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** And why did Korra agree to help him? Well before everything with Ravaa, as we saw in ''Beginnings'', Wan was just a theif and a hustler, in the right circumstances he became a great man, so she likely believed he could be the same.

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** It's also symbolic in the fact that the medal is named for an Avatar. By crushing the medal, she's signifying that she will crush anyone who stands in her way, even the Avatar.



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* On the YMMV page for Book 4, a troper wrote "The fact that she (Kuvira) only got into position to become the chief antagonist because the protagonists' inaction in a crisis forced her (Kuvira) to act in the first place". The thing is, action and inaction are a big theme in the Avatar series with multiple characters making mistakes due to inaction. In the original series, Roku comments because he did not take decisive action and defeat Sozin before the comet arrived, his inaction led to the start of the 100 year war and Airbender genocide. Roku's inaction led to the 100 year war, which had repercussions in Korra's time with people still hostile to firebenders. Aang's hesitation to killing Ozai also almost led to the Earth Kingdom being destroyed. Kuvira could have easily become the next Sozin, each using their own weapons of mass destruction, to conquer the world. So while Kuvira might have only become the main villain because of inaction, it is more a case of history repeating itself.



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* In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, you can actually see Amon [[spoiler: waterbending the snow that's in the air surrounding him as a result of Korra's attack; as he bursts through it, you can see small ripples, as if it were bent out of the way. He knew that with everyone elses' vision obscured, nobody would see him do it.]]

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* Whether intentional the location Korra is imprisoned in evokes a key point in Aang's journey, the location of the fight in Crossroads of Destiny. Both locations were underground caves, with green crystals emerging from the area. Interestingly the ordeals Aang and Korra go through have a symmetry; Aang is shot by lightning and either killed or brought very close to death, similar to how Korra suffers through the mercury poisoning. In addition they both suffer changes as a result of the ordeal that remain for much of the next series. Both of them suffer angst from their ordeal and the way it affects their role as the Avatar, although Aang gets over it more quickly, while they are also physically limited, Aang looses his ability to go into the avatar state, Korra is weakened by remaining poison, and in this case it's Korra who recovers first, removing the poison mid season, as opposed to Aang regaining the avatar state in the finale. In addition they go through changes in apperence, Aang loses his original outfit, which he never regains, and winds up growing his hair out until mid season, where he shaves his head again, while Korra cuts her hair short, a style she keeps for the rest of the show, while for most of her appearances in early season 4 she wears earth kingdom clothing instead of her usual outfit. It is an interesting parallel.


** Airbending may also never make it into Probending, because you cannot see air being bent. Tahno's cheating was very hard to regulate and he was using visible water combined with rock chunks. Imagine how hard it is to prove that an unscrupulous airbender was forcibly ''suffocating'' his opponents during a match, let alone what offensive moves would be deemed legal for an airbender to use.

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** Airbending may also never make it into Probending, because you cannot see air being bent. Tahno's cheating was very hard to regulate and he was using visible water combined with rock chunks. Imagine how hard it is to prove that an unscrupulous airbender was forcibly ''suffocating'' his opponents during a match, let alone what offensive moves would be deemed legal for an airbender to use. On top of that, it could easily be used to knock someone out of the ring with little more than a relatively weak air blast.

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** Additionally it's a known fact that Lin never knew her father, and we assume that Aang was close to the Beifong family, allowing for the assumption that Lin and Tenzin were a childhood romance, then it is possible that Lin may have seen Aang as a Father Figure.


** It's also possible that they simply shortened it to "The Avatar" for convenience; saying "The Avatar of Raava" every time is a bit of a mouthful, and the Avatar of Raava would've been the only such Avatar in existence, so it wouldn't be necessary to specify who they're the Avatar of, because there's only one.




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* Wan having to learn all but his native element (fire) in about a year could be a deliberate reference to the fact that Avatar Aang, who would suceed Wan nearly 10,000 years later, had to do the same before Sozin's Comet returned. Looks like Roku was being literal when he said to Aang "For you have done it before."


