Korra's parents greeting the White Lotus. Yeah, totally rehearsed. A close look at the background reveals that their house is still in shambles, and at one point the shield on the wall falls.
When the White Lotus come to see if Korra is the Avatar:
White Lotus Member: What makes you so sure your daughter is... the one? Senna: Korra, please come in here. [a chunk of the wall flies past them: note the bug-eyed look when it's passed] Korra:I'M THE AVATAR! YOU GOTTA DEAL WITH IT!
Tenzin, Pema, and their children are hilarious. Just from the first episode:
"Hello, Mother, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you. *Meelo gnaws away at his head* Please, help me."
Meelo shouting "Unhand me, strange woman!" to his grandmother.
Jinora: Gran Gran, I've been reading all about your old adventures. I've been dying to ask you, what happened to Zuko's mom? Katara: Well, Jinora, it's an incredible tale! [she is interrupted by Ikki, who jumps right in between Katara and Jinora] Ikki:(talking crazy fast) Gran Gran, you look old. How old are you? And why is it so cold in the South Pole? Can we make a campfire, and all hurdle around it, and tell scary stories, and make snowmen? And then can you make the snowmen move with waterbending and chase us? Wouldn't that be fuuun? Huh? Wouldn't it?
And the look on Katara's face is like "Um...okay?"
"Look, Mommy, I'm a snowbender!" And Pema gets a faceful of snow. Made funnier by the fact that she was complaining about her kids "blowing wind in [her] face every five seconds" right before that.
The two protection racket victim's commenting on Korra's strange skills with their faces pressed right up against each other.
During the chase with the police officers, one of them grabs Korra's ponytail with his grapple line. She responds by waterbending a huge wall of ice behind her, causing said officer to slam straight into it. The cartoony way he slides off it is hilarious.
As a Funny Background Event and somehow managing to be a Establishing Character Moment at the same time is Bolin's noticing of Korra and entrance when Korra is explaining herself to Toza in the training room. Of course, when Bolin does sidle upto Korra to try and bail her out...
Bolin: Its alright Toza, she's with me. Korra: Yeah, I'm with him. Bolin: So, ysee, we're together. Korra: Well, not together together. More like friends. Bolin: Right, friends. Nono, I didn't mean to imply... Korra: Oh, you implied it.
Korra, during her Airbending training, does a little collateral damage.
Tenzin:[aghast] That was a two-thousand year-old historical treasure! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
This is after the beating she got from said training tool/museum piece in an earlier scene. Complete with her collapsing and tweeting birdie sounds.
"Yeah, you're a terrible teacher Daddy! RRRARH!!!"
And just before that, the Gilligan Cut from Korra having a huge "Oh Yeah" expression at how fast she picked up the Pro-bending style of earthbending the disks, to the "Oh damn" expression at another frustrating session at the training gates.
The look on Korra's face◊ (and probably the men listening as well) when the radio is suddenly turned off, denying them from knowing what happened in the pro-bending match. It's exactly the kind of look anyone would get from that kind of situation (eye-twitch optional).
This exchange, wherein Korra practices her trolling;
Bolin: I'm just not sure how my Earthbending would translate to your Waterbending, but we'll figure it out. Korra: Won't be a problem. I'm actually an Earthbender. [beat] Bolin: I'm sorry, no no, I didn't mean to assume... 'Cause I, y'know, I was just figuring, with your Water Tribe getup, that you are... a Water Tribe... gal. Korra: No, you're right. I'm a Waterbender. And a Firebender. Bolin: Mmmh. Mhhm... I'm very confused right now. [beat] Mako: You're the Avatar, and I'm an idiot. Korra: Both are true. Bolin: No. Way. [turns to Mako and points]THE Avatar!
Right before Mako's one line in this exchange you actually see him do a mild Double Take in the background, with his arms falling to the side as he stops what he was doing. Even if we don't see his face, it's funny to get a physical response out of uptight Mako after finding out he was being an asshole to the Avatar.
The meditation training, with Korra idly scratching her ass, Tenzin asking her to look at Meelo before realizing that Meelo's fallen asleep, Korra meditating for all of two seconds before stating that spirituality isn't kicking in for her, followed by Ikki asking if she can join Korra for a drink, and the sleeping Meelo falling over.
And Tenzin immediately says "No" in a deadpan way. Then Ikki pouts, Meelo falls over a second later as stated above, while Jinora has one eye half-open and an expression that just screams "I'm surrounded by idiots".
Korra committing two fouls in almost as many seconds from the match beginning. Especially her Genki Girl reactions to them not realizing what she's done.
The tournament referee calling "foul! ...I think.", and embarrassment all over Korra's face. And then it's discovered that Korra is the Avatar. Followed by the opposing team's disappointment when the referee permits Korra to continue (as long as she solely bends water).
Tenzin's face when he hears over the radio that Korra is participating in a pro-bending match. The reactions of the guards who were listening to the match as well, which include a spit-take directly into someone's face.
Mako has a huge grin on his face as he collects his earnings for the last match. But then comes a big list of expenses and his grin wears off step by step as more and more money is taken away. What really takes the last bills away is payment for extra grocery loans, resulting in Mako now scowling at Bolin, who retorts, "What? I'm a growing boy."
Bolin almost passing out upon seeing the wad of bills a gangster tosses him.
Korra decides to silence Ikki and Jinora the simple way: by Earthbending the two into the sky.
Made better by how the girls simply float back down giggling.
Made even better by the fact that Mako doesn't seem to care that Korra just rocketed two children into space.
