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Avatar Korra

Voiced by: Janet Varney, Cora Baker (as a child)note 

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"No matter what happens, no matter how crazy things get, I'll always try to restore balance."
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Korra is the current Living Avatar, successor to (and reincarnation of) Aang. Born in the Southern Water Tribe to the Waterbenders Tonraq and Senna, she is a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe with a brash, pugnacious personality. Over the course of the series, her fetters and flaws are broken down, enabling her to grow and become one of the most world-changing Avatars in history.

For tropes applying to the Avatar entity in general, go here.


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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Airbending at the end of Book 1. Then she gains the power to restore the bending of Amon's victims. In the Book 2 finale, she is able to tap into the cosmic energy of the universe and project her spirit as a giant on par with Vaatu/Unalaq.
  • '20s Bob Haircut: Sports a messy version of this in Book Four after her Important Haircut during the three year Time Skip.
  • The Ace: Even more so than Aang, or most known Avatars for that matter:
    • Korra learned to bend three of the four elements without any training by the age of four, and picked up airbending incredibly fast once she got over the spiritual block that prevented her from using it. She's also learned numerous sub-skills, most of which she picked up within days: healing, spiritual waterbending, metalbending, and energybending.
    • In addition to bending, Korra has considerable physical prowess, enough to easily lift Tenzin and his children at the same time. Korra is also a highly proficient unarmed fighter, able to defeat several chi blockers before being rescued by Naga.
    • While she started out with an extreme lack of spirituality, she ultimately developed a stronger spiritual link than even Aang, who excelled at that. Tenzin lampshades how much of an Ace she is in the series finale.
    Tenzin: Korra, you've managed to transform the world more in a few years than most Avatars did in their lifetimes.
  • Achilles' Heel: If she dies in the Avatar state, the entire cycle will cease to exist.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Catches a bit of this at the start of Book 2 when she becomes convinced that she has already mastered airbending and dismisses Tenzin's teachings because she defeated Amon. After she gets in touch with Raava again she realizes she was being a jerk and apologizes.
  • Adorkable: Her interactions with other characters early on make it clear that Korra's training to be the Avatar in isolation has made her really good at fighting and basically nothing else. Her painfully awkward attempts at flirting with Mako are the crowning example of this. She gradually drops this trait over the course of the series as she grows less uncomfortable in social situations and more jaded to the world as a whole.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Justified example. The finale of Book 2 had Tenzin stress that being the Avatar wasn't all there is to Korra, but that lesson didn't quite stick through Book 3, since she's been identifying herself as the Avatar since she was four, and it's hard for someone to move past that easily. The fact that she can't ask her past selves for advice anymore probably doesn't help. However, she does get better by the end of the series.
    • Turf Wars has her dipping back into her Book 1 self, specifically in her impulsiveness and temper concerning being open about her newfound bisexuality/relationship with Asami. As a "surprise," she took Asami to her parents' house to come out to them without Asami's input on it then accuses Tonraq/both her parents of being bigoted despite their clear approval of the relationship because they warn that others might/won't be so supportive, which leads to her storming off back to Republic City. Despite Asami clarifying their point while they're still in the SWT, Korra puts off reconciling until Part Three.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Korra naturally falls for the dark, brooding, distant Makonote  instead of his cheerful, approachable younger brother Bolin. It doesn't last.
    • Averted in the end as Korra ends up dating the sweet and kind Asami.
  • All Loving Heroine: For all the jerkassery she is capable of, Korra always does her best to help and save the people around her.
  • All Your Powers Combined: As with all Avatars, Korra has access to all four elements, and the Avatar State gives her access to the collective knowledge and power of her past lives. As of the Book 2 finale, Korra's connection to her past lives has been severed, preventing her from calling upon past Avatars. She is still, however, perfectly capable of kicking some serious butt even without that connection.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She has a realistically proportioned athlete's build with a well toned back and arms, and she looks realistically stocky (especially by animated standards, and has a note on her model sheet specifically telling the animators not to draw her legs too skinny). This is why she is considered attractive by at least three male and as of the finale, one female characters in the series.
    • In Book 4, following the Time Skip, while she's still very toned and has a swimmer's wide shoulders, Korra is noticeably more lithe than Books 1-3. This is intentional, both due to several years of relative inaction causing her lose a bit of bulk in-universe, and, in a meta sense, a physical representation of how Korra has gone through a major pacifistic maturation, now preferring to mediate and generally refrain from fighting until nothing else is possible (whereas before she practically defined "gunboat diplomacy").
  • Amicable Exes: Zigzagged. She and Mako eventually break up since they realize they just don't work as a couple. Korra moves on surprisingly well and tries to convince Mako to try to remain good friends and teammates despite the whole mess that their relationship was. While Mako doesn't bear any negative feelings against her, either, he feels just too awkward around her to even be friends with her anymore... especially since she's now gal pals with his other ex-girlfriend, Asami. They get better, eventually, and re-establish their friendship.
  • Anti-Hero:
    • She might be a bit brash, arrogant and hot-tempered, but her heart is always in the right place, she always fights for what's right, and always tries to help people out whenever possible. Push her too far though and she will show the anti-hero side, as she did to Tarrlok whom she appeared ready to kill or seriously injure (the narrator later outright saying he resorted to bloodbending to "save himself" from Korra's attack).
    Tarrlok "See, that's what I admire about you Korra, your willingness to go to extremes to get what you want."
    • Really kicked up a notch in "Civil Wars, Part 2", where she publicly threatens to kill Judge Hotah when he sentences her father and a group of rebel southern water tribesmen to death, then later (after the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment) used Naga to intimidate him into reversing his decision. Once she discovered that the trial was a set-up, she threatened to have Naga eat him if he didn't spill everything he knew.
    • Goes even further in the finale of Book 3. Believing that Zaheer has killed her father and understandably enraged, she vows to kill every Red Lotus member in front of her, though she ends up focusing her attention on Zaheer.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: In Korra's first present-day scene, her teachers complain that she is amazingly good at learning the physical sides of bending, but amazingly bad at learning the discipline and spirituality that goes with it.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Korra is a HUGE fan of pro-bending and officially became a pro-bender herself after joining the Fire Ferrets.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the Book 2 finale, she's able to use the cosmic energy of the universe to project her spirit as a giant in order to match Unalaq's One-Winged Angel form.
  • Badass Adorable: There is no denying this. Girl can go from kicking ass to making you want to hug her with her infamous pout. This is especially true in the pilot, where she was already bending fire, earth, and water at the age of four.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Does this pretty well. It helps that her usual outfits don't have sleeves.
  • Badass Bisexual: She was attracted to Mako and she is also attracted to Asami, whom she starts dating post-Season 4. Also, she's the Avatar who can kick your ass from here to Ba Sing Se.
  • Badass in Distress: During "When Extremes Meet" and "Out of the Past" when she's been kidnapped by Tarrlok. Also when she's briefly captured by Zaheer and his gang in "The Terror Within", then later in "The Stakeout" by the Earth Queen's forces.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Her and Mako become this by the end of season one, with "Endgame" showing off this trope beautifully in tagteam against Amon. Although the battle comes just before the couple, the feelings were already on the table. Subverted in that they don't remain a couple, as they decide to stay as Just Friends in season 2.
    • And with Asami at the series end. They show their tagteam skills in Turf Wars while exploring their new relationship.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • She got a long scar on her face from her fight with Tarrlok, and it hadn't been attended for at least a day. On the day following her escape, it's nowhere to be seen. Justified because Korra is a skilled healer and the cuts, despite being ugly, were not deep.
    • Averted in the Book 3 finale. After nearly being killed by the Red Lotus poison, Korra is still out of action two weeks later. She's confined to a wheelchair, looks pale, has bags under her eyes, and is just a complete mess.
    • Averted still in early Book 4. Korra spends much of the non-flashback time in Chapter 2 "Korra Alone" nursing the injuries she took in the Earthbender fight ring, most noticeably a swollen eyelid.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: In Turf Wars, Korra tells Asami that she started realizing the depth of her feelings after her poisoning, but wasn't in any state to process them at that point.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Deconstructed with Mako. He and Korra have a bit of this going on in the first half of Book 1 as they constantly butt heads but admit to being attracted to each other and become an Official Couple by the Book One finale. However, by Book 2, the real-life consequences to having this kind of relationship is in full play — They have contrasting personalities but a similar stubborn and short-temperedness, differing opinions on how to handle the Water Tribe civil war, which only gets more complicated due to the different but equally important responsibilities their jobs have ultimately leads to an official break-up by the Book Two season finale and both agreeing that while they make great friends they don't really work as a couple.
    Mike: The earlier episodes had set up that Korra and Mako were kinda at each other's throats but they also kinda have a little attraction to each other.
  • Berserk Button: In general, it's a death wish to mess with The Avatar's love interest, but Turf Wars shows she's exceptionally outraged at people messing with Asami. Tokuga alluding to Asami's absence has her go full Nightmare Face Violently Protective Girlfriend rivaled only by her at the end of Book 3 only without her life on the line and ready to bring down the wrath of The Avatar.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Though Korra doesn't like the Earth Queen and knows how terrible a human being she is, she doesn't agree with Zaheer's plan to kill her and the other world leaders. As bad as she is, the chaos in her absence would be worse. When they succeed in killing her, Korra's concerns are shown to be justified. And the chaos is finally brought under control, but it's through Earth Emperor Kuvira, a former Zaofu captain turned ruthless dictator who is even worse than the Earth Queen, and who serves as the Big Bad of Book 4.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The "Veronica" (Blood Knight Avatar) to Asami's "Betty" (Spoiled Sweet nonbender) for Mako's "Archie". The Love Triangle is a...complicated one. Initially, Mako and Asami are a couple, but the former has a small Green-Eyed Epiphany moment when Bolin wants to seriously date Korra, leading to a confrontation between her and Mako resulting in a "Shut Up" Kiss...while he's still in a relationship with Asami. Over time, his feelings for Korra become more obvious, and that plus Asami learning of their kiss from Bolin, results in her and Mako ending their relationship. Come Book 2, Korra and Mako are dating, but are having disagreements with one another due to conflicting loyalties and temperament, leading to their break-up; and later on, he gets back together with Asami...only to tell an amnesiac Korra that she and him are still dating. At the end of Book 2, all three of them decide they are Better as Friends.
    • The "Archie" for Bolin's "Betty" (the sweet-hearted, Big Fun) and Mako's "Veronica" (the aloof, Grumpy Bear). In the Book 1 finale, she is with Mako...only to break up with him by the Book 2 finale.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jerk-ish tendencies aside, Korra is very easy to get along with, is a Cool Big Sis to Tenzin's children, and will help anybody in need. But threaten those she cares for, and it quickly becomes apparent that "pacifist" in any flavor is not part of her definition of being the Avatar.
