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Avatar: The Last Airbender Prequel Tells ‘The Rise of Kyoshi’

Every fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender knows that no matter how mighty an Avatar may become, they are only the latest in line… and unlikely to ever match the legendary Kyoshi; one of the strongest, greatest, and most fearsome Avatars that had ever lived. Now thanks to her very own prequel novel, the story of The Rise of Kyoshi will finally be told.

The Last Airbender series allowed its hero, Aang, to commune with the previous incarnations of the Avatar. Aang relied mainly on Avatar Roku, his immediate predecessor. But as his story, and later The Legend of Korra offered a glimpse of the Avatar before Roku–an imposing woman named Kyoshi of the Earth Kingdom–it was clear one of the most intriguing stories in the Airbender universe was being held for a later date. Thanks to writer F.C. Yee, that time has come, with The Rise of Kyoshi and the announced Shadow of Kyoshi recounting the origins of the Avatar. And based on our time with the book and our interview with Yee, fans are going to have a LOT to talk about when the book arrives on July 16th, 2019.

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Reading through the accomplishments of Kyoshi’s life, the shadow she casts over the future that followed only grows longer. The longest-living Avatar (and human) after dying at the age of 230. The one person Chin the Conqueror couldn’t overcome. The founder of the Kyoshi Warriors, who make their home on the island Kyoshi forced free from the mainland–one of the most stunning uses of Earthbending fans will ever find. Screen Rant had the chance to speak with F.C. Yee about shaping this origin story with Avatar co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, building out the world before The Last Airbender begins, and much, much more.

You’ve made it no secret that you were a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender before tackling this novel. There don’t seem to be too many ‘casual’ fans of Avatar, but can you tell us a bit about how this project first came to your attention, and how being a fan factored into your response? Was it a matter of seconds before you were on board with telling Kyoshi’s story?

During a conference where I was promoting my debut novel The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, the publisher at Abrams, Andrew Smith, turned to me and cryptically asked “Are you a fan of Avatar by any chance?” Of course I told him yes, but after that we didn’t say anything further about it. I knew that Abrams had a prior working relationship with Nickelodeon on some children’s books so I may have had some inkling why he’d ask that out of the blue, but I never brought it up again (probably out of fear of jinxing whatever project might be brewing).

Months later, I found out that Abrams had submitted a proposal to Nickelodeon for a prequel novel series about Avatar Kyoshi, and that all parties were game for it if I was. I was shocked at the size of the project and thrilled that it was focused on my favorite of the pre-Aang Avatars. The fan in me said YES, immediately. My agent translated my enthusiasm into a calmer, more rational response, and from there, we moved forward.

The Rise of Kyoshi is a story that you shaped with Avatar co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, a driving force in building and expanding the lore to begin with. What was that collaboration like when it came to sketching out Kyoshi’s story–and at what point did you get to take the reins and start putting words to paper?

Mike, Nickelodeon Editor Joan Hilty, Abrams Editor Anne Heltzel, and I did a significant amount of outlining and “axe-sharpening” before I started writing. Mike is a master storyteller, so in those first few calls he was less concerned with technical lore and more focused on giving me guidance about characters, motivations, and forces of antagonism. He let me pitch a lot of different ideas and follow their progressions in outline form. Eventually, we came to a story direction that we thought worked for the character and the universe, and I started writing on my lonesome.

The amount of time we spent up front was immensely valuable. Because we made the creative investment, I clocked my production rate at four times my historical average (I am a tech nerd; this is how we talk). Mike and the other parties involved gave me the perfect combination of feedback and hands-off trust to run with the story. I didn’t stick perfectly to the outline, but the skeleton allowed me to build the rest of the book with confidence.

It’s almost funny to watch the series now, and see Kyoshi introduced as what must be one of the most intriguing Avatars and characters in the world of Avatar… and then realize her full story hasn’t actually been told! Were you one of the fans who wanted to know more about her when the opportunity first arose? Was that a ‘dream come true’ scenario or added pressure, knowing you’re the one who’s finally telling it?

Years ago, I adored the glimpses of Avatar Kyoshi we got in the series since so much was conveyed about her in a small number of scenes. She was almost like a Boba Fett whose actions and attitude backed up her reputation. For me, watching the shows, her appearances as a foil to Aang were so effective and satisfying that I honestly hadn’t given that much thought into wondering more about her personally until I started writing these books.

Once I had the opportunity to write her backstory though, the possibilities exploded, and I became eager to figure out what paths led her to become the person we see in the show. It was both a dream and a terrifying, pressure-filled experience. If I botched her story, I’d never forgive myself as a fan, not to mention disappointing the community that loves this universe.

To travel back to the start of Kyoshi’s story, readers are brought into a different world than the one they know from Avatar and Korra. Without spoiling anything, what should readers be prepared for, or know heading in? Because the temptation to pause on just about every page and dive into the Avatar wiki is going to be hard to resist (…I may be speaking for myself here).

I drew upon history for thematic inspiration (more so than direct events), which meant the setting of this book is woven with a lot of internal turmoil. Nothing is monolithic, and the greatest threats are often the ones closest by. I wanted to capture that feeling when you read about a crisis that happened in the past and marvel at how people back then managed to keep everything together. Institutions and beliefs that we’re used to from “current” times may not have formed or solidified yet. It’s a bit darker in parts than the shows, hopefully not gratuitously so. Some of that is due the above, and some due to its category as a YA novel.

The Rise of Kyoshi also expands on the mythology and history in ways that open up new stories. Was that part of the goal, or an added bonus in the process? I think The Fifth Nation in particular is going to be a prime example.

Those new possibilities are more of an added bonus since the primary purpose of their inclusion was to support Kyoshi’s story. In order for them to feel sufficiently rich though, they got a level of detail that could be fruitful for whatever creator that might want to use them.

The Fifth Nation, for example, is loosely based off the forces of the pirate queen Ching Shih, plus a lot of pirate history in general. While I simply wanted them to be effective and believable seaborne marauders, it meant hinting at more stories the reader isn’t seeing.

Kyoshi is noteworthy for more than just her status, since she is one of the few, and likely the most influential LGBTQ+ character in the larger Avatar universe. I’m sure there are fans of the series who will only now discover that, so was it something you felt important to include?

I did feel that was very important to include. Kyoshi is mentioned to be bisexual in the Legend of Korra: Turf Wars comic. Some readers will be coming into the book already knowing that and looking for how her love life is portrayed, and others might be discovering it in the novel itself. Either way, since since media representation is so important, it felt crucial not to leave her relationships out.