Korra's reactions during the girl's questions about Mako, who's approaching behind her. First it's 'Really?', then turn, then back with 'OMGSTOPTALKING!'.
When Naga jumps in to save Korra and Mako from the chi-blockers, she unleashes a mighty roar—which Pabu tries to emulate with a hilarious squeak.
Mako being sneaky and cautious after finding something amiss at the Triad hideout. Korra responds by... casually walking up to the front door and kicking it down without a second thought. Then Mako peers through the doorway, with Pabu still on his shoulders. Seen here.
Almost all of Bolin's lines in this episode border on this, especially his reaction to being saved by Mako ("Yes, Mako! I LOVE YOU!" while reaching for a hug in the middle of a riot) and his response to being carried away in Naga's teeth ("Wait—stop—I want—to be—on—your back!").
"The morning is evil."
Also, when Mako tells Korra that they get the worst time slot in the gym due to being rookies, and she has to "deal with it". Korra displays her mastery of that phrase, at the expense of poor Mako.
Three words: Performing Fire Ferret.
When Mako rescues Bolin, and flings a chi-blocker off the stage. Listening to the mook's scream is absolutely addictive.
"Naga no! Pabu is a friend, not a snack."
A Voice in the Night
Tarrlok interrupts the family dinner to try and convince Korra to join his taskforce against the Equalists. Needless to say, Tenzin isn't the only one who doesn't like him:
Ikki: Why do you have three ponytails? And why do you smell like a lady? You're weird. Tarrlok: [insincerely] My, aren't you... precocious.
Then for rest of that shot he starts talking to Korra and Ikki just stares with this ridiculous look on her face without anyone commenting on it. Maybe they don't say anything because it's the same face her mother is currently giving her father (see below).
Ikki: Bye-bye, Ponytail Man!
Just before that, Tarrlok invites himself to dinner, playing on Airbender hospitality. Tenzin reluctantly agrees. Then the camera pans over to Pema, who's staring at him in disapproval. Tenzin just shrugs.◊
Apparently, the ability to make funny faces and garner fangirls runs in the family. After Asami hits him with her scooter and vehemently tries to apologize, Mako—a bit miffed at first—goes completely gaga over her after seeing how pretty she is, stammering helplessly all the while. It's funny to see the stoic mask slip for a moment.◊
Ikki and Meelo playing in a Satomobile Tarrlok got for Korra.
Ikki: Vroom vroom! Out of the way daddy, we're driving here! Beeeep, beep, beep beep! Meelo:[quietly] Beep beep.
Bolin's chipper tone when he tells Korra that "Asami crashed into [Mako] on her moped." Especially since he appears out of nowhere◊ just to say this and disappear again.
Though Korra didn't find it amusing, just try not to laugh at Bolin's imitation of Amon.
Bolin: I will take away your bending forevah!!
Lin Beifong appearing out of nowhere and bluntly telling Korra that she did not deserve the banquet arranged for her before leaving was rather random in a humorous way.
The Spirit of Competition
The opening narration, which seemed to treat the relationships as more important than they had actually been until that point... until you realize that Bryke predicted the shipping wars. And made an episode that would irk every one of those shippers. Trolling Creator? Trolling creator.
Narrator: Will love prove to be Korra's most formidable foe yet?
Both Jinora and Ikki's opinions on how Korra should talk to Mako about her feelings for him:
Jinora: Ooh! I just read a historical saga where the heroine fell in love with the enemy general's son, who's supposed to marry the princess. [...] She rode a dragon into battle and burned down the entire country. Then she jumped into a volcano. It was so romantic! Korra:Uh--
Ikki: No, no, no! The best way to win a boy's heart is to brew a Love Potion of rainbows and sunsets that makes true lovers sprout wings and fly into a magical castle in the sky, where they get married and eat clouds with spoons and use stars as ice cubes in their moonlight punch. Forever and ever and ever!
The pro bending announcer working in a mention of their sponsor in the most awkward way imaginable: he draws attention to Bolin vomiting (He's losing his noodles, literally!), then advertising those very same noodles. Even better, they're called "Flameo Instant Noodles".
Bonus points with this scene working as a slight Brick Joke, too, as the noodles were Bolin's comfort food, drowning...er...feeding his sorrows over walking in on Korra and Mako kissing. Next day, during the match, de catches a disc squarely in the gut and...here come the noodles again.
Bolin's list of reasons he and Korra are right for each other, which culminates in "she's beautiful, I'm GORGEOUS!"
After an argument, Mako storms into the arena through a different door then Korra. A fan tries to greet him, which he completely fails to notice.
Pabu joins his master in his gluttony and has the Balloon Belly to show for it. When Mako carries Bolin out of the restaurant Pabu has to drag his belly on the floor, quickly flailing his legs about as he follows them.
The scene where Tahno and Korra get in one another's faces, and you fully expect her to start swinging in spite of Bolin's warnings about disqualification... only for her to put her fingers in her mouth and whistle. Cue Naga shoving her head through the window and roaring straight into Tahno's face. His reaction is priceless.
In the category of "great Korra expressions," there's the "why-I-oughta" glare and fist shake she gives the Wolfbats as they go out to play their match.
"You know what I'm talking about, Pabu. Talking about real love." And Poor Pabu's expression. He has no idea at all what he's taking about.
And The Winner Is...
At the beginning of the episode, the Fire Ferrets practice to some awesome jazz on the radio, which then cuts to commercial for an advertisement for the "Cabbage Corporation." Let that sink in for a moment. The "Cabbage Corporation." The "leading name in technology." Cabbage Man's descendants have become the heads of the most trusted name in technology of this era! Doubles as a CMOA in that aspect.