* Zhao being dragged into the spirit world through the water by La might seem out of the blue, until you remember that Koh did the same thing to Umma.

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* Zhao being dragged into the spirit world through the water by La might seem out of the blue, until you remember that Koh did the same thing to Umma.
Ummi, the wife of Avatar Kuruk.


* Tenzin broke off his relationship with Lin because the latter did not want children. Jinora, his eldest child, is only 10. Korra, who was born at the time Aang died, is 16. This means that for 6 years Tenzin was the only airbender in the world. If Tenzin broke off from Lin because of disagreements with having a child, it's unlikely that after getting together with Pema would cause him to put it off for more than 6 years. Tenzin did it to avoid his father's title of "Last Airbender", both out of duty and of loneliness.

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* Tenzin broke off his relationship with Lin because the latter did not want children. Jinora, his eldest child, is only 10. Korra, who was born at the time Aang died, is 16. This means that for 6 years Tenzin was the only airbender in the world. If Tenzin broke off from Lin because of disagreements with having a child, it's unlikely that after getting together with Pema would cause him to put it off for more than 6 years. Tenzin did it to avoid his father's title of "Last Airbender", both out of duty and of loneliness. He could never have ended up with Lin, because it was his duty to restore the Air Nomads, so not having children was not an option for him.



** Kuvira and the Earth Empire is Nationalism[=/=]Pan-Nationalism.

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** Kuvira and the Earth Empire is Nationalism[=/=]Pan-Nationalism.Nationalism[=/=]Pan-Nationalism and fascism.



** The most plausible reason is the chakras. She was able to airbend when Mako was in danger of losing his bending. Which is the chakra that is opened by love? '''THE AIR CHAKRA, located in the heart'''. The first 3 chakras deal with Earth, Water and Fire respectively. When this chakra opened, it gave Korra her spiritual connection to the air element, and that did the trick.
** How did Aang get the grip of Earthbending? He was forced to hold his ground and force the moose-lion head on to save Sokka, who would have been killed if he had dodged on that run. Now that he's got the attitude, he has no more issues with it. How did Korra get the grip over Airbending? [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend When Mako was in danger]]. It really doesn't take that long to get the hang of it. Seeing a loved one in danger is one of the most powerful triggers that removes all physical and psychological limits that the brain imposes on the body for its safety.

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** The most plausible reason is the chakras. She was able to airbend when Mako was in danger of losing his bending. Which is the chakra that is opened by love? '''THE AIR CHAKRA, located in the heart'''. The first 3 chakras deal with Earth, Water and Fire respectively. When this chakra opened, it gave Korra her spiritual connection to the air element, and that did the trick.
trick. Her love for Mako opened her chakra and allowed her to overcome any feelings of grief (which blocks the air chakra) she may have been experiencing.
** How did Aang get the grip of Earthbending? He was forced to hold his ground and force the moose-lion head on to save Sokka, who would have been killed if he had dodged on that run. He overcame his fear (which blocks the earth chakra) with a need for survival (which the earth chakra deals with). Now that he's got the attitude, he has no more issues with it. How did Korra get the grip over Airbending? [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend When Mako was in danger]]. It really doesn't take that long to get the hang of it. Seeing a loved one in danger is one of the most powerful triggers that removes all physical and psychological limits that the brain imposes on the body for its safety.



** WordOfGod said Amon's debending technique was in fact "Chi-severing". That offer a new, entirely plausible explanation for Korra's Airbending. Amon couldn't sever "unactivated" chi line. Assuming every bender has 1 chi line corresponding with their element, when their bending ability manifest, their chi-line's "activated" and strengthen through training. There are 4 different Chi's line within the Avatar allowing them to bend all four elements. Because of emotional trouble,Korra never airbend before, therefore, her air-chi was not activated. When her other chi lines was severed, most of her energy was forced into the remaining chi line: air.

