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Korra will undergo a Face-Heel Turn.Some elaboration/conjecture: Korra has been very clearly established as an antithesis of Aang. Whereas Aang understood his position as the Avatar, he was relatively reluctant to shoulder it and, at least initially, regarded the duties as a burden. Of course, he later forgoes this attitude as his character develops and he takes the roll very serious. Korra is essentially the exact opposite: she immediately embraced the position. Which is where the potential problem is. She jumped into it without apparently truly understanding what her responsibilities really are. She's much quicker to doll out vigilante justice than actually mediate conflicts and maintain balance. Ultimately, likely after some jarring event, she will realize her shortcomings and either finally understand her responsibilities and handle the job of the Avatar with a greater deal of responsibility, or become despaired and continue her aggressive tendencies in the misguided belief that they can truly help her restore balance. Perhaps said jarring event could be something that makes her sympathetic to the Equalists (like continued atrocities by the Triple Threat Triad), causing her to believe that it is by putting herself on their side that she could restore balance. Queue potential corruption by Amon, whom she may begin to see as a replacement mentor to Tenzin after her frustration with his teachings reaches a boiling point. By the end of the series, we could see a climactic battle between her and one of her former friends who will try to either guide her back to the right path, or take her out before she can cause any further damage.
Korra is related at least one person from the Gaang
Neither Korra nor any of her companions are descended from the original Gaang.Admittedly, this theory is drawn less from actual evidence and more from the wishes of this particular Troper. But as far as the... what are we calling them? The Krew? The Korralition? As far as they go, it would make for better storytelling if none of them are related to the Gaang aside from Korra being Aang's reincarnation. Having them all related to Gaang members implies that awesome is hereditary, and that other families can't produce a protagonist. In addition, it detracts from their own accomplishments. If Mako and Bolin are descended from, say, Azula, the fandom will inevitably make that a defining characteristic for the brothers. Giving them unknown ancestors allows the viewer to better appreciate characters for the actual personality traits that make them appreciable. Of course, it's still awesome to see characters like Tenzin and Chief Beifong, since this gives us a better idea of what the Gaang did post-ATLA, but the main characters should be known for themselves.
Korra is feeling the weight of Aang's legacy.From what we know about Korra she has already mastered earthbending and firebending by the time the series starts. Or at least she's very competent with them. However, she's sixteen, the usual age when Avatars learn of their status, and it took Roku a couple years to get that far. This is because Aang left gigantic shoes to fill. Aang mastered the elements and Avatar State in less then a full year, ending a century-long war in the process, while he was still technically twelve. Aang is most likely going to go down in history as one of most influential and greatest Avatars ever. Because of this, Korra was expected by her tribe to live up to Aang and become his equal, if not better then he was. This caused them to tell her of her Avatarness years before they was supposed to, pressuring her to get started mastering the elements as quickly as possible. (Though they may have had justification for this, especially if the anti-bending movement is a huge threat.) Regardless, Korra will feel some resentment over this. This may result in her bonding with Tenzin, if he has similar problems.
Korra won't meet Aang until near the end of the first season.As she's a spiritual dunderhead, Korra won't be able to connect with the Spirit World until she's had some character growth. Plus the fans will be dying to see this meeting happen, and it's more dramatic to hold off on it for as long as possible. Since the first season was conceived of and developed as a standalone mini-series, Avatar Aang's appearance was likely included near the end of the first season as that was potentially the end of the Avatar franchise prior to the order for a second season.
Korra will suffer from Heroic BSOD after discovering the Avatar StateIn one of the leaks, there was a master who scolded Korra and told her that though she had mastered the physical side of bending, she still hadn't grasped the spiritual side of it. Even though she's going to Tenzin to try and learn from him along with airbending, even he might not be able to get through to her. Thus it will take destroying an area of the city by accidentally activating the Avatar State to make her realize how important it is.