  • Big Damn Kiss: She and Asami have two in Turf Wars: Part One. The first is just before they decide to leave the Spirit World. The second is right after Asami gets hit and Korra is glad to see she's okay. Notable as the second time is in front of their friends, who didn't know they were a couple yet. It's also worth noting that while Asami suggested the first kiss, Korra immediately initiated the second out of relief.
  • Big Good: As the Avatar, she is supposed to be this. However, her position has often been compromised because she has extremely poor restraint when upset. Not to mention her being manipulated by Manipulative Bastards or Well Intentioned Extremists.
    • The increasingly complex politics of her era, compared to the monolithic military states that existed before, also make it difficult to be simply the Big Good of the setting.
    • By the end of the series, after Korra's Character Development, she is mature and confident and appears ready to fulfill this role to the best of her ability. She happily promises Prince Wu that she will help him reform the Earth Kingdom.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Gains a protective streak for Jinora after the young airbender becomes her Spirit Guide. Korra has the same feelings for Meelo and Ikki.
  • Bi the Way: The show's final scene makes it about as clear as possible under Nick's S&P that she and Asami are involved. Not only does the end of the whole series center around the two of them, but they hold hands and look lovingly into each other's eyes as they head off to a private vacation in the Spirit World. Later confirmed by the creators to be their intention.
  • Blessed with Suck: She manifested as the Avatar far younger than normal, so she got even less of a normal childhood than Aang. Something that repeatedly bites her in the ass in Season 1, as she commits faux pas after faux pas in Repbulic City. Then, in Season 3, we find out that the White Lotus didn't just sequester her in a Southern Water Tribe compound because they misinterpreted Aang's final request to protect the next Avatar: Korra's abnormally young Avatar status emboldened an anarchist offshoot of the White Lotus (The Red Lotus) to try and kidnap her, so they locked her away for her protection, not knowing how many more potential kidnappers there were. Add to that the implication that Korra's prodigy status left her so reliant on her physical abilities that her spiritual ones atrophied to the point where she couldn't even activate the Avatar state out of fear or anger, not Airbend, nor contact the spirit of Aang or the other Avatars.
  • Blithe Spirit: She's certainly making an impact even in the constraints of Republic City. Though it's deconstructed when most of the authority figures dislike her recklessness or outright manipulate her for personal gain.
  • Blood Knight: A tamed example.
    • During the early part of the series, she enjoyed fighting, but she was capable of showing some restraint.
    • In Book 3, Korra lets out steam over Queen Hou-Ting lying to her by doing sparring practice with Asami.
    • After her recovery in early Season 4, Korra is still willing to fight, but she denounces simply going into a fight as something the "old [her]" would do and tries to diplomatically stop Kuvira.
  • Blow You Away: She initially can't airbend, but Amon's attempt to De-Power her unlocks it.
  • Blue Blood: Season 2 reveals that her father Tonraq is brother to the Northern Water Tribe chieftain, and in fact used to be in line for the position himself, being the elder brother.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Korra is from the Southern Water Tribe, by default the main color scheme for her outfits are blue. There's a period of time where she takes time off from being a hero to try and find peace with herself, during this time she tends to wear greens and browns. It's only when she's ready to become the Avatar again that she puts a new blue outfit on.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: She rarely fights out of outright malice; it's simply her preferred way of dealing with conflict.
  • Boobs of Steel: Korra is one of, if not the most physically capable character on the show. She is also very well endowed. Someone did the math (For Science, of course) that based on her height and measurements, she'd had to be sporting a 36D in her teens and that's without factoring in whatever support she's wearing (see Hidden Buxom below). This gets downplayed in Book 4 as she's lost body mass from her years of relatively inactive recovery.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Mako and Korra during the Water Tribe Civil War. Korra, a member of the Tribe, is trying to get the Republic involved in the said war on the side she supports, and engages in what actually amounts to sedition (conspiring with senior officers to flout the civilian government's policy of neutrality) to do so once her legal options are exhausted. Whereas Mako, a Republic citizen and officer in the police, cannot condone this and reveals the plot to the President, who then proceeds to decisively clip the wings of the conspiracy (though Korra herself gets off with a stern warning). The results: Korra is mad at Mako and feels he has betrayed her and her people, who are struggling for their lives against oppression, while Mako is mad at Korra for putting him in an impossible situation and essentially expecting him to betray his own country for her. While Korra comes off worse as far as their personal relationship goes, both still have good reasons to act as they do, as each of them is only being loyal to his or her own people.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After her Important Haircut, she sports short hair throughout the rest of the series.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Downplayed. Korra wears a tan-colored, fur-trimmed pelt around her waist and a parka while at the South Pole. While in Air Temple vestments, she still wears a few of her Water Tribe accessories.
  • Brains and Brawn: Korra is the brawns to Asami's brain. She's the more combat experienced of the two.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Korra's Establishing Character Moment is when (at four years old) she demonstrates her ability to use three of the four elemental powers (two of which she's not supposed to learn until she's sixteen), busting through a wall in the process.
    Korra: I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Though not actually related to Tenzin, his status as The Stoic and Team Dad and Korra's Hotblooded nature means they frequently butt heads, so Tenzin sometimes sees her this way. Tenzin even begs his children at one point not to grow up to be teenagers like Korra. Jinora declares she will make no such promises.
  • Break the Cutie: At the end of Book 3, being poisoned by the Red Lotus, coupled with hallucinations of her past foes telling her that she's no longer needed, leaves her broken physically and emotionally. Though she's said to be recovering, she is in a wheelchair and looks utterly worn down. It's especially notable that, unlike the past two Books, Korra doesn't snap back at the end of this one. It ends with her still depressed.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • In "The Voice in the Night". The idea of having her bending taken from her is so terrifying that she is afraid to fight back until her bravado forces her to try. Amon just made it worse by easily capturing her and taunting her about how he's saving her for last.
    • The first five episodes of Book 2 causes this as well. She asserted her independence from her father and Tenzin, but was manipulated by Unalaq. This directly led to her father almost getting sentenced to death, a budding civil war that could turn bloody at any moment, all the people who could help her being unable to due to politics, and breaking up with her boyfriend due to said politics.
    • All four seasons involve a breakdown of all of Korra's foibles, usually near the end of the book. Only in the last season's finale does her spirit become unbendable like Aang before her, and she couldn't have achieved this indomitability without having been broken so many times before.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Aang, Korra has a similar problem to him as well; she's incredibly Hot-Blooded and excels in the more fast-paced aspects of her position (fighting being the best example), but the slower-paced parts (such as diplomacy and spiritual mediation) don't hold her interest for very long and she ends up getting herself into far more trouble than she can handle at times.
  • Broken Ace: While she had some slight leanings towards trope in the first half of the series, due to a combination of her Friendless Background making it difficult to interact with people initially (and unintentionally be jerks to them) and her Inferiority Superiority Complex about being the Avatar allowing her to be manipulated by her enemies and suffer Heroic BSoD whenever they get the drop on her, she was steadily moving past these traits and getting closer to being a true Ace. Then come the end of Book 3 and almost dying from mercury poisoning leaves a huge damage for her physically and mentally. It takes about two years of intense physical therapy and Toph's help for her to recover, and she becomes a bon a fide Ace by the end of the series.
  • Broken Bird: At the end of Book 3 she almost dies of mercury poisoning, which leaves her severely traumatized. It takes her about two and a half years of intense physical thereby to start walking again and during that time she starts suffering from PTSD which manifests in the form of flashbacks to her fight against Zaheer. A combination of her PTSD and being stuck in a wheelchair for so long means that it takes Korra a while before she is capable of fighting properly and even low level thugs can kick her butt. If that weren't bad enough, she starts hallucinating about her Avatar-state self attacking her. By the time we see her again post Time Skip she is lost, scared and confused while trying to find her way in life. However, during the second half of Book Four, once she lets go of the shame and fear she feels from all the pain she suffered at the hands of her enemies and accepts what happened to her, she evolves out of this state by the end of the series. She even states after accepting what happened to her, she feels whole, and it will make her stronger, which she proves by defeating Kuvira and becoming the hero she was born to be as well as finding happiness with Asami.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When in the spirit world through meditation, she has no bending except for her ability to open and close the portals. Except possibly not, if what Raava said is true about being "most powerful" in the Spirit realm.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: She is willing to put aside her immature and arrogant attitude in order to save people's lives.
  • Brutal Honesty: Justified due to not having much of a social life, so she really doesn't know how to take people's feelings into consideration.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Does this to her father after learning that he and Tenzin were responsible for her being locked up at the White Lotus Compound. She was still upset they didn't tell her the entire truth, which she eventually finds out in Book 3.
    • Does this to Unalaq after she learns the truth (the above was meant to be a wedge Unalaq wanted to drive between her and his brother), which doubles as a "Reason You Suck" Speech: Unalaq is one of the reasons why the spirits are out of balance since he manipulated Tonraq into destroying the Spirit Forest to get him banished and purposely makes things worse between the tribes by occupying the South. When he tries to justify his actions, Korra throws them in his face since the only thing he cares about is power.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Inverted among Team Avatar. Korra is The Leader who is rough, hot-headed, more straightforward in her actions, but still cares for her teammates, whereas Asami is the Number Two who is refined, polite and is compassionate towards her friends.
  • Cat Smile: She has these moments with her friends.
    • She sports one, at the begining of Book 2, when she's sharing a cotton candy with her boyfriend.
    • During the series finale, she sports one after Asami tricks Tenzin into leaving them alone.
  • Character Development: Throughout each Book, Korra has matured greatly.
    • Korra begins the series as rather bad at controlling her anger and keeping calm, but shows a greater deal of self-restraint with each successive Book. She is putting more effort to negotiating ways out of violence, and isn't so quick to resort to excessive force during fights. Even during her more pragmatic moments in "Civil Wars, Part 2", she only uses the Avatar State as a means to help the group break the blockade and escape and didn't resort to killing her uncle on the spot. After meeting Wan and regaining her memories, Korra goes through another development where she is calmer and, most importantly, begins apologizing to her mentors like Tenzin for how she acted before. This development also shows physically when she is finally able to calm the dark spirits—showing she has gained a bit of inner peace. More than that, the spirit world showed that Korra deep inside was a scared, helpless little girl whose growth was stunted ever since she imposed the identity of being the Avatar over herself. Only when she found her own light and individuality did she symbolically grow up. By the end of Book 2 she redefined the role of the Avatar and ushered a new age where humans and spirits live together. In Book 3, she proves much more receptive to Suyin's metalbending training than she did with Tenzin's airbending training, demonstrating a willingness to learn that she didn't have two seasons ago. Taken to its logical conclusion in the Grand Finale. Here, Korra finally beats Kuvira by showing the latter compassion and understanding. Compare this to the Korra from the earlier books who would have more than likely simply opted to try to beat her up more until she surrendered.