Kyoshi feels particularly timely, and complex in this novel: she’s underestimated, strong, formidable, and feared, but she isn’t perfect, either. Fans know her legacy is a mixed one, with massive successes and questionable or even bad calls. Since her origin story can’t really address that legacy directly, did it still factor into the start of her journey?

Absolutely. One of the main goals of this story was to convince readers how it was possible for Kyoshi to create the mixed legacy she did. If I wasn’t going to show her dropping Chin the Conqueror as an adult, I was going to try to show how she became the type of person that would do so without remorse. She starts out very different than the person we see in the show; since narrative arcs demand change, her end affects her beginning from a creative standpoint.

The Avatar fans who can’t stand the wait for The Rise of Kyoshi can also dive into your Genie Lo novels (Epic Crush and the upcoming Iron Will), to see another fierce young woman chosen for greatness. Was the transition from those books to Kyoshi as almost ‘fated’ as it now seems?

There is admittedly a great deal of overlap. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is about a nigh-invulnerable young woman who hates injustice and isn’t afraid of confrontation. I believe that part of the Avatar pitch was pointing at the existing book I’d written as a demonstration I could handle Kyoshi’s story. The humor and action-comedy nature of ATLA was undoubtedly a big influence on the Genie Lo series.

In some sense it felt similar going from Genie Lo to Kyoshi. Both protagonists would rather move mountains than let evil get its way. But ultimately I found myself focusing on their uniqueness. Genie is hot-tempered and quippy but deep down, a big softy inside. Kyoshi is level-headed, a woman of few words, and well, we all know how soft her personality ends up being.

Rise is just the first of two novels diving into Kyoshi’s story in the larger Avatar universe, so in that sense, the ending isn’t really ‘the end.’ Without spoiling, how do you hope readers will feel once they put down The Rise of Kyoshi after that final page?

I guess I hope readers feel a bit like Kyoshi herself- struck by the sudden realization that while the beginning may have ended, there’s so much more business to take care of and story to tell.

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee arrives on Tuesday, July 16th, with the second book in the series The Shadow of Kyoshi to follow.

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2019-07-13 05:07:40

Andrew Dyce

Avatar: 20 Unresolved Mysteries And Plot Holes The Last Airbender Left Hanging

It’s hard to believe that Avatar: The Last Airbender wrapped up over a decade ago. (Feel old, yet?) The Nickelodeon animated series grew a huge baseman of both young and older viewers during its three-year run and this popularity hasn’t waned one bit since it went off the air. In fact, as more time goes by, the more highly-regarded its legacy becomes, propelling it to the hallowed “modern classic” status few cartoons of its era have been able to achieve. Of course, we haven’t exactly been starved for new Avatar content since The Last Airbender saga concluded. Aang, Zuko, Katara, Sokka, and Toph’s adventures have continued in comic book form, as well as — with the exception of Sokka — their older, future selves in the sequel series that followed Aang’s Avatar successor: The Legend of Korra.

And, of course, M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at an almost unwatchable live-action movie adaptation. The enduring bankability and interest of the world of Avatar — and perhaps the crushing disappointment of Shyamalan’s film — spurred creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, to begin work on their own live-action remake that promises to improve on all of the mistakes of the previous attempt. It could also offer a different take on the original story and maybe even expand on some of the grayer areas of Avatar lore. The Last Airbender comics have done a good job at tying up the series’ biggest loose ends — like the mystery of what happened to Zuko’s mom — but there are still bits and pieces of lore and story details that have left fans scratching their heads.

20 AANG: THE LAST HYPOCRITE

As the inevitable showdown between the Avatar and the psychotic Fire Lord Ozai edged nearer, it dawned on Aang that he had a monumental decision on his hands. Ozai’s heritage and violent ambition meant that taking his life might be the only way to stop him, and by default, the century-long war. The problem was this conflicted with Aang’s own peace-loving heritage.

While his moral confliction was an admirable quality, fans have since pointed out that it didn’t quite line-up with his past actions in battle. Aang seemed to be fine with blasting away boatfuls and airships’ worth of faceless soldiers but then acted as though Ozai would be his first fatality. Perhaps the Avatar should reassess his code of ethics.

19 A MISSED OPPORTUNITY

During the Lake Laogoi arc of the third season, the Gaang find themselves reunited with teen Freedom Fighter, Jet. While traveling into the Earth Kingdom city of Ba Sing Se, Jet becomes suspicious of Zuko and Iroh when he sees the elderly man use firebending to reheat some tea. His obsessive chasing of the pair eventually led to the city’s secret police capturing and brainwashing him.

After breaking free, Jet was then mortally wounded while helping the Gaang rescue Appa. It was a watershed moment for the show, but one that might have been avoided had Katara just remembered the healing spirit water she had in her possession. While this worked out in Aang’s favor later on, how would Katara have known that at the time?

18 PROOF! THERE IT IS

After making it out of the treacherous desert in Book Three, the Gaang continue their journey to Ba Sing Se. They’re faced with either making their way through the mountains via the short but equally treacherous Serpant’s Pass, or taking the longer but safer route via the ferry from Full Moon Bay. They opt for the latter option.

Unfortunately, without a passport, the ticket-master refuses to allow Aang passage. His attempt to use his Avatar fame to get around her also fails because of the number of counterfeit Avatars she’s dealt with. Aang dejectedly gives up, apparently forgetting that all he needs to do is show off the one skill no-one else could fake: airbending.

17 (NOT SO) ROCK SOLID

Toph puts “Twinkle-toes” through his paces when she becomes his earthbending teacher. As earth is an oppositional element to air — Aang’s natural fallback — he has a lot more trouble getting to grips with it than water. Toph’s teaching methods don’t exactly help, either. Unlike Katara’s gentle encouragement, Toph prefers to toughen her student up.

At one point, she spars with Aang and uses an armor coating of rock to defend herself against his attacks. Viewers were quick to spot, however, that the animators had mistakenly left the suit exposed around the eyes rather than the mouth, which, as a blind character, wouldn’t be of much use to Toph.

16 NO(MAD) WAY IN

The air nomads that Aang originally belonged to lived in very-hard-to-reach places. The Southern Air Temple that the young Avatar grew up in was located above the clouds in the Patola Mountain Range, while the Western Temple is harder to get to still — clinging to the underside of a cliff. They’re deliberately designed to be accessible to air nomads only.

Knowing this, there’s been a lot of speculation as to how Fire Nation troops were able to invade Aang’s home. Airships hadn’t been invented by that point so how did they do it? Did they have enough firebending power to launch themselves skywards? Did they commandeer dragons? We’ve never gotten an answer in the canon.