Korra will witness Katara's violent death, and suffer a Heroic BSODThis will be a darker and edgier sequel, but the beginning previews show a bright, happy Korra, a young athlete in the making, focusing solely on the physical aspect of bending. Katara's death will catapult Korra into her first experience with Aang and the Avatar State, having been overwhelmed with the loss of the woman s/he loved, and transform her into the young, embittered Batman clone we see later on. Katara's death may force Korra to take her responsibilities more seriously, but in doing so, she may also lose her sense of optimism and fun; life skills which her new friends and mentors, Aang included, may have to reteach her. On a journey to the Spirit World, Korra may even meet Katara, who will reassure Korra that, though it may be in a different form the next time around, she will always return to her.]]
Korra will meet Koh the Face Stealer.He did said to Aang that "[they''ll] meet again".
Korra will meet Iroh in the Spirit WorldMost likely, Iroh will be dead in The Legend of Korra. But when Korra first enters the Spirit World, she won't just meet Aang, she'll meet Iroh as well. Why? Because Iroh has been to the Spirit World and has the ability to see spirits. He'll probably be chilling there and offer Korra a cup of tea.
Korra will have "accidental" Bisexual tendencies.
Korra will have a motorcycle.We know that the Avatar verse has had an upswing in technology, with cars and motorcycles. Korra will have a steam-powered motorcycle which she uses as her main form of transportation, simply because it'd be really cool. If she has an animal guide, it will be one better suited for muscle then travel, so the motorcycle will be gained partly out of necessity.
Korra will attempt to end the Equalist revolt peacefully...and fail.Partly because the Equalists, due to the nature of their revolt, can't see Korra as a neutral party. Also, from what we've heard so far, Korra doesn't seem to be an ideal diplomat.
Korra will use Energybending to give some non-benders bending to help stop the Equalists.
Korra will bring Bending to the masses.It's been mentioned before that people in this universe learned how to bend by observing nature. This series' conflict is an anti-bending revolution. As she becomes more spiritually aware over the course of the series she will come to sympathize with the idea behind the Anti-bending movement and begin trying to reach out to them. Keeping with the series' overall theme that everything is connected Korra will learn that even the difference between benders and non-benders is illusory. This series will end with Korra discovering a way to teach bending to mundane citizens. This will set up the next series, where the Earthbending Avatar will have to deal with the implications of a world where everyone has superpowers.
Korra will sneak meat and world goods to Tenzin's children.According to the creators, one of the show's central themes will be Modernity VS Tradition. What better way to show that generational struggle then to have Tenzin's children buck the rules for how they're supposed to behave? And Korra, not being the spiritual sort, won't think anything of slipping Jinora some beef jerky.
Korra will be a Violently Protective GirlfriendA Blood Knight in love? Bad guys beware.
There is something wrong with Korra's status as the avatarNow, in the last airbender, it was quite clear that it was natural for the avatar to have problems with the element on the opposing side of the spectrum. For Aang it was earth. For Roku it was water. But Korra does not seem to have any problems using fire at all, having problems with air instead. It's possible that it's a simple personality mis-match, bit that doesn't really appear the case. Yes, she is impatient and has trouble going with a movement rather than blocking it, but neither of those are exclusive to air-bending. Going with a movement rather than blocking it is also a basis for waterbending, which she is good at, while patience is necessary to master any of the bending disciplines. It is more than just that though. Aang never suspected he was the avatar before he was told. Yes, he was good at airbending, but he couldn't use any of the other elements without being taught them first. Korra, meanwhile, is already capable of bending fire and earth at age 5. She has learned how to use them despite living at the south pole, where fire and earth-benders are probably rather rare (it being cold and there being little earth, after all) and, even then, having no reason to even try and study them before. As a final note, Aang died before Korra was born. Yet it took the white lotus 5 years to discover that she was born, despite the ritual used to search for an avatar does not really require a minimum age. And with only three tribes to perform the test on, she somehow went unfound? Was she never tested for some reason, or did she do the test and not appear as the avatar? All in all, there seems to be something really off about her avatar powers.
