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"The future may be uncertain, but Korra's spirit lives on. I have faith that the cycle of the Avatar has begun anew."
Jinora's eulogy in the prologue

The Legend of Genji is an Avatar Fan Sequel webcomic series set thirty-five years after The Legend of Korra. It was created by Macky Neal and a team of volunteer writers and artists from around the world.

Fire. Air. Water. Earth.

The next Earth Avatar, a sandbender named Genji, is born into a world of political instability, social revolution, and looming war. When the White Lotus is unable to locate the next Avatar, they begin to fear the cycle may have ended forever. Watching the world fall into disarray, certain individuals decide to take matters into their own hands, creating their own perfect Avatar to bring light and hope back to the world. Genji will discover the truth about his own identity and embark on a journey to understand who he is and what it means to be a modern Avatar.

The first part of Chapter 1 was released on April 16, 2022, with subsequent parts being uploaded on a biweekly schedule. The webcomic can be read here on Webtoon. It is also available as a motion comic on YouTube. For more information, see the project's official website and YouTube channel.


Previews: Prologue, Book 1 Trailer

The Legend of Genji provides examples of:

  • Abdicate the Throne: Like her father, Fire Lord Izumi peacefully retired and passed her crown down to her younger daughter Shizuka. Originally, she was going to make Iroh II the next Fire Lord, but he rejected his claim to the throne in order to be with the man he loved.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Iroh II had no known canon relationships. Here, he's gay. It's actually rather important since he abdicated his right as Izumi's heir to marry his boyfriend and left the throne to his sister, the current Fire Lord.
  • All for Nothing: Genji spends the latter half of Chapter 1 desperately trying to raise money to pay off the rent for his family's apartment, even going so far as to participate in underground fight clubs and (albeit unknowingly) smuggling explosives for a terrorist group. Then when he finally does get the money he needs, his apartment is blown up at the end of the chapter. Even worse, it was destroyed by the very terrorists Genji had earlier worked with, using the same spirit-powered grenades that he delivered to them.
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  • All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her chaotic spiritual powers, Nami was seen as the weird kid in her hometown and grew up with no friends. Her inability to waterbend also made her a target for bullying at the private waterbending school she attended. She moved to Air Temple Island in hopes of learning how to control her powers, but still feels isolated from the other Air Acolytes and struggles to adapt to their culture.
  • Ancestral Name:
    • Genji is named after his paternal grandmother, "Gramma Genji".
    • Iknik Blackstone Varrick has a son who he named after himself.
    • Two of Bolin and Opal's children are named after their family members; their son San is named after Bolin and Mako's father, while their youngest daughter is named in honor of Opal's grandmother, Toph Beifong.
  • Arranged Marriage: According to this Tumblr post Luan's parents are members of the upper middle class from Gaoling who met through an arranged marriage.
  • Babies Ever After: A couple of characters from The Legend of Korra all had this happen to them during the 35-year time skip.
    • Mako married a woman named Miri and had a daughter named Rin with her. This is downplayed by the start of the webcomic, as Mako has been divorced from his wife for 16 years and maintains a shaky relationship with Rin due to his workaholic nature.
    • Bolin married Opal and had four children with her.
    • Jinora married Kai and had a son named Kalsang with him.
    • Ikki married a man named Dae-Sung and gave birth to four children.
    • Varrick and Zhu Li had two children named Iknik II and Minli. Iknik II grew up to become a private writer while Minli would inherit her father's business empire after he retired.
  • Bait-and-Switch Sentiment: Occurs in part 3 of chapter 1 between Aiko and her mother Hitomi. After upsetting Aiko with the news that she's cancelled their family bonding time due to a work-related emergency, Hitomi gently cups her daughter's face in a way that suggests she's about to say something to cheer her up. Instead, she just tells her daughter to stop wearing lipstick because it isn't appropriate for someone of her status.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The female members of the Red Sands that Genji meets with in the fourth part of Chapter 1 all wear outfits that leave their stomachs exposed.
