Bolin's stage-whispered "The Avatar!", the first line heard from the new series.
Buttering bagels.Explanation A story about what Bryan Konietzko was doing when the opening for the series leaked, (which wasn't actually true) has made this a joke about getting mad in response to a leak, or just Avatar-related anger in general.
Korra's introduction as the Avatar: "I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!"
No Bender is safe. Explanation When Tenzin says this line, Bender appears in the bottom of an image with an Oh Crap on his face.
Lin Beifong making the Eye Am Watching You gesture at Korra as she walks out with Tenzin, and Korra returning the gesture, but with a much more ridiculous rage face◊; as well as Lin shrugging with the most "whatever" expression ever animated afterwards.
Be the leaf! So popular that the phrase "you only live once" has been co-opted to become "you only leaf once."
Meelo in general.
Fucking Hasook. note After his bad performance as one of the Fire Ferrets and subsequently leaving them (which nearly got them disqualified), the fandom has taken to blaming Hasook for everything bad that happens on the show.
According to a certain commentator, Mako and Bolin are still "fresh and juicy".
Mako is Batman! Really, there's proof! note In episode three, it's revealed that they lost their parents when Mako was eight years old when a mugger killed them right in front of him. This, of course, led to Mako being declared Batman.
EVERYBODY IS BATMAN! note Comparisons to Batman were already being made before Mako's revelation. This and the fact that Amon's backstory is apparently similar to that of Mako and Bolin's cued this saying.
Except Chief Lin Beifong, who IS SPIDER-MAN! note After And The Winner Is..., people immediately began making comparisons between the metalbending chief of police and the wall crawler.
Comparing Lin to various superheroes every episode has become quite common. First she was "Spider-Lin", then "Wolverlin" in "The Aftermath" and "Iron Lin" after the dressing montage in "Out of the Past". Basically, Lin is all of the superheroes!
Now there's "Iroh Man". note In reference to Iroh II using firebending to "fly".
And prior to Amon's facial scarring was revealed to be fake, Amon is Doctor Doom.
Parallels between Amon and Bane have also been made.
From Book 2: Tonraq's Exile via causing a lot of destruction and Unalaq's shifty-looking appearance makes one think of Thor and Loki respectively.
In season 3 the Bane mantel was passed on to Zaheer.
Mako's garnered quite a few different interpretations by the fandom. The last scene of him looking out the window brooding in the second episode has gotten people to hilariously dub over, or caption, what he's thinking. Case in point. There's also "Tsundere" Mako, "Uke" Mako who ought to just stay in the kitchen and let Korra do all the work, and Beautiful Mako Problems.
And now, Mermako◊.note Spawned out of a joke fic with Mako as Ariel the Little Mermaid.
The Equalist Mako concept has gained popularity since Tinted Green.
Where's Sokka's Statue!?note Occasionally throughout season one, statues of Aang, Zuko, and Toph would be shown prominently as they were founders of Republic City. This caused the fandom to collectively question why Sokka was getting snubbed. The writers took note of this and finally displayed Sokka's statue in season 2. Naturally this prompted the fandom to start questioning why Katara didn't have a statue either.
Some fans have joked that all these people were killed by the same person, named A. Firebender. And he's a waterbender for some reason.
Partial credit for whoever started this meme, since Amon is a waterbender and claims his parents were killed by a firebender. He kinda did kill his father (though some would say his father had it coming) by running away.
Even his hair is broken! note After Tahno lost his bending to Amon in a Break the Haughty moment, he later appeared with way worse hair than his old stylized look.
"Get in, loser! We're going Equalist hunting/shipping/etc!" note The gif of Asami skidding up in the "Korramobile" or a shot of everyone inside from the preview for episode eight. Sometimes shown with a side character replying to the offer. A reference to a scene from Mean Girls.
A growing number of fans have taken to identifying the real-world counterparts to the cars seen in the show.
On that note: Team Avatar's transport from the start was almost universally agreed upon to be called the Korramobile.
"I Hope Tarrlok [bad inconvenience here, such as 'drinks orange juice after brushing his teeth']" jokes have sprung up en masse after episode 8.note Similar to the "I hope Rick Santorum... meme".
After the reveal of Tarrlok's past and sacrifice in the finale, "I Hope Tarrlok" [better hopes] sprung up.
Using "doozy" to refer to every intense episode note Before it was released, Bryan said episode 8, easily one of the most intense so far, would be a "doozy". Furthermore, it refers to a line from episode 2. "Grab your kids and grab your snacks, because this match is gonna be a doozy."
IS IT SATODAY YET?note In America, new Korra episodes air on Saturdays, and it's a very suspenseful show, so the fans get a little anxious during the weekdays. The name is derived from the Asami/Hiroshi Sato family name.
