflects on the lonely life of an heiress. Written after Episode 5, but not much is contradicted.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Daybreak by megannn
    • Recommended by Flipdarkfuture
    • Synopsis: Korra's leaving Republic City to explore what it means to be the Avatar, and is torn between leaving everyone behind, or taking the time to say goodbye. One shot set just after the season finale.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Strings by lantur19
    • Recommended by: Anonymousaccount
    • Synopsis: AU as of Episode 9. Amon never shows up, and Tarrlok succeeds in his plan to escape Republic City and take Korra with him as a hostage. Trigger warnings for spousal abuse
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Here's its own tropes page, it's brand new so please add tropes.
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  • Epitaph by Anonymous
    • Recommended by: somebody else
    • Synopsis: Events in the finale play out differently. Noatak dies, Tarrlok survives. Tarrlok buries him in an unmarked grave with his mask.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • In Which Korra Grows Up by Immac
    • Recommended by: ladybugsc
    • Synopsis: A series of one-shots following Korra through childhood and adolescence, prior to her leaving for Republic City.
    • Status: Ongoing
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  • Bad Comedy Amon Tetralogy: Jokes, Art School, Ships, and Dreams by GanXingba
    • Recommended by: Lavanya Six, necrolectric
    • Synopsis: A four part series of fan-dubbed videos centered on Amon, in the style of his memetic "Bad Comedian" self, that manages to be both comedic yet unexpectedly somber.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • An Intermittent Dictum by Holographism
    • Recommended by: Ru Tsuna
    • Synopsis: Takes place after the beginning of Skeletons in the Closet. At the rally, it's announced Amon has gone missing. Korra and Tarrlok go on a journey to find him.
    • Status: Ongoing
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  • Bloodbending Brothers Epilogue by viivus
    • Recommended by: somebody else
    • Synopsis: Noatak saves Tarrlok from the explosion. This is a comic examining the consequences.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • Korrabook by oh-the-linsanity
    • Recommended by: ladybugsc
    • Synopsis: Korra and friends.... on Facebook!
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • Tinted Green by oh-the-linsanity
    • Recommended by: tearbending, necrolectric
    • Synopsis: Equalist!Mako AU. He was supposed to guard her, supposed to keep her mouth shut. But she was the Avatar—bringer of peace and balance—but he didn't believe her. "Why would you benders help us?" "Why? Because I'm your Avatar too!" Things got complicated after that.
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Has a tropes page
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  • Hard Knocks by slacktension
    • Recommended by: Swinburne
    • Synopsis: Bolin joins the metalbending police force.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Penguin Sledding by greedyslayer
    • Recommended by: Causality Star
    • Synopsis: Adolescent Amon and young Korra go penguin sledding together. Exploration of how Amon became the revolutionary leader he is at present, with a bit of sweetness and humor in between the more serious psychological stuff. This fic was written before the season finale, so some aspects of the fic are AU.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Epiphany by elizabeth-hoot
    • Recommended by Joysweeper
    • Synopsis: Tarrlok, alone in his cell, recognizes Amon’s bloodbending.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Equilibrium by urbanchimera
    • Recommended by: Ru Tsuna
    • Synopsis: Post-finale. Tarrlok is admitted into a mental hospital.
    • Status: Complete
      • Final version available here.
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  • Rising Tide
    • Recommended by: Flipdarkfuture
    • Synopsis: Things are about to get messy in Republic City. A young man tries and fails to kill Amon, and joins the Avatar in trying to stop him. Begins just before episode 6, and continues to the end of Book 1. Plot follows canon apart from a few deviations.
    • Status: complete
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  • conclusion
    • Recommended by: somebody else
    • Synopsis: Tarrlok watches his mother gradually succumb to listlessness after losing her husband and eldest son.
    • Status: Dormant
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  • Tales of Republic Cityby DJNS
    • Recommended by: Ru Tsuna
    • Synopsis: Kataang family vignettes. From moving to RC till Korra's birth.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • The Night Spiritby Neutral Ground
    • Recommended by: yahnasteh, Leidolf and necrolectric.
    • Synopsis: AKA Batsami Begins. In order stop a new evil from rising and redeem the family name from the sins of her father, Asami becomes Republic City's very own Caped Crusader. She is The Night Spirit.
    • Status: Ongoing
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  • Dream of the Lotus in Bloom by pulpofiction
    • Recommended by: hanbeenans, Gary Gibbon
    • Synopsis: Fourteen years ago, a masked man intercepts a letter to the White Lotus, breaks into the home of a young Water Tribe couple, and leaves with their only daughter. Now, she is seventeen, a youth in the spring of awakening. Equalist!Korra AU
    • Status: Ongoing
  •  1 reviews
  • Airbenders Forever by JackieStarSister
    • Recommended by darksecret
    • Synopsis: (As given by author) The Air Nomads weren't known for courage, or defiance, or strong family ties. The children must have gotten that from their Water Tribe relatives. A canon-compliant short story about the airbenders' capture. *See dedication inside.
    • Status: One-shot
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  • I Get By by cupid-painted-blind
    • Recommended by Komodo Classic
    • Synopsis: "Killing it with close inspection, killing it can only make it worse. It sort of makes it breed. —-It's Amon's fault that he lost his bending, but it's Tahno's fault that it crippled him to lose it. It isn't until the chance comes up to get it back that he starts to think he shouldn't need it so much."
    • Status: One-shot.
    • Comments: A look at Tahno's life after he loses his bending. This fic really is incredible—it takes a quite frankly Jerkass character and makes him sympathetic and interesting.
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  • a million miles of fun by Dandybear
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  • Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    They Hide The Ocean In A Shell by lightningwaltz
    • Recommended by: somebody else
    • Pairing: Tahno/Korra
    • Synopsis: AU after episode 7. Korra shares news with Tahno regarding the struggle against Amon.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • Abnegation by Niladhevan
    • Recommended by: Argott
    • Pairing: Lieutenant/Amon
    • Synopsis: Tells the story of how Amon and Lieutenant came to work together and explores their relationship.
    • Status: Complete

