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* PracticeTargetOverkill: When the Spirit Cannon is first tested, it puts a hole clear through a mountain.


** The dysfunctional family back stories that plague the modern day characters almost feel like deconstructions of the presumed happy endings of the protagonists of the first series. Childhood sweethearts Aang and Katara got married when they grew up and had three kids - Bumi, Kya and Tenzin - but they proved to be a case of ParentsAsPeople due to Aang's responsibilities as the Avatar and need to pass on his culture and bending to Tenzin which Kya and Bumi took as favoritism. You canít blame Aang for having a lot on his plate but Kya and Bumi were just kids who didnít understand the weight their dad and brother were carrying on their shoulders. This ultimately ended up damaging Tenzinís relationships with his older siblings who grew up resenting him and vice versa, to say nothing of the enormous pressure this placed on Tenzin. Toph Bei Fong was also not an ideal parent if not worse by neglecting her daughters Lin and Suyin with her "hands off" parenting that was meant to give them the space and freedom she never had, which left both girls feeling alienated and unloved and, in Lin's case, seriously damaged her ability to form healthy relationships with others and ultimately caused Lin to become estranged from both her mother and sister when Toph hypocritically chose to protect Suyin from the legal ramifications of breaking the law (and scarring Lin's face). Itís also implied that Lin had to be responsible for Suyin from a very young age which isnít something any child wants to do or anyone who comes from money should be expected to do. It also didn't help that Toph dismissed Lin's desire to learn about her father and not revealing his identity until the latter was almost retirement age. Turns out that if you're an insensitive and neglectful parent at least one of your kids is going to end up resenting you. Very ironically, Zuko was the best parent of the lot which is also this trope. Growing up with a dad who burned half your face off will make you want to try your damndest to be the best parent possible. Even if Izumi is a head of state in her fifties with two grown children of her own, Zuko drops everything to go to make sure the Red Lotus canít kill her. From what little we see of her, Izumi is the most well adjusted of all of the gangís kids and seems to have been a good mother herself given that her son is a general in the United Forces in his twenties.

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** The dysfunctional family back stories that plague the modern day characters almost feel like deconstructions of the presumed happy endings of the protagonists of the first series.
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Childhood sweethearts Aang and Katara got married when they grew up and had three kids - Bumi, Kya and Tenzin - but they proved to be a case of ParentsAsPeople due to Aang's responsibilities as the Avatar and need to pass on his culture and bending to Tenzin Tenzin, which lead to some favoritism over Kya and Bumi took as favoritism.Bumi. You canít blame Aang for having a lot on his plate but Kya and Bumi were just kids who didnít understand the weight their dad and brother were carrying on their shoulders. This ultimately ended up damaging Tenzinís relationships with his older siblings who grew up resenting him and vice versa, to say nothing of the enormous pressure this placed on Tenzin. Tenzin.
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Toph Bei Fong was also not an ideal parent if not worse by neglecting her daughters Lin and Suyin with her "hands off" parenting that was meant to give them the space and freedom she never had, which left both girls feeling alienated and unloved and, in Lin's case, seriously damaged her ability to form healthy relationships with others and ultimately caused Lin to become estranged from both her mother and sister when Toph hypocritically chose to protect Suyin from the legal ramifications of breaking the law (and scarring Lin's face). Itís also implied that Lin had to be responsible for Suyin from a very young age which isnít something any child wants to do or anyone who comes from money should be expected to do. It also didn't help that Toph dismissed Lin's desire to learn about her father and not revealing his identity until the latter was almost retirement age. Turns out that if you're an insensitive and neglectful parent at least one of your kids is going to end up resenting you. you.
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** The dysfunctional family back stories that plague the modern day characters almost feel like deconstructions of the presumed happy endings of the protagonists of the first series. Childhood sweethearts Aang and Katara got married when they grew up and had three kids - Bumi, Kya and Tenzin - but they proved to be poor parents due to Aang's apparent favoritism of Tenzin, which ultimately ended up damaging his youngest son's relationships with his older siblings who grew up resenting him and vice versa, to say nothing of the enormous pressure this placed on Tenzin. Toph Bei Fong was just as bad a parent if not worse by neglecting her daughters Lin and Suyin with her "hands off" parenting that was meant to give them the space and freedom she never had, which left both girls feeling alienated and unloved and, in Lin's case, seriously damaged her ability to form healthy relationships with others and ultimately caused Lin to become estranged from both her mother and sister when Toph hypocritically chose to protect Suyin from the legal ramifications of breaking the law (and scarring Lin's face). It also didn't help that Toph dismissed Lin's desire to learn about her father and not revealing his identity until the latter was almost retirement age. Turns out that if you're an insensitive and neglectful parent at least one of your kids is going to end up resenting you.