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** WordOfGod said Amon's debending technique was in fact "Chi-severing". That offer a new, entirely plausible explanation for Korra's Airbending. Amon couldn't sever "unactivated" chi line. Assuming every bender has 1 chi line corresponding with their element, when their bending ability manifest, their chi-line's "activated" and strengthen through training. There are 4 different Chi's line within the Avatar allowing them to bend all four elements. Because of emotional trouble,Korra never airbend airbent before, therefore, her air-chi was not activated. When her other chi lines was severed, most of her energy was forced into the remaining chi line: air.




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* Zhao being dragged into the spirit world through the water by La might seem out of the blue, until you remember that Koh did the same thing to Umma.


** Lightningbending is more common now? Well, Iroh seems to have made great leaps in HIS lightning bending by taking inspiration from the other bending disciplines. And since Republic City is a melting pot of the four nations and their cultures, it's likely that this free exchange of information between the bending arts has aided the spread of more specific and unusual forms of bending. It's like an [[CaptainObvious industrial revolution for bending]]!

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** Lightningbending is more common now? Well, Iroh seems to have made great leaps in HIS lightning bending by taking inspiration from the other bending disciplines. And since Republic City is a melting pot of the four nations and their cultures, it's likely that this free exchange of information between the bending arts has aided the spread of more specific and unusual forms of bending. It's like an [[CaptainObvious industrial revolution for bending]]!bending!



* Raava explains that Korra is at her most powerful in the Spirit World, where "all spiritual energy is". In other words, she could pretty much have RealityWarper powers there, since ''everything'' is spiritual energy [[CaptainObvious in the Spirit World]]. Truly goes to show that all bending is connected indeed.

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* Raava explains that Korra is at her most powerful in the Spirit World, where "all spiritual energy is". In other words, she could pretty much have RealityWarper powers there, since ''everything'' is spiritual energy [[CaptainObvious in the Spirit World]].World. Truly goes to show that all bending is connected indeed.

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* As demonstrated when Korra was in the Tree of Time and accessed the same astral plane that Aang did over 70 years earlier, she was unlocking her final chakra, the Thought Chakra. Although she didn't have the Avatar State to be boosted by it, she made use of it by letting go of earthly attachments (in a quite literal sense too, given that she released her spirit from her body in order to fight Unalaq), which allowed her to access cosmic energy. And thanks to Harmonic Convergence, this ability was boosted and allowed her to spirit form to grow to massive heights and strength.


** I disagree. There's absolutely no indication she was opening her last chakra; she hadn't let go of any worldly attachments, nor did she demonstrate any display of spiritual energy until Aang showed up. She was really just opening her Air Chakra. This is shown in multiple ways: She finally airbends purely out of love and concern for Mako, putting any grief she may have felt aside to do it. Later on, as she's grieving about the loss of her bending, Aang appears (another indication of the air chakra) and helps her get over her grief by returning her bending to her. She then sees Mako and demonstrates her love for him. Further, she clearly only unlocked the thought chakra at the end of Book 2, given that we see the same spiritual plane that Aang visited during his attempts at unlocking his own, followed by a massive display of cosmic energy in the form of her spiritual projection.



** It makes more FridgeBrilliance. Becoming a fully realized Avatar involves mastering both the physical and spiritual sides of bending. The two of them are related and influence each other. Aang could bend with his chakras closed. He was wounded by lightning, and while he could still bend all the elements, he had lost his spiritual connection to all but 4 of his past lives and the Avatar State. He regained it by a purely physical means of having his blocked chi paths opened up by a sharp rock, which spiritually unblocked him. Throughout the series there has been quite a connection between Energybending and the Avatar State, with Aang using the Avatar State to debend Ozai and Yakhone. He was shown to have mastered the Avatar State after he had successfully energybended Ozai. Korra on the other hand, as the opposite of Aang, lost her connection to the physical side of bending, but by that point her chakras were open, she had completely mastered the spiritual side and connected with the spirits of the past Avatars, thus allowing her to master the Avatar State. Aang then uses the Avatar State to energybend Korra at a spiritual level, restoring her physical connection to her elements, making Korra a fully realized Avatar.