    • Korra lowers down her Hot-Blooded nature and Leeroy Jenkins tendencies to the point she can verbally threaten someone into doing what she wants (e.g., Baatar Jr. into concinving Kuvira to surrender or she'll [Korra] will make it her duty to keep him away from his true love.)
    • Her relationship with Asami had a great development on Korra's part. Initially, Korra disliked her because she was Mako's girlfriend and presumptuously thought of Asami as the "prissy" type. By episode seven, a cutthroat race on the Sato Manor racetrack dissuaded her of this notion. They grow closer as the series progresses with Asami becoming Korra's main confidant, nominal second-in-command, and most trusted advisor. Then, the two of them become lovers in the series finale, with Asami also becoming Korra's strongest emotional support.
    • Korra transformed into an eloquent public speaker. She was initially nervous when she had to speak in her first press conference in Republic City. During the gala, Korra's brashness got the best of her after being pitted against a group of reporters, haphazardly giving empty threats to Amon to cover up her fear of him. Over time, Korra became more confident and composed when it was required of her to speak publicly, considering her words before saying them. This was exemplified when she declared the independence of the Southern Water Tribe and her decision to keep the spirit portals open.
    • Throughout the first three books, everytime Korra was scared of her enemies she would deny it. But by Book 4, she finally learns to accept her own fears and that it's not something to be ashamed of.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Her father is effectively the chief of the Southern Water Tribe, even though her paternal uncle Unalaq is actually the chief of both tribes. Played straight once the tribes formally split at the end of Book 2, leaving Tonraq as the chief.
  • Child Prodigy: Even more so than Aang; she could already bend water, fire, and earth before the White Lotus even confirmed her as the Avatar. She has, however, admitted a lack of understanding when the spiritual aspects of bending and being the Avatar come up.
  • The Chosen One: She is the Avatar, but her journey is about realizing just what this truly means.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Blue, though her personality fits the typical red.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of her most defining traits from the beginning of the show; Korra seems to have an almost obsessive desire to help people around her whenever she can, sometimes at her own expense, which is evident during her first fight with the Triple Threat Triad.
  • Closet Key: Mutually with Asami.
  • Combat Medic: She fights with any bending she deems appropriate and heals with her waterbending.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: She has powers far beyond any single bender and is tasked to maintaining balance in the world. Because of this, she's hunted by people who want to hurt her, hated by people she doesn't or can't help, and is often used as a pawn, threat, excuse or justification in the political machinations of the adults around her.
  • Contralto of Danger: Korra has a deeper voice than some of the other female characters, like Asami or Pema. This gets Turned Up to Eleven when she enters the Avatar state, which makes her voice deeper still and more intimidating with a reverberating echo.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: She's designed to be the "anti-Aang". Her official bio even says she couldn't have less in common with Aang if she tried.
    • Aang didn't want to be the Avatar and spent much of the series coming to terms with that identity; Korra quickly embraced the role and struggles with learning not to be defined by it.
    • Aang became an airbending master at a young age but had difficulty mastering the other elements; Korra was easily bending water, earth, and fire as a child, but struggled to learn airbending in her later years.
    • Aang was told he was the Avatar when he was 12, 4 years before they're supposed to learn so; Korra discovered it for herself when she was 4, 12 years early.
    • Aang was deeply spiritual; until near the end of the series, Korra is not.
    • Aang was a pacifist who refused to kill; Korra is always ready for a fight and is willing to kill if she must.
    • Aang only had eyes for Katara from the moment they met; Korra juggles several suitors and love interests.
    • Aang's primary enemies were of Fire Nation descent; Korra's enemies come from each nation.
  • Cool Big Sis: While not biologically related to Tenzin, she is a live-in student and eats at the family table instead of with the Air Acolytes. Meelo and Ikki have imitated Korra whenever she's frustrated, which does not please Tenzin at all. But Tenzin also cares about her on a personal level. Also, as Tenzin is the son of Korra's Avatar predecessor, despite their student-teacher relationship, they have a unique sibling-like bond all their own, not even shared by Aang's other children.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: In one episode she decides to try out that "powdering your nose" thing she's heard about. Sinister music plays as she suspiciously picks up the puff, only for powder to explode all over her face. This probably hints as to why she prefers to go au naturel.
  • Country Mouse: Korra spent her whole life at the South Pole and is amazed when she sees Republic City for the first time.
  • Crush Blush: Happens a few times over the course of the series in regards to Korra's two main love interests.
    • In Book One she sports this a few times around Mako the two most significant times being during their Sleep Cute moment in "The Revelation" and their Big Damn Kiss at the end off "Endgame."
    • She also gives an adorable one in Book Four during "Reunion" after Asami compliments her new hair cut.
  • Cursed with Awesome: As previously mentioned, she is potentially a more powerful bender than even Aang, but she's often manipulated or threatened by events outside of her control, some of which have been festering long before she was born.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's not particularly tall, but she is capable of lifting men much taller than herself. With one arm. And lifting Tenzin's entire family in a bear-hug without even realizing she's doing so.
  • Cutting the Knot: Korra is prone to attempt to solve the problems she faces by attacking them head on with brute force or threats to use brute force. She grows somewhat out of this in the later seasons as part of her Character Development.
  • The Cynic: In contrast to Aang, who was the definition of a Wide-Eyed Idealist, Korra is rather cynical at times. Where Aang always believed that conflict could be resolved without violence, Korra tends to assume that enemies can't be reasoned with and jump right to fighting. She starts growing out of this is Book 4, thanks to the teachings of Toph and reconnecting with Raava.
  • Daddy's Girl: Korra has a close relationship to her dad.
  • Dance Battler: Korra sure loves flips and kicks. It's also evident in the way she navigates the Airbending obstacle course. Jinora's demonstration is fairly clinical: she turns on a dime but keeps her upper body rigid. Korra uses a lot of spinning to do the same.
  • Darkest Hour: Happens Once a Season.
    • In Book 1, this comes after the Equalists have been defeated, Korra has been debended by Amon and only retains the airbending she spontaneously learned afterward. Even Katara, the greatest healer in the world, is unable to undo the damage, and so we see Korra alone at the edge of a cliff back in the South Pole. Things get better when Aang shows up and restores her bending.
    • In Book 2, she briefly loses Raava and thus her connection to the Avatar Cycle. She is then able to reclaim Raava and become the Avatar once more, though her past lives are permanently severed.
    • In Book 3, the Red Lotus uses a metallic poison on her in an attempt to end the Avatar Cycle. Though she survives, the poison leaves her wheelchair-bound and her hallucinations cause her considerable distress, such that she barely shows any emotion. Unlike the last two books, there isn't an easy fix for this one. The season's final shot is her looking completely broken and shedding a single tear. The following season shows that it took two years of intensive therapy for her to even walk again, and then another to come to terms with everything that had happened and come back to full strength.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but every now and then she's sarcastic.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Seems to have hit this by the Season 4 premiere. She eventually returns from this through Character Development by reconnecting with her friends and overcoming her PSTD.
  • Destructive Savior:
    • In "Welcome to Republic City", she quickly puts down a trio of gang members. However, it results in greater property damage than the gang members themselves would have caused. This puts her and Lin Beifong at odds. In "When Extremes Meet", she and the new Team Avatar similarly tear up large sections of the street in pursuit of the chi-blockers. Tarrlok tries to call her on it, but lacks the force of personality to keep her in check.
    • Gets worse during the Water Tribe Civil War — Korra's decision to support the South instead of remaining neutral or pushing for peace causes the situation to escalate even further. Mako even calls her out for it, which leads to him breaking up with her.
    • Turf Wars reveals Raiko and some of Republic City's populace hold her responsible for the city getting wrecked by the Earth Empire.
  • Determinator: She never stops trying to reach her goals. Korra doesn't do things in halves.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • A notable trait of her character at first, something that Amon takes advantage of.
    • This really bit her when she came into the spirit world through meditation, leaving her defenseless against Unalaq, who came in through the portal and could thus bend. The fact that Vaatu can track Raava, who resides within the Avatar, didn't help either.
    • Turf Wars continues the trend. First, she took Asami to her parents' to come out to them without Asami's consideration then writes her parents off as bigots when they reasonably warn that others might not be so accepting and then got suckered by Tokuga to break into the innocent Creeping Crystals' HQ when it was his triad that kidnapped Asami.
  • Discard and Draw:
    • Occurs in "Endgame". Amon takes away her current bending abilities... but in doing so unlocks her airbending and previously suppressed spiritual side. The latter allows Aang to finally speak to her in person, and with his help she not only regains the rest of her abilities, but achieves the Avatar State and learns how to restore the bending of everyone else Amon has hurt.
    • And again in "Light in the Dark". Unalaq and Vaatu extract Raava from her, ending the Avatar cycle. Tenzin, however, shows her how to draw in the cosmic energy of the universe, allowing her to fight the pair on equal terms and get Raava back, starting the cycle anew.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Infrequently employed by Korra, due to the collateral damage it causes in an urban area.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: Occasionally has visions of her past life as Aang, when knocked unconscious.
  • Drives Like Crazy: She "parked" Asami's car by smashing it into a lamppost near the docks and netting about 10 tickets in the process. She immediately points out that she does not know how to drive. Bolin compliments her on doing that well, given the circumstances. Asami later gives her a lesson, and ends up screaming at her to hit the clutch. In season 3 it turns out that despite her Hot-Blooded personality she drives excessively slowly and cautiously.
  • Dude Magnet: Bolin, Mako and Prince Wu are attracted to her. Tahno offers to show her how a "real pro bends." It makes it ironic when Korra ends up in a relationship with Asami at the end of the series rather than any of the male characters.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even if she is the Avatar, her Northern cousins, Desna and Eska, still look down on her. They're somewhat better about it after their father is defeated.
    • Raiko's been an on-and-off nuisance, but by the time of Turf Wars he's dismissed her well-deserved vacation as "gallivanting" and roused a mob to blame her for Republic City's destruction and the spirit portal at the end of Book 4 to deflect from his own political problems.
  • Dynamic Entry: See Establishing Character Moment. Also, in the Book 2 finale, she greets Unavaatu with a spirit laser to the face.