    Kaisei by ShinjiShazaki
    • Recommended by: Zearth
    • Pairing: Asami/Korra
    • Synopsis: Kaisei, noun: revision; amendment. Postulating two changes to canon: what if Korra had taken just a little more time to talk to people, and what if she had met Asami before the fabulous bending brothers?
    • Status: Ongoing
  •  2 reviews
  • Abuse Cycle by OddlyEndling
  •  7 reviews
  • We Were Friends or originally known as Korra/ Disguised As A Totally Normal Guy!Amon by with-the-villain
    • Recommended by: The Wandering Cat, iamthecircle
    • Paring: AmonNoatak/Korra, Mako/Asami
    • Synopsis: Amon is never seen without a mask, and would be expected to have facial scars. Since he wouldn't recognized by anyone, he walks the city as himself. Korra, after a frustrating bout of pro-bending practice, meets a handsome waterbender. Warning: Lemon, Rape by fraud
    • Status: Completed
    • Has a new tropes page
  •  2 reviews
  • The Greatest Trophy of the Revolution by Sopih
    • Recommended by: Bob Bobson, Reuvas
    • Pairing: Amon/Korra, mentions of Mako/Asami
    • Synopsis: Republic City falls to the revolution, and the Avatar marries its leader. Darkfic; began as Amorra, metamorphosed into a counter-revolution fic. Trigger Warnings: rape, abuse, torture.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Spring by Oddly Ending
    • Recommended by: Flipdarkfuture
    • Synopsis: A look at Lin and Tenzin's relationship from the start to their first time... together, going through from pre-teens to their lives as young adults. MA for lots of smut and swearing.
    • Status: Ongoing
  •  1 reviews
  • Bring You Back by Xrhia X
    • Recommended by: tearbending
    • Synopsis: Two years ago, Republic City fell at the feet of Amon and his Equalists. The Avatar, after losing her bending, disappeared and is presumed dead, though she left to escape the shame of her failure, but a young firebender is determined to bring her back.
    • Status: Ongoing
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  • Ice to Water by Anonymous
    • Recommended by: somebody else
    • Pairing: Tarrlok/OC, sort of.
    • Synopsis: While discussing politics with a Fire Nation representative, Tarrlok finds his control coming under attack on professional and personal levels.
    • Status: Complete
  •  1 reviews
  • Are You Gonna Eat That by sholvakree
    • Recommended by: Smith Smithson
    • Pairing: Amon/Korra
    • Synopsis: An ongoing series about the intersections of food, sex and snark in a complicated relationship between two mortal enemies.
    • Status: Ongoing
  •  1 reviews
  • The Cave by masksarehot
    • Recommended by: Sugarbug
    • Pairing: Amon/Korra (main), Mako/Asami (minor)
    • Synopsis: Amon must cooperate with Korra if he hopes to survive his injuries following a natural disaster, forcing him to face his prejudices about bending head-on...and leaving him grappling with an inconvenient growing attraction. Canon to Ep 1.08; AU after that. Contains lemon. Now has a sequel in the works.
    • Status: Complete
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  • The Peace on Silver Pass by magicgenetek
    • Recommended by: Causality Star
    • Pairing: Amon/Korra
    • Synopsis: The spirits of Republic City are not happy with Amon and Korra's little war and the massive amounts of destruction to the city that it's been causing. So, they drag them into the Spirit World and tell them that they must make peace with each other (read: have sex) or they will be killed. This fic is incredibly hilarious, mainly because of the awkwardness. The author did a good job keeping Amon and Korra in-character, considering this is a fuck-or-die crackfic. This was written before the Book 1 finale so some of the things about Amon are AU. Warning for explicit sexual content.
    • Status: Complete
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  • Serious Business by snappleducated
    • Recommended by: Risaga
    • Pairings: Mako/Korra, but it feels fairly gen thanks to the humor and brevity of the fic.
    • Synopsis: Korra turns to her past lives for romantic help. It doesn't go so well...
    • Status: One-shot

    Fanfics that mix the Legend of Korra with other Fandoms.