  • Bearer of Bad News: When Genji returns home after picking up his sister from school, he finds an eviction notice in his mother's mail which she hasn't read yet. When Genji's mother finally returns home later that night, he initially tries to tell her the bad news but decides to withhold it until tomorrow after seeing how she's already stressed out from being unable to work her night shift thanks to a recently enacted curfew.
  • Big "NO!": Played for laughs. In chapter 1, both Genji and his little sister scream "NOOOOO!" when they see their favorite probending team lose another match on TV.
  • Big "YES!": Nami's father has this reaction when Rohan offers to take him to see the herd of flying bison on Air Temple Island.
  • Blank White Eyes: Nami gets these twice in the first chapter; first after hearing Kalsang call her "the haunted girl", and later when she gets startled by Kalsang Suddenly Shouting during her tour of Air Temple Island.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: It's mentioned on the character bios for Zuko's family that Mai taught nonbending fighting techniques to her daughter Izumi just in case she ever needed to defend herself and couldn't use her firebending.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Varrick invented the Avatar universe's version of comic books, which he calls "comicals".
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: In Part 5 of Chapter 1, Genji is Caught Coming Home Late by his mother Zahra, who scolds him over how worried he made her by suddenly disappearing in the middle of the night. This causes Genji to snap and call her out over how she's always absent from his life and barely spends any time with him. Zahra is shocked by her son's outburst and claims he isn't being fair to her since she's a Struggling Single Mother who has to work everyday just to financially support their family. Genji responds by bitterly retorting how Life Isn't Fair.
  • Canon Foreigner: In addition to the four nations and United Republic, there is a sixth people in the form of the Ocean Folk. They are based on African and Polynesian people, an ethnic and cultural group not displayed in the original series, and were formed from Earth Kingdom and Water Tribe intermingling.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Lin retired from the Republic City police force after receiving a bad injury during a case that left her wheelchair bound.
  • Caught Coming Home Late: At the end of Chapter 1, Genji returns home in the dead of night and stealthily climbs through the window of his apartment, only to find his mother waiting for him inside, ready to chew him out for Sneaking Out At Night during a city-wide curfew.
  • City on the Water: The Ocean Folk are famous for their floating cities, which they built atop ocean waters using vine and clay. They used to live on coastal villages, but were driven off their lands by Earth Kingdom colonizers in ancient times.
  • Closet Geek:
    • It's mentioned on Luan's character bio that he has a geeky side which he likes to keep to himself. Specifically, he's a big enough fan of the Starbenders TV series that he's personally met the show's star actors.
    • Maya, Luan's personal Dai Li bodyguard, is secretly a fan of the same sci-fi series as Kalsang, even writing fanfiction about it.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • "Avatar" Luan spent three months in Zaofu being taught how to metalbend by the Beifong family, almost exactly like Korra.
    • One of the reporters trying to interview Luan at the start of the webcomic mentions how there are student protests going on in Omashu, which was the city that Bumi (Aang's childhood friend, not his son) was from.
    • Genji and Shai are big fans of the Fire Ferrets, the very same pro-bending team that Korra, Mako, and Bolin used to be a part of.
    • Aiko is a student at the Royal Fire Nation Academy for Girls, the same one that Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee attended.
    • The luxury hotel that Aiko and her mother are staying at during their visit to Ba Sing Se in Chapter 1 is named after Varrick and owned by his company.
    • The spirit portal that Korra opened in Republic City in "The Last Stand" is visible in the distance during the scene where Nami and her father are disembarking from their airship after having arrived at Air Temple Island.