As Mako protest against the Council to continue the Pro-Bending match, they had to acknowledge an Unfortunate Implication and Irony about Non-Benders and Benders gathering together, in peace, as answered cheerfully by Bolin, "[to watch Benders] beat each other up! In peace!"
The reaction of Tahno's Fan Girls and the Fire Ferrets' fans when Korra beats Tahno in the tiebreaker match.
The gratuitous slow-mo and replay of Tahno getting a burst of water to the jaw! They had to animate that scene twice from different angles.
Tahno's helmet landing in the hands of the Fire Ferret fans, who also dressed like the Ferrets. The one dressed like Korra catches it.
Bolin getting Pabu to bite through the ropes by speaking fire ferret.
Shiro: Folks, there is some sort of electrical disturbance in the stands. Metalbender cops are dropping like bumbleflies. There appear to be masked members of the audience holding strange devices on their hands. [Equalist enters cabin] One of them is in the booth with me now, folks. He is leveling one of those glove devices at me right now, and I believe he is about to electrocute me. I am currently wetting my pants.
Tenzin's reaction when Korra figures out that he and Lin used to be a couple.
Korra: Sooo... Pema stole you from Beifong. I'm surprised our esteemed chief of police didn't throw her in jail. Tenzin: [deadpan]Oh, she tried.
The "camera" zooms in on Tenzin's face as he mournfully says "Lin and I were growing apart" as if to cue in a long, nostalgic reminiscing of their relationship only to Tenzin to snap right out of it and exclaims, "Why am I even telling you this!?"
The music in the background. A serene, nostalgic classical melody, starts welling up in the background which is nothing short of pure Narm, until it gets suddenly cut out as Tenzin realizes what he's saying.
Korra calling him "Heart-breaker." The only way it could be funner was if she called him a "Heart-bender."
Tenzin calling out the rules of pro-bending
Tenzin: Oh, come on, ref! There was some funny business in that last play! Beifong: Wouldn't have guessed you knew the rules of pro-bending. Tenzin:[nonchalantly] Hm... I've been brushing up. [then goes back to Spock Speech] That Wolf-Bat blatantly bent a disc outside his zone.
Tenzin:[angry] Oh come on those were illegal head-shots! Open your eye, ref!
Possibly unintentional: In the middle of all the Equalists pulling on their masks, the shot of one man pulling his chi-blocking glove out of a bag of popcorn was amusing.
Shiro raising an eyebrow at one of his own metaphors:
Shiro: Or will the underdog Fire Ferrets serve a surprising bowl of smack-down soup? *eyebrow*
Doubles as a CMOA: Korra throws Mako back onto the ring, and the first thing Mako does is send a fireball straight at Tahno, whose back is turned. Tahno gets back up, full of rage. Mako is wearing the biggest shit-eating grin ever and he actually winks at Tahno. Naturally, Tahno looks even more pissed off.
All of Tahno's faces in the episode are hilarious, come to think of it.
Korra: If the Wolfbats are gonna fight dirty, then so are we! Mako: We can't—the refs have it out for us. If we're gonna win this thing, it has to be fair and square. Korra:[sigh] That's no fun, but... okay.
In general, every instance where Korra was the one causing the facial expressions on Tahno.
Bolin's lines when he says Asami's invited them to her home.
Bolin cluelessly whispering, "Do you think your dad knows about this tunnel?"
A curious Korra spying the makeup powder in the bathroom and attempting to powder her face. Along with suspenseful music. Seriously, with that music, you would have thought Korra discover something horrifyingly plot-related to the Satos. The expression on her face just as she comes out is the icing on the cake.
Team Avatar holding hands in a formation to celebrate their group, and Meelo farts on their hands out of nowhere. The reactions are priceless.
Even funnier that the fart had the functional purpose of slowing him down. He airbended his fart!
Korra saying that Saikhan is the worst chief of police ever, while pinching his chin. Even funnier when Tenzin says it also.
Tenzin: But you really are the worst. Ever!
"NAGA AWAAYYYY!" Cue Naga leaning forward and entire team falling off her back and forming a pile on the ground.
Korra: Alright, scratch that.
Asami still making use of that Equalist Glove and very casually taking the Chi-Blockers, while driving.
Meelo. Just Meelo.
Ikki: Welcome to Air Temple Island, your new home! Meelo: Yes. Welcome to my domain. Bolin: Well, aren't you sweet, little monk child?
And with Asami:
Asami:[glances down] Meelo:[stares at her creepily] You're pretty! Can I have some of your hair? Mako:[amused] Looks like I have some competition.
Meelo: We shall meet again, beautiful woman!
Bolin: Is this an all vegetarian island? Is that where you train airbending? Do we have to wear Air Acolyte clothes? Do we each get our own sky bison? And final question, how many trees are on this island? Ikki: Yes yes, no no, 10,552. [beat]
The Air Acolytes struggling with Asami's giant stack of trunks.
A triple-whammy: Mako and Bolin are locked in their prison cell with no toilet, and Bolin, against a wall, "can't go while [Mako's] listening". He then, um, goes, but it's when Asami and Lin open the door. Capped off perfectly by Bolin starting to walk out, then Lin metalbending his zipper back up.
Lin: Your fly was down. Bolin: Thanks for catching that.
Not only is Lin facing the other way, but Bolin's shirt completely covers his pants so that she couldn't have seen it even if she was looking at him!
Oddly enough, one from Amon. He tells his Equalists to take Korra, and told them not to underestimate her, even telling them exactly what to do to take her out efficiently. She breaks out, and gets away.
