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Trivia: The Legend of Korra

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Approval of God:
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • "Book: Air" was a very common name for fan sequels, in keeping with the Theme Naming of the show's seasons, as it was the only main element remaining that did not have its own season. The first season of Korra is titled "Book One: Air".
    • When the series was initially announced as The Last Airbender: The Legend Of Korra, some fans rejected the Artifact Title and its association with the much-disliked film adaptation, instead referring to the series as The Legend Of Korra. Official sources soon followed suit.
    • Two of Aang and Katara's kids are named Kya and Bumi, after Katara's mother and Aang's oldest friend. Fanfiction writers named hypothetical daughters of Katara "Kya" years before The Legend of Korra was ever announced.
    • Likewise, the popular Avatar Aang An Annotated Bibliography nailed "Tenzin" as the name of one of Aang's sons.
      • And in the same vein, several fanfics predicted "Rohan" would be the name of one of their sons too. They were just a generation early.
    • Nick.com advertises a clip from of "The Spirit of Competition" with the tagline "Makorra Vs. Borra," actively invoking Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • An armless water bender who can bend water to use as replacement arms? Fans came up with the concept before.
    • Fans have speculated that if airbenders weren't such adamant pacifists, they could be very effective at killing people by simply bending the air out of their lungs and making them suffocate. In "Long Live The Queen", Zaheer does just that.
    • Korra and Asami started out as little more than a Crack Ship mostly in protest of the stilted Love Triangle in the first two seasons. Suffice it to say, it grew.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Bryan and Mike voice two Equalist Mooks in "Out of the Past".
    • Joaquim Dos Santos voices the “Heeeeey Mako” guy in "The Spirit of Competition".
  • Creator's Favorite: Asami Sato. She was initially meant to be the mole but Bryke ended up loving her to much to follow through with that. They ended up rewriting her into being a good guy and later Promoted to Love Interest. Luckily, Asami also became a Fan Favorite, so everything worked out well.
  • Fandom Nod:
    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
    Ikki: [interrupting] Gran Gran, you look old. How old are you? Why is it so cold in the South Pole? Can we sit around a fire and play games and tell scary stories and make snowmen? And then could you make the snowman move with waterbending and chase us? Wouldn't that be fuuuun?
    [Jinora hangs her head in disappointment]
  • The Danza:
  • Executive Meddling: Nick slashed the budget for Season 4, not giving the crew enough money to produce all the episodes they wanted. They had to either fire some of their staff or do a Clip Show. "Remembrances" was the result.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Brolin for Bolin. Even more appropriate now that we know about his lady-killing ways.
    • Mama!Mako is becoming quite popular on account of Mako's doting and protective ways.
    • Sparkly Sparkly Bush Man for the park-dwelling vagabond Korra meets in the first episode (after Sokka's temporary name for Combustion Man of the original series). Secondary sources later revealed his real name as Gommu.
    • Korralition or Krew for the new iteration of Team Avatar, as their in-universe team name, the Fire Ferrets, wasn't known to the fandom until early March 2012.
    • Spider-Lin for Lin Beifong after her actions in Episode 6.
      • Many of the characters have earned themselves superhero themed nicknames. Lin has also been dubbed "Iron Lin" for the way she puts on her armor, and "Wonder Lin" both for being amazing and the fan theory that Toph created her via earthbending. General Iroh has earned the nickname "Iroh Man" after the finale, and Mako has been dubbed "Batmako" for his similarities to Batman in episode 3.
    • Big Daddies for the mecha tanks introduced in episode 7, especially due to the diving suit inspiration.
    • Korramobile for the Satomobile the Krew rides in when hunting Equalists in Episode 8 is somewhat popular given all the Batman undertones.
    • "Honora" for Zuko's daughter (the current firelord) before Word of God revealed her name is Izumi.
      • "Zutara" was also sometimes used too.
    • "Iroh II" for General Iroh, as is standard procedure for Legacy Characters.
    • "Airbabies" for Tenzin and Pema's children.
    • "Amonoatak" for Amon/Noatak.
    • Amonymous for Amon, given his similar appearance to Anonymous.
    • "Cloudbabies" for Aang and Katara's children.
    • The Bloodbending Brothers for Amon/Noatak and Tarrlok.