    • Part 4 of Chapter 1 opens with Genji getting easily defeated by his opponent in the Sandbox. This wouldn't be the first time we've seen an Avatar get their ass handed to them in an underground Earth Kingdom fighting club.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Some individuals went behind everyone's backs and tries to create an Avatar of their own in hopes to restore peace to the world.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Genji's very one-sided smackdown at the hands of Quicksand in the Sandbox. While this isn't his first brawl, he's facing an opponent who's clearly older, stronger, and much more experienced at fighting than he is. Genji fails to land a single hit on Quicksand and spends most of the fight getting tossed around the ring for the amusement of the crowd. The only time he ever manages to fight back is when he kicks a wave of sand, and even that gets effortlessly taken advantage of by Quicksand to fuel his own Finishing Move.
  • Curse Cut Short: Occurs in the first chapter when Genji banters with his boss at the repair shop he works at.
    Old Man Lao: Pfft. As if they'd let a dusty sandbender like you pass through the gates [of Ba Sing Se].
    Genji: Yeah, 'cause they'd definitely welcome your greasy old— [ducks as Lao throws a wrench past his head]
    Old Man Lao: Shut it, or instead of wages you're gettin' a fat bar of soap in your mouth!
  • Dances and Balls: Throughout Chapter 1, several characters mention an upcoming formal party that Ba Sing Se's political elite are holding to celebrate the Earth Federation's recent treaty with the Fire Nation. Given that Luan is the "Avatar" and Aiko is the Fire Nation ambassador's daughter, both are naturally expected to be in attendance, though neither are particularly thrilled by the idea. Luan would rather spend more time practicing for his earthbending exam, while Aiko dismisses the entire event as "mak[ing] chitchat with a bunch of fat nobles and tak[ing] pictures".
  • Dead Guy Junior: Bolin and Opal named one of their four children San Beifong after Bolin's deceased father.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Hitomi Hibana, a noble from the Fire Nation, considers it inappropriate for a lady to wear lipstick and chides Aiko for doing so. Also, while giving Aiko money to buy shoes for an upper-class party, she stresses the importance of buying something subtle that won't make Aiko appear too tall.
  • Delinquent Hair:
    • Malik is a sand raider who does business with the Red Lotus and has a mohawk.
    • The leader of the Red Sands terrorists that Genji meets in part 4 of Chapter 1 is a young woman with a green mohawk.
  • Democracy Is Flawed: The Earth Kingdom has reformed into the democratic Earth Federation. However corruption, expansionist politics, social inequality and poverty are still a problem. Fringe cultures like the Sandbenders are frequently subject to racism and forced off their land so the government can harvest resources.
  • Disability Superpower: Ikki has a son named Songtai who was born hard of hearing, but compensates for it by using soundbending to artificially amplify his ability to hear. This gets played with because Songtai still prefers communicating with sign language even though his powers largely negate the need for it.
  • Disappeared Dad: The only thing we really know about Genji's father is that he left his family and returned to the Si Wong Desert not long after they were forcibly relocated to Jinsha. It's implied that Genji holds some resentment towards his father for abandoning him and his mother.
  • Distant Prologue: The prologue has Jinora delivering an eulogy at Korra's funeral just days after Korra's Heroic Sacrifice. The first chapter then jumps ahead seventeen years to the main story.
  • Distant Sequel: The Legend of Genji is set about 35 years after The Legend of Korra, by which point most of Korra's mentors and friends are either retired, dead from old age, or have become middle-aged adults with families of their own.
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: The Earth Federation's soldiers wear matching green-and-black military uniforms with face masks that make them clearly stick out from the masses. Meanwhile, the Red Sands rebels wear plain sleeveless vests and tunics with a single piece of red clothing being the only thing that visually distinguishes them from the regular civilians in Jinsha.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Bolin's eldest daughter Jade has one in the third part of Chapter 1; a picture of her is featured on the cover of the magazine that Aiko is reading in her hotel room.
  • Every Year They Fizzle Out: The Fire Ferrets haven't won a single probending match for the last 17 years. It doesn't stop Genji and Shai from being big fans of the team despite their consistent losing streak.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: The Dai Li agents standing in the background during the first chapter are drawn so that their wide-brimmed hats are tilted over their face and cast a shadow that covers their eyes.