Amon: I thought I told you not to underestimate her?
It's probably the way the Lieutenant kind of backs off after Amon says that. You can tell he's probably thinking, "...whoops."
In a sort of meta-way, Tarrlok running into Amon probably counts. Here Tarrlok is, bloodbending and manipulating everyone, and all of a sudden, the Big Bad, with the ability to remove bending, shows up in a nice Big Damn Villains moment. One would probably be laughing at how screwed Tarrlok would be, and would enjoy Tarrlok's fate.
And speaking of the Equalists, there was a short scene in which one Equalists was snarking at the obvious statement his fellow guard made.
Equalist:It's empty. The other Equalist:[deadpan] Yeah, I can see that.
When the phone rings in Tenzin and Pema's room, Meelo was sleeping in there with them and he picks up the phone to complain about someone calling at 6 in the morning.
And he steps on Tenzin's face on his way to the phone.
Meelo: [in his partially baby accent] Who is this? It's six in the morning. This had better be important.
And we don't know if it was really six in the morning or if he had just heard his parents saying that.
Tenzin is later seen at home, making phone calls to find out where Korra is. When Lin, Mako, Bolin, and Asami step in, he becomes unnecessarily but comically shocked. The faces he makes are what really seal the deal. Like father, like son.◊
Turning The Tides
Tenzin awkwardly asking Lin to take care of Pema and his children while he's away. The first thing Pema does is hand her Meelo. He has to poop.
"Hey, this is not what I signed on for!"
Context: Tenzin carefully worded it as a bodyguard job. Protect and look after my family. Enter Pema who comes in saying that she could use an extra set of hands...and Tenzin booking it as fast as his legs can carry him. THAT is what caused the above phrase.
Eventually, Lin just gives up and says "... Never mind." and accepts their help. The look on her face is the last thing you'd ever expect from such a Badass Lady of War.
Bolin referring the Lieutenant as "mustache guy."
Pema pulls one heck of an Oh Crap face when leaving Mako and Asami alone to "talk". It's funnier because she actually has something to do with it and must have realized it.
Asami's quip to Mako about Korra needing more hot water for her tea was also funny.
Bolin is wondering how they will pay for the parking tickets Korra got them for not knowing how to drive. So Mako burns them with his firebending.
Also, Bolin's huge gasp as he does it.
Speaking of which, it's about time to say that practically all of Bolin's expressions and dialogues can belong on this page. If we could link this with images of all the expressions he's pulled so far.
Just Korra and her driving. She managed to park the car by smashing it into a lamp post. You wonder how the drive back must have been.
Korra: Hey, you guys got arrested, and left me alone with the car. I made it very clear: I don't know how to drive!
Bolin as they're pulling out.
Bolin: Ca-oh we're good.
Mixed with Nightmare Fuel, the scene where the Lieutenant disguises himself as an exterminator and goes to a councilwoman's door:
The Lieutenant: We're here to fix a spider-rat problem. Councilwoman: I didn't call an exterminator... (promptly gets shocked) Councilwoman's Husband: ...Dear?
The Lieutenant got hit by The Worf Effecthard. It was understandable with Korra and Asami, but adding to the list is Jinora, who airbent him to the roof, and Naga, who bitch slaps him into the ocean. Seriously, Amon. Get a new lieutenant. It's becoming a Running Gag.
Or at least make him stop fighting Badass ladies (that includes Naga).
Blink and you miss it, but when the Equalists are about to attack Tenzin, his beard fluffs up in response to the electrical discharge of activating Equalist weapons.The Beard is a Chekhov's Gun that saves his life!
Asami: What do you know? Just like a Future Industries forklift.
When Naga takes down 3 Mecha Tanks, one lands inches from Bolin's face. It takes him a couples seconds to react with a "WHOA!"
The fact that Naga looks and sounds exactly like a puppy tearing up and boot or a cushion while she does it adds to the hilarity.
Bolin again, rescuing Asami while riding Naga.
Bolin: MR. SATO! YOU ARE A HORRIBLE FATHER!!
Doubles as a moment of awesome, as it is so very true.
Uncle Bumi's here!
Tenzin's reaction counts too. "Now I have to entertain my brother." The look on his face and his tone makes this sound like it's a prospect more unpleasant to him than an Equalist takeover of Republic City.
Korra and Mako play a carnival game involving water guns and a race to get Aang to the top (the image of 12-year-old Aang smiling that goofy smile in chibi form is itself a CMOF), and Korra is the only one failing to hit the target. Then she waterbends to increase the flow of her water and wins. The thing is, no one makes a comment about it. She still gets her prize. It's a plushie of Appa.
When Bumi's having trouble climbing up on Tenzin's bison, Tenzin gives him a hand by essentially kicking him up with airbending.
Even better is the way he does it. Tenzin doesn't look away from Kya at all, he just backhands it.
Tenzin tries (and fails) to act tough when Kya reminds him about how she used to beat him up as kids.
Tenzin: I'm not scared of you! (rubs arm where she playfully punched him) Anymore.
Poor Tenzin spends the episode getting teased by his Crazy Awesome siblings and trying to get rid of Bumi.
The Hard Cut to Desna and Eska riding in Bolin's sidecar, with a disgruntled Bolin grumbling at the fact that Desna is the third wheel. Then, in true brotherly fashion, Mako begins to tease Bolin about his little situation.
There's also Eska promising to protect Bolin and using a bluntly backhanded term of endearment... all in her characteristically flat monotone.