    • Hinata for Eska (back before her name was revealed), due to her resemblance towards the previously mentioned character, along with a facial expression that looks very Shrinking Violet-ish.
      • Another common fan nickname for her is "Kirima."
      • She looks like a cross between Dio and Delphine. Down to the eye markings!
    • The "Innocent Spirit" for the Adorkable dark spirit that Bumi manages to pacify using his flute in "Darkness Falls".
    • Jafarvatar for the unnamed Fire Avatar .
    • Kai has already acquired the rather unfortunate nickname of "Shitstain", on account of him being an arrogant little twerp.
    • Before her name was revealed, a common nickname for Ming-Hua was "Lady Crazy-eyes".
      • A better nickname for her now would be, "Ms. No-Limbs.
    • Suyin's artistic son, Huan, has gained the moniker "Skrillex" from some fans, because they share some similiarities in appearance.
    • Before they were revealed as the Red Lotus, Zaheer, P'Li, Ming Hua and Ghazan were known - on this wiki - as the Irregular Benders. Other names could include the Exbendables or one could even call them the anti-Team Avatar.
      • P'li in particular was called either the Combustion Woman or Sparky Sparky Boom Ma'am, as a reference to the man from the first series also capable of such a power.
    • An unnamed, rotund Air Nomad Avatar has come to be known as Avatar Boof-Poof, The Last Cakebender.
    • Opal is known as "adoropal" given her Adorkable nature.
    • Prince Wu earned the nickname Prince Wuzko for his Kuzco-like mannerisms and attitude.
    • Lin and Mako are referred to as Momboss and Detectiveson on account of their mother/son and work relationship.
    • "The Thing"note  for the last scene in the Grand Finale episode of Book Four and its multiple interpretations.
    • The Baefongs for Toph Beifong's offspring.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Book 2 aired Friday night instead of Saturday morning. By the numbers, it is down about 1-2 million viewers per episode than last season. And then they push it back another hour without warning, leading to another drop of a million viewers. Book 3 remained in the Friday night slot until it was taken off the air completely for an online-only release.
  • God Never Said That: Despite the quote from Andrea Romano being that the original cast might as well be dead, for all of the impact they'll have on the plot, numerous people still insist she declared the entire cast to be dead and gone, accusing her of being mistaken or lying when it was proved otherwise.
  • Genius Bonus: Astute viewers may recognize the Venom of the Red Lotus as mercury. Therefore, since mercury is a liquid metal, it can be bended in and out of a person's body.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • I Knew It:
    • Book 1: Air
      • "The Revelation": Amon can take away people's bending. Admittedly, some of the trailers hinted at this.
      • "And The Winner Is...": Lin was the third person in Tenzin and Pema's Love Triangle.
      • "The Aftermath": One of the Satos is working with the Equalists. It was a long time theory. Also, mechas. Super bonus points for those who saw the blueprints way back in episode 1.
      • "Out Of The Past": Tarrlok is Yakone's son, and Amon has a means of protecting himself from bloodbending.
      • "Skeletons In The Closet": Tarrlok is Amon's brother—his younger brother. Tumblr went on fire for that one. And Amon is a bender—and a bloodbender.
      • In fact, pretty much every major plot point was successfully predicted. The only one that wasn't was the joke prediction that the parent-murdering firebender is a waterbending Serial Killer named A. Firebender.
    • Book Two: Spirits
      • Combined with Hilarious in Hindsight is that Avatar/Naruto crossover fics were common due do the fact that the designs weren't horribly dissimilar. Cue Studio Pierrot, Naruto's animation studio, animating for Book 2 of Korra.
      • "Civil Wars: Part 2": Did anyone tell you that Uncle Unalaq is evil? No? Because they didn't have to!
      • "The Sting": Many people were not the least bit surprised that Varrick turned out to be a Corrupt Corporate Executive who staged the attacks on his own vessels so he could buy out Future Industries.
      • "Harmonic Convergence": Unalaq reveals his master plan, to become the Dark Avatar by merging with Vaatu like Wan did with Raava. Lots of people saw that coming a mile off, but most dismissed it because it was so ridiculous. Joke's on them, eh? The giant battle between Korra and Unalaq was also unexpected.
    • Book 3: Change
      • "In Harm's Way": When P'Li mentioned she had been locked up for thirteen years, some fans did the math and theorized that the Red Lotus were imprisoned for attempting to attack/kidnap Korra when she had just been revealed as the Avatar. They were bang on the money.