  • Face Palm: In part 5 of Chapter 1, Hibana has this reaction to the outfit Aiko wears to a formal event.
  • Fan-Created Offspring:
    • Kalsang is the son of Jinora and Kai.
    • Songtai, Rei, Lin-Ling, and Kaleo are all Ikki's children.
    • Bolin and Opal have four children named Jade, San, Samir, and Toph II.
    • Rin is the estranged daughter of Mako.
    • In addition to her canonical son Iroh II, Fire Lord Izumi is also given a daughter named Shizuka, a grandson named Kazuo, and three great-grandchildren named Shiroi, Kasumi, and Masaru.
    • Varrick and Zhu Li have a son named Iknik II and a daughter named Minli.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Inheritted from the original series of course. In particular the Si Wong tribes and their plight mirror that of real world Central Asians and their oppression by China and Russia.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Sandbenders and other fringe cultures face this from the "main" Earth Federation ethnic group. The sandbenders in particular are negatively stereotyped as raiders and thieves. We see an example of this in the first chapter when Genji publicly sandbends while playing with his sister, and immediately finds himself catching disapproving glares from several bystanders, establishing that sandbenders like him are a distrusted minority in Jinsha.
    • The Earth Federation itself faces this from many citizens of the United Republic, who have not forgotten Kuvira's invasion.
  • Fascists' Bed Time: After a series of student protests in Omashu seemingly turn violent, President Bao Jun declares a regional curfew forbidding anyone to be out after sunset. Said curfew isn't limited to just Omashu and extends to several other cities including Jinsha, which Genji's mother complains isn't even geographically close to Omashu.
  • Fat and Skinny: The short and scrawny Old Man Lao has this dynamic with his unnamed Big Fun brother.
  • Fictional Document: Benderteen is a celebrity gossip magazine aimed at teens that the false Avatar Luan regularly does exclusive interviews for.
  • Fictional Geneva Conventions: It's mentioned on the project's website that there are laws in place which ban weaponizing spirit energy, not that that's stopped insurgents like the Red Sands from trying.
  • Fictional United Nations: The Global Assembly is an international organization formed by Korra and the world leaders with the purpose of promoting peace and cooperation between all nations. The Assembly is comprised of representatives from each nation and is headquartered in Republic City, much like how the real-life U.N. has its headquarters in New York City (which Republic City was based on). One of their primary goals is to ensure that something like Kuvira's invasion never happens again.
  • Fight Clubbing: The Sandbox is an illegal underground boxing tournament where sandbenders fight each other for cash prizes. Genji's character bio mentions how he occasionally partakes in the fights to blow off steam and earn extra money for his family.
  • Generation Xerox: Unlike her older brother, Varrick's daughter Minli is described as a carbon copy of her father, having inherited his physical traits, personality, business savvy, and knack for inventing. She was eventually handed control of Varrick Global Industries and became a successful business magnate like her father.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The Red Sands leader that Genji gives Malik's briefcases to in the fourth part of Chapter 1 screams "DANGIT!" when she accidentally spills one of the cases onto the ground. Seeing how the briefcases were being used to transport spirit-powered grenades, her reaction is understandable.
  • Great Offscreen War: One of the most important events in the backstory were the Foggy Swamp & Sandbender Rebellions that took place about twenty years before the start of the story. It was a series of conflicts that saw the native tribes of the Foggy Swamp and Si Wong Desert rebel against the larger Earth Federation after the Federation sent armed troops to expel the natives from their homelands.
  • Handwraps of Awesome:
    • Genji wears hand wraps while covertly transporting Malik's briefcases to the Red Sands agents waiting in the alley.
    • The Red Sands leader that Genji delivers Malik's briefcases to has her hands and lower arms wrapped in bandages.