Eska: Don't worry, I will protect you, my feeble turtle-duck.
Meelo riding an air scooter around the Southern Air Temple and breaking a statue of a past avatar. (Remind you of A Voice In The Night?) Tenzin's reaction sells it.
Tenzin: No, Meelo!
After the gremlin spirits wreck Bolin's snowmobile, he has the very same disgruntled face he had during the "third wheel" scene, only this time he is being towed behind one of the mount animals (ridden by Desna and Eska) in the sidecar that was salvaged from the wreck.
Civil War Part 1
Bumi ruining Tenzin's peace.
Eska's disturbing sense of humor, and her and her brother's hilariously awkward laugh. She then orders Bolin to laugh at her "humorous" quip, but he laughs nervously.
Bolin finally realizes he needs to get away from Eska, but Korra is not helpful.
Bolin: Why didn't you warn me your cousin has the power to reach into my heart and crush my soul with her bare hands? Korra: Uh... because I thought it was pretty obvious? Bolin: No, no, not to me it wasn't. I'm very bad at reading people, you should know that by now.
Mako, of all people, giving advice on how to break up with a girl. A nice little piece of Self-Deprecation from Mike and Bryan.
Meelo asks his Uncle Bumi one heck of a hilarious question: "Do you have a baby in there?"
Meelo mentions something about a "shark-squid" and Bumi starts going on about it in a way reminiscent of Moby Dick.
Korra smiles when Mako suggests they have a private date, which fades to a supremely annoyed expression on said date (which Mako is sharing as the view pans to him), as somehow Bolin, Eska, and Desna ended up tagging along.
Not only that, but she gives people money through...
Water Tribe Villager: That platypus bear is POOPING MONEY!!
Varrick is still in the suit, albeit with a captain's hat, as they're breaking through the blockade, leading to a moment of hilarity when one of the troops tries to identify the driver and sees a platypus bear at the controls, being hugged by Bolin in Eska/Desna robes.
Trooper: Captain, you're never gonna believe this...
Varrick gives bribing money to Bolin in order to control the trial to their favor. He ends up bribing the wrong people, much to Asami's dismay. His toothy smile with thumbs up is what sells it.
Varrick apparently supported both Raiko and his opponent in the election. "Gotta hedge your bets."
Varrick brainstorms by eating a spicy pepper and hanging upside down.
Some of the ideas he comes up with are patently ridiculous. Like Hand-shoes.
Varrick shows off his propaganda "movers" to Korra to win support for the Southern Water Tribe during their war with the North. During the video Eska faces the camera complete with Scare Chords causing Bolin to scream in terror.
Bolin: Sorry. I keep doing that.
Varrick's mother's name used on the hijacked boat.
Varrick: Rest in peace, Rocky Bottom.
Mako goes to Bolin for help with his investigation but Bolin is too caught up in his stardom (and hot tub) to help and brushes him off. Mako gets back at him by firebending his hot tub making it extremely hot and erupt like a geyser.
The voice acting for Naga and Pabu In-Universe during the film. Actually, all the acting
The terrible acting of the movie in general. Almost reminiscent of The Ember Island Player's rendition of "The Boy in The Iceberg", right down to the propagandist overtones. It's basically a combination of the EIP play combined with a Captain America propaganda show thanks to the 20's style and utter ridiculousness.
During the interrogation, Mako bursts in and starts arguing with Beifong along with Asami. Out of nowhere in the middle of the argument:
Mako: Alright, will you guys knock it off and do your job?!
Just a few minutes later, we find out why he's called Two-Toed Ping, when he takes off his shoes: turns out he has two extra toes, and there was already a Twelve-Toed Ping on the other end of Republic City!
Beginnings, Part 1
Wan humiliating the Chou brothers when he's stealing from them (pelting them with their own stolen food, luring them under a bunch of birds who get scared and defecate, etc).
Wan's first night in the forest, stumbling from one crisis to another.
Wan's disguise as "Bushy the bush spirit".
The guardian of the oasis referring to Wan as "Stinky". And saying that he's always wanted a pet human.
The guardian taking over a Chu soldier, in the process transforming him to look more like the spirit. The soldier runs away screaming and the guardian says:
Guardian Spirit: I don't know what he's screaming about. He's better looking now.
And then recalling the event, said that if he stayed longer, he could have killed kim, which he actually considered.
Really, Wan is basically what happens if you imagined Sokka as the Avatar.
Wan: (after being told you can't steal something) Really? I just did.
The extremely fussy way that the Chou brothers run after Wan.
Beginning, Part 2
When Wan finds the ancestors of the air nomads, the first thing they do is run in panic.
When Korra meets some meerkat like spirits that are total jerks, she tries to bend at them, only for nothing to happen. Apparently, Tenzin forgot to tell her that bending doesn't work in the spirit world!
Korra's antics as a kid are filled with with these, along with adorable moments.
Wan Shi Tong's Discworld-esque idea of how a radio works. That is, he thinks tiny, singing and music-playing men live inside them.
When he receives part of a scientifically accurate explanation from Jinora, he cuts her off to give a glare to one of his foxes, who apparently told him that explanation, saying he had been misinformed. The fox lowers its head, whimpers, and sulks off.
Iroh says that the spirits had invented the game of Pai Sho, but the spirit he's playing Pai Sho with... appears to not be very good at it.
Then there's his flabbergasted reaction at the gang still being pissed off at him even after all the "good" things he's done for them.
Varrick: Korra, who warned you about Unalaq? I did! Bolin, who got you into the movers? I did! Asami, who saved your company? I did! Mako, who got you thrown in jail?! I did!Oh yeah, I guess that was a bad thing.