15 FOUR NATIONS? MAKE IT SEVEN

There are famously four nations in the Avatar world, one for each controllable element: earth, fire, air and water. But, there’s been a lot of debate within the fandom about whether this is true or not. There are two separate Earth Kings in Omashu and Ba Sing Se, and two separate Fire Nation groups made up of the ones under Ozai, and the Sun Warriors.

As for the Water Tribe, they’re split into the Southern Tribe, Northern Tribe, and the Foggy Swamp Tribe. By that logic, seven is a more accurate total. The only feasible counterargument to this is that “Nation” is just another way of describing one group united by culture and racial characteristics, even if they’re geographically dispersed.

14 ANIMAL MAGIC

One of the many things that make the world of Avatar so unique are the beasts and animals that live there. Though there are some creatures that you’d recognize from our world — like the Earth King’s pet bear — the majority are combinations of two different species. Korra’s steed Naga, for instance, is a polar bear/dog hybrid.

The names of these two-for-one animals reflects this: spiderfly, tigerseal, skunkfish… the list goes on. This has caused some confusion as to how these names came to be, considering not all of these combined species necessarily exist individually. The best guess is that non-hybrids used to be the norm and were replaced by widespread crossbreeding.

13 TRIGGER UNHAPPY

In a world where people can breathe fire, create water whips, and shoot rocks at each other, you’d think man-made weapons would be redundant. But, don’t forget — not everyone is a bender. Throughout the series, we see people fighting with arrows, swords, spears and their bare fists. Steamships, airships, and tanks are also used by the military.

Knowing this technology exists, the lack of more advanced weaponry like rudimentary firearms and cannons seems like an oversight. You’d think non-benders would welcome the extra firepower. Out-of-story, the real reason could be that the production team didn’t want things getting too explosive in a kids show.

12 AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Aang doesn’t carry much with him, but his glider is never far from his hand. Though he uses it mostly to fly, it serves as a multi-purpose tool, makeshift weapon, and even a conduit to channel his bending. With his full force behind it, we’ve seen the glider dent and crack through the toughest materials.

This is why it seemed like a misnomer when, in the episode “Bitter Work,” Aang scolded Toph for using the ancient air nomad object to crack nuts. “It’s a delicate instrument!” he claims. Delicate? Really, Aang? While we know the glider isn’t indestructible, Aang must have been fibbing just to get her to stop.

11 NOT FROM AROUND HERE

The Avatar is a spiritual entity that is part of a constant cycle of rebirth. When one Avatar passes away, another is reborn with access to all the memories of their past selves. The cycle is spread evenly around each Nation to mimic the changing seasons and ensure balance is maintained. After fire comes air, after air comes water, and so on.

One unanswered question, however, is what would happen if the Avatar was born into one of the Nations’ fringe groups like the Sun Warriors or Foggy Swamp Tribe. As those tribes are cut off from the rest of the world, could the Avatar live their entire life in seclusion? It seems like pure luck that Kyoshi, Roku, Aang, and Korra grew up in mainstream society.

10 HAMA’S HANDYMEN

“The Puppetmaster” episode of The Last Airbender is known for being one of the series’ darkest thanks to the vengeful waterbender, Hama. After being snatched from the Southern Water Tribe by the Fire Nation, Hama reveals to the Gaang that she had to get creative to escape. Using the water within people’s bodies, she invented a frightening variant to waterbending: bloodbending.

The Gaang also discover the psychotic woman had been imprisoning firebenders in underground cells and the craftsmanship of her prison prompted some viewers to question how an elderly woman was capable of constructing all this on her own. Did she also bloodbend her captives into carrying out manual labor, too?

9 DRAGON(E)

Hundreds of years ago, the first benders learned formative techniques by studying animals. For firebenders, dragons were their first teachers, making the firebreathing lizards very important to Fire Nation culture. Not important enough, though, for them to be sufficiently preserved.

Hunting dragons became so popular that General Iroh claimed to have slain the last one — which later turned out to be a lie. But, considering that dragons were used as powerful steeds by people like Roku, it seems like a big tactical blunder to wipe them out for mere sport. Surely someone should have had the sense to campaign for their conversation, right?

8 FIRE AND ICE

Waterbenders draw extra bending power from solar eclipses as the moon is the governing force behind the ocean’s tides. Firebenders similarly get a dramatic boost whenever Sozin’s Comet appears; named after Fire Lord Sozin who took advantage of the astral event to begin the One Hundred Year War.

However, as some astronomy-savvy fans have pointed out, comets aren’t actually the big balls of fire we imagine them to be. They’re made of ice and dust, so scientifically-speaking the comet shouldn’t effect firebenders in the way that it does. Sozin’s Meteor, however, might have done the trick.

7 WEIRD SCIENCE

One of the coolest things about the world of Avatar is seeing how creative some benders can get with their abilities. A master waterbender like Katara, for instance, can freeze water and turn it into shards; trap people within watery spheres and even heal wounds.

We’ve also seen her cut through wood and steel with water whips, which seems improbable, but water can actually do this in the real world. The only problem is, water can only do this at a very high pressure and at a straight angle, not usually in the curved shape we see on the show. And could Katara really generate enough pressure? It seems like a stretch.

6 HIDDEN ROYALTY

Fire Nation propaganda throughout the war ensured that the royal family were both feared and respected throughout their territories. In his quest to become the world’s leading dictator, Fire Lord Ozai’s face was plastered over every history textbook and on the wall of every official building.

Despite this, his children, Zuko and Azula, were somehow able to travel around without attracting much attention. In fact, while the pair were vacationing on Ember Island during Book Three, none of the other Fire Nation kids even recognize the most famous teenagers in the land. Either they were super misinformed or playing it super cool.

5 REINCARNATION FRUSTRATION

The Avatar is the bridge between the spirit world and the physical world, a link first made possible by the bonding of Wan with the spirit of peace and love, Raava during the Harmonic Convergence. According to “The Avatar and the Fire Lord,” a new Avatar is born the second their predecessor is gone.

This information makes us curious as to what exactly is being reincarnated. Raava tells Wan, “we will be together for all of your lifetimes,” implying that Wan himself is continually being reborn in new forms with Raava travelling along for the ride. Or, does Raava simply carry Wan’s memories into a new host? We need answers, Team Avatar!

4 A MIRACULOUS RESCUE

After losing Appa in the desert, the Gang continue their search for Aang’s beloved sky bison in Ba Sing Se. Unbeknownst to them, Zuko and Iroh are also in the city, and when Zuko learns that the Avatar is searching for his flying steed, he sees an opportunity to pick up his Avatar-seeking mission once more.