      • "Long Live The Queen": As soon as Zaheer was introduced, the fandom just knew he'd get to show off what airbending could do if it weren't in the hands of a pacifist. The most horrifying possibility is that they could suck the air out of somebody's lungs. Come episode 10, Zaheer proved them right.
      • "Enter The Void": After a season of failing to metalbend, many fans began to speculate that Bolin would instead be revealed to be capable of lavabending. This got confirmed in this episode.
    • Book 4: Balance
      • "Korra Alone": Numerous predictions abounded about the nature of Toph's reappearance - those that were proved right were 1) she would be a Cliff Hanger right at the end of her first episode 2) Korra would meet her in the Foggy Swamp, where Aang first "met" her 3) Toph would make a joke about her blindness - "It's good to see you again." 4) Toph would call Korra "Twinkle-Toes".
      • Likewise, many fans believed that Aang would still be doing his "marble trick" as an adult. Then in this episode, a proud seafood-seller shows off his picture of Aang performing the same trick with two sushi rolls!
      • A few months before Book 4 aired, Jeremy Zuckerman posted "a cue from a scene from an episode from a season." Some fans managed to correctly predict that this was from the scene where Korra gets her Important Haircut.
      • "Operation Beifong": many fans guessed that Zhu Li was faking her loyalty to Kuvira in order to sabotage her plans.
      • In the first episode this season, astute viewers caught onto Kuvira's mostly filled in map having slots occupied by the location of the United Republic, and guessed that she would try to conquer it as well as the Earth Empire. The ending to "Operation Beifong" confirms it.
      • When fans saw the title "Kuvira's Gambit", many of them reasoned that she would, as the title implies, sacrifice something willingly for her victory. Many fans guessed she would sacrifice her fiancé, Baatar Jr. And they were right.
  • Invisible Advertising: Book 3 went from announcement to air in roughly a month after four episodes were leaked from Nick's Mexican affiliate. Book 4, being broadcast entirely online, got it even worse. The announcement came merely three weeks prior, with no television advertising.
  • Let's Watch: There's a text-based one here.
  • Life Imitates Art: Behold, Janet Varney dresses up as Korra for a Kickstarter project.
  • Name's the Same:
    • There's a real person named Hiroshi Sato; a retired Japanese football player.
    • Also, Varrick's a name that might be familiar-sounding to Bioware fans.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: While not closely visually related to their historical equivalents, some characters share features of famous people of the World War era (with one or two more modern examples).
    • Varrick's eccentric mannerisms, quick temper, and business layout are very similar to that of American media mogul William Randolph Hearst. In the episode "Peacemakers", he furthers the similarities by openly filming the civil war and splicing it with fake footage to make it propaganda, a practice Hearst used in the Mexican theatre of WWI.
    • Varrick can also be seen as an expy of Howard Hughes, since both men were incredibly prolific and highly eccentric inventors. Hughes was also a well known film tycoon and businessman.
    • The Earth Queen is a dead ringer for the Empress Dowager Cixi, known for her conservatism, autocratic rule, and - according to even the most charitable accounts - her immense wastefulness.
    • After getting his head shaved, Zaheer bears a striking resemblance to his voice actor Henry Rollins.
    • Hiroshi Sato after some years in jail looks a lot like Hayao Miyazaki.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Steve Blum as Amon, Clancy Brown as Yakone, and Lance Henriksen as The Lieutenant are the only major exceptions so far.
    • PJ Byrne starred in quite a few medical and/or legal dramas before being cast as Bolin.
    • Mako's actor David Faustino was best known for his role on Married... with Children as the sane, smart, yet perpetually dateless son, Bud Bundy. In the first season, Mako has many fangirls and dates two women.
    • Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong) and Janet Varney (Korra) are best known for comedic roles.
    • Wile Dee Bradley Baker isn't new to voicing menacing villains such as Tarrlok, it's certainly not something he's necessarily well-known for (mostly Baker does announcer voices, comedic losers, depraved Germans, and animal/creature noises).
    • There's also J. K. Simmons, best known for playing hilariously foul-mouthed, choleric Jerkasses, as Tenzin, the most calm and spiritual member of the cast (though he has his moments).
    • Bruce Davison, who specializes in sleazy or just plain weird characters, is the new Zuko.