What makes it even funnier is that the camera moves down the line to show their expressions as he addresses them. Korra, Bolin, and Asami all soften a bit, but Mako glares at him.
The reason he calls his most powerful battleship Zhu Li? Because they're both "cold, heartless war machines." The fact that he says this in front of her face and she doesn't react at all just adds to the hilarity.
What she does react to is when he suggests that the Krew "take Zhu Li." She glared at him until he clarified, "the battleship."
Shiro Shinobi couldn't help commentate on Bolin's fight with some water tribe assassins during the finale of Nuktuk. Complete with grabbing his fellow moviegoers and his usual announcer voice.
When Shinobi first grabs another audience member, the other guy has a look on his face that clearly says, "What the hell are you doing? Let go of me." We cut back to them, and he's got a grin on his face even bigger than Shinobi's.
Then, he's about to tell her, she blows the head off a practice dummy with firebending, and the next scene is quite hilariously awkward.
All of Mako's facial expressions during those scenes qualify.
Bumi keeps interrupting serious conversations to tell stories about his glory days (similar to his uncle Sokka).
This conversation between a pair of random water tribe soldiers who're guarding the encampment at the Spirit Portal alongside the Dark Spirits
Soldier: If I'd wanted to have a ball of evil looking over my shoulder all the time, I'd have gone to live with my mother-in-law.
Bumi single-handedly (well, with a couple of spirits) destroying the entire Northern encampment at the Spirit Portal by accident.
When he goes sliding into the tent, he plows right through an unsuspecting Eska and Desna. They get back to their feet - only for Naga to burst in behind them and knock their heads together.
Tenzin asking how he destroyed the whole encampment.
Bumi: Well, I just... forget it. You wouldn't believe me anyway.
Mako and Bolin are taking on Unalaq, but he hasn't attacked in quite a while and the brothers are starting to wonder what he's up to. Cue Eska appearing right into Bolin's face, giving the earthbender one hell of a scare!
When Tenzin and his siblings are looking for Jinora:
Tenzin:[sighs] We're walking in circles: I've seen that same spirit mushroom five times! Bumi: That's not the same mushroom! Mushroom: Yes I am. Tenzin: See? Even it knows we're lost! [facepalms] Bumi: Oh, sure. Listen to a fungus over your own brother.
Moments later, they hear a sound.
Bumi: Mushroom, was that you? Mushroom: Nope, wasn't me.
The best part is that the siblings don't seem to have any idea who he is; as far as they're concerned, Zhao's just some crazy guy!
Actually, they might do have an idea - look at the sheer shock on their faces.
While Mako and Bolin are left frozen in a block of ice from the neck down thanks to Eska and Desna, Mako tries to convince the twins that their father is evil. Desna does begin to reconsider his allegiance, but Eska tells him that they are just lying to him. Bolin then starts bawling that he will never be with Eska again, and that he always loved her and wanted to be with her and is now downtrodden that he will not get that chance now that world's end is nigh. Eska then retorts that they could have been together, if not for the fact that Bolin had left her at the altar, but Bolin replies that he was scared of his true feelings for her and that he should have never left and is saddened that they can never rekindle their "Big Fire of Love Flames". Eska then kisses Bolin, melting the ice encasing the brothers and Eska tells Bolin that should he survive the ordeal with Unalaq, they will spend an eternal darkness together. As Mako and Bolin leave, Mako commends Bolin on his acting, while Bolin himself is not so sure about that, wiping his tears as they leave.
Then we get a shot of Mako and Desna looking absolutely bewildered, even giving each other a sidelong glance as if to ask, "Dude, what am I watching?".
After Mako and Bolin leave, we get this deadpan gem from Desna.
Korra, who is quite understandably upset over last episode, is given advice by Tenzin. He tells her to meditate in the Tree of Time, and connect with the cosmic energy of the universe. She does so, separates her spirit from her body, grows to Kaiju size, and teleports away, all while everyone else just stares.
Bumi: Eeeer, what did you say to her exactly?
Bolin coming out of nowhere and giving Mako a hug after he and Korra break up for real (also a CMOH).
Don't forget Desna's little remark after he and Eska save Bolin.
Desna: I am so done with spirits.
Which is even funnier consider the episode's ending, where Korra decides to keep the spirit portals open, making it a massive case of Tempting Fate.
Bolin wants to bring Eska to Republic City to continue their relationship, but Eska politely refuses. Bolin decides to bring in Desna too, but Eska further stands her ground on not going back with him. Eska then tells Bolin that their joining in eternal darkness was a spur of the moment thing and tells him he will always have a special place "in the organ that pumps my blood" and that she will always remember him as "her turtle-duck".
Meelo and Ikki spying Jinora's spirit descending down. Pema screaming, "Be careful sweetie!"
What makes it even funnier is Rohan's expression while Pema is yelling.
A bit earlier, when Korra returns as a Kaiju-sized spirit Ikki and Meelo cheerfully say "Korra's back!" "And she's a blue giant" in a wonderfully blithe tone of voice, while Pema just looks like she's been clubbed over the head.
Varrick and Zhu Li escaping from prison when Unavaatu's vines destroy the wall. Zhu Li jumps on his back with a glider attached to her ownand they jump out the hole in the wall.
Varrick: Zhu Li, do the thing!
Book Three: Change
A Breath of Fresh Air
How Bumi finds out he's an Airbender: he's chasing Bumju around trying to get the spirit to wear a little pink sweater he knitted and follows the spirit out onto a branch. The branch breaks, and Bumju tries to save Bumi by grabbing his coat... which Bumi immediately slides out of.