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** The dysfunctional family back stories that plague the modern day characters almost feel like deconstructions of the presumed happy endings of the protagonists of the first series. Childhood sweethearts Aang and Katara got married when they grew up and had three kids - Bumi, Kya and Tenzin - but they proved to be poor parents a case of ParentsAsPeople due to Aang's apparent favoritism of Tenzin, responsibilities as the Avatar and need to pass on his culture and bending to Tenzin which Kya and Bumi took as favoritism. You canít blame Aang for having a lot on his plate but Kya and Bumi were just kids who didnít understand the weight their dad and brother were carrying on their shoulders. This ultimately ended up damaging his youngest son's Tenzinís relationships with his older siblings who grew up resenting him and vice versa, to say nothing of the enormous pressure this placed on Tenzin. Toph Bei Fong was just as bad a also not an ideal parent if not worse by neglecting her daughters Lin and Suyin with her "hands off" parenting that was meant to give them the space and freedom she never had, which left both girls feeling alienated and unloved and, in Lin's case, seriously damaged her ability to form healthy relationships with others and ultimately caused Lin to become estranged from both her mother and sister when Toph hypocritically chose to protect Suyin from the legal ramifications of breaking the law (and scarring Lin's face).face). Itís also implied that Lin had to be responsible for Suyin from a very young age which isnít something any child wants to do or anyone who comes from money should be expected to do. It also didn't help that Toph dismissed Lin's desire to learn about her father and not revealing his identity until the latter was almost retirement age. Turns out that if you're an insensitive and neglectful parent at least one of your kids is going to end up resenting you. Very ironically, Zuko was the best parent of the lot which is also this trope. Growing up with a dad who burned half your face off will make you want to try your damndest to be the best parent possible. Even if Izumi is a head of state in her fifties with two grown children of her own, Zuko drops everything to go to make sure the Red Lotus canít kill her. From what little we see of her, Izumi is the most well adjusted of all of the gangís kids and seems to have been a good mother herself given that her son is a general in the United Forces in his twenties.


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* PardonMyKlingon: "What the flameo happened here?"


* OverworkInducedIllness: In "Old Wounds," Aiwei points that Lin, who is taking checking defenses as if she were at work physically unwell from stress. This turns out to be correct, despite [[JerkassHasAPoint Aiwei being a traitor]], and she collapses near the episode's end.

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* %%* OverworkInducedIllness: In "Old Wounds," Aiwei points that Lin, who is taking checking defenses as if she were at work physically unwell from stress. This turns out to be correct, despite [[JerkassHasAPoint Aiwei being a traitor]], and she collapses near the episode's end.


** 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.

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** 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.



* OverworkInducedIllness: in the episode episode "Old Wounds," Aiwei points that Lin, who is taking checking defenses as if she were at work physically unwell from stress. This turns out to be correct, despite [[JerkassHasAPoint Aiwei being a traitor]], and she collapses near the episode's end.

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* OverworkInducedIllness: in the episode episode In "Old Wounds," Aiwei points that Lin, who is taking checking defenses as if she were at work physically unwell from stress. This turns out to be correct, despite [[JerkassHasAPoint Aiwei being a traitor]], and she collapses near the episode's end.

