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    Book 1: Air 

"Welcome to Republic City"

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.
When I was a boy, my father - Avatar Aang - told me the story of how he and his friends heroically ended the Hundred Year War. Avatar Aang, and Fire Lord Zuko transformed the Fire Nation colonies into the United Republic of Nations, a society where benders and non-benders from all over the world could live together in peace, and harmony. They named the capital of this great land Republic City.
Avatar Aang accomplished many remarkable things in his life, but sadly his time in this world came to an end, and like the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of the Avatar began anew.
Tenzin's opening monologue

Four-Year-Old Korra: I'm the Avatar. You gotta deal with it!

Katara: She's strong.
White Lotus Leader: She lacks restraint.

Meelo: Unhand me, strange woman!
Tenzin: That's your grandmother, Meelo.

Pema: All I want is one child like me, a nice non-bender, who doesn't blast wind in my face every five seconds.

Tenzin: Don't you bring my mother into this!

"A Leaf in the Wind"

Ikki: Dance! Dance like the wind!
Meelo: Be the leaf!

Bolin: So, what'd ya think, Korra? Bolin's got some moves, huh?

Bolin: No. Way. The Avatar!

Mako: You're the Avatar. And I'm an idiot.
Korra: Both true.

Announcer: Hold the phone! Stop the presses! She's still in the game, folks! And she's moving like an entirely different player! All of a sudden, the Platypus Bears' strikes are only striking air!
Tenzin: about that.

"The Revelation"

Korra: The morning is evil.

Mako: Your best friend is a polar bear dog. Somehow, that makes perfect sense.

Korra: Mako, we are going to save your brother. I promise you that.

Amon: My quest for equality began many years ago. When I was a boy, my family and I lived on a small farm. We weren't rich, and none of us were benders. This made us very easy targets for the firebender who extorted my father. One day, my father confronted this man, but when he did, that firebender took my family from me. Then, he took my face. I've been forced to hide behind a mask ever since.

As you know, the Avatar has recently arrived in Republic City. And if she were here, she would tell you that bending brings balance to the world. But, she is wrong. The only thing bending has brought to the world, is suffering. It has been the cause of every war in every era. But that is about to change. I know you have been wondering, "what is the Revelation?" You are about to get your answer.

Since the beginning of time, the spirits have acted as guardians of our world, and they have spoken to me. They say the Avatar has failed humanity. That is why the spirits have chosen me to usher in a new era of balance. They have granted me a power that will make Equality a reality. The power to take a person's bending away. Permanently.

Doorman: What are you doing back here?
Korra: Uh... looking for the bathroom?

Bolin: Uh, hello. Amon, sir. I think there's been a big misunderstanding.

Amon: Let her go. She's the perfect messenger to tell the city of my power.

"The Voice in the Night"

Ikki: Why do you have three ponytails? And how come you smell like a lady? You're weird.
Tarrlok: Well aren't you... precocious?

Mako: The scarf stays.

Hiroshi Sato: So, I understand you're dirt poor.

Amon: I received your invitation, young Avatar.

Amon: Our showdown, while inevitable, is premature. Although it would be the simplest thing for me to take away your bending right now, I won't. You'd only become a martyr. Benders of every nation would rally behind your untimely demise, but I assure you, I have a plan. And I'm saving you for last, then you'll get your duel, and I will destroy you.

"The Spirit of Competition"

Bolin: Bro, you're nuts! Korra and I are perfect for each other: she's strong, I'm strong; she's fun, I'm fun; she's beautiful, I'm gorgeous!

Bolin: So, Korra, I was thinking, you and me, we could get some dinner together, sort of a date situation.
Korra: Oh, that's really sweet, but I don't think so. I don't feel very date-worthy.
Bolin: Are you kidding me? You're the smartest, funniest, toughest, buffest, talentedest, incrediblest girl in the world!

Tahno: You know, if you wanna learn how a real pro bends... I could give you some private lessons.
Korra: You wanna go toe-to-toe with me, pretty boy?
Tahno: Go for it.