When Korra wins prize money in the pro-bending tournament, Tenzin will take it to repay his costs in paying for the damage she caused in the first episodeIf it is her idea or not I don't know.
Korra is a Villain ProtagonistThe Equalist Movement began as just that: a movement simply seeking equality between the benders and the non-benders, who are often treated as second class citizens. The benders, who typically hold the positions of power in the Avatar world, overreact and attempt to end the dissent with force, turning the movement violent. The Equalists show that they are more than capable of giving the Powers That Be a run for their money, and so the latter bring in Korra as their Iron Heel to stamp out what began as a peaceful, legitimate protest of inequality. Essentially, Korra could either be a (perhaps unwitting: She may simply be too young to know about the earlier actions of the benders that lead to the current situation) pawn of the benders who want nothing more than to maintain their own power, or she could even be in on it herself. This could also explain Amon's wearing a mask: His face was destroyed during the initial violent crackdown on his movement.
Korra learned firebending from the School of ZukoShe uses an awesome looking breakdance move in the line art animation. This could be a call back to the moves Zuko often employed when fighting. (It was unique to Zuko as a [[shoutout]] to Dante Basco's real life dance skills.)
We'll see seeing a lot of closeups of Korra's feetAnd why not? Maybe at some point, she'll forgo any foot wear. Which makes it even easier to earthbend. She'll even remain barefoot in her Southern Tribe home.
Korra's first time in the Avatar State will cause her to be grounded/exiled to Air Temple Island, and it will be crucial to her training.We all know that avatars who enter the Avatar State causes mass destruction when they can't control it, and when Korra unintentionally enters it the first time, this will cause a number of issues: enraging the Equalists and helping their cause, cause massive protests with the public for the destruction to a good portion of the city and property (as well as learning she is just too dangerous), and will get her restricted to Air Temple Island. This will cause trouble for her as she can't do anything but watch the politics and city spiral out of control, but provides opportunity to cool down and focus solely on her airbending until the end of the series where she breaks the law after becoming a realized avatar. Chief Beifong wanted her out of this city because she read about her mother's adventures (written by someone else), especially where Aang was just plain terrifying in the state.
Whereas Aang entered in the Avatar State through anger and rage, Korra will enter in the Avatar State through fearThe Avatar will enter in the Avatar State from emotional distress. Aang often gained emotional distress through anger/rage and entered in the Avatar State, but emotional distress could be different for Korra. Since the Legend of Korra seems to focus so much on fear according to the trailers and TV Spots, Korra could uncontrollably enter in the Avatar State because she freaks out from it.
Korra will have trouble with romantic relationships.A natural progression from the Violently Protective Girlfriend guess above. The girl has been raised in near total isolation at the bottom of the planet for all of her life, and is just now experiencing the world and society at large. Her only exposure to normal social interaction has mostly been with the Order of the White Lotus, Katara, Tenzin and his family. Other teens her own age are going to be a total mystery for her, and as her only exposure to courtship has been through stories from Katara and whichever members of the Gaang were still around, she'll have troubles with manuvering romantically, something teens have issues to begin with. And let's not get started on when sex gets involved. Korra could possably be surprisingly vulnerable in that area. Feel free to list some potential pot-holes she'll come across. And any Drama or Lulz that would ensue from that.
Korra knows bloodbending.Katara was her waterbending teacher, after all. It isn't too much of a stretch to think that, in her old age, Katara would have come to terms with what Hama did to her. And, she would be teaching the skill to someone she can, presumably, trust pretty well.
Korra's first meeting with Aang won't go over well.Korra has been shown to be anything but a spiritual person, and likely only knows about spirits and meeting her past lives in the abstract. Therefore, when she finally "gets" meditation and crosses the Spirit World-Physical World barrier and meets Aang, she is going to freak. And it will be the most hilarious thing in the show to date.
