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Korra is a young girl from the Southern Water Tribes and the incarnation of the Avatar, after Avatar Aang.
After the death of Avatar Aang, the members of the Order of the White Lotus began to search for the new Avatar among the Water Tribes as the cycle dictated that a waterbender would be the next Avatar. The White Lotus found Korra in the South Pole as a child after a fruitless search in the North Pole when her parents, Tonraq and Senna, informed them of the news. After disproving rumors in the north, they were initially hesitant to believe that Korra was the Avatar until she displayed that she could not only waterbend, but also earth and fire bend. Per Avatar Aang's instructions before he died, Korra was to remain under the guard of the White Lotus where she would train with her first elements. She spent the remainder of her childhood and part of her teenage years in a facility built by the White Lotus as Master Katara watched over her and where she obtained her spirit animal Naga, a polar bear dog.
Korra is a protagonist in the Avatar series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Avatar: The Legend of Korra is the direct sequel to the original 2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender. It first began airing on April 14, 2012 on Nickelodeon. She's designed to have a more fierce and rushed attitude than her previous incarnation, Aang.
Ever since she was a child, Korra has always rushed into fights; believing that all conflicts can be solved with violence as the Avatar. Despite her finesse to pick up on the physical aspects of bending, she constantly neglects the spiritual side of this. As a result, she becomes easily frustrated when she can't pick up something immediately. This is seen in her first attempts to airbend when she blames others for her problems when in reality, she is mad at herself for not being able to do something. However, when she can't solve a problem one way, she will find another way to do it. For instance, when she couldn't grasp the idea of flowing without restraint like the wind, she found she was able to pick up the concept during a pro-bending match where she dodged attacks. Even when Korra does something rash or hot headed, she will apologize for something she knows she did was wrong.
Korra is also a very proud girl who loves being the center of attention. This is also her weakness as she is the type to do something you tell her she can't do. When Tarrlok pressured her into joining his task force, she did it to keep her ego in tact as opposed to any other reason. She is also shown to keep emotions and feelings she considers weaknesses inside of her, not wanting to admit she is afraid or sad because she thinks that she can't feel those as the Avatar.
As Korra grew up, she was under the watchful eye of Aang's wife Katara as she was her water bending master and surrogate grandmother. When Katara announced that Korra was ready to begin her final element, air, she had Tenzin and his family come to the South Pole. When Tenzin stated that the trouble in Republic City was too much and that Korra should wait, she left with Naga under the approval of Katara. Sneaking aborad a ferry heading to Republic City, she was amazed by the monument Aang and Zuko built together to be the center of peace.
Korra tries to find Tenzin but comes across a group of gang members from the Triple Threat Triads as she stops them from shaking down a store owner and destroying several stores as well. When the metal bending police come, they arrest her too and take her to Lin Bei Fong, Chief of Police in Republic City and daughter of the late Toph Bei Fong who criticizes her vigilantism. Tenzin breaks up the arguments, stating that if Korra goes free, he'll send her back to the South Pole. Korra pleads her case that she needs to learn air bending from a master and that he needs help. After considering it, Tenzin agrees to let Korra stay with him at Air Temple Island to train as Korra vows to help after witnessing the class struggles.
The stipulation for Korra's stay is that she must stay on the island, under the watch of the White Lotus as she begins her training. Knowing that she has never been able to air bend, Tenzin attempts to teach her the fundamentals about air bending, such as free movement and being patient. As these attempts fail, Korra becomes enamored with the sport of Pro-Bending, an activity Tenzin considers to be a mockery of bending. Korra is able to sneak into the Pro-Bending Arena where she meets the Fire Ferret brothers Bolin and Mako. Korra's training fails once more as she blames Tenzin for being a horrible teacher and become the third member of the Fire Ferrets after their original water bender dropped. Tenzin chastises her more, knowing she hasn't even synced with her spiritual side as Korra learns a more hands on approach to the idea of free movement. She is more willing to listen to Tenzin and his teachings as she is allowed to continue to play in the Bending Tournament.
Korra continues her training as she notices a rise in a group she saw on her first day in the city: The Equalists. She keeps afar from the group until Mako comes to her for help. Bolin has gone missing after trying to rake money together to enter the Bending Tournament. Searching for him, they see him and other gang members kidnapped by the Equalist soldiers. Deciphering a hidden message, they go to the meeting and see Amon, the leader of the Equalists. He tells the crowd about the oppression of benders and how the spirits have given him a power to get rid of benders: the art of energy bending to rob benders of their abilities. After demonstrating it a few times on gang members, Korra is able to cause a distraction as Mako rescues his brother. They are able to escape as Amon knows that Korra is the best person to tell of their power.
After the Northern Water Bender councilor Tarrlok assembles a task force to quell the Equalists, Korra refuses as she thinks its better to focus on training before fighting. In reality, she is scarred but too proud to admit it. At a gala however, Tarrlok is able to get the press into badgering her into joining to keep her reputation in tact. After several successful missions, the people are worried she isn't doing enough as Korra challenges Amon to a one on one duel on Aang Memorial Island. Regardless of pleadings from both Tarrlok and Tenzin, she goes alone. Assuming Amon is a no show, she instead is ambushed and quickly immobilized. Amon reveals that if he were to kill her now, she would be a martyr to his work and everything would be in vain. He mentions a plan and how Korra will be the last one he deals with. Tenzin comes to her aid as she confides in how scarred she is to fight Amon.