IT'S AMONDAYnote Same concept; derived from Amon and Monday, as Mondays are the days that the new episodes are put up on Nick's website
"But first, let me tell you about my boomerang." note a reference to Councilman Sokka's speech during Yakone's trial, during which he couldn't seem to resist bragging about taking out Combustion Man.
Meelo and Wash. note Both characters are known for quotes involving leaves.
Amon is Amonster.
Amon puns are running rampant in general. note Amon the edge of glory, Amon a horse, Amon a boat (This becomes Harsher in Hindsight when he dies on a boat in the season finale.), etc.
Amon: "I am the solution."
"But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked." note Fan reuse of Katara's narration from the original series to describe General Iroh's fleet showing up at the end of episode 10 to retake Republic City from the Equalists. Sort of a fan-made Ironic Echo. (Or is it “Irohnic” Echo?) Amusingly, Iroh's fleet was wiped out in minutes.
In Book Two this became "But everything changed when the Water Tribe attacked." note Referencing the events at the end of the second episode of Book Two.
Lin is my hero. note Lin Beifong's Heroic Sacrifice to assure the safety of Tenzin and his family. Meelo's response? "That lady is my hero."
A lot of people are also claiming Iroh II is secretly a Disney Prince
Not to mention that the "Honor" jokes made a comeback, including (although that one is a bit older) the Fan Nickname for Zuko's daughter: Honora.
Uninterested husband. note The husband of the councilwoman that only responds with "(something), dear" to everything she says.
Comparing the Lieutenant to Team Rocket or claiming that he'll be sleeping on the couch. note The Lieutenant hasn't been very successful as of late in capturing the Avatar or Team Avatar.
"Wait, did [X] just die?" "You know, it was really unclear." note In the original show, the character Jet was very subtly killed off due to censorship, leading to debates on whether he was dead or not. When the Ember Island Players play reenacts his death, it has the characters lampshading the uncertainty of it. Censorship of deaths is very much alive and well in Korra, so this joke gets pulled out quite a bit.
"Wait, did the Lieutenant just die?" "You know, it was really unclear."note In the first season finale he was bloodbended, thrown against the wall, and never seen again. Fans suspect he was killed, but the show does not confirm or deny it.
"Wait, did Mako even break up with Asami?" "It was really unclear." note Mako and Asami's break up was ambiguous to a lot of fans, leading to people wondering if Mako and Korra kissed while he was still in a relationship.
"Wait, did the Earth Queen just die? "Y'know, it was really unclear." note Despite the gruesome way in which Zaheer murdered Hou-Ting, every subsequent mention of the death used phrases like "took down" or "brought down", making for one of the most bizarre uses of Never Say "Die" in programming.
Almost from the second he was introduced, people have been making jokes about how "Wan" sounds like "one".
"You amuse me. I will make you mine." with regards to Bolin.
AUGH AUGH AUGH Explanation Eska and Desna's hilariously awkward laugh is sometimes written as such.
Well that Eska-lated quickly. note In response to Eska's Not So StoicYandere moment at the end of "Civil War, Part 2."
Dammit, Unalaq!note Chief Unalaq has an unfortunate tendency to be a jerk at the most inopportune moments.
Meelo is a Pokey-mon master. Explanation In Peacemakers Tenzin teaches Meelo how to train his pet lemur Pokey.
Nuktuk, Hero of the South!Explanation The name of the Show Within a Show that Bolin stars in.
I am sex and melancholy.Explanation A description of Mako based on this tumblr post
Varrick is behind everything.Explanation (spoilers) Following his villain reveal in "The Sting," a certain image board exploded with wild "theories" about Varrick secretly funding Amon, hiring the firebenders that killed Asami's mom, giving Yakone plastic surgery, etc.
Avatar AladdinExplanation Due to the preview clip of Wan for The Beginnings: Part 1, people have been noting the similarities between him and Disney's Aladdin.
Wan jump ahead of the breadline... Explanation Wan's introductory scene is quite similar to Aladdin's introductory song. See Wan puns, below.
Wan puns are becoming the new Amon puns. Explanation Fans are substituting Wan in various words and phrases (e.g. "wanderful", "he was number wan", "wan hour premiere", etc).
Being Asami is suffering. Explanation Asami Sato seems to just keep on going through hardship, like a certain pink haired magical girl.
Or Asami AbuseExplanation In series a lot of bad things seem to happen to Asami, from losing her only family to having her company stolen. So some forums have just continued this trend of everything going wrong into Asami's future. Often adding that no one seems to care.
Vaatu was the original Reaper.Explanation Vaatu's shape, color, deep voice, superior attitude and roaringenergy beams make him reminiscent of Mass Effect's Reapers (minus the living machine aspect, of course).