  • Happy Ending Override: Downplayed. Korra's accomplishments aren't negated but she does die whilst only being middle-aged, causing global distress at her premature passing.
  • He Knows Too Much: Desperate for rent money, Genji is convinced by Malik to accept a smuggling job for the local branch of the Red Lotus, but isn't told what he will be smuggling. After handing over a pair of briefcases to the terrorists, one of the cases is accidentally spilled onto the ground, revealing to Genji what he had been transporting: glowing black-and-purple orbs that are implied to be grenades powered by spirit vines. Believing Genji to have seen too much, the terrorists immediately turn on him and try to capture him. Subverted when their leader realizes that Genji's just a teen and is unwilling to harm him.
  • Hereditary Twinhood: Just like her brothers Wei and Wing, Opal Beifong and Bolin have twin sons named San and Samir Beifong.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Korra died while using her energybending to redirect the blast of a powerful spirit bomb that threatened to destroy Ba Sing Se. Though she managed to save the city, the strain from channeling that much spirit energy through her body killed her.
  • History Repeats: The Water Tribe Avatar dies young, prompting people to seek out a successor and pick the wrong one. According to the team, this wasn’t intentional as this part of the plot was planned before the Kyoshi novels.
  • Honorary Aunt: Mako has a daughter named Rin who considers his close friend Asami to be her favorite "aunt".
  • Insistent Terminology: Neither Nami nor her father are pleased when Kalsang refers to her as "the haunted girl". Rohan corrects Kalsang by insisting that she's not haunted but "spiritually gifted".
  • Ironic Name: Bolin named his youngest daughter after his idol and grandmother-in-law, Toph Beifong. Despite her namesake being a legendary earthbender and the inventor of metalbending, Toph II herself is actually an airbender.
  • Irony: Toph II is an airbender, even though she comes from a family of famous metalbenders and is directly descended from one of history's greatest earthbenders. In-universe, air is regarded as the element opposite to earth.
  • Justified Criminal: Genji only reluctantly agrees to smuggle for Malik because he needs money for rent (and Malik could tell this because Genji was participating in a match against an opponent above his level for the prize money in the Sandbox) with the mention of a Noodle Incident implying that Genji has done other "jobs" in the past for Malik. He even asks what he's transporting only for Malik to tell him it's better he doesn't know.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: All of Tenzin's kids are now adults with each having become an airbending master. Just before he died, Tenzin divided responsibility for the four Air Temples between his children: Jinora was given the Eastern Temple, Ikki was given the Southern Temple, Meelo was given the Western Temple, and Rohan was given Air Temple Island.
  • The Legend of X: The webcomic is titled The Legend of Genji.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Near the end of Chapter 1, Genji uses this line to cap off his argument with his mother during his Calling the Old Woman Out moment.
    Zahra: ...Genji, you know that isn't fair.
    Genji: Yeah? Well as we all know by now, life isn't fair.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Varrick is a flamboyant Eccentric Millionaire who thrives in the spotlight. His son Iknik II is the opposite, being a low-profile author who prefers reading books and drinking tea in solitude.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Those behind the fake Avatar conspiracy are careful to ensure that Luan remains unaware of the truth since the lie becomes more convincing if Luan himself actually believes it. Luan is subsequently left frustrated by the extremely slow pace of his Avatar training, and is eager to learn firebending despite his mentors strictly forbidding him from practicing any form of bending other than earthbending.
  • Make Some Noise: During her time in the orchestra, Ikki invented "soundbending", a subset of airbending which involves amplifying soundwaves by manipulating air currents.
  • Married to the Job: After Korra's death, Mako coped with his grief by becoming a workaholic to the point where it destroyed his marriage and estranged his daughter. He's gotten better thanks to Asami and Bolin, and has started dating again while also actively working to repair his relationship with his daughter.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Jianwu, the Earth Federation's president preceding Bao Jun, originally invaded the Si Wong Desert because he was in danger of losing reelection and needed a way to boost his popularity (not to mention fix his country's struggling economy). Even though his armies were victorious over the Si Wong tribes and claimed the desert's natural resources, he ended up getting voted out of office anyway.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: A Tumblr post by the series' creators explains that Zaheer was able to continue leading the Red Lotus from within his underground prison by meditating into the Spirit World and issuing orders to his disciples from there.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • Luan's animal companion is a peacat (a fusion between a cat and a peacock) named Yin Cheng.