And then he falls face-first into the ground after he realizes he's airbending.
Bumi: ...wow that still hurt.
Mako comes face to face with both Korra and Asami after living at the police station for two weeks to avoid them. This is hilarious in and of itself. Then Tenzin realizes that he's in between the three of them, and hastily vacates the premises.
The look on his face is especially hilarious, he sticks his tongue in an "I'm outta here" manner and hastily vacates in reverse with airbending.
Bolin moves in with Tenzin's family due to his and Mako's apartment now being a "Vine Habitat." He excitedly tells Korra how he loves living there while describing the family like they are something out of a sitcom.
Bolin: You got the grumpy dad, the wacky uncle, the put-upon mom, crazy kids, this is great! Asami: Where's Mako? Bolin: Oh you mean the brooding teenager? I invited him to come and live with us, but he said he had to [briefly pulls his hair into Mako's style] 'think about it'.
Bumi's attempts to convince his family that he can airbend.
Bumi: I think the napkin moved! Kya: You blew on it.
He does pull it off in the end, leaving everyone astonished (especially Meelo, but everyone's shocked facial expressions are pretty priceless). Then the plate he was holding on falls and breaks.
Before that, he theorizes that his bending only works if his life is in danger, and tells Bolin to bend a giant boulder at him.
Asami admitting to Korra that she kissed Mako while he was dating Korra.
Korra: Bwahahaha! Of course I'm not mad! I mean, I kissed Mako while he was still dating you! Asami:You what?! Korra:I am so sorry.
And then Asami admits she already knew and was just screwing with Korra.
Korra's driving lesson, complete with Funny Background Event of another car getting held up by them, with the driver glaring as he goes around.
The entire thing starts out with Asami tossing Korra the keys to her car. After Korra protests, she responds with "But you're the Avatar, Master of the Four Elements. You should know how to drive... Besides, it's relaxing!" Cut to a shot of Asami sitting in the passenger seat with a distressed expression, screaming "Clutch! Clutch!" as Korra attempts to drive.
Korra's attempt to use the Spirit Purification technique on the vines to get rid of them only made the vines return twice as large and twice as far
Bolin: I think that could have gone better.
Tenzin's baby visibly vomiting on Kya.
Everything about 'Avatar Korra' and 'Police Officer Mako' interacting with each other.
Bolin's ridiculously almost-accurate grandmother impersonation, going as far as to impersonate how she'd react if Mako doesn't come with everyone.
Bolin: Oh, Mako! I can't go on! I can't-! [cuts off to normal voice]And then she dies.
Tenzin leaves Ikki and Meelo behind to teach any new Airbenders from Republic City.
Ikki: A teacher? ME!!?? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Meelo: Yes! Those maggots will bow before me!
The team tries to recruit new Airbenders around the world, though Tenzin's methods to convince them put them off.
Tenzin: Your son will have tattoos all over his body. Just like me! Tenzin: You'll never have to worry about your worldly possessions again. Because you won't have any! Tenzin:[to a guy eating a big turkey leg] There's nothing more nutritious than our vegetarian diet! Tenzin: You'll get to shave your head! Tenzin: You're going to love wearing our ancient airbender robes. They're very breathable! Tenzin: Your best friend will be a giant bison!
Tenzin: I thought I had that last guy. Who doesn't want a bison as their best friend?
Later on still...
Bumi: Maybe, we could add sequins to Tenzin's robes!!
Intercut is a Travel Montage showing a map with Korra and everyone represented by emoji versions of themselves around the airship going from location to location. As the sequence starts, everyone is smiling, but as it goes on and nobody is being recruited; the emojis get less happy, until finally it ends with the Bolin emoji crying and cutting to the real Bolin looking depressed.
Bolin suggesting they should've stuffed the first guy who refused in a potato sack and carted him off.
And Bumi's response being that that's how he became part of the United Forces.
Bolin staging the airbending performance. With having Mako planted "as a fugitive firebender." Mako accepts this role with Bad Bad Acting, saying that they will fear his fire with only a literal 'puff' of flame. Korra then "attacks" him with airbending and good-naturally messes around with him.
Mako: This was not what we rehearsed! Korra!
Bolin introducing Tenzin with "the man with an arrow pointing to his nose, Tenzin!"
The Earth Queen
Zuko heads over to the Northern Water Tribe to warn Desna and Eska about keeping a dangerous criminal bender from escaping her prison, who turns out to be a woman with the power to blow stuff up with her mind.
And Korra's father is standing right next to them, visibly uncomfortable with the whole thing. Understandable, as they are both directly and indirectly talking about having tried to kill his daughter.
Upon being informed of the secret ice prison, Eska asks, "Why did no one tell us we had a secret prison we could have been throwing people into?" Desna also mentions wanting to imprison his tailor for always getting his cuffs wrong.
Zuko's attempt at casual chit-chat is hilarious. In the same vein as Sokka, 70 years later and he's still the same old dorky guy!
Wandering around Ba Sing Se, Bolin suggests they steal fruit, though the nearest fruit stand has nothing but rotten fruit. The vendor overhears them and this leads to a hilarious confrontation where the vendor feels insulted that Mako doesn't even find their fruit worth stealing.
Bolin: I'm confused... are we stealing the fruit, or not?
And then it turns out the vendor is their cousin! And then they meet their grandmother, just like Bolin said.
In Harm's Way
Ming-Hua breaks P'Li out of prison and climbs up the wall to the surface. P'Li notes they could have just taken the elevator and calls Ming a showoff.