Korra's waterbending in the intro will be cleaner and more precise to reflect her character development in the series.Korra's waterbending in the introduction of the show is rather messy and unrefined, reflecting her current nature. As the series progresses, the waterbending shown will be more precise and refined over time as she is closer to mastering airbending and the spiritual half of her nature in general. By the time this happens, her bending will be just like Paku's from the original.
Korra's time spent in the Avatar State will be far and few in betweenSort as an addendum to all the other speculations about her and the Avatar State; since she's the Anti-Aang, whereas Aang tapped into the state relatively frequently (heck, he spent 100 uninterrupted years in it), Korra on the other hand even after she does get by her initial spiritual hangups most likely won't be accessing the Avatar State anywhere near as much (save perhaps, as also surmised above, her fear gets the better of her).
Korra 'looking for the bathroom' will become a running gagShe will never be believed, especially when she is desperate to find one for legitimate reasons.
Korra, now with better relationships with Chief Lin, will learn Metalbending from herWith the latest episode, Korra seems to have a better relationship with Lin. And with the conflict escalating, Korra will attempt to learn Metalbending from Lin.
Korra will mature into a Lady of WarBased on the previous Avatar reincarnations, it seems female Avatars are more likely to accept their roles as the Avatar and eventually take them fully seriously much sooner. Kyoshi was an Iron Lady and Yangchen is noted to have been one of the most successful Avatars, so Korra is likely to grow into either of these later in life. This theory isn't an onscreen one, but for when she reaches full adulthood as a fully-realized Avatar.
Korra is unlocking her chakras subconsciously as the series progressesI gotta say that this has to be some clever writing. In the most recent episodes, Korra has been following the steps of unlocking the chakras that Aang followed, only without realizing. The first chakra, which deals with survival, is blocked by fear. Korra dealt with this with her face-to-face meeting with Amon and finally admitted her fear to Tenzin, who told her that admitting one's fears is the first step to overcoming them. The next chakra, which deals with pleasure, is blocked by guilt. Korra felt this when she broke Bolin's heart after kissing Mako and redeemed herself in the pro-bending match that followed, apologising to both the brothers and admitting she enjoyed her time with Bolin. I haven't seen any moments lately where Korra had to deal with the third chakra which deals with willpower and is blocked by shame, but if that gets brought up next, I will be fully convinced this is what's happening. Also as further proof, notice how Korra started seeing visions of her past life as Aang after dealing with fear and in the following episode after dealing with guilt.
Korra will defeat Amon one-on-one without using her bending.Call it cherry tapping. Call it making the odds more equal. Call it recognizing that Amon's style is geared to fight benders and not non-benders. Korra is gonna kick Amon's ass without resorting to her bending.
Korra's incredible physical strength is supernatural in origin.Again and again, Korra is shown performing physical feats that no one else on the show can rival. She's unusually strong even in a world filled with Charles Atlas Superpower types. How can she do these things? Because she's that Avatar. We've just never had a chance to see what physical feats a grown Avatar can accomplish before. Aang was too young. Roku had too little screen time. With Korra, though, we're finally seeing a blatant sign of how the Avatar isn't entirely human. Her strength, while rooted in her exceptional physical conditioning, is truly made possible by the fact she's the living incarnation of the planet's spirit.
Korra will discover a new bending element.Seems like the Avatar world is going through all sorts of progress. Social and industrial. So why not scientific or at least the equivelent? That is to say new discoveries on how things work. So at some point Korra will discover a new form of bending that is not an extension of an existing bending element. Something like lightbending, or Gravitybending.
When Korra first enters the Avatar state in order to defeat Tarrlok, she will BEND THE MOON such that there is an eclipse so Tarrlok can't Bloodbend her.