Mako: Guess we'll have to do this the hard way.

Mako: I told you dating a teammate was a bad idea.
Bolin: You're a bad idea!

Shiro Shinobi: And Bolin loses his noodles! Literally. Which reminds me, this match is brought to you by our sponsor, Flameo Instant Noodles! Noodliest noodles in the United Republic.

Shiro Shinobi: And Bolin keeps playing with one good arm! I gotta hand it to him, this kid's got grit! But how long can he keep it up? Apparently, not very long.

Bolin: Owww! Gah! Haven't you hurt me enough, woman?!

Jinora: Ooh! I just read a historical saga where the heroine fell in love with the enemy general's son, who was supposed to marry the princess. You should do what she did!
Korra: Tell me!
Jinora: She rode a dragon into battle and burned down the entire country. Then she jumped into a volcano. It was so romantic.
Ikki: No, no, no! The best way to win a boy's heart is to brew a magic potion out of rainbows and sunsets, that makes two lovers sprout wings and fly to a magical castle in the sky, where they get married and eat clouds with spoons and use stars as ice cubes in their moonlight punch, forever and ever and ever!
Korra: The volcano is starting to make more sense to me now.

"And the Winner is..."

Shiro Shinobi: Folks, there is some sort of electrical disturbance in the stands. Metalbender cops are dropping like bumble-flies. There appear to be masked members of the audience wielding strange devices on their hands. One of them is in the booth with me right now, folks. He is leveling one of those glove devices at me now, and I believe he is about to electrocute me. I am currently wetting my pants.

Amon: I believe I have your attention, benders of Republic City. So once again, the Wolfbats are your probending champions. It seems fitting that you celebrate 3 bullies who cheated their way to victory - because every day you threaten and abuse your fellow non-bending citizens, just like the Wolfbats did to their opponents tonight. Those men were supposedly the best in the bending world, and yet it only took a few moments for me to cleanse them of their impurity. Let this be warning to all of you benders out there: if any of you stand in my way, you will meet the same fate.

Now, to my followers, for years the Equalists have been forced to hide in the shadows. But now, we have the numbers and the strength to create a new Republic City! I’m happy to tell you that the time for change has finally come. Very soon, the current tyrannical bending regime will be replaced by a fair-minded Equalist government. You and your children will no longer have to walk the streets afraid! It’s time to take back our city.

For centuries, benders have possessed an unnatural advantage over ordinary people. But thankfully, modern technology has provided us with an opportunity to even out the playing field. Now, anyone can hold the power of a chi-blocker in their hand. My followers and I will not rest until the entire city achieves equality. And once that goal is achieved, we will equalize the rest of the world! The Revolution has begun!

"When Extremes Meet"

Meelo: You're pretty, can I have some of your hair.
Mako: Looks like I have some competition.

Meelo: We will meet again, beautiful woman!

Unnamed Non-Bender: Please help us. You're our Avatar too.

Tarrlok: Isn't that what you came here to do? Intimidate me into releasing your friends? See, that's what I admire about you, Korra. Your willingness to go to extremes in order to get what you want. It is a quality we both share.

"Out of the Past"

Tarrlok: What? What are you?
Amon: I am the solution.

"Turning the Tides"

Ikki: Welcome, I'm Ikki and this is Jinora and Meelo. We have a super great family and we're so happy that you're a part of it!

Jinora: Stay away from my dad's ex-girlfriend!

Meelo: That lady is my hero.
Tenzin: Yes, she is. (about Lin)

General Iroh: Tell her we will be arriving in three days time and that I look forward to winning back Republic City... together.

Amon: Tell me where the Avatar is and I will let you keep your bending.
Lin Beifong: I won't tell you anything, you monster!

"Skeletons in the Closet"


Meelo: Prison break!

Amon/Noatak: The two of us together again! There's nothing we can't do!
Tarrlok: Yes, Noatak.
Amon/Noatak: "Noatak." I'd almost forgotten the sound of my own name.
Tarrlok: [picks up an Equalist glove, unscrews the fuel tank cap] It will be just like the good old days. [ignites the boat's fuel]

Aang: When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change.