    Avatar Blast from the Past by Swiftangel
    • Recommended by: stix-and-stones, necrolectric
    • Crossed with: Avatar the Last Airbender (main series)
    • Pairings: Some Mako/Korra mixed with Zuko/Korra. But romance isn't the main focus of the story.
    • Synopsis: Korra, Mako and Bolin are transported to Avatar Aang's time where they must team up with Aang and his friends to save the world from terrifying spirit monsters. Includes some humor, but mostly action/adventure. Rated T because of mild swearing.
    • Status: Ongoing
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  • Bender of Steel by Man of Steel2013
    • Crossed with: Superman/Man of Steel
    • Pairings: None as of yet.
    • Synopsis: Man of Steel Universe/AU New 52. Rocketed to Earth as an infant from the doomed planet Krypton, young Kal-El crash landed on Earth but not on the same as his parents intended. Kal-El lands up in Republic City and is adopted by Lin Beifong and is named Weimin Beifong. Kal-El begins to discover more about himself, where he comes from, and his purpose. With his powers Kal-El must help Avatar Korra save the city from the Amon and General Zod. Rated T for swearing, violence, and blood.
    • Status: Ongoing

    The Element of Freedom by ZGW
    • Recommended by: Anarchist225
    • Crossed with: Code Geass
    • Pairings: None as of yet. Author has expressed no desire to include any.
    • Synopsis: He was a nonbender granted a extraordinary gift, control of an element nearly gone from this world and a power all but unknown to it. He will set fire to the unjust world and destroy it's already decaying balance and replace it with is own! For he is Zero! The man that will drag the world into the future and change it forever! Even if his sister, the Avatar, tries to stop him. AU
    • Status: Ongoing

    Rocket Raccoon And Ghazan: A Passion That Transcends The Limits Of The Universe, by "Carliro"

    He Who Sleeps by ZGW
    • Recommended by: Anarchist225
    • Crossed with: Cthulhu Mythos
    • Pairings: Canon Makorra mentioned.
    • Synopsis: Something is under Republic City. Something that should not... MUST not see the light of day. Trapped in the dark and forced to work with her enemies can Korra survive her encounter with things that defy all of nature and science? That defy sanity?
    • Status: Complete

    Fan-made videos based on The Legend of Korra.

    The Cycle Continues
    • Recommended by: Dracis
    • Music: Avatar: The Last Airbender Soundtrack, "Peace"
    • Avatar Aang has passed away. His family, friends, and the city he helped create mourn him with all their hearts, but the cycle of the Avatar will continue. The music from the A:TLA soundtrack fits in beautifully. The feels will hit you hard.

    Seven Devils by thatmonkeynj
    • Recommended by: rockgecko2180
    • Music: Florence and the Machine, "Seven Devils"
    • Synopsis: A hard-hitting video about Korra's progress as the Avatar and the conflict growing between Korra and Amon's Equalist forces. Amazingly well-assembled and perfectly sync'd, this haunting piece should send chills up your spine.

    Legend of Korra AMV- Radioactive by codesauce123
    • Recommended by: qazwsx
    • Music: Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
    • This piece is intense, well paced, and action-y. It's a war story that makes you want to get up and revolt.

    The Legend of Korra - Game Of Thrones by Artacus
    • Recommended by: Crimson Shogun
    • Music: Ramin Djawdi, "Game of Thrones Opening Theme"
    • An amazingly crafted fan opening, put together from website and dvd clips to create a sweeping look at the locations in and around Republic City, all while set to the Game Of Thrones theme. Never had I imagine the two worlds go so perfectly together then by sitting back, listening to the expertly sync'd video!

    Legend of Korra |Sink or Swim| by januarydreamerx
    • Recommended by: Komodo Classic
    • Music: A tweaked version of Sink or Swim by Tyrone Wells.
    • A montage of the awesome, the heartbreaking, the heartwarming, the most emotional and the downright coolest moments in the show, all set to music that builds to a crescendo and really seems to capture the emotions. The song is tweaked to a higher pitch than the original, which makes the beginning sound a little bit dissonantly cheerful, but the overall video is very impressive.

    Avatars Wan to Korra - Why Not Me by BentPaperClip
    • Recommended by: lmd84
    • Music - 'Why Not Me' By Within Temptation, though it's more a short monologue than music.
    • The creator said the track reminded them of Raava's voice, and the theme of evil is certainly appropriate. A short, powerful look at the Avatar Cycle and the triumphs and tragedies from Raava's perspective. Made before the finale aired. Also worth watching by the same creator is Korra and the Equalists - O Death which is a chilling amv covering episodes 3 and 4 of the first Book.

    The Avatar Rises by Tiger
    • Recommended by: Crimson Shogun
    • Music - 'Watchful Guardian' and other Hans Zimmer themes from "The Dark Knight".
    • In tribute to the oncoming "Book Three: Change", it acts as an epic recap of the first two books. It matches the action and pacing so well.
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