  • Easy Amnesia: After being swallowed whole by a gigantic Dark Spirit, Korra wakes up days later on a beach with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She recovers it a couple episodes later.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift:
    • While hugging Tenzin, Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo, she manages to effortlessly lift them off the ground. All at once.
    • Also easily lifts a man several inches taller than her by the collar, with one arm, and holds him in the air for a while.
    • Then, during Episode 6, she hangs onto the edge of the ring with one hand, holding onto the very tall Mako with the other, and throws him back into the ring with one arm.
    • She lifts up Bataar Jr, who is strapped to a chair, over her head with one arm, meaning she's lifting both Bataar's entire mass over her head, as well as the chair which was probably a solid quality piece of furniture.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Though she's the Avatar, and thus can wield all four elements, she is still natively a water tribesman and has vibrant blue eyes.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Korra has inherited Aang's nickname of "Twinkletoes" from Toph.
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: The heart-on-her-sleeve emotional to Mako's and Asami's cool-under-pressure stoicism.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Korra has great difficulty with the spiritual aspects of being the Avatar, which is a problem because her ability to consciously access the Avatar State depends on spiritual enlightenment. When Korra realizes that the loss of her bending does not make her any less valuable a person, Aang appears and gives it back to her, as well as the ability to restore anyone else's bending. In the Book 2 finale, she also learns to access the cosmic energy of the universe to project herself as a giant spirit. In the Book 4 finale, she achieves a new level of this trope when she tanks the Spirit Ray Cannon firing out of control; a device that has previously been shown blasting holes through mountains. She then disposes of all that spirit energy by opening a third Spirit Portal in the middle of the city.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her entrance. She Earthbends a wall across the room, loudly and proudly proclaims herself the Avatar, and demonstrates by bending three elements at once. She's four.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Korra, after the Trauma Conga Line at the end of book three, cuts her signature ponytail off and leaves her hair loose at chin length (as well as wearing Earth Kingdom Green clothes) so that people won't recognize her as the Avatar while she's still weakened and struggling with her flashbacks and Enemy Without.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Thanks to tutelage from Suyin Beifong and her twin sons, Korra has become the first Avatar to acquire the Earthbending skill subset of Metalbending.
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    Tropes F-K 
  • Failure Hero: Zigzagged. While Korra has been successful in saving the day, there are times when she plays this trope straight. Her journey through the series could be considered her eventually being able to subvert this trope.
    • Korra makes a lot of mistakes over the first two seasons which is partly due to her growing up in isolation due to how the White Lotus raised her. However, she is able to defeat the Big Bads of those seasons and put an end to their plans. Additionally, she also understands that they also had a valid point which affects some of her decisions and gives her Character Development.
    • During Season Three she begun to mature and learn from a number of her mistakes. She finds out that her actions during Book Two has caused a number of new airbenders to emerge in the world and she plays a vital role in helping Tenzin reestablish the Air Nation. Unfortunately, this trope is mostly played straight toward the end. The Red Lotus capture her twice, and her plan to rescue the airbenders almost completely failed. After she is poisoned by the Red Lotus, she is able to prevent them from killing her in her Avatar State right away, but she ultimately needs help from Jinora and the other airbenders to defeat Zaheer. As a result of being poisoned during her capture, she is crippled and it takes her three years to fully recover.
    • During Season Four, after finally recovering her ability to walk (which in itself was a struggle), she is unable to get back into the swing of fighting right away. This leads to her getting beaten up on multiple occasions in the first half of the season, including by Toph, Kuvira, and random earthbenders.
      • Ultimately, Korra subverts this trope during the second half of Season Four between saving Prince Wu from Kuvira's forces, managing to overcome her PTSD by facing Zaheer, saving multiple people, including Jinora, from the Spirit Wilds, taking up a leadership position against Kuvira's forces, and ultimately defeating Kuvira and convincing her to surrender.
  • Fangirl: Of pro-bending.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pre-Character Development, her confrontational nature coupled with immaturity nearly costs her life.
  • First Girl Wins: Sorry, Asami. Subverted after her break-up with Mako.
  • Fish out of Water: A big part of Korra's development in the first season. Moving from an isolated compound in the South Pole (which was already slower to develop than the other nations) to the booming urban center of Republic City causes a lot of problems.
  • Fisher Queen: The spirit world reacts to people's positive and negative energy, especially the Avatar's.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: In Turf Wars, Korra admits she realized her feelings for Asami because of the way Asami took care of her after the poisoning. However, she was still so messed up from her trauma at that point she didn't know if her feelings were real or not.
  • Fluffy Tamer: The first person to have ever tamed a polar bear dog.
  • Foil: To Avatar Kuruk — Korra is the current Avatar, continuing to maintain balance in the world. Half-Northern Water Tribe, but identifies only with the South, is living in an era of numerous conflicts with humans and spirits, alike, already has numerous accomplishments under her belt and is racking them up, has had more than one love interest in her life, befriended a polar bear-dog and will hopefully live a long fulfilling life; Avatar Kuruk was the previous Water Tribe Avatar that hailed from the North, lived in an era of such peace he could goof off, only had one love interest in the form of his wife Ummi, killed a polar bear-dog and wore it as a pelt (though not around Korra,) and lived a short life hunting down Koh the Face-Stealer for stealing his wife's face.
  • Force and Finesse: Korra falls under Force, being blunt, hotheaded and takes the straightforward approach to doing things. Asami falls under Finesse, fighting smarter and not harder. Asami is level-headed, strategic, and relies more on versatility and precision attacks.
  • Forceful Kiss: Plants quite the good one on Mako. He reciprocates.
  • Fountain of Youth: She becomes temporarily de-aged during her journey through the Spirit World.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — Brash, rude, stubborn, but also quite laid-back and confident (and a bit braggy).
  • Friendless Background: Growing up in an isolated compound populated strictly by teachers and guards, Korra's only friend before arriving in Republic City was her polar bear dog.
  • Friend to All Children: Shows natural skill for them given her interactions with Tenzin's children.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Being the Avatar, all animals have a liking towards her. She was the first person to ever tame a polar-bear dog. Pabu, also, quickly warmed up to her.
  • Gainaxing: Happens sometimes due to her Boobs of Steel.
  • Gasshole: After taking one sip of an unspecified fizzy drink, she's able to belch with enough force to visibly blow back Bolin's hair and collar from a few feet away and horrify everyone else at the bar...before she learns how to airbend.
  • Genki Girl: If there's one quality she and Aang share, it's energy.
  • Gilded Cage: She lived in a White Lotus fortress and wanted for nothing. They provided her bending masters, supervised her training since she was young, and protected her from possible harm. However, they also restricted who could see her and for how long. She was watched even when she went on runs with Naga. In the end, she had no freedom.
  • Girl Next Door: She's a down-to-earth tomboy type and very athletic, but she's also a natural beauty. Though she prides herself on her bending ability and her role as the world's Avatar instead.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In the Avatar State.
  • God in Human Form: As the Avatar, she can bend more than one element, making her a formidable opponent. The Avatar State boosts her bending to levels no mortal can match. Book 2 reveals that the Avatar is actually the spirit of Order, Raava, bonded to a human soul, which is where all that power comes from.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Most Avatars don't discover their potential until they are told at age sixteen, and Aang learned four years early only because the Fire Nation posed that grave a threat at the time. Korra had discovered her ability to bend three elements with no formal training at four years old and was immediately flaunting her Avatar-ness. However, this trope ends up being severely deconstructed; the lack of a self separate from being The Avatar gives her an identity crisis in tying her self-worth to the occupation, making her insecure and only through Character Development does she learn to love and accept herself immaterial of her occupation.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Unlike Aang, Korra doesn't shy away from violence, is willing to attack defenseless opponents, and has outright threatened to murder people several times. At the end of Book 2, she has the distinction of being the first hero in the Avatarverse to deliberately kill her opponent, even if she regretted it coming to that.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Asami at first.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She (like all Avatars) is a human mutated by fusing with the light spirit Raava, which is why she can bend all four elements. Even when separated from Raava, she retains her bending powers.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. While Korra is quite talented, she has also been shown regularly practicing on her own.
  • Healing Hands: Katara taught her to use Waterbender healing.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: With Bolin during their first meeting and later she catapults Jinora and Ikki for guessing she likes Mako.
  • Held Gaze: The series ends with Korra and Asami looking lovingly into each other's eyes which represents the beginning of their romantic relationship.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: As she wasn't able to leave the South Pole, Naga was her only close friend.
    Mako: Your best friend is a... polar bear dog. Somehow that makes perfect sense.
  • Heroic BSoD: Once a Season.
    • In the finale of Book 1, after Amon took her bending away. According to Aang, it was what finally allowed her to unlock her spiritual side.
    • In the finale of Book 2, when the spirit of light, Raava, is taken from her and destroyed, making her the last Avatar. Korra managed to get her back, though, as Raava cannot truly die.
    • In the finale of Book 3, the trauma of nearly dying, hallucinations caused by a potent poison, and a slow recovery leave her emotionally drained, barely having the will to smile. It takes most of Book 4 for her to fully recover from that one.
  • Heroic Build: Korra's quite powerfully built, much like her father.
  • Heroic Resolve:
    • Korra, after being stripped of her other stable elements, finally unlocked her airbending when she witnessed Amon about to take Mako's bending and manages to defeat Amon.
    • In the Book 2 finale, after being severed from Raava, she harnesses the cosmic energy of the universe to project herself as a giant spirit who can battle Unalaq and Vaatu combined.
    • During Book 4, Korra travels in the world, so she can recover which partly works.
  • The Heroine: She is the Avatar and main character.
  • Hero on Hiatus: She gets sidelined at the end of Book 3 from the heavy toll the metal poisoning has taken on her body. In the meantime, Tenzin promises that the new Air Nation will follow her example and strive to maintain balance wherever they go. It takes two years for her to physically recover, and even then she doesn't return because she's lost access to the Avatar State, which results in her disappearing on a quest to reconnect with Raava. Her absence ultimately had consequences, as her team disbanded, the world handed over the Earth Kingdom's infrastructure to Kuvira, and in turn, there was no one to stand in Kuvira's way. Eventually, she returns to position as the Avatar to defeat Kuvira.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • After the Book 2 finale, her approval rating drops because she can't deal with the spirit vine infestation. After rescuing the airbenders from the Earth Queen, she and her friends have a bounty placed on their heads.
    • In the three-year Time Skip, however, Republic City learned to live with its vine problem and began to coexist more peacefully with the Spirits partly due to Asami helping incorporate the chances in the city. They began to recognize her as the hero she is, and erected a statue in her honor which placed in Republic City Park which they also renamed after her.