    Book 2: Spirits 

"Rebel Spirit"

Desna: I think he is attempting to form some kind of bond with you based on your geographic point of origin.
Eska: Perhaps it would be interesting to spend time with one whose ways are so rough and uncultured. (To Bolin) You amuse me. I will make you mine.
Bolin: You mean like a boyfriend, or like a slave?
Eska: Yes. (grabs him) Win me prizes.

"The Southern Lights"

Unalaq: Korra, all the past Avatars live on inside you. Let them guide you. Let them help you find the light in the dark.

"Civil Wars Part 1"

Bumi: You know this reminds me of a search and rescue mission I commanded years ago in the mountains of Ba Sing Se.
Tenzin: Ahhh, here we go.
Bumi: For five days we scoured that beast of a mountain fighting our way through blizzards, sandstorms, and three typhoons. Finally we found the men huddled in a cave, seconds from death. With no time to lose, I piled all twelve of those poor souls on my back and carried them down the mountain to safety.
Tenzin: And how exactly is that supposed to help us find Ikki?
Bumi: It was supposed to inspire you. Clearly you know nothing about being a leader of men. That's probably why the Avatar fired you.
Tenzin: I'm sick of you far fetched tales. Three typhoons?!
Bumi: Well. I might have added an extra typhoon in for dramatic effect.


Unalaq: I need her alive.
Eska: (Sighs) Fine.

Varrick: Look how these people love you, kid. They're eating that cornball spiel right out of your hand.
Bolin: The trick is, whenever I get confused, I just say 'Republic City' or 'fans' and then everyone cheers.


Aye-Aye Hold on, a human living with spirits? It's never been done!
Wan: First time for everything, right?

Wan: If you and Vaatu have the same fight every ten thousand years, how come one of you hasn't destroyed the other?
Raava: He cannot destroy light anymore than I can destroy darkness. One cannot exist without the other. Even if I were to defeat Vaatu in this encounter, darkness would grow inside me until he emerges again. The same will hold true if Vaatu defeats me.
Wan: That doesn't sound so bad. Even if Vaatu wins, you'll still come back.
Raava: Yes, but you will probably not survive to see it.

Wan: Before you get to her, you'll have to go through me!
Vaatu: No human can stand against me.
Wan: Haven't you heard the legends? I'm not a regular human anymore.

Vaatu: I lived ten thousand lifetimes before the first of your kind crawled out of the mud. It was I who broke through the divide that separated the plane of spirits from the material world! To hate me is to give me breath. To fight me is to give me strength. Now prepare to face oblivion!

Raava: We are bonded forever.

Wan: There wasn't enough time.
Raava: Don't worry. We will be together for all of your lifetimes. And we will never give up.

"A New Spiritual Age"

Uncle Iroh: You two look lost. Maybe I can help you.
Korra: I know you!
Uncle Iroh: I was good friends with Avatar Aang.
Korra: Iroh.
Uncle Iroh: Hello, Korra.

Jinora: Wow. I could just stay in here forever, reading.
Wan Shi Tong: The last human who said that is still here.

Korra: I can make the sun shine?
Uncle Iroh: Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.

Uncle Iroh Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems, is to help someone else.

Korra: I have light inside!

"Darkness Falls"

Raava: Korra. This fight is not over.
Korra: Raava?
Raava: Vaatu cannot win. Do not give in to ten thousand years of darkness. You are the Avatar!

Aang: You are right. You are trying to hold onto a false perception of yourself. You are not me. And you should not be me. You, are Tenzin.
Tenzin: I am not a reflection of my father...I am Tenzin!

"A Light in the Dark"

Varrick: Zhu Li, commence Operation Winged Freedom! Do the thing!

Korra: Go in peace.

Korra: The war of the Water Tribes is over. Unalaq has been defeated, and the Northern fleet is returning home. The Water Tribes will always be allies, but the Southern Tribe is now independent, and the Southern Council of Elders has appointed my father, Tonraq, to be your new chief.