    • The comic's website mentions that one of the Ocean Folk's most popular sports involve racing using "eel-dolphins".
    • While asking Genji to deliver some illegal goods for him, Malik explains that the reason he can't do it himself was because the authorities were watching him and his crew like "eagle-hawks".
  • Mutant Draft Board: Downplayed. As part of the Ocean Folk's treaty with the Earth Federation, they are required to hand over their strongest benders to be trained as agents of the Dai Li. The Dai Li can also conscript any talented benders they find among the Ocean Folk, regardless of their age. As an example, Maya got recruited when she was ten.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The first comic, "The Avatar Returns", shares a title with the second episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • When Malik asks Genji for his help in a smuggling operation, the latter turns him down at first, bringing up a Noodle Incident involving cabbages as the reason he is uninterested. This is a nod to the Cabbage Man from ATLA, a Recurring Extra who kept having his cabbages destroyed by the Gaang as a Running Gag.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Izumi does indeed have a daughter in canon, though she is never named. Here, she's given the name Shizuka.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Those briefcases that Genji delivered to the Red Sands in Chapter 1 as a favor for Malik? They contained grenades powered by spirit-energy which the Red Sands use to blow up several buildings, one of which turns out to be Genji's own apartment.
  • No Blood for Phlebotinum: In the comic's backstory, the Earth Federation annexed the Si Wong Desert and displaced the indigenous Sandbender Tribes because they wanted access to the rich deposits of oil and ore below the desert.
    • It's mentioned on the comic's website that the Earth Federation also tried to invade the Foggy Swamp for its wood but were stopped by Korra, who declared the swamp protected lands. She wasn't able to do the same for the Sandbenders in the Si Wong Desert because the two events happened at the same time and she was only able to protect one of them.
  • Noodle Incident: Genji initially wants nothing to do with whatever gig Malik is offering him, claiming that nothing good ever came from working with him and bringing up a past incident involving cabbages.
  • Oh, Crap!: Genji and his mother's reaction at the end of Chapter 1 when their argument is interrupted by the sound of a spirit bomb exploding from outside their apartment, which is followed by another bomb going off right next to their apartment's window.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Tonraq and Sena are still alive, having outlived Korra due to her tragic early passing.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In the first chapter, Shai tells Genji that the TV in their apartment is broken and panics since she doesn't want to miss the probending match being aired. Genji fixes their TV by banging it with his fist.
  • President Evil:
    • Bao Jun is a Well-Intentioned Extremist variant of one, being the Earth Federation's president and a ruthless expansionist.
    • Jianwu, Bao Jun's predecessor, is another example. He's the one who started his country's aggressive expansionism in the first place and used his presidential powers to wage an unprovoked Resource War on the indigenous tribes of the Si Wong Desert and Foggy Swamp.
  • Properly Paranoid: The United Republic expanded their military in the wake of Kuvira's invasion in order to be better prepared for any future challenges to their nation's sovereignty. Turns out they were right to do this, as the current Earth Federation president shares Kuvira's belief that the United Republic is illegitimate and formed from stolen territory he intends to reclaim.
  • Protagonist Title: The title, of course, refers to the titular Genji, who is the next Avatar and the central protagonist of the webcomic.
  • Punny Name: Luan's publicist is a bossy blonde-haired woman named Kah Ren, which sounds a lot like Karen.
  • Rank Up: In the decades following Kuvira's defeat, Mako was promoted from detective to chief of Republic City's police force by Lin after she retired.