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** It makes more FridgeBrilliance. Becoming a fully realized Avatar involves mastering both the physical and spiritual sides of bending. The two of them are related and influence each other. Aang could bend with his chakras closed. He was wounded by lightning, and while he could still bend all the elements, he had lost his spiritual connection to all but 4 of his past lives and the Avatar State. He regained it by a purely physical means of having his blocked chi paths opened up by a sharp rock, which spiritually unblocked him. Throughout the series there has been quite a connection between Energybending and the Avatar State, with Aang using the Avatar State to debend Ozai and Yakhone.Yakone. He was shown to have mastered the Avatar State after he had successfully energybended Ozai. Korra on the other hand, as the opposite of Aang, lost her connection to the physical side of bending, but by that point her chakras were open, she had completely mastered the spiritual side and connected with the spirits of the past Avatars, thus allowing her to master the Avatar State. Aang then uses the Avatar State to energybend Korra at a spiritual level, restoring her physical connection to her elements, making Korra a fully realized Avatar.



** Her last chakra, the Thought Chakra, doesn't actually seem to have been opened at this point, but rather when she meditated in the Tree of Time.



* Aang's statement that Korra becomes open to change when she hits her lowest points pretty much sums up how she got the grip over spirituality and airbending. Korra's very first lines in Season 1 suggests that her ego was far too high above the balance point and it was totally fuelled by the fact that she was Avatar. Throughout the series, she's increasingly being brought down to earth and becomes more and more spiritual. What's notable is that when she is helpless and cannot fight her way out does she end up connecting with spirituality and Aang. However, it's only when she hits her absolute low, with her very '''identity as the Avatar being broken''' and she realizes that she is truly [[NotSoAboveItAll no different from any other bender]] is her pride finally shattered, and then she turns spiritual. Doesn't it remind you of a certain '''Siddhartha Gautama''', ''who became the Buddha after that one moment where he realized that he too was not above death, old age and suffering?'' Also, it's TruthInTelevision. A lot of people who went spiritual have a devastating blow in their lives acting as the turning point. Sometimes it really takes just one, powerful Wham moment.

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* Aang's statement that Korra becomes open to change when she hits her lowest points pretty much sums up how she got the grip over spirituality and airbending. Korra's very first lines in Season 1 suggests that her ego was far too high above the balance point and it was totally fuelled fueled by the fact that she was Avatar. Throughout the series, she's increasingly being brought down to earth and becomes more and more spiritual. What's notable is that when she is helpless and cannot fight her way out does she end up connecting with spirituality and Aang. However, it's only when she hits her absolute low, with her very '''identity as the Avatar being broken''' and she realizes that she is truly [[NotSoAboveItAll no different from any other bender]] is her pride finally shattered, and then she turns spiritual. Doesn't it remind you of a certain '''Siddhartha Gautama''', ''who became the Buddha after that one moment where he realized that he too was not above death, old age and suffering?'' Also, it's TruthInTelevision. A lot of people who went spiritual have a devastating blow in their lives acting as the turning point. Sometimes it really takes just one, powerful Wham moment.


* When Mako makes his long-awaited LoveConfession to Korra, it does absolutely nothing to shake her out of her HeroicBSOD. It takes the actual restoration of her bending to get better, and it's only after that when she admits her own feelings and delivers the BigDamnKiss. While it may seem heartwarming at a glance, the scene implies that Korra and Mako do not share as deep a connection as they think they do [[spoiler:and foreshadows that they will not be the OfficialCouple.]]

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* When Mako makes his long-awaited LoveConfession to Korra, it does absolutely nothing to shake her out of her HeroicBSOD. It takes the actual restoration of her bending to get better, and it's only after that when she admits her own feelings and delivers the BigDamnKiss.TheBigDamnKiss. While it may seem heartwarming at a glance, the scene implies that Korra and Mako do not share as deep a connection as they think they do [[spoiler:and foreshadows that they will not be the OfficialCouple.]]


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