Korra puts in a leave of absence with the task group to participate in the bending tournament. During the games, Korra comes to terms with her feelings for Mako, jealous due to his new relationship with Asami Sato. Bolin tries to go steady with Korra but discovers that Korra is interested in his brother instead. After some turbulence between the three, they make amends to not let things divide them again. It is also during this time that Korra runs into Tahno, the leader of the Wolfbats. However, when the Finals come, Amon announces he plans to attack the Arena. Korra pleads with Lin to keep the event open to not let Amon win. Despite this, she discovers that Tahno paid the referees and loses. In a stunning turn of events, Amon goes through with his threat as Lin and Korra work together to try and capture Amon to no avail, knowing they are now at war with the Equalists. During several interrogations, Korra makes amends with Tahno as she invites Mako and Bolin to live with her on the island. Instead they move to Hiroshi Sato's home as she overhears him on the phone with Equalists. Reporting to Lin and Tenzin, they know he has motive and means to it. After questioning him about it, Mako and Asami attack Korra as she knows she is right. Discovering his underground workshop and ties to the Equalists, Korra attempts to stop Hiroshi but fails. Mako and Bolin save the group as Asami knocks her father out. Korra invites the three teenagers to live with her on the island, knowing Asami will need Mako now more than ever.
Mako, Bolin, and Asami arrive to Air Temple Island as Korra helps Asami settle in before going to see Saikhan initiated as the Chief of Police after Lin's resignation. Finally seeing past Tarrlok's facade, she rejects his offers to rejoin the task force as he mocks her failures at airbending. Tenzin points out that her recent dreams of Aang and his past life must be attempts at her spiritual side coming out and urges her to meditate on it. When Tarrlok becomes annoyed, he pushes for all non-benders to be suppressed as Korra fights to protect them. Imprisoning her friends, she knows that he has the city in his pocket and fights Tarrlok head on. Instead, she finds that he is a bloodbender as he knocks her out, kidnapping her. He places her in a metal box in the northern mountains as tarrlok states the Equalists took Korra. During this time, Korra meditates as past visions of Aang flood her mind, showing that Tarrlok is the son of a gang member Yakone that Aang defeated forty years ago.
Tarrlok returns, having been exposed as he plans on keeping Korra as his hostage. Instead, Amon shows up as he demands the Lieutenant capture Korra. She is able to trick them as she escapes back to the city. After briefing the group what happened in the mountains, the Equalists attack. Knowing their help will be needed, the Team Avatar heads out as they are able to stop Equalists mechs from capturing Tenzin at the police station. Seeing that Air Temple Island is being attacked, they rush back but find the Equalists subdued for the time being. After the birth of Tenzin's fourth child, Korra reminds them of the war as Tenzin announces that he plans on moving his family to safety and that Korra should hide until the United Front arrives in three days. She reluctantly agrees to this as she and her group go underground.
During this time, she and Mako disguised themselves as Equalists to do scouting work until Iroh and the United Forces arrived. Witnessing the Equalists crushing them, Korra saves Iroh's life as she declares its time to end this battle with Amon. Korra and Mako return to Air Temple Island and find Tarrlok who reveals the truth behind Amon: they are brothers and that he is a waterbender. Korra knows that if they use this information to expose Amon as a fraud, he will lose this battle. At a rally, Korra tries to unmask Amon but he is able to counter her claims as he reveals he has captured Tenzin and his children. Rushing in to save them, Korra frees the airbenders as she and Mako bait them while Tenzin escapes with his family. Amon reveals that he is indeed a bloodbender as he blocks Korra's bending. Mako is able to resist and after Amon kills the Lieutenant, he flees with her. However, Amon stops them as he is about to take his bending away, Korra finally picks up on airbending, able to defeat Amon and reveal that he is a waterbender.
After everyone has recovered, the group takes her to the North Pole to seek help from Katara. She informs them that her connections have been severed as Korra wanders off, feeling worthless as Mako confesses his love for her. Aang's spirit comes into contact with Korra to reassure her that when the Avatar is at their lowest they are open to the greatest change. With the aid of the previous incarnations, Aangs unblocked Korra's chakra and allowed her to bend again. This granted her the ability to access the Avatar State and undo Amon's seal on others. She confesses her love for Mako as they kiss before she returns Lin's bending back to her with her new powers in energybending.
As the Avatar, Korra has the ability to bend the four elements in nature: fire, wind, earth, and water. Learning the first three elements at a very young age, Korra struggled with airbending but was able to master it during her fight with Amon. Despite not having contact with her spiritual side, Korra made attempts as she received visions from Aang before being approached by his spirit during a time when she needed him the most. Through this, her powers as the Avatar intensified, having learned all four elements and finally getting power in the Avatar State.
The Avatar State was originally thought to be an incredibly power boost of the Avatar. While it is technically a power boost. It is originally intended as a self defense mechanism. Often in a state of great fear or rage, the Avatar will enter the Avatar State. It's designed to imbue the current Avatar with all the power and experience of all those that came before them. This is seen as the Avatar's eyes glow white and they will speak with the voices of all the previous Avatars. The risk of using this is that if they are killed while in the Avatar State, it will permanently end the cycle of the Avatar.
Korra has only used the Avatar State to be able to restore the bending abilities that Amon sealed with his bloodbending. She has never used this in combat.