  • Really 17 Years Old: A Tumblr post by one of the project's creators states that Genji lied about his age to snag a part-time job as a mechanic at an automobile repair shop.
  • Renaissance Man: Bolin's tendency to have a New Job as the Plot Demands followed him into adulthood as the official website mentions that he's had several different careers including being a politician, comedian, cook, florist, real estate developer, and, most recently, a TV producer.
  • Sadistic Choice: When the Earth Federation attacked the Si Wong Desert and Foggy Swamp at the same time, Korra only had enough time to defend one and had to choose whether to aid the sandbenders or the swampbenders. Due to the importance of the ancient World Tree at the center of the Foggy Swamp, Korra went to help the swampbenders and successfully drove the Earth Federation out of their lands. This left the sandbender tribes vulnerable and they were unable to stop the Earth Federation's military from driving them out of their hometowns.
  • Sarashi:
    • Genji's shady friend Malik wears a sarashi covering his waist and stomach under a sleeveless vest.
    • The Red Sands leader that Genji meets with in Part 4 of Chapter 1 has her chest wrapped with red bandages that she wears under a sleeveless vest.
  • Secret Relationship: Shortly after the end of The Legend of Korra, Iroh II began dating a man named Haruki, which he hid from the public due to the stigma same-sex couples faced in the Fire Nation as a consequence of Sozin's anti-LGBT laws. Also, as Crown Prince, Iroh was facing increasing pressure to settle down with a wife and continue the royal bloodline. He kept his relationship with Haruki a secret for well over a decade until the time came for Izumi to abdicate the throne, at which point he turned down the crown and publicly came out as gay so he could officially marry Haruki.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: During their brawl in the Sandbox, Quicksand sandbends elongated arms with large fists (similar to Ming-Hua's water limbs) that he uses to punch Genji out of the ring.
  • Shirtless Scene: Part 4 features Genji and Quicksand fighting bare-chested in the Sandbox.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Starbenders: A Journey Through Space is a low-budget sci-fi TV show which Kalsang is a diehard fan of. He's seen every episode, constantly pesters his family and friends with his Starbenders fan theories, and has even named his sky bison Aimee after one of the show's characters. Luan is also a big fan and has personally met the show's cast.
    • Maya's character bio mentions that she enjoys reading Wolfbatman comicals (presumably a Batman Parody) in her spare time.
  • Stacked Characters Poster: The poster for Book One features all six main characters stacked in a column with Genji at the bottom, Nami and Aiko in the lower-middle row, Maya and Kalsang in the upper-middle row, and finally Luan at the top.
  • Stock Money Bag: In Part 4 of Chapter 1, Quicksand is seen holding up a sack that contains his prize money to a cheering crowd after beating Genji in the Sandbox.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Bolin had four children with Opal: Jade, San, Samir, and Toph II. Jade and San are earthbenders like their father while Samir and Toph II are airbenders like their mother. Jade has also inherited her father's ability to bend lava while San inherited metalbending from his mother's side of the family.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Whilst Korra's team are still around, most of her mentors and the Gaang, along with their offspring, have long since passed. As powerful, skilled and badass as they were, they were still human and old age eventually caught up to them.
    • Even though the Earth Kingdom has successfully made the transition to democracy, it was plagued throughout its history by problems of corruption and political infighting and that has carried over into the new Federation. Most of the power is also concentrated in the hands of the wealthy and the upper classes, resulting in a technical but heavily corrupt democratic system.
    • The aftereffects of Kuvira's invasion are still felt even many decades after it happened. The United Republic has expanded its military in order to be better prepared for any future challenges to their nation's legitimacy and many citizens bear a grudge, if not outright hatred, against the Earth Federation.