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* OverworkInducedIllness: in the episode episode "Old Wounds," Aiwei points that Lin, who is taking checking defenses as if she were at work physically unwell from stress. This turns out to be correct, despite [[JerkassHasAPoint Aiwei being a traitor]], and she collapses near the episode's end.


* MeltingPotNomenclature: As a melting pot, Republic City plays host to names from multiple ethnicities: Korra is a variant of the Greek name Cora, Mako's is Japanese while his brother Bolin's is Chinese. Hiroshi and Asami Sato have Japanese names, as does Shiro Shinobi. Narook the noodle-shop owner's is Inuit. Tenzin and Pema's are Tibetan. Jinora's is Sanskrit. Ikki is Uzbek for "two." Butakha is Indonesian for "bald." Lin Beifong is Chinese, Saikhan is Mongol, Hasook is Korean, and Tarrlok is Irish made to look Inuit.

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** Mako using [[ShockAndAwe lightningbending]] at the end of a season, regardless of whether he's used it earlier in the same book as a FinishingMove:
*** In Book 1, [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe used it to hit]] Amon.
*** In Book 2, used it to HoldTheLine against Dark Spirits to protect Korra's body.
*** In Book 3, used it to [[spoiler: ''kill'' Ming-Hua in a do-or-die situation.]]
*** In Book 4, used it to [[spoiler: destroy the mass of spirit vines powering the Colossus.]]

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** Asami gets the absolute ''worst'' of this as her sub-plots either get hijacked by other characters or just remain hers yet overshadowed by others. In Book 1, her being a non-bender rebelling against Hiroshi and the Equalists is put on the backburner compared to [[LoveTriangle Mako fawning over Korra and ignoring Asami until the penultimate episode to officially break up.]] In Book 2, besides being unseen for 4 episodes, her sub-plot to save her company ends up being commandeered by Mako ''then'' Bolin while she [[OnTheRebound rebounds]] with the former and literally ''spectates'' watching the latter do the job for her instead of helping out. Book 3 makes up for previous [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds romantic mess]] by becoming closer to Korra, but still has less individual screentime and lines than Mako. And finally, Book 4 gives her the most sub-plots she's ever had and even more than the rest of the team yet Mako ''still'' gets more screentime/lines as well as getting overshadowed and has such little amount of screentime that even supporting character, ''[[spoiler: Varrick]]'' is more focused on than her.


* {{Magitek}}: Somewhat mundane examples. There are a variety of implements designed for and used by benders made possible by industrial and technological advancements made since Avatar Aang's youth. Metalbenders can use metal cables stored on spools mounted on their hips or backs. [[spoiler:Zaheer's "True Flight"]] was approximated with the advent of the airbender wingsuit and proliferated to all the new airbenders. Earth Empire metalbenders are are covered in metal that can quickly be launched in a FlechetteStorm. None of them are imbued with "bending" powers, but they were specifically designed as tools for those skilled in their particular bending arts.


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**There are a variety of implements designed for and used by benders made possible by industrial and technological advancements made since Avatar Aang's youth. Metalbenders can use metal cables stored on spools mounted on their hips or backs. [[spoiler:Zaheer's "True Flight"]] was approximated with the advent of the airbender wingsuit and proliferated to all the new airbenders. Earth Empire metalbenders are are covered in metal that can quickly be launched in a FlechetteStorm. None of them are imbued with "bending" powers, but they were specifically designed as tools for those skilled in their particular bending arts.


* TheMagocracy: The modern United Republic Council is made up of five benders representing each ElementalNation (Earth, Fire, Air and North & South Water), so Republic City lacks non-bender representation within its government. Nominally, this trope is not in play--a previous iteration of the council is shown to have at least two non-benders, Sokka and an Air Acolyte.

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* TheMagocracy: The modern United Republic Council is made up of five benders representing each ElementalNation (Earth, Fire, Air and North & South Water), so Republic City lacks non-bender representation within its government. Nominally, this trope is not in play--a previous iteration of the council is shown to have at least two non-benders, Sokka and an Air Acolyte.Acolyte, though by the time the series starts, the city government is de facto controlled completely by benders.

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