This begins quite a few leaps of logic. First off, Zuko finds out where Appa is by threatening a random Dai Li agent who happens to have the information, and then, he and Iroh somehow manage to let Appa loose — despite not being earthbenders — without anyone noticing. Impressive, sure, but also improbable.

3 FIRE WITHIN

Of the four elements that humans are able to control in the world of Avatar, fire is the only one that doesn’t require a bender to have preexisting material to bend. In other words, firebenders can create their own fire as well as manipulate it. But, why is this? It could be because water, earth, and air are much more readily available.

But, it could also be because fire was the first element humans learnt to bend. (Avatar Wan stole the power from the lion turtle.) Before it became associated with destruction, fire was considered closely linked with the energy of life, which confuses things more because it suggests anyone with a soul could theoretically firebend. We may never get a definitive answer.

2 FLY BOY

Avatar fans have been trying to wrap their heads around what is and isn’t needed to bend since the show began. In the case of firebenders, just an exhalation is enough to make things go up in flames. Other benders, however, rely on more obvious physical motions to practice their art.

This opens up a can of worms when we see Aang flying. Though airbenders can also use their breath to bend, Aang was able to fly with his glider without opening his mouth or moving a muscle. How did he do it? Was he just riding the currents well enough like a bird? Or was it just the result of years of practice?

1 THE TY LEE MYSTERY

Out of Azula’s two-woman entourage, Ty Lee was a refreshingly cheery companion who was more interested in having fun than taking a fight seriously. Her “fun” was incredibly effective, though. Using chi-blocking, Ty Lee could temporarily paralyze people and even block their bending ability.

Ty Lee’s official status as a non-bender has provoked endless discussion in the show’s fanbase, particularly knowing that energybending exists. Some feel that Ty Lee’s chi tinkering replicates this skill on a less severe level so it could be thought of as a bending subclass. Others just think of it as advanced acupuncture. Only one thing is certain, Ty Lee is a one-off.


2019-04-06 08:04:13

Hannah Collins

25 Things Wrong With Avatar: The Last Airbender We All Choose To Ignore

Dealing with mature themes of war, abuse and the power of spirituality, Avatar: The Last Airbender was far from the prototypical animated Nickelodeon shows of the time. Targeting audiences of both younger and older generations, the show’s nontraditional world and far-reaching scope made for a compelling and vast fantasy series, but according to co-creator Bryan Konietzko, the immense popularity of the action-adventure show came from its sincerity and heartfelt narrative.

As the brainchild of Konietzko and his collaborator Michael Dante DiMartino, the character of Aang was first conceived after Konietzko observed a balding, middle-aged man and sketched him re-imagined as a child herding bison. DiMartino, who had recently watched a documentary on explorers in the South Pole, combined his ideas with Konietzko’s drawings and within two weeks the idea was born.

Drawing heavily from Japanese animation and Eastern philosophies, Aang’s endearing journey as the last known Avatar coming of age during the height of the imperialistic Fire Nation quickly attracted an audience. Following the conclusion of Avatar, Konietzko and DiMartino have seen continued success through their follow-up series The Legend of Korra and have recently announced their involvement in a live-action version of ATLA set to stream on Netflix.

More than a decade removed from the show’s end, the beloved series continues to have a following, though many questions still continue to irk fans. Although every mystery can’t be resolved, there are still more lingering plot points than some of us would like to admit.

So join us as we take a look at the 25 Things Wrong with Avatar: The Last Airbender We All Choose to Ignore.

25 Everyone’s Fine With Four Kids Traveling On A Sky Bison

Between the four primary protagonists of Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph, it isn’t particularly comforting that perhaps the most immature of the four also happens to be the eldest. With Aang and Toph estimated to be around twelve and Katara and Sokka reported to be around thirteen and fifteen, respectively, the question arises as to how the team traveled around on a sky bison without drawing more concern.

In a universe strife with wartime conflicts, perhaps it wasn’t particularly unsettling to witness children walking about freely, but with the amount of younger characters acting courageously throughout the series, it seems unlikely that they wouldn’t draw attention from some of the older people of the communities.

24 The Traits Of Bending Are Confusing

Evidence throughout ATLA shows not every human is guaranteed to become a bender like their ancestors before them, but given the countless benders seen throughout the series, the exact specifics on bending traits still remains a bit murky.

It’s understood that benders’ spiritual sensitivities play an integral part in determining their bending abilities, but is it simply one’s spirit which links a bender to their element or do genetics play a large role as well? Then there’s the issue of which element a bender can bend. Is it simply region or genetics which determines a bender’s element or may a certain type of bender be born into any nation?

23 Despite Its Complex Themes, It’s Still A Kid’s Show

With a plethora of children’s programs marketed towards younger demographics, it’s a rarity that a series’ show-runners are able address mature themes while remaining steadfastly a show for kids; however, ATLA was somehow able to finesse its way into both younger and older age groups. Still, with all the show’s complexities, there were still limitations.

Although creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have admitted that they tried to keep the show away from gratuitous acts of violence, there were still moments where Nickelodeon gave them notes on keeping certain scenes more tame. Had the show been given free rein, it’s possible the Avatar universe would’ve been even closer to the creators’ true vision.

22 Sokka’s Missing Sword And Boomerang

As the only lead protagonist without bending abilities, Sokka relied upon his ever-so-faithful boomerang and affectionately named space sword, which he forged from the remnants of a fallen meteorite. Although he’d never learn to refine his weaponry skills on an expert level, his final heroic efforts during the passing of Sozin’s Comet helped save his life, while losing his trusted weapons in the process.

After commandeering and crashing a Fire Nation airship, Sokka sacrificed his sword and boomerang, sending them plummeting to the Wulong Forest beneath him. Although it’s uncertain if he ever recovered his weapons, it seems unlikely he’d just forget them after all the good fortune they’ve brought.

21 Aang Isn’t The Last Airbender

For a seemingly innocuous children’s series, ATLA had a tough road with its name. Apart from the naming dispute between M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender and James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, which prevented further use of the Avatar name in feature film adaptations, there’s also some confusion surrounding the legitimacy of Aang’s last airbender title.

Although the Hundred Year War led to the destruction of every known airbender, the legend of the Avatar demands that all future Avatars master all four elements, including air. This means many airbenders would succeed Aang. Not to mention, Aang’s son, Tenzin, would later appear in The Legend of Korra, marking the first airbender born in over a century.

20 The Absence Of Firearms

In the Avatar world a great technological disparity exists between the Fire Nation and the other three nations. Although the Fire Nation’s mastery of fire allowed them to forge modern-era weapons of war, the other nations lived predominantly off the land with the Earth kingdom making homes from rock and the Water tribes living in igloos.