    • As Truth in Television has shown, the nomadic tribes of the Si Wong Desert being forced into urban areas by the Earth Federation has resulted in poor living conditions and tensions with the locals (Genji and mother each work to pay for their rundown apartment with Zahra working several low-paying jobs and Genji participating in illegal sandbending fights, while public displays of sandbending in Jinsha are frowned upon.) Naturally, some sandbenders have to turned to outright crime like Malik or even terrorism in the form of the Red Lotus' offshoot The Red Sands.
  • There Can Be Only One: This would be part of the premise of the comic.
  • Tickertape Parade: At the start of the webcomic, Luan is thrown a tickertape parade upon returning to Ba Sing Se following the completion of his metalbending training.
  • Unfit for Greatness: Before passing away, Tenzin placed Meelo in charge of the Western Air Temple where he is supposed to mentor the next generation of airbenders. Unlike his siblings, it's clear that Meelo wasn't cut out for the job as he cared more about partying up the place than actually teaching. He rarely even stays at the temple and was quick to neglect his duties so he could go Walking the Earth.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: When Nami arrives at Air Temple Island, she's quiet and withdrawn. Her father not.
  • Wandering Culture: The Sandbender Tribes were traditionally nomadic traders and scavengers who wandered the Si Wong Desert atop sand-gliders. When the Earth Federation took over, they attempted to erase the sandbenders' culture by forcing them to move into urban areas where they struggled to adjust to the stationary nature of city life.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Aiko's mother, Hitomi, spends so much time working as an ambassador for the Fire Nation that she often doesn't have time for her daughter, straining their relationship.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: As part of the webcomic's promotional material, the creators released images of the Gaang, Krew, and their families alongside small summaries explaining what happened to each of them during the 35-year timeskip following The Legend of Korra.
    • Asami married Korra and mourned her when she died. She continues to lead a happy and fulfilling life as CEO of Future Industries.
    • Mako became the chief of Republic City's police force.
    • Bolin and Opal got married. After exploring several careers, Bolin settled on being a successful TV producer under Varrick's media company while Opal became an environmental activist advocating for the development clean energy through bending.
    • We're also shown what became of Tenzin's children: Jinora took her father's place as the leader of the Air Nation; Ikki joined an orchestra band where she met her future husband and invented "soundbending"; Meelo briefly enlisted in the United Forces but left after deciding that the military just wasn't for him; and Rohan grew up to become a calm man with a deep respect for Air Nomad culture.
    • Zuko, Katara, Tenzin, Kya, and Mai all peacefully passed away in their sleep from old age.
    • After earning his airbending master tattoos, Bumi spent his later years teaching airbending to children before succumbing to long-term illness.
    • Toph spends a few more years living with her family before eventually returning to the Foggy Swamp where she is never seen again.
    • Lin retired from the police after being badly injured during a case. She currently lives in Zaofu as a senior metalbending instructor.
    • Suyin retired from leading Zaofu and turned the previously autocratic city-state into a democracy.
    • Baatar Jr. reconciled with his family and became a college lecturer.
    • Huan became a secret Eccentric Artist who randomly leaves his metal sculptures in cities.
    • After making power disc into an official sport, Wei settled down with a family while his twin brother Wing went on to become a famous athlete.
    • Fire Lord Izumi abdicated her throne to her daughter and enjoyed a peaceful retirement until passing away at the ripe old age of 99.
    • After retiring from active service, Iroh II married his boyfriend and moved to Ember Island away from the public eye.
    • Varrick continued to expand his business with varying degrees of success while forming a business rivalry with Jin Gao's Onyx Inc.
    • Zhu Li stepped down after serving a single term as the United Republic's president due to the stress of the job. She then spent a few years doing international humanitarian work before being nominated as head of the Global Assembly by Korra.
  • Widow's Weeds: Downplayed with Asami, who wears a black dress but no veil while mourning at Korra's funeral in the prologue.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In the first chapter, it's implied that the Red Sands were originally going to "disappear" Genji for having seen their spirit bombs, but their leader changes her mind upon discovering how young he is, remarking that he's just "a kid" and instead letting him off with a warning not to tell anyone what he saw.