The Legend of Korra

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Name: Avatar: The Legend of Korra or The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra
Abbreviation(s): Korra, A:TLOK
Creator: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Date(s): April 14, 2012 - present
Medium: cartoon
Country of Origin: United States
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The Legend of Korra, also known as Avatar: The Legend of Korra and The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, is a cartoon series airing on Nickelodeon. It is the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender and is about the next avatar after Aang, Korra, who has mastered three of the elements and must journey to meet Aang's son in order to learn the final element, air.

Plans for the show were first announced in 2010.[1] According to the show's creators, the setting inspiration for the series is Roaring 1920s steampunk Shanghai.[2]


Because Legend of Korra is the sequel to a completed series with an established fandom, many fans from the previous series have turned their attention to this one. Both fanart and fanfiction were created for the show before any episodes had aired.

On the downside, because its predecessor's fandom was often contentious, it has already seen more than its fair share of controversy.


When Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, many Zutara shippers were left unsatisfied by the end-canon ships. The announcement of Korra reignited the residual resentment. When it was confirmed that Tenzin, the man from whom Korra would be learning airbending, was the son of Aang and Katara, many Zutarans viewed this as a slap in the face as it confirmed that their ship never became canon.[3]

At SDCC 2011, more details came out about The Legend of Korra, which had been pushed back from airing in 2011 to 2012. Among them was the news that Korra would join up with a pair of brothers, Bolin and Mako. Some fans, many of whom were Zutarans, latched onto the idea of Korra/Mako as a pairing and dubbed the ship Makorra. The ship was met with backlash because many fans were excited by the prospects of having a female avatar and instead of rejoicing, people were arguing over which brother to ship her with. This backlash was further met with pushback by those fans who believe that the complaints were fueled by residual discrimination against Zutara shippers.[4]

Further complications arose as the show progressed and the Korra/Asami (aka Korrasami) ship grew in popularity. When the series came to a close on a final shot of Korra and Asami holding hands and staring into each other's eyes, the fandom simply erupted. The excitement over Korrasami becoming endgame even bubbled over and bled into mainstream media like Vanity Fair.


A trend that's been noticed among certain fanartists is the tendency to whitewash Korra, whose skin is markedly brown. This trend also existed in the original Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom with some fanart of Katara, who was also brown-skinned and came from the same Waterbending Tribe as Korra.[5] This led to the creation of the #NonRacebendedKatorra group on DeviantArt.[6]

Communities and Archives


  1. New Series "Avatar: The Legend of Korra" Premieres in 2011 (Accessed December 6, 2011)
  2. 'Legend of Korra': The 'Avatar' Creators on the New Spinoff (Accessed December 6, 2011)
  3. Avatar Shipping Wank: It must be Wednesday (Accessed December 6, 2011)
  4. ATLA: Zutarans' last refuge: Makorra! (Accessed December 6, 2011)
  5. DA Group dedicated to art in which Katara and Korra aren't whitewashed (December 6, 2011)
  6. #NonRacebendedKatorra (Accessed December 6, 2011)