With all the Fire Nation’s impeccable feats in modern weaponry, it’s no great wonder how their totalitarian mindset led to complete dominance throughout the Hundred Year War, however, there is still some mystery over the absence of firearms throughout the series. With all their advancements, wouldn’t someone have developed a gun to ease the nation’s path to victory?

19 Who Is The Father Of Toph’s Children?

Following the events of ATLA, Toph was championed for her discovery of metalbending. Immediately after the culmination of the Hundred Year War, she founded the Beifong Metalbending Academy where other potential metalbenders could learn the skill. Later, she was appointed Chief of Police for Republic City and became a mother to two children: Lin and Su.

Although the details behind Toph’s romantic life have remained secretive, it’s known that she became intimate with two men, neither of whom have been identified. Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have said little to shed light on the mystery men, though some fans have speculated that Sokka may have been a love interest at some point.

18 The Mysterious Cabbage Merchant

Making a legacy of his own, the unlucky cabbage merchant first appear in season one where his wagon of produce was sadly destroyed by a group of earthbenders. Originally intended as a brief joke, his unfortunate fate began a repeated occurrence throughout the series as his cabbages were ruined time and again at his expense.

Although he quickly became a fan favorite among viewers, questions arose from his repeat appearances. Exactly who was the sad cabbage merchant? Where did his seemingly unlimited supply of cabbages come from? And how did he always manage to travel across the world so quickly, always in time to find himself in yet another regrettable situation?

17 The Show’s Pacing Is Problematic

Spread across three seasons, ATLA condensed many subplots into its 61-episode story arc. With all of the group’s various excursions, the writers were able to delve deeper into the universe’s specific cultures, but at times the show’s overarching story was forced to take a backseat.

The pacing of the series is no more evident than in the beginning of season three. After the Earth Nation capital falls into Fire Nation hands, Aang is brutally injured, leaving all hope of an invasion up in the air. At the peak of the show’s most chaotic moment, season three opts to begin at a deliberately slower pace, making for a frustratingly slow start.

16 Azula Is The Only One Who Bends Blue Flames

As a child prodigy under Fire Lord Ozai, Azula’s ruthless pursuit for perfection was reflected in her fighting style. As denoted by her signature blue flames, ATLA creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino wanted Azula to stand out, giving her the power to emit the hottest fire of any firebender.

Although the flames of a bender reach varying colors depending on the temperature, the blue flame can only be reached with extremely hot temperatures. Seeing as how many expert level firebenders have preceded Azula, including her father and her uncle Iroh, it’s unlikely that she would be the first of her kind to achieve such a feat over hundreds of years of firebending.

15 The Romance Was More Awkward Than Romantic

Although ATLA‘s romantic subplots often took a backseat to Aang’s quest to dismantle the imperialist Fire Nation, the hotly debated Kataang versus Zutara ordeal still leaves many fans underwhelmed by the show’s lackluster romance.

Throughout the series the budding romance between Aang and Katara is evident through tender moments shared between the series’ more epic storyline, but at one time, the show’s show-runners considered having Katara end up with the series’ leading antagonist Zuko.

Although Kataang would ultimately win out, some have argued that the firebending prince was a much better option as Aang was more immature than Katara with the latter often serving as more of a maternal figure than a love interest.

14 Sokka And Katara’s Adjustment To The Outside World Is Too Easy

Raised by the Southern Water Tribe, Katara and Sokka were never exposed to the wartime communities of the other nations prior to encountering Aang. After losing their mother to a Fire Nation attack, their father went to fight in the war, leaving them with their grandmother. Located in a frozen tundra, they lived in igloos, knowing only about the outside world through stories.

Although Katara’s maternal nature and Sokka’s warrior-like mentality made them equally strong-willed, their adaption to the outside world was still too quick for two people with such little exposure. Given what little they’d witnessed, both should’ve gone through developmental stages when adjusting to the other nations, yet neither seemed effected.

13 How Were The Lion Turtles Hunted To Extinction?

Referred to as the Ancient One by the spirits, the chimerical lion turtles were the largest known animals of the world, serving as protectors of humankind during the era of Raava, only to later be hunted to near extinction. Given their size and strength, it’s still unknown how the human world hunted the ancient spirits, though it’s known that only one lion turtle remained during the events of the series.

As the most powerful entities in ATLA, the lion turtles taught the first humans to bend and harnessed their own energy as the first known energybenders. The fact that they were driven to extinction by the human world makes their history all the more mysterious.

12 Metalbending Should’ve Been Mastered Long Before Toph

As a specialized sub-skill, metalbending is the hardest form of earthbending. Since metal is a form of earth which has been purified and refined, the feat was long believed impossible, a fact which the Fire Nation army utilized to imprison earthbenders in metallic prisons.

At twelve years old, the blind Toph Beifong was considered among the best earthbenders of her generation, later discovering metalbending after being thrown into a metal cage by Xin Fu and Master Yu. Although Toph’s blindness made her seismically sensitive, it’s still unlikely she would’ve been the first to master metalbending. Given the thousands who preceded her, including many Avatars, it seems odd no one discovered the technique before her.

11 Aang Wasn’t Devastated Enough Over The Air Nation’s Extinction

At twelve years of age, Aang wasn’t emotionally mature enough to accept the burden of the Avatar. Trained early to encompass the role, he was handed a rigorous regimen by the monks of the Southern Air temple with his chief mentor Monk Gyatso serving as his only sympathetic ally.

Although Aang knew of the Fire Nation’s impending threat, he was stressed by his position, causing him to flee from his responsibilities. Upon awakening from an iceberg a hundred years later, he learned of the devastation of the Air Kingdom. Although the news had an indelible effect on him, the drastic turmoil and long-term depression that the news would have was downplayed significantly.

10 The Fate Of The World Depends On A Group Of Kids

As is often the case with various children’s programs, the world’s teens and kids are the only part of the general populace given any initiative, but in the case of ATLA, it seems particularly peculiar that a universe overrun by the brute force of a totalitarian ruler such a Ozai would rely entirely on children to save the planet.

Thrown into a chaotic time where the Fire Nation has beaten down the rest of the world into a captive state, it seems improbable that the most qualified people to overthrow Fire Lord Ozai would be the prepubescent Aang and his friends, yet no adults appear serviceable enough to concoct any plans of their own.

9 Too Many Characters’ Story-lines Are Left Hanging

Although various characters throughout ATLA have continued their story-lines through the series’ comic book treatment, their final send-off on the show proved to be less than fulfilling. Sadly, this left many characters hanging as viewers were left asking what happened.