Tarrlok is inadvertently doing Korra a favourBy taking her away from Republic City, he's giving her an opportunity to find out more about the world (she was very isolated at home, which hasn't helped in some of her attitude). Like Aang learnt more through his travels than just bending, Korra will be confronted with the reality of life outside the city, for non-benders, and her own behaviour. Whatever her intentions, Tarrlok still has a point about Korra.
Korra will have to spiritually assimilate Amon
Korra will enter the Avatar State in the season finale.This is a given. In at least two ways:
Korra will be able to blood bend at any time by the end of the final season.We already know that some people have already mastered this so it would be very fitting for a water tribe avatar to be capable of this as well.
Korra will learn to go into Avatar State by...Saying "Avatar State Yip-Yip!"
Korra cannot airbend because of her FirebendingDuring the Hundred Year War waged by the Fire Nation against the world, firebending was twisted by the militaristic nation into a power that is fuelled by rage, hate, and anger. What does Korra often do when she is angry, enraged, or feeling hatred? She uses firebending. When frustrated at not being able to airbend, when the Airbending training became too much for her, and when she was furious with Tarrlok, she used firebending. This is at least one of the reasons why she cannot airbend. The other is more straight forward.
Korra cannot airbend because of being hidden away from the world for twelve yearsAirbending is the element of freedom, according to Tenzin and Iroh. Being confined to the South Pole inside a fort all her life is the furthest thing from freedom. Knowing that she is the Avatar all her life is also possibly another reason why she can't airbend. After all, how can one master an element that represents freedom when your own mind is closed off from everything else aside from being the Avatar?
Korra has many spiritual aspects she doesn't know about.Like with the visions, her spirituality has manifested itself in other ways, even if she hasn't realized it. One was with Naga: according to the Nick website, Korra is the first person to tame a polar bear dog. I suspect she was able to do this because, as the Avatar, she does have a special connection with nature. It allowed her to tame a wild animal to such a point that it behaves like a domesticate animal. (taming and domestication, for the record, are different things)
Korra will master the Avatar state her first time in itShe's the opposite of Aang who was easily overcome by it.
Amon will take Korra's bending awayBut ONLY Korras not the avatar's she'll still be able to bend in the avatar state, which she'll unlock in the final and going off the above WMG will be an instant expert with, so she will be able to know what it's like to be a non bender but still be the'll still be able to bring balance to the world
Korra jumped off that cliff hundreds of times.She has shown expertise in waterbending-diving. She probably jumped off that cliff every time she wanted to go for a swim. Use waterbending to enter the water smoothly, and then firebending to keep herself warm in the freezing water.
Korra is actually bloodbendingin the avatar state, not energybending. If Amon sealed bending away via bloodbending, then it would only make sense if bloodbending is the key to giving the bending back. Katara did not actually try everything to heal Korra in the end as there was no full moon.
Korra didn't restore Lin's bending, she created it anew.What's the difference? It means that she can give bending not only to those who lost their bending, but also to those who have never been able to bend.
Korra will Learn the Offshoot Bending Styles in Season 2.Korra will take the time to learn Metalbending, and Lightning Bending. And she will also invent an airbending move to get her airbending mastery. Her airbending move will be influenced by a different bending form, like how Lightning redirection was invented by studying waterbending.
When she was trapped in that metal box of Tarrlok's, Korra bent her own pee.She was trapped there for at least one day, so she must've had to pee. However, we don't see any puddles of pee on the floor, so Korra must've used waterbending to get it out of the box through the window. She probably didn't want to meditate while sitting in a puddle of her own urine.
Korra will use airbending more and more. Considering the setting, she'll realize that airbending offers the least propensity for collateral damage. Furthermore, it is the bending discipline that all other combatants have the least experience countering.
Aang did not energybend Korra. He simply bloodbended her. As Katara's husband, he would have learnt water bending healing techniques. Aang combined that with bloodbending, and used Korra's blood to heal the injuries from a bloodbending technique. In other words, Korra has learnt to bloodbend, but as a healing skill rather than an offensive one.