"Zhu Li, do the thing!" Explanation Varrick's Catch Phrase has proven to be rather popular, especially on Tumblr, where "do the thing" was already a popular form of Buffy Speak before his first appearance.
"This artifact was passed down to me from my uncle." Explanation In the season 2 pilot, Tenzin shows Korra a map of the Air Temples - complete with a smiling chibi Tenzin - and Korra's reaction is one of bemusement. It did not take long for gifs to appear, substituting the map for one of Sokka's notoriously bad drawings, or screencaps of him looking extremely silly, or anything else that might fit with Korra's reaction.
Mako: Korra... I broke up with you..note Mako waiting until the last second to tell Korra he broke up with her after her memories were erased.
Fanart of human!Raava - typically a pale, regal woman wearing a kimono and hair ornaments, with white hair and blue facial markings - is practically as popular as fanart of her true form.
Waava is my new OTP!Explanation The Wan/Raava pairing - humanized or not - has received considerable popularity.
Putting a blush on Unalaq face especially when he looks at Vaatu.Explanation The Unavaatu pairing becomes popular as the finale pretty much shows Unalaq's strong desire to be one with Vaatu. This leads to jokes like "I wish my boyfriend looks at me like Unalaq looks at Vaatu."
"Jinora Christ" Explanation Jinora descending from the heavens in golden light to bring Raava back.
You're an Airbender, and you're an Airbender, EVERYBODY'S AN AIRBENDER!! Explanation A parody of Oprah Winfrey that comes from the reaction of people randomly becoming airbenders in season three.
To a lesser degree, P'Li puns. Explanation Mako and Bolin try to hide behind a pillar. Cut to P'Li combustionbending around the corner with the caption "Bitch, P'Lease."
Hipster Zaheer. note When infiltrating the air temple Zaheer claims to be from a village far North that "you've probably never heard of." Cue everybody making jokes about Zaheer being a hipster.
Toph Really Gets Around. Spoilers Toph is revealed to have two daughters with by two different fathers, both unknown even by Lin and Su, so the fandom has latched onto this and made Toph a nymphomaniac, who doesn't care who her partner is, though it does have its dark side.
R.I.P. Bosco. Explanation Fans were horrified to learn of the rumor that the Earth Queen had eaten her father's pet bear.
Never trust episode ten. Explanation Episode 10 of Avatar and all three seasons of Korra always contains something shocking.
Zaheer is Bane. Explanation Zaheer giving control of Ba Sing Se to its citizens after killing the Earth Queen led to inevitable comparisons to Bane's liberation of Gotham in the film.
"As long as I'm breathing, it's not over." Explanation Tenzin refuses to give up Korra to the Red Lotus. As the Red Lotus starts beating on a battered and bruised Tenzin, the camera slowly pans to the wall...
"Guru Laghima. An airbender." Explanation In "The Stakeout", Zaheer tells Korra "Do you know who once said, "New growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old"? Guru Laghima, an airbender." Since then people have begun attributing nonsensical phrases to "Guru Laghima, an airbender."
P'li's death was mind-blowing Book 3 finale spoilers After P'li dies when Suyin metalbent her armor around P'li's head right as she was about to fire off a combustion blast, causing it to backfire and incinerate her; fans have taken to making jokes abut it using variations of the phrase "mind-blowing."
And to a lesser extent, jokes have been made about Ming-Hua's death being "shocking" Explanation, Book 3 finale spoilers Mako hit her with a blast of lightning and electrocuted her to death.
And to an even lesser extent, crushing/buried or "earth-shattering" puns about Ghazan's death Explanation, book 3 finale spoilers He decided to bury himself alive in a cave rather than go back to prison.
And we are not "yanking your chain" about Zaheer'sultimate defeat. Explanation, book 3 finale spoilers He tries to escape, but is dragged back down by Korra entangling his leg with one of her broken chains.
It's Aang! Book 3 finale spoilers Jinora finally gets her airbending tattoos. Fans have noted her similarities in design to Aang before, but with her head shaved, the only difference between her and her grandfather are their different colored eyes and different shaped ears.
All my friends are dead. Book 3 finale spoilers Zaheer's face is often photoshopped on the dinosaur on the cover of the book because P'li, Ming-Hua, and Ghazan are all dead by the end of the finale.
Put a sock in it! Book 3 finale spoilers When Zaheer has lost and is ranting about the Red Lotus will prevail, Bolin shuts him up by gagging him with a literal sock. Naturally, he points it out.
SOON. Explanation When Nick released the title for book 4, Bryan's only comment (on tumblr) was "SOON." Turns out "soon" meant "next month".
OCTOBER 3! Explanation When the release date was announced - with only three weeks left to go - the fandom was launched into an emotional whirlwind of anticipation and dread.