After an Agni Kai against her brother Zuko, the crazed firebending princess Azula was last witnessed enduring a full-on mental breakdown with no further word on whether she’d ever recover from her madness. Similarly, supporting characters such as Smellerbee and Longshot, two members of the Freedom Fighters, were given anti-climactic endings, both having been last seen at Lake Laogai, failing to show up for the show’s final conflict.

8 The Physics Behind Bending Make No Sense

Although bending in the Avatar universe shouldn’t be over-analyzed, questions do arise when discussing some fundamental physics behind how certain elements work. For instance, during a standoff between a firebender and earthbender, fire is shown to burn or destroy rock, which shouldn’t be the case, particularly when humans are rarely shown to be burned after direct exposure to the flames.

In similar cases, other bending rules which would apply in everyday life, aren’t applicable in Avatar. When facing an earthbender, flying projectiles from rocks would inevitably cause some sort of blunt force trauma to a victim just as a person subjected to waterbending would be susceptible to problems such as drowning or potentially hypothermia.

7 Sokka And Katara Should’ve Known Aang Was The Avatar

In the pilot episode “The Boy in the Iceberg,” Katara involuntarily frees Aang from a frozen prison after a century of rest. Thanking her for her help, the Avatar offers to return her and Sokka back to the Southern Water Tribe. Although Katara quickly deduces that Aang must be an airbender, she doesn’t identify him as the Avatar right away.

Given his years-long encapsulation inside an iceberg and the Avatar’s absence from the world, Katara’s instincts should’ve told her that Aang was the Avatar. Knowing that other airbenders weren’t likely to survive years of frozen ice would’ve been a strong indicator that Aang was special, yet Katara and Sokka somehow missed all the clues.

6 What Are Energybending’s Limitations?

Introduced in season three, energybending predates the four elements of the Avatar universe and was first used by the lion turtles. After the last lion turtle granted Aang with the knowledge of energybending, he used the potentially fatal technique to strip Fire Lord Ozai of his firebending abilities, almost being overtaken by Ozai’s spiritual strength before finally getting the upper hand.

Although a few abilities of energybending are known, such as the revocation and restoration of one’s bending abilities as well as the power to open a spiritual portal, not much is known about the limitations of the skill-set, making energybending a large question mark which still requires further explanation.

5 Sozin’s Comet Shouldn’t Strengthen Firebenders

As the instigator of the Hundred Year War, Fire Lord Sozin harnessed the strength of the Great Comet to empower the Fire Nation’s army, eradicating the Air Nomads in an attempt to eliminate the next generation Avatar.

Nicknamed Sozin’s Comet after the late Fire Lord, the celestial object is a key instrument in ATLA‘s epic final season as it plays an integral part in Fire Lord Ozai’s plan; however, the science behind the plan doesn’t actually add up. In reality, a comet is made up of rock, dirt, ice, and frozen gases, which means firebenders shouldn’t benefit from its passing. Unless there’s some unexplained reason at play, this is one plothole that’s been left unaddressed.

4 The Avatar Is Given Too Much Power

In The Legend of Korra, fans learned about the existence of Raava and Vaatu, the spirits of light and darkness which have combated each other since the Harmonic Convergence of 19,829 BG. During the second Harmonic Convergence, Vaatu merged his essence with Unilaq, the chief of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, forming the first and only Dark Avatar before balance was restored by Korra.

Although another example of an evil Avatar doesn’t exist, the possibility of a nefarious version which could bring disruption to the four nations is a totally plausible scenario. Given the possibility, too much power is given to the Avatar, whose corruption would inevitably destroy the rest of humanity.

3 An Over-reliance On Deus Ex Machina Moments

As unavoidable as they often appear, egregious examples of deus ex machina moments often occur in even the most beloved television series. Sadly, ATLA was no exception when it came to pulling the “get out of jail free” card.

The biggest violation came in the series’ final act as Aang discovered the last surviving Lion Turtle, unlocking the mystery to energybending which conveniently gave him a way to defeat Fire Lord Ozai. Similarly, in the season one finale, the young Avatar entered the Avatar state after struggling with it much of the season, helping him fuse with the Ocean Spirit and take down Admiral Zhao during his siege of the North Pole.

2 Ozai Is An Underdeveloped Villain

As the supreme ruler of the Fire Nation and second son to Azulon and Ilah, Fire Lord Ozai usurped his older brother Iroh’s birthright to the throne. Under his reign, he concocted a plan to vanquish the Earth Kingdom and declare himself a tyrant under the new title of the Phoenix King.

Among the most skilled firebenders in history, Ozai was intolerant of his family’s imperfections, leading to him permanently scarring his son Zuko’s face. Although his ruthless dictatorship made him a worthy adversary, his character motivations fell short. Apart from his power hungry desires, little information was given for Ozai’s actions, making him a less fleshed out character compared to the series’ other antagonists.

1 Every Element Has A Season Except Air

Upon initially pitching the Avatar universe to Nickelodeon, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino always envisioned a three-season story arc. Although the exploration of the world made for a captivating experience for viewers young and old, it left some fans wondering if a fourth season dedicated to the Air Nation would ever happen.

Although the Air Nation is extinct by the time of Aang’s story, the lack of a season dedicated to the element and its surrounding culture still feels like a missing piece of ATLA‘s story. The season wasn’t necessary to complete Aang’s story, but it would’ve been a welcomed addition to give more background into the once great Air Kingdom.


2019-03-08 11:03:42

Turner Minton

Avatar: 20 Crazy Things That Happened Between The Last Airbender And The Legend Of Korra

We’d doubt that there are many people who haven’t seen Avatar: The Last Airbender, at least when they were younger. First aired on Nickelodeon in 2005 and spread out over three seasons, the show is one of the few series that has aged well, especially outside the demographic that it was originally targeted towards.

Despite being a kid’s show, it managed to tackle some pretty mature themes, such as racism, war, rebellion, and redemption, with some being more nuanced than others. That’s not to say that it still can’t be seen by kids, though – it has a lot of themes that young audiences can relate to and learn from.

While Avatar has been widely acclaimed and remains one of the best TV shows of that era, its sequel, The Legend of Korra, doesn’t share the same unanimous opinion. For one, many of the issues tackled seemed rather one dimensional, and those that do manage to go beyond the tired tropes of usual television, usually ended up being repeats of what we had already seen in the first show.

These aren’t the only entities in the Avatar canon, however, as many comic books and other media by the show’s creators have since been published, many of them happening between the events of A:TLA and TLOK. We detail some of the more interesting ones, giving you a bit more of an insight into this fascinating fictional universe.