    • Zelda Williams, a model who acted in a few obscure roles, is Kuvira.
      • It's Harsher in Hindsight when you realize what happened to her dad, and it's almost synonymous with Kuvira's views on the fractured Earth kingdom.
  • Production Throwback: Naga the Polar Bear-Dog, Korra's animal guide and occasional transport for the new Team Avatar, was originally going to be Aang's waaaay back before the series was fully realized- sketches and concepts for this can be seen in the Avatar: The Last Airbender official art-of book.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Janet Varney was a big fan of the original series even before auditioning for the role of Korra, needless to say she was stoked to hear that she'd booked the part.
  • Reality Subtext: Probably not intentional, but it's been noted that the Book 3 premiere's title "A Breath of Fresh Air" is very apt, with many fans finding it a huge improvement after the Seasonal Rot of Book 2.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Book 1 was aired on Saturdays with a great deal of promotion, and it got very high ratings. But for Book 2 the channel gave less promotion and moved it to the Friday Night Death Slot. The Book 2 premiere only had half the ratings of the Book 1 premiere. Then with little warning, the show was pushed back an hour and ratings fell in half again. See how bad the numbers got. Whether intentional or not, the network screwed this show hard.
    • When Bryan Konietzko announced the time change, he added that it may have been done to try and counter-act this. It kinda worked for episode 9.
    • Book 3 received shockingly little marketing for what's ostensibly the network's flagship show, with the return date only being announced a few weeks in advance. This may have been related to the Short Run in Peru leak of four Book 3 episodes. In any case, the ratings dropped even further. Then, after four weeks of new episodes, covering episodes 1 to 7, Nick pulled episode 9 from the schedule and moved the entire series to a weekly release on their website. Ironically, this was after a bizarre set of ads that asserted the season could only be seen on television.
      • Then later as the season progressed, the antagonists started discussing anarchism and the bodies started hitting the floor, leading some fans to think Nickelodeon moved the show online due to its content. Though the Season 3 episodes later started airing on TV in late September, and hadn't finished by the time Book 4 started.
    • Book 4 will air entirely online, and not even a month and a half after Book 3's finale (and the TV premiere of the last few episodes of Season 3 are still yet to finish). This, along with further lack of advertising not dissimilar to Book 3, has led to fandom outrage that Nick is trying to "shove Korra out the door."
    • When the Book 4 episode "Remembrances" was revealed to be a Clip Show, the fandom was not happy. Then Bryan Konietzko took to Tumblr to explain, and revealed that Nickelodeon had cut the Book's budget in the middle of production, by roughly the cost of a full episode, requiring either significant layoffs or significant footage recycling. To Bryan and Mike, the first idea wasn't even an option.
    • Played with in the final scenes of the series finale, many blamed Nick for the ambiguity of it, and assumed that Bryke had to sneak it in without the studio's knowledge, but after Bryke confirmed the Korrasami Ship online they mentioned that the Studio was supportive of the idea, though due to their Standards and Practices would only allow so much to be shown. So the studio is the reason for the ambiguity, but the scene was done with them fully knowing what was being expressed.
  • Short Run in Peru: Kinda. Several episodes of the Spanish dub of Book 3 were leaked onto the internet before Book 3 aired anywhere. This may have caused Book 3 to air prematurely with little marketing.
  • Shrug of God: Bryan has admitted that even he has no idea how Jinora helped Korra defeat UnaVaatu in the Book 2 finale, and that any of the fan-theories about this are technically correct as a result. This was mocked in "Remembrances" with Varrick calling her "queen of the fairies."
  • Throw It In:
    • A scene in "The Spirit of Competition" where Mako is angrily walking through a door and completely ignores a fan trying to say hi ("Hey Makooooo-oh") originated when someone drew a random extra standing next to Mako in the animatic and the episodes director thought he looked disappointed.
    • There was an In-Universe case in a mover where Bolin kisses an actress in a scene where he wasn't supposed to and the director decided to keep the kiss.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • Not five minutes into the new series and they hit viewers with this gem:
    Jinora: I've been dying to ask you: what happened to Zuko's mom?
    Katara: [epic theme music begins to swell] Well, Jinora, it's an incredible tale—
    Ikki: [theme cuts off] Gran-Gran, you look old! How old are you?