I've realized that even though we must learn from those who came before us, we must also forge our own path. So that is why I've decided to keep the portals open. Humans can now physically enter the Spirit World, and spirits will be free to roam our world. I will no longer be the bridge. Humans and spirits must learn to live together. My mission will always be to use Raava's light spirit to guide the world towards light and balance. Harmonic Convergence has caused a shift in the planet's energy. I can feel it. Things will never be the same again. We are entering a new age.

    Book 3: Change 

"A Breath of Fresh Air"

Korra: Daw, this is Tenzin. He is going to help you.
Tenzin: It is absolutely my pleasure to meet you Daw. I have never met a new airbender before. Well, at least one whose diapers I didn't have to change.
Daw: Actually, I just fell off a bridge, so I could use a fresh diaper right about now.


Bolin: C'mon Mako, we're going to Ba Sing Se, where Dad grew up. What if I meet our grandma for the very first time, and she asks me "Where's your sweet brother?" and I have to say "I'm sorry, Grandma, he had some really important police paperwork to file" and she starts to cry those grandma tears and is like "Mako, why? Why? I can't go on, I ca-" and she dies.

"The Metal Clan"

Kya: You seem to know a lot about airbender history for someone who just got airbending.
Zaheer: I've always admired the culture.
Kya: And you moved through those gates like a natural. Where did you say you were from?
Zaheer: A small village up north. You've probably never heard of it.

"The Stakeout"

Zaheer: Do you know who once said, "New growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old"?
Korra: No.
Zaheer: The wise Guru Laghima. An airbender.

"Long Live The Queen"

Zaheer: You think freedom is something that you can give or take on a whim. But to your people, freedom is just as essential as...air.

    Book 4: Balance 

"After All These Years"

Manager: Whatever happened to {the Avatar}, anyway?
Korra: I wouldn't know...

"Korra Alone"

Toph: Nice to see you again, Twinkle Toes.

"Day Of the Colosus"

Varrick: Zhu Li Moon, will you do the thing for the rest of our lives?
Zhu Li: Yes.
Varick: Yes! Now let's go attach these barely functional rust buckets to a giant killer smashing machine!
Zhu Li: It's exactly how I always pictured our engagement.

"The Last Stand"

Korra: So, what now? Back to the dance floor?
Asami: I'm kind of all danced out. Honestly, after everything that's happened the past few months, I could use a vacation.
Korra: Let's do it! Let's go on a vacation, just the two of us. Anywhere you want.
Asami: Really? Okay ... I've always wanted to see what the Spirit World's like.
Korra: Sounds perfect.

    Outside Sources 
"Conventional TV wisdom has it that girls will watch shows about boys, but boys won't watch shows about girls. During test screenings, though, boys said they didn't care that Korra was a girl. They just said she was awesome."

Water, earth, fire, air.
Long ago, the three books lived in harmony,
Then, everything changed when M. Night Shyamalan attacked.
Only Michael Dante DiMartino, Master of all three books, could stop him,
But when the world needed him most, he vanished.
Four years passed, and the Internet has discovered the new Avatar, a waterbender named Korra.
Although her bending skills are great, she has a lot to learn before she's ready to save anyone, but I believe, Korra can save this show.
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Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other. The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple. Many news outlets, bloggers, and fans picked up on this and didn’t find it ambiguous. For the most part, it seems like the point of the scene was understood and additional commentary wasn’t really needed from Bryan or me. But in case people were still questioning what happened in the last scene, I wanted to make a clear verbal statement to complement the show’s visual one.
Michael Dante Di Martino link

But this particular decision wasn’t only done for us. We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues. It is long overdue that our media (including children’s media) stops treating non-heterosexual people as nonexistent, or as something merely to be mocked. I’m only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories.
Bryan Konietzko on his Tumblr

I have bragging rights as the first Korrasami shipper (I win!).
Bryan Konietzko on his Tumblr

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