With that said, here are the 20 Crazy Things That Happened Between Avatar: The Last Airbender And The Legend Of Korra.

20 The Creation Of The Beifong Metalbending Academy

Aang ran into Toph when he was out looking for an earthbending teacher in the Earth chapter of A:TLA, and as it turned out, he had happened to stumble upon one of the best in the world, despite the fact that she is unable to see. A gifted earthbender since she was a little kid, Toph went on to become Aang’s earthbending teacher and good friend, though her most illustrious achievement has got to be the invention of metalbending.

Having figured it out while trying to escape from a metal tin especially made to keep her in, Toph became the first earthbender in the world to be able to metalbend.

She went on to establish the Beifong Metalbending Academy in the Earth kingdom city of Yu Dao immediately after the culmination of Ozai’s war, giving a chance to all potential metalbenders in the world to come and hone their craft.

19 Aang and Iroh used to talk in the spirit world

Korra, the Avatar in TLOK (as the name suggests), runs into Iroh in the spirit world when she gets lost there. As anyone who’s familiar with Iroh knows, he had setup his own tea party down there with the spirits, and looked like he was having a good time. However, it’s what he mentions when he introduces himself to her that gives us a bit of hint about his larger role in the universe, namely that he also used to meet Aang and advise him back in the day.

While we can’t say exactly say what they used to talk about, we certainly know of Iroh’s special connection to the spirit realm. He has been shown to have the ability to spot the spirits that cross over into the real world in season 1, when he saw Aang flying atop Roku’s dragon across the sky.

18 A Fire Nation citizen tried to attack Zuko

After Ozai’s war, you’d think that it would have been all smooth and rosy for Zuko, as he seemed to have gone through everything he could in A:TLA. However, this was hardly the case, as he was then responsible for rebuilding an empire in chaos. He had multiple threats, as well, one of them being Kori Morishita; a citizen of the Fire Nation.

Morishita wasn’t happy with how Fire Lord Zuko had treated Fire Nation citizens after the war. Because of this, she snuck into the royal palace and tried to assassinate him. Fortunately, she couldn’t overpower the king, but her motives brought a change in Zuko’s attitude, who, after seeing firsthand what was happening to his colonies, withdrew his support from the Harmony Restoration Movement.

17 Aang almost took down Zuko during the Harmony Restoration Movement

The Harmony Restoration Movement was a push to remove Fire Nation officials and citizens from the Fire Nation territories occupied during Ozai’s war. It went as smoothly as any other event in Avatar history. The Fire Nation citizens already settled into the lands had mixed feelings about it, but one of the most important moments happened when Aang was about to off Zuko.

Aang nearly claimed Zuko’s life because of a promise that he had made earlier to do so if he ever turned into his father.

Zuko and the Earth King were at odds about what to do with the territories, and at one point, Aang realize that the only way to stop the crisis was to keep his promise to Zuko. He even entered the Avatar state to do it, but fortunately, he stopped himself at the last moment after Zuko had a vision of his mother.

16 The Battle for Yu Dao

The fate of the captured territories that Ozai left was a question in the back of everyone’s mind, the least of them being the Earth King Kuei (you may remember him because of his pet bear). Having had enough of sitting around and not doing anything about his situation, he finally decided that he was going to fight for it. The focal point of the war happened to be in Yu Dao, which saw a decisive battle between the Earth King and Zuko to decide the fate of the territories.

This was a decisive battle that saw the creation of the United Republic of Nations. This chapter also saw a lot of crucial points in Avatar’s history that were never shown on television – and we sincerely hope that they make a TV show out of it someday.

15 Zuko found his mother

What happened to Zuko’s mother was one of the most important and unexplained phenomenons mentioned in A:TLA. It formed a central part of Zuko’s story arc, which finally culminated in him rebelling against his father. However, what exactly happened and where she went was always left out of the purview of the TV series, though we got to know some details much later in the graphic novel trilogy The Search.

All in all, it was discovered that she had her memories taken. Her face was also replaced by the Mother of Faces and she had moved in with her previous lover, Ikem (who also had his face replaced), to a small town with a different name. When the dust settled, Zuko gave her an official pardon and brought her, along with her new family, back to the royal palace.

14 Aang and Zuko became best friends

Zuko’s story was one of the most complicated of the whole series, and some people would even go as far as to claim that he was the protagonist of the show, and not Aang, as he had a true arc full of redemption and realization by the end of the show.

We know that he and Aang had settled their difference by the end of the last season in the trilogy.

However, we were never shown how their relationship transformed from being a simple teacher-student relationship to a close friendship during the time that passed between the two shows. Together, they brought peace to a tumultuous world, which set the stage for the events of TLOK.

13 Aang cut his connection with Roku

The job of the Avatar involves more than being a purveyor of prodigal bending abilities. The Avatar state is a manifestation of all the previous Avatars, giving the current Avatar the power and wisdom needed to fight the evil forces of the world as required. Aang was shown to have a connection with all the previous Avatars in A:TLA, seeking their knowledge when required, which led him to the ability that took Ozai’s bending.

His connection with the past Avatars, though, was severed during one of his arguments with the spirit of Roku, the Fire Nation Avatar before him. He did it in a fit of rage, probably regretting is as soon as he did. It is mentioned in TLOK, though we do not yet know the full implications of this event for him.

12 Official Avatar Fan Club Was Created

When the Hundred Year War was over, Avatar Aang ended up being the only airbender left in times of peace, and tales of his deeds travelled far and wide. It was a given that soon a fan club would develop, as fan groups are created for all famous people at some point. He was also the last airbender, as his people had gone through a genocide before the events of the show.

The Official Avatar Fan Club was formed by adoring fans of Aang, and many chapters of the organization soon existed around the world, including in Ba Sing Se and Republic City. The members helped Aang’s new family find their ground and helped them with their daily activities.

11 The Republic City and the United Republic of Nations Were Founded

When Ozai’s war was over, one of the most important tasks that the world leaders had was bringing peace back, as much was destroyed in the devastating event spanning across a hundred years. The Battle of Yu Dao was only one of the events that decided the fate of the world after it, but it was also one of the most pivotal.

Following this, the world leaders, including the Earth King and Fire Lord, agreed upon making a new nation: United Republic of Nations.

Its capital was Republic City, which was the setting for all of the events in TLOK. It was a nation free of any allegiance to one nation or race, where benders of all kind lived together in peace and harmony (until they didn’t). The founding of the nation gave way to many technological and cultural innovations, which had stalled over the last hundred years.