    • Comes back again in Part 2 of Turf Wars as Raiko incites a crowd to blame her for the city's destruction and spinning a well-earned vacation as lazy and selfish.
  • Hidden Buxom: To an extent. She already has Boobs of Steel, but on the one occasion she is seen out of her athletic martial arts outfit, and in a formal evening gown, her bust is shown as much larger than normal, suggesting her normal outfit is designed to compress her chest for practical reasons. So she stands as a already busty character who is actually hiding a much larger bust.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of Korra's Hot-Blooded nature (especially pre-character development), Korra has keen instincts under pressure, demonstrating capable tactical and escape skills, such as using her armband as an insulator against the Lieutenant's electrical assault, and faking unconsciousness in order to catch the Equalists by surprise. On a more personal note, she encourages Mako to be with Asami after her father was revealed to be with the Equalists, saying Asami really needs him, despite how she felt about Mako. She also never makes another move on Mako until after he ended things with Asami, even turning away from him while sitting together in the underground. She's not as selfish as she seems pre-character development.
  • Holding Hands: Book Four ends with Korra and Asami holding hands as they begin their vacation in the Spirit World.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite being terrified of Amon and being coerced into joining a task force, she goes on a raid rather than go back on her word. Later, she challenges Amon to with a one-on-one duel, which ends badly when Amon ambushes her with dozens of chi-blockers instead of arriving alone.
  • Hot-Blooded: This is likely why she took to firebending so well, despite being a native waterbender.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic example — her father, Tonraq, dwarfs her.
  • Humble Hero: Eventually grows into this trope throughout the course of the series. After witnessing Wan's story of how he became the first Avatar, Korra becomes more humble and mature. This line in the Grand Finale sums it up.
    Tenzin: Korra you've managed to transform the world more in a few years then most Avatar's did in their lifetimes.
    Korra: But I feel like I've only just begun. There's so much more I want to learn and do.
  • I Have Your Wife: An interesting variation: Korra and the airbenders take Bataar Jr. hostage and use the threat of keeping him from Kuvira for the rest of his life as leverage to convince him to talk her down, all while trying to play the trope straight against Kuvira. In the case of Bataar, it works, who ends up breaking and submitting to Korra's demands. Kuvira, however, isn't so sentimental.
    • Turf Wars plays this straighter: pun not intended, the Big Bad kidnapped her girlfriend to use as leverage to freely take over the city.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Notable in that she already is badass; she's simply desperate to get others (especially Tenzin) to respect her. A recurring theme throughout the series is Korra's belief/fear that nobody takes her seriously.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Korra defines herself so much around being the Avatar that she can't bear the thought of being Brought Down to Normal — even "merely" an airbender, the rarest kind of bender in the world. Or even living a normal life with mom and dad, while still having all her powers.
  • I'll Kill You!: Twice with the judge in "Civil Wars, Part 2". And given how she behaved with Tarrlok, there's no reason to believe she wasn't serious about the threat. Done again later with the Red Lotus; since she thought they killed her father, she really meant it.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: An attitude she needs to adopt in the Spirit World, otherwise, being the Avatar, her negative emotions can cause its environment and inhabitants to become dark versions.
  • Important Hair Cut: She got one between Books 3 and 4. While the tangible reason was that she had to keep herself from being recognized as the Avatar, this is supposed to signify that she has changed dramatically (and also indicate a Time Skip).
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: She has already proven to be horrible when it comes to excuses. Her explanation for leaving in episode 7 takes the cake, though.
    Korra: I'm supposed to air sit, I mean baby-bend, I- I mean, babysit the Airbending kids!
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She usually acts very cocky and self confident, but she later begins to show a great deal of insecurity about her skills and fear to her enemies. In particular, her greatest fear seems to be losing her identity as the Avatar, or simply not being needed as one anymore. Being the Avatar is everything to Korra, and even after a lot of trials where she learned her value is independent of that role, it remains something she greatly fears losing.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Part of her spiritual weakness is that she's almost completely oblivious to other people's feelings, most obviously in episode five where she goes on a date with Bolin, then forces a kiss on Mako the very next day. She doesn't really get that this is a problem until she sees Bolin's reaction.
  • Instant Expert:
    • Korra was able to bend fire, water and earth without any training at a very young age. Airbending, on the other hand, came especially hard to her.
    • In Book 2, Korra manages to duplicate Unalaq's spirit-calming waterbending style after seeing him do it only a couple times. However, while she can copy the style at first, it takes her several tries to get it to work properly.
    • She also picks up metalbending extremely quickly in Book 3 and can go toe-to-toe with Suyin's kids.
    • In Book 4, she learns to detect the energy of different people and "see" them through spirit vines from Toph, and all it took was a single try. While still unsure about what her limits are, Korra quickly proves she can even use the ability without directly touching a spirit vine (though its likely she does need them to be nearby).
  • In-Universe Catharsis: In the finale of Book 1, this finally helps her unlock the Avatar state.
  • Irony: She originally disliked Asami and thought of her as being a prissy, rich girl and considered her a romantic rival for Mako's affection. Eventually, she becomes friends with Asami, spends more time with her than her other friends, and develops romantic feelings for her. Eventually, they become lovers at the end of the series.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She lets Mako be with his girlfriend Asami, partly because Asami needs his support. Considering her character, this is actually a pretty big deal.
  • I Work Alone: Korra has this attitude in the episode "When Extremes Meet" when refusing to rejoin Tarrlok:
    Korra: Well, I got news for you. You need me, but I don't need you. I'm the Avatar.
    • While Korra wanted to fight the Equalists on her own terms, she still worried that she would go about being a hero alone. She eventually puts together her own team.
    • Comes back in "Peacekeepers" with Korra deciding that she doesn't need Mako's help on how to deal with her situation after he ratted her out. Granted though, she was too emotionally driven to see that Mako was only trying to make sure she doesn't make a mistake with disastrous consequences. However, Korra feels like the "help" Mako is giving her is betraying her family.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Pre-Character Development Korra may have been immature, rash, and insensitive, but made a few valid points from time-to-time.
    • Korra rightfully points out the irony of Tenzin comparing aribending to freedom when he won't allow her to listen to probending on the radio or leave Air Temple Island.
    • When Mako accuses Korra of playing with Bolin's feelings, Korra quickly points out that the only reason Mako cares is because he likes her before calling him a liar. As smug as it was, she was correct as Mako did try to subtly sabotage Bolin's attempt with Korra despite being in a relationship with Asami and telling his brother that he only considers Korra a friend.
    • Her decision to stop being Tenzin's student may have been harsh, but she wasn't wrong on how his and Tonraq's attempts to control her are not right.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is immature, a bit arrogant, sometimes a bit of a jerk, not above using her powers for pranks and not unappreciating attention... but if people's lives are on the line, she will throw away everything to save them. Though as the series progresses her Jerk tendencies become less and less prominent and her Gold tendencies get emphasised instead to the point that, by the time of the series finale, there's very little jerk left in her.
  • Jumped at the Call: In stark contrast to her predecessor. Deconstructed, as it's this attitude that serves as the root of her emotional problems. Korra defines herself as the Avatar, even to the detriment of herself as a person, and the villains of the first three books have all sought to eliminate the Avatar as a concept, rather than personally targeting her. The idea of failing in that duty does a number on her self-esteem. By the end of the series, Korra has regained her self-esteem and is a mature, confident young woman who is ready and willing to embrace her role as the Avatar. She happily tells Prince Wu she will help him change the Earth Kingdom's government to a democratic system.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In Turf Wars because she expected to go a date with Asami before the latter got kidnapped by the Big Bad meaning she had to throw down in the same dress she wore at the end of Book 4.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: Korra was waterbending, earthbending, and firebending when she was just a little girl, way ahead of when she should have been able to.

    Tropes L-Q 
  • The Lad-ette: Loves fighting and engages in burping contests with gusto.
  • Lame Comeback: Becoming a pattern with her. "You're oppressing yourself!" most notably.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After being eaten by a spirit and washing up on an island. She goes into a deep meditative trance and connects with the first Avatar, Wan, which fixes it...mostly.
  • The Leader: Korra is the leader of Team Avatar. However, she doesn't always listen to others when they disagree with her notions. Over time, she learns that being a good leader means knowing when to sometimes follow. During the Book Four finale, Korra more or less becomes the leader against Kuvira's forces. Her decisions and leadership abilities are part of the reason for Kuvira's defeat.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Zig-zagged. Korra has a tendency to dip into this, though her friends help keep it in check. Most of the time. By Book Four, she no longer exhibits this trope.
  • Legacy Character: As the latest Avatar, Tenzin refers to her as Aang's legacy.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: In two different flavors.
    • She wears her hair down for formal occasions, such as Tarrlok's party in "The Voice in the Night" and Jinora's master airbender ceremony in "Venom of the Red Lotus". Since she's cut her hair short in Book 4, she instead puts it up for formal occasions.
    • She also gets her ponytail knocked loose, resulting in an involuntary version of this trope. The first is in "Harmonic Convergence", where she's flung from Oogi's back. She spends the rest of the finale with her hair down. The second is in the Book 3 season finale, where she loses the ponytail along with her shoes, skirt, and armband when the Red Lotus chain her up in preparation to poison her.
  • Light 'em Up: She learns how to infuse water with light energy, which pacifies spirits.
  • Light Is Good: Is fused to the spirit of light and peace, Raava.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Now that Korra is getting the hang of airbending, it has given her unprecedented evasive skills. She still can hit like a freight train, though.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: As a warrior, Tonraq was brash and hotheaded, relying on his physical strength to protect the tribe, and was never particularly connected to the spiritual world, much like his daughter in her performance of her Avatar duties.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: It is heavily implied that, at the end of the series, Korra has become this for Asami. After her father's Heroic Sacrifice in stopping Kuvira's giant mech from destroying Republic City, Asami mentions to Korra at a wedding that she couldn't have handled losing her father and Korra in the same day. From this scene it is implicated that Korra is Asami's main reason for living after the loss of her family. Although, their relationship in no way is portrayed as unhealthy as Korra is more than happy to be there for Asami - especially after all of the care, kindness, and warmth Asami showed her while she was recovering from her poisoning, PTSD, and depression.
  • Living MacGuffin: In Books 2 and 3. In Book 2, Unalaq needs her to open the spirit portals, and then has to destroy Raava within her. In Book 3, the Red Lotus needs her so they can force her into the Avatar State then kill her, thereby eliminating the Avatar forever (at least for the next 10,000 years) and allowing anarchy to triumph.