The Avatar State will be nerfed or be useless in Season 2The spirits presented would be attracted to her every time it is used, making it too dangerous to invoke with friends out. Or the the strife in the Spirit World make the use of it weaker and weaker because past Avatar spirits are vanishing.
The reason Korra is a girl...is to avoid Ho Yay pairing. Seriously. Korra is strong, boyish, might as well turned her into a boy. Imagine if originally the creator meant Korra to be a boy. They quickly postponed this idea, because seriously? All the benders are boys, this would result in overjoyed fangirls. Beside, it would be too similiar with Aang and Zuko. So they tried avoid this by changing him into her, plus, it would let Zutara fans happy...sorta. Turns out it backfired as now people started shipping her with Asami. (My WMG is, had Korra been a boy and been shipped with Asami in canon, people would ships him with Mako in fanon)
Korra will become simultaneously the strongest and weakest Avatar in historyNot only is Korra a Bending genius but she has the chance to learn many of the offshoot styles and techniques that were pioneered or invented during the Hundred Year War. Thus she will be the first Avatar with Bloodbending, Energy Bending and Metal Bending to add to her arsenal as well as many techniques in the conventional Bending disciplines created during the war and the reconstruction. However that same war also accelerated both Bending and technological advancement. Korra is the strongest Avatar compared to her predecessors but the weakest compared to the kind of firepower the Nations can now field. Thus for all her power, Korra would have the greatest problem facing down a global crisis or war, especially if one takes her personality into consideration.
Korra considers herself the worst Avatar in history.She couldn't stop Amon's revolution from getting off the ground, she had her bending taken away, she let herself get manipulated by Unalaq, she opened the spirit portals without realizing the potential ramifications of it, she let the Avatar State get destroyed (it got better), she lost all her past lives, she nearly lost the Avatar Cycle again, she's got a severe case of metallic poisoning, and she needed Jinora to save her butt multiple times. Without her past lives to prop her up, she's going to feel like a massive failure.
The reason Korra could bend three elements so youngIs because Raava didn't want to let too much time go by without an avatar. Especially considering what happened with the 100 year war. Keep in mind, Aang wasn't supposed to be told he was the avatar but because of the threat of war he was. Maybe Raava wanted the new avatar to be ready in case the world started to slide back towards war again after Aang's death.
Korra cried at the end of Book 3 because she feels inadequate as the Avatar.Each book in the series has had a villain trying to destroy Korra's identity as the Avatar. Amon took away Korra's ability to bend three elements. Unalaq and Vaatu severed her link to her past lives. And now the Red Lotus has tried to destroy the Avatar Cycle itself. But the final nail in the coffin was Tenzin telling a crowd that Jinora and her fellow Air Nomads would take over the Avatar's duty to travel the world and maintain balance. Several enemies have been telling her that the Avatar is evil or obsolete but this is the first time a respected friend has said it, even if he didn't mean it that way.
Korra will be the last avatar and that's not a bad thingThe WMG above is every reason this is probably true. The world is changing faster than the avatar can keep up. Korras failings (whether in her mind or real) are not the result of her being a bad avatar. Rather that the avatar is simply not needed anymore. Jinora was the reason the last two villains were defeated, and likely the kind of person the world needs now. It isn't a failing on Korras part, if anything it's a triumph. The avatar has spent lifetime after lifetime being the most powerful and the peacekeeper. Now the avatar is far from the most powerful force and the world is starting to take care of itself. Amon, Unalaaq and the White Lotus were right: the avatar is no longer needed. Just not in the way they thought, and certainly not in the way Korra seems to think now. Tenzin was right, the avatar has shown folks what to do. And like a child learning from its parent, there comes a time were the child has matured pasted the need for that guidance. The series will probably end with Korra coming to terms with this, letting go of her baggage, and being at peace. They might even throw in a flash forward to show what kind of world the last avatar created.