10 Zuko freed Azula to look for their mother

Azula was one of the most insidiously evil and gifted benders in the universe, though as we learned about everyone (except Ozai, who was pure evil) as the show progressed, her motivations weren’t as black and white as they were shown to be. After the events of the show, she convinced Lord Zuko to free her so that they could look for their mother together, though this may have not been the best of decisions.

You see, her only motive behind convincing her brother was to ultimately usurp the throne, and given how she was objectively one of the most powerful benders in the world (she is one of two firebenders who could make lightning at the time of A:TLA, the other being Ozai), she came pretty close to it, too.

9 The New Ozai Society Emerged & Most Of Its Members Were Captured

Whenever an extreme nation is defeated in history, the traces that they leave in the world don’t always disappear completely. It happens in the real world, and it happened in the universe of A:TLA too. After Aang took away Ozai’s bending in one of the most intense finale fights ever, his support didn’t entirely disappear. It consolidated under the New Ozai Society; a group of rebels that were still loyal to Ozai and not Zuko.

Started by Ukano, who used to be a governor of New Ozai (previously Omashu), the loyalists believed that Ozai was the one true ruler of the Fire Nation. Obviously, it didn’t fly with Zuko and Team Avatar, who managed to dismantle the society and capture most of its members. Ukano managed to escape, though, and we can only guess what he did in the final days of his life before the events of TLOK.

8 Gilak started a group that blamed the Northern Tribe & stabbed Hokado

While the rest of the nations are spread out and are large countries in their own right, the same can’t be said for waterbenders. Even if the northern Water Tribe was a powerful, proud nation with a long history compared to its southern counterpart, it was still isolated and liked to do its own thing rather than involved itself into geo politics.

Gilak was one of the southerners who had assisted Sokka and Katara’s father, Hakoda, in the war against Fire Nation, though he went a bit… astray after the war was over.

When he moved back to the southern Water Tribe, he started a group that believed that the northern Water Tribe was trying to take over the south, and even stabbed Hakoda in the stomach before being subdued by Aang and Katara and eventually imprisoned.

7 The cabbage man became rich and created Cabbage Corp

The cabbage man was one of the funniest running jokes of A:TLA. Showing up in the most unexpected of places and often in tense, serious situations, he provided much needed comic relief in what was overall a pretty dark show. He would always find his cabbage cart being destroyed by someone in a fight, and “my cabbages” soon became a joke that every Avatar fan understood.

In the time between the two shows, he became incredibly rich selling cabbages and formed his own conglomerate known as Cabbage Corp, a rival to Future Industries. He was the good guy, but he was framed by Hiroshi Sato, the chief of Future Industries, for his apparent role in making Equalist weaponry. However, as we soon found out, it was actually Sato who was producing the weapons.

6 Yakone’s bloodbending skills were ended by Aang

One of the show’s darkest episodes was “The Puppetmaster”, where a new form of waterbending was introduced to us unsuspecting viewers called bloodbending, which proved that the show could tackle really dark themes if it wanted to. However, after its first appearance, we don’t see much of it in A:TLA. We know that it was used extensively by one criminal boss named Yakone between the events of the show, who set the stage for much of the events of season 1 of TLOK.

Yakone was an infamous criminal mastermind who had been a problem for the government of Republic City for a long time, and it was revealed in a flashback that he was actually a bloodbender. He almost got away too, before Avatar Aang entered Avatar state and took his bending once and for all.

5 Top became the chief of police but later resigned

Toph was one of the most powerful earthbenders in the world and remains the only one we know to have invented an entirely new form of bending: metalbending. She was also close friends with Aang and a part of Team Avatar in A:TLA, but we don’t see much of her adult life and what happened between the events of the shows.

After the dust was settled and Republic City was setup, Toph was appointed as the police chief of the city.

Though things didn’t always go well for her, as often happens due to the actions of two daughters from two husbands (another mystery that we don’t know the answer to), Suyin, was found to have been on the wrong side of the law, which caused her to resignas the chief.

4 Tonraq was banished from the northern water tribe

Tonraq, Korra’s father, was involved in many crucial events in TLOK, showing up in almost every season, which is obvious, as he was the Avatar’s father. He was instrumental in the events of season 2, and was known to have done everything that he could to protect Korra from danger. What is not quite clear, however, is how he came to the southern water tribe, as he was a northerner.

Apparently, he was banished because of his involvement in the destruction of a spirit forest in the north. Allegedly, waterbenders don’t take things like that lightly. His move made the premise for whatever happens in the season 2, and remains a crucial event in Avatar history.

3 Hiroshi Sato’s wife was taken out by firebenders

The first season of TLOK deals with the conflict between benders and non-benders, setting the stage for Korra’s final confrontation with Amon, the head of a loose organization known as the Equalists. We always saw them possessing advanced weaponry that no one else had, and it was later revealed that it was Horoshi Sato, the head of Future Industries, who was providing it to them. Why did he hate the benders? He disliked them because of something that happened before the events of the show.

His wife, Yasuko, was caught in the middle of a raid by a gang of fire benders – The Agni Kai Triad – on their family estate and passed away. It was only one of the groups of benders that had sprung up in Republic City after its inception, and this event set up much of his motivations for supporting the anti-bender Equalists.

2 Zaheer attempted to take Korra’s life

The third season of TLOK introduces Zaheer, a sort of pseudo monk anarchist who believed that the only true order was chaos. He believed that world leaders were actually not very nice, and wanted to dismantle the status quo and make a new world out of its ashes. Standing in his way, however, was the Avatar, who, as we all know, was way more powerful than any bender in the world.

They wanted to take down Korra in season 3, but they almost succeeded before this.

They had abducted Korra when she was a child and were on their way to take her life her once and for all when they were stopped by a bunch of people with her father. Their failed attempt on Korra’s life when she was a child was why they were imprisoned in high security prisons, which set up much of the premise for the events of season 3.

1 Mai appointed Kyoshi Warriors to protect Zuko after the attempt on his life

Mai and Zuko’s relationships was one of the most complicated, as well as one of the strongest, in the entire show. We don’t yet know what happened to them before the events of TLOK, but what we do know is that she asked Kyoshi Warriors’ helped to protect him after the attempt on his life.

If you may remember, Ty Lee had joined the Kyoshis after the events of the Hundred Year War. Uneasy by the prospect of someone taking down Zuko during the Harmony Restoration Movement, she soon asked Lee to help her with his security, who brought her army of fan warriors to do it. We don’t yet know of any major fights they were involved in, but we do know that it forms a central premise for a major part of Mai and Zuko’s relationship.

Are there any other things that happened between Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-02 07:10:01 – Himanshu Sharma