  • Little Miss Badass: She could bend water, earth, and fire by the age of four.
    "I'm the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!"
  • Lovable Jock: During her time as a pro-bender for the Fire Ferrets. Despite her occasional immaturity, she was excited and all for being on the team.
  • Love at First Sight: Korra fell in love with Mako the moment she saw him which eventually gets deconstructed when their jobs and temperaments cause their official break-up in Book 2.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Her cousins look down on Korra as a rube, despite being the Avatar, due to her being from the Southern Water Tribe. After the apocalyptic battle against Vaatu, she and her cousins are now square.
  • Making a Splash: Her native element is water.
  • Mama Bear: Inverted. It's worth noting that every time Korra has outright threatened to kill someone, it's because they harmed her parents in some manner.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: In a sense, to Mako despite being the star of the show. She appears out of nowhere in his life to help him, turn his world upside-down and ultimately improve it even though/after they break-up as he admits in "Remembrances."
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Korra and Asami are a rare example involving two bisexual women. The former is a tomboyish Action Girl while the latter is a Girly Bruiser who always wears makeup. This is pronounced even more in the last season, which is also when they get together, as the former cuts her hair shorter.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: In "The Spirit of Competition", she agrees to go on a date with Bolin, and then forces a kiss on Mako the very next day. Justified due to her lack of social skills.
  • The McCoy: To Mako's Spock and Bolin and Asami's Kirk. She's the Leeroy Jenkins and uses brute force to get her way.
  • Meaningful Name: When anglicized, Greek "Kore" reforms as "Cora", with both names meaning "maiden". Kore is also another name for Persephone, Greek goddess of the underworld, who is described by Homer as a "formidable and powerful young queen". The last meaning makes sense given how Korra being a powerful bender and the Avatar which can be just as equal or higher than a queen. Kore/Persephone was also famous for being perpetually dragged in and out of hell...
  • The Medic: Katara taught her how to utilize the healing properties of water.
    Korra: Relax, I'm a healer. I learned from Katara, the best there is!
  • Messianic Archetype: Zigzagged. in Book 2 where it is more a Buddha Archetype. Instead of being like the Christian Messiah, Korra instead follows in the footsteps of Gautama Buddha. Like the Buddha, Korra was raised in seclusion. Both their fathers wanted to shelter them from the outside world. Both dive straight into trying to solve the ills of the world once they discover it, but only to limited success. Both eventually achieve enlightenment through meditation. In fact, Korra is able to tap into the cosmic energy of the universe while meditating under the Tree of Time in much the same way the Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating under the Bodhi tree.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Season 1 Korra is relatively slow, especially compared to the pro-benders, and favors strength over speed. Tenzin's training focuses on counteracting this weakness, and as time goes on the trope is averted after she unlocks her airbending and begins to integrate dodges into her combat style, without sacrificing power to do so.
  • Misery Builds Character: Korra mentions to Tenzin that the suffering she went through after being poisoned by Zaheer helped her to become more compassionate to other people including her enemies. This is in line with one of the core tenants of Buddhism, knowing compassion through suffering, and is also a Call-Back to a similar speech that Avatar Yangchen gave to Aang in the first series which stated that being born human, and thus making mistakes and suffering, allow Avatar's the ability to relate to other people around the world, in sadness, anger, joy and happiness.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Korra becomes the target of this from her cousin Eska, after the latter's fiancé Bolin leaves her at the altar. Eska concludes that it was Korra who stole him from her—a completely mistaken, but perhaps somewhat justifiable belief (since they ran away together at the same time, on the same ship, though for different reasons). At one point, she seems ready to literally murder Korra for this.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her mother is a native to the Southern Water Tribe, but her father is an immigrant from the Northern Water Tribe. Even though they were both officially one nation before the end of the Civil War, the show treats both tribes as distinct nationalities, as shown by the make-up of Republic City's council.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: She (the Avatar) becomes an Official Couple with Asami (a nonbender).
  • Mundane Utility:
    • She uses the Avatar state to beat Tenzin's kids in an air scooter race. Tenzin is not amused with her using it as a toy.
    • She uses her bending to play with Naga, first by using her airbending to throw a ball great distances and later raising floor tiles with earthbending akin to having a dog chasing a laser pointer.
    • The very first episode has her using firebending to cook the fish she caught.
  • Naïve Newcomer: At first, she was surprised to find that not everyone in Republic City was rich. A cheerful old hobo corrects her.
  • Neck Lift: As also demonstrated with Effortless Amazonian Lift, those muscles aren't just for show. In one instance, she hoists the Equalist protester in the park right off his feet. She later does this again to Bataar Jr. while he's tied to a chair, lifting what is likely well over 200 lbs. With one arm.
  • Nice Girl: Fully becomes this after going through a few Break the Haughty moments leading to her showing compassion to her enemies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Trusting Unalaq in Book 2 ultimately caused a huge amount of problems that Korra could have easily avoided.
  • The Nicknamer: "Pretty boy", "Mr. Heartbreaker", "Mr. Hat trick", "City boy", "Cool guy", "Team Captain"... Mako seems to be the prime victim of these, as he owns the last four.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Prone to it. Tarrlok gets her to join his task force by having a reporter suggest that she's afraid of Amon.
  • No Social Skills: Being raised by the Order of the White Lotus, and with her spiritual nature rather stunted, Korra is often completely unable to read social cues. This leads to lame comebacks and her trampling people's feelings by accident.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Korra has tried this twice, once when daring Amon to fight her and again when confronting Zaheer in prison. Both antagonists are more than happy to demonstrate that it does not work.
  • Not a Morning Person: States that the morning is "evil". As she is a native Waterbender, she grew up in the south pole, where both nights and days may last for many months at a time; and gets an energy boost from nighttime. Also justified by the fact that she's still in her teens; an age group that typically does not do well in the mornings.
  • Not Good with People: Nearly a perfect example of the more primal type 2 (adept at hunting for food, managed to tame an enormous wild animal at a young age, with a loose regard for rules), except that the reason she is bad with people is because she was isolated from them. While she is clearly lonely without human peers and makes an effort to socialize, she still seems more comfortable around Naga and Pabu.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Korra stumbles into this repeatedly.
    • In "Welcome to Republic City" when she discovers and tries to argue against an Equalist protestor decrying benders as an oppressive establishment, he easily manipulates her confrontational attitude to make her look like the bad guy in front of a large audience of listeners.
    • Later in the same episode, she's incredulous when police insist she be arrested for causing property damage during her well-meant Curb-Stomp Battle of a trio of gangsters. Instead of coming along quietly to explain her presumption of Hero Insurance, she flees the police, fighting as she bolts, and forcing them to use an airship to bring her in, which earns the enmity of Chief Beifong.
    • Matters worsen in "The Revelation" when, desperate to find a friend kidnapped by Equalists, she shakes down the same protestor for information in public, smashing his megaphone, flipping his table and hoisting him by the shirt, and must again flee the police when he wails (quite rightly) that he's being oppressed.
  • Not Quite Flight: While in the Avatar state, she can "fly" on air currents in much the same way Aang occasionally did in the original series, though she lacks his stamina or fine control.
  • Not So Different:
    • What brings her and Mako together (at first) is that, at their core, they have similar personalities: they're both really driven by competition, have strong feelings of truth and justice, are protective of their families, are ultra-stubborn and extremely determined.
    • Korra and Asami may have different temperaments and backgrounds, but they have plenty in common as well. They're both prodigies (Korra with her bending, Asami with her technological skill), they both have huge responsibilities (one's the Avatar, the other the heir to a technological juggernaut), they both know what it's like to deal with having to start from the bottom again (Korra with her physical condition, Asami with rebuilding Sato Industries), both are big fan of sports (and fans of the Fire Ferrets even before meeting Bolin and Mako), love speed (Asami in her cars, Korra running with Naga), both are fast learners (with the exception of airbending, Korra learns pretty fast any bending form, meanwhile Asami can pilot and drive anything) and get pretty angry when the people they love hide things from them. They are also VERY protective of their loved ones and each other.
    • In the finale, she explicitly says this of herself and Kuvira, and Kuvira realizing this is true is part of the reason why she ultimately agrees to surrender.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Korra essentially takes on a superhero role in Republic City, but has no secret identity. She even announces her arrival and status as the Avatar at a press conference.
  • Not with Them for the Money: Even if she wasn't supported by the Order of the White Lotus/Air Temple Island, her relationship with Asami, CEO of Future Industries, is unquestionably based on love rather than yuans and hasn't even lived it up in the lap of luxury as much as their mutual ex and his brother.
  • Official Couple:
    • With Mako after the finale of Book 1, until they broke up in Book 2.
    • In the series finale, it turns out the show's real OC is her and Asami.
  • One of the Boys: She likes to play sports alongside her guy-friends and best them in Burping Contests.
  • One of the Kids: Gets along well with Tenzin's children, having an air-scooter race with them at the beginning of Book 2, or asking Jinora and Ikki for advice on how to talk to Mako in Book 1.
  • One-Woman Army: Korra is the link between the spiritual and physical world, and sole possessor of the power to master all four elements. As such, she can kick just about anyone's butt.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During the events of Book 1, Tenzin is very surprised by Korra's refusal to join the anti-Amon task force. While he was glad she didn't, he recognized that her unwillingness to charge her enemy head-on was very uncharacteristic, and (correctly) guessed that Korra was truly afraid for the first time in her life.
  • Opposites Attract:
    • She and Mako have wildly different backgrounds and ways of dealing with conflict. Which is probably why it doesn't work out. However, they learn to appreciate their differences, and it's those differences that make them stronger not as a couple, but as a team.
    • Later on, this and a good dose of Tomboy and Girly Girl applies to her and Asami. While they had similar privileged childhoods, one is a brash, tomboyish Avatar, and the other is an elegant, girly Badass Normal.
  • The Paragon: Her actions over the course of the series have inspired her teammates and other allies to follow her example of making the world a better place. This came across strongly by the end of Book 3: Korra is severely injured after fighting Zaheer, but Tenzin is inspired to have the new Air Nation follow her example.
  • Pair the Suitors: Her romantic rivalry with Asami over Mako eventually ends up with Korra and Asami becoming a couple.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She loves pro-bending and always wanted to see a match since she was a child.
  • Persona Non Grata: Raiko banishes her from Republic City for not dealing with the spirit vines, even though she saved him and everyone else just weeks beforehand. After rescuing the new airbenders from the Earth Queen, she and her friends get bounties placed on their heads. Raiko reverses his decision after Korra beats the Red Lotus, and the Earth Queen is no longer around to pay the bounty.