    • There's also something pretty suspect about releasing a trailer that features Korra and Mako kissing the day before April Fool's, even if it actually did happen.
    • It feels like the episode "The Spirit of Competition" was trolling all the shippers at once.
    • The reveal that Toph's daughters have different fathers feels like this. Ever since Lin's introduction much speculation has gone into who her father is, but the fact that neither her nor her sister knows who their respective fathers are has opened the door for a whole slew of speculation, no doubt sparking shipping wars by the mere implication that the popular Tokka ship is potentially canon. Then came "Operation Beifong", which resolved Lin's father in five seconds as some unknown guy named Kanto. Expecting some big reveal, huh?
    • The day before "Remembrances" aired, Nickelodeon tweeted "Will Masami return tomorrow? You're gonna have to wait to find out! ;)" The answer was no.
    • For Book 4, it was mentioned that Varrick's childhood would be explored at some point. Right up until the finale, people wondered how they'd address that... then Varrick uses an out-of-context anecdote as a comparison for how he has been treating Zhu Li, before mentioning that he was taken away by circus people, leaving more hilarious questions than answers.
  • Troper Critical Mass: It's a follow-up to Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was practically destined to get the mass.
  • Viral Marketing:
    • Korra Nation. The point was to get people to inform their friends of the show by having automatic posts show up on you Facebook/Twitter profile for people to click. The person sending the posts earned points for every link clicked and every person who signed up using their personal link, with the points going towards prizes including a drawing for a trip to this summer's SDCC and exclusive MP3 releases of music from the show.
    • Another branch of Korra Nation dealt with gaining likes, shares, and tweets of the Korra Nation website; on which fans could discover hidden content such as production sketches and background art. Sharing the site 100,00 times would allow fans to see the premiere a week early. It earned 100,000 points within the first week of its announcement, and as promised the first two episodes were available online on March 24th.
    • The Korra Nation website no longer exists, but the viral marketing continues with the Korra Nation tumblr and facebook pages. Art, production information, and clips of the upcoming episodes are posted to these pages once or twice a week.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Asami Sato was originally intended to be an Equalist spy, but during the first season's scripting process Mike and Bryan decided that 1) she wouldn't have much use in the story after her intended mid-season villainous reveal, and 2) was too cool a character to waste that way.
    • There were plans to revisit the "foamy mouth guy" gag from the previous series, with the twist that the crazy fan was rooting for Amon instead of the heroes. It got dropped because they felt that the joke clashed too much with Amon's general creepiness.
    • The "Remembrances" episode. It was intended to be this show's version of the "The Ember Island Players" but, as stated above, network interference forced it to be changed into a simple clip show, albeit emulating the aforementioned episode.
    • Inverted in some way with the Finale. The creators mentioned they didn't want to look back at it in twenty years and regret not going as far as they could for Korra and Asami's romantic relationship.
  • Word of Gay: The relationship between Korra and Asami was confirmed as romantic a few days after the finale.
    • Apparently they debated with themselves for over a year over whether or not to do this.
  • Word of God:
    • Mike and Bryan clarified a number of details concerning events that bridge the two series, such as who's ruling the Fire Nation in Zuko's stead and why Aang was only in his 60s when he died.
    • It was later clarified due to potential ambiguity that Ghazan and Ming-Hua were both killed.
    • The NYCC panel revealed that the airbending wingsuits featured in Book 4 were designed by Asami herself.
    • On October 23, Mike and Bryan had a Q & A chat on The Other Wiki that answered some questions about the show.
    • Both Mike and Bryan have confirmed the Korrasami pairing as canonical. The reason it was a little ambiguous is due to standards and practices only allowing so much, but Nickelodeon were actually supportive of the idea. Basically, they could do absolutely everything except having them actually kiss on-screen. So they went all out, mirroring the final scene of Avatar: The Last Airbender when it came to staging, music and action, just pulling away the camera where the original showed Aang and Katara kissing.
    • They've also assured us that once Mako finds his own true love, his experiences with both Korra and Asami will help him do a much better job being good to them.
    • Nick.com has released family trees that give the names of people like Asami's mother.
  • Working Title: First Avatar: Legend of Korra, then The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. The "The Last Airbender" Artifact Title was ultimately dropped, while the "Avatar" supertitle was retained for overseas markets.

Alternative Title(s):

Avatar The Legend Of Korra