Zaheer and P'Li waste no time sharing a kiss once they've made their escape. Ghazan, driving the snowmobile, merely quips "Really? Right now?"
Bolin thanking Tu for helping them get back to the upper ring and calling him the best cousin ever. His other cousins scowl at him before he apologizes.
Then he says good bye to all of them one by one, forgetting some of them.
Bolin trying to explain what he and Mako discovered while out of breath.
Bumi mentioning the queen has the right to conscript people into the army, only to receive multiple glares from everyone in the room.
After rescuing Kai and watching Jinora kiss him (complete with Luminescent Blush from Kai), Bolin squeals like a gossiping girl and tries hard to contain his excitement whether or not to tell on the kids on Tenzin.
Meanwhile, Mako simply stares on with the most deadpan expression and tells Bolin not to tell about it. His expression after Bolin's response is equally hilarious.
Jinora tries projecting her spiritual self to find Kai and the other kidnapped airbenders but without any luck.
Korra: Maybe you can find Kai another way. I know you two have a connection. Tenzin: What do you mean, a 'connection'?
Bumi's plan to bust out the airbenders (and Asami's, Korra's, and Tenzin's reaction):
When Bolin and Mako bust Kai out of his cell, Kai apologizes for his earlier behavior and Bolin says they can't stay mad at him. Mako retorts that, yes, they can and he still is mad; he had a lot of money in that wallet.
Bumi's attempt at using a code. Attempt being the key word here.
The Earth Queen complaining about allergies and sneezing to hell and back once Oogi's fur begins raining down on her.
The Metal Clan
Lin is encouraged by Korra to play with Naga using a dirty ball. After she fails to discourage the group from going to Zaofu, she pops Naga's ball with a cable out of spite for bugging her. Poor Naga just paws at the popped ball in disappointment.
Bolin freaking out at the thought of meeting Toph.
Bolin trying to analyze the art of one of Lin's nephews.
Meelo making every new airbender act like his slaves.
Meelo:Be the leaf! Airbender: I don't even know what that means!
That poor airbender from the premiere still hasn't got his airbending quite under control, but now it's just limited to Amusing Injuries.
Varrick so casually waltzes into the dining hall and sits down. Only Bolin reacts the same way many a fan reacted when they saw the man again, only to stop grinning when Mako throws him a glare.
And Zhu-Li looking dejected when Varrick declares that the phase two is her cleaning up the resulting mess.
Korra, Bolin and Mako checking on Lin after the fight. Or trying to, since neither Korra nor Bolin can muster the courage to knock the door. Eventually, Mako knocks and asks her how she's feeling. As he leans on the door, Lin opens it abruptly, resulting in an epic Face Plant for Mako. She then nonchalantly walks away, in full Zaofu clothing, not paying any attention whatsoever to the kids.
She does acknowledge them and gives them a chipper "Good Morning" on her way to breakfast. LinBeifong giving the group a cheery greeting.
There's just something amusing about seeing Ming-Hui driving the truck with water hands.
Tenzin telling the class that they can choose not to shave their heads...right after shaving Daw's head.
Tenzin: Shaving your head is a personal choice. Daw: Wait, what?
Related to this, the depiction of Daw's Super Reflexes as a net gun is being launched at him is a small electric shiver running up the back of his now bald head. Its use is worthy of an Awesome Moment. Its execution is a Funny Moment.
When Kai picks the lock to his cage, the bison stuffed in their with him just flops out onto its back without so much as a reaction.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2011, the crew presented pictures of the metalbending police officers and arrives at Lin Beifong:
Michael Dante DiMartino: And then, so, Toph's uh... this is Toph's daughter. Chief Beifong... And she's uh, she's the Chief of Police of Republic City and uh, in charge of all those Metalbenders. Crowd: Who's the father!? Mike: I don't know what you're yelling but we gotta keep moving.
Know that "bender" is British slang for a gay man (probably why the British version of A:tLA is called Avatar: The Legend of Aang instead). Now listen to everything the Equalists say about "bender oppression". Try to keep a straight face.
Bryan Konietzko's response to Episode 4 being leaked on the internet.
For that matter the picture he made in response to a particularly infamous animation error that made it into episode 6 and ended up being reused in episode 9.
In response to a particular "brutal war in the fandom" (hinted to be related to Mako), Bryan had this to say on Tumblr
Bryan: Let’s all just pretend I drew a really funny comic about that and posted it just now. And we laughed. And it brought us joy. And the fandom hugged it out.
Steve Blum of all people tellingAmon jokes at a con! Part of what makes this hilarious / awesome is how Steve just smiles and nods at the beginning, and then implies that he is aware of Comedy Amon.
Bryan's use of a certain meme to announce the additional Korra seasons.
Steve Blum and Dee Bradley Baker showing up at Comic Con 2012. They weren't part of the panel, but showed up anyway in the audience. They revealed themselves by briefly heckling the co-creators about their characters' deaths.
Dimartino: We loved you guys. Sorry we blew up the boat.
Bryan requested on his Tumblr that someone animate Mako doing the dance portrayed in this video. Now to see if someone actually does it. The chorus for that song roughly translates to "Why am I like this?" The fandom had the same question about Mako in the first season.
To some, the fact that airbending badass convict Zaheer is voiced by Henry Rollins, better known as MadStan from Batman Beyond, especially when one remembers all of the "Korra is Batman" jokes from way back when all we had was one teaser image of the series.
And his girlfriend is a Mad Bomber. The jokes practically write themselves.