  • Personality Powers: The cause of Korra's knack with three elements and issues with airbending in particular, as explained by her airbending teacher:
    Tenzin: Often the element that's most difficult for the Avatar to master is the one most opposite to the Avatar's personality. For Aang, it was earthbending.
    Korra: Yeah, well, I'm about as opposite an airbender as you can get.
  • Physical God: With emphasis on physical. Technically, she's a mortal combined with Raava's spirit carrying the spirits of her past lives. This trope is most triumphantly exhibited when Korra deflects the Spirit Ray Cannon's blast, which obliterated anything else it was shot at.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As a tiny four-year-old child, she was already bending three elements.
  • Playing with Fire: Despite water being her native element, Korra seems to default to fire when frustrated.
  • Plucky Girl: Korra may have her Break the Haughty moments, but she still manages to get back up and fight.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Most Water Benders are phlegmatic; she is Choleric.
  • Pragmatic Hero: When driven over the edge, she might get overly-aggressive. Case in point, "Civil Wars, Part 2" has her resorting to the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique for information and going back on the promises she made to her parents as soon as it became too much for her to tolerate. She also has no problem using lethal force, unlike Aang.
  • Pride: Throughout the first season, she struggles with the many responsibilities that come with her being the Avatar, especially at points when her overconfidence and fear get the best of her. In the book 1 finale, her pride is what allows Amon to capture her and remove her bending. Korra's pride also gets in the way of her asking for and accepting help from others, especially in season 4, while she is attempting to recover from mercury poisoning and PTSD.
    • This is also why it's a big deal in both when and the order of who she opens up to beginning with Asami, then her parents, mentors, Mako and eventually Kuvira over how Not So Different they are.
  • Protagonist Title: The Legend of Korra.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: While this is true for most of the people from the Water Tribes, Korra stands out the most, because to her, she has a warrior spirit that can't be contained and thus lives to fight. However, she later learns that there is more to being the Avatar than fighting.
  • Pure Energy: Like Aang before her, she learns Energybending at the end of Book 1. At the end of Book 2, she is able to project herself as a massive spirit to fight Unalaq and Vaatu. In the Grand Finale, she uses said Energybending to stop a blast from Kuvira's spirit cannon...Up to Eleven in that she's blocking the combined power of the entire spirit wilds in Republic City, the result of which obliterates downtown and tears open a new spirit portal. It goes to show just how far she's come since struggling with learning airbending early on to being able to manipulate such a devastating amount of spirit energy at once.

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  • Rage Against the Mentor: She cuts ties with Tenzin in Book 2 for two reasons: she doesn't think he can teach her how to deal with the spirit crisis, and she just learned that he was partly responsible for putting her in the compound. She pulls this on Unalaq three episodes later when she discovers that he conspired to get her father banished from the North, and then put together a Kangaroo Court to get him jailed for life. She makes amends with Tenzin afterwards. Unfortunately for her, Tenzin hadn't been in the spirit world enough.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives quite an epic one to Unalaq on his backstabbing ways. She even calls him out for setting Tonraq up to get exiled and trying to get her parents in prison. She tops it off by saying that he's mad at Tonraq for being the father of the Avatar.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The brash, rough-and-rumble red to Mako's stoic and Asami's calm blue.
  • Reincarnation: Of the spirit of light and peace, and most recently Aang.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • At the end of Book 1, she becomes an Official Couple with Mako, but they eventually break up due to their conflicting personalities and priorities as well as the fact he took advantage of her memory loss when she forgot they broke up in the first place which resulted in their final break-up.
    • At the end of Book 4, Korra becomes an Official Couple with her best friend Asami Sato, which was later confirmed by the creators.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Develops this relationship with Asami during Book 3 and spends more time hanging out with Asami than other members of Team Avatar. This eventually leads to Korra developing actual romantic feelings for Asami and becoming an Official Couple with her during the series finale.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: As the Avatar, she is looked at as the defacto leader when it comes to her friends and protecting Republic City. That said, it is clear early on she doesn't have any experience in leading and it is Mako who leads the Fire Ferrets.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The Order of the White Lotus, on Aang's instruction, protected her while bringing in teachers to nurture her Avatar abilities. Consequently, Korra has poor social skills but is an extremely powerful bender.
  • Save the Villain:
    • As much as Korra hates the Earth Queen, Korra knows letting her die is a tempting, and shortsighted solution as the Earth Nation is barely holding together. As a result, Korra can't afford to look the other way so she still tries to warn her about the threat of the Red Lotus. However, her captors don't believe her, and in the process of trying to escape, Zaheer ends up assassinating the Earth Queen when he feels working with her no longer serves a purpose.
    • In Book 4, Korra protects Kuvira from her own spirit weapon blast, the act of which creates a new spirit portal right in the heart of Republic City. She later talks Kuvira into surrendering herself to the custody of the United Republic.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The loud, full-of-energy Energetic Girl to Mako's cool-under-fire Savvy Guy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: A rare heroic example, though she is still willing to do it if it overlaps with Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!. She is the Avatar, after all. This is evident in episode 8, where Korra attempts to intimidate Tarrlok into releasing her friends. This is actually supposed to be the point of the Avatar, as demonstrated by Kyoshi and Roku, but doesn't work so well in a modern setting, yet Korra doesn't let that stop her.
  • Second Love: For Asami. Ironically, the first loves of both of them were the same: Mako.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In "The Voice in the Night", tomboy Korra wears a dress with her hair down. No one comments on it in the show, but she does manage to pull it off quite nicely.
  • She Is All Grown Up: A platonic variation. Korra gets this reaction from Tenzin in "Welcome to Republic City", when he and his family show up at the South Pole.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Came within spitting distance during Book 2. After her father was arrested on charges of conspiring to kill Unalaq and sentenced to life in prison, Korra arbitrarily decided the judge was corrupt and chased him down after the trial, threatening to have Naga crush his skull if he didn't tell her what she wanted to know. In fact, this was exactly the type of behavior Mako wanted to prevent.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Apparently, Korra pairs Kai and Jinora together, saying to the latter she knows they have a "connection".
    • She seems to like the idea of Bolin and Opal together.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Korra starts to go this route after a disastrous relationship with Mako, which included his habit of cheating and lying to her and Asami when he was with one of them; her eventual Second Love is someone sweet and loyal who is there for her at her weakest moment. The "man" part, however, doesn't fit; that someone is Asami.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Korra is skilled in three of the four elements, but due to her sheltered upbringing, she's socially inept when she goes to Republic City and discovers the enemies that call it home.
  • Skirt over Slacks: A variation. She wears a Showgirl Skirt-like fur-trimmed pelt over her pants.
  • Sleep Cute: With Mako in "The Revelation". Cue awkwardness and blush.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She rarely wears sleeves, with the exception of formal occasions. She even tries to roll up her airbender uniform's sleeves. Tenzin does not approve and slides them back down.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Sure, Korra may look like an Idiot Hero, and she's not a genius like Asami, but she's quite clever and resourceful in certain situations, especially in Book 4.
  • Smug Super: Downplayed. Korra is inclined to brag and gloat, and doesn't hesitate to use her status as the Avatar to intimidate others if necessary. It isn't appreciated by the authorities, and Korra isn't as quick to do so in later seasons.
  • Spanner in the Works: The first time was in "When Extremes Meet" as Tarrlok repeatedly pointed out in frustration. He counted on Korra to either join him or be Lawful Good like Tenzin and quietly step aside. Korra chose to be Chaotic Good, which wrecked all his plans, reputation and set in motion his downfall.
    • To Kuvira's plans who initially dismisses Korra as obsolete. Despite losing to Kuvira during their first fight, Korra manages to become a thorn in Kuvira's side. She manages to prevent her forces from kidnapping Prince Wu, captured Bataar Jr before he can get President Raiko to surrender Republic City, takes up a leadership position to combat Kuvira's forces, and she personally manages to best her in combat during their second fight. Eventually, Korra manages to convince Kuvira to surrender. Not bad for someone that Kuvira referred to as obsolete.
  • Spirited Competitor: She picks fights for no reason, whereas Aang was a Martial Pacifist.
  • Start My Own: Forms her own team after disagreeing with Tarrlok's methods, which almost immediately is branded "New Team Avatar".
  • Statuesque Stunner: See (Teens Are Short below,) she's 5'8 by Book 4/21 years old and only two inches shorter than Asami.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: A rare female example and a deconstructed one at that. A Hot-Blooded energetic socially inept prodigy that rushes into the problem determined to get the job done. Problem is, such behavior is just as likely to alienate allies and play into villains' plans as save the day before she goes through some much needed Character Development.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy:
    • Korra is a tough-as-nails master of the four elements who almost always tries to solve any problem with figthing, while Mako is a much more thoughtful and rational guy with an analytical mind that is often highlighted when he comes up with smart plans.
    • She can also be considered a rare same-sex version of the trope with Asami. While Korra is a strong Boisterous Bruiser who knows pretty much nothing but fighting, Asami is a practical thinker and a Wrench Wench, able to repair and construct vehicles with limited resources.
  • Super Mode: The Avatar State.
  • Superpower Lottery: She's the Avatar. It's in the job description.
  • Super Strength: While in the Avatar State, she can break platinum chains with nothing but her muscles.
  • Superior Successor: Comes with the territory of being the Avatar. Due to how the Avatar cycle works each Avatar has access to the experience and wisdom of all the previous Avatars and is incrementally more powerful with each new life. By the end of the series Korra is capable of spiritbending, energybending, and metalbending in addition to being able to bend the four elements, something no other Avatar before her has achieved.
  • Swallowed Whole: During her battle with Desna and Eska, a dark spirit shows up to swallow her. This ends up wiping out her memory and putting the Avatar spirit itself in danger.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • She states that Amon and Tarrlok's backstory was one of the saddest stories she had ever heard.
    • At the end of Book 4, being able to empathize with Kuvira is a big part of how she's able to talk the Earth Emperor into surrendering and facing justice for her actions.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Rather than fight further, she manages to talk Kuvira down after they are sucked into the spirit world.
  • Taught by Experience: Korra seems to cop up to this since her arrival in Republic City. On her own, she learns to adapt to new situations when dealing with enemies, exhibiting a level of creativity and improvisation. When Amon removes Korra's bending, Korra finally gains the ability to airbend, even though she hadn't completed her training.
  • Teens Are Short: Averted, Word of God has stated she's above-average for a woman at 5'7" and grows an inch during the three-year Time Skip to simply be two inches shorter than Asami. But people often get this impression of her because her father towers over her (because he towers over everybody), and both of her love interests are taller than her: Mako is 6'2", and Asami is estimated at around 5'10", not counting the heels she often wears.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Korra navigates an airbending training obstacle course with lots of energetic spinning.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted. Unlike her predecessor, she is in fact willing to use lethal force, though usually only as a last resort (unless she's really pissed).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Korra is a dark-skinned Boisterous Bruiser, has a Tomboyish Ponytail which she cuts short, and her life revolves around the study of Supernatural Martial Arts. Asami is a Spirited Young Lady of War with long, wavy Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, lavender eyeshadow, and red lipstick. Though, as Korra lampshades, "girly" does not mean "prissy", "stuck-up", or "helpless". Their relationship evolves over the course of the show from "just on the same team" to "begrudgingly beginning to like you in spite of myself" to "best friends" and, eventually, to Official Couple.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's loud, abrasive, and has no shame getting into burping contests with one of her best friends to name a few Tomboy elements. However whenever she puts on a nice dress for a formal party or ball she can look quite elegant and stunning. And since she never seems embarrassed by being seen in public in a dress she may just like it, too.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Her primary hair style in the first three books combined with sidetails, so we're ruling out a girly girl, here. In one scene, we see a young male waterbender wearing the same style, so it could have been a masculine hairstyle.
  • Tomboyish Voice: Korra has a deep voice to match her tomboyish personality.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that she wasn't plenty badass at the start, but Korra had trouble with connecting to the spiritual side of her Avatar powers making it very hard for her to master airbending. Come Book 4, Air is her second most used element and she was able to energybend the spirit vine cannon blast when it's powered by the entire Spirit Wilds, ripping a hole in reality and creating a new spirit portal.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Sure, she was always cheerful in Book 1, but was hit so badly in later books. After overcoming her PSTD, she becomes far more cheerful and hopeful for the future again. This partly leads to her and Asami becoming an Official Couple.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Korra initially held the belief that any enemy that she faced could not be reasoned with and just needs to be taken down with force. By the series finale, Korra understands that defeating enemies can be solved by connecting with them.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: For about the first half of Book 2, Korra grows progressively moodier and more violent, first due to increasing frustration with both Tenzin and her father, and then with the war between the Southern and Northern Water Tribes. She takes on a With Us or Against Us attitude, lashes out at anyone who disagrees with her slightly, and alienates people around her, to the point where Mako outright breaks up with her. Only after "Beginnings" does she soften up again and realize the error of her ways.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Korra herself realizes in the finale that, after her experiences throughout the series, she is now more open to understanding others and their problems. This is put into practice when she defeats Kuvira not by punching her out, but by relating to her fear of losing control and convincing her to surrender.
    • Specifically, she goes through this in regards to her relationship with Asami. In Book 1, Korra started off as dismissive and rude to Asami simply because the latter was a couple with Mako, who Korra had a crush on at the time. After their first car race together, Korra begins to soften up and apologizes to Asami for earlier beliefs about her. By Book 3, Asami has become Korra's closest friend and confidant, and by the Book 4 finale, her girlfriend.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Many of Korra's mistakes are a result from not thinking of the possible consequences that her actions could bring. Fortunately, character development had her finally learn.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Civil Wars, Part 2", she manages to stay calm even though she was beyond pissed off that Unalaq manipulated her and essentially tried to use her dad as a hostage. Strangely enough, this ends up as even more terrifying than her Unstoppable Rage towards Tarrlok.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the Book 3 finale. In order: watched her father (apparently) die, was kidnapped and poisoned by the Red Lotus, had to deal with the pressure of possibly being the last Avatar ever, nearly died, and wound up in a wheelchair with terrible depression after everything was said and done. To say it went poorly would be an understatement. She eventually becomes a Type A after she recovers as she herself states that after she finally accepted and moved on from what happened that she'll become stronger and her growth is shown in the series finale.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Korra tends to do this whenever she's feeling down. For example, she does it in "When Extremes Meet" after Tarrlok mocks her for being a "half-baked Avatar in training".
  • True Companions: What she, her teammates, and Asami have become by episode 8.
  • Tyke-Bomb: While her parents and Tenzin were more interested in keeping her safe than in using her for their own ends, their decision to have her raised in a secluded compound with no peers effectively turned her into a perfect weapon. Working through the consequences of that is the focus of her character arc. It was presumed that The Red Lotus tried to kidnap her in order to deliberately raise her into one of these, though Zaheer denies that motivation when Korra calls him on it. They actually intended to kill her, and nearly do so.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Korra's look is natural, but that hasn't stopped Mako and Bolin (and, eventually, Asami) from crushing on her. Even Tahno couldn't resist a cheap come on when he first saw her. Further emphasized in "Out of the Past", where despite being somewhat disheveled from Tarrlok kidnapping her and a narrow escape from Amon, her appearance is barely affected.
  • Unknown Rival: Asami is completely oblivious of Korra's feelings for Mako and jealousy towards her until "When Extremes Meet".
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Mako during Book 1. Episode five took this and ran it Up to Eleven. Resolved in the Book 1 finale.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • In "When Extremes Meet". Look at Korra's picture above, and look at this.
    • Happens again in "Venom of the Red Lotus", when she enters the Avatar State involuntarily. Much like Aang, she becomes a force of nature, focused solely on killing Zaheer. Were it not for the large amount of poison she was given to make her this way, she almost certainly would have succeeded. She was tossing mountaintops at Zaheer.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Long Live The Queen", Korra refuses to allow herself be brought to the Earth Queen as a captive, accidentally crashing the airship which was bringing her to Ba Sing Se. In the process, the captain radios Ba Sing Se to inform them of her escape. The Red Lotus, having come to Ba Sing Se to get Korra for themselves, learn of her escape and decide to bring Korra to them instead. To this end, Zaheer kills the Earth Queen and tells the citizens of Ba Sing Se that they are free to do as they please, throwing the city into chaos, then gives a message to Mako and Bolin to deliver to Korra.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Korra seems to have a problem with playing into the hands of crafty waterbending chessmasters, and one Corrupt Corporate Executive from either Water Tribe region.
  • Uptown Girl:
    • Korra, Avatar and (future) daughter of Southern Chief Tonraq, is a couple with Mako, a former Street Urchin turned professional Pro-Bender struggling for money to off-duty cop. However, due to personal reasons, they break up.
    • Played with, after becoming an Official Couple with Asami. While Korra is the Avatar (a position possibly higher than any Queen/King, or more accurately, outside of any social class), Asami is the head of Future Industries.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Korra has a tendency to be this.
    • Korra unlocks her airbending in order to protect Mako from Amon.
    • Seems to be continuing this trend with her Second Love Asami as pointed out by one fan.
    • Turf Wars Part 2 has her first, ready take down an entire triad for attempting a protection racket on Asami then is absolutely, nightmarishly pissed that the Big Bad is holding Asami hostage with Word of God even stating that the new enemy will be a test of her patience/ability to forgive.
  • Walking the Earth: Tries this in order to reconnect with the Avatar State and get out of her funk.
  • Warrior Therapist: Not as much as Aang, but she shows signs of it in "The Last Stand". Korra finally gets Kuvira to admit defeat and accept her the punishment for her crimes by relating to her, especially in their regards for feeling vulnerable.
  • We Help the Helpless: As the Avatar, is this a broad definition of Korra's purpose.
  • Welcome to the Big City: The criminals she encounters even ID her straight away as being "fresh off the boat."
  • What Does He See in Her?: A platonic example: Korra doesn't understand why Bolin would develop a crush on her cousin Eska, since she has always found Eska and her twin brother rather creepy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lays one on Lin for acting hostile towards Opal (who wanted to meet her aunt) and says that with that attitude, she'll end up being old and alone. Surprisingly, Korra's words actually strike a nerve, for Lin sheds some tears after being left alone.
  • Who Are You?: Asked this after learning of Wan's past. When she answered, she finally understood her purpose and duty.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Before getting to know Asami well, Korra sees her as a prissy rich girl mainly because of her jealousy of her relationship with Mako. After they start bonding in a race, Korra apologizes for having her pegged wrong. Ironically, the two eventually end up in a relationship with each other.
  • With Us or Against Us: She has this attitude in Book 2, interpreting anyone disagreeing with her as the enemy and anyone showing any degree of sympathy for them as taking their side and not hers. Highlighted in Book 4's Clip Show, which shows all the times she accused Mako of siding against her in rapid succession. Thrown against her by the rest of the Southern Water Tribe when she tries to play peacemaker, since they're angry at the Northern Water Tribe for their dictatorial behaviour.
  • Womanchild: Played for Drama, unlike Bolin. She's immature and as of Book 2, feels like the people she's close to should be on her side. She grows out of it.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She's the Avatar; the strongest member of her team, able to bend all four elements with unrivaled power. As such, if Korra needs to lose, she'll usually be handicapped in some fashion, the most notable example involving almost getting killed in the Avatar state due to being poisoned with mercury and needing the help of her allies to win. Other examples include; dealing with unfamiliar or unblockable techniques (chi-blocking, bloodbending), new technology (Mini-Mecha, bomb-equipped biplanes), or just being outnumbered or attacked while her guard is down.
  • Working with the Ex: With Mako after their official break up in the Book 2 finale. Initially, he acts awkward given their past, complicated romance, but he gets over it and they begin to work together effectively.
  • You Are Not Alone: In episode 8, when she cries about not being able to take the burden of saving the city alone, Mako, Bolin, and Asami come along and remind her that Aang was not alone and neither is Korra. They are there to help her save the city. She has to be reminded of this again after her long convalescence after nearly metaphysically dying at the hands of Zaheer and the Red Lotus in order to fully recover from the ordeal.
    • Returns the favor at the end of Book 4 to Asami after the death of Hiroshi, leaving Asami the Sole Survivor of her family, much as Katara reached out to Aang.
  • You Didn't Ask:
    Bolin: Why didn't you warn me your cousin has the power to reach into my heart and crush my soul with her bare hands?
    Korra: Uh... because I thought it was pretty obvious?
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: She hallucinates an image of herself in the Avatar state, but the hallucination attacks her and causes real injuries, even when it's not superimposed on an actual person.
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Korra seems to feel this way about Raava, believing that Raava is what made her and every Avatar a hero. After Vaatu rips Raava right out, Korra despaired that she's powerless to stop him without her power. Tenzin later reminds her that Wan became a legend not because of Raava's power, but because of who he was.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Avatar — comes with the turf. Although Korra hands herself huge problems even reaching the state, it just makes getting there a bigger deal when she does. However, even without it, it's still not a wise move to annoy somebody who can mix things up both physically and with bending like she can.

 
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